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Spring 2017
Jan 23-27

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Info Session:

Study Abroad Opportunities in Europe
Summer 2017
Fall 2017
AY 2017-18

Tue, Jan 24 | 12 - 1 pm

International Studies Bldg., Rm 101, 910 S Fifth St.

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Informational Session: Study Abroad Opportunities in Europe

with a free pizza lunch 

Please join Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange to learn more about study abroad opportunities in Europe during summer 2017, fall 2017, and academic year 2017-18. Education Abroad Coordinators Andy Hinnant and Mike Nelson will give an overview of programs available in all European countries (except Spain) and explain how these programs can benefit students academically, personally, and professionally.

There will be plenty of opportunities for students to ask any questions they might have about studying abroad. No RSVP is required to attend an info session. See you there!

If you cannot attend the sesion on Jan 24th, please note that there will be an additional session Wednesday, February 1st from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Lincoln Hall, room 1066

Please contact IAGE at or 217-333-6322 with any questions.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC) and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC)

Film Screening

Thu, Jan 26 | 4 pm

English Building, Rm 109
608 S Wright

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Dialogue: A Polish-Jewish Film Series
Ida (2013)

The film will be introduced by Prof. George Gasyna and followed by discussion.

Upcoming Film Screenings in the series (all in English Bldg., Rm 109 @4pm):

The Innocents (2016) -- February 9th
The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973) -- February 23rd
Little Rose (2010) -- March 9th
Austeria (1982) -- April 20th
The Innocents will be introduced by Priscilla Charrat, The Hourglass Sanatorium by Alexandra van Doren, Little Rose by Lizy Mostowski, Austeria by Diana Sacilowski.
All films will have English subtitles.
Each film screening will be followed by a thoughtful discussion on the topic of the film. All are welcome to attend.
Free pizza will be provided by the Program in Jewish Culture and Society.
Sponsored by the European Union Center & the Program in Jewish Culture and Society. Organized by Lizy Mostowski



  Upcoming Events


Expert Roundtable

Thu, Feb 2 | 4 pm

Lincoln Hall, Rm 1002
702 S Wright

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State Capacity at the Border: Relinquishing or reinforcing contentious border regions

How do states, as actors, seek to maintain internal control and stability when facing threats to their territorial integrity? Examining four post-Soviet countries (Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine), the panelists assess two new functional areas of state capacity analysis, elections (regenerative) and healthcare (distributional) in addressing this question.  They expand traditional approaches to state capacity through the exploration of sub-national and cross national comparisons. Their approach contributes to important insight to the geopolitical implications of how shortfalls in state capacity might lead to “weak” or “failed” states through the examination of four countries bordering an increasingly aggressive Russian Federation. Georgia and Ukraine have already been engaged in armed hostilities with the Russian Federation which has forced them to cede territory to Russia or to breakaway quasi-states aligned with Russia. Estonia and Kazakhstan are subject to growing Russian geopolitical and economic pressure focused on border territories. This interdisciplinary roundtable explores empirical approaches to the assessment of internal diversity in state capacity, illustrating how variation in internal capacity is linked to the vulnerability to destabilization, separatist movements or incursions by adversarial neighbors across these four cases. They explore how assessments of distributional and regenerative processes within and between states can contribute to literatures in the areas of governance, conflict, legitimacy and state stability, deepening our conceptualization of state capacity in this region and elsewhere. 

Cynthia Buckley, Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois
Ralph Clem, Professor Emeritus of Geography, Florida International University
Erik Herron, Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University

Support Provided by: Center for Global Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Department of Education Undergraduate International and Foreign Languages Program Grant; Department of Political Science; Department of Sociology; European Union Center


Related Events


Chai Wai Series

Wed, Jan 25 | 2-3:30 pm

International & Area Studies Library

Navigating Global Challenges Under the New U.S. Regime: Climate, Human Rights, Trade, and Migration


Trevor Birkenholtz, Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science to speak on climate
Patrick Keenan, Professor of Law to speak on human rights
Hadi Esfahani, Professor of Economics to speak on trade
Metka Hercog, Lecturer of Global Studies to speak on migration policies and the status of refugees



EUC Social Media Highlight


 Social Media Highlight

Submit a Blog Post!

The European Union Center is always seeking new contributions for our blog. If you are knowledgable on a topic or event related to the European Union, and wish to write about it, the European Union Center's Blog would love to host your article.  We are looking for submissions that are informative, brief, vivid, and inviting. If you are interested in submitting a post, please read over our submission, image, and writing guidelines here. Looking forwad to receiving your blog entries!

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!





Summer Program

Sport Management Across Cultures Program
June 24 to July 14, 2017
Deadline to enroll is April 15, 2017.
The European Union Center, along with the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, and Global Education & Training, would like to invite you to study this summer at the world-famous University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Here is an outstanding opportunity for you to study at our campus for two weeks, experience the teaching methods of U.S. higher education faculty, and complete two courses in Sport Management. Each course includes 16 hours of instruction, delivered in two-hour morning and afternoon class segments. The instructors will encourage and lead students through discussions of complex sport management and development issues in the United States and Europe.
Supervised Group Travel: Following two weeks of in-class course delivery, students will complete a 5-day group tour with faculty members and engaged in experiential learning. Students will visit key sport and tourist sites, in Chicago and Indianapolis (e.g., major league baseball, basketball, national football league, motorsports, museums, Navy Pier). This tour provides students a unique opportunity to engage with sport, recreation and tourism industry leaders with experience in the United States and Europe in professional and collegiate sports, tourism development, facility management, and public and private recreation.
Classes begin: June 24th, 2017
Experiential Learning/Supervised Group Travel begins: July 9th, 2017

Matthew Gadbury,
Program Coordinator, Global Education & Training, University of Illinois
Phone: 1-217-265-7647
Dr. Carla Almeida Santos
Director, European Union Center
Professor, Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism

 Gen-Ed course
for Spring 2017
still open!

Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean

SLCL 200 – 3 credit hrs.
M and W 12:00-1:20
Room 304, English Bldg

General educaon credit: (Topics in Global Cultures - Humanities/Historical/Western and non-Western Cultures)

Instructors: A team of experts on different regions of the Mediterranean

This course covers over a dozen languages and cultures of the Mediterranean, an area where civilizations, cultures and languages have intermingled and competed for thousands of years. These interactions are still crucial to understanding contemporary events in Europe, Northern A frica and Middle East, as well as in other parts of the world. An introduction to the social and cultural history of languages spoken in countries like Greece and Egypt, Morocco and Spain, Italy and Turkey, Albania and Croatia, France and Algeria, Syria and Israel and more will be offered in this course. Starting with events in today's Mediterranean, the course will trace the historical development of the languages as an ongoing process in relation to historical events, culture, politics and religion.

(requirements: 4 quizzes and 4 short take-home papers)

Domestic & International Service Learning Course


SOCW 330/561: International Perspectives in Social Work: Domestic and International Service Learning – global refugee crisis

Extended deadline: Februaty 1, 2017

The IAGE application site is now open and any registered, UIUC grad or undergrad student may apply. Undergrads must be Sophomores and above. You can apply here (NOTE: extended deadline is January 25, 2017)

Again, this year, we will be completing domestic service learning with agencies in Champaign County (14-16hrs over 10 weeks) and then headed to Greece, to provide international service learning  (32 hrs total - over 2 weeks) with Non-government organizations in Athens. Our marginalized group is "refugees and unaccompanied minors".

Class begins: March 14th - 5-6:30pm at the School of Social Work.

Service learning begins the week of March 13th. Yes, we will not meet during Spring break. Then we travel to Greece: May 26th-June 12th, 2017.

We are partnering with CEPA this year. Check them out at this site:

If interested you might check out some scholarship opportunities too:    

Academic questions: ask Hellen McDonald, Program Director, faculty leader Illinois Abroad Global Exchange (IAGE aka: study abroad office) Questions: ask Stacy Billman at

 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

 New Spring 2017 Polish Literature Course

POL 446: The Long Polish Twentieth Century

Professor George Gasyna

Class times and location: Wednesdays, 12 noon-2:50 pm

English Building 307

POL 446 is a thematic exploration of Polish 20th century literature with a major focus on the exilic/émigré corpus (and the institutions that supported these writers and writings) and new post-socialist writing. Looking for both continuities and epochal breaks, we will read representative authors from the main 20th century movements (Gombrowicz, Schulz, Milosz), analyze the modernist and vanguardist ethos in its Polish tradition and read adherents of its many "-isms" (such as Witkacy and Jasienski), and culminate with postmodern authors like Tokarczuk, Stasiuk, and Szewc – in the final module responding to the question: is the post- in postsocialist the same as the post- in postmodern?

Along the way the canon and counterpractice of Polish literature will be assessed in light of the special conditions of Polish modernity (an absence of a political state throughout the 19th century and until 1919, an eviscerated physical space in the 20th, a crucial expatriate community formed during the Romantic period and present still today, different forms of samizdat-type writings, etc). The guiding objective of the course is to establish a sense of a modern literary consciousness, and something akin to a national "conscience," through the close study of texts by authors major and minor, and by examining samplings of other genres like political writing and film.

This course is also open to graduate students, who will be responsible for additional course work.

No knowledge of Polish is required; however, students proficient in Polish may wish to consult with the instructor about supplemental readings not available in English.

Job Opportunities

Currently Accepting Applications for Resident Directors - Critical Language Scholarship Progam

The Critical Language Scholarship program, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is currently accepting applications for multiple Resident Director positions. We are interested in candidates who have language skills that correspond to the REEEC region, including Azerbaijani, Turkish, Persian and Russian, among others. More information about each position and the link to apply online can be found at:

If you have any questions, please contact:
Nellie Manis (U of I Alumn)
Program Officer, Critical Language Scholarship Program

U of I Graduate College Grants

U of I Graduate College Grants

University of Illinois Graduate College - Dissertation Travel Grants.
Dissertation Travel Grants provide reimbursement to subsidize travel and associated costs necessary for doctoral dissertation research, whether for exploring a potential dissertation topic (i.e., before extensive research has been done) or for conducting dissertation research. Approximately 12 grants at amounts up to $5,000 will be awarded given sufficient funding. An awardee's nominating department must commit to contributing 12% of the cost of the grant. Click here for more information. Applications are due by March 14th, 2017.

University of Illinois Graduate College - Master's Project Travel Grants.
The Graduate College's Master's Project Travel Grants provide reimbursement to Illinois students for travel-related costs incurred for the completion of an off-campus, short-term project required of one of the University’s master's degree programs.  Approximately 10 grants of up to $500 will be awarded given sufficient funding.  Grant recipients are expected to conclude their travel by December 31, 2017. Click here for more information. Applications are due by March 14th, 2017.

University of Illinois Graduate College - Dissertation Completion Fellowship
The Graduate College's Dissertation Completion Fellowships help outstanding students complete the doctoral degree by providing a one-year stipend of $20,000 along with waivers of tuition, service fee, health service fee, AFMFA fee, library/IT fee.  In addition, the fellow will receive partial payment of the graduate student health insurance fee per semester as well as basic dental and vision coverage.  The number of awards offered will depend on the level of funding available. Click here for more information. Applications are due by April 11th, 2017.

Conversation Tables
Coffee Hours


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





European Union Center
University of Illinois
328 International Studies Building MC-429
910 S. Fifth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
P: (217)265-7515
F: (217)333-6270

If you would like to announce an
event through the EUC e-Weekly,
please send the information by no later than the prior Thursday of the event to: 

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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.