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Fall 2012
September 4-7

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"The Euro" Course EUC Grants Istanbul Course Abroad This week
Upcoming  Events Related Events Blog Highlights
  "The Euro" Course

    "The Euro" (EURO 596) 

1 credit hour
CRN: 60680

3:00–4:45 pm
Oct. 22 – Dec. 14
(2nd 8 weeks)

115 David Kinley Hall

eurosymbol EURO 596 "The Euro": Once considered the success story of the European Union, the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) is now facing harsh criticism after the Greek sovereign debt crisis revealed fundamental difficulties in having an optimally functioning currency area in Europe. Was the design of EMU flawed from the start? Was the political drive towards monetary union too strong to allow a clear assessment of the economic difficulties ahead? Should we have foreseen the current crisis coming? Was it inevitable? And finally, is the euro zone going to break down after vain efforts to hold it together? These are some of the questions that this course will address by studying the history of the European monetary union, the design and mechanisms put in place in the treaties, and the drive of member states to adopt a single currency. We will also reflect on the reluctance of euro-outsiders to join, the lack of theoretical basis for the project, and the lessons we can learn from previous attempts at monetary union.

This course fulfills requirements for the EU Studies graduate minor and MA in EU Studies, but is open to graduate students across campus. This course will be taught by Assistant Professor Ophelia Eglene, visiting scholar from Middlebury College, Political Science Department. For more information, contact Matt Rosenstein.

  EUC Call for Grant Applications  

  Announcing the European Union Center’s 2012-2013 Call for Grant Applications

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 several funding opportunities to the University of Illinois (UI) community and beyond. Included in this announcement you will find calls for UI faculty, graduate students,  and undergraduate students, as well as opportunities for non-UI scholars of the EU and K-12 educators and students. For more information about the available grants including detailed requests for proposals and application instructions, please visit the EUC grants webpage.    

  Istanbul/Turkey Course Abroad

"Cultural Diversity in Modern Turkey" (GLBL 298)

LAS/SAO Course Abroad
Istanbul, Turkey

Winter Break

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 10 turkeyimg
This course will explore linguistic and cultural diversity of Turkey not only from a historical perspective but also from the lens of today. Contrary to the common belief that Turkey has a homogeneous population consisting of ethnic Turks, it has a very diverse culture, which will be discussed from a global studies perspective in this seminar. Program participants will visit and learn about both well-known historical sites and the ones known only by the locals to get a good grasp of how history shapes today's landscape and people's thinking. Because of the special geopolitical status of Istanbul, students will be able to get a better understanding of globalization, the interactions and conflicts between the East and the West, secularism and religion at the crossroads of history and modernity. For more information, contact Dr. Ercan Balci (ebalci@illinois.edu)

  EUC Events this week

Global Lens Film Series 2012

7:00 pm

Latzer Hall
University YMCA

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Amnesty (Amnistia) - Albania, 2011 amnistiaimg

Synopsis: A new national law allowing conjugal visits for inmates brings together a man and woman visiting the same prison to meet their incarcerated spouses. Elsa’s dutiful contact with her husband is part of a routine consumed with job searching, raising her two sons, and getting along with her father-in-law. When she meets Spetim, a quiet man visiting his imprisoned wife in equally passionless encounters, they slowly find the sympathy and companionship missing from their lives. A prisoner amnesty, however, soon threatens their fragile bond in this closely observed, sensual and contemplative drama highlighting a period of subtle but profound social transformation.  

Global Lens 2012 is organized by the Global Film Initiative.
Co-sponsored by the EUC and the Cener for Global Studies.

  Upcoming EUC Events

EUC Lecture Series

MONDAY, Sept. 10
12:00 pm

1090 Lincoln Hall

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cesariimgReligion and Political Participation of Muslims in the West (It is not what you think)

Speaker: Jocelyne Cesari, Islamic Studies, Harvard University

Abstract:  In Europe and more recently in the US, the perception of Islam in public spaces (mosques/dress code) has been increasingly deciphered as lack of civism. The assumption is that visible Islamic identities are inversely correlated to civic and political loyalties. Such an assumption is actually invalidated by surveys and data collected by the Harvard based Islam in the West program. This talk will present these data and analyze them in the international context of The War on Terror  and the domestic contexts of socio-economic crisis, that are both affecting Muslims condition in Europe.

EUC Movie Night

TUESDAY, Sept. 11
5:15 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg

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La Fée (The Fairy) lafeeimg

France/Belgium (2011), 94 min., French with English subtitles

 “[A] deliriously droll confection…ensuring a steady stream of laughs.” —Peter Debruge, Variety

“A slapstick lineage stretching back through Jacques Tati to Buster Keaton and beyond.”
—Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

Belgian comedy duo Abel and Gordon (RUMBA, ICEBERG) bring a zany innocence to this charmingly wacko story of a dim-witted hotel clerk who falls head-over-heels for the suspiciously earth-bound fairy who cons a room by promising him three wishes. Between sinuous, loose-limbed dance numbers and pantomime pranks utilizing everything from a ketchup bottle to an overstuffed overcoat, the lanky pair conjure up romance, pathos, and a very unique brand of humor.

Join us for Fall'12 European Movie Nights for four contemporary comedies from across the EU!
Popcorn provided, BYO beverage.

Jean Monnet Lecture Series

FRIDAY, Sept. 21
12:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Building

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WolffimgChild Abuse in Casanova's Venice

Speaker: Larry Wolff, History, NYU

Abstract:  In the summer of 1785, in the city of Venice, a wealthy 60-year-old man was arrested and accused of a scandalous offense: having sexual relations with the 8-year-old daughter of an impoverished laundress. Although the sexual abuse of children was probably not uncommon in early modern Europe, it is largely undocumented, and the concept of "child abuse" did not yet exist. The case of Paolina Lozaro and Gaetano Franceschini came before Venice's unusual blasphemy tribunal, the Bestemmia, which heard testimony from an entire neighborhood—from the parish priest to the madam of the local brothel. Paolina's Innocence considers Franceschini's conduct in the context of the libertinism of Casanova and also employs other prominent contemporaries—Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Carlo Goldoni, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Cesare Beccaria, and the Marquis de Sade—as points of reference for understanding the case and broader issues of libertinism, sexual crime, childhood, and child abuse in the 18th century.

Jean Monnet Lecture 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.

  Related Events


August Strindberg Centenary Commemoration Events in Fall 2012

strindbergimg Celebrating the Swedish playwright's contributions to world literature, art, history, photography, and drama, the University of Illinois presents a number of events commemorating August Strindberg's legacy and introducing his work to new audiences. A special Strindberg course, a production of the avant-garde drama A Dream Play, and numerous presentations and talks serve as a fitting tribute. Most events are open to the public. For more information, and to enroll in the course, email Anna Stenport at aws@illinois.edu.


Multilingual Library Tours

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12 and THURSDAY, Sept. 13

Marshall Gallery on the first floor of the Main Library

libraryimgThe Library will be offering tours in a variety of languages on Wed, Sept. 12th and Thurs Sept. 13th 2012.

Come learn about the library, its services, and its collections in your language.

Fall 2012 Multilingual Tour Schedule:

Wed., Sept. 12th: 12 pm French; 1 pm Chinese; 2 pm Polish

Th., Sept. 13th: 12 pm Russian; 1 pm Spanish; 2 pm Korean

  EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Renewable Energy Concepts Study & Cultural Tour participants solve real-world engineering problems and challenge current perceptions of Greece

University of Illinois students traveled to Greece to participate in a four-week tour, provided by the College of ACES. Tour participants embarked on technical field trips, cultural excursions, and collaborated with students from the Agricultural University of Athens and the University of Thessaly in Volos to solve real-world engineering problems. This program was partically supported by the EUC through a US Department of Education Title VI grant. Read more.

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




Courses Abroad Info Session

4:30-6:30 pm

314 Altgeld Hall

studyabroadFaculty-led programs: Fall/Winter Courses Abroad Info Session & Social
Faculty leaders will be present to give a brief overview about their programs and afterwards you can enjoy refreshments and talk with the faculty leaders. Arrive at 4:30 to learn more and meet the faculty leading the programs!

Fellowships, Scholarships & Grants

Select Fulbright Awards in Europe

THE FULBRIGHT-SCHUMAN EUROPEAN UNION AFFAIRS PROGRAM (award # 3132) offers six grants for research on the U.S.-EU transatlantic relationship or EU affairs tenable in any of the 27 member states of the European Union. Projects under this award require the grantee's presence in two member states of the EU. Applications are currently being accepted from U.S. faculty, professionals, decision makers, policy makers. Individuals in industry, media and politics are also encouraged to apply. A letter of invitation is required.

FULBRIGHT-SCHUMAN CHAIR AT THE COLLEGE OF EUROPE (award# 3201), a teaching and research grant in Brugge, Belgium. U.S. faculty at the assistant, associate or full professor level are eligible to apply. English is sufficient for teaching and a letter of invitation should not be sought.

FRANCE: ALL DISCIPLINES – MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES AWARD (3213), a research-only or teaching and research grant open to all fields and projects that offer interdisciplinary inquiry. French language is only needed if required by the nature of the project. A letter of invitation is required; the Fulbright Commission in Paris can help applicants establish contacts in France.

GERMANY: FULBRIGHT-STIFTUNG WISSENSCHAFT UND POLITIK, RESEARCH IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS AWARD (3230) at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. Research proposals are welcome on topics related to European integration and enlargement, as well as European and Atlantic security and global issues. A letter of invitation is required.

For further information, applicants should contact Program Officer Krisztina Miner or the program officer listed in the award description.



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