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Spring 2017

Apr 10-14
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International Week 2017

Sun, April 9- Sat, Apr 15

U of I Campus - various 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.

For durther information, visit here.

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



  Upcoming Events


Lunch Brown Bag

Thu, Apr 20 | 12 pm 

School of Social Work, Room 2015, 1010 W. Nevada St.

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The impact of political climate on the resilience of refugees, unaccompanied minors, immigrants

Lucia Maldonado, Urbana School District

Ha Ho, East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center
Mike Doyle, Campus YMCA
Pizza and drinks will be provided at this event.

Sponsored by the School of Social Work and the European Union Center

Film Screening

Thu, April 20 | 4 pm

English Building, Rm 109
608 S Wright

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Dialogue: A Polish-Jewish Film Series
"Austeria" (1982)

The film will be introduced by Diana Scailowski and followed by discussion.

Previous Film Screenings in the series were: 

Ida (2013) -- January 26
The Innocents (2016) -- February 9th
The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973) -- February 23rd
Little Rose (2010) -- March 9th
Ida was introduced by George Gasyna, The Innocents by Priscilla Charrat, The Hourglass Sanatorium by Alexandra van Doren, and Little Rose by Lizy Mostowski.
All films have English subtitles.
Each film screening is 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 Student Associaton of Music Scholars Symposium

Fri, April 21- Sat, April 22
Music Bldg./Smith Hall

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Music and Class

The Illinois Student Association of Music Scholars will be hosting this symposium to expand on the academics, scholarship, and community of students in musicology.  Graduate students will present on work related to the theme of music and socioeconomic class. The symposium will feature a keynote address by Dr. Gillian Rodger of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

For more information, please contact
Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.


Related Events


REEEC New Directions Lecture

Mon, April 17 | 4pm

International Studies Bldg., Rm 101, 910 S Fifth St.


The Yugoslav Gulag: The Goli otok (Barren Island) Labor Camp, 1949-1956

Speaker: Martin Previsic, Assistant Professor of History, University of Zagreb

For abstract and speaker's bio, please visit here.

Sponsored by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC)



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!




EUC Graduate Research Associate announced as the

"2017 Winner of the Graduate Student Leadership Award"

Congratulations to Alexandra van Doren!

Alexandra van Doren, EUC Graduate Research Associate, named as the 2017 Winner of the Graduate Student Leadership Award

The EUC is proud to recognize the continuous excellence of its wonderful graduate assistants. Congratulations to Alexandra van Doren, whose volunteer work has been recognized not only by one but two distinctions: Alexandra was announced as the 2017 winner of the Graduate Student Leadership Award by the University of Illinois Graduate College, and a finalist for the 2016-17 Volunteer Service Recognition Award by the Illini Union Office of Volunteer Programs (OVP).

Alexandra is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative and World Literatures and also contributes to the success of the EUC through multiple positions she holds: She is a Graduate Research Associate at the EUC, Associate Editor for the EUC Paper Series, and a current EUC Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) fellow.

During the Syrian refugee crisis of 2015, Alexandra realized there was no refugee welcome center in Champaign or Urbana, and decided to take action. In January 2016, she founded the non-profit Three Spinners to connect refugees to the resources they need to start new lives in our region.

Alexandra’s research focuses on genocide and human rights, particularly the Holocaust.

Congratulations Alexandra! We are proud of you!

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.