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Spring 2017
Jan 30-Feb 3

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Info Session:

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

Wed, Feb 1 | 4-5 pm

Lincoln Hall, Rm 1066

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Informational Session: Study Abroad Opportunities in Europe

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!

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)

Expert Roundtable

Thu, Feb 2 | 4 pm

Lincoln Hall, Rm 1002

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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: LAS 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

EUC Lecture
Department of Political Science

Fri, Feb 3 | 12 pm

David Kinley Hall, Rm 119

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Language Shapes Opinion Toward Gender Equality

Speaker: Margit Tavits, Department of Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis

Speaker Bio:
Margit Tavits is a professor with the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis.  Her specialization is in comparative politics, and her research interests include politicall parties, insitutions, corruption, post-communist politics, and gender equality.  Currently, she is conduciting research on language and the impact it has on gender equality, environmental law-making, and ethnic divisions. 

Organized by the Department of Political Science; Co-sponsored by the European Union Center



  Upcoming Events


Film Screening

Thu, Feb 9 | 4 pm

English Building, Rm 109
608 S Wright

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Dialogue: A Polish-Jewish Film Series
The Innocents (2016)

The film will be introduced by Priscilla Charratand followed by discussion. 

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

The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973) -- February 23rd
Little Rose (2010) -- March 9th
Austeria (1982) -- April 20th
The Hourglass Sanatorium will be intorduced 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


Mon, Feb 13 | 6:30 pm

greetings and introduction at 6:15 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building, Rm. 1080

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From Haiti to the French Academy: an American writer

Video-conference with Dany Laferrière, Haitian-Canadian novelist and a member of the Académie Française

Streamed live from Alliance Française of Chicago

The event is bilingual (on-site English translation for French will be provided) and free and open to the public. It is organized by the Department of French and Italian and is co-sponsored by the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, the European Union Center, and the Marianne Midwest Series*:

Dany Laferrière is the first Haitian and first Quebecer called to the prestigious Académie Française where he sits in chair no. 2, once occupied by Alexandre Dumas, another Caribbean-born author. His first novel, How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired, appeared in Quebec in 1985. Dany Laferrière won the French literary prize Prix Médicis in 2009 with L'énigme du retour. With Laferrière, "the Academy opens to the whole Francophonie" says Hélène Carrère d'Encausse, perpetual secretary of the French Academy. A public figure like no other to listen to!


*Marianne Midwest Series:

The Cultural Services of the French Consulate in Chicago, the Alliance Française of Chicago, The France Chicago Center, and the University of Chicago French Club have joined forces to create the Marianne Midwest Series. It consists of a series of web debates on contemporary topics, meant to bring together American and French points of view, and to reach Midwest partners.

The speakers discuss a contemporary global topic in Chicago, followed by a question and answer session with the audience and partner locations. The featured speaker presents in English, or in French with the assistance of an interpreter. Through this series of debates, mutual representationsbetween the United States and France are challenged and re-evaluated.


Related Events


German Movie Night

Thu, Feb 9 | 6 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building, Rm 1080

Das Wunder von Bern (The Miracle of Bern, 2003)

Open discussion afterward.
Plot: Das Wunder von Bern - In 1954, the very young Republic of West Germany struggles with its recovery from WWII--economically and emotionally. Witness one of the most important events in Germany's post-war history when soccer--'the most important minor matter in the world'--becomes essential for the healing of the German soul; told from the perspective of a family suffering from the consequences of the war. An award-winning drama and a legend still alive in the hearts of the German people. 
Sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Modern Greek Studies Event

Fri, Feb 17 | 3-4:30 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave.

John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation Lecture:

The Erotics of Nostalgia: Performing Longing and Belonging in Skyrian Music: A  Lecture/Performance

Speaker: Prof. Angela Glaros, Eastern Illinois University

Organized by Modern Greek Studies



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!





EUC Faculty Grants 

European Union Center Call for Faculty Conference/Research Travel Grants
DEADLINE February 3, 2017  

Thanks to its U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant, the University of Illinois European Union Center (EUC) is pleased to offer faculty travel grants for University of Illinois faculty. These grants are designed to support the professional development of University of Illinois EU Studies faculty and can be used for research travel or to present a paper at an academic conference. We have three $1000 grants and one $800 grant available this semester. Funds must be used by AUGUST 1, 2017.

UI Faculty

  • Travel Grant (pdf)

Grant application form can be found here

For any questions, please email, and include “2016-17 Faculty Travel Grant” in the subject line of the email.

Deadline for applications is 4:00 pm February 3, 2017.

Announcement of awards will be made by February 10, 2017.

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

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

Conversation Table in Modern Greek
Students are invited to practice conversational Modern Greek with native speakers and get fluency. This is also an excellent opportunity for students from past years to maintain and refine their language skills. Meetings take place at Espresso Royale, 1117 W. Oregon Street, every other Thursday from 5-6 p.m., except the Thursday of Spring Break Week (March 20-24), through Thursday, April 27. Next Mtg on Feb 9th.  


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

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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.