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In this issue:

- News from EUC
- EUC Events
- Upcoming Events
- EUC Grants & Competitions
- EUC Grad Student Conference
- EUC Blog Highlights
- 1 cr. course on EU Civil Society Policy
- Announcements

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Spring 2012 January 17-20
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News from EUC

With this edition of the European Union Center’s e-Weekly, we usher in the start of a busy spring semester.

The EUC kicks things off immediately with a Jan. 17 videoconference event, co-hosted by the Universities of Pittsburgh and North Carolina, featuring expert panelists addressing the euro crisis.

Other spring programming highlights include our 11th annual EU Day on Mar. 29—this year, we anticipate participation by the EU Ambassador to the US—and the launch of several initiatives involving speaker series, workshops, and symposia developed by affiliated faculty across campus and covering a wide range of EU-related topics in water and climate change, agricultural policy, urban sustainability, cultural affairs, and more, all under the auspices of our EU Center of Excellence grant.

We are also excited to be offering new courses on “Europe and the Mediterranean” (through our Jean Monnet project) and “EU Civil Society Policy,” the latter thanks to the efforts of our visiting scholar from Yale,
Özge Zihnioğlu.

As always, we also invite you to join our online dialogue about current EU topics by visiting the EUC Blog. You will find numerous videos and substantive articles there. We welcome contributed articles from our affiliates as well as your comments on items posted on the blog.

All of our research, teaching, and public engagement activities are made possible through the interest and initiative of affiliated faculty, students, and K-12 educators, so the EUC is pleased to offer another round this semester of grants, calls for proposals, and competitions. Look for further details about these opportunities and deadlines in this edition of e-Weekly, and check back each week for further EUC news and information!

—Matt Rosenstein, Associate Director, European Union Center

EUC Events

TUESDAY, January 17
Videoconference:  "Conversation on Europe: Is the Future of the Eurozone the Future of Europe?"
Time:  11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Rm. 411, 507 E Green St. (Urban Outfitters bldg.)
The European Union Center will co-host an interactive videoconference devoted to the current European financial crisis. This is the first in a series of Conversations On Europe, in which participants will be linked across several sites by video. The first session will feature some of the country’s top experts on the European Union.  Audiences at all sites will be able to ask questions of the experts. This event is open to the public. Featuring distinguished experts:
--Alberta Sbragia (University of Pittsburgh) - Mark A. Nordenberg University Chair; Jean Monnet Professor; Director of the European Union Center of Excellence (1984-2010).
--Christiane Lemke (Leibniz University/NYU) - Professor of Political Science; Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Science; Max Weber Chair at New York University.
--Larry Neal (University of Illinois) - Emeritus Professor of Economics; Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research; Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.
Please RSVP to: kimrice@illinois.edu

Upcoming Events

WEDNESDAY, January 25
European Movie Night: Mediteráneo (“Mediterranean”), Italy
Time: 5:15pm
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge (1080 FLB), 707 S. Mathews Ave.
Synopsis: Greek Sea, World War II. An Italian ship leaves a handful of soldiers in a little island; their mission is to spot enemy ships and to hold the island in case of attack. The village of the island seems abandoned and there isn't a single enemy in sight, so the soldiers begin to relax a little. Things change when their ship is hit and destroyed by the enemy, and the soldiers find themselves abandoned there. Actually, the island isn't deserted and when the Greeks understand that those Italians are harmless, they came out of their hiding places in the mountains and continue their peaceful lives. Soon the soldiers discover that being left behind in a God-forgotten Greek island isn't such a bad thing, after all...

Join us for the Spring 2012 European Movie Nights for four award-winning films inspired by the captivating Mediterranean!
Spring 2012 Movie Nights Series is part of the EU Center initiative on “Europe & the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration”, partially funded by the European Commission’s Jean Monnet Module grant.
For more information: http://www.euc.illinois.edu/mediterranean

TUESDAY, February 7
Lecture:  “Europeanization of Turkish NGOs: Opportunities and Challenges”
Time:  1:30pm
Location:  Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Bldg.
Speaker: Özge Zihnioglu
Speaker bio:  Özge Zihnioğlu received her Ph.D in Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. She has been involved in academic environments in different countries and most recently she was awarded a fellowship at Yale University. Along with her academic studies, Zihnioğlu took part in several projects funded by national or European agencies. Her research interests include civil society development, third sector research, Europeanization studies and approaches to norm diffusion.

Grants & Competitions available from the EUC

Grants, Calls for Proposals and Competitions available from the European Union Center in Spring 2012
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 various funding opportunities, calls for proposals, and competitions to the greater University of Illinois (UI) community and beyond.
For more information about the available calls for UI facultygraduate students, and undergraduate students, as well as opportunities for non-UI scholars of the EU and K-12 educators, please visit http://www.euc.illinois.edu/funding/RFPs.html

EUC Graduate Students Conference

Graduate Student Conference: “The European Union in the 21st Century: Policies and Approaches to Global Challenges”
Dates: April 13 – 14
Location: University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
This spring, the European Union Center (EUC) at the University of Illinois is hosting a graduate student conference entitled The European Union in the 21st Century: Policies and Approaches to Global Challenges, from April 13-14 on the Champaign-Urbana campus.  See the Call for Abstracts for information on the conference’s objectives, acceptable paper and poster submissions, registration and travel reimbursements.

Highlights from the EUC Blog

-- Croatia’s hard-fought European moment
-- The appeal of pan-European elections for European Parliament
-- The farm subsidies are “Too damn high”
-- Left, Right, Left: The unsteady political allegiances of migrants in Western Europe
-- Across the cornfields – Holiday edition

1 cr. course on EU Civil Society Policy

EURO 596: EU Civil Society Policy
Instructor: Dr. Özge Zihnioğlu, EU Center Visiting Scholar, Spring 2012; Fox International Fellow, Yale University
Lecture hours: February 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11 at 6.00-8.30 pm
Location: TBA
Course credit: 1 cr.
This course aims at critically analyzing the EU civil society policy both historically and in the current context. Accordingly, the course starts with laying out the background for the formation and development of civil society policy in the EEC/EU. The course then examines the content and priorities of the EU civil society policy with respect to European integration and enlargement processes as well as in relation to EU’s neighborhood. Finally, the course provides an assessment of the EU civil society policy with a discussion on the ways to improve it.
Course Requirements:
Each student will be expected to do the following: 1) Read each lecture’s required reading and be prepared to discuss it. 2)
Choose 2 class sessions (out of the five total) and write an approximately 500 words analytic paper for each chosen session that deals with a subject addressed or suggested by the reading. The papers should be handed in before the lecture. 3) Write an approximately 5,000 words research paper on a relevant subject of their choosing in consultation with the instructor. The research paper is due on March 19, 2012.
This course is open to graduate students. Undergraduates need prior approval from the course coordinator to register for this course. For more information, contact Sebnem Ozkan at asozkan@illinois.edu.



Calls for papers

6th Annual EUCE Research Conference: “Widening and Deepening of European Integration: Challenges and Strategic Choices facing the European Union?”
Dates: April 11-13
Location: European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
The first section of the conference will deal with widening of the EU, and the second session will deal with policies and institutional capacities, especially in relation to the ongoing financial crisis.
For more information, please visit http://euce.dal.ca/CONFERENCES/6th_Annual_Conferenc.php

Environmental Protection in the Global 20th Century 
Dates: October 25-27, 2012
Location: Research College (KFG) “The Transformative Power of Europe”, Free University of Berlin
We invite paper proposals on any topic or period, which address the role of IOs, experts and networks in the diffusion of ideas and policies of environmental protection. All papers must be based in original research drawing upon archival sources, interviews, media reporting etc. Paper proposals must include the name of the paper-giver, a short CV and a paper abstract of no more than 250 words.

Spain and the European Integration Process
The Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe (CVCE) is very pleased to launch, in cooperation with the European Academy of Yuste Foundation (FAEY), a call for papers as part of its current research project ‘Spain and the European integration process’, devoted to the historical relationship between Spain and Europe in a broad sense from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The project specifically addresses the relations of Spain’s various institutional, socio-economic and cultural players with the European Communities — today the European Union — and their interactions with other European organisations. This call for papers aims to improve the visibility of the current scholarly debate in this field as well as to enrich and complement the project outputs.

"Europe: East and West" Undergraduate Research Symposium
Date: March 30
Have you written a research paper from a humanities, social science or business perspective focusing on the study of Western Europe or Eastern Europe, including Russia? If so, consider presenting your work at the 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium!
The Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES) and the European Studies Center (ESC) at the University of Pittsburgh will be sponsoring the “Europe: East and West” Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Pittsburgh. At this symposium, students from Pitt and regional colleges and universities will present research papers related to Western and Eastern Europe, including Russia, to discussants and an audience. Participants will receive constructive feedback on their papers from the discussants.

Fellowships & Grants

Call for Applications: Short term grants on pivotal themes in area studies
The Center for Area Studies (CAS) at Freie Universität Berlin (FU) is pleased to announce that it is launching a pilot project to promote early career researchers (postdoctoral) in area studies. The pilot project aims at supporting early career researchers in the period between completing their dissertations and developing a grant proposal for their individual postdoctoral project. This grant will enable outstanding postdoctoral researchers from area studies and the social sciences to develop grant proposals addressing pivotal themes in area studies. In addition to developing their own projects, grantees will be able to discuss their research ideas in the course of thematic workshops with internationally renowned scholars. Thus, the Center for Area Studies invites applications for short-term grants (6-9 months) for postdoctoral research projects in area studies relevant to the following themes: Migration, Exile and Diaspora; Business, Culture and Society; and the Politics of Public Religions.


Journal of Contemporary European Research: Latest Issue Published
The Journal of Contemporary European Research has just published its latest issue, which is a general issue. We invite you to review the Table of Contents and then visit our web site to review articles and book reviews of interest.

Conversation Groups & Coffee Hours

Greek Conversation Table “LOGOS”
Time: 3:30pm
Dates: every second Tuesday (starting Jan. 24th)
Location: Espresso Royal Café, 117 W Oregon St, Urbana
Practice conversational Greek with native speakers!
Contact: Nikos Vergis, vergis1@illinois.edu

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

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