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Fall 2012
October 8 - 12 

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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.

  Upcoming EUC Events
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

Center for Advanced study Twenty-Second Annual Lecture 

THURSDAY, Oct. 18 7:30 pm

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum


lawimgBetween Rome and Jerusalem: Labor and the Law in the 21st Century
Speaker:   Matthew W. Finkin, Center for Advanced Study Professor of Law

Should the law distinguish the lease of labor from the lease of a house? Roman law said “no.” Jewish law said “yes.” The debate echoes down the centuries and in America today.  By the end of the 1940s, the United States settled upon a modus vivendi: a low statutory floor for wages and hours upon which collective bargaining would build. That experiment, in terms of raising income and achieving fairness at work, enjoyed some success. But collective representation has evaporated in the private sector; and, though the floor of federal protections has been raised, realization is problematic. Legal address to new and pressing problems rests with the states, with piecemeal results; and efforts to privatize public law and to blunt the growth of law abide.  Consequently, we are summoned anew to confront an ancient issue: What is the role of the law in the employment relationship? Are we to be Rome — or Jerusalem?

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).


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)

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Call for Proposals

20th International Conference of Europeanists -  Crisis and Contingency: States of (In)stability
June 25-27, 2013 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The conference is organized by the Council for European Studies (CES), and will be held at the University of Amsterdam. The current economic crisis of debt, the euro and unemployment takes place in a framework of highly dynamic creative and destructive processes occurring at various levels: globalization, heightened nationalisms, continued migration, shifting cultures, rising inequality, concerns over security, climate change, sustainable development, etc. The Council for European Studies invites proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions and individual papers on the study of Europe broadly defined. The Council encourages proposals in the widest range of disciplines, and particularly welcomes panels that combine disciplines, nationalities, and generations. Participants are permitted to present in a maximum of two sessions.

The Council strongly encourages participants to submit their proposals as part of an organized panel. Full panel proposals will be given top priority in the selection process by the Program Committee. Participants may find it useful to connect with like-minded scholars through the growing number of CES research networks, linked on the "Research" page of the CES website.


Charles C. Stewart International Young Humanitarian Award

Established in 2005, this award recognizes the accomplishments of the University’s young humanitarians whose dedicated international service exemplifies the highest ideals of selflessness and dedication to the welfare of communities outside of the United States. The recipient’s commitment and contributions towards bettering the lives of people at the grass-roots level should act as an inspiration to current Illinois students, faculty and alumni. The winner will receive a plaque and a $500 award to be presented at the International Awards Banquet, held during the following spring semester.

Faculty,  please nominate a recent graduate whose professional contributions are bettering the lives of people internationally at the grass-roots level.  Nominations can be submitted electronically, via fax or hand delivered to International Programs and Studies, 507 E. Green St. Suite 401.



Jean Monnet Postdoctoral Fellowship (EUI, Florence)

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) offers one or two year fellowships to post-docs in an early stage of their academic career. The main criteria of selection are the CV of the applicant, the overall scientific quality of the proposal, and the fit of the proposal with the Centre's research programme.

Priority will be given to proposals that fit well with one or more of the Centre's core research themes: EU Institutions, Governance and Democracy; Migration; Economic and Monetary Policy; Competition Policy and Market Regulation; Energy and Climate Policy; Global Governance; International and Transnational Relations.

Max Weber Fellowship (EUI, Florence)

The Max Weber Programme offers 1- and 2-year fellowships. Two year fellowships involve additional academic activities in the EUI departments, such as limited graduate teaching. The Max Weber Programme is Europe’s largest postdoctoral programme in the social sciences and humanities. It is funded by the European Commission (DG Education and Culture) and hosted by the European University Institute in Florence where the research community of professors, researchers and fellows provides an excellent environment for the Programme.

The Programme, open to all nationalities, is designed for junior post-docs who have received a doctorate in economics, law, history, social and political sciences, or a related field, within the last 5 years and who want to advance in their research and academic training, in an active multidisciplinary environment before entering the international job market, or in the early stages of their academic careers.


CSAMES Graduate Assistant
The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is seeking a 25% Graduate Assistant. The GA will assist with various tasks related to the New Middle East Conference, including:

  • Updating conference website with Contribute
  • Creation of conference program and film screening poster
  • Distributing posters around campus
  • Coordinating speakers' AV needs
  • Attending Conference sessions Oct. 18-20, as available
  • Taking pictures at Conference
  • Assisting Director in tasks related to publication of textbook
  • Other tasks as assigned

If interested, please send CV/resume and a letter of interest detailing any experience with design software and event coordination to Angela Williams by Monday, October 8. Applicants will be considered as they are received. The position will begin immediately upon hire and will continue throughout this semester and may be renewed next semester.

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 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 Institute

JUNE 10 - AUG 3, 2013


The 5th Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in collaboration with the European Union Center, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies , Center for African Studies, CIBER, Center for Global Studies,and REEEC is pleased to host the 5th Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World in summer 2013 (June 10 - August 3, 2013). SILMW 2013 is offering intensive courses in a variety of Muslim world languages, including Arabic, Pashto, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, and Wolof.

SILMW provides a unique opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Muslim World and interact with experts in this region. In addition to classroom instruction, SILMW will offer a variety of extracurricular activities designed to enhance classroom instruction, provide additional channels for language contact and practice, and expose learners to the traditions of the Muslim World communities. These extracurricular activities include research forums, picnics, conversation tables, cooking classes, music & dance performances, movie screenings, field trips, lectures and other cultural activities.

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

Coffee Hours & Conversation Tables

Meet people from around the world

Learn about other cultures

Practice with native speakers and refine your laguage skills

Conversation Table in Modern Greek "Logos"
Every other Thursday, 4:00-5:00pm, in Espresso Royale on Goodwin. Next meeting will be Thursday, October 18th. This is an excellent opportunity for current students to practice conversational Modern Greek with native speakers and get fluency as well as for past students and those with some knowledge of Greek to maintain and refine their language skills. Contact Dr. Katsikas with any questions.

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Conversation Table
Date: Oct 10, 2012
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Espresso Royale (corner of Oregon and Goodwin)
Contact  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.



European Union Center
University of Illinois
328 International Studies Building, MC-429
910 S. Fifth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
P: (217) 265-7515
F: (217) 333-6270  www.euc.illinois.edu

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Sebnem Ozkan | Phone: (217) 244-0570 | Fax: (217) 333-6270 asozkan@illinois.edu