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Fall 2011 September 19-23
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EUC Events

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
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana

September 23–29
Latin American Film Festival
(Includes También en la lluvia / Even in the Rain -- Spain, France, Mexico; 2010)
: Friday, September 23, 6:00 pm / Sunday, September 25, 8:40 pm / Thursday, September 29, 6:00 pm
Location: Art Theater, 126 W. Church St, Champaign
Abstract: También la Lluvia sets up an intriguing dialogue about Spanish imperialism through incidents taking place some 500 years apart, while examining the personal belief systems of the members of a film crew headed by director Sebastian (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his producer Costa (Luis Tosar) who arrive in Bolivia to make a revisionist film about the conquest of Latin America. Set in February and March of 2000 when real-life protests against the privatization of water rocked the nation, the film reflexively blurs the line between fiction and reality in what Variety calls "a powerful, richly layered indictment of the plight of Latin America's dispossessed." Carlos Aduviri is dynamic as a local who is cast as a 15th century native in the film, but when the make-up and loin cloth come off, he sails into action protesting his community's deprivation of water at the hands of the government.
The movie - which is dedicated to Howard Zinn - obviously has as its main purpose to show the parallels between indigenous resistance 500 years ago and today. But more than anything, it should offer incite into the roots of the wave of progressive leaders who rose to power in South America during the first decade of the 21st century.
-- Ariel Awards, Mexico 2010- Best Latin American Film
-- Berlin International Film Festival 2011 –Best Fiction Film
-- Goya Awards 2011-Best Supporting Actor
-- Palm Springs International Film Festival 2011- Best Director
-- Spanish Music Awards 2011-Best Score
-- Spanish Entry to the Oscars 2010
Organized by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

Upcoming Events

October 5
European Movie Night: The Boss of It All
Time: 5:15 pm  
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Country: Denmark, 2006
Languages: Danish, Icelandic with English subtitles
Abstract: Lars von Trier's black comedy The Boss of It All (Direktren for Det Hele) concerns an IT company owner who -- in need of a figurehead to "hide behind" when confronted with employee problems -- invented the personage of a CEO during the startup period for his corporation. The scheme worked for a surprisingly long period, but when the time arrives to sell the business, massive problems arise -- for the prospective buyers insist on only negotiating with the CEO, in person. Thus, the owner further extends the ruse, by hiring a down-and-out actor to impersonate the chief officer.”
~ Rotten Tomatoes. 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.

October 11
Islam in Europe: The French Prohibition against Face Covering and the Burqa

Speaker: Gilles Cuniberti, Professor of Comparative Law and Private International Law, University of Luxembourg
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Illini Union, room 209
Part of the "Islam in Europe" lecture series.

Related Events

September 19
Film screening: My Perestroika
REEEC Screening
Speaker: Director Robin Hessman
Time: 4:00 pm  
Location: 66 Main Library, 1408 West Gregory Drive
Cost: Free
Art Theater Screening
Speaker: Director Robin Hessman
Time: 7:30 pm  
Location: Art Theater Screening, 126 W. Church St.
Cost: Admission is charged

This critically-acclaimed documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and went on to many prestigious film festivals including New Directors/New Films at MOMA and Lincoln Center in NY, the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, Full Frame, (where it received the Filmmaker Award) and Silverdocs, (where it was awarded a Special Jury Prize.)
Having opened theatrically in NYC, Boston, San Francisco, LA, San Diego, Washington DC and many other cities to rave reviews and sold-out screenings, My Perestroika is now coming to the Chicago area! To view the movie trailer and learn more information
visit: http://myperestroika.com/
When the USSR broke apart in 1991, a generation of young people faced a new realm of possibilities. An intimate epic about the extraordinary lives of this last Soviet generation, MY PERESTROIKA tells the stories of five Moscow schoolmates who were brought up behind the Iron Curtain, witnessed the joy and confusion of glasnost, and reached adulthood right as the world changed around them. Through candid first-person testimony, revealing verité footage, and vintage home movies, Hessman, who spent many years living in Moscow, reveals a Russia rarely ever seen on film, where people are frank about their lives and forthcoming about their country. Engaging, funny, and positively inspiring, in MY PERESTROIKA politics is personal, honesty overshadows ideology, and history progresses one day, one life at a time.
WILL Focus 580 interview archive featuring guest host Associate Director Alisha Kirchoff from REEEC interviewing Director and Creator of My Perestroika - Robin Hessman.

September 19
Using Study Abroad in the Job Search
Time: 6:00 pm  
Location: 3003 BIF
Learn how to talk about your study abroad experiences in a way that will help you when trying to get a job. The presentation will be given by a representative from KPMG, Business Career Services and a panel of students who have successfully used their study abroad experiences in the job market.

September 29-October 2
Greek Film Fest Chicago
Location: Pickwick Theater & National Hellenic Museum, Chicago, IL
Modern Greek Studies
is proud to be co-sponsoring the 1st Greek Film Fest Chicago taking place from September 29 through October 2 at the Pickwick Theater and at the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago.

Highlights from the EUC Blog

Marina and Mare Nostrum: Bringing Mediterranean Music to Central Illinois and the World
One way to indulge in other cultures is through music, and that is precisely what Mare Nostrum offers its listeners. Mare Nostrum, Latin for "Our Sea," is a radio show that airs every two weeks on Wednesdays from 8-10pm Central (GMT – 6) on WEFT 90.1FM, a volunteer operated community radio station in Champaign. Read more about the show and its host, Marina Terkourafi (Department of Linguistics at the U of I) on the EUC blog.

Europe Has the Best Development Model for the 21st Century
In case you missed it, Steven Hill's thought-provoking lecture is now available as an archived video on the EUC Blog. 
Steven Hill is a writer, columnist and political professional based in the United States with two decades of experience in politics. He is the author of "Europe's Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope for an Insecure Age."


Calls for papers

Deadline: October 1
A Europe of Diversities Conference 2012
Dates: March 22-24, 2012
Location: Boston, MA
Europe is a zone of tremendous diversity.  Migration within and to Europe has generated multicultural societies across the continent.
Europe’s citizens are ruled though an intricate maze of multi-level governance structures and institutions that range from the local to the pan-European to the international.  In the realm of political economy, corporations, industries, and states operate in distinct ways in a variety of different settings, and while the former Eastern Europe has been reunited with the West, the backgrounds of these two regions often dictates dissimilar trajectories into the contemporary era.  Historians have focused on exploring not only distinct national paths to democratization, but also European countries’ connection to former colonies and to minorities within their borders.
Given this extraordinary context, for its 19th International Conference of Europeanists the Council for European Studies is interested in having participants reflect on and explore the variety of diversities within Europe: political, administrative, legal, geographic, economic, social, cultural, intellectual, and identitarian.  How do these differences operate as sources of conflict, of exciting ideas, of growth, or of misunderstanding?  To what extent does thinking about Europe’s diversities enhance our understanding of Europe as a whole?
The Council for European Studies (CES) welcomes proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions and individual papers on the study of Europe broadly defined.  We encourage proposals in the widest range of disciplines, and particularly welcome panels that combine disciplines, nationalities, and generations.  The Conference Program Committee will accept only two submissions per person and members may only participate in a maximum of two sessions.
We strongly encourage participants to submit their proposals as part of an organized panel.  Full panel proposals will be given top priority in the selection process by the program committee.


Deadline: 3rd week of March 2012
Houston and Papadimitriou Greek Culture Awards
Established in 2009, the Houston and Papadimitriou Greek Culture Awards are awarded to undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who have a demonstrated interest in and who are taking elective courses to learn about Greek culture, language or history. For more information, please contact Prof. Marina Terkourafi (Linguistics) or Dean Penelope Soskin (LAS).

Grants & Fellowships

Austrian Grant Database
The Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research would like to draw your attention to the website www.grants.atAustria's most comprehensive database for scholarships and research. It provides information in English about grants for international students, graduates and researchers in Austria and details the application conditions, duration, quota and amount of benefit of each grant. You can systematically search according to the country of origin and the area of specialization.

DAAD University Summer Course Grants
The DAAD New York is delighted to announce that we have significantly increased the number of University Summer Course Grants available to US and Canadian students for the summer of 2012.
These scholarships are available for a broad range of three- to four- week summer courses taught in German at various German universities, which focus mainly on literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive advanced language learning as well as extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material.
For a full list of courses please visit our university summer course search engine. For eligibility requirements, terms of awards and application guidelines please visit our website. Should you have further questions regarding this scholarship, please do not hesitate to contact Uta Gaedeke at the DAAD New York Office @ email: Gaedeke@daad.org or at: 212-758 3223 ext: 209.

Ford Foundation Fellowships
The Deadlines: 2012 Predoctoral Fellowship (November 14, 2011); 2012 Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowship (November 17, 2011; 
2012 Supporting Document receipt for all fellowship levels (January 6, 2012)
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation?s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

-All citizens or nationals of the United States regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation. -Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations). -Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.
The Predoctoral Fellowship awards an annual stipend of $20,000; the Dissertation Fellowship awards $21,000 for a period of 9-12 months; and the Postdoctoral Fellowship awards a one-year stipend of $40,000.


Deadline: September 26
Internship opportunity with DAAD New York
We are currently accepting applications for a full-time internship at our New York office. The internship involves assisting with organizing the German presence at the European Career Fair in Boston and in assisting the GAIN office with a wide spectrum of tasks that may include, but are not limited to office administration, event management, writing for the GAIN newsletter and blog, email correspondence, and organizational tasks, depending on the needs of the German Academic International Network (GAIN, www.gain-network.org) . Applicants must be fluent in the German and English language and have a valid work visa.
 Position begins in October and ends in March. An interest in higher education and science policy is a plus. Interns are paid at a rate of USD 750/month and will be provided with a recommendation letter upon the completion of the internship.
To apply, please send your CV and a motivation letter in English or German to: 
Dr. Katja Simons, GAIN Program Director at simons@daad.org.

Deadline: November 1
U.S. Department of State's Summer 2012 Student Internship Program
Click here to read more about the Student Internship Program, and to start the Gateway to State online application process.
To be eligible for this program, you must:
-- Be a U.S. citizen
-- Be a full- or part-time continuing college or university junior, or graduate student (including graduating seniors intending to go on to graduate school).
-- Have good academic standing
-- Successfully complete a background investigation
-- Be able to receive either a Secret or Top Secret clearance.
Please read the entire vacancy announcement carefully for all qualifications and requirements. You can also visit our Student Programs forum to post questions or read discussions about this program.

Conversation Groups & Coffee Hours

Swedish Conversation Group & Coffee Hour
Dates: Every Thursday (Sept. 1 – Dec. 1)
Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm
Location: Espresso Royale on the corner of Goodwin & Oregon
All Swedish speakers are welcome to join us each week for Swedish Conversation Group & Coffee Hour.  Välkommen!

Portuguese Convo Table (Bate-Papo)
Dates: Every other week (1st meeting was on 9/7/2011)
Time: 4:30 - 5:30PM
Location: Foreign Language Building Rm. 1024, 707 South Mathews Ave., Urbana

Greek Conversation Table (LOGOS)
Dates: Every second week starting Tuesday, September 13
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Espresso Royale, 1117 W Oregon St., Urbana
Students are invited to practice conversational Greek with native speakers. This is also an excellent opportunity for students from past years to maintain and refine their language skills.
For more information please contact Nikos Vergis.

Bulgarian Conversation Table
Dates: Every Friday
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Espresso Royale, 1117 W Oregon St., Urbana

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 | Fax: (217) 333-6270 | asozkan@illinois.edu

European Union Center
University of Illinois
328 International Studies Building, MC-429 | 910 S. Fifth St. | Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 265-7515 | Fax: (217) 333-6270
Web: www.euc.illinois.edu