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Fall 2011 August 22-26
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News from EUC
With this edition of e-Weekly, the EU Center's electronic newsletter, we are pleased to welcome everyone back to campus for the fall semester. It has been a productive summer for EUC. Through a successful grant proposal to the EU Delegation in Washington, we have been designated a European Union Center of Excellence, joining a select network of peer programs in the US and abroad that share this honor. The EUCE grant will support a wide range of research, teaching, and public engagement activities in EU studies for the next three years. It also enables the Center to offer competitive research grants to faculty and students stay tuned for details in future issues of e-Weekly.

EUC also received a grant from the EU's annual Jean Monnet competition to develop a new course on the EU and the Mediterranean, making Illinois one of only two US universities to be awarded a Jean Monnet grant this year. And having been awarded a Focal Point grant by the Graduate College, we are offering a new course this fall in EU-US relations, with plans to hold our first annual interdisciplinary graduate student conference in EU studies in 2012.

We are also pleased to announce the launch of the EUC Blog. We invite you not only to peruse the articles and multimedia resources there, but also to contribute actively to the blog with your own insights about the EU and transatlantic relations. Finally, we hope you will join us at our many upcoming fall events, including our exciting lecture series, European Movie Nights, and numerous conferences, symposia, and other special events. As always, the Center thrives on the energy of our affiliated faculty, students, staff, and members of the wider public. Please continue to take full advantage of all that the Center has to offer, and feel welcome to share your ideas and suggestions at any time with the EUC's dedicated staff.

Matt Rosenstein
Associate Director

Upcoming Even

September 9
“A Comparison of Fiscal Integration and Centralization in the EU and USA”

Speaker: Gregor van der Beek, Visiting Scholar, European Union Center, University of Illinois

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana

September 12-15
European Union Week @ ISU

Location: Illinois State University, Normal, IL
European Union Week (EU at ISU, September 12-15, 2011) is a series of events devoted to spreading knowledge of and raising questions about the European Union. The EU Week Project website also features EU courses and supporting material, reading lists, EU trivia, and EU essay contest.
Sponsored by Illinois State University in collaboration with the European Union Center at the University of Illinois.

Program Schedule
Monday, September 12, 3:00 PM, Prairie Room, Bone Student Center. Graham Paul, Consul General of France, will speak on “The European Union as an Agent of Peaceful and Democratic Change.”  Prof. Emanuel Rota (University of Illinois, Champaign) will respond.  The presentation will be followed by a public reception in the Prairie Room.   

Tuesday, September 13, 3:00 PM, Main Floor (2nd fl.), Milner Library, Anne Mette Vestergaard, Deputy Chief of Mission, Danish Embassy, Washington D.C., will speak on “Green Europe.”

Wednesday, September 14, 12:00 noon, First Floor West Lounge, Bone Student Center, Steven Hill, author of Europe’s Promise, will speak on “Why the European Way Is the Best Hope in an Insecure Future.”

Wednesday, September 14, 6:30-8:00 PM, Stevenson 101.  A 40-minute documentary Film (What’s an Economy Good for, Anyway?) will be screened with a presentation on “Europe’s Alternative to Wall Street Capitalism” and an open discussion led by Steven Hill.

Thursday, September 15, 3:00-4:00 PM, Prairie Room, Bone Center.  Thomas Geoghegan, author of Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? and the March 2010 Harper’s article “Consider the Germans,” will speak on “Work and Well-Being in Europe.”

September 13
“Europe or America or China: Which Has the Better Development Model for the 21st Century?”
Speaker: Steven Hill, Writer and Columnist, author of Europe's Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope for an Insecure Age
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm  
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Steven Hill is a writer, columnist and political professional based in the United States with two decades of experience in politics. He is a frequent speaker at academic, government, NGO and business events, speaking on a wide range of topics related to politics, economics, climate change, global complexity, geo-strategy and trends. Mr. Hill is the author, most recently, of Europe's Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope for an Insecure Age (www.EuropesPromise.org), published in January 2010. His articles and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Guardian, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Christian Science Monitor, and many other leading publications in the US and abroad. He writes a monthly column for Social Europe Journal. Mr Hill has appeared on international, national and local radio and television programs, including the BBC, NPR, Pacifica, Sirius, Fox News and others, and he has lectured widely in the United States and Europe. He has extensive experience in political consulting and organizing, including strategic planning, policy analysis, government relations, media outreach, project management, community organizing, event production, and fundraising. He is a co-founder of FairVote and former director of the political reform program at the New America Foundation. Mr. Hill, who is a graduate of Yale University and Western Washington University/Fairhaven College, lives in San Francisco, CA. (full bio)

September 14
European Movie Night: “Millions” (Ireland, 2004)
Time: 5:15 PM
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Director Danny Boyle revisits a theme from his Shallow Grave and Trainspotting days -- greed -- but focuses on a much younger protagonist with this comedy drama. Millions opens with recent widower Ronnie (James Nesbitt) moving his two precocious sons to the suburbs. Missing his mother and the comforts of his old neighborhood, the young Damian (Alex Etel) builds a cardboard-box fort on the outskirts of the suburb, where one day his placid introvert existence is literally crushed by a giant gym bag full of thousands of pounds' worth of cash. Less concerned with the origin of the money than with how to spend it, Damian and his older brother, Anthony (Lewis McGibbon), decide to keep it a secret from their father, which becomes an increasingly tricky proposition as the days pass. His conscience getting in the way of his spending, Damian debates the ethics of his ill-gotten gains with a handful of imaginary saints, and begins to try to spend his cash a little more altruistically. But his charitable deeds inadvertently attract the attention of a mysterious, threatening man who's desperate to get his hands on the money.”~ Hastings, Michael. "Millions (2004).” Fandango. Web. 15 August 2011.

Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the euro banknotes & coins with the EUC Fall 2011 European Movie Nights featuring four award-winning movies about how money changes everything!
Popcorn provided! BYO beverage.

September 23
“From Social Dynamics to Individual Support for the EU”
Speaker: Elizabeth Radziszewski, Visiting Scholar, European Union Center, University of Illinois
Time: 12 noon
Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana

New EUC Fall Course

EURO 596 (Special Topics): “The EU/US Transatlantic Relationship: Comparative Policies and Approaches to Global Challenges”
The EU Center is offering a graduate-level seminar on how the European Union and United States, through their transatlantic partnership, address emergent issues in an ever more connected world. This seminar will provide students excellent introductory information on the transatlantic relationship, as well as innovative lectures offered by U of I faculty and visiting scholars on topics significant to our globalized world, including climate change, democratic governance, conflict management and peacekeeping, cultural and national identities and languages, and food security.
The course is supported by a grant to EUC from the Graduate College "Focal Point" initiative. Registration for this course is now open on Enterprise. Below are the specific details for the course:
Who: Course Supervisor Dr. Matthew Rosenstein, with guest lectures from UI Faculty and Visiting Scholars
When: Fridays, 12:00 to 12:50 pm
Where: 1032 FLB and Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 FLB,
707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Credits: 1 credit hour: CRN: 59119; or 2 credit hours
includes a final research paper): CRN: 59120
Graduate Student Research Conference:
Course participants may wish to develop research projects and proposals based on the topics covered in this course for submission to the EU Center’s First Annual Graduate Student Research Conference. More details about dates, proposal submission guidelines, and keynote speakers will be disseminated in the course and to students via the EU Center listserv.
For more information, contact Matthew Rosenstein at rosenstn@illinois.edu

EURO 596 (Special Topics): “Introduction to European Union Studies: Current Trends and Debates in the Scholarship”
This course is intended to serve as an introduction to the field of EU Studies for graduate students. We will engage with a series of speakers and readings that will provide a broad overview of the relevant debates and trends in contemporary scholarship on the European Union. The goal is that at the end of this course students with an interest in the EU will have a clearer idea of the various disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological approaches to EU Studies; and more fundamentally, how to define EU Studies as a singular (but thoroughly interdisciplinary) field. To that end, we will hear from scholars representing a variety of departments, but they will deliver lectures that cut across disciplinary boundaries. Additionally, each student will take a turn in leading a weekly discussion of the assigned readings in order to gain crucial speaking and presentation experience.
This course will meet during the second eight weeks of the semester (October 17-December 7). More course specifics, including meeting time and location, will be communicated in the coming weeks. This course will be offered for two credit hours. 
For more information, contact Sebnem Ozkan at asozkan@illinois.edu

Calls for Proposals & Applications

Deadline: September 7
German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest: Transatlantic Program-Young Technology Leaders: Water Management
The focus for this round is on "Water Management" and the program will bring together 12 young US leaders from the fields of "Water Management" to Germany for an intensive program from October 30 - November 7, 2011.Participants chosen for the program will be able to explore Germany as the worldwide leading exporter of sustainable water technologies. Furthermore, they will learn about its efficient water treatment and distribution infrastructure, optimized water-efficient industrial manufacturing processes, as well as gain an understanding for the country's conservation-driven mindset and supporting legal and public policy frameworks. TAP-YTL covers costs on the ground in Germany.

Deadline: October 1
Council for European Studies (CES) 19th Internatioanl Conference of Europeanists
March 22-24
Boston, Massachusetts 
Europe is a zone of tremendous diversity.  Migration within and to Europe has generated multicultural societies across the continent.  Europes citizens are ruled through an intricate maze of multi-level governance structures; its corporations, industries, and states operate in distinct ways in different settings; and its western and eastern regions have often developed along dissimilar trajectories.
Thus, for the 19th International Conference of Europeanists, the Council for European Studies is calling for proposals that reflect on and explore the variety of diversities within Europe: political, administrative, legal, geographic, economic, social, cultural, intellectual, and identitarian.
CES welcomes proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions and individual papers on the study of Europe broadly defined, in the widest range of disciplines and with configurations that transcend disciplinary, national and generational boundaries.
Important Deadlines: Submissions: The proposal submission period opens August 15, 2011 and closes October 1, 2011. Participants will be notified of the Program Committees decision by December 10, 2011.
Registration: Early-bird conference registration opens October 1, 2011 and ends January 31, 2011.  
Accommodations: The cut-off date for reserving a room at the Omni Parker House at the special conference rate is February 20, 2012.  

Awards &

Deadline: October 15
2012 Council for European Studies (CES) Book Award
CES is calling for nominations for its 2012 European Studies Book Award Competition.  The CES Book Award Honors the work of talented, new scholars and is given for the best first book on any subject in European Studies published in a 2-year period.   A multi-disciplinary Book Award Committee appointed by the Councils Executive Committee will choose the winner and a formal presentation of the award will be conducted at the Councils Nineteenth International Conference of Europeanists (Boston, March 22-24, 2012). The winning author will receive $1000 and travel assistance to attend the conference and award ceremony. Both the winner and top two finalists will be recognized in Council publications and on our website.
To learn more, visit our website.

Deadline: September 13
AICGS-DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies
Every year, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS)awards the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies in recognition of exceptional work in one of the Institutes three major areas of research: Foreign & Domestic Policy Studies; Business & Economics; and Society, Culture, & Politics. The central aim of this prizeis to foster a new generation of American scholarship on Germany and encourage innovative contributions to the interdisciplinary scope of German Studies. This years prize will be awarded in the field of Economics.
A jury composed of several highly respected scholars in the field is charged with selecting the winner. This years prize carries a stipend of $5,000 and will be awarded at the Institutes Global Leadership Award Dinner on December 13, 2011, in New York City. As a rule, awardees must be members of a university faculty or research institute staff in the United States at mid-career and be nominated by a peer. They must also be American citizens or residents. American candidates who received their doctorate in Germany may also be nominated. Nominations must be received no later than September 13, 2011 and should be sent, preferably by e-mail, to Jessica Riester at

Grants &

Deadline: August 31 (for Spring 2012: January 2012  June 2012)
DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship
The DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program, funded by a generous grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), is designed to bring scholars and specialists working on Germany, Europe, and/or transatlantic relations to the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) for research stays of two months each. Fellowships include a monthly stipend of up to $4,725, depending on the seniority of the applicant, transportation to and from Washington, and office space at the Institute.
Please note that the DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship supports fellows conducting research at AICGS in Washington, D.C. We are unable to support research in Germany/Europe.
DAAD/AICGS Research Fellows will be expected to produce a short analytical essay that will be published on the AICGS website and distributed via the Institute's bimonthly email newsletter,
The AICGS Advisor. For fellows producing research output of exceptional quality and interest, AICGS will provide opportunities for public presentations to the broader Washington policy community.
Project proposals should address a topic closely related to one or more of the Institute's three research and programming areas: Business and Economics; Foreign and Domestic Policy; Society, Culture, and Politics

Deadline: December 15
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation International Climate Protection Fellowship
The DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program, funded by a generous
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundations fellowship program promotes prospective leaders from threshold and developing countries who are engaged in climate protection and resource conservation in academia or business, government or non-governmental organisations. Up to twenty fellows are funded annually. They will come to Germany for a year to work alongside a host of their own choosing on a joint project dedicated to the exchange of knowledge, methods and techniques. The aim is to create a network in which German and foreign experts will work together on a sustainable, international basis to combat climate change and its global consequences. The fellowships are funded under the Federal Environment Ministry's (BMU) International Climate Protection Initiative.

Internships Deadline: September 15 (postmark)
EMGIP - Bundestag Internships
EMGIP - Bundestag offers internship opportunities for U.S. and Canadian students in the German parliament, the Bundestag. The internships are 2 months long in positions matching the students interest and experience. Interns will be placed within the Verwaltung, preferably with a Sekretariat working for their preferred Ausschuss.  Asides from contributing to the respective offices, interns have the opportunity to study legislative and administrative procedures in the German parliament.
Applicants for EMGIP Bundestag should possess outstanding academic records and personal integrity as well as some knowledge of the German legislative process.  Participants should be advanced undergraduates or graduate students in fields such as political science, international relations, law, history, economics or German. Students must be able to fully communicate in German. US and Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. International students who are enrolled in a full time course of study in the US or Canada may also apply. PhD students and German nationals are not eligible.
Application forms and up-to-date information about the application process for the EMGIP Bundestag internships as well as detailed guidelines are available at www.daad.org

Jobs Deadline: August 29
Joint Chair in International Relations, European University Institute
The European University Institute is looking for candidates with a distinguished record of scholarly publications and experience in postgraduate teaching and doctoral supervision, to filla Joint Chair in International Relations (SPS-RSC2). 
The Department of Political and Social Sciences and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies are seeking a specialist with expertise in the international and trans-national politics of Europe, and in Europe's role with the broader global system. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in the field of security, encompassing traditional and non-traditional areas. The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies is developing an active research agenda in these fields, and the successful candidate will be expected to play a leadership role in this programme.

Deadline: August 31
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on The EU as a Laboratory of Deepening Multilateralism

The 2011/12 academic year marks the launch of an 'Integrated Research Project, linked to the 7th Framework Programme called GR:EEN. As part of this multi-year research project focused on "Global Re-Ordering Evolution through Emerging European Networks" the IEE-ULB is charged with a multidimensional research agenda covering a broad range of issues centred on a series of questions related to "the EU and Global Governance: Multilateralism in an Emerging Multipolar World".
Within the framework of the aforementioned programme the IEE-ULB seeks to hire a set of Post-Doctoral Research fellows. Said individuals would be hired by the GR:EEN project and based at the IEE-ULB in Brussels. The hired individuals will be directly responsible for part of the scientific agenda included in the project’s programme. Research Fellows will be involved in the conception, realization, production and promotion of the scientific deliverables.
Job Purpose: To contribute to the research capacities of the EUNRAGG research unit within the Institut d’Etudes Europennes (IEE) at the Universit libre de Bruxelles, specifically in the context of the EU FP7 funded project “Europe Facing a Rising Multipolar World” entitled ‘Global Re-ordering: Evolution through European Networks’ (GR:EEN).
Miscellaneous August 25
Virtual Study Abroad Fair - Online
Every year, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS)awaInterested in studying abroad? Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) will participate in a free online study abroad fair on August 25th! Drawing exhibitors from all over the world who will present their programs and scholarships to students throughout North America, this virtual fair allows you to chat with representatives from universities and organizations offering study abroad opportunities.
Participation is FREE, so sign up anytime and come visit us on Thursday, August 25th! You can live chat with DAAD staff from 10 am - 8pm EST and even view a live video presentation on DAAD funding opportunities at 1:00 pm EST

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