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Spring 2012

March 5 - 9

e-Weekly archive

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EUC Events this Week

Upcoming EUC Events Related Events EUC Blog Highlights

EUC Events this Week

EUC Lecture Series

Mar. 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.

This event is co-sponsored by the EUC and REEEC.

Globalfest 2012

Mar. 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.

  Upcoming EUC Events

EUC Movie Night

March 13
5:15 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg.

Shadows & Faces (Turkey, 2010)
Turkish with English Subtitles

Shadows and Faces (Turkish: Gölgeler ve Suretler) is a 2010 Turkish drama film, written and directed by Turkish Cypriot director Derviş Zaim, which tells the story of a young girl who is separated from her father, a Karagöz shadow play master, during the beginning of the conflict between Turks and Greeks in Cyprus in 1963. The film [...] premiered in competition at the 47th International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, where it won the Turkish Film Critics Association Award. It is the third and final part of a trilogy of films themed around traditional Turkish arts, which includes Waiting for Heaven (2006) and Dot (2008).

“Shadows and Faces.” Wikipedia. Web. 28 February 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadows_and_Faces>.

  Related events

International and Area Studies Library Open House

March 6
1:00-3:30 pm

321 Main Library
1408 W.Gregory Dr. Urbana

International and Area Studies Library

You are invited to an Open House, featuring a reception to celebrate the opening of the new International and Area Studies Library. Tours will be given and the Library's University Librarian and Dean of Libraries Paula Kaufman will give remarks. Stay for a special lecture given by Deborah Jakubs, the Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs at Duke University - 4:00 p.m. 'The Global Dimensions of Scholarship and Research Libraries' Lecture in 66 Library. The IAS Library is the Library's gateway to information and scholarship related to area, international, and global studies, connecting students and scholars to the knowledge crucial to developing global competencies through the study of distinct nations and regions, as well as transnational issues and global concerns.

Free Greek Piano Recital

March 13
7:30 pm

Smith Memorial Hall
802 S. Mathews Ave. Urbana

Focus on Greece

PiPAPADAKISanist Konstantinos Papadakis of the New England Conservatory of Music, will perform music by contemporary Greek composers and works inspired by Greek themes at a free recital at the University of Illinois.

Sponsored by the Modern Greek Studies Program and endorsed by the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music

Study Abroad in Verona


Study Abroad Program in Verona, Italy

Study abroad in the "Fair city of Verona," Italy's fourth-most-visited city, located approximately two hours east of Milan and two hours west of Venice! The six-week summer program offers participants 7 hours of pre-approved credit.  Coursework includes Italian 101, supplemented by either Art History or Photography. Classes in Italian language levels 101 – 220 are available during the fall semester term.  Electives include Art History, Photography, Painting, and Introduction to *Italian Cinema (*instruction in Italian). Program excursions and optional wine-tasting and cooking classes supplement the curricular offerings.  Program housing includes both apartment and host family placement. For more information, contact Sherry Danielson, Study Abroad Office Program Coordinator.

ACDIS Summer Workshop

ACDIS Summer Workshop in
International Security

Dates: July 8-13
Location: UIUC

The Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS) at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana announces a one-week summer workshop in global security. Targeted at rising sophomores or advanced undergraduates, the workshop aims (1) to inform students about key security issues; (2) to develop a self-sustaining network of students with competence and interest in security studies; and (3) to introduce students to careers in security policy-making in private and pubic sectors. Students completing the workshop will be awarded a Certificate in International Security Studies.  See the flyer for more details.

EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

On February 17, Dr. Eda Derhemi delivered a lecture entitled "Albanian diasporas in Italy and Greece: A Blessing and a Curse for the Albanian Immigrants after 1990" as part of the EUC's Jean Monnet Module course, Europe and the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration. You can watch her full lecture on the EUC Blog.

 Eda Derhemi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Media and Cinema Studies and a Lecturer of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include linguistic endangerment and language death, minority languages and ethnicity, and language of the media and propaganda.

As always, we invite you to join the conversation by leaving comments and sharing posts with others!


Fellowships & Grants


Fellowships at the European University Institute

Applications are now invited for Australian European University Institute Fellowships which provide the opportunity to carry outresearch at the European University Institute in Florence – the high profile research institute established by the Member States of the founding European Communities in 1972.  A six-month Postdoctoral Fellowship will be offered for the period January-June 2013.  Two three-month Postgraduate Fellowships will be offered for the period September-December 2012. In addition, one fellowship will be offered for a Visiting Scholar from an Australian university for one month during the period January-June 2013. Further information on the AEUIFAI, European University Institute and on the Monash University Prato Centre is also available.


MPIfG Doctoral Fellowships

The International Max Planck Research School on the Socialand Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) is operated jointly by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and the University of Cologne. It invites suitable candidates to apply for up to seven doctoral fellowships in economic sociology and political economy.

Applicants must hold a Diploma or a Masters degree in political science, sociology, organization studies or related fields. Degrees must be received by September 2012. Fellowships will start on October 1, 2012, and will be awarded for 15 months with the option of two additional years. Working languages at the Research School are English and German.

Doctoral fellows will participate in a graduate school program including courses and summer school sessions and contribute to the intellectual life of the Institute and the University.

Doctoral degrees are awarded by the University of Cologne. In addition, students at the IMPRS-SPCE may acquire a French doctorate by entering a joint doctoral program with Sciences Po in Paris (Co-tutelle).


PhD Stipends in Bremen
The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications to its Ph.D. program. BIGSSS is an inter-university institute of the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen and is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. The program provides close supervision of dissertation work within a demand-tailored education and research framework. Fellows are expected to choose Bremen as their place ofresidence. BIGSSS is part of an international network of highly acknowledged graduate programs. It supports its doctoral and postdoctoral fellows in achieving early scientific independence and provides funds for the conduct,presentation, and publishing of their research. The language of instruction is English.
Successful applicants for the Ph.D. and Predoctoral Fellowships will pursue a topic in one or more of BIGSSS’ three Thematic Fields:
-Global Governance and Regional Integration
-Welfare State, Inequality, and Quality of Life
-Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts

15 Ph.D. Stipends/Fellowships
BIGSSS seeks candidates with strong academic abilities and a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in political science, sociology, or psychology. Applicants with a degree in law, economics, or other social science disciplines are also welcome. We offer Ph.D. stipends of € 1250/month for 36 months, contingent on successful completion of each year.

2 Predoctoral Fellowships for BA Graduates
Additionally, BIGSSS offers 2 stipends of € 850/month for particularly talented BA graduates. After fulfilling some course requirements and having their proposals accepted within the first year, candidates can switch into the regular three year program.
More information as well as lists of required application materials can be found at www.bigsss-bremen.de. For additional inquiries, please check the online FAQ and feel free to contact our admissions officer at admissions-officer@bigsss-bremen.de.

Calls for Papers & Proposals

DEADLINE: March 15

Call for Papers - The European Union and the Euro: Evolution or Dissolution?
Date: June 1
Location: Arlington Campus of George Mason University, Washington DC

We invite you to submit a paper or paper abstract for the 2012 EUSA Economics Interest Section Workshopat the Arlington Campus of George Mason University, Washington DC, USA, held on Friday, June 1st. Preference will be given to academic papers by economists that address the future of the European Union and the euro area, the causes of the ongoing economic and political crisis, proposed solutions, and any economic policy issues relating to the European Union and the euro area. Any paper related to European economic issues will also receive consideration, particularly those coming from US academics.
To submit a proposal send your paper title, abstract (300 word limit), JEL classification, affiliation(s), contact details to patrick.crowley@tamucc.edu and jason.jones@furman.edu.
please include an indication of your willingness to be a chair or discussant for one of our sessions.


Call for Papers: European Internal Security Conference
Dates: April 23-25
Location: European University Institute, Florence, Italy

We invite abstracts from both advanced research postgraduate students and established researchers for our multidisciplinary conference on ‘European Internal Security’. The conference is generously funded by a grant from the European Commission Jean Monnet Programme/Lifelong Learning Programme. The aim of the conference on 'European Internal Security' is to investigate the drivers in European integration in Justice and Home Affairs. We aim to contribute to the travel costs of paper givers, depending on the number of participants and availability of funds.
If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send the following information to the organisers Helena Carrapiço and Marat Markert: an abstract of up to 250 words, brief bio of up to 250 words, your contact details: Name, Institution, Full Postal Address, Email address.

Conferences & Workshops

2012 Security Jam

Dates: March 19-23
Location: Worldwide

The Security Jam focuses the brain power of thousands of experts around the world to find concrete solutions to global security issues. Over five days participants will login to a state-of-the-art online collaboration platform to discuss topics as diverse as strategic partnerships, crisis management, cyber-security and future capabilities.

The Security Jam is organised with the European External Action Service, the European Commission, NATO Allied Command Transformation, the US Mission to NATO, and with the support of 8 leading think-tanks.

The Jam is your chance to make your voice is heard on key security and defence issues. Take this opportunity to influence leaders with your ideas. Whether you are a soldier in Afghanistan, a researcher in London or a diplomat in Sierra Leone, the quality of your ideas is all that matters. Security Jam 2012 lets you take part in frank discussions and the free exchange of ideas with colleagues worldwide, and then you can select the most innovative ideas.
The aim of the 4-day online brainstorming is to develop the most innovative and pragmatic recommendations, to be presented to the EU and NATO leaderships ahead of the Chicago NATO and G8 summits in May 2012. The full report, including the ten top recommendations, will be presented at the SDA's flagship international conference later that month. The report will also besent in hard copy to over 4,000 high-level policy makers around the world, and to the SDA's mailing list of 13,000 contacts.
Everyone can participate and this can be done from anywhere at anytime in those 4 days.

Jobs & Internships


Washington, DC Internships at ICPES

Dates: June 10 – August 4
Location: Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Approximately 90 undergraduate leaders attend the Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems in order to gain real-world experience in the nation’s capital interning with offices on Capitol Hill, federal agencies, think tanks, public policy groups or nonprofit organizations. Academic study is focused on current public policy issues, political trends and the economics of the free market system. As one of Washington’s top academic and internship programs, ICPES has provided undergraduates with the ultimate Washington, DC summer experience for more than forty years. A single application provides summer course enrollment accredited by Georgetown University, on-campus housing, and an eight week internship. Scholarship funding is available. 

Conversation Tables

Bulgarian Association Coffee Hour
Time: 4pm
Dates: every Saturday
Espresso Royal Café, 117 W Oregon St, Urbana
Contact: Lina Todorova, todorov1@illinois.edu

Dutch Conversation Table: “Koffietijd”
Time: 3pm
Dates: every Wednesday
Location: Espresso Royal Café, 117 W Oregon St, Urbana
Contact: Neil Vander Most, vanderm1@illinois.edu

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, achambe6@googlemail.com

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


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University of Illinois
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