Friday, May 13, 2011

Call for Papers: The Indiana University Linguistics Community Working Papers

The IULC Working Papers is currently accepting submissions for Volume 11. We accept submissions from undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members from all departments, and other IU affiliated scholars in linguistics.

The IULC Working Papers is intended to be an outlet for original research in all fields of linguistics and to introduce graduate students to the publication process. Graduate students with outstanding term papers are especially encouraged to consider submitting their work.

For detailed information on the submission process, visit:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Professional Development Fellows Program for Teachers of Arabic

Professional Development Fellows Program for Teachers of Arabic
Sponsored by the Qatar Foundation International

• Are you a current or future teacher of Arabic?
• Are you looking for inspiring professional development?

If so, the Qatar Professional Development Fellows Program may be a perfect opportunity for you to engage in some of the best professional development programs in the country for little to no cost!

Through a generous grant from the Qatar Foundation International, the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota in collaboration with Teacher Seminars at Concordia Language Villages (CLV), Minnesota, will bring together K-16 Arabic language teachers from across the United States for an unprecedented program of learning and practice. Selected Fellows will be able to attend a CARLA summer institute of their choice, and will put their new knowledge to work at an internship at the CLV Arabic Language Village.

Two graduate-level credits will be awarded for the successful completion of a CARLA summer institute ( and a two-week internship at the Arabic Language Village either during the summer of 2011 or the summer of 2012. CARLA summer institutes focus on key topics such as assessment, culture, and second language acquisition. During their CLV internship, the participants will prepare lesson plans and co-teach activities and language learning groups with master teachers from the Arabic Language Village. The program is relevant to Arabic teachers of all age groups.

Qatar Fellows will be awarded scholarships valued at $5,000.

Details on the Qatar Fellows Program and application information can be found on the CLV website at:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

NeMLA 2012 - Call for Papers

World Literature, Comparative Languages, and Transnational Literatures

This area aims to provide a forum for colleagues working in languages and literatures complementary to longer existing emphases on continental, national or single language literatures often taught in the U.S. We particularly welcome proposals for NeMLA 2012 in fields such as:

Russian and Slavic Literatures, Arabic Literature, Chinese Literature, Comparative Literature, “World Literature” & Terms such as transnational, diaspora, intercultural, globalization, comparative Englishes, postcolonial…

To submit a panel proposal, go to:
By April 22 2011

For more information, please contact Area Director Christopher Hogarth at

Monday, April 11, 2011

Travel to Australia - PAI Conference

We are pleased to confirm that the Pan Asia Institute will provide funding (airfare, insurance, accommodations, and meals) for up to four IU students to participate in the Australian National University's (ANU) Asia Pacific Week 2011, July 10-14, 2011 in Canberra. This highly-selective, five day conference will bring together 100 graduate and undergraduate students from across Australia and around the world to participate in seminars, panel discussions, and other forums related to the Asia Pacific region. It presents a wonderful opportunity for students to network not only with peers, but with leading scholars and professionals focused on Asia and the Pacific. The attached announcement as well as the APW Overview provide further specifics (please note that the latter refers only to graduate student participation - the organizers have confirmed that this is a typo and accomplished, upper-level undergraduates are also welcome to apply). Information can also be found online at:

Any student interested in participating in the program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and have an academic interest in the region. Undergraduates must also have at least 75 credits completed at the time of application. A brief application form (attached), a resume or cv, and one letter of recommendation are needed to apply. Students should submit their complete application packet by email to no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 20, 2011. We regret the incredibly short lead time, but only learned of this opportunity recently.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Information Sessions for International Awards

Last two information sessions about international awards such as the Fulbright, Critical Language and Boren being held this Friday and next. The session this Friday focuses on international awards for all graduate students and next Friday will focus on awards for dissertation research such as the Fulbright Hays, IREX and Social Science Research Council.

Dates, times and locations of all remaining information sessions for graduate students:
Fri. Apr. 8, 2011 - 1-2:30pm - Student Building 150 - Juniors, Seniors, Graduate

Fri. Apr. 15, 2011 - 2-4:30pm - Ballantine 310 - Dissertation Research

Students interested in learning more about applying for international awards can go to:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


For four years now NYU has been offering a successful teacher training workshop in Arabic and Persian under the auspices of the STARTALK program.  This year we have added Dari and Turkish. 
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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Illuminated Verses: Poetries of the Islamic World

For the past year, City Lore and Poets House, two non-profit cultural groups in New York, have been working to put together a series of programs called Illuminated Verses: Poetries of the Islamic World.  We, along with our cultural partner the Asia Society, are pleased to extend an invitation to you and your constituents to attend these programs, performances, and interpretive panels taking place this spring from April 21st to May 7th.  Illuminated Verses speaks to the variety of poetic forms and styles in the Islamic world, while at the same time demonstrating the central role of poetry in cultures where Islam is practiced.  We explore improvised poetic forms and performances of ancient and venerated work from poets such as Rumi and Hafez, along with contemporary literary poetry in settings ranging from Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, North and West Africa. We explore the central role of poetry in the lives of Muslim men and women who memorize poems, buy and sell poetry on cassettes, sing the work of venerated poets, and utilize poems in social and political negotiations.  Scholars and poets Reza Aslan, Mohammed Bennis, Persis Karim, Khaled Mattawa, and Amir Vahab are among the participants. As cultures clash over religion in our world, Illuminated Verses: Poetries of the Islamic World invites us to see one another anew.

Please click on this link
( ) for further information on forthcoming events; a copy of the postcard for the May 7th forum is also attached.  In addition, if you are interested, we would be pleased to provide both digital and print materials that you might forward to your members.  We warmly encourage you to pass this information on to your peers and constituents at your discretion, and sincerely look forward to seeing you at these vibrant celebrations of cultural expression!

Catherine Fletcher