Author Archives: Jessica Weaver

Funding: Scholarships Available for Intensive Language Study in Russian (Middlebury College)

Deadline for Applications: January 24, 2016

Full Scholarships Available for Intensive Language Study at the Middlebury Summer Language Schools – The Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace will cover the cost of one summer of language study (tuition, room, and board)—from the beginner to graduate level—in Russian. The deadline is January 24, 2015. See the website for application details.

Need-based Financial Aid Available to All Students – Learn more about financial aid and other scholarships and fellowships.

Middlebury’s Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian — Take four classes in Russian and earn 12 credit hours at the 8-week immersion program in Middlebury, Vermont.

The Middlebury Language Schools will celebrate its Centennial in 2015. Our website has more information on all eleven Language Schools, the Language Pledge®,  activities , and the online application. To receive more information by email, please fill out this form.

Middlebury College Language Schools
Middlebury, VT  05753
(802) 443-5510

CFP: Philosophy and Literature: In Search of Lost Synergy (October 16-17, Princeton U.)

DEADLINE: June 15, 2015


Philosophy and Literature: In Search of Lost Synergy
Princeton University, October 16-17, 2015
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Princeton University Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Mikhail Epstein,
Emory University and Durham University

Perhaps more than any other national literature, Russian literature has served as a surrogate and medium for philosophical inquiry.  In the Russian context, literature, art and politics have all served as a kind of laboratory for experimenting with some of the most important philosophical frameworks of the 19th and 20th centuries.  As our keynote speaker, Mikhail Epstein, has noted, “perhaps no other nation in the world has so totally surrendered its social, cultural, and economic life to the demands of philosophical concepts.”

“Philosophy and Literature: In Search of Lost Synergy” invites papers that investigate the contours and consequences of a historical position that marks itself as an intersection of the literary and philosophical.  The questions that arise from the specific character of the Russian cultural legacy are at once peculiar to Russia, and universal: is the artistic imagination detrimental to systematic thought, or is it a necessary correlative? Is the literary inherently philosophical? Is there a sort of lyricism embedded within the philosophical, and are there philosophies that inhere in the poetic?  Continue reading

Scholarship: UT Bobby R. Inman Award for Student Scholarship on Intelligence

DEADLINE: June 30, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin “Bobby R. Inman Award” for Student Scholarship on Intelligence Deadline June 30, 2015

Austin, Texas – The Intelligence Studies Project of the University of Texas at Austin is still accepting submissions for its inaugural round of an annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security.  The winner of the “Inman Award” will receive a cash prize of $5000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2500.  This competition is open to unpublished work by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs at accredited U.S. higher education institutions during the 2014-15 academic year.  The deadline for submitting papers is June 30, 2015. 

The Intelligence Studies Project was established at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 as a joint venture of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the William P. Clements, Jr. Center for History, Strategy and Statecraft in collaboration with the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The Project’s mission is to improve understanding of intelligence activities and institutions through research, courses and public events bringing intelligence practitioners together with scholars, students and the public.  Continue reading

Job: Native English Teacher – LanguageLink (Moscow)

NATIVE ENGLISH TEACHER – LanguageLink (Moscow, Russia)

Posted job
Native English Teachers for a Moscow Language School to teach:

•       Children, teens and adults
•       General English
•       Business English
•       Exam preparation for FCE, CAE, IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
•       Conversation course

•       Higher education
•       Minimum 1 year teaching experience
•       TEFL qualification
•       Background check
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Job: Head of Human Dimension Department, OSCE Office in Tajikistan

DEADLINE: May 27, 2015

PAE Government Services, under contract for the U.S. Department of State, is seeking applications from well-qualified U.S. citizens for the following position within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE):

Head, Human Dimension Department
Level: Middle Management
Area of Expertise: Human Rights
Vacancy number: VNTAJS00395
Duty station: Dushanbe
Apply by: May 27
View the job description:

In order to receive full consideration, interested parties should create an online application and enter the relevant vacancy number at: by May 27. Only finalists will be contacted. PAE-REACT will interview short-listed candidates in order to make nominations by the OSCE deadline.  Continue reading

CFP: Collecting, Curating, Canonizing, Critiquing: The Institutionalization of Eastern European Art (Washington DC, Feb. 2016)


It is my pleasure to share with you the CFP for the 1.5-hour special session at CAA 2016 in Washington DC sponsored by the Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA,

“Collecting, Curating, Canonizing, Critiquing: The Institutionalization of Eastern European Art”

The increased presence of Eastern European art in international public and private collections has generated a multitude of responses in the forms of exhibitions, symposia, research programs, publications, as well as endowed positions for curators, professors, and graduate students. From Catherine the Great, the Tret’yakov brothers, and George Costakis to Norton Dodge, Peter Ludwig, and Dasha Zhukova, collectors along with the curators who work with their collections have framed and reframed narratives of Eastern European art for both local and global consumption. Artists, too, have participated through self-institutionalizing initiatives, including collective practices and the founding of archives and independent art spaces.

This panel seeks to engage questions regarding the institutionalization of Eastern European art both inside and outside the region. What have been some of the challenges, triumphs, and failures in the pursuit of both private and public collections? What roles have curators, collectors, dealers, critics, and artists played in this process? What strategies have been most effective in establishing and sustaining critical and constructive dialogues within and beyond this network of individuals? What legacies and lessons have more historical examples, such as Imperial and Soviet collections, left for us today? In what ways does museum programming affect scholarship and pedagogy and vice versa? This panel aims to create a space for debate around the presence and presentation of Eastern European art that will brainstorm ways for further advancing our field through institutional relationships.  Continue reading

Travel Program: Auschwitz Jewish Center Program for Students Abroad

Rolling Deadline: May 18, 2015 (later opportunities available)


*Students interested in funded study abroad opportunities this summer*: The deadline for the June 18-21 Auschwitz Jewish Center Program for Students Abroad  in Poland is next Monday, May 18. Please help us spread the word to your students currently or heading overseas! June applications are available here; programs are open to students of all backgrounds and majors. Need-based financial aid is available.

The PSA are long-weekend programs in Kraków with a study trip to Auschwitz open to students studying in Europe and Israel. Fall 2015 programs will be offered October 8-11 and October 22-25.

For more information about the program, visit the Auschwitz Jewish Center website or contact Dara Bramson at

Contest: IIE Study Abroad Video Challenge


The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce, in partnership with The New York Times in Education, an exciting opportunity for study abroad alumni.  We have launched a video contest, IIE’s Generation Study Abroad Voices Video Challenge to find the best videos that showcase the impact of study abroad.

  • Win an iPad and $1,000 by telling us how study abroad gave you an edge and the impact it had on your life! Visit for information.
  • Win exciting prizes and a trip to Washington, DC to be a part of the first ever #IIESummit15 on #GenerationStudyAbroad by sharing how study abroad helped you advance your academic and career goals. Learn more about the Generation Study Abroad Voices Video Challenge at

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Prof Dev: Preparing Global Leaders Summit (July 25-31, Moscow)

Preparing Global Leaders Summit: Moscow, Russia
July 25-32, 2015 | Changing the Paradigm of Leadership

The Preparing Global Leaders Summit (PGLS) is a premiere international educational program for the best young professionals in the world. The program seeks to prepare aspiring global scholar-leaders with the tools that are necessary for effective leadership in an increasingly complex world. PGLS is a component school of Preparing Global Leaders Foundation (PGLF), an educational non-profit dedicated to changing the paradigm of leadership through intensive institutes, seminars, and summits.  PGLF operates programs currently in Russia, Macedonia, Croatia, and Jordan and its program alumni hail from over a hundred countries.

Students and young professionals take short courses from internationally recognized faculty and participate in a range of leadership simulations. Specifically, participants will learn how to develop an opposable, interdisciplinary mind with an ability to work with and across ideological, national, religious, class and racial differences. They will learn how to communicate effectively, think both critically and creatively with a particular emphasis on how to advance the global public good.  Continue reading

Job: Teaching Fellow in Russian, St. Andrew’s University (Scotland)

The University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland is seeking to appoint a full-time Teaching Fellow in Russian for a period of 11 months from 15 August 2015 until 14 July 2016. You will be expected to hold a PhD or to be close to completion of a PhD, and should possess native or near-native language skills in Russian and English. Applications are invited from candidates with a specialist interest in any areas of Russian studies, and a preference may be given to applicants able to teach Russian language classes at an advanced level.

Further details can be accessed via the ‘Vacancies’ website at the University of St Andrews:  Continue reading