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Fall 2011 October 31 - November 4
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EUC Events

MONDAY, October 31 & TUESDAY, November 1
FLAS Information Session
Time: 4:00pm
Location: 101 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St, Champaign
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. For complete details, visit FLAS.

TUESDAY, November 1 (*date change from Nov. 2)
EUC Jean Monnet Lecture Series: “Looming Crisis of Democracy: Lessons from Two Decades of Post-Yugoslav Democratization”
Speaker: Vedran Dzihic, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow, Johns Hopkins University
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm
Location: Illini Union, rm. 314B
Abstract: This talk will focus on the past and the present of democracy in the countries of the Former Yugoslavia. It will start with the history of the democratic idea in the Socialist Yugoslavia; continue with a brief discussion of the impact of ethno-nationalist mass mobilization, authoritarian regimes and the wars in the 90s on the notion of democracy; and conclude with an analysis of the post-conflict democratization processes and the recently emerging phenomenon of post-democratic tendencies and democracy fatigue in the region, even before democracy has become "the only game in town."
This lecture is part of the EUC Jean Monnet module on “Europe and the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration”, funded by the European Commission.
*This event is co-sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center (REEEC).

WEDNESDAY, 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.

Upcoming Events

MONDAY, November 7 - WEDNESDAY, November 9
Conference: “Rethinking Global Health Care Worker Migration”

All Day
Location: Levis Faculty Center, 19 W. Illinois St., Urbana
Abstract: This topic is complex and is not simply a case of developed countries taking from developing countries: in addition to the migration from non-OECD nations to OECD nations, there is significant "south-south" migration. 

The World Bank, IMF, African Union, the UN, International Organization of Migration, WHO, the Migration Policy Institute, and the D8 Countries along with major foundations such as MacArthur, Rockefeller, and Cummins as well as the International Council of Nurses, the US Chamber of Commerce, and the EU all see this topic as an important global priority. The "push-pull" factors and the public policy considerations along with the health and welfare consequences of health care worker migration are forcing both sending and receiving countries to analyze and understand the familial, community, cultural, social, economic, health and development consequences associated with both the migration decisions and migratory patterns of this labor sector. This conference will center on questions of:
-who migrates;
-who stays;
-public policy decisions in both sending and receiving countries that either encourage or discourage migration;
-economic and development consequences;
-implications for health outcomes locally, nationally, regionally, and internationally.
This conference will focus on research, policy, business, economic, and health outcomes.

THURSDAY, November 10
Lecture: “New Directions in Russia Eastern Europe and Eurasia – The Caucasus region as crossroads of interests of Russia, Turkey, Iran, USA and EU”
Speaker: Sergey Markendonov, Visiting Fellow, CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program
Time: 4:00pm
Location: 101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign
Speaker bio: Sergey Markedonov is a visiting fellow in the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program. Markedonov graduated from Rostov-on-Don State University in 1995. He earned his doctoral degree in history at Rostov-on-Don State Pedagogical University in 1999. From 1996 to 1999, he was a lecturer in the History Department of Rostov-on-Don State Pedagogical University. From 1998 to 2001, he served as senior fellow at the Governor's Press-Service in the Rostov Regional Administration. From 2001 to 2010, he worked as head of the Interethnic Relations Group and deputy director at the Institute for Political and Military Analysis in Moscow. From 2006 to 2010, he also held teaching positions at the Russian State University for the Humanities, the Moscow State University, and the Diplomatic Academy.
*This event is co-sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center (REEEC).

FRIDAY, November 11- SATURDAY, November 12
Credits, Mortgages, Derivatives: Understanding the Global Financial Crisis
Time: All Day
Location: NOVEMBER 11: Room 120, Architecture Building, 608 East Loredo Taft Drive, Champaign, IL 61820; NOVEMBER 12: Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Sponsors: Departments of Sociology, Urban and Regional Planning, Anthropology, the European Union Center, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

FRIDAY, November 11
Comparing Agricultural Policy in the EU and US
Speaker: David Bullock, Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois
Time: 12 pm – 1 pm
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Abstract: The EU Commission has recently published a proposal for major changes in the Common Agricultural Policy.  Principally, these changes will require farmers to set about seven percent of their land aside for environmental purposes.  Bullock will discuss these changes in the context of the history of the CAP.  He will compare the proposed CAP to current U.S. agricultural policy, and also offer opinions about the politics that lie behind the proposed policy changes and current policy situation.
Speaker Bio: David S. Bullock is a professor of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences and European Union Center affiliated faculty member at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include political economy of agricultural policy, applied welfare economics, and the economics of technological change

Related Events

October 31 – November 4
Study Abroad Advising Sessions
Advising Sessions allow you to:
-Learn more about study abroad programs and ask questions of a full-time Study Abroad Office advisor. 
-Drop in at any point during the allotted times and stay for as long as you like. 
-The sessions are conducted in a group format, giving you the benefit of hearing the perspectives and questions of fellow students.

TUESDAY, November 1
Info Session: “Renewable Energy Concepts” Study Abroad – Greece
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Language Building
Contact: Steve Zahos, Program Director (szahos@illinois.edu)
For the third year in a row, the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will be offering a 4 Week "Renewable Energy Concepts" Study and Cultural Tour of Greece (early June - early July 2012). Greece is a leader in Europe in thermal heating, photovoltaics, micro grids and wind energy. During this tour, students will have the opportunity to study renewable energy concepts and to put this knowledge to practice alongside students at the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA) and the University of Thessaly (UOT) in Volos, Greece. They will also have the chance to visit the archeological sites, and experience the architecture, food, music, beautiful scenery, blue seas and culture that have made Greece a top destination for travelers worldwide. The program is open to students from all UIUC colleges.

WEDNESDAY, November 2
Odysseas Elytis (November 2, 1911 - March 18, 1996): A tribute to the poet and his work on the centenary of his birth
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building
The program in Modern Greek Studies is proud to present a celebration of the life and work of Greek Nobel-prize winning poet Odysseas Elytis on the centenary of his birth. Elytis was born in Crete on November 2, 1911. The event will include a presentation of his biography and readings of his poems in Greek and in English by students of Modern Greek Studies, screening of a rarely seen short archival film from his visit to El Greco's home in Toledo, Spain, and an exhibition of his works and studies about his poetry held at the University of Illinois Library.

Understanding the University’s Education Abroad Portfolio: Crafting Sustainable Programs Abroad Workshop
This workshop is recommended for departments and faculty members interested in understanding the options available to them in education abroad. It will include:
-Developing advising tools to shape the flow of departmental students to specific locations and programs abroad (we have over 400 options!).
-Exploring the challenges of creating sustainable faculty-led short-term programs abroad.
-Creating exchange programs.
-Understanding and maximizing the potential of Illinois Abroad Field Sites.
-Developing new Field Sites.
 This workshop will be offered twice:
-Wednesday, November 9 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in room 46 of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS, 501 E. Daniel St.), or
-Tuesday, November 15 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in room 46 of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS, 501 E. Daniel St.).
Please register for only one of these workshops with Marlys McCartney by Monday, November 7.
Faculty attending one of these workshops will be given priority in the review of applications for Site Visit Grants for planning a faculty-led seminar abroad. The deadline for the Grant Proposal is December 15, 2011. 

Multiple Grants Avavilable from the EUC

Announcing the European Union Center’s 2011-2012 Call for Grant Applications
Thanks to the European Union Center’s Department of Education Title VI Grant and the European Union Center of Excellence Grant from the European Commission, the EUC is pleased to offer the following funding opportunities to the University of Illinois (UI) community and beyond. Included in this announcement you will find calls for UI facultygraduate students, and undergraduate students, as well as opportunities for non-UI scholars of the EU and K-12 educators and students. For more information about the available grants including detailed requests for proposals and application instructions, please visit http://www.euc.illinois.edu/funding/RFPs.html
For any questions, please email eucenter@illinois.edu, and include “2011 Grant Call” in the subject line of the email.

Highlights from the EUC Blog

Celebrating Oktoberfest: Across the Cornfields Edition
“The experience of European culture ‘across the pond’ is really just a few miles away, across Illinois’ golden sea of corn, bending in waves with the cool harvest breeze,” says  Reneé Holley, a PhD Candidate in Musicology and an EU Center Graduate Assistant. Read more about the EUC staff’s visit to Bayernstube, a German restaurant near Champaign in September featured in the EUC Blog.
Although Oktoberfest came to a close for this year, plan on partaking in next year’s festivities, or perhaps make the pilgrimage to Bayernstube for a family meal or a get-together with friends. Bis dann!
Stay tuned for the next “Across the Cornfields” edition of “Across the Pond” – Chicago’s Christkindlmarket!

Spring & Summer Courses

PS 590/300: “Europe and the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration”
Time: Wednesdays 3:30-4:50 pm
Undergraduate section: PS 300 CRN 57684
Graduate section: PS 590 CRN 57689
Contact: Kostas Kourtikakis, kkourtik@illinois.edu
This is an interdisciplinary course designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. The course presents Europe and the Mediterranean as interdependent, multicultural and multinational spaces historically connected by cultural, economic and migratory networks. It pays special attention to the role of the European Union and its policies in the Mediterranean. By exploring these economic, social and cultural bridges, the course introduces students to the complexities of an area too often represented in terms of mere opposition to the West.
This course is offered as part of an EU Center Jean Monnet Module on “Europe and the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration”, funded by the European Commission.

GRKM 199: “Contemporary Greek Culture and Film”
Time: Wednesdays 3:00 – 7:00pm
Instructor: Vassiliki Tsitsopoulou
CRN 54918
This course will survey Greek cinema and Greek film culture from the earliest periods to the present and will introduce related developments in modern Greek society with special emphasis on current events. There are no restrictions in enrollment and arrangements can be made for a mixed graduate-undergraduate class. Class time includes weekly screenings of films. This course meets with CWL 199, EURO 199 and MACS 199.
~A Greek film festival is also planned. Stay tuned!
Elementary Modern Greek II (GRKM 202) and Intermediate Modern Greek II (GRKM 404) are also offered in Spring 2012.

Language and Minorities in Europe (Spring 2012)
Time: Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:50pm
Instructor: Zsuzsanna Fagyal (French)
Survey of regional and immigrant minority language use and language policies in Europe. Focus on linguistic, political, and social issues, such as bilingual education, acculturation and assimilation, language loss and language maintenance in immigrant languages (Turkish and Arabic/Berber), and four indigenous language families: Balto-Slavic with Estonian, Celtic, Romance with Basque, and Slavic with Hungarian (3 undergraduate, 4 graduate credit hours).Small-group project: “Invent your European Nation-State”.  Topics include: Large state languages, small state languages, regional languages: the implications of autonomy, Ausbau and Inbau languages, the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Lingua franca in Europe: one or more?, ethnolinguistic vitality, language planning and attitudes, promoting bilingual education (CEFR, CLIL frameworks), immigrant language use and maintenance.

“Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic”: Summer 2012 Study Abroad course in Sweden
Announcing a new summer program course on the Changing Arctic, which is supported by the European Union Center and will be offered for the first time in Summer 2012 on the KTH Stockholm campus and in the Arctic. The course is being jointly developed by Illinois and KTH faculty. This course has quite a bit to offer those interested in the history and current practices of EU involvement in the Arctic, including addressing questions of economic, political, and cultural implications of a receding ice coverage. 
-- 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).

“Translation in the European Union”: Spring-Summer course
Meeting times: Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00pm
The Center for Translation Studies
 will be offering "Translation in the European Union” in Spring 12 as a full semester course in preparation for its Summer Study Abroad in the EU (Summer I). The Study Abroad trip this year will feature Paris, Brussels and Strasbourg for behind-the-scenes visits to EU and international agencies that depend on translation and interpretation for their daily work. Among the agencies we will visit are the EU Parliament, The EU Directorate General of Translation, NATO and UNESCO.



Calls for Papers , Proposals & Applications

Request for Proposals: Study Abroad
We are delighted to announce the second round of faculty curricular development opportunities sponsored by International Program and Studies/Student International Academic Affairs (Study Abroad Office). We offer a variety of grants and related workshops for departments and leaders to explore the Illinois educational portfolio abroad and explore criteria for developing successful programs. These include:
- Planning a Faculty-Led Seminar Abroad: Site Visit Grant(Proposal Deadline: Dec. 15, 2011)
-Understanding and Expanding a Field-site: Familiarization Grant(Proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis)
-Building a New Field-site: A Collaboration(Proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis).

DEADLINE: January 1
The Big Idea competition II by 'Changing Turkey in a Changing World': Borders and monuments to connectivity’
Border monuments are often designed to celebrate mobility and interconnectedness. According to the architect Cecil Balmond, “A border offers identity but one that is enriched by neighbours, so that it’s not so much a line of separation as a local set of interconnected values.” 
We are seeking short essays (max. 1,500 words) on any European border monument.
Well-known examples of border monuments include: the Statue of Humanity in Kars, ‘The Star of Caledonia’ monument (yet to be built) on the Scottish/English border at Gretna, The Welcome (‘Cradle of History’) Monument on Gibraltar, the Schengen monument to a “borderless Europe”, the ‘Bridge of Europe’ over the Rhine River between Strasbourg (France) & Kehl (Germany), and the museumization of the Berlin Wall (e.g. the Checkpoint Charlie museum). Entries are invited on these or any other border monuments located in Europe. We are particularly interested in learning why those monuments were built in the first place and how they contribute to the connection between two separate communities.
Entries to be sent to: ChangingTurkey@gmail.com
The winner will receive the book entitled “Cosmopolitan Spaces: Europe, Globalization, Theory” by Chris Rumford
The University Association for Contemporary European Studies can be found at http://www.uaces.org/

Scholarships, Grants & Fellowships

DEADLINE: December 2
Request for proposals for Hewlett Research Travel and Conference Grants
Hewlett International Conference and Research Travel Grants will again be offered by the office of International Programs & Studies (IPS) to be used in the summer of 2012 or parts of the 2012-2013 academic year. Research Travel Grants range from $1,000 to $4,000 per award.
Conference Grants may be up to $12,000. The source of these funds is an endowment initiated by a grant from the Hewlett Foundation that was matched by private donations and university funds. A committee convened by IPS will review the proposals.
Proposals should be submitted electronically (PDF) to ips@illinois.edu by December 2, 2011. Recipients will be announced in January 2012.
For more information on these grant opportunities and application materials and guidelines, please visit the website:
-Research travel grants: http://ilint.illinois.edu/faculty/htravel.html

-Conference grants: http://ilint.illinois.edu/faculty/hconf.html

DEADLINE: January 10
Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe
We are pleased to invite for applications for 10 Postdoctoral Fellowships in the framework of the research project EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST - THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE for the academic year 2012/13 in Berlin.
'Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe' (EUME) has been initiated in 2006 as a joint research program of the Berlin- Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Since 2011, EUME is continued as a project at the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien.

DEADLINE: January 18
Info session: National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Undergraduate Scholarships
Dates: November 3 & 4
Location: 807 S. Wright St, rm. 514
Participants will receive information about the program and tips on filling out competitive applications. The campus application deadline is January 18, 2012 for programs between May 2012 and May 2013. Students are encouraged to begin application drafts prior to leaving for winter break.
If you are interested but cannot attend the information session, please e-mail topscholars@illinois.


Teaching Assistant Program in France for the academic year 2012-2013
The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers the opportunity for young Americans aged 20 to 30 years to live and work in France for seven months, teaching English to students in French public elementary, middle or high schools.

Office of International Student and Scholar Services-Assistant Director: 12 month 100% position
This position will provide advising support to international students on matters related to immigration and visa regulations, and acclimation to the university and community environments.  The position places a special emphasis on programs, outreach, and activities aimed at international undergraduate students, recognizing the unique cross-cultural learning opportunities that this population brings to the campus.

Conversation Groups & Coffee Hours

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

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

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.

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
Contact:  Nikos Vergis, vergis1@illinos.edu

Italian Conversation Table (Allora Gruppo d’italiano)
Dates: Every Wednesday
Time: 7:00 – 8:00pm
Espresso Royale, 1117 W Oregon St., Urbana
Contact: Michelle Cozzini, mcozzini20@gmail.com

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

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!

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