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Fall 2011 November 28 - December 2
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EUC Events

 WEDNESDAY, November 30
EUC Movie Night: Die Fetten Jahre Sind Vorbei (The Edukators)
Austria, 2004 - German with English subtitles
When: 6:00 pm
Where: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Language Building
Plot Summary: Three young radicals face off against an older man who left behind his ideals years ago in this drama from Austria. Jan (Daniel Brühl) and Peter (Stipe Erceg) are a pair of leftist political activists who have their own ideas of how to strike out in the name of economic justice. Jan and Peter like to break into the homes of the rich, re-arrange their belongings, and leave behind a note crediting "the Edukators" with the invasion, satisfied that their efforts will teach their victims a lesson about the futility of wealth. Peter's girlfriend, Jule (Julia Jentsch), who has found herself homeless and deeply in debt after she ran into a Mercedes Benz in a car accident, moves in with the two friends and starts joining them on their periodic missions. Jule convinces Peter and Jan that they should hit the home of Hardenberg (Burghart Klaussner), the businessman whose Mercedes caused her so much trouble.” ("The Edukators.” Fandango. Web. 16 August 2011. http://www.fandango.com/theedukators_v307666/plotsummary).
Popcorn provided, BYO beverage!

FRIDAY, December 2
Public Talk: Implications of the Polish Presidency of the EU for Europe and Transatlantic Affairs
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom, 601 S Lincoln Ave., Urbana
Speaker: Minister Counselor Maciej Pisarski, Polish Deputy Chief of Mission to the U.S.
Speaker Bio:
Maciej Pisarski is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC, a post he has held since August 2010. Previously, he worked as the acting director of the Department of Strategy and Policy Planning in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Warsaw, Poland. Mr. Pisarski has spent a considerable portion of his professional career working on Polish-American relations, including his work as deputy director at the Department of the Americas, political officer at the Embassy of Poland in Washington, DC, and U.S. desk officer at the Foreign Ministry in Warsaw. Before entering foreign service, he worked at the Polish Agency for Foreign Investment as a research officer. Mr. Pisarski is a graduate of Warsaw University's History Department with a specialization in 20th century Polish-Jewish relations, and of the National Academy for Public  Administration in Warsaw. He is a published author in Poland on U.S.-Polish relations, and on Polish-Jewish topics.

Related Events

WEDNESDAY, November 30
Mare Nostrum – Mediterranean
Time: 8:00 – 10:00 pm
Tune into Mare Nostrum on WEFT 90.1FM on Wednesday, November 30, to hear Sebnem Ozkan (Outreach Coordinator, EU Center) and Prof. Jean-Philippe Mathy (Department of French, U of I) discuss the Mediterranean and the new SLCL Mediterranean Studies Initiative!

Highlights from the EUC Blog

Read more about the following topics on the EUC Blog and join the discussion:
-- The EU Debt Crisis: A minute with political scientist William Bernhard
-- Environmental Conservation: A democratic process
-- The Tongues of Europe
-- Is social media the missing key in urban sustainability?
-- Comparing agricultural policy in the EU and US
-- Narrating integration: One story at a time
-- EU peacekeeping, NATO and Cyprus
-- Looming crisis of democracy: Lessons from two decades of post-Yugoslav democratization
-- Between war and peace
-- Clean energy: EU Perspectives

Spring & Summer Courses

Selected Courses Relevant to EU Studies
The following list of courses with content related to European Union studies is intended as a service for students and faculty. Please note that this list is not necessarily exhaustive; we welcome suggestions for inclusion of additional courses.
Faculty members: would you like us to add a course to this list? Please fill out a brief web form with information about your course(s). The EU Center will update this page periodically as we receive information about available courses.

For more details about the courses, please click here.
-- PS 590/300: “Europe and the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration”
-- LER/EURO/SOC 410: “Labor and the European Union”
-- GRKM 199: “Contemporary Greek Culture and Film”
-- Language and Minorities in Europe (Spring 2012)
-- “Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic”: Summer 2012 Study Abroad course in Sweden
-- LAW 657: “International Human Rights Law”
LAS 490: “Translation in the European Union”: Spring-Summer course
GLBL 298: “Cultural Diversity in Modern Turkey"
Study Abroad in Istanbul: 2010 Cultural Capital of Europe!
Dates: 8-weeks of the Spring semester. The dates of the on-site portion are May 14-31, 2012.
Priority Deadline: December 20, 2011.
Final Deadline: February 10, 2012.
TURK 490: Special Topics: “Language, Culture and Identity in Modern Turkey”



Fellowships & Grants

Following fellowships and grants are available from the French Embassy to foster US-French collaborative projects:

1) Chateaubriand Fellowships: call open for 2012-2013
Deadline: February 1, 2012
The Chateaubriand Fellowship Program of the French embassy is intended for PhD students registered in an American university who wish to conduct their research in a French laboratory for a 4 to 10 month period. Two sub-programs, one for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and the other one for HSS (Humanities and Social Sciences) are available.
For the STEM program, the Office of Science and Technology will provide a stipend (1,400 Euros a month) and cover the cost of travel and student health insurance.
Priority will be given to the candidates who will seek a “dual degree” (cotutelle) with the French host university. All disciplines in Sciences, Technology and Health are eligible. Knowledge of French is not mandatory. The deadline to apply is February 1st, 2012, and the fellowship can begin on any date from September 1st, 2012, to April 1st, 2013.
More information and application is available here.  

2) French Embassy Partner University Fund (PUF)
Deadline: February 6, 2012

The Embassy of France to the United States and the FACE Foundation are accepting application proposals for the Partner University Fund (PUF). PUF promotes innovative collaborations of excellence in research and education between French and American institutions of higher education. PUF supports emerging transatlantic partnerships with the potential to continue beyond the initial 3-year grant. PUF currently supports 55 multifaceted partnerships in all fields of study.
Partnerships may combine elements such as:
- Joint initiatives in Research and publications
- Faculty and postdoctoral mobility
- Collaboration in teaching
- Shared programs
- Joint and dual degrees at the master's and PhD levels
Thanks to private donors and public contributions, PUF will fund up to 30% of the cost of the selected projects, in the limit of 80.000 USD annually. The generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (www.mellon.org) will allow the projects in the humanities to be eligible to a higher level of financial support (up to 60 % of the cost and 160 000 USD annually).
Projects proposals must be jointly submitted by at least one American and one French university, by February 6, 2012.Funding decisions will be announced in May 2012 for the 2012-2013 academic year.
For more information, please contact:
isabelle.schoninger@ambafrance-us.org /+1 212 439 1491 and visit our website: http://www.facecouncil.org/puf

3) France-Chicago Fund: jusqu’au  9/12/2011

4) France-Berkeley Fund: jusqu’au  31/01/2012

5) Fulbright-France Fellowships for hosting French doctoral students
Deadline: February 1st, 2012

Berlin Program Fellowships
Deadline: December 1, 2011
The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies is pleased to solicit applications for its next fellowship competition. The program offers fellowships to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on modern and contemporary German and European history for a research period in Berlin between 10-12 months.
The Berlin Program Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research as well as postdoctoral research. Fellowship stipends are EUR 1100 per month for fellows working on a dissertation project and EUR 1400 per month for recent Ph.D.’s.
The program accepts applications from U.S. and Canadian nationals or permanent residents. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students at a North American university who have completed all coursework required for the Ph.D. and must have achieved ABD (all but dissertation) status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins. Also eligible are U.S. and Canadian Ph.D.s who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years.


Lady Monica Cockfield Memorial Trust Scholarship for PhD in European Studies
Deadline: December 12, 2011
Every year the University of Salford offers a number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) for suitably qualified candidates wishing to study for a PhD. We are very happy to announce that we are in a position to also advertise for an extra Lady Monica Cockfield Memorial Trust PhD scholarship in European studies (after we appointed our first two Cockfield PhD students in Autumn 2009) with the aim of providing a student from a low-income background the chance of studying for a PhD on the European Union.
Applications are now invited for PhD on the European Union. The PhD scholarship is worth £8,000 per annum over three years.
Please apply for the Lady Monica Cockfield Memorial Trust PhD scholarship in European studies using the normal application material. In addition, please also provide a letter to indicate to what extent your application fulfils the aims of the scholarship listed above. Please send your applications to Dr Christian Kaunert: c.kaunert@salford.ac.uk


International Engagement Internship
DEADLINE: December 16
This internship is for UIUC students interested in international communication, diplomatic protocol and formal event planning. Graduate students, as well as junior and senior undergraduates with related majors are encouraged to apply.
Description: Unpaid, one-semester practicum in the Office of International Programs and Studies. This 5 hours per week, volunteer position reports to Nicole Tami, Associate Director for International Engagement. Interns assists with event planning related to major campus events, such as International Awards Banquet and International Education Week. Interns receive instruction and practical experience in basics aspects of international protocol, techniques for communicating with foreign consulates and embassies, itinerary planning, and logistical planning related to the hosting of distinguished guests. Interns gain a number of critical organizational skills that are applicable to numerous professional environments. At the conclusion of the internship the intern will receive an evaluation of his/her performance that may be useful in the future job search process.
Qualifications: The applicant must be a current UIUC student in good standing, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Application Procedure: Please submit a current CV/resume and a one page statement of interest explaining how this internship would be useful to you in meeting your career objectives.
For full consideration, submit all application materials to our office (International Programs and Studies, Room 417, 507 E Green St, Champaign); electronic submissions emailed to Nicole Tami (tami@illinois.edu) are also acceptable.

Calls for proposal

7th Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union: Crisis, Cooperation, and Change in the EU
March 30-31, 2012 | University of Pittsburgh
Deadline: December 16, 2011

The European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh, in conjunction with the European Union Studies Association (EUSA), is proud to announce a call for papers for the 7th Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union at the University of Pittsburgh.
The global financial crisis is one of many challenges that the European Union has faced.  These challenges have affected its citizens, institutions, and policy-making capabilities.  The Organizing Committee of the Seventh Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union welcomes papers addressing the theme, "Crisis, Cooperation, and Change in the European Union."  Submissions are welcome from all disciplines on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, EU politics, governance, economics, history, security studies and institutions, as well as policies covering enlargement, immigration, development, trade, transatlantic relations, and foreign policy.

Summer programs

University of Vienna‘s International Summer Program 2012
Dates: July 14 - August 11, 2012
The program includes European Studies courses (in English) in the mornings and German Language classes in the afternoons.


Web Documentary on EU-US relations
The European Union and the United States are two of the most important players on the global scene, representing one of the most significant bilateral relationships in the world. Together, they encompass over 800 million people, which is 12% of the global population. Close transatlantic relations between Europe and America go back a long way, and still today they share common values and maintain close cultural, economic, social and political ties.
This web-documentary investigates the three main pillars of EU US relations: economic ties, joint foreign and security actions and global challenges. It has been designed as a one-stop shop where you can find all the necessary information to gain an insight into the sheer breadth and depth of EU US relation.

Languages Through Lenses @ PRIX EUROPA 2011
Fifteen projects were nominated for the 2011 competition of art school students. Their task was to make 90-second short films to show the many facets of multilingualism in Europe.
Among the three finalists previously announced, the winner was finally revealed at the award ceremony in Berlin on October 29: The importance of speaking two languages - Italy.
About the winning video the jury said: …Multilingualism turns out to be a hopefully long lasting peace keeping force in this amusing and witty animation. It shows the eternal interracial war and chase and a really surprising love as a sort of happy ending…
The aim of the competition "Languages through Lenses" is to draw attention to Europe's linguistic and cultural values. The competition is organized by ELIA, in close cooperation with CILECT, the association of the world's major film and television schools.
PRIX EUROPA is Europe's largest and most renowned competition festival for television, radio and the emerging media.
View the winning video here.

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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