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AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference
October 9 – 10, 2015


MADISON (June 17, 2015) — Abstracts for 20-minute papers on any aspect of Slavic literatures, cultures (including film, music, and the visual arts), linguistics (theoretical or applied, including pedagogy), and history are invited for the annual conference of the Wisconsin chapter of AATSEEL (The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages).

Comparative topics and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome and encouraged. The conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday and Saturday, October 9 – 10, 2015.

Recent conference programs are available on the AATSEEL-WI website at http://slavic.lss.wisc.edu/new_web/?q=node/7

This year's keynote lecture will be delivered by Professor Jonathan Bolton (Harvard University).

To present a paper at the AATSEEL-WI conference, please submit a proposal by August 31, 2015. A complete proposal consists of:
1. Author's contact information (name, affiliation, postal address, telephone, and email)
2. Paper title
3. 300- to 500-word abstract
4. Equipment request (if necessary)

Please send proposals by email to: Zach Rewinski, rewinski@wisc.edu

Please include “AATSEEL-WI” in the subject line of your email. All submissions will be acknowledged and considered, and all applicants will be informed of the status of their proposals no later than September 15.



New Grants to Help Fund Summer Russian Language Program for Underserved Youth

MADISON (March 2, 2015) — The Pushkin Summer Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been awarded two grants totaling $230,000 to help fund summer Russian language classes for high school students from under-represented, low-income and minority communities.


A $90,000 grant from STARTALK, a project of the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland, will help fund the program held on UW-Madison’s campus. A $140,000 grant from the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), a program administered by the U.S. Department of State and American Councils for International Education, will fund a six-week study abroad program in Latvia for 15 students who attended the campus program last year.


“This is the second level of the Pushkin Summer Institute,” said Dr. David Bethea, director of the program.


Students travelling to Latvia will stay with host families, attend classes, and embark on cultural excursions as part of a typical week in the city of Daugavpils, the second-largest city in Latvia and one with a significant Russian-speaking population. Through interaction with host families and selected Russian-speaking peers, students will be fully immersed in Russian for the duration of the program.

The Pushkin Summer Institute’s campus program was established in 2012. It is a six-week academic program that aims to improve students’ Russian language abilities through a blend of language, cultural, and literature studies. Students stay in Kronshage Hall, attend classes in Van Hise Hall, and go on area field trips. Last year, 22 students attended.

“On their record it will show they have learned Russian and quite a bit of Russian,” said Bethea. “It really helps them in the college admissions process.”


The program was initially a partnership with Pritzker College Prep in Chicago, Ill. and has since expanded to include students from Noble Street College Prep in Chicago, Ill. and West Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska. More information on the program is available at www.pushkin.wisc.edu.



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