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  • The IU Office of International Development is seeking HOST FAMILIES for the 2016 Youth Leadership Program with Mongolia

    We are looking for 7 to 10 special households interested in hosting one or two individual participants for a two-week time period: October 15th to October 29th
  • SGIS Drop-in Career Advising

    Every Wednesday from 11-1 Have last-minute questions about your resume, upcoming networking event or anything else career-related? Come visit us in the Atrium of the Global & International Studies building.
  • Winter Thaw, Movie

    October 22, 24, 26, 28, 2016. Inspired by a short story by Leo Tolstoy, Winter Thaw stars legendary actor John Rhys-Davies against the backdrop of a frigid winter in 1885 Russia. Nearing Christmas in a poor village an old cobbler leads a solitary life, visited by painful memories - a wife lost long ago and the son he regretfully forswore. But when the cobbler is visited by a wandering pilgrim, embers of faith that have long sat dormant are rekindled. Affected by visions in the night, he dreams of his wife as she warns that "tomorrow, He will come." Shaken, the cobbler believes this means the Lord's visit will take his life. Unsure how to prepare, he attempts make amends with his estranged son, helping others along the way. But as the day draws to a close, fearing that it is too late, the cobbler experiences a startling revelation that ignites his hope and welcomes him home.
  • Empty Nation, Empty State: Living Democracy in Post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azra Hromadzic

    October 27, 4pm A cultural anthropologist with research interests in the anthropology of international policy in the context of peace-building and democratization, Azra Hromadzic is the author of Citizens of an Empty Nation: Youth and State-Making in Postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), which examines the polarizing effects of everyday ethnic divisions in the wake of the devastating Bosnia-Herzegovina conflicts. Her talk will address the unintended consequences resulting from the consociational (power-sharing) model of postwar state inserted into Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the inability of its citizens, especially youth, to knit their society back together after the war. The principal focus of her remarks will be the discourses and practices at play in the reconstruction of the highly symbolic Mostar Gymnasium in the deeply divided town of Mostar, a context that vividly exposes the international diplomatic visions, local ethno-nationalist projects, and ethnicization of everyday life that have congealed to produce an empty nation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • IAUNRC Graduate Student Brown Bag: Gulnisa Nazarova, The Soviet Union as the Land of Paradise: Reconsidering the Uyghur Exodus in the 1950s and 1960s from China to Soviet Central Asia

    October 27, 12pm This paper concerns the Uyghurs who crossed the border and moved to Soviet Central Asia from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the 1950s and 1960s. It focuses on the process of the Uyghur migration, the reasons behind it, and the lives of Uyghurs in the Soviet Union. The paper is based on oral interviews conducted in the summer of 2016 in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. GISB 3015
  • The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artists Series--Jan Boettcher (rosemaler) and Carol Powers (pysanky artist)

    October 27, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Demonstrations), 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Narrative Stage), 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Demonstrations) Jan Boettcher practices rosemaling, a type of traditional decorative painting. Her desire to connect with her Norwegian ancestry led her to learn the art from her aunt Dorothy. Carol Powers learned the Ukrainian art of pysanky from her aunt. Using a wax-resist method, Powers draws a pattern onto an egg and then dyes it.
  • Panel: Islamophobia: Roots and Repercussions

    October 27, 2016, 6-9pm. Join us for an expert panel of IU faculty and students on the topic of Islamophobia.
  • Screening of documentary film, Boris Dorfman-A Mentsh

    October 27, 2016, 7pm. "A Mentsh" is a movie shot entirely in the Yiddish language. It's set in the former multinational city of Lviv, Ukraine, and the first part of a planned Yiddish trilogy (Lviv, Tel Aviv, New York). Lviv was a centre of Jewish life for 600 years. 75 years after the beginning of World War II, Boris Dorfman takes us on a trip to all the places of horror and hope reflecting the Jewish history. The 90-year-old activist is virtually the last one in town still speaking the almost extinct language of Yiddish. While remembering the past, he lives in the present and tries to prepare the people for the future. He is a mentsh, someone full of love and empathy.
  • Pet Peeves Roundtable For Language Instructors by Dr. Jeff Holdeman, Dr. Alwiya Omar, Dr. Esther Ham, Dr. Kelly Sax, Dr. Yea-Fen Chen

    October 28, 2016, 2-3.30pm.Woodburn Hall 120, 1100 E. 7th Street Bloomington, IN 47406
  • 93th Turkish Republic Day Celebration

    October 28, 2016, 6-9pm. Tudor Room, IMU, 900 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN
  • An Evening with Russian Author Dina Rubina

    October 28, 2016, 6-9pm. Park Tudor School, 7200 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
  • Eastern European Folk Dance Variety Show 2016

    October 29, 2016, 5-7pm. Ben Davis HS Auditorium, 1200 N. Girls School Road Indianapolis, IN
  • Open University Against Islamophobia

    October 31 - November 3, 2016 Brought to you by Bloomington Against Islamophobia and the Muslim Student Association. Students and members of the public are invited to attend the following IU-Bloomington classes, which will discuss diverse aspects and cases of Islamophobia.
  • GradGrants SSRC IDRF Proposal Development Bootcamp

    November 1, 2016. The bootcamp, run as an online course through Canvas and thus accessible to IU Ph.D. students both in and outside of Bloomington, is organized into a series of lessons and assignments that break up the proposal into manageable weekly work. By the end of week 5, you will draft a complete proposal with regular feedback from GGC consultants. In weeks 6 through 8 of the course, you will further edit your proposal through in-person consultations and a workshop with GGC staff, as well as a one-on-one meeting with an IU faculty reviewer from a discipline other than your own.
  • Folklore Expedition 2017: The “Christmas Tsars” of Semezhava

    November 4, 2016 The expedition to Belarus will be led by Dr. Svetlana Sorokina, Senior Researcher at the Gorky Intstitute of World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. The expedition will document one of the few surviving productions of the traditional folk drama “Tsar Maximillian” which survives as part of the early January Christmastide festivities in Semezhava, Belarus. The folklore-collecting team will film one or more of the performing troupes, record songs, and conduct interviews with local residents.
  • The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington and Stages Bloomington

    November 10-13, 2016. Children's opera "Brundibar" originally performed 55 times by the children incarcerated in Terezin, a Nazi concentracion camp. Times and tickets avaliable at
  • Kurdish Film Series

    November 15, 7pm, GISB 1128 Turtles Can Fly
  • Kurdish Film Series

    November 29, 7pm, Hodge Hall 3046 My Sweet Pepper Land
  • Folklore Expedition 2017: Film, Tradition, and Change

    March 4, 2017. The folklore expedition to Belarus, led by documentary film-maker Sergei Minyonok, will examine the past and present of the “Day of the Holy Spirit” observances in the west Russian village of Troitskoye. These observances include both a solemn commemoration of the dead and a rowdy parade with a female effigy.
  • Auschwitz Summer 2017, Walk in the Steps of a Holocaust Survivor

    Excursion A: June 24-July 2, 2017, Excursion B: July 2-10, 2017 Education Center for a history making event as we expand our ability to offer the experience of traveling with a Holocaust survivor from one summer trip to two. We will travel to Krakow and tour Auschwitz-Birkenau. We will be led by our founder, Eva Mozes Kor, who was liberated from Auschwitz as a child. Eva is pictured at left front in her liberation photo from 1945. We will fly from Chicago to Krakow and stay at a 5-star property while in Krakow. While in Poland we will visit various historical sites, tour Auschwitz- Birkenau with Eva, tour the beautiful city of Krakow, and visit the historic salt mines. Please fill out the official registration packet and return it with your nonrefundable deposit of $500.00. Final payment is due March 17, 2017.

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Ongoing Events

  • Rosinka Program in Russian Language and Culture

    September 9 - December 9, 2016,5-6pm, Campus View Apartments (800 North Union Street, Bloomington) Since its establishment in 2009, the Rosinka Program in Russian Language and Culture has provided more than 70 Bloomington-area children with weekly instruction in Russian language and culture. In 2016-17, Rosinka will offer classes for children of elementary school age (5-11) who are being raised in Russian-speaking households (so-called heritage speakers.

  • Language Tables
    • Hungarian Language Coffee Hour

      Wednesdays, 6pm at Pour House (314 Kirkwood Ave)
    • Russian Table

      Fridays, 5pm at Bear's Place (1316 E 3rd St)
    • Ukrainian Conversation Hour

      Fridays, 6pm at The Runcible Spoon (412 E 6th St)
    • Romanian Conversation Hour

      Wednesdays, 7.30pm at The Runcible Spoon (412 E 6th St)
    • Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Tabel

      Wednesdays, 7pm at the IMU Starbucks