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Summer Institute of Belarusian Studies

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THE STORY:

Positioned at the cultural, political and geographic crossroads of east-central Europe, Belarus has a rich heritage spanning the centuries. The government of the Belarusian Democratic Republic went into exile in 1921 and is the world’s longest standing government in exile. Decades of Soviet rule and authoritarian means of the current government challenge the understanding and preservation of this heritage.

Today the Belarusian language is one of the most important languages in policy in Eastern Europe and designated by the United States as a language critical to U.S. national security.

Our Goal: At the Center for Belarusian Studies we are developing a cadre of experts to work toward societal renaissance, preserve Belarusian culture and language, and enhance international understanding of Belarus.

Your Role: Be part of the renaissance by supporting scholars and leaders of change. The Summer Institute for Belarusian Studies is the only program of its kind as is a Unique Opportunity for Immersion in Belarusian Language and Culture.

Please help provide funding for 15-20 students for 2016 Institute, June 27–August 6, in Hajnowka, Poland—the heart of the largest Belarusian diaspora community in the world and adjacent to Belarus itself. In this area that is politically safe and ethnographically Belaursian, we bring together local and international experts to offer an amazing linguistic and cultural opportunity.

Our Program: The six-week program costs $4500 (US) per student and is inclusive of the academic program, lodging, meals, local travel and exclusive of air/rail transportation from point of origin to Hajnowka, Poland.

Our instructional menu is designed to stimulate wide-ranging and creative dialogue led by expert instructors. Training is tailored to the specific interests and goals of each participant. We offer Belarusian language training at all levels of proficiency, from beginning to advanced levels; cultural immersion through attendance at a wide variety of Belarusian musical, drama, and religious events in the Bialystok region; area studies lectures and seminars targeting social, economic, and political topics pertinent to contemporary Belarus. Our summer institute operates in cooperation with the Belarusian Historical Society, Bialystok, Poland. Academic credit is awarded through our home institution, Southwestern College in Kansas.

About the CBS: The Center for Belarusian Studies promotes study of and engagement with this ancient East Slavic country, promoting change through higher education. Belarusian Studies are underrepresented and under funded. The CBS wants to address this and enhance our understanding of the dynamics of Belarus as a European nation. Like Belarus, our Center is also geographically sited at the crossroads: in the U.S. state of Kansas. Gifts originating in the U. S. are tax-deductible through Southwestern College, a 501 (c) (3) non-for-profit organization. Browse our web site, http://belarusiancenter.org/ and Facebook page for more details.

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