February 13-17

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EUC Events this Week

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EUC Events this Week


EUC Movie Night

5:15 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Building

A Prophet

Belgium, 2009

French, Arabic, Corsican with English subtitles

Nineteen year-old Franco-Arab Malik El Djebena is just starting his six year prison sentence in Brcourt. Although he has spent the better part of his life in juvenile detention, this stint is his first in an adult prison. Beyond the division of Corsicans and Muslims in the prison (the Corsicans who with their guard connections rule what happens in the prison), he has no known friends or enemies inside. He is just hoping to serve his time in peace and without incident, despite having no prospects once he's out of jail since he's illiterate and has no support outside of the prison. Due to logistics, the head of Corsican inmates, a sadistic mafioso named Csar Luciani, co-opts Malik as part of the Corsicans' activities, not only regarding what happens inside the prison, but also continued criminal activities outside. The innocent Malik has no idea what to do but cooperate..."

Popcorn provided – BYO Beverage

Join us for the Spring 2012 European Movie Nights featuring four award-winning films inspired by the captivating Mediterranean!
 Spring 2012 Movie Nights Series is part of the EU Center initiative on “Europe and the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration”, partially funded by the European Commission’s Jean Monnet Module grant.

Upcoming EUC Events

Brownbag Lecture

MONDAY, Feb. 27
12 noon

42A Education Building

Educating Undergraduate Studets through Summer Study Abroad: The case of Business and Economics Summer Term (BEST)

Since 2002, UIUC has been a consortium partner with the University of Duisburg/Essen, Germany and has participated in the Business and Economics Summer Term at Duisburg/Essen University with special focus on the European economic environment. Professor Dr. Dieter Cassel, Associate Director of International Programs at Mercator School of Management at Duisburg/Essen and founder of BEST will provide an overview of the evolution, current state, and future plans for this program. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. Light lunch will be provided.

This event is co-sponsored by the EUC.

EU Common Agricultural Policy Speaker Series Lecture


Giertz Conference Room, IGPA, 1007 W Nevada, Urbana

Agricultural policy reform in the European Union

Speaker: Alan Matthews, Professor of European Agricultural Policy, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin.

: EU agricultural policy has undergone significant reform over the past twenty years. EU policy-makers are currently engaged in negotiations on the agricultural policy framework for the coming 2014-20 period. This presentation will first discuss the significance and direction of the reforms to date, drawing on a recent OECD report which has reviewed these efforts. We then review the relative importance of the different drivers of reform, including budget costs, external pressures, the role of the Commission and changing agendas, in the decision-making context of the European Union. We conclude by evaluating the likely significance of the current negotiations on the new CAP regulations for the reform process.

This event is co-sponsored by the EUC.

Urban Sustainability Speaker Series

3:00 pm

Davenport Hall
Room 219
607 S. Matthews, Urbana

"It heats people up more than fire and makes them drunk more than wine": An overview of recent water history in Spain

Speaker: David Sauri, Department of Geography, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Abstract: Manuel Lorenzo Pardo, author of first comprehensive Spanish water plan (1933), made this statement to capture the extraordinary power of water to stir controversy and conflict among the different regions and peoples of Spain. In this presentation I will trace first the history of the “hydraulic paradigm” or the development of water planning and management based on reservoirs and water transfers as a basis for economic development. The presentation concludes with an estimation of other water alternatives beyond the hydraulic paradigm and social and territorial conflict (demand management, local resources, etc.). However, the potential contribution of these alternatives to solve the water problems of certain Spanish areas remains to be seen. For a longer version of the abstract, click here.

This event is co-sponsored by the EUC.

CAS/Millercomm Presentation

FRIDAY, Mar. 1

Knight Auditorium Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory, Urbana

Every Revolution Has Its Square: Re-Politicizing the Unequal City

Speaker: Erik Swyngedouw, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Erik Swyngedouw reflects on the uncanny choreographic affinity between recent urban protests in the Middle East and eruptions of discontent and urban protests in Athens, Berlin, Lisbon, London, Lyon, Madrid, Paris and Rome among many other cities.  Drawing on these recent urban insurgencies he explores the role of urban space for the question of social justice and political equality and invites us to re-think what precisely urban in equality is all about.

 Joint Area Studies Symposium (JACS)

March 1 - 3

Levis Faculty Center
919 W Illinois St, Urbana

Cities and Inequalities in a Transnational World

Speakers include:
Erik Swyngedouw, Professor of Geography, University of Manchester, UK
Martin Murray, Professor of Urban Planning and Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Teresa Caldeira. Professor of City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley
Asef Bayat, Professor of Sociology and Middle East Studies, UIUC

Growing urbanization, inequalities and migration are interconnected, and in complex ways both cause and reflect the global restructuring of production and social reproduction.  Because humankind has become and might continue to be a species of city dwellers, and because humankind has become more than ever  unequal in their conditions of life and mobility across national borders, the questions we ask about urbanization and urban inequality in a transnational world are questions about the human condition.  What are the spatialities of these interconnected trends and what are those emerging spaces?  What are the new and persistent forms of inequality they produce?  What are the ways in which inhabitants, vastly unequal in their conditions of life, negotiate their livelihoods, security, and dignity in these emerging urban spaces? How is transnationalism implicated in the production of these ascendant inequalities?

The Cities and Inequalities in a Transnational World conference seeks to better understand aspects of these unfolding processes of urbanization and transnationalism that might prove similar or different from the past and across regions.  Through this conference we seek a global perspective grounded in the experiences of various regions of the world, including Africa, South and South East Asia, Latin America, Middle East, European Union; Russia and Eastern Europe.

This event is co-sponsored by: Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, European Union Center, Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for African Studies, Center for South Asian and the Middle Eastern Studies, Center for International Business Education and Research, CAS/Millercomm Lecture Series, Department of Geography, Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Champaign Greek Film Festival

  March 2 - 3

Arts Theater, Champaign

The Modern Greek Studies Program, with the help of the Chicago-based group FilmHellenes, will be hosting the first Champaign Greek Festival at the Arts Theatre on Church. The films will be introduced by Dr. Vassiliki Tsitsopoulou, Visiting Lecturer in Modern Greek.

See the film line-up and reserve your tickets online here.

View the festival's press release and check out an interview with Modern Greek Studies Director Marina Terkourafi about the festival.

This event is co-sponsored by the EUC.


UN Terminology & Procedures Seminar

- Friday, Mar. 2, 3-5pm
- Saturday, Mar. 3, 9-5pm
- Sunday, Mar. 4., 9-3pm

(attendance on all 3 days is required)

LAS 490: UN Terminology & Procedures 3-day Seminar (1 cr. hour course)

Instructor: Lynn Visson, Retired UN Interpreter and UN Interpreter Trainer

Description:  This seminar is intended for students in translation studies, international and global studies, languages, and linguistics to learn the rules of procedure, basic negotiating procedures and terminology for the United Nations. The course is of particular interest to students interested in careers in international organizations. The course is given in English for students from all languages. Students in the translation studies program will do special exercises translating UN documents into English. The seminar will consist of lectures and a simulation exercise that models a UN resolution session.

A certificate of participation will be issued to all participants who enroll in the workshop. Students in the translation studies program will be able to apply the credit toward the certificate.  For more information, contact

This course is co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

EUC Lecture Series

March 9
12 noon

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg.

What is Red in Hungary's 2010 Red Mud Disaster?

Speaker: Zsuzsa Gille, Sociology, U of I

Abstract: On October 4, 2010, 700,000 cubic meters (21m-24m cubic feet) of toxic sludge escaped from a reservoir of a Hungarian alumina plant in the West of Hungary, flooding three villages with a 25 km-long, 1-2 km-wide, and occasionally 7 ft-high cascade of highly caustic mud. Officially ten people died from burns or suffocation, and hundreds were treated in hospitals. Over two hundred houses that survived have to demolished. All life in the nearest river, the Marcal, a tributary of the Danube, have been extinguished--fish, birds, insects, and plants. According to government officials, this is Hungary's worst ecological disaster. The talk will review the historical context of this disaster focusing, first, on the company and its technology, including the causes of the spill; second, on changes in related environmental policies, from state socialism through EU accession; and third, and most importantly, on the political and ideological mining of the spill both by the nationalist government and liberals.

Globalfest 2012

March 9 - 10

Normal West Community
High School

Learn about and share knowledge of the languages and cultures of Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East through cultural activities & performances, arts & crafts, global knowledge competitions, exhibits, and food!

Who Participates? Students in middle and high school; language clubs; dance, drama, and musical groups; art clubs; international social justice and service clubs; Model UN; 4-H; scout troops.

EUC Blog
Join the Conversation on Europe and the Mediterranean
Visit the EU Center's blog to watch Professor Emanuel Rota's lectures on the invention of Europe and Mediterranean identities. As always, we invite you to join the conversation by leaving comments and sharing posts with others!


Fellowships, Grants, Scholarships & Awards


ThinkSwiss Research Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2012 ThinkSwiss Research Scholarships! For the sixth consecutive year ThinkSwiss will select 15 to 20 highly talented and motivated students from all fields of study who are currently enrolled at a U.S. university. The awardees will receive a monthly stipend of $1,000 for a period of up to three months.

Apart from the Research Scholarships, ThinkSwiss also supports students enrolled at U.S. universities with travel grants to attend selected Swiss Summer Schools. More details about this program and the selected summer schools for 2012 will be published on our website

The ThinkSwiss program is your opportunity to get involved with Switzerland - a global, knowledge-based country, full of talent, high-tech opportunities, and creativity! ThinkSwiss supports the exchange of expertise and know-how in policy-making, innovation, academia and the business community in Switzerland and the USA by engaging opinion leaders and forward-looking thinkers in a creative environment. ThinkSwiss is an official program of the Swiss Confederation.

Calls for Papers & Proposals


Conference: TRANSLATION AS INNOVATION: Bridging the Sciences and the Humanities

This conference will convene scholars and practitioners to present state-of-the-art research on translation as a factor for spreading innovation across the sciences and the humanities.  In particular, we seek to assess how the sciences and the humanities intersect through the act of translation, and how translation has influenced not just the transmission but the building of knowledge across disciplines and cultures.  In this perspective, translation will be approached as a nonneutral field of activity, a practice whose procedures have an impact on the disciplines with which they have to deal.  One of the aims of the conference will be to assess the extent of this impact and the conditions in which it takes place.  Particular attention will be paid to the terms in which the translation field is structured with regards to the disciplines in which it is used.  What is the capacity for translation to generate new debates within and across the disciplines?  Does translation itself generate innovative knowledge?

There is a need for more scientists to better communicate to the public the implications of their findings.  Similarly, scientists must be able to communicate with each other across cultures.  In our environmentally and economically challenged, highly technological world, it is crucial that we improve our ability to understand and critically evaluate scientific evidence and arguments.  Translation plays a crucial role in this process, but this role largely remains to be recognized and assessed.

Thus, we seek papers and panels on topics that bridge translation and other disciplines, particularly the sciences.  We welcome perspectives that link translation to Applied Health Sciences, Health Communications, Psychology, and Anthropology.  Other topics of interest include translation and digital media, translation and linguistics, translation and cognitive science, and translation and computer science.

A central theme of the conference will be “Translation and clinical science” from the perspectives of treatment, therapy, terminology, and ethics.  To what extent may a taking into account of translation facilitate community outreach and involvement in therapeutic situations?  We seek papers that address topics such as:

-       migration and community health,
-       the role of multilingualism in medical practice and therapy,
-       the evolving terminology of medical sciences across the world,
-       medical ethics and the normative effects of translation,
-       epidemiology and health communications,
-       the impact of translation on therapeutic relation, with a particular emphasis on psychopathology,
-       transcultural psychopathology.

We will also address such questions as: “Is English really the language of science?”  “How do world Englishes differ in their expression of scientific knowledge?”  “Is mathematics a science that is independent of translation?”

Proposals, in English or French, may be submitted as individual papers or panels (maximum 4 participants)

The conference will also provide a space—in the form of round tables or working groups—for scholars to meet and discuss potential collaborative research projects involving translation, the sciences, and the humanities.

Conversation Tables

Dutch Conversation Table: “Koffietijd”
Time: 3pm
Dates: every Wednesday
Location: Espresso Royal Café, 117 W Oregon St, Urbana
Contact: Neil Vander Most,
All Dutch speakers (or those looking to learn Dutch) are welcome!

French Conversation Hour: “Pause Café”
Time: 5:30pm
Dates: every Thursday
Location: Espresso Royal Café, 117 W Oregon St, Urbana

German Conversation Hour: “Kaffeestunde”
Time: 3:00 – 5:00pm
Dates: every Thursday
Location: Café Paradiso, 801 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana
Contact: Adam Chambers,

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

Swedish Conversation Group and Coffee Hour
Time: 3:00 – 4:30pm
Dates: every Wednesday
Location: Illini Union Courtyard Café, near Espresso Royale


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