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Fall 2012
October 22 - 26 

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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.

Pizza and soda will be served.

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

IGPA Seminar Series

12:00 pm

IGPA Giertz Conference Room, Urbana

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igpaimgBiofuel-related Price Volatility Literature: A Review and New Approaches
Speaker: Teresa Serra , Researcher at the Center for Agro-Food Economy and Development

Over the past few years, grain prices have hit record highs, reaching levels 200%-300% higher than historical averages. The impact of these high price levels and the volatility of grain and fossil fuels markets on the world economy, and especially on the economies of poor countries, has been a subject eagerly discussed in the popular media. Open questions about how biofuels policies, which remove grain from food markets and put them into energy markets, remain. In this presentation, Dr. Serra provides a discussion of the current status of research on volatility interactions between biofuels markets, food markets, and fossil fuels markets. She also proposes future extensions of this important and flourishing area research, and she introduces the literature's latest developments.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

  Upcoming EUC Events

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) . 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).


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 Foreign Languages Building

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What have we achieved?"
Symposium for the 20th Anniversary of Euro Charter for Regional or Minority Languages 

This fall Europe commemorates the 20th anniversary of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, a ground-breaking treaty of the Council of Europe protecting and promoting historical minority languages in Europe since its opening for signatures on November 5, 1992. The European Union Center and the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, together with participating centers, programs, and units of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are organizing a one-day symposium to reflect on the progress in implementing and monitoring the Charter, and the effects of lack of protection of languages in greater Europe. The event is free to the public.

Organizers: Zsuzsanna Fagyal (Dept. of French) and eda Derhemi (Dept. of SIP)

Sponsors: European Union Center, School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics,  Russian, European, and Eurasian Center, School of Law, Department of French/ French@Illinois, Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, Department of Linguistics, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Department of Political Science, Department of Anthropology, Department of Communication, Program in Scandinavian Studies, Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education.

10:00 – 11:00 – keynote: Alexey Kozhemyakov (Head of the  Charter Secretariat, Council of Europe)
"European Languages Charter 20 years later: achievements  and new challenges"

1:30 - 2:30 pm – keynote: Alexandra Jaffe (Linguistics,  California State University, Long Beach)
"Unchartered terrain: Minority language planning and policy  on Corsica"  

3:00 - 4:00 pm – keynote: Iñigo Urrutia (School of Law,  University of the Basque Country, Bilbao)  Respondent: Jose Ignacio Hualde (SIP & Linguistics, UIUC)
"European language diversity and market freedoms: seeking  a balance"

EUC Lecture Series

12:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 Foreign Languages Building

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EU Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050
Speaker: Christian Burgsmüller, EU Head of Energy, Transport, Environment section

The European Union (EU) is exploring cost-efficient approaches to transform the European economy to be more climate-friendly and less energy-consuming. Substantial efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions are showing results, with GHG emissions down by 16% over the last two decades. Through its "Roadmap for moving to a competitive low-carbon economy in 2050" the European Commission is setting out a plan to meet the long-term target of reducing domestic emissions by 80 to 95% by mid-century as agreed by European Heads of State and governments. The Roadmap shows how the sectors responsible for Europe's emissions can make the transition to a low-carbon economy over the coming decades.

2012 International Career Workshop

6:30 pm

101 Armory

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This workshop features campus resources for students who are interested in learning more about how to pursue an international career, or who want to broaden their global experience by participating in a study abroad program or internship. Sessions include panels with representatives from a wide range of campus units and organizations who provide practical tips and advice on international careers.

Topics covered:


Sponsored by: Center for African Studies (CAS); Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS); Center for Global Studies (CGS); Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER); Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS); Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies(CSAMES); European Union Center (EUC); Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC)

Global Lens Film Series 2012

7:00 pm

Latzer Hall,
University YMCA

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tollimgToll Booth (Gise Memuru) - Turkey, 2010

A taciturn tollbooth attendant shuffles between a suffocating home life with his ailing father and the monotony of the box where he works. Desperate to resist his father’s attempt to marry him off while determined to prove his worth by fixing his family’s broken-down car, he drives himself toward a nervous breakdown. After a reassignment to a desolate country road, he begins a flirtatious relationship with a woman who drives by each day. But is this salvation for the aging bachelor, or the further unraveling of his mind? An expert cast and keen art direction contribute to this wry, heartbreaking ode to lost dreams in a sleepwalking world.

Hosted by the Center for Global Studies (CGS). Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

  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).

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

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.

Discussion about the EU's Novel Peace prize continues on the EUC blog:

EUC Director, Bryan Endres discusses the Nobel Committee's decision in the News Bureau's "A minute with..." series. Read more

WILL-AM's Focus 580 broadcast on the EU's Nobel peace prize, the history of the EU, the euro, the Greek debt crisis, and the future of the EU. Listen here.
Featuring His Excellency João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to the United States, Dr. Stefanos Katsikas, Director of Modern Greek Studies, University of Illinois, and Dr. John McCormick, Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Politics, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

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



Call for Proposals

proposalimgSUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 30
Hewlett International Grants Program

Each year International Programs & Studies disburses a limited amount of money generated from funds originally from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and campus match to sponsor international conferences on the Champaign-Urbana campus as well as international research travel by Illinois faculty and staff.

You can find out all the pertinent details and requirements at the websites listed below:
Hewlett International Conference Grants
Hewlett International Research Travel Grants

Proposals should be submitted electronically (.pdf preferably) to ips@illinois.edu.
Any questions can be directed to Rajeev Malik at 333-8085.

Scholarships to Work and Study in Germany


Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX)

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a yearlong fellowship to study and intern in Germany, is open to applicants in all career fields, though preference is given to students in vocational, technical, engineering, business, agricultural, and scientific fields. Students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.  The fellowship is funded by the US and German governments.  The CBYX program annually provides 75 participants with two months of intensive German language training, a semester of study at German University or University of Applied Sciences, a five-month internship with a German company in the participant’s career field, housing, transatlantic airfare, health insurance, and a monthly stipend for living expenses. Prior German language knowledge is not required, though it is preferred. Applicants should have clear career goals and some relevant work experience in their career field, which may include summer, part-time, or internship work. Participants must be between the ages of 18-24, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, and be US citizens or permanent residents.


The Baden-Württemberg STIPENDIUM  

The Baden-Württemberg STIPENDIUM for Vocationally Qualified People "Work Immersion Study Program" (WISP) is a summer fellowship program offered exclusively to college students in vocational fields and includes funding for one month of intensive German language study, a two-month internship with a German company, housing, transatlantic airfare, health insurance, and a €300 monthly stipend. WISP is now open to students in vocational fields who have completed at least 4 semesters of study by the start of the program in June 2013. Applicants must be enrolled at a US college before and after the program and must have completed at least 1 semester of college-level German by the start of the program. Participants must be between the ages of 18-27 and be US citizens or permanent residents.

Questions? Contact Beth Uding.

Summer Course in Europe

MAY 13-27, 2013

translationimgREGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2013
Translation Study Abroad pogram: "Translation in the European Union"
TRST 401: 3 undergraduate credits; 4 graduate credits

During Summer 2013 the program will travel to Paris, Strasbourg and Brussels for behind-the-scenes introductions to the work of translation and interpreting in key EU institutions, including the EU Commission, the EU Parliament, the Directorate General  of Translation, NATO and UNESCO. Our students will be exposed to the dynamics of the geo-political environment of the European Union and will receive hands-on experiences with the translator and interpreter's role as mediator and communicator in today's European multi-lingual and multi-cultural societies. The course will be of particular interest to students in foreign languages, cultures, linguistics, political science, global studies, international studies, EU Studies, law, and business. The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students in any major. The experience can lead to internships in the EU. A little known fact is that the EU is in desperate need of qualified translators who can work INTO English from EU languages.

Estimated program cost is $2500, exclusive of air fare and personal expenses. Financial aid is available. Apply through the Study Abroad office for LAS Study Abroad Scholarships. The Center for Translation Studies will offer a limited number of travel grants. For information  on those grants, please contact Prof. Elizabeth Lowe

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

Mi Pueblo - Spanish Conversation Groups
Mi Pueblo is a student-run network of Spanish conversation groups. This means that U of I students volunteer their time to lead 1-hour sessions in Spanish at different times and places around campus every week. Group facilitators publish their meeting times and locations on their Calendar. All you have to do is let one of the group facilitators know that you are coming by sending an e-mail (all e-mails are listed in our Facilitator Directory).

French Pause Cafe
Every Thursday night at 5:30pm at  Espresso Royale, 1117 W. Oregon, Urbana (corner of Oregon and Goodwin).  Next meetingThursday, October 25th. All are welcome!

Conversation Table in Modern Greek "Logos"
Every other Thursday, 4:00-5:00pm, in Espresso Royale on Goodwin. Next meeting will be Thursday, November 1st. 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
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