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Spring 2017
Feb 13-17

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Mon, Feb 13 | 6:30 pm

greetings and introduction at 6:15 pm

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

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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.

REEEC Lecture

Tue, Feb 14 | 12 pm

101 International Studies Bldg., 910 S Fifth St.

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Migration Crisis: Implications for Turkish-EU Relations

Speaker: Karol Kujawa, Assistant Professor, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University in Turkey; Kosciuszko Foundation Fellow; Visiting Scholar at the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC)
Abstract: The European Union (EU) currently faces many challenges, one of the most serious of which is a crisis of migration. Turkey is of crucial importance in this process: it is a transit country through which an important migration route towards Western Europe passes. Turkey has become a place of political asylum for more than two million Syrian refugees who escaped from the civil war in their country. The migration crisis led to a revitalization of the relationship between Turkey and the EU, and ultimately to the signing of the refugee deal, with its supposed solutions to the migration crisis. This new approach will be illustrated in comparison to Turkey's relationship with the EU prior to the 2013 crisis. Despite a significant increase in Ankara's public diplomacy activities in the EU, these efforts have not led to any long term results. The deal did not provide solutions to the migration crisis in Europe, or to the acceleration of the process of Turkey's integration with the EU.

For speaker's bio, please visit here.

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

A Conference of the Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence 

Thu, Feb 16 - Fri, Feb 17

Florida International University , Modesto A. Maidique Campus - 11200 SW 8th Street Miami, FL 33199, MARC International Pavilion

The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP): Prospects and Challenges for EU-US Economic Cooperation: A Conference of the Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence 
While the debate surrounding the planned EU-US trade agreement TTIP is increasingly contentious in Europe, in the US there exists little information or discussion outside of a small policy circle.  Since the negotiation of TTIP has taken longer than expected, and a conclusion is in doubt, a review of its prospects, challenges and impacts is needed.  We aim to understand the ways in which different socio-political attitudes toward trade, globalization, and enviornmental standards come into play in these negotiations.  How to Americans and Europeans view free trade? How do political actors on both sides of the Atlantic imagine their roles in the negotiations? How does TTIP imprint in a global context?

EUC affiliated faculty Dr. David Bullock, former EUC visiting scholar Dr. Canan Balkir, and EUC Associate Director Dr. Maxime Larivé will all present at this conference. 

EUC Associate Director Dr. Maxime Larivé will also give a lectue entitled "An Evaluation of the Common and Security Policy of the EU" on February 16th. For more information, please visit here.   

For more information about the conference, please visit the conference weppage.

Sponsored by the European and Eurasian Studies Program, the European Student Association, the Department of Politics & International Relations, The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, the University of Miami European Union Center & Jean Monnet Chair.

EUC Lecture 

Fri, Feb 17 | 12 pm

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

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Leadership in Hard times: How Angela Merkel learned to love the European Union

Speaker: Joyce Mushaben, Ph.D., Curators' Professor of Comparative Politics & Gender Policies, University of Missouri Saint Louis 

Abstract: Deeply rooted in the shared recollections of two world wars, the vision of an integrated Europe played a crucial role in Germany’s efforts to rehabilitate itself on the international stage for half a century. Born in 1954 and socialized in the Eastern “rump state,” Angela Merkel never developed the emotional tie to France evinced by her predecessors, nor did she inherit the intuitive understanding of the Europe Community that drove the policies of western leaders stretching from Adenauer to Kohl. By the time she became Chancellor in 2005, the European Union had become a very complex institutional creature, best reflected in the 168,349 pages (Commission estimates, versus 714,000, according to Brexit supporters),  comprising EU’s acquis communautaire. Merkel quickly came to recognize the leverage potential inherent in EU institutions between 2007 (German Council Presidency) and 2008 (banking crisis), however. It would nonetheless take her another seven years to move from an instrumental appreciation of “pooled sovereignty” and multi-level governance to her personal embrace of the EU as a value community. This talk traces the stages of that evolution, illustrating ways in which Merkel’s preferred “leadership” style facilitated this process.

For speaker's bio, please click here.

Modern Greek Studies Event: Lecture & LIve Performance

Fri, Feb 17 | 3-4:30 pm

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

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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

Abstract: In this lecture, Prof. Glaros will discuss aspects of her research on the traditional music of Skyros.  A small Aegean island with approximately 3,000 inhabitants, Skyros is well known for its Carnival masquerading tradition. Less well known outside Skyros are the a cappella “table songs” sung at festivals, which form an integral part of the island’s musical heritage, and which many Skyrians regard as endangered. As traditional music on Skyros reflects local history, memory and identity, its performance comments on the nature of community belonging, with sometimes surprising implications. To speak of Skyrian music, then, is to speak of the Skyrian past, in a nostalgic mode.  Such nostalgia, moreover, carries an erotic charge. The deep sense of belonging Skyrian songs carry is rooted in longing, through lyrics that sing of unrequited love, and through the erotic power of the voice itself—power that Skyrians appeared to carefully manage. In light of the gender ideologies at work in and beyond Skyros, women tended to bear the burden of such “management.” In the field, Prof. Glaros' goal was simply to understand this complex entanglement of longing and belonging, and the role of women’s voices in performing it. Back in the United States, she faced the challenge of conveying her understandings to those unfamiliar either with Skyros or with Greece, not only in writing, but also in musical performance. This lecture will include live performance of several Skyrian songs, in order to enter into the sensuous space of singing, listening, and understanding.

Organized by Modern Greek Studies. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.



  Upcoming Events



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

Tue, Feb 21 | 11 am

507 E Green St., Rm. 411

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Transgender Europe

List of panelists and abstract coming soon!

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


 REEEC New Directions Lecture

Thu, Feb 23 | 4 pm

International Studies Bldg., Rm 101, 910 S Fifth

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17 reasons to get along with the secret police: Tatyana Lioznova’s 'Seventeen Moments of Spring' from the Soviet 1970s to the Putin Era

Speaker: Christine Evans, Assistant Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Abstract: The most iconic television miniseries of the 1970s, and allegedly Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favorite film,  Seventeen Moments of Spring (dir. Tatiana Lioznova, 1973) remains an important cultural touchstone in contemporary Russia, continuing to serve as a way of talking about, for example, Russia’s conflict with Ukraine and the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Drawing on internal discussions in the Gorky Studio during the film’s production and articles in the press, as well as the miniseries itself, this talk will contextualize “Seventeen Moments” in debates during the Soviet 1970s about the role of mass media in shaping political beliefs and offer a fresh interpretation of the film’s politics and reception, which continue to shape the present. Seventeen Moments of Spring generated public conversations about moral complexity, the need for new, post-Stalin heroes who could repair the damage of the Stalin cult, and the role of television in making visible the superiority of the Soviet system and its people. Together with the film itself, these conversations outlined a new deal between state and public, based on shared patriotic values, the acceptance of police and bureaucratic authority, and the promotion of new heroes like the film’s protagonist, Soviet spy Maxim Isaev. In the second decade of Putin’s promotion of a very similar deal and set of patriotic values organized around the memory of Soviet heroism during WWII and renewed imperial expansion, Seventeen Moments of Spring deserves continued attention. 

Speaker's bio: Christine Evans is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Her work focuses on the role of popular culture, play, and mass media in Russian and Soviet history. Her first book, Between Truth and Time: A History of Soviet Central Television was published by Yale University Press in August, 2016.

Organized by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) and co-sponsored by the European Union Center

Film Screening

Thu, Feb 23 | 4 pm

English Building, Rm 109,
608 S Wright

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Dialogue: A Polish-Jewish Film Series
The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)

The film will be introduced by Alexandra Van Doren and followed by discussion. 

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

Little Rose (2010) -- March 9th
Austeria (1982) -- April 20th
The Little Rose will be introdiuced by Lizy Mostowski, and 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


Related Events


 Lecture & Live Musical Demonstration

Thu, Feb 16 | 7 pm 
Music Building Auditorium, Room 1030, 1114 W. Nevada St.

Deborah Strauss and Cantor Jeff Warschauer - “Klezmer Music: From Old World to New"

Klezmer luminaries and Jewish music experts Deborah Strauss and Cantor Jeff Warschauer ( will be in Champaign-Urbana for a series of activities from February 16 to February 20, 2017. The Program in Jewish Culture and Society will bring their talents and expertise to the University community by offering a lecture/demo on Thursday, February 16, at 7:00pm. 

This lecture and live musical demonstration is titled “Klezmer Music: From Old World to New.” Deborah Strauss and Cantor Jeff Warschauer will explore the trajectory of klezmer music from its roots in late 19th and early 20th century Eastern European culture to its unique musical and cultural context in today’s world.

For more information, please visit here
Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Culture and Society and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC). 



EUC Social Media Highlight


 Social Media Highlight

A Visit to the EU Delegation in Columbia: Opening Doors
Raphaela Berding and Rafael Rodriguez, graduate students in EU Studies, traveled to Colombia during the winter break and visited the EU Delegation in Colombia as part of their trip. They say "building a network involves taking chances and seeing the opportunities that you may have at any given moment." Read more about their visit 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!





Call for Undergraduate Research Presentation and Poster Proposals 

Joint Area Centers Symposium on Governing Globalization - Call for Undergraduate Research Presentation and Poster Proposals

LAS Global Studies invites proposals from students who would like to present their work at the Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS) on Governing Globalization to be held on March 31 and April 1, 2017, organized by the Center for Global Studies (CGS).


LAS Global Studies invites proposals from students who would like to be part of four-speaker panel on governing globalization. Themes could include global markets, migration and human rights, climate change, conflict and diplomacy. We encourage submissions that incorporate a focus on gender, communities of color and under-represented groups. Panel presentations will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017.


LAS Global Studies invites proposals from students who would like to present posters on governing globalization. Themes could include, but are not limited to, armed conflict, terrorism, global markets, economy, role of superpowers, climate change, sustainability, social change, technology, gender, youth and migration. Poster presentations will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Submit your proposals as a pdf document by February 28, 2017 to Submissions should include the following information:

1.     Full name 
2.     Major and year
3.     Institutional affiliation 
4.     Email address 
5.     Title of presentation/poster 
6.     Abstract (no more than 250 words)

 Joint Area Centers Symposium is co-sponsored by the European Union Center.


Call for Applications

2017 Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia

The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia is open to all scholars with research interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region for eight weeks during the summer months from June 12 until August 4. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the world renowned Slavic, East European, and Eurasian collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to receive one-on-one research assistance from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS). 

The deadline for grant funding is March 15 and is fast approaching! REEEC will continue to receive applications for the Summer Research Lab after the grant deadline, but housing and travel funds will not be guaranteed.

For further information and to apply, please use this link

For graduate students, the SRL provides an opportunity to conduct research prior to going abroad and extra experience to refine research skills and strategies.  Students will also have the opportunity of seeking guidance from specialized librarians in navigating resources pertaining to and originating from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.

The SRS is an extensive service that provides access to a wide range of materials that center on and come from: Russia, the Former Soviet Union, Czech and Slovak Republics, Former Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. The International & Area Studies Library, where the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian reference collection is housed, contains work stations for readers, research technologies, a collection of authoritative reference works, and provides unlimited access to one of the largest collections for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies in North America.

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

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

Italian Coversation Group
Italian Conversation Group meets Wednesdays during spring semester, except for the Wednesday of spring break, March 20-24. All levels are welcome! 5:30-6:30 pm. Espresso Royale, 1117 W. Oregon St., Urbana. Contact Keren Garcia.

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. is on Feb 23rd.  

If you would like to announce your Spring 2017 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.