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Fall 2012
September 17 - 21

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"The Euro" Course EUC Grants Upcoming  Events Related Events EUC 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.    

  Upcoming EUC Events

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, Director of University of Miami European Union Center, and Co-Director of the Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence

Abstract:  Europe is in a financial crisis. The economy and national societies, as well as the European Union integration structure are suffering the impact. However, there is a need to examine some selected issues and outline some possible outcomes. Finally, a European Union in transition has the parallel effect on the general state of regional integration world-wide, especially in the Americas.

Speaker Bio: Joaquín Roy is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Director of University of Miami European Union Center and Co-Director of the Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence. He received his law degree from the University of Barcelona and his doctorate from Georgetown University. He was previously on the faculty of the School of International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University and of Emory University. His research and teaching areas are the history of political ideas, Latin American thought, intellectual history and literature, contemporary ideologies, regional integration, transitions to democracy, and human rights policies. His regional focus is the European Union, and European-Latin American relations, and on Cuba, Argentina, Spain, and Central America. 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

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 Highlights

babelLinguis Europae

Check out EUC’s new Linguis Europae blog site! This month’s postings will be featuring a bilingual (Spanish-English) blog entry on Manx, a now extinguished Celtic language of the British Isles, and the first part of a travel note on Arvanitika, an endangered regional minority language related to Albanian that is still spoken in rural areas of Greece.

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



Call for Papers

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 30 (title and 200-250 words abstract)
International Conference: Disintegration and Integration in East-Central Europe (1919-post-1989), 21-23 February 2013, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The conference aims at involving EU and non-EU academics, researchers preparing a doctorate or having post-doctoral experience; focusing on the creation of joint transnational activities and structural links with academic institutions in other countries; aiming at the production of research result that cannot be achieved through research activities within a national framework.

The Colloquium will be divided into four sections:
Section I: The end of Empires and the attempts at creating a new balance (1919-1945)
Section II: The end of the Nazi “Empire” in East-Central Europe and the creation of a new “Empire” in the East (1945-1989)
Section III: 1989: the end of Europe’s division. A new Europe through integration
Section IV: Western Europe’s approval of Europe’s Eastward enlargement - a starting point for Europe’s new future

Papers will be selected based on a double-blind review process. Authors will receive acceptance notice from the Organizing Committee by November 15th, 2012.  The papers presented in the international conference will be published in an edited volume published by a world-leading publisher.

Cosmo Coffee Hours

Thursdays from 7:00-9:00pm

University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Murphy Lounge


Thursday Coffee Hours @ YMCA

At these informal gatherings coffee, tea, and homemade ethnic desserts are served. Coffee Hours are good opportunities to meet people from around the world and learn about other cultures. Free and open to the public.

9/20: Turkish
9/27: Brazilian

10/4: Palestinian
10/11: Iranian
10/18: Ukrainian
10/25: Greek

11/1: Ecuadorian
11/8: Kenyan
11/15: Y Thanksgiving Potluck, 5pm



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