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Spring 2011 March 7 - 11
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March 9
Tenth Annual European Union Day!

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Join us in celebrating the 10th Annual European Union Day!
Hungary currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, and following our tradition at the EU Center, Hungary’s Ambassador to the United States will give the "State of the European Union" address at our Tenth Annual EU Day event on March 9th. We are also excited about the 4th Annual EUC-ACDIS Transatlantic Security Symposium, “The End of National European Armies?” and the workshop we are organizing for students on “Careers and Professionalism in East Europe.”

Schedule of Events:
10:00 - 11:30 am
State of the European Union Address
, by György Szapáry, Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to the United States
Location: Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom
Reception following. 
The reception will feature a live performance by LATAWCE Polish Highlander Band, accompanied by Andrea Solya, a Hungarian conductor of the U of I choir.
The winning photos of the Spring 2011 EU Center Photo Contest will also be displayed at the reception.        

2:00 - 3:00 pm
Student Workshop: Careers & Professionalism in Europe – Focus on East Europe
Guest Speaker: Miklós Martin-Kovács, Hungarian Investment & Trade Commissioner
Location: Levis Faculty Center, 3rd floor, 919 W. Illinois
Workshop co-sponsor: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC)

3:30 – 5:00 pm
4th Annual Transatlantic Security Symposium: The End of National European Armies?

Location: Levis Faculty Center, 3rd floor, 919 W. Illinois
Jean-Yves Haine, University of Toronto
Jolyon Howorth, Yale University
Alistair Shepherd, Aberystwyth University
Moderator: Colin Flints, University of Illinois
Reception following

Symposium co-sponsors: Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS); Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC); Center for Global Studies (CGS)

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.

March 11 & 12
2011 Global Fest
Location: Normal Community West High School, 501 North Parkside Road, Normal, Illinois 61761
Contact: Global Fest Chair: Karen Hewitt
Email: khewitt@illinois.edu
Phone: 217-244-0288
Sponsor: EU Center and other U of I International and Area Studies Centers
Cost: $12.00 before Feb 14, $15.00 after
Abstract: Global Fest is a celebration and promotion of the study of world languages and international studies through educational activities connected to the Illinois Learning Standards for students 6th through 12th grades. Global Fest participants learn about and share the knowledge of the world through introductory lessons in languages of Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East; interactive cultural activities and performances; arts and crafts displays; global knowledge competitions, and exhibits.

March 17
Feeding the World: the Role of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Prabhu Pingali, the Deputy Director of the Agriculture Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Time: 4:00 pm Lecture
Location: Monsanto Room, ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center, 1101 S. Goodwin Ave.
Co-sponsor: ACES

Related Events

March 4-31
The 14th Annual European Union Film Festival
Location:   164 North State Street, Chicago
Sponsors: Gene Siskel Film Center and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
The Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to the 14th Annual European Union Film Festival, the largest showcase in North America for the cinema of European Union nations. This year’s festival, our largest yet, boasts 64 films representing 24 nations.

March 8
Centennial Celebration of International Women's Day
Time: 7:00 pm 
Location: 3rd Floor, Levis Faculty Center, 919 West Illinois St., Urbana
Sponsor: University of Illinois Women's Resources Center
RSVP on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/gSC5z7

March 8 & 9
Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Student Advocates Urge Students to Vote 'Yes' on Scholarship Renewal
A message from the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Student Advocates:

With the Student Body elections quickly approaching on March 8-9, do you know what you're voting for? One item up for renewal is the funding for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Scholarship. The I4I Scholarship provides approximately $125,000 in study abroad scholarship each semester, and since the scholarship was established in Fall 2008, the I4I program has provided nearly $650,000 in scholarship funding to more than 700 UIUC undergrads. The sheer volume of students that the I4I Scholarship has aided since its establishment has played a considerable role in the academic lives of hundreds of U of I students. Please vote "Yes" to I4I on March 8 & 9 so that the students of Illinois can continue to benefit from this wonderful scholarship.

March 10
Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin
Time: 7:30 pm 
Location: Krannert Center, Foellinger Great Hall
Email: kran-tix@illinois.edu
Phone: 217/333/6280 or 217/KCPATIX
Sponsor: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Cost: $10-$36
Abstract: Established in defiance of a repressive East German regime, the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin elicits the breathtaking transparency of the Baroque period through works by Telemann, Handel, and Bachs Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050.

Deadline: March 10, 2011
Study Abroad Photo Contest 2011 – Deadline Extended
Sponsored by International Programs and Studies and the campus Study Abroad Office, students and recent graduates are encouraged to submit a photo from their experience studying abroad. Submissions must be received by the new extended deadline. Winners will be selected in the Spring and posted during International Week, April 11-17, 2011.

March 11
What Should We Mean by Global Sociology
Time: 2:00 pm 
Location: Levis Faculty Center, 3rd floor
Speaker: Michael Burawoy Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley; President, International Sociological Association
Contact: Brian Dill, dill@illinois.edu
Sponsor: Sociology, Geography, and Urban and Regional Planning

March  13
28th Annual YMCA International Dinner & Performance Night!
Location: Latzer Hall, University YMCA
Time: 5:45 PM
Cost: $8.00 (Tickets can be purchased at the front desk of the University YMCA)
Sponsors: the University YMCA, International Student and Scholar Services Office, and the Cosmopolitan Club will be hosting the 28th Annual International Dinner.
This dinner features food from over 30 countries and entertaining cultural performances. This year’s dinner options will include the following as well as many other dishes that have yet to be selected by our volunteer cooks:
Almond Tofu – Taiwan
Falafel – Israel
Spam Musubi – Hawaii
Lemon Barley with Gingko Nuts – Singapore
Causa – Peru
Passion Fruit Mousse (Brazil
Sheer Khurma – Pakistani
Green (Tomatillo) Enchiladas Veggie – Mexico
Buenuelos – Mexico
Pancit – Philippines
Banitza (a salty dessert) – Bulgaria

EUC Spring 2011 Photo Contest Winners Conragulations to the 2011 EUC  Photo Contest Winners “Symbols of European Integration”

1st place – “View of London” - Boris Pilev
2nd place – “Big, small, old, new” - Natalie Cartwright
3rd place – “Economic Deepening” - Jerry Vassalla

Honorable Mention (in aphabetical order):
“Dancing House” - Katie Bauman
 “Wall of Flowers” -
Mary Brown
“Age of Masonry” - Patrick Mekus
 “The Pyramid and Louvre” - Amy Ziegler

The winning photos will be displayed at the 10th Annual European Union Day reception on March 9. To view the winning photos, please click here.

Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

March 12
The Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarship in International Relations Program
The Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarships in International Relations are awarded to outstanding University of Illinois doctoral students conducting dissertation research abroad. Preference is given to students studying international relations, although students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply, provided that their research includes an international dimension.  These $2,000 scholarships enable doctoral students to conduct field research outside of the U.S.

Funds may be used for travel and other research-related expenses. The scholarships are funded through a generous gift from the late Nelle M. Signor. For more information and to apply, visit the website or contact Jessica Sheets at 244-5771 or jsheets@illinois.edu

Deadline: April 1, 2011
Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Research College "The Transformative Power of Europe"
The Research College (Kolleg-Forschergruppe) “The Transformative Power of Europe. External and Internal Diffusion of Ideas in the European Union”, directed by Profs. Tanja Börzel and Thomas Risse, advertises up to 6 post-doctoral fellows. We particularly encourage applications on projects located in the field of comparative regionalism.

The fellows should have their PhD in hand by the fall of 2011. The duration of the fellowship is 10 months (October 1, 2011 - July 31, 2012) with the possibility to reapply. The stipend amounts to €30,000 annually (including travelling expenses). Further information can be found here.

Deadline: April 1, 2011
Short-Term Research Fellowships
The New York Public Library is pleased to announce the availability of 20 fellowships to support visiting scholars conducting studies in the Library’s unique research and special collections between June 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012.

The Fellowship stipend is $2,500. Scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, or independent research are invited to apply. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. Further information about the research resources of The New York Public Library can be found here.

Deadline for both awards: April 22, 2011
Two LISBOAN Erasmus Academic Network Awards
The LISBOAN Erasmus Academic Network offers annual awards for excellence in teaching and research with a view to the Treaty of Lisbon. The awards are open to both members and non-members of the network. Each award is endowed with a prize of €1.500.
LISBOAN Award for Outstanding Research on the Lisbon Treaty
The LISBOAN Erasmus Academic Network calls for nominations for its research award. The award distinguishes an excellent piece of work of a researcher in the field of European integration, that contributed substantially to the state of the art of research on the Treaty of Lisbon and its implementation, and/or has influenced academic and political debates on the Treaty of Lisbon in Europe.
LISBOAN Award for Outstanding Teaching on the Lisbon Treaty
The LISBOAN Erasmus Academic Network calls for applications for its teaching award. The award distinguishes the work of a person with an outstanding academic record in the field of European integration, who has developed and/or used innovative means of teaching the Treaty of Lisbon, and/or

enhanced the visibility of EU studies and in particular studies of the Lisbon Treaty as a subject among wider parts of academia, practitioners and the interested public, and/or linked research and teaching on the Lisbon Treaty in an exemplary manner.

LISBOAN (Linking Interdisciplinary Integration Studies by Broadening the European Network) is a network of – currently 67 – European institutions dealing with teaching and research on EU integration studies in general and the Treaty of Lisbon in particular. Through a number of activities, the network aims at strengthening cooperation between institutions of higher education and research in Europe. It enhances research-based teaching, spreads innovative approaches and establishes best practices in teaching the Lisbon treaty. In order to bridge boundaries between scientific disciplines, the network includes political scientists, historians, lawyers and economists.

Internships & Traineeships

Deadline for Autumn TraineeshipL March 31, 2011
*There are no fixed deadlines for unpaid study periods
Traineeships at the EU Committee of the Regions
Each year, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) provides a limited number of internships for young citizens, from Europe and elsewhere, offering them the opportunity to acquire work experience in a European institution. Two types of internships are available: long-term paid traineeships ("stages") or short-term unpaid study periods ("séjours d'étude").
Long-terms paid traineeships
Each year, the CoR offers young university graduates a limited number of five-month traineeships (stages). These training periods involve work experience in one of the Committee of the Regions' services, and run from 16 February until 15 July (spring traineeships) or from 16 September until 15 February (autumn traineeships).
Short term unpaid study periods
The CoR also offers short unpaid study periods (séjours d'étude) within one of its services to persons whose professional, academic or research activities indicate that they would familiarise with the Committee's practical workings and/or policies. The nature of the tasks to be fulfilled by trainees depends largely on the unit to which they are assigned; while some units are more political, others are more administrative.

Deadline for summer cycle: April 30, 2011
Internships with Analytica
Analytica is a non-profit independent institution dedicated to helping individuals and institutions with the aim to foster lasting improvement in the democracy and governance in Macedonia and elsewhere in the region of South Eastern Europe.
Internship applicants are expected to be university students, undergraduates or graduates preferably having a background in Political Science, International Relations, Law, Economy and Energy Management. However we encourage candidates with other academic profiles to apply.
Interested candidates should also have interest in policy research and at least basic research skills. An interest in one or more of Analytica’s programmes of research would be an advantage. Very good knowledge of English is essential. There are no citizenship requirements.
The summer cycle of the internship runs from June 15 - August 30. Visit the Analytica website for application information

Call for proposals

Deadline: March 30, 2011
Social Sciences, Humanities and Higher Education in Eastern Europe After 1991
Dates: June 14-16, 2011
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Abstract: The European Humanities University (EHU), and its Center for Advanced Studies and Education, welcome submissions for our international conference Social Sciences, Humanities and Higher Education in Eastern Europe after 1991.
The conference will be a consolidated reflection on the development of social sciences, humanities and education over twenty years in Eastern Europe. The dramatic events of 1989-1991, coinciding with substantial social changes in the world as a whole, forced the Eastern European intellectual community to respond to a number of urgent challenges. The conditions of survival of fragments of the formerly monolithic and unified system of science and education were significantly different, which inevitably led to different strategies of adaptation. The goal of the conference is not merely the reconstruction of the general picture of this era of change, but rather to provide a critical analysis of transformation processes and to attempt to sketch in possible trends in future development.

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 (March 3rd)
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.

March 10: Greek
March 17: Lebanese
March 31: Polish
April 7: Pakistani
April 14: French
April 21: South Africa
April 28: Caribbean Countries

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European Union Center
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Phone: (217) 265-7515 | Fax: (217) 333-6270
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