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Spring 2017
Feb 27-Mar 3

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Modern Greek Studies Dr. Arthur G. Nikelly Annual Lecture

Thu, Mar 2 | 2-3:30 pm

Lincoln Hall, Rm 1027,
702 S Wright

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State and Economy in the 19th-Century Mediterranean: The Case of Greece

Speaker: Professor Sakis Gekas, York University, Canada
Abstract: What is a national economy, how did it emerge in the case of Greece in the nineteenth century and how did it perform?  The lecture will compare and contrast the political economy of the Ionian State and the Greek Kingdom, the two Greek states that co-existed until the 1864 unification of the Ionian Islands with Greece.  Political and economic institutions are crucial for generating economic success and political and social stability; the lecture will show how the relationship between state and economy developed in the case of the British semi-colonial rule in the Ionian Islands until 1864 and in the case of Greece following the unification of the two regions.  The lecture will also draw some conclusions about the relationship between new states, old empires and their economies in the nineteenth-century Mediterranean.

Speaker Bio: Sakis Gekas is Associate Professor and Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair of Modern Greek History and Hellenic Studies at York University.  He has published on the history of the Ionian Islands and on aspects of Greek and Mediterranean economic and social history; his book Xenocracy. State, Class, and Colonialism in the Ionian Islands, 1815-1864 was published by Berghanhn Books in 2017.

Sponsored by Dr. Arthur G. Nikelly Endowment Fund (Program in Modern Greek Studies, UIUC); the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics (SLCL); the European Union Center; the Department of History; and the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center


Scandinavian Studies Lecture

Thu, Mar 2 | 5:30 pm

FLB, Rm 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge), 707 S Mathews

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New Perspectives on Vikings in the North Atlantic: adaptive but not always sustainable

Speaker: Thomas McGovern, Hunter College CUNY
Sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature and Scandinavian Studies. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center

EU Film Festival

March 3-30

The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

20th Chicago European Union Film Festival

The Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes audiences to the 20th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival.
With films representative of the EU member states, the Festival will run from March 3 to March 30.

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Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

REEEC New Directions Lecture

Thu, Mar 9 | 4 pm

International Studies Building, Rm 101, 910 S Fifth

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Farewell to Globalization: Varieties of National Control over Payment Card Markets in Post-Communist Countries and the Rest of Europe

Speaker: Akos Rona-Tas, Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, University of California, San Diego
Abstract: Against the expectation that in a global world a few multinational credit and debit cards will dominate, payment card markets show surprising national variation. In countries like Hungary or the Czech Republic, banks issue no domestic credit or debit cards. In China, Denmark and Belarus, domestic cards dominate (UnionPay, Dankort and Belcart, respectively). In Russia, there is a mix of domestic and international cards, but the government wants to marginalize Visa and MasterCard in favor of a new national card. The Single Euro Payment Area is working on its own payment card scheme. As states recognize that electronic payment is a source of information on the economy and citizens, they are less and less willing to hand control to US-based multinationals over money and people.

Speaker Bio: Akos Rona-Tas (Ph.D. University of Michigan) is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology (University of California, San Diego). He is the author of the books Plastic Money, Constructing Markets for Credit Cards in Eight Postcommunist Countries (with Alya Guseva), and Great Surprise of the Small Transformation: Demise of Communism and Rise of the Private Sector in Hungary.  His current research is on credit, risk analysis and the role of scientific uncertainty in policy making.

Organized by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEC); co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies (CGS) and the European Union Center (EUC)



  Upcoming Events


Film Screening

Thu, Mar 9 | 4 pm

English Building, Rm 109,
608 S Wright

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Dialogue: A Polish-Jewish Film Series
Little Rose (2010)

The film will be introduced by Lizy Motowski and followed by discussion. 

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

Austeria (1982) -- April 20th, which will be introduced 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

Illinois Graduate Science and Technology Studies (STS) Workshop

Fri, Mar 10 - Sat, Mar 11

Interdisciplinary Encounters
Graduate Science + Technology Studies Workshop @ UIUC
March 10-11, 2017 || Workshops + Panels + Humanities Data Praxis

Registration is open for the Interdisciplinary Encounters - Graduate Science + Technology Studies Workshop @ UIUC. The event will be held March 10-11, 2017 on the campus of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and will be hosted by the Learning to See Systems INTERSECT group of the Graduate College.  

We will unite scholars from across disciplines and regional locales whose work connects with STS, digital studies, media studies, communication, information sciences, informatics and design for a two-day workshop addressing diverse themes in the social making of facts, social histories of media and technology, user networks in practice, visual cultures and interactive technologies. The event will feature:
- Jenny Reardon, director of The Science and Justice Research Center at the University of California – Santa Cruz
- Max Liboiron, founder of the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), a feminist marine biology and technology lab at Memorial University in Newfoundland
- Scavenging and Citizen Science Workshops with CLEAR
- Humanities Data Praxis Workshop hosted by the Scholarly Commons

Registration is free, but limited to the first 60 registrants, so sign up today! For more information and to register, please visit the website:
If you have any questions, please contact organizers at
Anita Say Chan, Media + Cinema Studies Department, UIUC
Interdisciplinary Encounters 2017 Organizing Committee
Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.


Related Events


 ACDIS Speaker Series

 Tue, Feb 28 | 4 pm
Talbot Laboratory, Rm 103, 104 S Wright


Partition of the Ottoman Empire and Current Issues in the Middle East

Speaker: Dr. Oner Akgul, Ahi Evran University of Kırsehir, Department of International Relations; ACDIS Visiting Scholar

Organized by The Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS)



EUC Social Media Highlight


 Social Media Highlight

Revitalizing the Inari Saami (IS) Language in Finland

Emily Cheng, an undergraduate student in linguistics, examines the revitalization of Inari Saami, also known as Aanaar Saami, one of the three Saami languages spoken in Finland in this blog post she wrote as a senior enrolled in 418 ‘Language and Minorities in Europe’. Emily claims that "the method of using language nests for the revitalization of Inari Saami perhaps has single-handedly began the relatively efficient and quick success of IS revitalization. A language nest is an early immersion of preschool-age children, taught completely in the local minority/indigenous language from day 1 by linguistically and culturally proficient elders. Not only do children learn the language they don’t have access to at home, the preschool teachers and parents often develop proficiency in IS along the way." Read more on the EUC's Linguis Europae

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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 March 9.  

If you would like to announce your Spring 2017 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.