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Grad Student Announcements – 2/26

February 26, 2010

1. WEST Newsletter

2. GPSO Announcements

3. Kalevala Day Celebration

4. WENDE FLICKS: Der Tangospieler (The Tango Player)

5. 60th Anniversary Conference of the Department of Comparative Literature

6. National Peace Corps Week!

7. Non-Profit Career Forum

8. Tocqueville International Conference

9. Euro-Mediterranean Multilateralism: Is Democracy Losing Ground?
10. The Historical Evolution of Climate Change Negotiations: Where have we been and where do we go from Copenhagen?

11. Recital by Carl Kanowsky

12. Molière’s L’Impromptu de Versailles and the Absolutist Phenomenon: Art as Power and Power as Art

13. Western Balkans: An Opportunity or a Challenge for the Future of the EU

14. Minority Languages in Europe: Successes and Challenges

15. Cultural Immersion Projects: Call for English, Irish, and Welsh Citizens 

16. EU Simulation – Washington, DC + Funding Opportunity!







1. WEST Newsletter

The February 2010 WEST newsletter is now available on our website at!


2. GPSO Announcements

–  GPSO New Voices – Cash Prizes, Networking and Boas…

–  The Laramie Project: A Staged Reading

–  City Lights Underground Film Series 2-26-10

–  Business Networking Event

–  ScientificBlogging Science Writing Competition

–  IFES 2010 Democracy Studies Fellowships

–  NAGSA Announcements

–  IN Commission on Higher Ed Seeks Student Leader

–  BGSA Announcements

–  SoFA Gallery this week

–  Samba-Reggae Master Class

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



WHEN:  Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 from 7pm – 9pm

WHERE: FARM Bloomington, 106 E. Kirkwood, downstairs in the ‘Root Cellar’ 
WHAT: Come meet and mingle with fellow graduate and professional students while enjoying free appetizers courtesy of the GPSO.

**Information on this event and more can be found at the GPSO website:  www.

3. Kalevala Day Celebration

In honor of the 175th Anniversary of the Finnish national epic, Kalevala, first published in
1835, there will a small celebration on campus on Sunday, February 28th.  Please see the
following details for more information about Kalevala Day:

Kalevala Day
Sunday, February 28, 2010, 4pm   5:30pm
Ballantine Hall 008 (Faculty and Staff Lounge)

Please join us in celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Finnish
national epic, the Kalevala, first published in 1835. The program will
include a poster exhibition, brief presentations on various aspects of
the Kalevala and a demonstration of Finnish kantele (psaltery) music.

Light snacks will also be served. All are welcome!

4. WENDE FLICKS: Der Tangospieler (The Tango Player)

This week the WENDE FLICKS Series presents a German film classic not to be missed. The Tango Player is a feature film based on the East German novel of the same name. A story about a politically repressed piano player, the film offers an intriguing and bitter critique of Soviet politics in the former Eastern Bloc. Join us as usual at 7pm on Sunday, February 28, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

As always, the screening and performance are open to the public and are completely FREE. The film is in German with English subtitles.

About the film: The Tango Player (Der Tangospieler) Germany, 1991, 96 min.

Director: Roland Gräf

Cast: Michael Gwisdek, Corinna Harfouch, Hermann Beyer, Peter Sodann, Jaecki Schwarz Cinematography: Peter Ziesche

Dr. Dallow has been released after 21 months in prison for playing piano in a “subversive” cabaret program. The Stasi wants him to become an informant, but he refuses and lives in increasing isolation. In August 1968, Soviet troops march into Czechoslovakia. Dallow stops resisting and accepts the university position he is offered. The Tango Player is based on the novel by (East) German author Christoph Hein, which broached two taboo topics for the first time: the Stasi and the Soviet repression of the Prague Spring in 1968. • 1991 German Film Award in Gold Golden Rosa Camuna, 1991 Bergamo Film Festival Nominated for the Golden Bear, 1991 Berlin Film Festival

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with special guests and experts in the fields of German culture and film and media studies. Nicholas Emmanuel Sveholm from the Department of History at Indiana University will be joined by: Prof. N. Ann Rider from the Departments of German and Women’s Studies at Indiana State University and Prof. Stephanie DeBoer from the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University.

5. 60th Anniversary Conference of the Department of Comparative Literature

Tribute to Matei Calinescu and Henry Remak

Saturday, February 27

9:00 AM, Lilly Library

6. National Peace Corps Week!

March 1st – March 7th, 2010

Monday—Friday Peace Corps Class Talks

Class talks will be held throughout the week across the IU campus. Departments include: SPEA, Kelley School of Business, Biology, French, International Studies, and HPER. 

Wednesday, March 3rd: Peace Corps Information Session

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. School and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Smiley Atrium: 1315 E. 10th St

To learn more about the Peace Corps and speak with the regional recruiter.

Thursday, March 4th: Spring Career Fair

12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Indiana Memorial Union, Alumni Hall

Stop by the Peace Corps table to learn more about the Peace Corps and speak with the regional recruiter.

Thursday, March 4th: International Night

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. School and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Smiley Atrium:1315 E. 10th St

The night will include international cuisine, country displays, talent show, photo contest, and great conversation!

Thursday, March 4th: Peace Corps Information Session

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Career Development Center, first floor: 625 N. Jordan Ave

To learn more about the Peace Corps and speak with the regional recruiter.

Friday, March 5th: Peace Corps Happy Hour

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Yogi’s Grill and Bar, 519 E 10th St

Have a drink and talk to the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of the Bloomington Community.

Sponsored by: Indiana University Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Group (IURPCVG) and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA).

*For more information please contact: IURPCV Group at

7. Non-Profit Career Forum

Wednesday, March 3: 2010

12:00 PM – 5:30 PM, Tree Suites, IMU

Social change can be a career path! Discover how by attending Indiana University’s first-ever Nonprofit Career Forum. This event will include an opening session, resource tables for each participating organization, and six panel sessions. Learn about employment opportunities in the nonprofit sector and network with 30+ executive-level professionals that represent organizations with an emphasis on:

* Animals and the Environment
* Arts, Culture, and Humanities
* Education
* Faith
* International Issues
* Social and Community Services

Hosted and sponsored by the Indiana University Career Development Center and Arts & Sciences Career Services and Office of Career Services at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.


8. Tocqueville International Conference


March 5, 2010

IU Memorial Union
Indiana University, Bloomington

All meetings are scheduled to take place in the IU Memorial Union, Walnut Room.

Afternoon: Arrival of participants at the Indiana University Memorial Union Hotel
6:30: Dinner (Finch’s Brasserie)

FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010:
9:00-9:15: Mike McGinnis (IUB): Welcoming remarks: Tocqueville and the Workshop in Political Theory

Aurelian Craiutu (IUB): Opening remarks: The Tocqueville Program at Indiana University

9:15–10:45: Roundtable on the Liberty Fund critical bilingual edition of Democracy in America (ed. E. Nolla, trans. J. Schleifer, 2010)
MODERATOR: Christine D.  Henderson (Liberty Fund, Inc)
PANELISTS: Eduardo Nolla (Universidad San Pablo-CEU, Madrid), James T. Schleifer (College of New Rochelle), Christine D. Henderson: Editing, translating, and publishing Democracy in America

10:45–11: Break

11–12:30: Roundtable Discussion on Conversations with Tocqueville (Lexington Books, 2009)
MODERATOR: Filippo Sabetti (McGill University)
PANELISTS: Barbara Allen (Carleton College), Reiji Matsumoto (Waseda University, Tokyo), Filippo Sabetti (McGill University), Frederic Fransen (Founder, Donor Advising, Research, and Educational Services, LLC)

12:30-1:45: Lunch (for panelists): Tudor Room, IU Memorial Union

1:45–3:15: Roundtable Discussion on Tocqueville on America after 1840: Letters and Other Writings (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
MODERATOR: Russell Hanson (IUB)
PANELISTS: Aurelian Craiutu (IUB) and Jeremy Jennings (Queen Mary, University of London), Matthew Holbreich (University of Notre Dame)

3:15-3:30: Break

3:30-5:00: Open discussion: Tocqueville studies today and the relevance of these three new books to future research on Tocqueville.
MODERATOR: Barbara Allen (Carleton College)

6:30: Dinner (Samira Restaurant)

Saturday, March 6, 2010:
Breakfast and departure at the participants’ convenience.


9. Euro-Mediterranean Multilateralism: Is Democracy Losing Ground?

Marti Grau
March 5, 2010 (12:00 – 1:00 PM)
CCD Conference Room
624 E. 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

Friday March 5 at 12:00: Marti Grau will speak on “Euro-Mediterranean Multilateralism: Is Democracy Losing Ground?”

In the past decades, the relations between European and Mediterranean countries have shifted from the logic of dominance and power politics to that of interdependence and cooperation. In 1995, the Barcelona Declaration sanctioned this fundamental change, and gave birth to an ambitious multilateral framework, the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. Despite sluggish policy implementation, the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership managed to gain notable legitimacy as a space for dealing with a vast array of issues, structured in three “baskets”: political, economic and socio-cultural. Furthermore, the EU political agenda increasingly came to contemplate offers of “sectoral integration” to Mediterranean countries. In 2008, France President Sarkozy’s initiative of a Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) was put to work, providing Euro-Mediterranean relations with long-awaited momentum. But a key question emerged: with the UfM major overhaul, are democratic goals being kept in sight?

Martí Grau is a Visiting Scholar at SPEA-Indiana University and former Member of the European Parliament, where he served in the Foreign Affairs and Internal Market Committees, as well as in several parliamentary delegations for relations with foreign countries (including Canada, Japan, and the South Caucasus countries). He also was Member of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly. A graduate of SAIS-Bologna, he has worked at the European Institute for the Mediterranean in Barcelona and taught European Politics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.


10. The Historical Evolution of Climate Change Negotiations: Where have we been and where do we go from Copenhagen?

Dr. Pamela Chasek

Government Department, Manhattan College

Executive Editor, Earth Negotiations Bulletin

Friday, March 5 – Noon to 1:30pm

Dogwood Room, IMU

Refreshments will be served


From meetings of scientists in the late 1980s to an unprecedented summit of heads of state and government in Copenhagen in 2009, the international climate change policy dialogue has come a long way. This presentation will trace the history of the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its 1997 Kyoto Protocol through to the failed negotiations of a post-Kyoto agreement in Copenhagen. The presentation will conclude with a look ahead to see what the prospects are of any meaningful legally-binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or economic and political challenges have endangered the future of multilateral cooperation to mitigate climate change.

Sponsored by

SPEA Governance and Management Faculty

SPEA Doctoral Seminar

For more information about Dr. Chasek’s work please visit:

11. Recital by Carl Kanowsky

Saturday, 6 March, 1:00pm (ends no later than 1:50)
St. Thomas Lutheran Church
3800 E. Third Street (southwest corner of 3rd and Smith Sts.)

Hello! I’d like to invite you and your students to a recital I’m giving on 6 March here in Bloomington. I’ve chosen music which I hope will interest students and teachers of German. I’ve programmed a Liederabend (semi-seriously titled “Männerliebe und -leben”) featuring works by
Schubert, Schumann (both Clara and Robert), and composers of the Weimar-era Berlin cabaret scene, among others. The songs are set to texts by poets such as Brecht, Mayrhofer, Lenau, and from the Des Knaben Wunderhorn collection.

12. Molière’s L’Impromptu de Versailles and the Absolutist Phenomenon: Art as Power and Power as Art

The Department of French & Italian Student-Faculty Forum Series presents

Kemmie Mitzell

Friday, March 12, 2009

2:30-3:30 pm

Ballantine Hall 209

Through the scholarly research that has been conducted on the arts in seventeenth-century France, it has been clear for quite some time that there was a direct relationship between the blossoming of the arts and the sun-kissed reign of King Louis XIV.  Concerning the performing arts, much has already been said regarding Molière’s unique approach to the art of theatre.  Much has also already been said about Louis XIV’s illustrious image and unique rise to power – a phenomenon that is currently characterized by modern historians as absolutism.  Naturally, scholars have always been well aware of the unique bond that existed between these two men and that Molière’s success as a playwright and as an actor was due primarily to the support of the King.   What is surprising about the research conducted so far by these various scholars is that none of their theses extrapolate upon the idea that the very art Molière produced was itself an expression of absolutism because of this relationship.  The most striking of these examples is Molière’s little-known Impromptu de Versailles, and this study seeks to show and to prove how the content and structure of this play are direct expressions of absolutism.  After allowing the text to speak for itself through the direct citation and close analysis of key passages, a dialogue with the works of contemporary scholars will develop in which the analysis in question will attempt to propose the missing link between them all.  That missing link, that crowning jewel to this scholarly repertoire, is that absolutism was the driving force behind both the King’s political evolution and Molière’s artistic evolution – the courses of which were, therefore, intricately and inextricably linked.  

Karen E. “Kemmie” Mitzell is a second-year Masters student in French Literature.  A former actress herself and having studied acting in the United States and in Paris, her current research interest is in the history of French theatre with special emphasis on the 17th century. She graduated from Indiana University with a French BA in 2008. She is the recipient of the Grace P. Young Award for excellence in French and is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

13. Western Balkans: An Opportunity or a Challenge for the Future of the EU

Prishtina, Kosovo

26-27 June 2010

The deadline for abstract submission is April 30, 2010. Authors of selected abstracts will have to submit their full papers by May 31, 2010. 

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

– All abstracts must be in English, typed, and submitted via email as a .DOC (MS Word) or PDF attachment, using Times New Roman font, size 12 pt, 1 inch margins, double-spaced.

– Each abstract should be between 300 and 400 words (max).

– Each abstract should include the full name, affiliation, academic background and contact details of the author. A CV of the author may also be submitted.

– Individual or group authored abstracts will be considered.

– Each abstract is to be submitted via email by the given deadline to Please note that there is no fee to attend or present at this conference, thanks to the generous commitment of the organizers. The organizers are working intensively to find sponsors, however, to financially help presenters from developing countries to cover their travel and accommodation expenses. As funds become available,adequate announcements will be made on the conference site. The organizers also plan to take all conference presenters on a tour of Kosovo, provided that funds permit. For further information or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at or visit the official website of the conference for updates and more detailed information:

14. Minority Languages in Europe: Successes and Challenges

Indiana University, Bloomington

October 7-9, 2010

Invited speakers:  

José Ignacio Hualde, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bernat Joan i Mari, Secretari de Política Lingüística de la Generalitat de Catalunya

Claude Truchot, Université de Strasbourg

Jean-Luc Vigneux, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Ch’Lanchron, author, singer, composer, translator

Colin Williams, Cardiff University

Call for Papers

 Submission Deadline: March 15, 2010

Notification of Acceptance: April 15, 2010

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (plus 10 minutes for discussion) on any aspect of European minority languages and related cultural issues, including but not limited to:

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Geopolitical issues
  • Cultural vitality
  • Language endangerment & revitalization
  • Linguistic issues: descriptive & theoretical
  • Orthography/literacy
  • Education
  • Fieldwork/research issues
  • Language & identity
  • Media & technology

Abstracts should be no more than one page in length (a second page may be included for examples and references), in 12-point type. All margins should be at least one inch wide (or 2.5 cm). Authors are asked to submit their abstracts online through our online submission page:

Click on the Abstract Submission link in the top right corner of the page and follow the instructions provided.  Please be sure to include all requested information on the abstract submissions page. To facilitate the review process, please indicate the general topic addressed in the proposal. Preference will be given to presentations not duplicated at other major conferences. Authors are asked to indicate prior or planned presentations of their papers.



Organizing committee:  Julie Auger, Deborah Piston-Hatlen, Kevin Rottet, Rex Sprouse

Sponsored by the Indiana University West European Studies National Resource Center

15. Cultural Immersion Projects: Call for English, Irish, and Welsh Citizens 

My name is Karen Ross; I am an instructor at the School of Education in a program called the “Cultural Immersion Projects,” which places pre-service teachers in 15 different countries world-wide to complete an 8-week teaching practicum. Before our students go abroad they complete one year of preparatory work where they learn about their chosen country, cultural adaptation and teaching in a multi-cultural environment. Every year in April, we hold a 2-day workshop for our students and their families. Part of that workshop includes an opportunity for our students to meet host nationals from the country where they will be student teaching.

This is where you come in. We are looking for citizens of England, Ireland, and Wales to speak with our students who will be student teaching there. The workshop this year is on April 9-10, and the ‘host nation’ session is scheduled for that Saturday (April 10) at 10.15am-11.45am. Following the session, we would love for you to stay for lunch (which we will provide) in order to provide some more time for students and their parents to ask you even more questions. There will also be some compensation for your time with us.

Please let me know if you think this is something you could participate in. We would really appreciate if you could join us that day and share with our students your experience and address the questions they’ll have about living and teaching in your home country.  If you are interested, please email me at:       

16. EU Simulation – Washington, DC+ Funding Opportunity

EU-US Cooperation on Terrorist Crises:

The Case of Somalia, Yemen & the Gulf of Aden

Piracy off the coast of Somalia has increased dramatically over the past five years.  In response the United States and the European Union have increased their naval presence in the region.  The EU is operating EU NAVFOR – Operation Atlanta and the US is overseeing Combined Task Force 151 to “detect and deter piracy in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Red Sea.”

Open to ALL Graduate Students and advanced Undergraduate Students, of any University: Syracuse University is hosting a  Simulation that will confront participants with a terrorist attack scenario on a naval vessel in the Gulf of Aden and challenge them to navigate the waters of international cooperation to make use of the collaborative structures already in place and develop new tools to manage the crisis.  Participants will explore the new powers granted to the High Representative for Foreign Affairs by the Lisbon Treaty which took effect in 2010.

Our key note speakers will be Thomas Henökl, of the European Commissions’ Crisis Management Unit and a US State Department Somalia Desk Official. 

March 19, 2010

9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Syracuse University’s Greenberg House

2301 Calvert Street, NW, Washington, DC

Register on-line at :

For additional questions, contact Havva Karakas Keles, at

Application Deadline: March 5th, 2010, 5 pm EST

*** If an IU MA student is accepted, they can apply to the EU Center for a scholarship of up to $300 to help cover transportation and lodging expenses. Contact Brant Beyer at for more information.





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