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MGS in Need of a Student with Knowledge/Interest in Communications and Marketing for AY 2014-15

Job Description: The Program in Modern Greek Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking to employ an hourly-paid graduate or undergraduate student from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to help promote the program. The student should have excellent knowledge of social media such as Facebook and Twitter, and is expected to help redesign the program’s website, update the website’s content and look, write blogs and newsletters, design posters and publicity material and assist the program with the organization and publicity of its events. Appointment to this position will be initially made for the Fall 2014 semester, renewable for another semester (Spring 2015), upon satisfaction by the program and the appointed student, and, contingent on availability of funds and satisfaction of both sides, for a longer period thereafter.

Duties: The student who takes the position is expected to:

• assist with redesigning of the Program in Modern Greek Studies’ existing website

• update the website’s content and design

• craft communications that promote the program’s activities via a variety of channels including blogs, newsletters, e-mails as well as social media such as Facebook, Twitter and others

• design posters and publicity material

• assist the program’s director with the coordination and publicity of the program’s events

Hours of Work per Week: 8-10 hours per week

Length: Initial appointment will be for the Fall 2014 semester, renewable for another semester (Spring 2015), upon satisfaction by the program and the appointed student, and, contingent upon availability of funds and satisfaction of both sides, for a longer period thereafter.

Payment: This is a paid position and payment will be $12-15 per hour, depending on the appointee’s skills.

Requirements for the job: excellent knowledge of utilizing social media for communications and marketing; excellent web and graphic design skills; good organizational, time management and efficiency skills; ability to collaborate and excellent team-working ethos

How to apply: Students interested in applying for this position should send an application package to the following e-mail address: moderngreek@illinois.edu . The application package should contain the following documents: 1. a one-page (cover) letter explaining why the candidate is interested in this position; 2. a CV or Resume; 3. a portfolio of design including samples of web-based design work; 4. two letters of recommendation The selection process will begin immediately after the deadline expires. Finalists will be invited to a job interview before a final decision is made. The appointed student is expected to assume his/her duties at the start of September 2014.

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu <http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu/>)

Application Deadline: Monday August 11th, 2014, 12.00PM

 

The Program in Modern Greek Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Program in Modern Greek Studies is a new and very dynamic academic program which was established in 2008 to foster the study of the Greek language, Greek history and culture, and to explore past and current perspectives on Hellenism. In creating this new program, our university is joining a growing trend among leading institutions of higher learning in North America, offering programs in Modern Greek Studies dedicated to the study of the language, literature, culture, and history of modern Greece. We are also continuing an educational tradition started by the Greek-American community in Chicago, one of the largest in the US and historically the first to take an active interest in Greek-speaking education, whose geographical proximity to our campus is an important asset to our efforts. For more information please check the program’s website: http://www.moderngreek.illinois.edu/

Author: Dr. Stephanos Katsikas, Director of the Program in Modern Greek Studies UIUC

Published Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014

The Houston and Papadimitriou Greek Culture Awards 2013-14

 

 

Announcement: Established in 2009, the Houston and Papadimitriou Greek Culture Awards are awarded to undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who have a demonstrated interest in and who are taking elective courses to learn about Greek culture, language or history. In AY 2013-14, the deadline for applications for students taking a GRKM course in either the fall or the spring semester is 4:30pm on Monday, April 28, 2014. To submit an application, please contact Dr. Stephanos Katsikas at (skatsika@illinois.edu) for the awards guidelines and application form. If you have questions, please contact Assistant Dean Penelope Soskin (LAS) (soskin@illinois.edu)

 

 

 

 

Dr. Stefanos Katsikas

Director of the Modern Greek Studies Program,

University of Illinois

 

Author: Dr. Stephanos Katsikas, Director of the Program in Modern Greek Studies UIUC

Published Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014

We are pleased to share the good news that the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and with the concurrence of the appropriate campus officials, has approved GRKM 454 "Advanced Modern Greek II" in the university's BANNER system. Effective Date: Spring 2014.

Author: Modern Greek Studies, University of illinois

Published Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013

The program of Modern Greek Studies is pleased to announce that Prof. Maria Todorova, Professor of History, REEEC Faculty Associate as well as Associate Faculty to our program, has recently been appointed as a permanent faculty member at the Center for Advanced Study. CAS Professors are selected from the faculty on the basis of their outstanding scholarship. These appointments are among the highest forms of campus recognition. With the Associates and Fellows, they form the core of the Center for Advanced Study Community by delivering annual lectures and serving on the Research Appointments Committee, which selects CAS Associates and Fellows.



Professor Maria Todorova

An internationally recognized scholar with an extensive publication list, Todorova’s most recent works include the personal essay “My Yugoslavia” in After Yugoslavia: The Cultural Spaces of a Vanished Land ed. by Radmila Gorup (Stanford, 2013) and “War and Memory: Trotsky’s War Correspondence from the Balkan Wars” in Perceptions – Journal of International Affairs, Special Issue – From the Balkan Wars to Balkan Peace, Spring 2013. Her Remembering Communism: Similar Trajectories, Different Memories is forthcoming with CEU Press.  This will be the second edited collection to come out of the international research project she has coordinated with Stefan Troebst in 2006-2009 with generous funds from the Volkswagen Stiftung.  Tentatively called A Dictionary of Socialism/Communism, a smaller volume will also appear with CEU press; it will consist of dictionary entries specific to the communist period in an endeavor to provide a differentiated form of Begriffsgeschichte of the terminology that originated in the communist era in distinct places and at discrete time periods.

Most well-known for her Imagining the Balkans (Oxford, 1997), Todorova’s seminal monograph has most recently inspired the UNESCO travelling exhibit Imagining the Balkans. Identities and Memory in the Long 19th Century, for which she also serves as a historical adviser. Inaugurated at the beginning of April 2013 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the exhibit reveals through ten themes how the development of modern nation in Southeastern Europe is inseparably linked to and interwoven with the story of the region. An outcome of the collaboration among 12 national museums in Southeastern Europe and elsewhere, the exhibit is in Serbia at the moment traveling soon to Romania and other countries in the region.

On sabbatical this academic year, Professor Todorova will be working on her current research project “Life in the Times of Utopia: The Lost World of Early Socialists at Europe’s Margins.” Set within the comparative framework of Europe and Eurasia, her study focuses on the legacy of early socialism in Bulgaria, the country with the earliest and strongest socialist movement in the Balkans. Her work will capture the formation of a revolutionary moment and explain socialism’s unique appeal in a young nation-state without a proletariat, offering a sociological examination the generation of revolutionaries and thus moving away from ideology and intellectual history towards social and cultural analysis.

Author: Dr. Stephanos Katsikas, Director of Modern Greek Studies University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Published Date: Thu, 05 Sep 2013

We are pleased to share the good news that the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and with the concurrence of the appropriate campus officials, has approved GRKM 453 "Advanced Modern Greek I" in the university's banner system. More information of the course follows below. GRKM 453 Advanced Modern Greek I Credit: 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Practice to enable students to attain conversational fluency and to become independent users of the language who deal effectively and with a good deal of accuracy with familiar communication situations. [Course Information] Prerequisite: GRKM 404 (Intermediate Modern Greek II) or consent of instructor. Effective Date: Fall 2013

Author: Dr. Stephanos Katsikas, Director of Modern Greek Studies UIUC

Published Date: Tue, 03 Sep 2013