Call for Applications: International Summer School for Belarusian Studies 2014 is waiting!

Dr. Maria Paula Survilla, Executive Director of the Center for Belarusian Studies at Southwestern College
(Winfield, KS) invites undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the Center’s 3rd International Summer
Institute of Belarusian Studies from July 6 to August 3, 2014

When: July 6-August 3, 2014

Where: Hajnówka, Poland (optional tours to Belarus and Lithuania)

For whom: undergraduate and graduate students

Program Fee: 4, 200 USD (partial fee available)

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The program is co-sponsored by the Belarusian
Historical Society (Bialystok, Poland), Prof. Dr. Oleg Latyszonek, Chairman. It will be held at the Belarusian
Cultural Center and Belarusian Lyceum in the town of Hajnowka, located in the Podlasie region of northeastern
Poland, an area of great natural beauty and home to Poland’s large ethnic Belarusian population—an ideal setting
for the study of Belarusian language, history, society, and culture, as well as for the study of a broad range of issues
relating to cultural diversity and minorities policies in the EU. Ambassador (retired) David H. Swartz will serve as
the summer institute’s Program Director. Amb. Swartz was the first U.S. ambassador to Belarus. His career also
included service as Dean of the School of Language Studies at the U. S. Department of State.


Coursework will include intensive Belarusian language instruction (beginning and intermediate levels and individual
advanced-level tutorials) and lectures in English and Belarusian on Belarusian history, literature, contemporary
politics and society. The program will also include a regional studies component, with lectures and events focusing
on the history, culture, and current status of the Belarusian minority in Poland, as well as of the Podlasie region’s
other ethnic groups, including Poles, Jews, Tatars, Lithuanians, and Russian Old Believers.

The Summer Institute faculty will include instructors from Białystok University and the Belarusian
Lyceum in Hajnówka, as well as visiting instructors from a number of Belarusian universities. Additional
guest lectures on Belarusian history, politics, society and culture will be given by leading researchers in
the field of Belarusian studies from Europe and North America.

Participants will have a choice of hotel accommodations at the Belarusian Cultural Center or homestays
with Belarusian-speaking families in Hajnówka.

Coursework will be supplemented by a rich and diverse cultural program, including visits to Belarusian
minority cultural organizations and media outlets, meetings with Belarusian writers and artists, films,
concerts, and excursions to important sites related to Belarusian culture and the other cultures of the
Podlasie region: the city of Białystok, the recently restored Orthodox monastery and Museum of Icons in
Supraśl, the Białowieża (Biełavieža) National Park (the largest and ecologically most diverse remnant of
the primeval forests of the Northern European plain), the historic town of Bielsk Podlaski, the Holy
Mountain of Grabarka (the most important Eastern Orthodox pilgrimage site in Poland), the 17th-century
Great Synagogue in Tykocin, the Tatar mosque in Kruszyniany, and the Borderland Center in Sejny, a
unique institution dedicated to preserving the rich multicultural heritage of the borderland region and
promoting dialogue and mutual understanding between its many ethnic groups and cultures. In mid-July
students will also have the opportunity to attend Basovišča, the annual festival of Belarusian rock music
organized by the Belarusian Students’ Association in the town of Gródek (Haradok) east of Białystok.


At the end of the program, from August 4-18, students will have the option of traveling to Belarus on a
guided tour including Hrodna, Słonim, Navahrudak, Mir, Niaśviž, Minsk, Połack, Viciebsk, Mahiloŭ,
Pinsk and Brest. The trip will end with a visit to the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, including important sites
related to the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the modern Belarusian national movement.


The program cost is $4200. This covers:
 4 hours of graduate credit in Belarusian language/area studies;
 Room and board at the Hajnowka site;
 On-site expenses for program-related excursions.
Travel expenses from/to the U.S. to Hajnowka are additional. The cost of the optional tour of Belarus and eastern
Lithuania at the end of the program will be announced as details become available. Limited financial assistance may be
available based on demonstrated need.

This application is also available at the CBS website ( ). Feel free to contact the Program
Director, Amb. David Swartz (, and/or Associate Program Director, Dr. Curt Woolhiser
(Brandeis University):, if additional information is desired. Please note that the deadline for all
applications is March 1, 2014.

Application Form

(Please type or print legibly)

1. First name and surname:
2. Date of birth:
3. Citizenship:
4. Current mailing address:

7. Telephone/Fax:
8. E-mail address:

9. Post-secondary school academic experience
(please include degree(s) received, major and dates):

1) Please ask a faculty member (or current employer, if you are no longer in school) who
is familiar with your work to provide a letter of recommendation. The
recommendation should address your academic qualifications and preparedness for
study abroad. The letter should be sent to the Program Director, Amb. David Swartz,
in a sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature across the seal.
Recommender’s name:

11. Your current knowledge of Belarusian (please check the appropriate boxes)
[ ] none [] advanced reading proficiency
[ ] basic reading skills [] advanced speaking proficiency
[ ] basic speaking skills
[ ] intermediate reading skills
[ ] intermediate speaking skills
12. If you have studied Belarusian previously, please indicate where and for
how long:

13. Your knowledge of other Slavic languages (indicate level using the
criteria in item 11):
Language: Language:
Proficiency level Proficiency level
Reading: Reading:
Speaking: Speaking:

14. Your native language:

15. Passport information: Country issuing passport:
Passport number:
Expiration date:

16. Essay. Please write a short essay (approx. 1-2 pages) discussing the reasons for your
decision to participate in the International Summer Institute of Belarusian Studies, and
how your participation in the program would further your academic, personal or
professional goals.
Note: If you are applying for advanced-level language instruction, please write
your essay in Belarusian.
17. Accommodations preference:
[ ] dormitory
[ ] homestay
18. Special medical or dietary requirements:
19. Do you plan to participate in the optional Belarus tour at the end of the program
(August 4-18)?
Yes No
Please note that all students accepted for the program must pay a deposit of $500.00 by
June 2, 2014. The balance will be due by June 20, 2014.
Please e-mail this application form together with your essay by March 1, 2014, to Amb.
David Swartz, Program Director ( or Dr. Curt Woolhiser,
Associate Program Director ( or mail a hard copy to either of the
following addresses:
Amb. (ret.) David H. Swartz
Center for Belarusian Studies
Southwestern College
100 College Street
Winfield, Kansas 67156 USA
Dr. Curt Woolhiser
Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literature
Brandeis Univesity
415 South Street MS-024
Waltham, MA 02454 USA

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