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Spring 2017

Apr 24-28
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Fri, April 28 | 9 am-5 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 FLB (9 am-2:30 pm) and 304 English Building (3 pm-5 pm)

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Spaces of Remembering the Armenian Genocide

This event aims to foster interdisciplinary and transnational discussions on remembering the Armenian Genocide across time, space, and place. It will address how memories of this genocide travel across media and form (film, literature, art, and photography) and how they are referenced across intersectional lines to also bring to the fore other histories of collective violence.Conference program and information about the speakers are on the HGMS blog

Organized by the Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies Initiative and the Future of Trauma and Memory Studies reading group; Co-Sponsored by: LAS Conference Support Program; School of Literatures, Cultures, Linguistics Small Colloquia; CAS; National Association for Armenian Studies and Research; Beckman Institute; Department of Comparative Literature; German Department; Department of English; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; Department of History; Graduate College; European Union Center


  Upcoming Events


Virtual Briefing

Wed, May 3 | 11 am

507 E Green St., Rm. 411

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Transatlantic Relations after the first 100 days

The referendum on Brexit and the new foreign policy priorities of American President Donald Trump hold the potential for significantly altering EU-US relations over the next few years. What are the prospects for a multi-lateral trade agreement? Have new security concerns changed traditional defense priorities? How does the current state of theTransatlantic relationship compare to other episodes in its history? What can American businesses and professionals expect moving forward?


Alasdair Young, Professor of International Affairs, Co-Director for the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies, The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Tech
Kathleen McInnis, International Security Analyst, Congressional Research Service
Michael H. Smith, Professor in European Politics, University of Warwick
Moderator: Markus Thiel, Assoc. Prof. & Director, Jean Monnet EU Center of Excellence, Florida International University

This event is limited to the first 100 people/groups to register. Register or get more information:

You can also join us at 507 E Green St., Rm. 411 to watch the event and participate.

Organized by the Jean Monnet European Union Centers of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh and Florida International University and the European Union Studies. Co-sponsored by the University of Illinois EU Center.

Related Events



Thu, April 27 | 1 pm

International and Area Studies Library, 1408 Gregory Dr. #321


Searching for Putin: An Exploration of Sources and Perspectives

Vladimir Putin, as a political and cultural figure, seems to be everywhere – U.S elections, Syria, Central Asia, Ukraine, Republic of Tuva, with Steven Seagal, on Saturday Night Live, and on various social media platforms. Russia and Putin are becoming synonymous in the media. Has this individual eclipsed the Russian state? What historical and current factors are contributing to his mythical presence on the world stage? Come join us for a lively panel discussion on sources and academic perspectives on this subject matter. Four faculty members will be presenting their thoughts on this larger than life figure.


Mark Steinberg (Professor of History, University of Illinois) - Chair and Presenter
Richard Tempest (Associate Professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Illinois)
Diane Koenker (Professor of History, University of Illinois)
Carol Leff (Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois)

*Introductions by Joe Lenkart (International Reference Librarian, Manager of the Slavic Reference Service)

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



EUC Social Media Highlight


 Social Media Highlight

Is Democracy on the Wane in Turkey?

Once hailed as a model for Islamic democracy,Turkey plays a key role in both the Syrian refugee crisis and the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State. On April 16, however, Turkish voters appear to have approved sweeping constitutional changes that many opponents and observers see as another big step in a years-long march toward authoritarianism under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. University of Illinois political science professor Avital Livny specializes in the study of Turkish identity politics and is finishing a book on Islamic-based activism in Turkey and the wider Muslim world. She spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain. Read more on the EUC Blog.
Originally published on the Illinois News Bureau on 4/19/17. Republished on the EUC Blog with permission.
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Master of Arts in European Union Studies

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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!

Conversation Tables
Coffee Hours

Italian Coversation Group
Italian Conversation Group meets Wednesdays during spring semester. 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 27.  

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.
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If you would like to announce an
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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.