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Upcoming Events

Related Events
New EUC Courses
Photo Contest

University of Illinois
European Union Center


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MA Program
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Undergrad concentrations

Spring 2011
January 31-February 4
e-Weekly Archive
EUC Events

February 11
Deadline for FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowships Applications
Applications for FLAS Fellowships are due by 5:00 pm. Graduate student applications must be submitted by the student's department. Undergraduate students submit their applications directly to the Center to which they are applying.

February 14
Diplomat in Residence Visit: International Careers with the State Department
Speaker: Kathy A. Johnson (U.S. Department of State)
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign Languages
Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Sponsors: Career Center; international and area studies centers
Kathy Johnson has worked almost 25 years in the Foreign Service. She is currently the Diplomat in Residence at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the Department of State, she taught English as a Foreign Language, History, and Comparative Government. She speaks Spanish, and has a limited knowledge of German, Polish, Farsi, Finnish and Arabic. Ms. Johnson has a BA in History with an emphasis on the Middle East from Aurora College, an MBA from Texas A&M University and an MA in National Security Strategy from the Air War College. Her most recent position was as Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander of the United States Transportation Command. Her most interesting experiences took place during her tours in Warsaw, Poland and Vienna, Austria before, during and immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall. During this session, Ms. Johnson will speak about her experiences with the State Department, international internships and careers with the government and information on the Foreign Service Exam.

February 21-22
Shostakovich: the Quartets in Context
The Shostakovich Symposium is quickly approaching. Leading scholars of Russian music will speak on Shostakovich and the string quartets performed by the Pacifica Quartet throughout the Krannert Center season. A keynote address will be given by Richard Taruskin (University of California, Berkeley) at Krannert Center prior to the Pacifica Quartet performance on February 22. The conference program and more information can be found here.
Co-Sponsors:  College of Liberal Arts and Science; Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; European Union Center; Department of Germanic Languages and Literature; Program on Jewish Culture and Society; Program in Comparative and World Literature; School of Music.

February 23
EUC Movie Night: When We Leave
Germany, 2010
: German & Turkish with English subtitles
Director: Feo Aladag

Time: 5:15 PM
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign LanguagesBuilding, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
“German-born Umay flees her oppressive marriage in Istanbul, taking her young son Cem with her. She hopes to find a better life with her family in Berlin, but her unexpected arrival creates intense conflict. Her family is trapped in their conventions, torn between their love for her and the traditional values of their community. Ultimately they decide to return Cem to his father in Turkey. To keep her son, Umay is forced to move again. She finds the inner strength to build a new life for herself and Cem, but her need for her family's love drives her to a series of ill-fated attempts at reconciliation. What Umay doesn't realize is just how deep the wounds have gone and how dangerous her struggle for determination has self- become…”
Independent Artists Filmproduktion. "When We Leave (2010) – IMDb." The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Web. 26 Jan. 2011.



February 1
Information Sessions for The Paris Field Study and Internship Program
Presented by Tim Carlson, Co-Director, IFE
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Room #311, Gregory Hall, 607 South Mathews Avenue
Study abroad in Paris AND complete an academic internship! 
This program is approved by Illinois for 8 credits in coursework, and 4 credits of the PS 491 internship course.  Intensive language training and coursework during the first 5 weeks prepare participants for the internship. IFE arranges the 12-week internship placement, which provides professional-level training and a unique cross-cultural experience. 
E-mail your RSVP for a 25-minute time slot by no later than Monday, January 31st, to: 
Sherry Danielson
Coordinator for International Projects in Europe
Study Abroad Office

February 1
GSF Cinéclub Film Showing:
Être et avoir (2002)
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana

February 2
How to Finance Study Abroad Workshop  
Time: 4:00 pm 
Location:  217 Noyes Laboratory
Sponsor:  Office of Financial Aid and Study Abroad Office
Whether you are planning to study abroad next semester or in the next few years, it's never too soon to find out how you can work with the Office of Financial Aid to apply on-campus aid to your study abroad program, how to begin identifying opportunities for study abroad scholarships, and how to construct a compelling scholarship application.

February 15, 2011
Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment Presents Swedish Pop Star, Robyn, at the Canopy Club
An international pop star -- despite repeated problems with labels that halted her career's momentum several times -- Sweden's Robyn blends the gritty sound of American urban R&B with the sunny pop of her homeland. Robyn found a hit with Do You Know (What It Takes), which hit the Top Ten around the world, including the U.S.

Cosmo Coffee Hours @ the YMCA
Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 PM
Murphy Lounge, University YMCA
Free and open to everyone
At these informal gatherings, coffee, tea, and homemade ethnic desserts are served. Coffee Hours are good opportunities to meet people from around the world and learn about other cultures.
February 3: Iranian
February 10: Turkish
February 17: Palestinian
February 24: Canadian
March 3: Romanian
March 10: Greek
March 17: Lebanese
March 31: Polish
April 7: Pakistani
April 14: French
April 21: South Africa
April 28: Caribbbean countries


New EUC Courses

Spring 2011
Translation in the European Union (TRST 401)
Deadline: March 15, 2011
8 week course (March 14-May 4): 2 credits (undergraduate) or 2 credits (graduate) – can be taken whether or not you take the study abroad trip.  
2 Week Study Abroad (May 16-30): 2 credits (graduate) or 1 credit (undergraduate) - can be taken separately from the on campus option.

We encourage you to consider our new translation studies course in the European Union as an elective option that will count toward the certificate in Translation Studies and also offers a great complement to majors in Foreign Languages, Linguistics, Political Science, Business, International Studies, Global Studies and European Union Studies.LAS students are eligible for $500 credit to their account for enrolling in the course.
For further information, please contact:
Elizabeth Lowe
Associate Professor and Director, Center for Translation Studies
School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
4080 Foreign Languages Building, MC-171
707 South Mathews
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Phone: (217) 244-7455


Sring 2011 EUC
Photo Contest

EUC Photo Contest: “Symbols of European Integration”
Deadline: February 21
A variety of symbols, from the Greek mythological character Europa to Charlemagne have emerged throughout history to represent Europe as a whole. The European Union has added its own to signify the contemporary European integration and unity: The European flag, anthem, motto and the Europe Day.
For this year’s contest we invite participants to submit entries inspired by symbols of European integration, historical as well as contemporary. You can read more about the EU symbols at europa.eu/abc/symbols/

Submit photos in digital format via e-mail to eucenter@illinois.edu (keep in mind winning photos will be enlarged to 8x10)
No more than five photos per person
Each photo needs a title and caption
Students, faculty, and staff are eligible to enter the contest
Submissions must be received by Monday, February 21, 2011

Winners will receive:
 1st Place - $50 gift card to the IU Bookstore;
2nd place - $35 gift card; 3rd place - $20 gift card.
The winning photos will be displayed at the University of Illinois EU Center’s annual European Union Day on March 9, 2011 and on the EU Center website. Winners will also be invited to the European Union Day luncheon.

New Courses

GS298 Summer Course Abroad: In Search of the West: Contrasting Cultures in Historical Perspective.
Deadline: February 10, 2011
Like the United States, Italy is a center of Western civilization that has both encouraged and resisted the spread of influences from beyond its self-defined cultural borders.  This course will combine the study of classical and Christian civilization with an appreciation of the Jewish, Arab, and African influences that have shaped the broader Mediterranean culture since ancient times.  The questions raised by recent immigration in Rome and Palermo, Sicily, a city with a long history of tolerance, can shed light on these deep and evolving relationships, which are reflected in architecture, politics, language, and religion.  After encountering the challenges of multiculturalism in a different environment, you will return home with new perspectives on issues of identity. 
On-campus meetings:  Begin 2nd 8 weeks of the Spring 2011 term. Off Campus portion:  May 21, 2011 - June 4, 2011. 3 cr. No language or other prerequisites; open to all majors.
Feel free to contact Dr. Ramsbottom with uestions: jdrams@illinois.edu



Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Scholarship
Deadline for Summer '11, Fall '11, & Academic Year '11-'12 Applicants: Feb 4, 2011
Sponsor: Study Abroad Office
Interested in applying for study abroad scholarships? Check out the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Scholarship. I4I is a student initiated scholarship which awards funds in the following categories: merit, financial need, non-traditional destination, and underrepresented student. Applicable for any study abroad term (winter break, summer, semester, and/or academic year)

ACDIS Undergraduate Travel Scholarship
Deadline: February 25, 2011
The Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) announces the availability of scholarship awards in amounts up to $500 to support undergraduates engaged in an approved internship or study abroad research program to begin during summer or fall 2011 or spring 2012.
These scholarships are designed primarily to subsidize student engagement in internships abroad relevant to international security, and applications fitting this description have the greatest chance of success. However, students seeking funding assistance for internship placements in the United States with a significant international security component, or traditional study abroad programs that include a significant amount of independent research on a topic pertaining to international security are also eligible for support.
For full consideration, all application materials must be submitted by 4 PM on February 25, 2011 to:
ACDIS Undergraduate Travel Scholarships
Suite 359 Armory, MC-533
505 East Armory Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820
email: acdis@illinois.edu
phone: 333-7086

EuroScholars Program: European Undergraduate Research Opportunities  
Deadlines: May 1, 2011 for Fall 2011 or academic year 2011-2012 and Oct 15, 2011 for Spring 2012
The EuroScholars Program is an innovative study abroad program designed to provide professional academic research experience for high achieving students (GPA 3.4 or higher) interested in a research semester abroad in Europe.
Highlights of the EuroScholars program:

      •Semester or year abroad at one of Europe’s 12 leading research institutions, including Ruprecht Karls Universität Heidelberg and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich in Germany
• Participation in a professional academic research project under supervision of a professor
• Research opportunities available in many fields including liberal
arts/humanities, social sciences, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, psychology, physical sciences, law, (bio)medical sciences and engineering.
• Work in a full-fledged lab for the sciences
• Transfer of credits
• Experience and skills gained will prepare students for graduate school or a career in research
• A publishable quality paper is expected as a result of the research project
• Enrollment in a language and/or culture course of the host country
• MidStay program for all participants, meeting fellow EuroScholars
• Live on or near campus in pre-arranged housing
• No language requirement
• 30 ECTS of academic credit (equivalent to 15 US semester credits)
ontact: info@euroscholars.eu or visit www.euroscholars.eu for more information.

International Parliamentary Scholarships
Would you like to work at the German Parliament?
The German Bundestag invites you, in cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, and Technische Universität Berlin, to apply for an International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) to spend five months in Berlin. The IPS program is aimed at highly qualified young men and women who are interested in politics and who wish to play an active and responsible role in shaping the democratic future of their country. The German Bundestag, the German Parliament, offers young people the opportunity to get to know the German parliamentary system and political decision-making processes and to gain practical experience of parliamentary work during a 15-week work placement with a Member of the Bundestag. The scholarship-winners are chosen by the German Bundestag’s independent selection panel.
University degree; very good knowledge of German; under the age of 30 at the start of the scholarship
Scholarship: 450 euros per month; free accommodation;Insurance and travel expenses


for proposals

Language Symposium 2011: “Foreign Languages as a Global Skill”
Deadline: February 14, 2011

The Council on Language Instruction and the Multimedia Learning Center at Northwestern University together with The Center for the Study of Languages at the University of Chicago and the Sandi Port Errant Language and Culture Learning Center at the University of Illinois-Chicago are holding this symposium April 15-16,2011 at Northwestern University.
Join us on Friday evening for our opening keynote speaker:
Nelleke van Deusen Scholl, Director of the Center for Language Study, Yale College.
On Saturday the Symposium will continue with presentations on the global relevance and impact of teaching and learning foreign languages. Topics may include:

  • Integrating global skills into language curricula  
  • Models of teaching languages across the disciplines  
  • Fostering the development of intercultural competence  
  • Cultural exchanges with universities abroad  
  • Making study abroad meaningful  
  • Service learning (i.e. language and community)  
  • Language study for careers and professions  
  • Language for special purposes (i.e. medicine, engineering, research, business, diplomacy, music, etc…)  
  • Assessing global language skills

Language instructors at all levels are invited to submit proposals; all languages are welcome.


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:
Sebnem Ozkan | Phone: (217) 244-0570 | Fax: (217) 333-6270 | asozkan@illinois.edu

European Union Center
University of Illinois
328 International Studies Building, MC-429 | 910 S. Fifth St. | Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 265-7515 | Fax: (217) 333-6270
Web: www.euc.illinois.edu