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Fall 2012
October 1 - 5 

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EUCE Fall 2012 Newsletter

The Fall 2012 Newstletter of the European Union Centers of Excellence in the US is just published!

The network of ten EUCEs, housed at major research universities, including the University of Illinois, promotes the study of the EU, its institutions and policies and EU-US relations through teaching programs, scholarly research, and outreach activities. The Delegation of the European Union to the United States funds this initiative as part of a broader effort to promote people-to-people ties across the Atlantic. Learn more about the EUCE Network at the offical site.

We've had a busy year of activities, and are pleased to share selected highlights with you. Our three-part mission serves as the framework for showcasing our activities in academic year 2011-12: teaching, research, and outreach programs. Each section also provides links to resources that can help further your knowledge of the European Union. Read more here.

   EUC Events this week

Roundtable Discussion

MONDAY, Oct. 1
4:30 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge 
1080 Foreign
Languages Building

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Roundtable Discussion: "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.

Abstract: Why do law reforms spread around the world in waves? In the dominant account of diffusion through technocracy, international networks of elites develop orthodox policy solutions and transplant these across countries without regard for the wishes of ordinary citizens. But this account overlooks a critical factor: in democracies, reforms must win the support of politicians, voters, and interest groups. Dr. Linos is working on a book manuscript that claims that laws spread across countries in very public and politicized ways, and develops a theory of diffusion through democracy. She argues that politicians choose to follow certain international models to win domestic elections, and to persuade skeptical voters that their ideas are not radical, ill-thought-out experiments, but mainstream, tried-and-true solutions. Case studies of election campaigns and legislative debates demonstrate that politicians with diverse ideologies reference international models strategically, and focus on the few international organizations and countries familiar to voters. The book provides a direct defense to a major criticism international organizations and networks face: that they conflict with domestic democracy.

Seat is limited. RSVP required. Please RSVP to Kim Rice.

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

  Upcoming EUC Events
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.

Panel Discussion  

TUESDAY, Oct. 16
1:30 pm

Heritage Room
ACES Library 

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Panel Discussion with French and German Consuls General from Chicago

Speakers: Graham Paul (Consul General, France) and Christian Brecht (Consul General, Germany

The interviewer and moderator for this panel will be David Inge, former WILL-AM 580 host.


THURSDAY, Oct. 18 - SATURDAY, Oct 20
All Day

College of Education

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Globalizing Education in the 21st Century: The Bologna Reform and Beyond

Global Studies in Education and the European Union Center would like to invite you to a free conference, Globalizing Education in the 21st Century: The Bologna Reform and Beyond, to be held October 18, 19, and 20, 2012, in the College of Education. The Bologna Declaration of 1999 set in motion a series of actions and policies dedicated to the reform of Europes higher education systems. Ten years after origination, 46 countries including those outside of the European Union, have pledged continued support to make Europes higher education system one of the best in the world. Understanding the Bologna Declaration policies, the Bologna Process, and their myriad of global consequences including increased competition, is particularly important for leaders in education and business seeking to better prepare the next generation of students, citizens, consumers, and entrepreneurs. Bologna will impact us all. Join us and learn what this means for you. The opening keynote will be given at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 18.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.


THURSDAY, Oct. 18 - SATURDAY, Oct 20
All Day

Levis Faculty Lounge, 3rd Floor

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The New Middle East: Social and Political Change in the Twenty-First Century

CSAMES will be hosting an exciting conference from October 18-20, called "The New Middle East: Social and Political Change in the Twenty-First Century."
This conference will feature 23 speakers covering a broad range of topics, including politics, religion, gender, economics, minorities, conventional and new media, literature, film, and contemporary music.
There will be two keynote lectures, one on the evening of Thursday, October 18 by Prince Moulay Hicham ben Abdallah, consulting researcher at Stanford University and founder and CEO of the Moulay Hicham Foundation for Social Science Research on North Africa and the Middle East, and the other on the morning of Saturday, October 20, by Roger Allen, Professor Emeritus of Arabic Language and Comparative Literature and the former Sascha Jane Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania.
This conference will be an exciting opportunity for intellectual exchange and the expansion of knowledge of trends in the Middle East on our campus and in our community. The conference is open to the public, and some meals will also be available for those who register online-and registration is free! Information on the conference and registration can be found here.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

  Related Events

Study Abroad Scholarships Presentation

FRIDAY, Oct. 5
1:00 pm

Illini Union Bookstore Bldg., Fifth Floor
Room 514

National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren undergraduate study abroad scholarships presentation for faculty

Multiple Illinois students each year receive $20,000 towards their studies abroad under the Boren Program. The Program Manager for the Boren Awards is going to be visiting campus on Friday, October 5, and will be offering a presentation for those who come in contact with these types of students (i.e.faculty). Come learn more about opportunities for your students through these awards, dispel any misperceptions, and gain more knowledge to share with your students. The National and International Scholarships Program will be providing some desserts to sweeten the invitation.

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, 5:15 PM, Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB.
"Literary and Cultural Historiography: Telling Early Modern Life Stories from a Gender Perspective"
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.
Reception to follow.

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

Linguis Europae is a blog space dedicated to a wide range of topics involving official state, regional, and minority languages in the European Union.

It includes such topics as:

- Current events in Europe and here at the University of Illinois
- Language policy at different levels of jurisdiction

- Language planning
- Language revitalization
- Language and culture

Blog posts are written by University of Illinois students and faculty with a variety of backgrounds, and in four languages: English, French, Spanish, and Italian! Check back each week for new updates!

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



Call for Papers

"The EU and the Emerging Powers"

The Center for European Studies of the Université catholique de Louvain, the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of the University of Leuven, the College of Europe, the Department of Political Sciences of Ghent University, the Department of Political Science of the University of Liège, the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Institute for European studies of the Facultés universitaires Saint Louis invite experts to contribute a paper which focuses on the relations between the European Union and emerging powers with regard to different issues in economic, security, environmental and energy as well as human rights policy. The papers will be presented at an International Conference that will take place at the European Parliament on 29 and 30 April 2013. Proposed paper topics are: Economy and development; Environment and energy; Security; Human rights, democracy, and rule of law.

Proposal Guidelines: 

  • Proposals for papers should not exceed 300 words.
  • Proposals should be registered on the conference website.
  • The proposals will be reviewed and selected. Selection decisions will be made by 5 January 2013.
  • First full drafts of papers are to be delivered by 15 April 2013.
  • Papers are expected to be between 8000-10000 words including references, excluding annexes.

For further inquiries contact:  eu-emerging-powers-2013@fusl.ac.be

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. 

Summer Study Abroad in Spain and Morocco

moroccoimgRediscovering Andalusia and the Maghreb in New and Old Worlds: Study Abroad in Spain and Morocco, May-June 2013
Overview: Travel in a small group with Prof. Mark Dressman through Andalusia and Morocco for 2-3 weeks, May-June 2013. Focus will be on the historical and cultural connections between these areas and the New and Old European world.

Activities: The purpose of this trip is to rediscover connections between Andalusian/Maghrebi history and culture, record these rediscoveries, and design curriculum to teach about the region in US secondary schools.

If interested, contact Mark Dressman for an application. An information session is being planned and will be announced soon.

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



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University of Illinois
328 International Studies Building, MC-429
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Champaign, IL 61820
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