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This section contains articles on Albania and related topics authored by Van Christo and others.

Albanian Art Exhibit Comes to Boston

My friend and Art teacher, Bill Commerford is preparing An Albanian Portfolio, a series of Albanian themed watercolor paintings. When he finishes them, I want to exhibit his collection somewhere in Boston.

He sent me this beautiful card and tribute with a copy of one of his Albanian paintings.
An Albanian Portfolio Bill Cummerford2
I will let you know where you can see his entire collection as soon as he finishes them!


Fellowships at Goethe Institute – Albanians are eligible


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Goethe-Institut’s Scholars in Residence Program 2013-2014

February 6, 2013 By 

The Goethe-Institut and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) have issued the annual call forapplications for the Scholars in Residence Program20132014.

Scholars in Residence is a residency program for youngacademic researchers that promotes the exchange of scholarly research and provides guest residencies for researchers in the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences to visit their colleagues in Germany and abroad.

Young scholars are given the opportunity to forge intensive relationships with other researchers, to pursue joint projects and to develop long-term bilateralcollaborations within an international context.

The program partners a foreign scholar and German scholar who focus on projects that bear upon the program’s annual research themes. Within the focal subject matter, one academic from abroad and one German academic will form a duo team

The Scholars in Residence research themes for 2013/2014 are:

The call for applications addresses young academics from the humanities, the cultural, and the social sciences. You canapply individually or already submit a partner application (German applicant and overseas applicant).


  • PhD students and Postdocs
  • Fluency in English (German is not required for participation)

Deadline: 8 April 2013.

For more information, visit this link.

Rolex Fellowships – Albanians are eligible

Rolex Awards are given every two years. Applications have opened for the 2014 Awards, which will be exclusively devoted to young candidates. This means only those aged between 18 and 30 years are eligible to apply. The first set of Awards for Young Laureates took place in 2009 with the idea of supporting visionary young men and women at a critical juncture in their careers.

Applicants are asked to submit projects that tackle the world’s most pressing issues in five areas: science and health, applied technology, exploration and discovery, the environment, and cultural heritage. Projects are judged on their feasibility, originality, potential for sustained impact and, above all, on the candidates’ spirit of enterprise. Projects are examined rigorously to choose those that best meet the criteria and an independent Jury selects five winners from a shortlist.

Each Young Laureate will receive 50,000 Swiss francs over a period of two years. In addition, Rolex ensures all winners receive access to its network of more than 100 past Laureates, as well as the benefit of international publicity through media coverage and the Rolex Awards website.



Fellowships for Youth – Albanians are eligible!


2013 YouthActionNet Laureate Global Fellowship!


Applications for the 2013 Fellowship program are due by March 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST

Learn more about the Fellowship application by checking out our Frequently Asked Questions, our Approach to Social Entrepreneurship, and Testimonials from previous Fellows!

To learn tips for creating your best application, watch our video or visit our blog.



• Open to all young people, ages 18-29 as of October 1, 2013
• Applicants must be the acting founder/co-founder of an existing organization, or a project within an organization, with a demonstrated one year track record of leading societal change
• Proficiency in English is required; applications must be submitted in English
• Applicants must attend the full retreat (all expenses paid) to take place in early October 2013

Key Dates

March 17: Applications for the 2013 Fellowship program are due by March 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST

May 22: Finalists will be notified by May 22, 2013.

October 2013: The 2013 retreat will take place within in early October in Brazil.


About the application:

Video: The video is a mandatory portion of the application–if you do not submit a video, your application will not be considered. Your video will be the first opportunity we have to see your passion, knowledge, and unique perspective. We hope you will be specific and succinct in explaining your personal relationship to your work (why you do what you do), the steps you have made towards change (what your project/organization does) and what a successful future looks like for your project/organization.

We understand that there are varying degrees of technology access around the world and thus are willing to accept a variety of video qualities (from camera phones to Flip cameras) which will be given equal consideration across the pool of applicants. We much prefer a lower-quality video that directly addresses our questions to a professionally-produced video that does not address our questions. We are looking for authenticity.


Narrative Application: Within this section you will provide us with details that support what we learned in the video. Please remember to thoroughly describe your work in a way that an outsider with no knowledge of the issue you are addressing would understand. Help us understand the specific programs, projects, and activities that your organization offers. We are interested in your long-term vision, but it is important for us to understand your current activities. You must provide all requested information within the narrative application.


References: You will be asked to enter the contact information for two references who can discuss your eligibility for the fellowship.

Supporting Documents: You will have the opportunity to submit up to three additional documents that may provide judges with a better understanding of your project.
Pro tip! We highly recommend that you download the word version of the application to preview and craft your answers offline. This is a great way to think through your responses and have a saved copy for yourself! Once you have your application complete to your satisfaction you can return to the site and submit online.
Click here to apply online

While online submissions are strongly preferred, applicants may email completed word application forms to:

Click here to download the Word application

For questions and comments, contact

Win an iPad – VOA Photo Contest – Albania and Kosovo residents are eligible


Win an iPad – Share a Photo of Your Community

Click here to enter

IMPORTANT NOTICE: On the entry form, you will need to provide information about yourself and your photo.  You must include all this information for your photo to be eligible.  In the “Description” field, indicate (1) the subject of the photo and where it was taken, (2) your country of residence if different from the photo location, and (3) your email address.  Contest winners will be contacted by email.  Incomplete entries cannot be accepted.

VOA invites you to share a glimpse of your life through photography – and become eligible to win a new iPad.

Every day, VOA helps give you insights into the world around us.  Now, we would like you to share your world with us.  Send us your best photos that help capture the spirit or the essence of the people and places in your life.

Your photo may depict an everyday scene or a landmark.  It could be something that shows the struggles of everyday life…or it may express the joy found in the simplest things.

Since VOA audiences come from around the world, we invite everyone to participate.  You may enter as many photos as you like, but this isn’t a lottery.  VOA’s judges will look for beauty, composition, quality, and the content of your subject matter.  Photos will be scrutinized for originality – copyrighted work is ineligible.

See the complete list of contest rules below.  To upload your photos, click on the enter link at the top of the page.

The contest ends at 12 noon Washington time on March 1, 2013.  (Deadline Extended!)

A Resource for Albanian Artists

Get Rough With Me art poster

An ArtSake event, image courtesy the ArtSake website.

ArtSake is an art community and resourse that Albanian artists should explore. An example is an event coming up for a few days this week illustrated in the image on the left.

According to their “about” section, ArtSake is hosted by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the state’s art agency. They encourage readers to participate in the advancement of Massachusetts arts, especially their own.

For more information, please visit the ArtSake website at:

President Obama’s Inaugural Pledge for Immigration Reform

President Barack Obama runs along the Colonnade of the White House with Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough's children, Jan. 25, 2013. The President announced McDonough will become Chief of Staff, replacing Jack Lew, the nominee for Treasury Secretary. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama runs along the Colonnade of the White House with Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough’s children, Jan. 25, 2013. The President announced McDonough will become Chief of Staff, replacing Jack Lew, the nominee for Treasury Secretary. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Frosina was heartened by President Obama’s inaugural pledge for immigration reform during his next 4 years as president of the USA since “Millions of undocumented immigrants are locked of of higher learning. Their struggles continue, but in the meantime, there’s UoPeople, a tuition-free, online university open to any qualified student. Learn how to enroll at”

Source: Parade Magazine, The Boston Sunday Globe, January 27, 2013

Scanderbeg Event at Worcester Public Library – January 26th, 2013

Portrait of Skanderbeg in the Uffizi, Florence

Portrait of Skanderbeg in the Uffizi, Florence


Contact: ARTUR VREKAJ 508-304-0848
KOMBI and Albanian American League’s Historic Event
Location: Saxe Room – Main Library

For more information:


Excellent, Free ESL Classes Available in Beverly, MA

Beverly Bootstraps Logo

Beverly Bootstraps Logo

I recently spent some time in Beverly, Massachusetts and came across an amazing community services institution called Beverly Bootstraps. They offer a variety of free classes, including:

  • ESL
  • Computer Training
  • Adult Literacy
  • Job Readiness
  • Youth After School Programs
  • And much, much more

I actually volunteered for Beverly Bootstraps, teaching in their ESL classes — which they call ESOL for English for Speakers of Other Languages — and their instructors were excellent.

For more information visit: — ESL Classes page.