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Fall 2016
Dec 5-9

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 Info Session
Professional Opportunities

Mon, Dec 5 | 3pm

101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth St.

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Information Session on Internships & Professional Opportunities with the EU

Speakers: Antoine Ripoll, Director, European Parliament Liaison Office with US Congress and Christopher Coakley, Liaison Officer, European Parliament
Learn about internships and professional opportunities available to students through the European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington DC.
For more info, visit here.

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

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 Pittsburgh, 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


  Upcoming Events


Spring 2017
Events Calendar


Stay tuned for exciting EUC events coming up in Spring 2017! Visit our web calendar for updates! 


Related Events


REEEC Winter Reception

Wed, Dec 7 | 4 pm

Rooms A&B, Illini Union, 1401 W. Gregory St., Urbana

REEEC Winter Reception

Please join us for the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) Winter Reception to celebrate the end of the fall semester!
Refreshments will be served, and a cash bar will be available.
Family members and guests are welcome to attend.


EUC Social Media Highlight


 Social Media Highlight
U.S. and European Elections: Populism and Transatlantic Relations

If you missed the two exciting events the EUC organized and co-sponsored on the future of transatlantic relations in the aftermath of the U.S. elections, and in anticipation of upcoming European elections, you can catch the video recordings of the events as well as commentary by EUC graduate student and assistant Carlo Di Giulio 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:

 New Spring 2017 EURO Course

EURO 490 – The Council of the European Union

1pm-1:50pm Tuesdays, Spring 2017 Semester

Education Building, Room 389

The EU Center is happy to announce a new course in its “Topics in EU Policymaking” series: EURO 490, The Council of the European Union. This course offers an in-depth analysis of one of the primary institutions of the European Union, the Council of the European Union. The course explores this institution through the lens of the unique "rotating presidency" of the Council, providing students with a quick-changing frame of reference that ensures contemporary and topical discussions. After discussing the theoretical and structural framework of the Council of the European Union, the course critically analyzes presidencies from the past and present with a special emphasis on how different leaders and environments impact the behavior of the institution. The class will conclude with a capstone project involving an institutional simulation of a Council formation. This simulation will allow students to experience how the Council functions in practice.

This course is excellent fit for anyone interested in Model EU, and will allow students to practice their public speaking skills while at the same time learning about an important EU institution. For more information, please contact the course instructor, Dr. Neil Vander Most, at

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

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





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The European Union Center (EUC) is a
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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.