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Spring 2017

Apr 3-7
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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
Presentation:1:30 - 2:30 pm

Student Meeing: 2:30-3:20 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 (WGGP); Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC); European Union Center (EUC)
Co-sponsored by: Center for Global Studies (CGS); Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES); Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH)

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 Organization

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


7th Annual Slavic Graduate Students Association Conference 

Fri, April 7 - Sat, April

Bevier Hall Commons (Bevier Hall, Rm 249), 905 S. Goodwin 

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A Century of Revolution - Culture, politics, and people

Keynote Lecture: "From Revolution to Solidarity: Protest, Migration, and the Absent/Present State in the Balkans" by Jessica Greenberg of the Anthropology Department (University of Illinois)

For symposium schedule and further details, please visit:

Sponsored by: Slavic Graduate Students Association; Cosponsored by the Program in Jewish Culture & Society, the Russian, East European & Eurasian Center, the Center for Global Studies, the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, the Department of Linguistics, the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Theatre, the European Union Center, the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of History, and the Program in Comparative & World Literature



  Upcoming Events


International Week 2017

Sun, April 9- Sat, Apr 15

U of I Campus - carious locations

International Week 2017: Celebrating 150 Global Years 

International Week 2017 will take place from April 9-15, 2017. Join the campus community as we celebrate 150 global years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign!

From long-standing traditions like the "Travel Around the World" Fair to cultural demonstrations, there are a number of events for the campus and local community to enjoy. View the full International Week calendar.

All inquiries related to International Week 2017 may be directed to Lauren Karplus, International Week Coordinator.

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

Tue, Apr 11 | 11 am

507 E Green St., Rm. 411

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Portuguese Identity: Iberia, Europe, and the World Em Português! (in Portuguese)

Join our panel of Portuguese speakers from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and enter into a wide-ranging discussion of Portuguese identity today. From literature to material culture; from its imperial past to its present as a member state on the European periphery, our experts will discuss em português the forces shaping Portuguese identity. Venha praticar seu português!

Carla Santos, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Luis Van Fossen Bravo, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Ellen W. Sapega, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Michael Baum, Fundação Luso-Americana
Rui Gomes Coelho, Binghamton University
Kimberly DaCosta-Holton, Rutgers University

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


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!




Master of Arts in European Union Studies

Apply now! 

Apply Now: Master of Arts in European Union Studies

Deadline Extended: May 15th, 2017

The European Union Center at the University of Illinois offers the only Master of Arts in European Union Studies (MAEUS) program in the Western Hemisphere. Five full-time staff members support small cohorts of talented students with academic and professional guidance, facilitate funding opportunities through FLAS fellowships and assistantships, help to connect students with the world-class faculty at UIUC, and frequently introduce students to visiting officials and scholars on campus.

MAEUS alumni are well placed to land jobs in business, government, higher education, and non-profits.

Why choose the MAEUS program?

  • Students can research in a wide range of disciplines
  • Students can pursue joint degrees with professional schools
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in professionalization events, including yearly trips to Washington DC and exclusive meetings with ambassadors and diplomats during our Center’s annual EU Day.
  • Dynamic academic program that gives students regular opportunities to present their research and courses tailored to student interests and current events.
  • The program offers assistance with study abroad opportunities with multiple institutions throughout the EU, including the consortium of universities in Vienna and the Catholic University of Leuven.
  • Funding opportunities include FLAS fellowships and EUC graduate assistantships, as well as funding from other academic departments on campus

It’s not too late to join our program for Fall 2017! Start your application today!

For more information on the application and how to apply, please visit our website here.

For student testimonials about their experience with our program, please click here.

Additional Questions? Email our Academic Programs Coordinator Neil Vander Most for more information!

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 Apr 13.  

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.