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Fall 2016
Oct 31- Nov 4

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Special Presentation by the Head of the Bavaria State Police

Eastern Illinois University (EIU)

Mon, Oct 31 | 6-8:30 pm

Social Hour at 6 pm: 1895 Room of EIU Union

Presentation at 7pm: Lumpkin Auditorium on EIU Campus

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Speaker: Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Schmidbauer, Head of the Bavaria State Police
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Schmidbauer, the highest ranking police officer in Bavaria, just has had the personal experience in July, dealing with three “lone wolf” terrorist attacks in cities (including Munich) all in his jurisdiction. And Germany had accepted one million refugees with most of them ended up in Bavaria. Prof. Schmidbauer will talk about his experience, security challenges Germany faces, and measures taken to address the refugee crisis.

Prof. Schmidbauer will be accompanied by the head of the Bavarian Bureau of Investigation, Robert Heimberger and Nobert Radmacher , Deputy Commander, Operations Division, Bavaria State Police.

Prior to the lecture, there will be a social hour (6-7pm) in the 1895 Room of the EIU University Union for people to meet with the members of the German Delegation.

The event is free and open to public.

Organized by Illinois State Police and EIU’s Public Policy Institute
Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center

Global Career Opportunity Series: Carees at UN and International Organizations

Wed, Nov 2 | 3-6 pm

School of Information Sciences, Rooms 126 & 131, 501 E Daniel 

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Global Career Opportunity Series: 

Careers at UN and International Organizations 

Are you interested in learning more about career opportunities at United Nations and international non-profit organizations? Come listen to recruiters and alumni in this field! Informal networking time will be provided after presentations and a panel.  The event is hosted by The Career Center and Area Studies Centers at Illinois. RSVP (Career Development Program on I-Link) is not required but encouraged.


Part 1 – 3:00-5:00pm: Presentations and Panel (@Room 126)

John Ericson (Chief of Outreach Unit, Office of Human Resource Management at United Nations): Employment Opportunities at UN 

Peride Blind (Governance and Public Administration Officer, Department of Economics and Social Affairs at United Nations): Career Experiences in International Organizations  

Mac Steele (People & Culture Partner at Rotary International)
Alexandra Lively (UN Delegate at OSMTH)
Tamar Frolichstein-Appel (Sr. Employment Services Associate at Upwardly Global) 
Ping Li (Former UN Department of Management Intern/ Ph.D student in HRD)
Lenore Matthew (Consultant at ILO Headquarters /Ph.D student in Social Work ) 

Part 2 – 5:00-6:00pm: Resource Tables and Informal Networking with Guests (@Room 131)

United Nations
Rotary International
Upwardly Global  
Peace Corps
University of Illinois International and Area Studies Centers

For more information, please visit the event webpage

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center



  Upcoming Events



EUC Lecture

Wed, Nov 9 | 12 pm

David Kinley Hall, Rm 206,

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Integrating Migrants in Times of Economic Change: Comparing Responses in European Cities
Speaker: Patrick Ireland, Political Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
Abstract: Across the post-industrial West, the spatial concentration of migrant-origin residents has been occurring in particular urban and suburban neighborhoods, where multicultural societies are either being built or rendered unworkable. Widely seen as byproducts of pro-globalization strategies, both worker displacement and polarization along racial and ethnic lines are expected to worsen during rapid economic transformations, such as those witnessed in the tumultuous period since the financial crash of 2007–08. However, many global centers—especially those just below the very top tier—aspire to bolster their status and success by being “creative cities” that celebrate openness, diversity, and multicultural harmony. Different approaches to reconciling those two apparently contradictory processes are revealed through a comparison of two similar, secondary global cities, Barcelona and Hamburg. The focus is on trends in the spatial concentration and structural integration of migrant-origin residents (Poles, Romanians, Serbs, Pakistanis, and Ghanaians) and the policies affecting them and undocumented migrants and refugees over the past decade and a half. Local policy responses, it becomes clear, have proven critical in determining the effects of deep economic change on the shared lived experience across the case cities.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science


Thu, Nov 10 | 4 - 6:30 pm

Roundtable at 4 pm to be followed by reception at 5:30 pm

Illini Union, Rm 104

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Transatlantic Relations in the Aftermath of U.S. Elections


Valerie Rouxel-Laxton, Head of Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN) Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Kostas Kourtikakis, Political science, University of Illinois

Shamira Gelbman, Political Science, Wabash University

Moderator: Niala Boodhoo, Host of "The 21st" show on WILL Radio, Illinois Public Media of the College of Media at the University of Illinois

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies (CGS)


Related Events


Info Session

Wed, Nov 2 | 12 pm

School of Social Work, 1010 West Nevada, Rm 2015

SOCW330/561: International Service Learning in the USA and Greece

“An innovative, experiential course offering which culminates in Greece”

Have you ever thought about studying abroad?
Did you know that there are unaccompanied minors in our community?
Do you wonder where refugees go when they arrive in the U.S.?
Are you familiar with the global refugee crisis?
Want to take a course that will change the way you view the world?

Join us for the info session on a unique, short-term, faculty-led course offered by the UIUC School of Social Work, co-sponsored by the Illinois Abroad Global Exchange office, and the Technological Educational Institute, School of Social Work, Athens, Greece. 

Bring your lunch and come learn about how you can earn social work credit while providing a service to domestic agencies and non-government organizations in Athens, Greece, while addressing the refugee crisis.



EUC Social Media Highlight


 Social Media Highlight

EUC Staff Member Discusses the Relationship Between the EU and Africa

Maxime Larivé, Associate Director and Director of Graduate Studies at the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, recently contributed an article entitled “Unlocking EU-Africa security tensions: the need for cooperation” as an entry in the Friends of Europe’s Discussion Paper “Europe, China and Africa: new thinking for a secure century” to be published in November 2016. The purpose of this paper is to foster collaboration among the Friends of Europe’s large network of scholars, policymakers and business representatives on the future of EU-China cooperation in the security field in Africa. Contributions seek to present an understanding of stakeholders’ views and recommendations as China moves to a security position in Africa.

In his article, Larivé analyzes EU member states and their relationship with Africa, especially in light of Europe’s stronger focus on migration and the situations that lead to migration. From there, he reflects on the steps EU has implemented to address unrest in Africa, such as the French Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Finally, he discusses potential next steps that can be implemented by the EU. 
Read more details and the full article on the EUC blog.

As always, we invite you to join the conversation by leaving comments on our Blog and sharing posts/tweets with others! Also, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!





 FLAS Fellowhips


FLAS Fellowships for 
Summer 2017 & Academic Year 2017/18

The fellowship is open to both Undergraduate & Graduate Students and may include tuition/fee payments and a generous stipend. It may be used with Study Abroad or studying on U of I campus. The fellowship requires the study of a modern foreign language in combination with area studies, area aspects of professional studies, or international studies. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be eligible. Fellows can hold additional graduate/undergraduate appointments (TA, RA, GA, student hourly appointments) concurrently with FLAS fellowships.

Eligible languages: European Union Center FLAS fellowships may be used for the study of many languages, including: Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, French (graduate students only), German (graduate students only), Modern Greek, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian-Bosnian-Croatian, Spanish (graduate students only), Swedish, Turkish, or Ukrainian.

Deadline for applications: February 3, 2017
Online aplication will soon be availbale on the Illinois FLAS website


Thanks to additional funds the EUC has recently received, we will also be offering Spring 2017 FLAS Fellowships

Deadline for Applications, including Recommendation Letters for Spring 2017 FLAS fellowships:
November 4, 2016 (5 pm CST)

Online Application Form for Spring 2017 FLAS can be found here
More information about Spring 2017 FLAS fellowships is avaiable on the EUC FLAS Fellowships Webpage


Questions? Contact: EUC FLAS Coordinator Dr. Sebnem Ozkan (217-244-0570 or

For more information about FLAS Fellowships, visit the Illinois FLAS website

Announcing EUC Paper Series

The European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is launching its first online journal and will be accepting submissions from faculty and graduate students across disciplines. The EUC Paper Series is an online publication which delves into contemporary and historical European topics from global, transatlantic, and intra-European perspectives. With the purpose of facilitating a dynamic conversation regarding current affairs in Europe and the European Union, this series makes relevant material available and accessible, and concurrently gives scholars and students the opportunity to contribute their research to a receptive and engaged audience.

The EUC Paper Series offers two publication opportunities for scholars of all professional stages. The first initiative, MAEUS Talk, encompasses concise analytical graduate papers reflecting on student research, field experience, policy insights, and current events. The second initiative, Policy Insights, aims to provide academics, practitioners, decision-makers, and general audiences with thought-provoking essays reflecting on ongoing research, policies, and current events.

The MAEUS Talk Paper Series is open to graduate students of all disciplines whose interests ally with current or past policy development, history, theories, etc. in Europe and the European Union.

The Policy Insights Paper Series is soliciting submissions from advanced Ph.D. students and faculty whose research addresses topics including but not limited to:

  • Policy development, negotiation, revision, or retraction among EU member states
  • Exploration of the relationship between policies at state and national levels
  • Evaluations and critical analyses of current or past European or EU policies

Papers for consideration should be sent to: by January 9th, 2017.

Information about submission guidelines can be found on the European Union Center’s website:

Spring 2017 Course

Interested in service-learning off the beaten track?

SOCW 325: International Development with Grassroots Organizations

In this course, students complete a service-learning placement during a 6- to 8- week immersion experience abroad with an international grassroots organization of their choice.

In addition to receiving credit, students completing the program are eligible to earn a Certificate in Critically Informed International Development.

This course is facilitated in partnership with Omprakash EdGE.

Enrollment begins in November 2016.

Please contact Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange and see here for more information.


Terra Summer Residency Fellowships in Giverny, France

The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences.

To advance this mission, the foundation is accepting nominations for its Terra Summer Residency program. Founded in 2001, the residency brings together doctoral scholars of American Art and emerging artists worldwide for a nine-week residential program in the historic village of Giverny, France. The program encourages independent work while providing seminars and mentoring by senior scholars and artists designed to foster reflection and debate. In 2017, the residency runs from June 5 to August 4.

In addition to a $5,000 stipend and a travel contribution of up to $500, fellows receive on-site lodging, use of working facilities, and lunches for the duration of the residency.

Nominees must be either a visual artist with a master’s degree or its equivalent at the time of application (Preference is given to those who have completed their degree within the past five years) or a doctoral candidate researching American art and visual culture or its role in a context of international artistic exchange prior to 1980. Applicants must be nominated by their dissertation advisor or professor or previous art-school supervisor. Each professor may nominate a maximum of two candidates each year.

For complete program guidelines, information about past fellows, and nomination and application instructions, see the Terra Foundation website and visit here.

Conversation Tables
Coffee Hours

Catalan Conversation Group
Tuesday Nov 1st | 5pm | Espresso Royale on Goodwin

Turkish Conversation Table
Wednesdays | 4 PM | Espresso Royale on Goodwin

Swedish Coffee Hour
Wednesdays | 4 PM | Espresso Royale on Oregon


If you would like to announce your Fall 2016 conversation tables & coffee hours, please send the information to Sebnem Ozkan.





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and a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence funded through the European Union.
The EUC is also funded in part by a "Getting to Know Europe" grant from the Delegation of the EU to the US.