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Fall 2012
September 24 - 28

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"The Euro" Course EUC Grants

EUC Events
this week

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.    

   EUC Events this week

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 "Brownbag" Lecture Series)

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

Abstract: Earthquakes have struck a number of countries in the Middle East and South Asia in recent years, including Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Egypt. This week, on Tuesday at noon, we are honored to have Dr. Amr Elnashai, the William and Elaine Hall Endowed Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, deliver CSAMES “brown bag” lecture on “Earthquake Risk in the Middle East.” He promises that his talk will be understandable to those of us without any technical expertise on the subject! Pizza and soft drinks will be served. Come and enjoy a stimulating lecture and discussion!

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.

  Upcoming EUC Events

Roundtable Discussion

MONDAY, Oct. 1
4:30 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge 
1080 Foreign
Languages Building

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Does it matter? The French elections and the European financial crisis

Abstract: On May 6, François Hollande and his Socialist Party were elected to power by a narrow margin. What effect has his government had on the major issues facing France and the European Union--the Euro crisis, fiscal policy, taxes and social services, education, unemployment, immigration? What impact is the Hollande government likely to have on these issues going forward?

Jean-Philippe Mathy , Department of French, UIUC
Jean-Philippe Mathy focuses on late modern and contemporary French literature and culture, intellectual history (19th-20th c.), comparative cultural criticism (France-U.S.), French-American intellectual relations, sociology of culture and literature, contemporary social and critical theory, literature and nationalism, computer imaging/computer-assisted teaching (culture and civilization).
Marcus Keller , Department of French, UIUC
Marcus Keller focuses on 16th- and 17th-century French literature and culture with a special interest in aesthetics and politics. For his current book project, Thinking through the Turk: Islam and the Ottoman Empire as Paradigms in Renaissance France, he has been exploring French orientalist discourses of the sixteenth century (literature, political discourses, cosmographical writings, and travel narratives).
Emanuel Rota , Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, UIUC
Professor Rota's research interests include: 19th and 20th century Intellectual History, Italian Political Theory, Fascism, Critical theory, Marxism and postmarxism, Migrants and Diasporas, Racism and European identity.

Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship Lecture

FRIDAY, Oct. 5
12:00 pm

Faculty Lounge 215 
College of Law  

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linosimgDiffusion through Democracy

Speaker:  Katerina Linos, Assistant Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley

Speaker Bio:  Katerina Linos' research and teaching interests include international law, comparative law, European Union law, employment law and health care law. To address questions in these fields, her work combines legal analysis with empirical methods. In Compliance with European Union Directives, she explores empirically why the most integrated international community we know, the European Union, stumbled in its efforts to harmonize the laws of its member states. In Path Dependence in Discrimination Law, she compares early race discrimination cases in the U.S., and early sex discrimination cases in the E.U., and illustrates how early doctrinal developments predict the success and failure of current national origin, age, disability, and sexual orientation claims in the two jurisdictions. In her current project, Diffusion through Democracy (forthcoming, American Journal of Political Science), Linos examines why soft international law and transnational norms often trigger major national legal reforms, despite the strong constraints domestic constituencies impose on leaders of democratic states.  
Prior to joining the Boalt faculty, Linos was an International Law Fellow and Lecturer at Harvard Law School, where she had previously received her J.D. She also recently completed a Ph.D. in political science at Harvard, in parallel with a junior fellowship at the Harvard Society of Fellows.

Seat is limited. Please RSVP by Thursday, September 27 to Kim Rice.

Co-sponsored by the College of Law's Law, Behavioral, and Social Sciences Program.  

EUC Movie Nights

5:15 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge 
1080 Foreign
Languages Building

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primosimgCousinhood (Primos) - Spain , 2011
In Spanish with English subtitles.

Dumped at the altar by his fiance, heartbroken Diego (recent GSFC guest Gutirrez of WITH OR WITHOUT LOVE) retreats to his hometown on the north coast of Spain, with two cousins—ballsy Julian and p-whipped Miguel—along for moral support. Diego seeks out his old flame Martina (Cuesta), as lovely as ever but quite content with her self-sufficient life as a single mom, thank you. Then Diego’s repentant ex shows up to make his romantic picture even cloudier. Director Arevalo (GORDOS, DARKBLUEALMOSTBLACK) enlivens this bouncy blend of romance and bromance with movie in- jokes and a flair for quirky comedy.

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

  Related Events

Scandinavian Program and Scandinavian Student Club Events

Mark your calendars for several upcoming programs and events this semester. We hope you will take a minute to peruse the schedule below to see the variety of events that are taking place on campus sponsored by or related to the Scandinavian Program and Scandinavian Student Club (RSO).

September 25, 8:00 PM. Armory Free Theatre.
"Strindberg Café": Performance of "The Stronger" and "Mother Love"
Director Christopher Mitchell, Eastern Illinois University, and EIU theatre students.

October 2, 5:00 PM. Levis Faculty Center.
"The Melancholic Impulse of Scandinavian Modernism."
Clarence (Chip) Sheffield, History of Art, Rochester Institute of Technology.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Art History

October 16, 5:00 PM. Location TBA.
Lecture on Strindberg and Performance Studies
Kristina Hagström Ståhl, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Independent Director and Dramaturg.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Theater

October 22. Time, location TBA.
Lecture by Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre, Stockholm University
Co-sponsored by the department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, the EU Center, and INSPIRE: Illinois-Sweden Program in Educational and Research Exchange.

October 25 to November 4, 7:30 PM, Illinois Theatre and the Krannert Center
"A Dream Play" by August Strindberg
Guest Director Max Truax
This production of "A Dream Play" is part of a 2012 centenary commemoration of the playwright's death.

November 1, 5:00 PM. Location TBA
"Dream Matters: August Strindberg's Dream Play and Constructions of Subjective Space on the Stage."
Eszter Szalczer, Department of Theatre and English, University at Albany.
Co-sponsored by the department of Theatre

November 13, 5:00 PM. Location TBA
"Their Own Worlds of Ice": Arctic Exploration in Christoph Ransmayr and W. G. Sebald’
Judith Ryan, Harvard University

December 1, 5:00-7:00 PM, (McKinley Center, Westminster Hall, 809 South Fifth Street, Champaign)
Sankta Lucia Concert and Julfest Potluck
Finish the semester by celebrating with us at our annual holiday event, which includes a traditional candlelight Lucia concert with carols from Scandinavia, followed by a potluck dinner. Performed by the Swedish languages students and club members. All students who would like to participate in either playing an instrument or singing with the informal choir, please contact Dr. Mark Safstrom 
(Dress rehearsal for participants is 3:00-4:00 PM in Westminster Hall)

  EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

MAEUS students share their thoughts on a variety of contemporary issues

Michelle Asbill comments on the Albanian movie Amnesty, Allyce Husband offers her observations on French laïcité, and Whitney Taylor provides a transatlantic perspective on the unemployment debate.

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



Study Abroad in Europe

It's not too late to study abroad next spring! The following study abroad programs in Europe have new application deadlines for the Spring of 2013 semester. Click on the title name to find out more about each program, or stop by our office to learn more about the application process!

October 1st:

Political Science Vienna Diplomatic Program
Highlights include: no language requirement; a focus designed for students interested in international organizations and diplomacy; and living arrangements include local dormitories with a mix of Austrian and other international students.

Verona, Italy
Highlights include: courses at the Centro Studi Idea Verona language institute; language and culture courses offered; excursions to Venice, Asiago, and Torino are available; optional cooking classes; living arrangements include apartment or home-stays. 

October 15th:

The KU Leuven-Illinois Experience: Encountering Europe through the Lens of Social Science, Belgium
Highlights include: taking courses at Europe's oldest and most respected institutions across the social sciences and humanities disciplines; the core course for the spring semester is a family dynamics and population change course; Leuven is popular for its easy access to other parts of Europe, or as others refer to it,  "the hub" of Europe.  

October 25th:

Illinois Programs in Paris
Highlights include: that all levels of French are welcome to participate; the program has a French language, literature, and civilization focus; an on-site Resident Director is there to assist you throughout the semester; living arrangements include living in a dormitory or with a host family. 


NCSA/Cyprus Institute Research Fellowships  

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the Cyprus Institute are jointly offering postdoctoral and graduate research fellowships that will support research in areas including climate and environmental modeling, fluid dynamics and heat transfer, high-energy and plasma physics, digital cultural heritage/archeology, materials science, 3D visualization, high-energy physics, and solar energy concentration and storage.
Qualified candidates must apply by September 28, with the expectation that fellowships will begin in the Spring 2013 semester. For complete details on the fellowships and how to apply, visit the website.

Conversation Tables and Coffee Hours

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Conversation Table

Date: Oct 10, 2012
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Espresso Royale (corner of Oregon and Goodwin)
Marina Filipovic Jasmina Savic

Cosmo Club  Thursday Coffee Hours @ YMCA
Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm, University YMCA (1001 S. Wright St.), Murphy Lounge
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.

10/25: Greek



European Union Center
University of Illinois
328 International Studies Building, MC-429
910 S. Fifth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
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