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Spring 2017
Mar 27-31

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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.

Joint Area Center Symposium 

Fri, March 31 - Sat, April 1

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

April 1: The Illini Union, 1401 West Green Street

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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 information and to register, 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

College of ACES Library, 1101 S. Goodwin 

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


  Upcoming Events


Third Annual International Food Security Symposium

Mon, April 3- Tue, April 4 

College of ACES Library, 1101 S. Goodwin

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Third Annual International Food Security Symposium: "Commercial Agriculture in Tropical Environments"


The tropics contain some of the most important biomes for managing a variety of environmental challenges from biodiversity to climate change. But at the same time, agricultural expansion in South America shows that the tropics can be highly productive in terms of grain production. Additionally, agricultural intensification holds promise to reduce poverty and malnutrition among the many rural poor residing in tropical zones. This symposium addresses the complex tradeoffs between environmental stewardship and agricultural intensification in the tropics.

Keynote lecture "The Emerging Fertilizer Value Chain in Africa” will be given by Dr. Pedro Sanchez, Research Professor of Tropical Soils, University of Florida.

Sessions include: Agricultural Intensification in Tropical Environments; Soil and Water; Tropical Agriculture and the Environment: Europe’s Role; and Biodiversity and Climate Change.

For more details, please visit the official website for the symposium.

Co-sponsored by International Food Security at Illinois, European Union Center, Woods Hole Research Center, Soybean Innovation Lab, Tropical Conservation Science

WGGP Annual Alumni Lecture

Mon, April 3 | 12:00 pm 

3057 Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St.

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WGGP Annual Alumni Lecture: “Gender and Migration: Maternal & Reproductive Health in Portugal during the Crisis


Speaker: Beatriz Padilla, University Institute of Lisbon and Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology

Lunch will be provided; Registration for lunch is due by March 31, 2017.

Sponsored by WGGP, Department of Sociology, and the EUC

Presentation & Student Meeting

Mon, April 3 | 1:30 - 2:30 pm  

3039 BIF, 515 E Gregory Dr 

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The State of Transatlantic and International Trade – A European Perspective

Speaker: Jennifer Riccardi, Senior Advisor on Trade at the EU Delegation to the US

This event will be followed by a student meeting led by Ms. Riccardi on international/transatlantic careers from 2:30-3:20 pm in 3039 BIF, 515 E Gregory Dr.

Co-organized by the European Union Center (EUC) and College of Business
Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies (CGS); Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC); and The Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS); and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP)

11th Annual Turkish Studies Symposium

Tue, April 4 | 1:30-4:30 pm

Reception to follow

Levis Faculty Center
Floor, 919 W Illinois St

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Turkey in the Aftermath of the Failed Coup Attempt

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1:30 – 1:35 pm
Welcoming Remarks
Colleen Murphy; Director, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP); Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Illinois 

1:35 – 2:15 pm
Turkey-EU Relations After the Failed Coup Attempt
Karol Kujawa; Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey; Kosciuszko Senior Scholar, University of Illinois

2:15 – 2:55 pm
Has Turkey’s failed coup actually succeeded?
Mustafa Akyol; Turkish journalist and author; columnist for Al-Monitor; monthly contributing opinion writer for The New York Times; Senior Fellow at Freedom Project at Wellesley College

2:55 – 3:00 pm Break

3:00 – 3:40 pm
What changed for women after Turkey’s failed coup attempt?
Riada Asimovic Akyol; PhD candidate at Galatasaray University in Istanbul; contributing writer for Al-Monitor

3:40 – 4: 20 pm
The Challenge of Listening after the Attempted Coup
Denise Elif Gill; Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Washington University in St. Louis

4:20 pm
Concluding remarks

Moderator: Colleen Murphy; Director, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP); Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Illinois

Reception to follow.

Organized by: Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; European Union Center
Co-sponsored by: Center for Global Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

Informal Discussion

Wed, April 5 | 3-4:30 pm

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

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The Museum as a Boundary Spanning Organizationr

Speaker: Laura Calamos Nasir, Interim President, National Hellenic Museum of Chicago

For abtract and speaker bio, please click here.

Sponsored by John S. Latsis Foundation; Program in Modern Greek Studies, UIUC; School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (SLCL); European Union Center (EUC); Russian East European and Eurasian Center (REEEC); Spurlock Museum.


Related Events


Film Screening 

Wed, April 5 | 7 pm

Foreign Languages Bldg., G-20, 707 S Mathews 



Serbian film: "The Professional"/ "Profesionalac" (2003)

Sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

For the synopsis, 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!




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.

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 Grant

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.