Winter 2006 (14.4)
our Families - 2007
This July, the Sixth Reunion of the AzerbaijanAdopt ListServ
will take place in Philadelphia. Jenny Grabowski is the driving
force organizing the event this year. As many families who have
adopted children from Azerbaijan live in the northeast, many
have indicated that they come to the reunion.
Children will get the chance to visit some of Philadelphia's
unique sites such as: Please Touch Museum and the Academy of
Natural Sciences where there is a superb Butterfly exhibit.
Already some of the children who were adopted from Azerbaijan
as infants will be seven and eight years old this summer. "Celebrating
Our Families" Reunion is becoming an annual tradition for
many of these families, a tradition that began in 2001. Since
then, volunteer families have hosted the reunion in different
cities throughout the United States.
The idea began with Kimi and Bill Abernathy, whose daughter Inara
was the first child adopted internationally from Azerbaijan in
2000. Kimi also was the driving force in creating the Yahoo Internet
ListServ - AzerbaijanAdopt - to which many adoptive families
subscribe. She also hosted the first reunion in 2002 in Nashville,
In 2003, Kathleen and Jim Shyrock, along with Judy Shifrin, coordinated
the reunion in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2004, Gina Andriolo
and Jane Bottner brought the event to New York City. Sharon Hamilton
and Staci Pretti invited the families to Seattle in 2005, and
the Estells, Icenogles and Wierzbickis organized the event in
Indianapolis in 2006.
For more details for the Philadelphia 2007 reunion: contact Jenny
Grabowski: JGrab989@com. Families and friends of Azerbaijan are
Indiana University will be conducting its 57th Summer Workshop
in Slavic, East European and Central Asian Languages (SWSEEL)
from June 15 to August 10, 2007. SWSEEL offers high quality intensive
language training in 19 languages this summer, including first
and second year Azeri.
The classes are taught by Shahyar Daneshgar and Zemfira Zeynalova
and offer 6 graduate or 8 undergraduate credits. The program
is open to advanced high school students, undergraduates and
graduates, and adults of all ages. All attendees pay the same
low in-state tuition.
Contact: Director, Slavic, East European and Central Asian Languages,
Ballantine Hall 502, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405;
Email: SWSEEL@ indiana.edu.Web: INDIANA.edu/~iuslavic/swseel;
Tel: (812) 855-2608.
Special Spring courses, providing an overview of Azerbaijan are
being offered at Qafqaz University in Baku. The program is comprised
of sessions that relate to Azerbaijani history, literature and
culture and language. The course is offered in English for three
weeks from April 2-20, 2007. Contact Mr. Ayhan Guney (Director).
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: (994-12) 448-2862 /-66;
Fax: (+994 12) 448 28 61/67. WEB site: QAFQAZ.edu.az.
The Central Eurasian Studies Society Eighth Annual Conference
(2007) will be held October 18-21, 2007 in Seattle, Washington.
The conference will be held at the University of Washington,
hosted by the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central
Deadline for submission of panel/paper proposals: Friday, April
Panel and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities
and social science scholarship on Central Eurasia are welcome.
The program will feature approximately 60 panels. There will
also be cultural events, a welcome reception, conference dinner
and keynote speaker. Web: CESS.fas.harvard.edu/ CESS_Conference.html.
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