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Spring 2017
Mar 13-17

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Joint Degree Info Session: EU Studies, MBA, Law, LER 

Mon, March 13 | 6-7 pm

Business Instructional Facility, Rm 2043, 515 E Gregory Dr

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Curious how to leverage several interests into a high-powered career?

Join us for Joint Degree Information Session!
MBA, LAW, Labor & Employment Relations, and EU Studies will be hosting a joint information session on Monday, March 13 from 6:00-7:00 pm at 2043 BIF to talk about joint degree opportunities.  

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Join us for the
15th Annual EU DAY!

Wed, Mar 15

10 am - State of the EU Keynote Address

Reception to follow

Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom, 601, S Lincoln Ave

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State of the European Union Keynote Address: His Excellency David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States

European Union Day at the University of Illinois is a celebration of transatlantic relations and strives to promote a better understanding between the peoples of the United States and the European Union. The highlight of the celebration is the “State of the European Union Address.”

This year, the annual “State of the European Union” address will be delivered by His Excellency David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States. 

This year’s EU Day has added significance due to two milestones in transatlantic relations and European integration: the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, a U.S. aid plan which assisted in Europe’s recovery after World War II, and the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the 1957 accord which laid the foundation for what would become the European Union.

EU Day is open to the public and provides our citizens with the opportunity to learn about the importance of the European Union to the United States and its role in promoting international relations. Invited guests and dignitaries will include members of the Diplomatic Corps from Washington, DC, members of the Consular Corps from Chicago, business leaders, state and local government officials, and faculty and students from universities and high schools throughout Illinois.

Learn more by visiting the event website.

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.

Visit for more information.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.



  Upcoming Events


Joint Area Center Symposium 

Fri, March 31 - Sat, April 1

March 31: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum 600 S Gregory St, Urbana

April 1 The Illini Union, 1401 West Green Street in Urbana

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2017 Joint Area Center Symposium: Governing Globalization: Challenges for Democracy and Global Society

As the world has grown increasingly interdependent, populations have been forced into a closer web of relationships that require cooperation on a scale unprecedented in the history of humanity. Structures of governance around the globe are being called into question and the paradoxical relationship between increasing interdependence and the need for cooperation on one hand, and the rising sentiments of isolationism and xenophobia on the other, are being studied, analyzed and debated. This symposium is focused on bringing together leading scholars to explore the pressing topic of Governing Globalization and enrich students interested in scholarship and careers in fields related to international cooperation and global governance.
For more infomration, please visit the symposium website

Co-sponsored by the 
Center for Global Studies, Center for African Studies, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, European Union Center, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Center, The Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS), Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP), Illinois International Programs, Bradley University Institute of International Studies

ILLS Conference
Fri, March 31 - Sat, April 1
ACES Library 

Illinois Language & Linguistics Society 9th Annual Graduate student Conference: Language - Usage & Cognition

The ILLS annual conference is a general linguisitcs conference that encourages the submission of abstracts by graduate students.  The theme of ILLS9 is "Language: Usage and Cognition." 

More information can be found at 

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center


Related Events


 REEEC Noontime Lecture

Tue. Mar 14 | 12 pm
International Studies Building, Rom 101, 910 S. Fifth St.

Incongruent Implementation of Human Rights-Based Policy in the Post-Soviet Region

Speaker: Laura Dean, Assistant Professor of History and Political Science, Millikin University

For talk abstract and speaker bio, please visit here
Organized by the Russian, East European, and Eurasina Center (REEEC).

Talk @Spurlock Museum 

Wed, March 15 |4 pm

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St.

A Chapter in the History of Reading in the Arctic: The Books of Crocker Land by Adam Doske

From 1913–1917, the UIUC-cosponsored Crocker Land Expedition explored the Arctic from their base camp in Etah, Greenland, where they kept a well-stocked library. Now, one hundred years later, we are reconstructing that library from photographs and archival documents. Where did the Expedition members get their books? What did they read? What happened to the books after the Expedition? This talk provides the answers. The talk will be presented by Adam Doskey, Visiting Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Illinois.

Free Admission

For more information, please click here.



EUC Social Media Highlight


 Social Media Highlight

Conversations on Europe Videoconference Series Archive

Did you know that you can find archived videos from the Conversations on Europe: Videoconference Series on the EUC Blog? Visit the 
EUC blog to access the archive. 
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!




Volunteers wanted
to test out a
new online course!

EURO 596: EU for Professionals 

EURO 596 – EU for Professionals Beta Test

Part of Term B, 03/13/17-05/08/17

The EU Center is looking for volunteers to test out a new online course, EURO 596: The European Union for Professionals. This eight-week asynchronous online course is intended to serve as an introduction to the European Union, with a particular focus on providing its students with enough information to allow them to competitively apply for European Union grants and funding opportunities. This course is intended for (aspiring) working professionals in the private business, education, media, non-profit, and think-tank sectors. The first forty students to apply will be enrolled in the course. Please note that this course will not be offered for student or continuing education credit at this time. More information, including the online application, can be found at the course’s webpage. If you have any questions, please contact the course instructor, Dr. Neil Vander Most, at

Anna Jenson Award for Travel to Sweden

Anna Jensen Award for Travel to Sweden
Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

The Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures is pleased to announce an award competition to facilitate study abroad in Sweden during summer 2017 or academic year 2017-18. The Anna Jensen Memorial Scandinavian Award is in the amount of up to $1,500 to facilitate study or research in Sweden. To apply, please submit a 500-word application statement and include your most recent University of Illinois transcript (unofficial is fine). Ideal applicants are students who have been taking Scandinavian courses, or who articulate plans to do so during their time of study abroad. The statement should clearly outline:

• your reasons for applying
• how a period of study in Sweden is important to your studies and to your future career plans
• how you expect to use the award (you may include a basic budget)
• what your plans are to continue Swedish and Scandinavian Studies once you return.

You may also address in your application if there are special needs or circumstances that motivate your application. Submit all application materials to the mailbox of Dr. Mark Safstrom, 2090 Foreign Languages Building, by 4:45 PM on March 31, 2017.

Book Sale

Foreign Language Book Sale at the Illini Union Bookstore
from March 1st through March 17th | 809 S Wright

Open early and late every day!

There will be hundreds of titles to choose from, all marked down 50%. The sale will be on the Main Level of the Illini Union Bookstore.

Summer Program

Sport Management Across Cultures Program
June 24 to July 14, 2017
Deadline to enroll is April 15, 2017.

For more information and to apply, visit here. 

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

Online application and pay form is available here.  

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 30.  

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: 

Sebnem Ozkan | Phone: (217) 244-0570 |

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.