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Fall 2012
October 15 - 19

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EU's Nobel Prize

EUC Events
this week

Upcoming  Events Related Events EUC Blog Highlights
   EU wins 2012 Nobel Peace Prize
EU wins Nobel Peace Prize 

The European Union has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.This distinction rewards the EU's contribution for over six decades to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights.

Follow EUC on Twitter to catch up on EU Nobel Peace Prize reactions.

More information:
Nobel Committee Press release
Statement by the Presidents of the European Council and of the Commission
Video statement by Mr Van Rompuy
European Commission: press release

   EUC Events this week
Panel Discussion  

TUESDAY, Oct. 16
1:30 pm

Heritage Room,
ACES Library 

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The Future of Europe and EU-US Relations: A Public Dialogue with the French and German Consuls General from Chicago

Speakers: Graham Paul (Consul General, France) and Christian Brecht (Consul General, Germany)
Moderator/interviewer: David Inge,
former WILL-AM 580 host

The global financial meltdown, Eurozone crisis, and recent tensions in the Middle East have presented a number of economic, political, and foreign policy challenges for the European Union and its member states. This public discussion will examine the implications of these challenges for the EU and the transatlantic relationship.


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.

  Upcoming EUC Events

MONDAY, Oct 22
5:15 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 Foreign Languages Building

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Literary and Cultural Historiography: Telling Early Modern Life Stories from a Gender Perspective

Speaker:  Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre, Stockholm University

This lecture explores the question of what was important to the 17th century male biographer, to the writer of the life story of a much debated queen. Queen Christina of  Sweden lived a life in the public, a life that was written and rewritten over and over again - even before her death in 1689. While trying to fit this controversial woman into  conventional narratives and common gender stereotypes appropriate to a queen, Christina’s early modern biographers wrote in a tradition that still had to be developed in order to be a “biography” as it is known today. The presentation discusses the narratological aspects of biographical writing in the early modern period and the discrepancy between factual knowledge and the need to tell a story – an exciting life story. It focuses on the rhetoric and narrative strategies of the biographers, on the importance of telling not only a life, but the life story of a woman who at all times refused to adapt to the common norms of behavior ascribed to women of her time. The presentation thus oscillates between the factual and the fictional in its search for structural patterns of the early modern biography.

Reception to follow.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center; the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures; and INSPIRE: Illinois-Sweden Program in Educational and Research Exchange.

FLAS Fellowship Info Sessions

FLAS fellowship

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM, International Studies Bldg., Room 101, 910 S. Fifth St.
FLAS Fellowship Info Session for U of I Departments
Graduate student FLAS (Foreign Languages and Area Studies) applications are submitted by the student’s department. This info session is targeted for departmental staff (primarily but not exclusively for Directors of Graduate Studies) who will be handling graduate student FLAS applications in their departments. We will review the departmental instructions, requirements and guidelines for submitting applications for Graduate Student FLAS Fellowships. You will also get a chance to meet the FLAS Fellowship coordinators and ask questions about the application process and the FLAS fellowships.

Monday, October 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM, LISB Room 126, 501 E. Daniel St.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM , LISB Room 126, 501 E. Daniel St.
FLAS Fellowship Info Sessions for Students (Graduate & Undergraduate)
The workshops will feature information on FLAS Fellowships with presentations by the Area and International Centers FLAS coordinators. In addition to a general overview of FLAS fellowships and particular requirements for various Area Centers, you can get tips on how to write a successful application; what supporting documents you need; and who is appropriate for a recommendation.

CSAMES Lecture Series

12:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 Foreign Languages Building

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petraimgGlobal Transformations and Local Footsteps: The Making of a Muslim Public Sphere in a German City

Speaker: Petra Kuppinger, Sociology/Anthropology, Monmouth College

Speaker Bio: Petra Kuppinger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Monmouth College. Since coming to Monmouth in 2000, Kuppinger has published eight professional articles. Most of her work stems from dissertation research in Cairo, Egypt, where she spent years doing fieldwork. In 2009 she presented a related paper about female leadership in Muslim communities at Oxford University. She is now on sabbatical in Germany where she is conducting research on German Islam, which she hopes to turn into a book.

Organized by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

EUC Movie Night

5:15 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 Foreign Languages Building

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The Immature (Immaturi) - Italy, 2011
In Italian with English subtitles.

This lively and engaging romantic comedy-drama, whose ensemble structure is reminiscent of THE BIG CHILL and THE LAST KISS, was a big box-office hit in Italy, where the esame di maturit (high-school matriculation exam) is a major rite-of-passage. A group of six former school friends (including a chef, a priest, a real estate agent, a radio host, and a recovering sex addict) are thrown together again twenty years later when they receive word that their exam results have been annulled by a technicality and they have to take it over again! When they buckle down to study together, they discover that their post-school lives hardly deserve high marks, but this mishap might provide a chance for them to graduate into true maturity.

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


7:30 pm

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum

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millercommimgLeveraging Science and Technology to Transform International Security: The Social Responsibility of Engineers and Scientists

Speaker:  Charles D. Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists

Traditionally, security has often been narrowly viewed through the lens of military defense and acquisition of weapons. This view must change. Today and increasingly in the future, every nation's security will depend more and more on a new mindset: the security of everyone will hinge on cooperative means to ensure adequate energy, food, and water. However, humanity is on an unsustainable path in use of these resources. Increasing competition for scarcer supplies could lead to major armed conflict or other massive suffering. Dr. Ferguson will discuss the role of engineers and scientists in developing and deploying science and technology to achieve greater security for all nations.

Hosted by: Center for Global Studies (CGS), Department of Physics, Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security (ACDIS).
In conjunction with:
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS), Department of Anthropology, Department of Astronomy, Department of Chemistry, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Communications, Department of Political Science, and the European Union Center (EUC).

  Related Events


FRIDAY, Oct 19
9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Pine Lounge, Illini Union Building


Resentment's Conflicts

A one-day symposium presented by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) and the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics.

The keynote lecture, “Broken Promises: Resentment, Monomania and Modernity” at 9:15 am will be given by Javier Moscoso, Research Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the Institute of Philosophy of the Spanish National Research Council, CSIC. Moscoso will explore the relationship between resentment and monomania in 19th century Europe. He argues that, far from being a universal passion, resentment only flourished at the end of the 18th century, linked to the political history of the mental disease known then as monomania. The symptoms of this illness and the expressions of the moral passion came about within a cultural space of reciprocal influences. Both the medicalization of political ambition and the social understanding of moral resentment cannot be explained, in his view, without the revolutionary promise of a merit-based society, of a new kind of social retribution, and, last but not least, of a new form of social agreement based on objective criteria.

The full event schedule is available here.

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)

  EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

 EUC affiliated faculty involved in project to improve access to education for Greek Roma

EUC Affiliated faculty Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis are members of The Education and Lifelong Learning Project, which works towards improving access to education and promoting social inclusion for Roma children and families in Greece. Read more on the EUC blog

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



Call for Papers

Islam, Political Islam, and Islamophobia: An International Conference

Indiana University, Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Chair Conferences: 5 to be held on March 29-30, 2013 at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.  Muslims representing all strata of society throughout the world face an extraordinary degree of negative attention from both public and government eyes often resulting in discriminatory practices. These practices, born of stereotypical descriptions and definitions of “Islam” and “Muslims,” are connotative of the level of fear and hatred in many parts of the world when topics concerning this religion and its adherents arise. The upcoming conference will attempt to clarify this phenomenon by examining intersections between Islam, political Islam, Islamophobia, and human rights. How does Islamophobia resemble other forms of social prejudice, and in what ways does it differ? What is the political function of Islamophobia? To what degree and in what ways is Islamophobia fed by the actions of political Islam? To what degree does the politicization of Islam exacerbate the victimization of Muslims? To what degree do the militant operations of political Islam serve as an excuse for those who intend to legitimize and institutionalize prejudice against Muslims? To what degree is prejudice a result of ignorance or lack of understanding of Islam and its followers? This conference invites all scholars of relevant disciplines for an in-depth theoretical, analytical, conceptual, and historical examination of Islamophobia. Proposals showing signs of polemics, propaganda, conspiracy theories, binary dichotomies, such as “Arabs vs. Jews,” “East vs. West,” “Muslims vs. Christians,” “Israelis vs. Palestinians,” and the like will be rejected. The medium of the conference will be English. However, a small number of papers in Turkish will also be considered due to the advanced instructional needs of Indiana University’s Turkish Language Program.

Brief proposals (approximately 250 words) along with CVs should be sent to: turk@indiana.edu.


Undergraduate Scholarships for Summer Language Study and Study Abroad in South Asia and the Middle East

The Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies will offer up to five scholarships of at least $1,000 each to University of Illinois undergraduate students, to be used for intensive summer study of a language of the Middle East or South Asia, or to be used for study abroad in South Asia or the Middle East. It is anticipated that students who are offered these scholarships will use them for study abroad or intensive language study between December 2012 and December 2013. These grants are available to undergraduate students from any college or discipline. Application form. Contact: Angela Williams 

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.

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.

College of Europe  


Postgraduate Institute of European Studies

The College of Europe was the world’s first university institute of postgraduate studies and training in European affairs. The College of Europe is characterized by its academic independence, its bilingualism, the diversity of its teaching staff and its multicultural environment, which together create a genuine European 'microcosm. The College has two campuses - Bruges, Belgium and Natolin, Poland. In Bruges, students can enroll in one of four academic departments: European Economic Studies; European Legal Studies; European Political and Administrative Studies; or EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies. At Natolin (Warsaw), the study programme analyses the process of European integration from a pluridisciplinary perspective. Upon completion of the programme, students are awarded the 'Master of Arts in European Interdisciplinary Studies'. Candidates should apply by using the online application system at www.coleurope.eu.

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.

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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