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Spring 2011 February 14-18
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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 center
Abstract: 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 14-15
Balkan Road Trip: Photo Exhibit
Location: Illini Union Room C (South Lounge /Piano Room)
All day on the 14th and 15th
Co-organized by:
the Turkish, Hellenic,and Romanian Students Associations.
Co-sponsored by: the European Union Center and the Center for Global Studies.

February 18, 2011
Politics, Institutions and the European Sovereign Debt Crisis
Konstantinos Kourtikakis, Department of Political Science and Modern Greek Studies
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana
Abstract: The European Union is experiencing the most severe crisis in its 60-year history. Although the crisis itself is economic in nature, this talk explores its deeper roots, which lie in the institutions and politics of the EU, and reflects upon the implications of the crisis for the future of European integration.
Free and open to the public. Lunch provided, bring your own beverage. Please RSVP to Kim Rice at the contact phone or email given below:
E-Mail kimrice@illinois.edu
Phone (217)265-7515


February 21-22, 2011
Shostakovich: the Quartets in Context
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
*Half the normal student price for the Pacifica Quartet concert associated with the Shostakovich Symposium!
In connection with the upcoming Shostakovich symposium, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has generously offered to provide tickets for our students at half off the normal student price for the Pacifica Quartet performance of Shostakovich Quartets 11, 13, 14,and 14, on the evening of Feb. 22.  The concert, which caps off the upcoming Shostakovich Symposium, will be preceded by a keynote address by Prof. Richard Taruskin of University of California at Berkeley.Tickets will be $6 instead of the normal $12 student price. They must be purchased on line, more than 24 hrs. prior to the day of the concert (they will not be available on Feb. 22).  Students wishing to sit together must buy a block of tickets at the same time when ordering on line.  Krannert is not setting any limits on how many tickets they will sell us.

Here are the instructions: 
• To purchase the half-price tickets, go to http://tinyurl.com/n6sbtq
In the box labeled "Enter Promotional Code", enter SHOS and click "Go". On the resulting screen, click on the concert title to request your tickets; follow on-screen directions from there. 
• Tickets  must be purchased by 6pm on Monday, February 21.
Krannert offers to help if anyone runs into problems when attempting to order tickets this way.  You can contact Whitney Havice, the Ticket Services Assistant Director at: whavice@illinois.edu  ;or else contact Krannert Assoc. Director Maureen Reagan at: reagan@illinois.edu (but only if you're not successful in ordering as described above). Arrangements can also be made for students who might have already bought full-priced tickets; however, they will lose the seats they have selected.
For questions, contact: slavic@illinois.edu

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 Languages Building, 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.

march 11-12
New Postsocialist Ontologies and Politics
Location: Levis Faculty Center
Co-Sponsors: European Union Center, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Center for Advanced Study, Center for Global Studies, Unit for Criticism, Department of Political Science, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, and the Department of Geography.
Abstract: The purpose of the conference is to build on and advance a new and exciting direction in postsocialist studies, a paradigm we may call the relational perspective. Such explorations have rested on three approaches: 1) the conceptualization of the global context of state and postsocialism; 2) the questioning of directionality between this global context and the former “Second World;” and 3) the political implications of rethinking the global context as itself postsocialist.
For more information about the conference theme, go to: http://www.mag-iah.com/files/Illinois_2011.pdf.

Related Events

February 15
Is the World our Campus? International Students and U. S. Global Power in the Long Twentieth Century
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: 126 GSLIS, 501 E. Daniel
Speaker: Paul Kramer, Department of History, Vanderbilt University
Sponsors: Anthropology, Asian American Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, East Asian and Pacific Studies, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, Geography, Human and Community Development, Institute of Communications Research, Linguistics, SLATE, Media and Cinema Studies, and Writing Studies
Abstract: In this lecture, Prof. Kramer will explore student migration to the United States in the 20th Century as an element of the nation's global history, discussing some of the factors that led the United States to become the world's leading hub of international education, the varied trajectories taken by students, and their impacts on American society.  In particular, he'll discuss the ways in which the U. S. sponsors and coordinators of international education imagined migrating students would figure in the extension of U. S. power and influence.  While these hopes were not always, or even often, realized, they played a key role in sustaining financial and institutional support and fundamentally shaped ordinary Americans' understandings of the international students in their midst.  Focusing on this dimension of international education, he'll suggest, provides the possibility for a bridge between the traditionally separated fields of educational history and foreign relations history.
For more information about this event OR if you would like to join for a luncheon discussion with Professor Kramer (Tuesday, Feb 15, 12:30-2:00, 500 Swanlund Administration Building) please contact Hee Jung Choi, hchoi45@illinois.edu and Sangsook Lee-Chung, sleechu2@illinois.edu.

February 15
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.

February 16
Film Series - Before the Rain
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm  
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Sponsor: REEEC Grad Students
Abstract: In Macedonian, English, and Albanian, with English subtitles, this was "the first film made in the newly independent Republic of Macedonia..." in 1994. "...Before the Rain crosscuts the stories of an orthodox Christian monk, a British photo agent, and a native Macedonian war photographer to paint a portrait of simmering ethnic and religious hatred about to reach its boiling point".

February 17
New Directions in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies - Gender and Everyday Citizenship in Communist Romania
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: TBA
Speaker: Maria Bucur-Deckard, Indiana Univsersity Russian East European and Eurasian Center

February 18

Bilingual Readings by three young German authors
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm  
Location: 405 Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana
Speaker: Authors Christiane Neudecker, Dorothee Elmiger, and Andrea Grill
Contact: Elizabeth Lowe
Email: elowe@illinois.edu
Sponsor: Center for Translation Studies, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures,the Creative Writing Program, Dalkey Archive Press
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Abstract: Christiane Neudecker from Germany, Dorothee Elmiger from Switzerland, and Andrea Grill of Austria to read from their recently published novels. Translations of the readings will also be read in English. These readings are organized each year by the Goethe-Institut Chicago, the Consulate General of Switzerland and the Consulate General of Austria in Chicago. The readings will be followed by a discussion in English moderated by Reinhard Mayer from the Center for Translation Studies. These bilingual readings are being co-sponsored by the Center for Translation Studies, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, the Creative Writing Program and Dalkey Archive Press.

February 19
New "British" Geographies: graduate student conference
Time: 1:00 pm  
Location: IPRH Main Room, 805 W. Pennsylvania
Sponsor: Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory
Abstract: New "British" Geographies A graduate student conference co-organized by the British Modernities Group.

EUC Faculty Conference Travel Grants

Deadline: February 28, 2011
European Union Center Faculty Conference Travel Grants
The European Union Center announces the EUC Faculty Conference Travel Grant competition for 2010-11. These grants are designed to support the professional development of EUC-affiliated faculty who wish to present one or more papers at academic conferences. Faculty members not currently affiliated with the EUC are encouraged to apply and inquire about Center affiliation. Faculty members may receive funding for one conference per year from the EUC.  All awards MUST be used by no later than August 14, 2011.  The conference travel grant is funded by the US Department of Education Title VI grant.  

Domestic Conference Travel Grants

Domestic conference travel grants support UI faculty presentation(s) at an academic conference in the US on modern European studies, with priority given to research on the EU. Preference will be given to applicants who are junior faculty and have made contributions to European/EU studies at Illinois and who can demonstrate lack of other sources for the proposed travel. Maximum award: $500.

International Conference Travel Grant

One international conference travel grant is available for the maximum award of $1,000. The proposed conference paper must address the EU directly. Preference will be given to the applicants who have made contributions to European/EU studies at Illinois, who can combine travel to a conference with field research and/or development of institutional links between UI and other universities abroad. International travel arrangements will be subject to the Fly America Act and MUST be approved by the US Department of Education 30 days in advance of a scheduled flight before the ticket can be purchased. 

Domestic and International Conference Grant award recipients may be invited to present a brown bag talk in the EUC lecture series.

Application Forms can be obtained from the EU Center (328 International Studies Building, MC-429) or downloaded from the EU Center web site, http://www.euc.illinois.edu/funding/faculty/

Application Procedures: Please submit one copy of the following.

  • A completed application form.
  • A one-page proposal with a description of the proposed conference and the expected benefits to your research and the general area of European Union studies.
  • A budget for the travel and conference expenses.
  • Copy of the announcement of the conference.
  • Copy of the notice showing that the proposed paper has been accepted for the conference.
  • A brief curriculum vita.

Application deadline: before 4:30 PM on February 28, 2011
      Late submissions will not be accepted. 

Submit applications to

EU Center
328 International Studies Building, MC-429
910 S. Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 265-7515
Fax: (217) 333-6270

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.

Calls for proposals

Deadline: March 15, 2011
2011 Western U.S. Graduate Research Workshop on the European Union
The EU Centers of Excellence in Seattle, Washington and Boulder, Colorado are pleased to announce and solicit applications for the Western United States Graduate Research Workshop on the European Union, to be held at the University of Colorado at Boulder on May 13-14, 2011.
The workshop advances two direct aims: to provide a forum for US-based graduate students at the dissertation level to present their EU-focused research to an audience of knowledgeable, supportive, yet critical faculty and peers; and to provide methodological instruction to students in a way that is relevant to EU-related work. Instruction will be organized around and informed by the research problems and opportunities presented by the EU and European integration. Professors James Caporaso (U. of Washington) and Joseph Jupille (University of Colorado) will be responsible for organizing and conducting the workshops. A more general goal is to improve EU research in the United States by building a strong cadre of students with some sense of a shared project and a commitment to carry out sound research with an eye toward completion of the degree and publication of research results.
Doctoral students with approved EU-focused dissertation topics in any academic field and enrolled at institutions in the may apply to attend the workshop. Applicants should submit a 5-page research proposal and curriculum vitae, to be sent by email to ceuce@colorado.edu. Applicants should also solicit letters of recommendation from two faculty members familiar with their research. These can be emailed directly to Felicia Martinez at ceuce@colorado.edu. Decisions are expected to be made by April 1.
Graduate students selected to participate in the 2011 workshop will be expected to give a formal presentation of their research proposal and participate in all planned workshop activities. Students will receive up to $300 reimbursement for a round trip economy airfare from their home cities to Boulder, along with two nights’ hotel and most meals. This workshop is made possible by the generous funding of the European Union Delegation to the United States through the EU Centers of Excellence program, establishing the Network of European Union Centers of Excellence.
Please address inquiries to the EU Centers of Excellence in Seattle (euc@uw.edu, tel. 206-616-2415) and/or in Boulder (ceuce@colorado.edu, tel. 303-492-4314).


Deadline: March 14, 2011
Paid Summer Internship Opportunity with DAAD New York 

The internship involves assisting with organizing the 11th Annual GAIN Conference of German Researchers - the largest forum for German PhD students and post docs as well as professors working in North America. Duties will entail helping with a wide spectrum of tasks, ranging from administrative matters up to communication, and organizational activities, depending on the needs of the German Academic International Network (GAIN, www.gain-network.org) as the conference host. Applicants must be fluent in the German language. Specifics:
Position may begin May and end by mid-September. An interest in higher education and science policy is a plus. Applicants must have a valid work permit or Green Card. Interns are paid at a rate of USD 750/month and will be provided with a recommendation letter upon the completion of the internship. Applications are due by March 14, 2011.
Interns are paid at a rate of USD 750/month and will be provided with a recommendation letter upon the completion of the internship. 
To apply, please send your CV and a motivation letter in English or German to: Dr. Katja Simons, GAIN Program Director at simons@daad.org.

Scholarships & Fellowships

Deadline: March 15, 2011
The Schonfeld Fellowship
The Schonfeld Fellowship was established in 2008 by the AJC Berlin Office Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations in order to offer young American leaders an opportunity to gain political advocacy skills in the areas of German-Jewish relations and foreign policy, from a Jewish perspective. The nature of the fellowship depends on the interests of the fellow and the current needs of the Berlin office. Past fellows at AJC Berlin have organized events dealing with intergroup relations, such as transatlantic relations including ongoing sessions of AJC Berlin Transatlantic Roundtable, and Mideast affairs. Fellows are involved in initiating, organizing and implementing such events and working closely with the programming staff.
The ten-month position is research and writing intensive and involves considerable program work.
Candidates must possess a Bachelors, a demonstrated interest in German politics and foreign policy, superior writing skills in English, and advanced competency in spoken German.

Applicants interested in the position should submit a cover letter explaining their interest in the position, together with a resume and a 3-5 page double-spaced writing sample in English (preferably on a political theme). All application documents should be e-mailed to brooksj@ajc.org .

Study Abroad Scholarships in Turkey for American Minority Students
The Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) has a diverse array of scholarship programs that support its educational mission. One of these programs provides up to 100 scholarships to African American, Hispanic American and Native American students who choose Turkey as their study abroad destination.
TCA Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000 per student:

*   $2,000 for a semester or year at a Turkish institution.
*   $1,000 for Turkish language studies at a Turkish institution.
*   $1,000 for summer programs lasting for more than 4 weeks at a Turkish institution.
*   $500 for summer programs lasting up to 4 weeks sponsored by US educational institutions or Turkish institutions.
*   $500 for participants in university/college-sponsored study tours to Turkey.
And these are awarded to college and graduate students who are:

*   U.S. citizens of African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native American ethnic origin.
*   Enrolled full time, in good standing at an accredited U.S. college or university.
*   Accepted to a study abroad program or language program at a university in Turkey.
*   Willing to share experiences in Turkey, TRNC or Bosnia Herzegovina with the TCA community and Diversity Abroad.

Conversation tables
Coffee hours

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Conversation Table
Espresso Royale on Goodwin and Oregon in Urbana
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm on every other Thursday (February 17th)

Bulgarian Association Conversation Table
Espresso Royale on Goodwin and Oregon in Urbana
Every Thursday from 6pm to 7pm

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.
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: Caribbean Countries

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