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Fall 2012
October 29 - November 2 

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FLAS Fellowship Info Sessions

FLAS fellowship

Are you interested in foreign langaues? Do you enyoy learning about other cultures?


(both for Graduate & Undergraduate students):

Monday, October 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM, Library & Information Sciences Bldg. Room 126, 501 E. Daniel St.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM , Library & Information Sciences Bldg. Room 126, 501 E. Daniel St.

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.

For more information and eligibility requirements, visit the FLAS Fellowships at Illinois website.

Application deadline: 5 PM, 8 February 2013. Gradaute students should check with their home departments about internal deadlines.

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).

EUC Lecture Series

12:00 pm (noon)

Lucy Ellis Lounge
(1080 Foreign Languages Building)

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The Mobility of Politics: A Tunisian Revolution in the European Union -- Three Mediterranean Postcards

Speaker: Glenda Garelli, Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Abstract: In recent years the Southern Rim of the Mediterranean has been at the center of the European Union agenda, as the vector of its borders’ externalization and as the stage for neighborhood building initiatives coinciding with policy mobility programs traveling southward across the Middle Sea. The Arab Uprisings destabilized this Euro-Mediterranean charting of the region. In this talk I focus on the mobility of politics that Arab Uprisings migrants set in motion by crossing the Mediterranean Sea into Europe. Following Tunisian migrants in Europe at three sites, I reflect on the impact of their contested spatiality on the EU political geography and sketch a counter-map of the Mediterranean neighborhood their politics of presence instantiates.

Speaker bio: Glenda Garelli is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where she works on a spatial inquiry into European Union membership, looking at the contested spaces of cross-Mediterranean mobility. Recently her work has focused on migrations from Arab Uprisings countries to the European Union, the Italian declaration of a “North Africa Emergency” at the outset of the Arab Springs, the geographies of vulnerability in relation to Libyan war asylum seekers, a counter-cartography project of the Mediterranean space of circulation, and on the cinematic iconography of migrations to the European Union.

Light lunch provided. BYO beverage. RSVP to eucenter@illinois.edu.

  Upcoming EUC Events


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"

You can view the full program and further details on the conference webpage.

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).

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

UTNE Reader magazine honors EUC affiliated faculty Prof. Mahir Saul with its visionaries award.
Read more.



The Greek Star interviews EUC affiliated faculty Dr. Stefanos Katsikas, the new Director of the Modern Greek Studies program.
Read more.


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



Call for Papers

eucepittimgSUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 30
A Nobel Price? The Consequences of the European Union in Europe and in the World
March 1-2, 2013, University of Pittsburgh

The European Union faces challenges that affect its citizens, institutions, policy-making capabilities, and place in the world. The Organizing Committee of the Eighth Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union welcomes papers addressing the theme of the conference. We seek submissions from all disciplines and topics including, but not limited to, EU politics, governance, economics, history, security studies, institutions and behavior studies, as well as policy, enlargement, immigration, development, trade, and foreign policy. Abstracts should be 250-300 words in length. Preference will be given to abstracts that clearly specify the research design of the paper, including its theoretical approach and methods. Abstracts must be submitted on-line between Nov. 1 and Dec. 1 at www.ucis.pitt.edu/euce/ or www.eustudies.org/. Please also upload a current CV with your submission. Participation is limited to authors enrolled in degree-granting graduate or professional programs at the time of the conference. Housing is provided for conference participants.

New Spring 2013 Courses

bilbaoimgBasque Language and Culture (Beginners' Basque - BASQ 401), Spring 2013

Basque is the ancestral language of the Basque people spoken in the north of Spain and south of France.
Goal: basic communication skills in Basque (listening, speaking, reading and writing). It also introduces basic information on Basque culture and history. Open to graduates and undergraduates!

- 3 credits - Time: MWF 2-2:50
- Instructor: Itxaso Rodriguez
- Supervisor: Jose Ignacio Hualde



New African Immigrants in the New European Union (ANTH 499AG), Spring 2013
Course meets Tu., Th., 12:30 –1:50pm, Prof. Alma Gottlieb 

European nations are now closing borders to illegal African immigrants and “repatriating” the thousands of desperate African refugees who swim (or “wash”) ashore on their coasts. At the same time, the EU is, conversely, attempting to craft humane policies that will grant dignity to the increasing numbers of Africans fleeing economic, political, gender-based, and other sources of hardship, seeking a better life in Europe. In this course, we examine the pressing issues facing the new EU as the realities of a multicultural Europe shape the daily lives of all. We will endeavor to balance out “top-down” and “bottom-up” perspectives inherent in local realities. To gain a sense of the big-picture issues, we begin by considering changing demographic profiles of specific nations across the EU; we then analyze policies of diverse European national governments, and compare those with changing policies of the EU itself. To gain a more nuanced understanding of lived realities, we will spend most of our time reading texts based on ethnographic research with specific African immigrant communities across the EU. Case studies will emphasize England, France, Italy, Portugal, and Germany, and other nations as additional scholarship and information become available. Students will develop a semester-long research project that speaks to their interests.

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


Portuguese Convo Table "Bate-Papo"
The Luso-Brazilian Association invites learners of Portuguese and native Portuguese speakers to join in weekly activities. All levels welcome. To learn more about the convo tables and other Portuguese related activities, email lusobraz@gmail.com or join the Facebook Group: Luso-Brazilian Association & Brazil and Brazilians at UIUC.

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.



European Union Center
University of Illinois
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Champaign, IL 61820
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