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Spring 2017

May 1-5
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Dear EUC e-Weekly friends, 

With this final issue of Spring 2017, EUC e-Weekly says good-bye until it resumes in the fall. We send you our best wishes for a safe, enjoyable, and productive summer and thank you for your continued support.

Before reflecting on another successful year, the EUC would like to thank all its collaborators, faculty, scholars, students, and graduate assistants. Four MAEUS students will be graduating this Spring making it one of the largest graduating class. We warmly congratulate them and wish them best of the luck!

Once again, it has been an exciting year for the EUC. This past year the EUC has been working with its affiliated faculty and partner units on the implementation of programs, research, events, course development financed by its grants from the US Department of Education, HEA Title VI National Resource Center and FLAS Fellowships. We have been busy implementing the new projects and supporting our very worthy student fellows. Similarly, we have worked with faculty affiliates and other partners to carry out our Jean Monnet Center of Excellence grant on the theme of ‘Strengthening Transatlantic Trust’ producing new knowledge on food security, transatlantic trade, and flow of people and our Getting to Know Europe grant.

Throughout the year, we have carried out a full schedule of programming events about the EU and transatlantic relations. In October, the EUC organized its Annual Regional Faculty Conference, which was paired with a conference on the topic of ‘Freedom of Expression’ organized in partnership with the French Center of Excellence at the University of Illinois. In November, the EUC organized soon after the US elections a high-profile roundtable with regional scholars and diplomat moderated by Niala Boodhoo of WILL-AM ‘The 21st’. The event was recorded and then broadcasted (watch here). But, the highlight of the year was the visit to our campus, in March, of the EU Ambassador to the US and European consular corps members at our annual EU Day. The 2017 EU Day was the largest ever organized and attended. In April, the EUC welcomed Ms. Jennifer Riccardi, Senior Trade Advisor at the EU Delegation to the US, for a reflection on the politics of trade at the transatlantic level.

During Spring Break, the EUC was proud to organize and lead a ‘D.C. tour’ with six MAEUS students. The D.C. tour allowed graduate students to meet US officials from the Department of State, think tanks (Atlantic Council and Pew), lobbyists, and policy-makers. The participating MAEUS students shared their experiences and learnings in a six-part series published on our blog. In addition, the EUC is delighted to announce its success at regional competitions of Model EU. The team, led by Academic Coordinator Neil Vander Most, was highly competitive in Pittsburgh and most recently at Indiana University finishing 2nd. The EUC is looking forward to growing its upcoming 2017-18 Model EU team.

If you’re traveling to Europe this summer, we encourage you to submit a post for publication to our "Across the Pond" Blog (EUC Blog instructions can be found here). Please also take a look at Fall 2017 courses related to EU studies. We invite faculty to send in suggestions for inclusion of any courses we have missed, and encourage students to consider taking as many of these stimulating classes as possible.

We hope you enjoyed reading our e-newsletter over the past semesters. EUC e-Weekly will resume publication in August 2017, and will continue bringing you information about EU related events, resources, funding, and career opportunities. In the meantime, look for updates over the summer to the EUC website—particularly our MA in EU Studies pages—as well as our blogFacebookLinkedInInstagram, and Twitter accounts. We invite you to enjoy the new content that we post and engage with us over these social networking sites.

See you all in August!

-- The EUC Team



  Events This Week


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


Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory Conference

Thu, May 4 - Fri, May 5 |  9 am-5 pm

Alma Mater Room, I-Hotel & Conference Center, 1900 S. First St.


The Global Terrain of Free Speech Conflicts 
Lawrence Liang (Thursday Keynote)
Akeel Bilgrami (Friday Keynote)
Elaine Yuan
Nishant Shah
Volodymyr Dubovyk
Teng Biao
Prabhat Patnaik
Nusrat Chowdhury
Rohit De
Todd Presner
Saadia Toor
Umayyah Cable
Jason Stanley
Junaid Rana
Faranak Miraftab
For more information and a complete schedule, please see the conference page.


EUC Social Media Highlight


 Social Media Highlight

Expert opinion on the first round of French elections: Maxime Larivé, EUC Associate Director, discusses what the results might mean

Maxime Larivé, EUC Associate Director, gave two interviews to the UI News Bureau and WBEZ-Chicago following the first round of French elections. He says the election was “a major victory” for Le Pen and the National Front party, and discusses if France could be the next chapter in a popular surge. You can read the interview with the UI News Bureau on the EUC Blog* and listen to the segment on WBEZ’s Worldview program here.
*Originally published on the Illinois News Bureau on 4/25/17. Republished on the EUC Blog with permission.
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!




Congratulations to our Model European Union team!

The European Union Center is honored to share with you some great news about UIUC undergraduate students registered in EUC classes and in Model EU!
Award-winning UIUC Model European Union Finishes Season with Big Wins at Indiana University
On April 22nd, the Model European Union Team for the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign finished its 2016-2017 season with more awards and recognition at the Midwest Model European Union tournament at Indiana University. The team, organized by the European Union Center and fully funded through its “Getting to Know Europe” grant from the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, was recognized as the second best team in the tournament, competing against 23 other teams from 17 different institutions. In addition to its group recognition, the following Illinois students were recognized for their superior work in their councils:
- Emilee McArdle (Global Studies, French and Italian) – 3rd Place – Environment Council
- Sonam Kotadia (Global Studies, Germanic Languages and Literatures) – 3rd Place – Justice and Home Affairs Council
- Benjamin Norton (Mathematics) – 4th Place – Economics and Finance (EcoFin) Council
- Justin Tomczyk (Political Science) – 5th Place – European Council
This recognition builds upon the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s success at the University of Pittsburgh’s 2017 Undergraduate Model EU Tournament. Held February 24-25, Justin Tomczyk was also recognized as one of five best speakers at that event.
The European Union Center’s Model EU program is one opportunity available to students interested in studying the European Union at UIUC. It works particularly well together with the EU Center’s new Five Year BA/MA program, which offers undergraduates the opportunity to take graduate courses during their senior year, opening up the possibility for these students to earn a MA in EU Studies in one year instead of two. Model EU allows these and other undergraduates the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the EU in an exciting, strategic environment. Additionally, the interpersonal experiences and public speaking skills developed through participating in Model European Union events can be applied beyond the classroom in a variety of settings after graduation.
The European Union Center is very proud of the excellent work its Model EU team has done this year, and looks forward to representing the academic excellence and European expertise of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign next year! The European Union Center will again be offering courses that incorporate Model EU next year, namely EURO 199 (Fall 2017) and EURO 490 (Spring 2018). Students are encouraged to enroll and participate in this valuable learning experience!

Congratulatios to  EUC Foreign Languages & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellows

GRADUATE FELLOWS for AY 2017-2018                                             
Victoria Bauer (French) – EU Studies
Casey Brege (Arabic) – Musicology
Alberto Burgos-Rivera (French) – EU Studies
Stefan Djordjevic (Czech) – History
Marshall Janevicius (Arabic) – EU Studies
Jennifer Jenson (Dutch) – Germanic Languages & Literature
Ethan Larson (German) – History
Emilee McArdle (Arabic) – EU Studies
Lindsay Ozburn (Turkish) – EU Studies/Library & Information Sciences
David Sellinger (Swedish) – Germanic Languages & Literature
Alexandra van Doren (Spanish) – Comparative & World Literature

Casey Brege (Arabic) – Musicology
Eva Kuras (Italian) – Comparative & World Literature
Jennifer Scheier (Italian) – Theatre History

UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWS for AY 2017-2018                                
Ester Fang (Arabic) – Political Science
Camila Martinica (Arabic) – Global Studies
Robin Wilson (Italian) – Global Studies
Nicholas Zalewski (Italian) – Political Science/Global Studies
Madison Johnston (Arabic) – Global Studies
Camila Martinica (Arabic) – Global Studies

FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies.
FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the University of Illinois National Resource Centers:
Europe Union Center
Russian, East European and Eurasian Center

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Center for African Studies
Center for Global Studies

For more information about FLAS Fellowships and eligibility requirements, please visit the FLAS Fellowships at Illinois website.





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