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Fall 2011 October 17-21
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EUC Events

October 20
EUC Special Presentation: The Post-socialist Changes in Europe and the Roma Minority: Importance of Educational Strategies to Future Improvement
Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Language Building
Speaker: Gábor Daróczi, Director of the Roma Youth Network
Abstract: “
The Roma of Eastern Europe have undergone seismic social changes in the last twenty years, brought on by the political changes of 1989 and the admission of most Eastern European countries into the European Union. The advent of democracy has allowed for the Roma community to develop politically and to raise its profile culturally, but for many Roma, this period has been disastrous: the end of state socialism has meant both the withdrawal of a robust social safety net and the end of the limitations on free speech and rigidly enforced state monopoly on violence that hid racial tensions under a veil of oppression. Meanwhile, state policies discriminating against Roma in law enforcement and education persist in both Eastern and Western Europe.”
Co-sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center (REEEC).

October 21
Lecture: "The Irish Writer as Global Public Intellectual: Fiction and Cultural Journalism between Ireland and New York"
Time: 3:00pm
Location: 109 Davenport
Speaker: Helena Wulff
Speaker Bio: Helena Wulff is Professor of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, Sweden. Her research has been especially in expressive cultural forms in a transnational perspective, with field studies in Stockholm, London, New York, Frankfurt-am-Main, and Ireland (mostly Dublin). Studies of the transnational world of dance and social memory through dance have generated questions in relation to place, mobility and emotions, as well as to visual culture. She was Editor-in-Chief (with Dorle Dracklé) of Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, the journal of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), and Vice President of EASA. She has been a visiting professor at University of Ulster, Northern Ireland/UK and University of Vienna, Austria. Her current academic interests: expressive cultural forms (dance, art, images, text). Writing and literature as cultural process and form focussing on contemporary Irish writers and their work.
Co-sponsored by the International Forum for U.S. Studies (IFUSS)

October 21
International Careers Workshop – International Careers at the World Bank
Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Location: 3009 Business Instructional Facility (BIF), 515 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign
Lead economists, specialists, and managers from the World Bank will be on campus to discuss their jobs, their educational backgrounds, and offer advice for people who are interested in working at the World Bank or in international management consulting.
The visit is being led by the World Banks Economics Unit: a group of economists and analysts who are responsible for the department strategy, impact evaluation work, economic support to operations and leading the department's cross-cutting analytical work on themes such as Commodity Trade; Climate Change; Regional Integration; Food and Logistics; Payment for Environmental Services; Infrastructure Regulation, Service Provision and Finance; Investment and Growth Linkages.
Please register online.

Upcoming Events

October 25
EUC Lecture Series: “Breaking Up the Family? Migrants, Homophobia, and the Political Left in Europe”
Speaker: Patrick Ireland, Professor of Political Science, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Language Bldg., 707 S. Matthews Ave.
There has been a rise over recent decades in identity-based demands and conflict along the lines of gender, race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and so on in Europe. A fissure beginning to attract attention results from the apparent hostility exhibited by some migrants toward homosexuality. This paper relies on secondary research, content analysis of political and migrant leaders’ statements and the gay media, and opinion polling data to examine and compare the extent and consequences for the political left of “migrant homophobia” in four key European cases: Britain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. In all of them, right-wing political parties and politicians have used the issue to appeal to gay voters. These efforts have altered links between parties and social groups to a greater degree (1) where gays have most nearly approached equality (The Netherlands) than where inequality and homophobia remain moderate (Britain and Germany) or strong (Italy) and (2) among rank-and-file gay voters than among commentators and other elites.
Speaker Bio: Patrick R. Ireland is a professor of political science at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. His training at Harvard, Notre Dame, and Texas was in political science, modern languages, and public health. He has written extensively on migration-related issues in Europe, North America, and Africa, including several books and a large number of articles and book chapters. His work has been based on extensive field work conducted over the years in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Low Countries, Switzerland, Lebanon, and North and sub-Saharan Africa.

October 27-28
Austria-Illinois Exchange Program Conference: Change Through Exchange: Promoting Global Leadership via  Academic Exchange
Times:  See the conference schedule
Locations:  Levis Faculty Center and other buildings on campus
Speakers: Thomas Schnöll, Consul General of Austria, and others
RSVP Contacts: Robert Jenkins (jenkinrj@illinois.edu), Bruce Murray (bruce.murray@wu.as.at); Mara Wade (mwade@illinois.edu)
Please join us in celebrating four decades of academic exchange, as well as helping us to plot our future course with renowned speakers, colleagues, students, and friends! The conference is free and open to the public. While advanced registration is not required, we request it for our planning.

October 28-29
Conference: The Debt Crisis of Europe’s Peripheral Economies
Time: Begins at 8:00am
Location: Sims Room, ACES Library, 101 S. Goodwin, Urbana
At the beginning of the 21st century, it was thought that the peripheral economies of Europe would greatly benefit from being part of the European Union and the Euro zone. There was the promise of resource transfers to modernize infrastructure, of inflow of capital for export-oriented industries, of price stability, etc. By the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century, these dreams had evaporated as these countries found themselves severely indebted and were facing years of economic stagnation. The papers of this conference will present country analyses of why the early promises of being part of the EU and the Euro zone were not realized.  Complete information, including a schedule for the conference, is available here.

November 2
EUC Movie Night: Mondays in the Sun (Spain, 2002)
Time: 5:15pm
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, rm. 1080, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Set in the Spanish port city of Vigo, Fernando León de Aranoa's Mondays in the Sun is a touching drama about a group of working-class men who find themselves suddenly unemployed and unwanted in their middle age. Laid off from the local shipyard, the men spend their days at the town bar, where they reminisce, philosophize, and commiserate about their current state. Gruff Santa (a bearded Javier Bardem) puts up a tough front, refusing to sink into self-pity, and occasionally pricking his friends' hopes. Morose José (Luis Tosar) openly worries about his wife, whom he fears might leave him. That seems to have been the fate of Amador (Celso Bugallo), the oldest of the bunch, who keeps reassuring everyone that his wife will be back any day now from her trip. Meanwhile, Lino (José Ángel Egido) refuses to give up hope of employment, going to interview after interview for jobs being offered to applicants half his age. Presiding over the glum bunch is Rico (Joaquín Climent), the bar owner and the men's co-worker from the shipyard days. Despite its depressing subject and downbeat mood, Mondays in the Sun was a big winner at the 2003 Goya Awards, Spain's equivalent of the Oscars, winning Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Bardem. - Ventura, Elbert. "Mondays in the Sun (2002)." Fandango. Web. 15 August 2011.
Popcorn provided; BYO beverage.

Related Events

October 19
Nordic Film Nights: Tillsammans (“Together”)
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Language Bldg.
It’s 1975 and Göran lives in a commune called “Together,” where experimental collective living is pushed to the limits.
Lukas Moodyson (2000) - Comedy - Swedish language.

October 21
Interest Meeting for “Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic”: Summer 2012 Study Abroad course in Sweden
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm (brown bag lunch)
Location: International Studies Building, rm. 200
“Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic.”  6 credit hours; June 11-July 25, 2012.
Students from the University of Illinois and KTH Royal Institute of Technology will spend 5 weeks together in Stockholm taking an interdisciplinary course on issues related to climate change and the Arctic, including a week-long excursion to conduct field research on location north of the Arctic Circle.  Open to students of all majors and fields. 
For an informational flier, contact Mark Safstrom (safstrom@illinois.edu)

Highlights from the EUC Blog

40  Years of Exchange with Austria
This year, the Austria-Illinois Exchange Program, one of the University of Illinois' oldest study abroad programs, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, AIEP is holding the Change through Exchange conference. Read more.



Call for contributions

European Union External Affairs Review
High-quality papers reporting original research and innovative approaches for the 2nd issue (December 2011) of the European Union External Relations Review are now invited for submission. 
European Union External Affairs Review is a bi-annual, academic and policy-oriented, international online refereed journal that publishes the work of scholars and policy practitioners on a broad range of issues related to European Union’s external affairs. Published by the Association for International Affairs, a leading Prague-based think tank and research institute, you may access the earlier issues of the Review as well as op-ed pieces/commentaries on various ‘hot’ contemporary issues.  Selected papers will also be published (possibly on a biennial basis) in a printed version of the European Union External Affairs Review. 
The Review welcomes research articles from scholars, practitioners in international relations, and other experts from all around the world who are involved in various academic disciplines and with interest and expertise in the European Union’s external affairs. Postgraduate students and early-career scholars are especially encouraged to submit the results of their research work.
Full papers of 5000-6000 words with a short abstract (100-150 words) and a biography (100 words) should be submitted before 30 October 2011. Accepted papers will be published in the first issue of European Union External Affairs Review due in December 2011. After this deadline, papers will be accepted on a continuous basis for publication in the future issues of the Review.
Please email your contributions to the Review’s editor at editor@eu-review.com.
For any inquiries or further information, please contact:
Dr. Daniel Novotny
Editor of the European Union External Affairs Review
Association for International Affairs
'itná 27
CZ-110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic
tel/fax +420 224 813 460

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!

French Conversation Hour (Pause Café)
Dates: Every Thursday
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

German Conversation Hour (Konversationsgruppe)
Dates: Every Wednesday
Time: 2:00 – 4:00pm
Location: Array Café, Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB), 1206 W Gregory Drive, Urbana
Contact: Adam Chambers, achambe6@illinois.edu

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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