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May 19, 2006

Aleksander Kwaśniewski Visit to the U-M, October 2006

Aleksander Kwaśniewski, the president of the Republic of Poland from 1995 to 2005, will visit the University of Michigan in October 2006. He piloted his country to membership in NATO, and has been an active supporter of further alliance enlargement. A strong proponent of regional cooperation, Kwaśniewski campaigned for approval of the European Union accession treaty in 2003, and saw Poland become a member on May 1, 2004. Born in 1954, Kwaśniewski studied foreign trade at Gdańsk University in the 1970s, and remained a member of the Union of Socialist Youth (the communist party's youth auxiliary) into the 1980s. He first entered government in 1985 as Minister for Youth Affairs, and went on to serve as chairman of the government's Social-Political Committee from 1988 to 1989. Kwaśniewski was a co-founding member of the Social Democratic Party in 1990 and of the Democratic Left Alliance in 1991, when he ran successfully for the Sejm (the lower house of parliament). Kwaśniewski was a coauthor of the constitution of the Third Republic of Poland which he signed into law in 1997. Toward the end of his presidency Kwaśniewski generated controversy in Poland by establishing a strong alliance with the United States and contributing troops to the war in Iraq. President Kwaśniewski has been a leading advocate for democracy throughout Eastern Europe, negotiating a resolution to the disputed 2004 Ukrainian election and helping the pro-democratic "Orange Revolution" prevail. In addition, his 2001 apology on behalf of the Polish people for crimes committed during the Holocaust played a crucial role in rebuilding relations between Poland and the worldwide Jewish community. Aleksander Kwaśniewski has been mentioned recently as a serious candidate to become the next Secretary General of the United Nations.

While visiting the University of Michigan in October, Kwaśniewski will deliver a public lecture on Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30 pm in the Rackham Auditorium and meet with students and faculty in various University schools and programs.

Posted by rfacey at 03:28 PM

Translators needed, Maxim Global Services

I am running a translation business in Moscow and am currently looking for qualified translators with either Russian or English native to work remotely.

Typical rates are 8 to 10 USD per a "standard" page of 1800 chars, also counting spaces, in the source language. Higher rates are possible for translators who do not require additional proofreading and formatting.

The current hot topic is translating English to Russian web-based automotive courses-both mechanical (service manuals) and marketing/sales materials, plus the web interface terminology, in plain text and XML format.

Maxim Buyakov
President, Maxim Co. Ltd. Russia
Direct :+7-903-523-1372

Posted by rfacey at 03:23 PM

Program Assistant for Eurasia National Endowment for Democracy - Washington, DC

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Assistant for its Eurasia section. The position is based in Washington, DC.

The Program Assistant will provide administrative support to Eurasia Program staff.

Specific duties of the Program Assistant will include:
Assisting the Program staff with general administrative duties; Researching information about potential grantees and current political and third sector developments in the region; Maintaining contacts with grantees; Organizing meetings for visiting grantees; Attending conferences, meetings and other events; Providing support for considering and awarding grants to nongovernmental organizations working on democracy-building programs in Eurasia, with a focus on Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus;

Applicants should have the following qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in relevant field;
Knowledge of the political and social issues in the region; Strong written and oral communications skills in English and Russian (familiarity with Ukrainian or Belarusian a plus); Administrative support experience; Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task; Proficiency in Microsoft Office; Authorization to work in the US (non-US citizens must possess work authorization which does not require employer sponsorship for a visa).

NED offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. The NED is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply, send a letter of interest and resume by to:
National Endowment for Democracy
ATTN: Eurasia Program Assistant Search
1101 15th Street N.W., Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005

Email (preferred; specify position title in the subject line):

Posted by rfacey at 03:19 PM

Indiana University SWSEEL Workshop

Indiana University's 56th Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Languages

June 16th - August 11th, 2006

Bloomington, Indiana

If your summer plans have changed and you are looking for language opportunities - it's not too late - you still have time to register!

Funding is still available for some Central Eurasian languages, including Azeri, Kazakh and Tajik!

ALL participants pay IN-STATE TUITION.

The following languages will be offered:

Russian (1st through 6th years), Albanian, Azeri (1st & 2nd), Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Estonian (1st& 2nd), Georgian (1st & 2nd), Hungarian, Kazakh (1st & 2nd), Latvian, Lithuanian (1st & 2nd),
Pashto, Polish, Romanian, Slovene, Tajik (1st & 2nd), Turkmen (1st & 2nd), Uyghur (1st & 2nd), Uzbek (1st & 2nd)

For more information contact:
Ballantine Hall 502
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

Posted by rfacey at 03:04 PM