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Fall 2016
Nov 28 - Dec 2

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 FLAS Fellowships

Info Session:

Mon, Nov 28 | 4pm

126 iSchool (formerly GSLIS)
501 E Daniel St.

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FLAS Fellowships for
Summer 2017 & Academic Year 2017/18

Info Session:
Mon, Nov 28 | 4pm
126 iSchool (formerly GSLIS)
501 E Daniel St.
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Deadline for applications: February 3, 2017
Online application is available on the Illinois FLAS website.

The fellowship is open to both Undergraduate & Graduate students and may include tuition/fee payments and a generous stipend.
Academic Year FLAS
- Graduate students: may receive full tuition and fee waiver and a stipend of $15,000 payable over the academic year. Eligibility for tuition waiver varies by home department and school.
- Undergraduate students: may receive $10,000 towards tuition and fees to study at the University of Illinois and a stipend of $5,000.
Summer FLAS
Graduate and undergraduate students: The awards carry a stipend of $2,500 plus tuition and fees of $5,000 to study a language.
Eligible languages for European Union Center FLAS fellowships:
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. Priority will be given to less-commonly-taught languages (languages other than French, German, Spanish) and higher-level language study.
FLAS Fellowships may be used with Study Abroad or studying on U of I campus.

Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be eligible.
EUC FLAS fellows can hold additional graduate/undergraduate appointments (TA, RA, GA, student hourly appointments) concurrently with FLAS fellowships.
Questions about EUC FLAS? Contact: EUC FLAS Coordinator Dr. Sebnem Ozkan at
For more information about FLAS Fellowships, visit the Illinois FLAS website
Other Supported Languages and Participating Centers include:

Center for African Studies (CAS): Arabic, Swahili, Wolof, Zulu
Center for Global Studies (CGS): Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Lingala, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian or Croatian, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek, or Wolof.
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS): Brazilian Portuguese, Quechua or any other Amerindian Language, or at the advanced level (third-year or above) Spanish.
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC): Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian, Bulgarian, Czech, Georgian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, or Ukrainian.

Workshop & Panel Discussion

Fri, Dec 2 | 9 am

101 International Studies Bldg., 910 S Fifth St.

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Speakers: Lenore Matthew, MSW, MA (School of Social Work); Charles Fogelman, PhD Candidate (Geography & GIS); Pronoy Rai, PhD Student (Geography & GIS); Ken Vickery, Director, Office of External Fellowships, Graduate College

Continental Breakfast available

Tips for Graduate Students Applying for Grants and Fellowships
Lenore Matthew, MSW, MA (School of Social Work)
Charles Fogelman, PhD Candidate (Geography & GIS)
Pronoy Rai, PhD Student (Geography & GIS)

Grant Writing Workshop for Graduate Students
Speaker: Ken Vickery, Director, Office of External Fellowships, Graduate College

Sponsored by Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program; co-sponsors: Center for African Studies; Center for Global Studies; European Union Center; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center 

EUC Lecture

Fri, Dec 2 | 12 pm

Foreign Languages Building, Room 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)
707 S Mathews St.

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Before Populism: The Idea of Europe Against Its Walls

Speaker: Manuel Rota, French & Italian, University of Illinois


  Upcoming Events


Conversations on Europe Videoconference Series (with Univ. of Pittsburg)

Tue, Dec 6 | 11 am

507 E Green St., Rm. 411

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Migrant Experience in Germany (in German)

What has been described in the media as a migration crisis in Europe is being characterized by many aid workers as a reception crisis. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has taken the lead among European heads of state in advocating for a safe and effective process of resettling migrants. Taking Germany as an example, our panel of experts will discuss the migrant experience in that country. What are the legal processes for applying for asylum or settling as an economic migrant? What is the pathway to citizenship? What has been the public response? How does Germany's experience compare with other European countries? Randall Halle, Chair of the German Department, will moderate the discussion which will be conducted entirely in German by native-level speakers.

Sponsored by European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburg, along with Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, European Union Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Florida International University

Related Events


Stockholm Summer Arctic Program
Info Meeting

Wed, Nov 30 | 3:00-3:50 pm

Gregory Hall, Rm 207

arctic11Applications are now open for
IAGE-LAS: Stockholm Summer Arctic Program 2017
“Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic”
SCAN 386/GLBL 386/SESE 386 - 6 credits
The Stockholm Summer Arctic Program is an intensive, five-week program, which takes place in Stockholm, Sweden and a field site in Northern Scandinavia, above the Arctic Circle. Students in this interdisciplinary program learn about issues related to human settlement and exploration, resource extraction, environmental conservation, historical and industrial heritage management and international governance in the Arctic region. With case studies from Sweden and the Nordic societies as the focal point, students draw from first-hand visits to historical and industrial heritage sites, interviews with political institutions and indigenous groups, in order to understand how these actors have shaped and been shaped by their Arctic environment over a long-term historical perspective. Applicants should have junior status by Fall 2017, or consent of the instructors.
Come to an interest meeting on Wednesday, November 30, 3:00-3:50 PM, in Gregory Hall, room 207.
Program Dates: June 7 – July 6, 2017
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
For questions regarding the application process, direct emails to Mike Nelson:
Read more about the program and start an application at the brochure page here.

Check it out! The Stockholm Summer Arctic Program instructor Mark Safstrom was recently asked to write a blog posting for the U.S. State Dept., which is running a series called "Our Arctic Nation." In his blog post, Mark summarizes the history of the University of Illinois' involvement in Arctic studies over the years, and concludes with a summary of the Stockholm Summer Arctic Program. Read the blog post here.

 Arabic Game Night

Fri, Dec 2 | 4-5 pm

Foreign Languages Building, Room 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)
707 S Mathews St.

The Arabic Program cordially invites you to enjoy a




The Arabic Program@UIUC



EUC Social Media Highlight


 Social Media Highlight

When and Why Did Greek Become Irrelevant?

Constantine Loucas Davros graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Spring 2016 with two degrees, one in Physics and the other in Italian. He is a Greek American from Chicago. Constantine studied abroad in Verona, Italy in the spring of 2015, and is back there this year to teach in a high school in Crema. In this essay, Constantine examines the differences in prestige and use of ancient and Modern Greek in today’s Europe, referring to scholarly analyses and also to his own experiences as a Greek American. Read more 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!





INTERSECT--Seeing Systems workshop, March 10-11, Call for Proposals

Spring 2017 Graduate Science and Technology Studies Workshop
Interdisciplinary Encounters: Exploring Knowledge-Making Across Boundaries
March 10-11, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS Deadline: January 17, 2017

We invite scholars from across disciplines and regional locales whose work connects with STS, digital studies, media studies, communication, information sciences, informatics and design to submit proposals for a two-day workshop addressing diverse themes in the social making of facts, social histories of media and technology, user networks in practice, visual cultures and interactive technologies.
We welcome a range of formats — including standard paper presentations, posters, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops — as well as work intersectional with feminist, anti-racist, transnational, decolonial, queer, and ecological potentials in science and technology studies (STS) and in critical making. The event will also feature faculty-facilitated conversations, campus and nature walks, scavenging exercises, workshops on local citizen science, and keynotes by Jenny Reardon, director of The Science and Justice Research Center at the University of California – Santa Cruz, and Max Liboiron, founder of the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), a feminist marine biology and technology lab at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

For more information:

The workshop is co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

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 Courses

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.

BASQ 402: Readings in Basque Studies
No knowledge of Basque or Spanish is required

The Basque people have a rich history of over 2 millennia and a literary tradition almost as ancient. With a rocky contemporary history, Basque literature is a reflection of both, mythical origins and recent conflicts.
This course explores modern and contemporary Basque literature and film, in translation. Moving on the line between the specific and the global, texts represent a variety of themes, including national identity and conflict; trauma; memory; gender relations, etc. Therefore, this course may be of interest to students who are pursuing degrees in comparative literature, or are interested in minority/peripheral literatures, European literatures, nationalism, postcolonial studies, gender studies, memory and trauma, and violence.
Some of the possible authors that will be analyzed in class include Bernardo Atxaga, Ramon Saizarbitoria, Anjel Lertxundi, Lourdes Oñederra and Arantxa Urretabizkaia. Basque films such as Loreak will also be analyzed.
- 3 credits
- Time: TR 5-6.15pm
- Open to all Undergraduates and Graduates!
- No pre-requisites!
If you would like to know more about this course, do not hesitate to contact us:
- Instructor: Jone Vicente Urrutia (
- Supervisor: Jose Ignacio Hualde (

Conversation Tables
Coffee Hours

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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University of Illinois
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The European Union Center (EUC) is a
National Resource Center, funded through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant,
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.