Courses at Borderlines Open School for Advanced Cross-Cultural Studies

online courses being offered by a new nonprofit initiative, Borderlines Open School for Advanced Cross-Cultural Studies. These courses are open to anyone with interest in the topic, including the general public, undergraduate/graduate students, and teachers and professors.

Below are just a few of the online courses offered in Winter/Spring 2021 that may be of particular interest to members of SEELANGS. Most courses are seminar-style, and are capped at 20 students.

Science Fiction with Deep Philosophical Issues (from Eastern Europe and Russia)

Instructor: Sibelan Forrester

Sundays 3–5pm ET, January 10–31, 2021

https://borderlinesopenschool.org/courses/p/sf

Poetry Translation Masterclass: Theory, Problems, Practice

Instructor: Rebecca Ruth Gould

Fridays 5–7pm ET, January 15–February 5, 2021

https://borderlinesopenschool.org/courses/p/translation

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Alta Emerging Translator Mentorship Program

Deadline: November 30, 2020

The ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship Program is designed to establish and facilitate a close working relationship between an experienced translator and an emerging translator on a project selected by the emerging translator. The mentorship duration is approximately nine months. The emerging translator is expected to choose a project that can be completed in that time, and they will only be advised on that particular project.
The following mentorships are available in 2021:

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ASEEES Virtual Convention

Deadline: October 7 (for reduced registration fees)

2020 ASEEES Virtual Convention, November 5-8 and 14-15
www.aseees.org/convention

Join us for the Virtual Convention in November. With over 500 panels and roundtables, a film series, and networking activities, the virtual convention is a great opportunity, especially for those who have not been able to attend the in-person conventions in the past, to learn about latest scholarship and meet colleagues in the field. Registrants will also have a access to session recordings after the convention. The virtual convention website will become available in late October.

Register by October 7
Regular registration ends on  October 7, after which the registration fees will be higher. You must be registered in order to access the virtual platform, which will become available in late October. We also ask that you consider donating ASEEES so that we can offer more waivers to support graduate students and scholars in need to participate in the convention.

All registration, registration waiver, and donation information can be found on the Registration page

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Professional Development Workshop: Networking in Washington, DC (Clements Center)

Event Date: October 13 at 4 pm CT

As part of the Clements Center’s mission to prepare students for careers in public service, we are pleased to host a Professional Development Workshop on Networking in Washington D.C. featuring former Clements Center students, Kelsey Ritchie and Maria Pereyra-Vera.  At the workshop, our panelists will talk to students about how to network, the etiquette of networking, and their own personal experiences networking in D.C. This workshop is designed for all students interested in careers in public service in the federal government, intelligence community, military, and large-scale international organizations. Maria is currently Special Assistant in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Kelsey currently works for Deloitte’s defense and national security consulting practice. 

WHERE: https://utexas.zoom.us/j/92573659646 (Meeting ID: 925 7365 9646)

Info Sessions for International Relations/Global Studies (SRAS)

Info Sessions for IR/Global Studies
Join SRAS for a series of information sessions aimed at students in IR/Global Studies and a range of related fields – security, terrorism, diplomacy, peace, business, and more. In the general sessions we discuss “Building the International Resume” and look at the non-traditional locations offered by SRAS. In thei Special Topic Info Session series, the hosts of the programs abroad will do a short talk on a relevant topic, followed by an opportunity for Q&A and discussion with SRAS alumni. Check it out!

Getting Started with Russian Online course (SRAS)

Deadline: October 30, 2020

Начинаем! Getting Started with Russian

When: 4 meetings + asynchronous work

Cost: $99

What: Looking to “sample” Russian and determine whether it is the language for you? This is a no stress, no test way for you to familiarize yourself with a language that may look intimidating on the surface, but is so rewarding to learn. Our colleagues in Kyiv (morning/early afternoon/Saturday) and Irkutsk (evenings) are ready to introduce the Russian language and convince you that you can and should do it – whether taking a course at your home institution, online, or abroad!

Alfa Fellowship Program

Deadline: December 1, 2020

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished international initiative that each year offers up to 18 accomplished young Americans, Britons, and Germans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia. Over the course of the program, fellows complete work placements at leading institutions, attend professional seminars, and receive intensive language training.

The fellowship provides a monthly stipend, accommodation, insurance, all program-related travel costs, language training in Russia, and private tutoring in the U.S., U.K., or Germany.

The Alfa Fellowship Program was founded in 2004 with the aim of fostering a community of emerging leaders who have first-hand experience in the business, public policy, and cultural environments of Russia and the region. Since then, over 200 Americans, Britons, and Germans have been able to experience the workplace, while living and traveling in Russia through this unique professional opportunity.

Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are to expand networks of American, British, German, and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance knowledge of Russian affairs in the West.

The program is funded by Alfa-Bank, and is administered in the U.S., U.K., and Germany by Cultural Vistas and in Moscow by the Fund for International Fellowships and Cultural Dialogue.

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Free Virtual Russian Pronunciation Master Class

Kimberly DiMattia will be offering a free virtual Master Class in Russian Pronunciation this fall based on her textbook Unlocking Russian Pronunciation (which can be found at: https://he.kendallhunt.com/product/unlocking-russian-pronunciation-supplementary-multimedia-mini-course-phonetics-based-famous). The course is open to students at all levels of Russian as well as to instructors who would like to observe Dr. DiMattia’s method in action and apply it to their own teaching!

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Resource: Online Library Initiative

The Working Group for Solidarity in REEES, an ASEEES affiliate group, announces their new Online Library initiative. Their goal is to support research during this period of physical distancing, when many libraries are closed and inter-library loans are often not possible, by making resources available to fellow scholars in need.
To that end, they are launching a mailing list dedicated to sharing resources. If you are looking for a book or article that is not available at your library, or if you are able to share some of your resources with those who need them, please consider joining the list. You will be able to send and receive emails about requests for sources, as well as receive occasional updates on initiatives that we are carrying out in collaboration with other institutions, such as the Slavic Reference Service at UIUC.


To sign up for the mailing list, please email: wg-online-library+subscribe@googlegroups.com


On their website, you can also find a list of existing online libraries and archives that can help you continue your research during the pandemic.

Resource: Integrated Performance Assessments (National Foreign Language Resource Center)

Integrated Performance Assessments is a seven-episode podcast produced by the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and hosted by Nicole Naditz (2015 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year). Interviewees include leading language educators speaking on the following topics: 

  1. Intro to Performance Assessments (Paul Sandrock)
  2. Performance Assessments: Presentational mode (Lynn Fulton)
  3. Performance Assessments: Interpersonal mode, pt. 1 (Iman Hashem)
  4. Performance Assessments: Interpersonal mode, pt. 2 (Ying Jin)
  5. Performance Assessments: Interpretive mode (Margaret Malone)
  6. Integrated Performance Assessments: Theoretical Considerations (Francis Troyan)
  7. Putting Integrated Performance Assessments Into Practice (Lisa Shepard)

Check them out at https://soundcloud.com/nflrc/sets/integrated-performance