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March 19, 2007

Volunteer with Balkan Sunflowers in Kosovo

The Community Activists Network 3 (CAN3) has been set in motion - WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FROM INTERESTED VOLUNTEERS. CAN3 will begin on 1 May 2007. Selected volunteers will work alongside a local organization working on projects that impact youth, minorities, human dignity, cultural or education needs. They will live with host families. They will participate in an on-arrival training and language intensive.

Balkan Sunflowers, together with Service Civil International (SCI), and supported by the European Union European Voluntary Service (EVS), will be implementing this program of volunteerism and community development in Kosovo. More information is in the Balkan Sunflowers website – www.balkansunflowers.org – in the "What We Do" section.

Balkan Sunflowers believes that international and local volunteers participating in local community life crucially promotes the ideals of a caring and open society. They contribute to a climate of trust and self-confidence in which people will more easily discern the opportunities open to them.

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Summer School, Bulgaria

The first Summer School for young sociologists and social scientists will be held from June 1 to June 10, 2007 at a Black Sea resort in Bulgaria. It will gather a faculty of leading Bulgarian and European experts, and will include such topics as ethnosociology, issues of poverty, culture under market society, conflict resolution, social work, involvement of potential stockholders and other interested parties, lobbying, Ecodesign.

Working visits to related sites as municipality, ethnic minorities' communities, a national park/reserve, and so on is provided where participants will discuss with staff and local authorities and NGOs about their experience. Curricula is still under preparation to meet in the best possible way interests and demands of the potential participants.

It is expected participants to cover transportation, accommodation and other expenses. The tax to be paid for attendance is 300 Euro/500 USD until March 31 2007, and 500 Euro/600 USD for late applicants. This covers tutition, accomodation, meals and one working trip related to the chosen topic. There might be additional payment for tourist trips for visiting historical or natural landmarks.

We are looking forward for more foreign participants in our Summer School. This might be the first step toward a fruitful cooperation between our academic communities, which is still too scarce. Prospective participants may send their CVs and a brief description what they expect from this workshop at hrc@hrc-bg.com or snikolov@hrc-bg.com.

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March 15, 2007

International Student Symposium-Prague

Gain more advanced skills and interest in the future of world leadership, global politics, cross-cultural communication, and international relations.

The Symposium is intended to inspire today’s youth to reach full leadership and communicative potential in the area of international relations. The conference employs a multidisciplinary approach towards this goal encompassing the study of polical science, international affairs and intercultural communication.

The Symposium commences on June 24, 2007

The conference will feature distinguished international experts on global issues and visits to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Czech Parliament and selected foreign embassies in Prague. The UN crisis simulation and International Tribunal Criminal Court will provide your students with the rare and invaluable opportunity to debate and asses specific topics dealing with democracy, nationalism, military activities, peace negotiation, European integration and human rights.

For further information about the application process and the conference, please contact me directly at info@student-symposium.com or visit the conference website at http://www.student-symposium.

Agnieszka Critchlow
Program Executive


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March 09, 2007

Czech Workshop - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

March 30–April 1, 2007
The workshop theme is “Czechs in the New and Old Europe: New Approaches.” The keynote address, “The Czechs Without the Slovaks: Where the Past is Another Country and Nation,” will be given by Martin Votruba, Director of the Slovak Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh. His address will be preceded by remarks by Marek Skolil, Consul General of the Czech Republic. Full program information can be found at:


The workshop is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the European Union Center at the University of Illinois; the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Center for Advanced Study; the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; the International Association of Teachers of Czech; the Czechoslovak Studies Association; the Department of Political Science; the Office of Continuing Education; the Department of Anthropology; the School of Architecture; the School of Music; the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; and the Department of History.

For more information please contact David Cooper (dlcoop@uiuc.edu).

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March 02, 2007

CfP: Divorce, Women and Families in the Balkans (XVIIIth-XXth centuries)

Deadline for pre-registration on 1 April 2007.

The next European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) will meet in Lisbon, February 27 – March 1 2008. You are invited to present a paper on the theme of divorce, women and families (18th-20th centuries) in the Balkans understood in a broad sense.

For more information about this session, please visit the ESSHC-website: http://www.iisg.nl/esshc, section Family and Demography. I would like to encourage comparative papers but everyone researching in this area of social history is welcome. If you are interested in participating st this meeting, please send an abstract of ½ page to: c_ghitulescu@yahoo.fr.

Because the deadline for pre-registration is on 1 April 2007, I would prefer to receive your proposals until 25 March.
In case you are interested in chairing this session,
please email as soon as possible c_ghitulescu@yahoo.fr.

A couple’s separation has always been, in the past and today, a social, economic and affective issue. In a number of European countries divorce was not accepted until the late eighteenth century and this led to the »invention« of a series of more or less effective solutions, including separation [séparation de corps] and the annulment of the marriage. However, the Orthodox Church, for example, while proclaiming that marriage was indissoluble in principle, accepted divorce in practice and allowed spouses to separate for a whole range of reasons. Our session tries to find out how and who invoke separation, in which moment of marriage and what is happened with both partners. Moreover, another significant topic which could be catch our interest is the induced effects of this separation on family, children and even on society.

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JOB- Armenian, Azeri, and Georgian Interpreters and Translators

The Office of Language Services of the U.S. Department of State provides interpreters (oral communication) and translators (written
documents) to various federal government agencies which organize training programs and cultural exchanges for foreign officials and experts or hold international meetings.

It is currently looking for Armenian (Eastern Armenian of Yerevan), Azeri, and Georgian freelance consecutive and simultaneous interpreters for sporadic work in the United States.
Applicants must speak fluent English and one of the aforesaid languages, be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (minimum 2-year residency), able to travel 3-4 weeks at a time, with a college degree and excellent knowledge of U.S. Government and current affairs. Previous interpreting experience is not required

The Office of Language Services is also looking for translators from English into the aforesaid languages and from those languages into English. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold visas allowing them to work in the United States and have the ability to write well in the foreign language or English at an educated, native, level. A college degree and several years of professional translating experience are required.
Knowledge of public and international affairs vocabulary in both languages is essential. Working knowledge of MS Word and PowerPoint is also strongly recommended.

Candidates interested in working as contractors for the Office of Language Services should send resume to Carol Wolter at WolterC2@state.gov or fax it (202) 261-8807, attention Carol Wolter.

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