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Announcements for Grad Students – 10/19

October 19, 2009

1. Two talks by Enrico Bernard, Italian playwright, essayist, film director, translator, and novelist

2. “Transnational Networks, Diffusion Dynamics, and Democratizing Elections in Post-Communist Europe and Eurasia”

3. Government Career Fair

4. GPSO Announcements

5. “The U.S. and the EU and the Global Economic Crisis”

6. Cultural Coffee Hours and ILASA Gathering

7. Scandinavian Film Series: The Seagull’s Laughter

8. Student Academic Center Free Workshops

9. Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Colloquium Series, Fall 2009 

10. GPSO Survey

11. International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation – Call for Papers and Invited Sessions Proposals

12. Stammtisch – Tonight

13. Borns Jewish Studies Program – Faculty and Graduate Student Workshops




1. Two talks by Enrico Bernard, Italian playright, essayist, film director, translator, and novelist

The Department of French and Italian presents two talks by Enrico Bernard, Italian playwright, essayist, film director, translator, and novelist.

College Arts & Humanities Institute

1211 E. Atwater Ave. (Corner of Atwater and Ballantine Rd.)

 6:00 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009

Il romanzo e il dramma sono la stessa cosa?

Bernard will consider the genres of the novel and the drama and explore how these genres have evolved in contemporary Italian literature.


7:00 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009

Le quattro giornate di Napoli dalla sceneggiatura allo schermo

Bernard will discuss the 1962 Italian film Le Quattro giornate di Napoli (The Four Days of Naples), which was directed by Nanni Loy and nominated for several awards including the Academy Award for best foreign language film and the BAFTA award for best film. The story takes place during World War II, when the people of Naples were forced to work in slave camps by the occupying Germans. The film shows their four day revolt against the invaders, which successfully drove the Germans from the city before the arrival of allied troops.

Both talks will be in Italian, followed by discussion and refreshments.

Sponsored by the Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund, the Olga Ragusa Fund for the Study of Modern Italian Literature and Culture, the West European Studies program, and the Vice President for International Affairs.

About the Speaker: Enrico Bernard is the editor of Autori e drammaturgie, the first encyclopedia of the Italian contemporary theatre. He has written 22 plays, of which 12 have been staged and several have been translated into German, French and English. In 1992 he founded the “Teatro S-naturalista” writing its “Manifesto”, which has been recognized on the website of Dario Fo and Franca Rame.

In 1998 Bernard made a film based on his work Un mostro di nome Lila, which was a synthesis between cinema, theater, and eroticism and caused quite a sensation at the Locarno film festival. In 2001, his film Il giuoco dei sensi was released and shown at the Italian Alternative Film festival and presented at the University of Bologna as an example of the exploitation of modern digital technologies in the transposition from theater to cinema. Bernard is the author of the story and screenplay for Franco Nero’s 2005 film Forever Blues.

Enrico Bernard has translated many works into Italian, including the German literature of Ludwig Tieck, von Chamisso, Eckermann and Grabbe. Several of his poetic works and essays have been published in Italian literary reviews. He has also written a novel on the life of the conquistador Tamerlano. Bernard is the artistic director of the Italian summer school   at Middlebury College, Vermont.


2. “Transnational Networks, Diffusion Dynamics, and Democratizing Elections in Post-Communist Europe and Eurasia”

On Monday, November 2nd, from 2:30-4pm, Visiting Scholar, Val Bunce will be giving a public lecture, titled “Transnational Networks, Diffusion Dynamics, and Democratizing Elections in Post-Communist Europe and Eurasia” in WH 218.

You have the opportunity to meet and chat with Val on Tuesday, November 3rd, from 11-1 for an informal lunch in the REEI Reading Room.

Val Bunce is a Professor of International Studies and Government at Cornell University. Attached is a paper she co-wrote with Sharon Wolchik, which may be of interest. It is titled: “Defeating Dictators: Electoral Change and Stability in Competitive Authoritarian Regimes.”


3. Government Career Fair

  Date: Oct 19, 2009
  Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  Calendar: IU Bloomington HP Feed, IUB Careers & Non-credit Courses, IUB Student Activities Calendar


 If you’d like an entry-level job or internship in government, come and interact with a variety of public-sector employers. Gather general career information and learn about specific opportunities. Don’t miss this outstanding opportunity to connect on campus with employers in government.
  Location: Alumni Hall, Indiana Memorial Union
  Web site:


4. GPSO Announcements

Grad Student Prom – now a FREE event!

DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship

ILASA Coffee Hour to Welcome new International Stu…

City Lights Underground Film Series, Friday Oct 16…

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Workshops

NFL Films Producer Steve Seidman at Myers Hall

Pacers vs Spurs at Assembly Hall! Student Discoun…

Campus Wide Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament

Native American Heritage Month

Silent Auction Fundraiser to Support the Indiana N…

International Learning Workshop

These announcements and more can be found at the GPSO blog:


5. “The U.S. and the EU and the Global Economic Crisis”

Mattias Sundholm – “The U.S. and the EU and the Global Economic Crisis”

Thursday Oct. 22 Talk: 2:30-3:30

SPEA Atrium

Mr. Mattias Sundholm is the Deputy Spokesman for the European Commission Delegation to the U.S. He is also the Deputy Head of the Delegation’s Press and Public Diplomacy Section, charged with promoting the EU’s positions and policies throughout the United States. Prior to his current position, he was Information and Communications Coordinator in the Directorate General for Development at the European Commission Headquarters in Brussels.  From 2002 to 2004, he worked as a diplomat with the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Sundholm has worked as a consultant for French consultancy, FI System, focusing on European Affairs and public relations, and for three years as a journalist for Aftonbladet, Scandinavia’s biggest daily newspaper.


6. Cultural Coffee Hours and ILASA Gathering

ILASA is having a warming and tasty gathering next Friday October 16th
at the International Center. Please come and join us to welcome old and
new friends at IU.

Cultural Coffee Hours
The International Latin American and Spain Student Association will be
hosting the Coffee Hour this Friday, October 16th, 5:00-6:30 p.m., at
the International Center.  The purpose of the gathering is to welcome
the new international students from Latin America and Spain as well as
the returning international students from those areas.  Bring your
friends and family, learn about the organization’s mission and goals,
meet new friends, and  enjoy refreshments.  See you on Friday!


7. Scandinavian Film Series: The Seagull’s Laughter

Tuesday, October 20th

Scandinavian Film Series

Ballantine 322, 7:00 pm

Icelandic Film: The Seagull’s Laughter, 2001, Dir. August Gudmundsson

Freya is a beautiful woman who returns from America to settle down with distant relatives in a small fishing village outside Reykjavik. With her slim figure, chic clothes, and movie star good looks, Freya is a bit of a mystery to the women of the household, including the inquisitive eleven year old Agga–and especially to the men of the community. But who is Freya? A Viking heroine? A fairy queen? A murderess? The goddess of love? These are questions little Agga, the young spy, would very much like to have answered.  (

Gergana May


8. Student Academic Center Free Workshops

The workshops are open to all students and you do not have to register ahead of time.  If you have questions and/or concerns please Sharon Chertkoff, Ph.D., Basic Skills and Outreach Coordinator, SAC, Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, 855-7313

Monday, 10/12/09, Overcoming Procrastination Now, Briscoe Academic Support Center, 7:00-8:00pm

Tuesday, 10/13/09, How to Ace Your Next Exam, Teter TEF260, 7:00-8:00pm

Wednesday, 10/14/09, How to Ace Your Next Exam, Ballantine Hall 109, 7:00-8:00pm

Monday, 10/19/09, Improving Reading Speed, Forest Academic Support Center, 7:00-8:00pm

Tuesday, 10/20/09, How to Master Essay Exams, Teter TEF260, 7:00-8:00pm

Wednesday, 10/21/09, How to Master Essay Exams, Ballantine Hall 109, 7:00-8:00pm


9. Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Colloquium Series, Fall 2009

Place: Workshop Tocqueville Room

513 North Park Avenue

Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.

You are welcome to bring your lunch. Coffee is provided free of charge and soft drinks are available. Copies of Workshop colloquia papers can be found on our website at If you have a question regarding assistance or our Colloquium Series, please contact Gayle Higgins (812-855-0441, We hope you will be able to join us!


October 19, 2009


Co-sponsored by the Political Economy of Democratic Sustainability (PEDS)

Presented by Professor Colin Flint, Director of the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS), and Associate Professor, Department of Geography, and Richelle Bernazzoli, Doctoral Student, Department of Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Abstract: The pervasiveness of the related processes of securitization and militarization in the contemporary world has garnered considerable attention of late in the fields of political geography, feminist international relations, and anthropology. This paper continues the discussion by exploring how securitism and its constituent ideology of militarism are constructed within particular social-local contexts, and how these constructions impact perceptions of inside/outside and self/other by shaping particular national, gendered, and racial identities. Such perceptions and identities are inextricably bound up with politics, citizenship, and democratic processes at all scales. We draw upon empirical cases in U.S. society to provide examples of the mutual shaping of securitism and politics within places.


Dr. Colin Flint is Director of the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS) and associate professor of Geography and Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently leads the ConflictSpace research project and is an expert on modeling political processes using spatial analysis and GIS. He is author, co-author or editor of Geography of War and Peace (2005) Introduction to Geopolitics (2006), Political Geography: World-Economy, Nation-State, and Locality (2006), and Spaces of Hate (2004). His work has integrated spatial econometrics and GIS to analyze the diffusion of political behavior and he is pioneering the integration of spatial analysis and social network analysis with regard to the study of conflicts. He is past-President of the Political Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers and is currently Section Editor of the Political Geography volume of the new International Studies Association Compendium.

Richelle Bernazzoli is a doctoral student in political geography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include the geopolitics of security and identity and European integration processes. She plans to pursue dissertation research on these topics in Croatia. Richelle holds a BA in International Politics from Penn State University and a MA in Political Geography from the University of Illinois.

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October 21, 2009


Co-Sponsors: School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) Environmental Science Program and the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population and Environmental Change (CIPEC)

Presented by Dr. Susan Stewart, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Evanston, IL

Abstract: The wildland urban interface (WUI) is where homes and wildland vegetation co-occur; where people live in the woods or the foothills, “close to nature.” It is also where people and homes face the greatest threat from wildland fire. Accordingly, the WUI has special significance in Federal fire policy in the U.S. Since releasing our map of the WUI in 2005, it has been a focus for debate over Federal versus state and local control of fire funds; front-country versus backcountry fuels management, and Eastern versus Western forest conditions and needs. Within the WUI, both homeowners and communities are the target of ongoing efforts by fire managers to change institutions and behaviors, efforts that could benefit from more social science input. This presentation will focus on the WUI as a policy context and a rich source of research opportunities.

BIO: Susan I. Stewart is a research social scientist with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, in Evanston, IL. Her background is in multidisciplinary social sciences, recreation, and resource economics, with degrees from Michigan State University. Her current research interests include seasonal home ownership and use, housing growth, the wildland urban interface, and the ecological implications of housing.


10. GPSO Survey

The Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) has developed a short, 10-minute survey about health insurance, living costs and support services for graduate and professional students on the Bloomington campus. These surveys are invaluable to the GPSO in identifying the interests and priorities of graduate students, getting feedback on GPSO initiatives and representing the graduate student population to the administration. Last year, the GPSO surveys had 800 respondents (nearly 1/10th of the graduate population), which allowed us to much more effectively promote our initiatives.

The GPSO is offering several Starbucks gift cards to randomly-selected survey respondents.
Please take the time to fill our our survey at


11. International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation – Call for Papers and Invited Sessions Proposals

The 3rd International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation: IMETI 2010 (June 29th – July 2nd, 2010 – Orlando, Florida, USA),

The deadlines are the following:

Papers/Abstracts Submissions and Invited Sessions Proposals: November 4th, 2009
Authors Notifications: December 14th, 2009
Camera-ready, full papers: February 24th, 2010

Submissions for Face-to-Face or for Virtual Participation are both accepted. Both kinds of submissions will have the same reviewing processes and the accepted papers will be included in the same printed and electronic proceedings.

Pre-Conference and post-conference Virtual sessions (via electronic forums) will be held for each session included in the conference program, so that sessions papers can be read before the conference, and authors presenting at the same session can interact during one week before and after the conference. Authors can also participate in peer-to-peer reviewing in virtual sessions.

All submitted papers/abstracts will go through three reviewing processes: (1) double-blind (at least three reviewers), (2) non-blind, and (3) participative peer reviews. These three kinds of review will support the selection process of those papers/abstracts that will be accepted for their presentation at the conference, as well as those to be selected for their publication in JSCI Journal.

Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference can have access to the evaluations and possible feedback provided by the reviewers who recommended the acceptance of their papers/abstracts, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions.

Sessions’ best paper will be awarded and the author who presented the paper will receive an award certificate at the award ceremony which will be held as the last event of the conference.

Authors of the best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference (included those virtually presented) will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.

Registration fees of an effective invited session organizer will be waived according to the policy described in the web page  (click on ‘Invited Session’, then on ‘Benefits for the Organizers of Invited Sessions’), where you can get information about the ten benefits for an invited session organizer. For Invited Sessions Proposals, please visit the conference web site, or directly to


12. Stammtisch – Tonight

Don’t forget German Conversation Club tonight at 6:30pm at Bear’s Place. For more information, contact Nikole Langjahr at


13. Borns Jewish Studies Program – Faculty and Graduate Student Workshops

Each semester, the Borns Jewish Studies Program is pleased to present a series of workshops for IU faculty and graduate students.  The speakers and topics related to Jewish Studies vary each semester.  These programs are held over the lunch hour and guests should feel free to bring a brown bag lunch with them to the talks. No reservations are necessary.  Our next workshop is this Friday, October 23 when Professor Maina Chawla Singh will discuss “We Are Not Mizrahi . . . We Are Indian Jews: Issues of Culture and Identity in the Indian Jewish Community in Israel.”  We hope you can join us for Professor Singh’s workshop at 12:30 in Ballantine Hall 137. 

Friday, October 23

12:30 p.m.

Ballantine Hall 137 

Professor Maina Chawla Singh 

“We Are Not Mizrahi . . . We Are Indian Jews: Issues of Culture and Identity in the Indian Jewish Community in Israel”

This talk is based on Dr. Maina Singh’s recently published book ‘Being Indian, Being Israeli: Migration, Ethnicity and Gender in the Jewish Homeland'(New Delhi: Manohar, 2009). This book presents a deeply researched analysis, examining for the first time, all three Jewish communities from India holistically as ‘Indian-Israelis’– with shared histories of migration, displacement, acculturation and identity in the Jewish Homeland. Based on extensive fieldwork and ethnographic research conducted among Indian Jews across Israel between 2005-8, the book draws upon over 150 interviews and reflects the author’s own deep engagement and familiarity with Israeli society and the complexities of ethnicity and class that underlie the clevages within Israeli Jewish society.

Maina Chawla Singh is a visiting faculty member at American University of Washington, D.C., and associate professor of vocational studies at the University of Delhi.


Friday, November 6

12:00 noon

Distinguished Alumni Room, IMU

 Professor Lee Shai Weissbach

 “Two Centuries of Synagogue Architecture in America:  The Search for a Style”

Over the centuries, there never developed a distinctive Jewish architectural style and so the architects of American synagogues, working in an open society that imposed no discriminatory restrictions on synagogue design, had a wide range of options available as they attempted to create houses of worship that would respond to the needs of American Jews. In their search for an appropriate synagogue style, these architects were influenced by many factors, including developments within mainstream ecclesiastical architecture, their own reflections on Jewish history and memory, and various liturgical and practical considerations. This lecture, illustrated with PowerPoint slides, will examine the history of synagogue design in the United States over the last two centuries, considering both the appearance of American synagogues and why they have looked the way they did.  Among the buildings to be considered are the nineteenth-century Moorish structures of architects such as James Keys Wilson and Henry Fernbach, the early twentieth-century Neo-classical synagogues of architects such as Arnold Brunner and Albert Kahn, and the post-World War II Functionalist buildings of designers such as Percival Goodman and Sigmund Braverman.  Some issues of context and methodology in the study of synagogue architecture will also be discussed.

Lee Shai Weissbach is Professor of History at the University of Louisville, where he has also served as Chair of his department and as Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.  He received his undergraduate training at the University of Cincinnati and earned his doctorate at Harvard University in 1975  A specialist in social history, Professor Weissbach has written on a wide variety of topics, with special emphasis on the experience of Jews in the United States.  Weissbach’s first book, in the field of nineteenth-century French history, was published in 1989.  His second book, a case study examining synagogue architecture and congregational history, appeared in 1995.  Another focus of Weissbach’s research has been the experience of smaller Jewish communities throughout the United States and his book Jewish Life in Small-Town America: A History was published in 2005 by the Yale University Press.  He is currently editing the memoir of his grandfather, an East European Jew who immigrated first to the United States and later to Palestine early in the twentieth century.


Friday, December 11

12:00 noon

Walnut Room, IMU

Jolanta Mickute

“From Common Idealogy to Separate Institute:  Creation of Poland’s WIZO, or Jewish Women Nationalists in the Public Sphere”

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