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Spring 2012

March 12 - 16

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EUC Events this Week

Upcoming EUC Events Related Events EUC Blog Highlights

EUC Events this Week

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 Dervis 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).

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

High School Competition

March 28

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Euro Challenge 2012 - Regional (Midwest) Preliminary Round

Euro Challenge 2012 is an exciting educational opportunity for high schools students (grades 9 & 10) to learn about the European Union (EU) – the largest trading partner of the US – and its single currency, the euro. The program offers students of global studies, economics, world history/geography or European studies a unique experience that moves them out of the classroom into the real world.

For the competition, students research problems and solutions to Europe's economic challenges. A team of three to five students presents its findings in a competition format. The best teams from each region travel to NYC to compete in the national finals at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Conditional on an annual grant, winning teams can win awards and a trip to Washington generously offered by the Moody's Foundation.

Career Workshop for Students: Professionalism in Europe

March 28
7:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg.

piiCareer Workshop for Students: Professionalism in Europe

Guest Speaker: Sharon L. Stead, Director, State of Illinois West European Office, Brussels

The "Professionalism in Europe" event series aims at familiarizing students with European business customs to better prepare them for careers in Europe. Each event focuses on a specific European country and features expert presentations on such topics as protocol, greetings, titles, networking, professional correspondence, attire, and table manners. Invited speakers commonly include a native professional who discusses professionalism and business culture differences.

This workshop is part of the EUC's EU Day celebrations. 

EU Day

March 29
10:00 am

Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom, 601 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana

eudayEU Day

The Eleventh Annual European Union Day will feature João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to the United States, delivering the "State of the European Union Address."

In addition, EU Day will feature the 5th Annual EUC-ACDIS Transatlantic Security Symposium on March 29th and the Professionalism in Europe Workshop on March 28th.

PAWAC World Affairs Conference

March 30 - 31

Par-A-Dice Hotel and Conference Center
Peoria, IL

Peoria Area World Affairs Council's (PAWAC) 42nd Annual Central Illinois World Affairs Conference: The European Union and Germany: Challenges for Today, Promises for Tomorrow

Join us as we explore the deep importance of Trans-Atlantic ties for the United States and our European neighbors.  With recent difficulties for the European Union, including economic challenges as well as questions of deepening political and economic integration, this conference will also pay particular attention to Germany as the "strong man" of the continent.

Co-sponsored by the EUC.

  Related events

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.

Turkish Movie Night

March 14
7:00 pm

Room G-30
Foreign Languages Bldg.

Turkish Movie Night: "Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul"

Sponsor: Department of Linguistics Language Program, Turkish Studies

Directed by Fatih Akin, documentary, German/Turkish, with English subtitles.

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.

Study Abroad in Leuven


The KULeuven-Illinois Experience: Encountering Europe through the Lens of Social Science

In collaboration with Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), the University of Illinois has developed a study abroad program in Leuven, Belgium that provides you with unique intercultural learning opportunities in the social sciences. European and US students participate in common classes and curriculum as you explore the social and demographic transitions that accompany and underpin globalization. All students enroll in a core course on population and family dynamics from a life course perspective. To complement the core course, you select courses from several academic pathways, ranging from social science-specific specializations to a broader academic experience across the humanities, arts, science, and business. You can study abroad on the KULeuven-Illinois Experience during fall or spring semester.

EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Transatlantic Ties:
Staying Strong, Remaining Aware

The EU Center is cosponsoring the Peoria Area World Affairs Council's 42nd Annual Central Illinois World Affairs Conference, taking place March 30-31. Two articles, by Angela Weck via peoriamagazines.com and by Steve Tarter via pjstar.com, provide a peek at the issues that the conference will cover.

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


Turkish Studies Website

Turkish Studies Website goes live!

The Turkish Studies website is now live to give information about Turkish Studies at UIUC. The website has been designed with the support of the EUC not only to inform the university community about Turkish language and culture and give course information for prospective students, but also to provide students of Turkish Studies with the links that will help them with self-study. Turkish Studies offers educational and cultural activities like symposium, lectures, movies nights, conversation tables and potluck. Make sure to check the website frequently to learn about a wide range of fun events and classes.

Learn Turkish this summer in SILMW


Learn Turkish this summer!

Application Deadline: April 20th
Program Dates: June 11-August 4??
Contact: Ercan Balci, ebalci@illinois.edu

You can earn 10 credits by taking Elementary Turkish in Summer. Summer 2nd 8 weeks of intensive language instruction is a great way to learn Turkish!??
Check out the website for other languages offered in the Summer Institute of Languages for Muslim World!

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

Turkish Coffee Hour
Time: 6-7 pm
Dates: Wednesdays
Location: Espresso Royale on Goodwin
Contact: Ercan Balci, ebalci@illinois.edu


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