Special Events at the 2017 Conference

The AATSEEL Conference Program and Executive Committees are planning a number of special events for the 2017 AATSEEL Conference. Please continue to check this page for updates on these, and other special events at the conference.

Publisher's Forum

Featuring Panorama, a new third-year textbook by Benjamin Rifkin, Evgeny Dengub, and Susanna Nazarova, published by Georgetown University Press.

Issues in the Field: Academic Publishing

Organizer: Anna Berman, McGill University
Irene Masing-Delic, Slavic and East European Journal
Harriet Murav, Slavic Review
Christina Dunbar, Columbia University Press
Liladhar Pendse, Slavic Librarian, University of California, Berkeley

Forum on The Art of Teaching Russian

This forum on Friday, February 3rd will present The Art of Teaching Russian (title tentative), a collection of articles on Russian pedagogy in the U.S. scheduled to appear in 2017 (Slavica Publishers). The editors, Evgeny Dengub (Smith College, University of Massachusetts-Amherst), Irina Dubinina (Brandeis University) and Jason Merrill (Michigan State University) will describe the collection, and attending authors will present their individual contributions. The editors will close with a discussion of pedagogical trends and areas of research that are likely to be needed in the next fifteen years.

Course Development Workshop

Learn directly from Benjamin Rifkin (Ithaca College) not only how to get proposals approved by curriculum committees but also - and more importantly - how to develop courses that will have a significant impact on students' lives and attract enrollments. For more of Ben's thoughts on these concepts, see his blog post, "Growing our Students' Hearts".

Keynote Address

The Keynote Address in San Francisco will be given by Michael Katz (Middlebury College) on Saturday morning, February 4th at 11:00am.

Poetry Translation Workshop

Saturday, February 4, 3:15-5:00pm: Round Table Conversation with Poetry Translators
We invite you to join a conversation with established scholars and poetry translators whose recent publications have received critical acclaim, and whose work establishes new approaches to translating Russian and East European poetry. Boris Dralyuk, Alyssa Gillespie, and Ainsley Morse will read from their work and share their experience of translating and publishing. More info here.

Advanced Seminars

Led by renowned scholars, these seminars provide AATSEEL members with the opportunity to engage in extended discussions and gain from experienced scholars' knowledge, expertise and practice.

Friday, February 3rd, 2017, 1:30-3:30pm: Harsha Ram (University of California, Berkeley) "Paris, Petersburg, Tiflis: The Physiology as a Travelling Genre"

Saturday, February 4th, 2017, 1:15-3:00pm: Beth Holmgren (Duke University) "Performance Studies in Russia and Eastern Europe"

Seminar participants must be members of AATSEEL who are pre-registered for the conference.

Teaching Workshop

Saturday, February 4, 3:15-5:00pm: Creating Structured Input Activities for Teaching Grammar in a Communicative Classroom

Julia Mikhailova, University of Toronto
William Comer, Portland State University
Lynne deBenedette, Brown University

This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the notion of Structured Input (Lee and VanPatten, 2003; Farley, 2004; VanPatten, 2004) and to the principles for creating activities that reflect this instructional technique. The presentation portion of the workshop will be richly illustrated with samples of structured input activities designed to teach particular grammatical and structural points in several Slavic languages (examples from Russian, Polish and Czech). In the second part of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate in creating their own structured input activities. In the concluding part of the workshop, participants will share their draft activities with the other participants, reflecting on the challenges of writing such activities. The presenters will facilitate the group discussion of the sample activities, give feedback and make suggestions to help participants make the process of creating such activities easier in the future.

Farley, A. P. (2004). Structured input: Grammar instruction for the acquisition oriented classroom. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages.
Lee, J. & VanPatten, B. (2003). Making Communicative Language Teaching Happen. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.
VanPatten, B. (Ed.). (2004). Processing instruction: Theory, research, and commentary. Mahwah, NJ: LawrenceErlbaum Associates.

All participants must pre-register for this workshop by signing up here. For questions, email William Comer (wcomer@pdx.edu).

Film Screening

Saturday, February 4th 8:00-10:00pm Finding Babel, featuring remarks from Grisha Friedin (Stanford University) and the director, David Novack.

Association Gatherings

Friday, February 3rd, 12:15-1:30pm: North American Association of Teachers of Polish

Friday, February 3rd, 4:30-6:30: International Association of Teachers of Czech

Saturday, February 4th, 5:15-7:00pm: American Council of Teachers of Russian

To schedule a meeting or gathering of a professional association at the 2017 AATSEEL conference, please contact Rachel Stauffer (aatseelconference@usc.edu).

Receptions and Coffee Breaks

Friday, February 3rd, 10:00-10:30am: Coffee Break sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Friday, February 3rd, 7:00pm-9:00pm: President's Reception and Awards Ceremony sponsored by the Stanford University Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and the University of California, Berkeley Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Institute for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Cash bar (cash only) and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. All attendees are warmly invited to attend.

To sponsor a coffee break or to hold a reception at the 2017 AATSEEL Conference, please contact AATSEEL Conference Manager, Rachel Stauffer (aatseelconference@usc.edu).