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Fall 2012
September 10 - 14 

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

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.

  Upcoming EUC Events



Jean Monnet Lecture Series

FRIDAY, Sept. 21
12:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Building

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Wolffimg[CANCELED: TO BE RESCHEDULED IN DECEMBER] Child 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.

EUC Lecture with College of Education

TUESDAY, Sept. 25 
12:00 pm

242 Education

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germanimgHigher Education in Germany: Thirteen Years after the Bologna Declaration

Speaker:  Edwin Kreuzer, Former President, Hamburg-Harburg Technological University

Abstract:  The Bologna Declaration was signed in Bologna, Italy, on 19 June 1999 by ministers of education from 29 European countries. The aim of the Bologna Process is to make academic degree and quality assurance standards more compatible in Europe while boosting performance, the desired result of the Process being a European higher education area with greater mobility and better achievement, also on an international scale.
Thirteen years after the declaration it is worthwhile to discuss the implications by the Bologna Process on the higher education in Germany. The changes were closer to the UK and Ireland's models than those used in most of continental Europe. Therefore, in many European countries the Process was not implemented without criticism. There is much skepticism and criticism of the Bologna Process from the side of academics.

Speaker Bio: Edwin J. Kreuzer is Professor of Mechanics at Hamburg University of Technology in Hamburg, Germany, where he serves as the Head of Research Section Mechanics and Ocean Engineering. He received a M.S. in Studies in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, a Ph.D from the University of Stuttgart, and a 'Habilitation' in mechanics from the University of Stuttgart. He has held teaching positions at the Univ. of Stuttgart, Federal University of Rio de Janiero, Hamburg Univ. of Technology, and the Univ. of California, Berkeley. Over the years he has served as a Co-Editor of the book series Advances in Mechanics and a Co-Editor-in-Chief of Zeitschrift fr Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik (ZAMM) - Journal of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics. He has been a member of the Deutsches Komitee fr Mechanik Board, the Congress Committee of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, the Hamburg Academy of Sciences (where he is a Founding Member), the European Academy of Science and Arts, and the German Academy of Science and Engineering.

Earthquake Risk in the Middle East

TUESDAY, Sept. 25 
12:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Building

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earthquakeimgEarthquake Risk in the Middle East
(part of CSAMES Lecture Series)

Speaker:  Professor Amr Elnashai, Head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Bill and Elaine Hall Endowed Professor

Speaker Bio:  Professor Amr Elnashai, Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, is the William and Elaine Hall Endowed Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois. He is also Director and Chair of the College of Engineering Council on Global Engineering Initiatives.  A graduate of Cairo University, Dr. Elnashai obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Imperial College, University of London, UK. Before joining the University of Illinois in June 2001, he was Professor of Earthquake Engineering and Head of Section at Imperial College. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey since 1997.  Dr. Elnashai is founder and co-editor of the Journal of Earthquake Engineering, editorial board member of several other journals, a member of the drafting panel of the European and Egyptian design codes, past chairman of the UK earthquake engineering association, UK delegate to and past senior Vice-President of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering. He is the winner of the Imperial College Unwin Prize for the best PhD thesis in Civil and Mechanical Engineering (1984), the Oscar Faber Medal for best paper in the Institution of Structural Engineering, and two best paper medals from the International Association of Tall Buildings, Los Angeles. He served as coordinator for major European research networks including 14 institutions from 9 countries.

Organized by the Center for Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies (CSAMES). Co-sponsored by the EUC. 

EUCE Director Lecture Series

FRIDAY, Sept. 28 
12:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Building

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royimgComparative regional integration: the EU and Latin America in the time of crisis

Speaker:  Joaquin Roy, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Director of Miami European Union Center, University of Miami;  Co-Director of the Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence

Speaker Bio: Dr. Roy has published over 200 academic articles and reviews, and he is the author, editor, or co-editor of 25 books, among them The Reconstruction of Central America: the Role of the European Community (North-South Center, 1991), The Ibero-American Space/ El Espacio Iberoamericano (U.Miami/University of Barcelona, 1996), Cuba, the U.S. and the Helms-Burton Doctrine: International Reactions (University of Florida Press, 2000), Las relaciones exteriores de la Unión Europea (México: UNAM, 2001), Retos de la integración regional: Europa y América (México: UNAM, 2003), La Unión Europea y el TLCAN (México: UNAM, 2004), The European Union and Regional Integration (Miami: EU Center, 2005), La Unión Europea y la integración regional (Buenos Aires: CARI/ U. Tres de Febrero, 2005), Towards the Completion of Europe (Miami: EU Center, 2006) and A Historical Dictionary of the European Union (Scarecrow Press / Rowman & Littlefield, 2006). He has also published over 1,300 columns and essays in newspapers and magazines. Among his awards is the Encomienda of the Order of Merit bestowed by King Juan Carlos of Spain.

Chicago Foundation for Education (CFE) Workshop

Saturday, Sept. 29 
8:45 am

Whitney Young Magnet High School
1431 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago

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cfeimg CFE's 24th Annual Teachers as Leaders and Learners Workshop

CFE’s Annual Teachers as Leaders and Learners Workshop is one of the only city-wide events facilitated by and for Chicago Public School teachers. Each year, it brings together more than five hundred PreK – 8th Grade educators to share effective teaching practices. For more information about opportunities on the Education Committee, or the Raffle, Sponsor, and Design Committee, please email CFE.

The EUC will have an informational booth at the Chicago Foundation for Education (CFE)’s 24th Annual Teachers as Leaders and Learners Workshop, scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2012.

  Related Events


Primo Levi and Holocaust Memory Events

MONDAY, Sept. 10
4:00 pm
Lucy Ellis Lounge (1080 Foreign Languages Bldg.)

Reading Primo Levi
TUESDAY, Sept. 11
7:30 pm

Levis Faculty Center

The Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, the Faculty in Italian Studies, and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society are pleased to announce two events on Primo Levi and Holocaust memory:

“Auschwitz-Italy” -- A lecture by Robert S. C. Gordon, Cambridge University
Monday, September 10
4pm, Lucy Ellis Lounge (1080 Foreign Languages Bldg.)

The lecture sets out to explore key aspects of Italy's complicated and often contradictory responses to the Holocaust over the long postwar era. It does so by way of posing a simple set of questions: when, how and why did the word Auschwitz, and the place it designates, become part and parcel of Italian culture and language?
Robert S. C. Gordon is Professor of Modern Italian Culture at Cambridge University.  He is the author of Primo Levi's Ordinary Virtues (Oxford UP, 2001) and editor of the Cambridge Companion to Primo Levi, Levi's interviews (Voice of Memory), and Levi and Debenedetti's Auschwitz Report. His new book, The Holocaust in Italian Culture, 1944-2010, is published by Stanford UP.

Reading Primo Levi
Tuesday, September 11
7:30 pm
Levis Faculty Center

An evening of readings and interpretations to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Holocaust survivor and writer Primo Levi's death.

Featuring the actors: Larry Smith and Amy Stoch

And commentary from:
Robert S. C. Gordon, Italian, Cambridge University
Jonathan Druker, Italian, Illinois State University
Emanuel Rota, Italian, Illinois
Michael Rothberg, HGMS/English, Illinois
Eleonora Stoppino, Italian, Illinois

Theatrical Direction: Peter Davis, Theatre History and Criticism, Illinois

Cosponsored by the Program in Jewish Culture and Society; the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese; the Program in Comparative and World Literature; the Program in Theatre History and Criticism; and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.

For more information, please contact Craig Alexander (217-333-7978) or email Michael Rothberg (mpr@illinois.edu) or Eleonora Stoppino (stoppino@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

Stockholm Summer Arctic Program 2012 Reception

MONDAY, Sept. 24 
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 Foreign Languages Building

arcticimgWelcome to a reception to celebrate the Stockholm Summer Arctic Program 2012, a collaboration between the University of Illinois and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. All students and faculty who participated in the program last summer, as well as any faculty members and students who are interested in participating in summer 2013 or are just curious, are encouraged to attend a couple of short presentations, and see video clips and slide shows from this unique study abroad course in Stockholm, Sweden and Svalbard, Norway, as well as hear testimonies from a few of the students. A casual reception with refreshments will follow.

For more information about the program, visit the Study Abroad Office online brochure or view student field note blogs from the summer 2012 program.

  EUC Blog
EUC Blog

Share your thoughts and research on the EU on EUC Blog!

EUC Blog is a lively forum for the sharing of ideas about issues related to the EU. You will find commentaries on contemporary and historical developments in the EU by the faculty, students, and wider community of affiliates of the EUC. The EUC Blog also keeps you up-to-date wih research publications generated by scholars affiliated with EUC. 

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




Congratulations to EUC affiliate faculty
Prof. Asef Bayat

asefimg On October 2, 2012, Professor Asef Bayat will be invested as Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Professor in Global and Transnational Studies.

For more than two decades, Prof. Bayat has been one of the most respected and innovative sociologists on the Middle East. His expertise and comprehensive research, in particular on Iran and Egypt, embraces the topics of social movements and non-movements, religion, politics and everyday life, Islam and the modern world, urban space and politics, and international development.

We are honored to have him as an affiliate of EUC!

Bio: Asef Bayat is Professor of Sociology and Middle East Studies, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Bayat taught sociology and Middle East studies at the American University in Cairo for 16 years, before joining the Leiden University in the Netherlands to serve (between 2003-2010) as the director of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), and the Chair of Society and Culture of the Modern Middle East. He has held visiting positions at the University of California, Berkeley; Columbia University, New York, and the University of Oxford; and served in the editorial boards of the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Development and Change, ISIM Review, Middle East Report, Middle East Critique, Eutopia, Cairo Papers in Social Science.


Nominations for the 2012 International Achievement Awards

Do you know of Illinois alumni, faculty, or current graduate or undergraduate students who have demonstrated exceptional international achievement? Nominate them for an International Achievement Award! Awards are presented annually in five categories: International Alumni, Distinguished Faculty, Young Humanitarian, Graduate and Undergraduate Achievement. Award recipients will be honored during the International Awards Banquet in April 2013.

Please contact Nicole Tami if you have any questions.

Fellowships, Scholarships & Grants

chancellorimgAPPLICATION DEADLINE: October 15
German Chancellor Fellowship Program

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Programme is for university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China with an interest in international issues and demonstrated leadership potential. The programme is targeted at accomplished young professionals who are likely to become decision-makers, thought leaders, and influential voices in their respective fields. Fellows will be recruited from a broad range of areas such as politics and public policy, law, media, business, the non-governmental sector, and the arts. The programme provides fellows the opportunity to spend one year in Germany, where they will network with other prospective leaders from abroad and explore new solutions to the global issues of our times. This prestigious programme builds on Germany’s established and growing reputation as a favored destination for problem-focused international dialogue and a meeting place for tomorrow’s international leaders.

Questions? Contact the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation or the American Friends office.



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