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- Upcoming Events
- Related Events
- Highlights from the EUC Blog
- New Spring 2012 Courses
- Announcements

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Fall 2011 October 3-7
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EUC 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.

Upcoming Events

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.

October 13
EUC-CLACS Biennial Symposium: Anxieties of Ascent: Middle Class Aspirations among Bolivian Return Migrants from Spain
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: International Studies Building, rm. 101

October 13
Clean Energy Education Workshop
Location: Illini Union, rm. A & B
This workshop will bring together experts in energy education across the P-20 spectrum, members of government, and representatives of industry to answer the question “What are the crucial elements in a national program of clean energy education, and what are the best practices that such a program should adopt?” The morning session will consist of a distinguished keynote address, panel discussion, plenary talk and poster session; the afternoon will consist of thematic breakout sessions followed by a report-out and tours of energy centers at the University of Illinois. 
The breakout sessions will be organized around the following themes: energy-literate citizenry; business and industry; K-12 education; interdisciplinary education; workforce development; international engagement. Participation in the breakout sessions will be by invitation only. 

Related Events

October 7-8
The Dialectics of Orientalism in Early Modern Europe
Time: All day
Location: Levis Faculty Center

Highlights from the EUC Blog

Europe’s Illusory Economic Advantage
Dan Koev, Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science and an EU Center FLAS fellow, says “I learned to stop worrying and love Wall Street capitalism.” Read more.

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Alexandra Pölzlbauer, Ph.D. student/teaching assistant at the U of I, thinks “the assumption that harder, faster, and stronger necessarily imply better might be an American invention. Unfortunately, Europe likes to follow these patterns only too willingly.” Read more.

New Spring 2012 Course

Special Topics SCAN 496: Kierkegaard & Company: Existentialism, Pietism & the Discovery of Self

T, Th 3:30-4:50 (meets with CWL 441 and PHIL 444)

Søren Kierkegaard requests the pleasure of your company next semester!  After a century and a half of solitude, lonely old Kierkegaard is finally reaching out for friends and is coming to an FLB classroom near you.

-- Do you have trouble making decisions?
-- Do you have an axe to grind with Hegel and his dialectical machine?
-- Are you a non-conformist, itching for change?

-- Do you find aesthetics empty, and ethics oppressively objective?

If you answered EITHER 'yes' OR 'no' to any of these questions, then Kierkegaard may be just the man for you.

Complement your studies with a soul-satisfying detour in Scandinavia.  The course will feature readings from all the major works by Kierkegaard (incl. "Either/Or" and "Fear and Trembling"), as well as works by other Scandinavian authors who responded to him, such as fairy tales by H.C. Andersen, dramas by Henrik Ibsen ("Peer Gynt" and "Brand") and August Strindberg ("To Damascus"), novels by Selma Lagerlöf ("Jerusalem") and pioneer feminist Fredrika Bremer ("Hertha"), films by Ingmar Bergman and Nils Gaup, and much more.

Come discover this brave little Dane who pestered the Hegelians and inspired Nietzsche.

For more information, contact Mark Safstrom, safstrom@illinois.edu

BASQ 401: Beginners’ Basque
Have you ever heard of the ancient people living across the borders of Spain and France? The Basque people have been living in this area for over 2 millennia and they are known for their mysterious origins! Have you ever wondered how their language sounds like or how their traditions have been maintained for so long?

If you are interested in different languages and cultures you will now have the opportunity to learn one of the most ancient languages in Europe.  Basque will be taught starting next Spring 2012 at UIUC!  

The goal of this course is give students basic communication skills in Basque (listening, speaking, reading and writing). It also introduces basic information on Basque culture and history.
- 3 credits
- Time: MWF 2-2:50
- Open to all Undergraduates and Graduates

If you would like to know more about this course, do not hesitate to contact us:
- Instructor: Itxaso Rodriguez (rodrig52@illinois.edu)
- Supervisor: Jose Ignacio Hualde (jihualde@illinois.edu)




U.S. Department of State’s Summer 2012 Student Internship Program
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 (http://careers.state.gov/engage/forums/student-programs) to post questions or read discussions about this program.


The International Podcast Project “student.stories”
The University of Augsburg has recently launced “student.stories,” a digital initiative that is geared toward helping international students in Germany easily access answers to all of their questions concerning studying in Germany.

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!

“Pause Café”: French Conversation Hour
Date: Oct 6
Time: 5:30 – 7:00PM
Location: Espresso Royale, 1117 W. Oregon (at corner of Goodwin Ave.)
Contact: Michael Foster, mfoster2@illinois.edu
Pause Café will not meet on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) and the final meeting for fall semester will be on Thursday, Dec. 8.

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

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Conversation Table
Dates: Every other Wednesday, beginning September 28th
Time: 5:00 – 6:00pm
Location: Espresso Royale, 1117 W Oregon St., Urbana

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