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Fall 2012
 November 5-9 

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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 of interest to the specialized and broader public wishing to know more about the political, cultural, and legal issues of European minorities. 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.

Global Lens Film Series 2012

7:00 pm

Latzer Hall,
University YMCA

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Toll 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.

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)

  Upcoming EUC Events

Scandinavian Program Lecture

5:00 pm

Music Room,
Levis Faculty Center

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ryanimg"Their Own Worlds of Ice": Arctic Exploration in Christoph Ransmayr and W. G. Sebald
Speaker:  Judith Ryan, Harvard University

Speaker Bio: Professor Ryan received her B.A. from Sydney University, Australia, and her Dr. phil. from the University of Mnster, Germany. Before coming to Harvard, she taught for many years at Smith College. In addition to receiving grants from the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (including the prestigious "Humboldtforschungspreis" in 2009-2010) and the National Endowment for the Humanities, she was the recipient of the Basilius Award in Germanics and was twice awarded the prize for best article of the year in The German Quarterly. Her scholarship was recognized by the award of the Walter Channing Cabot Prize in 1994 and her teaching by a Harvard College Professorship in 1998. At Harvard, she served for six years on Faculty Council. Her teaching and research interests are 19th- and 20th-century literature, especially poetry and the novel. She teaches courses on German lyric poetry, German colonial fiction, 20th-century modernism, postwar German literature, and the contemporary novel.

  Related Events

Fiscal Crisis in the European Community

12:00 pm

Room F,
College of Law

fabbriniimg The Fiscal Compact, the 'Golden Rule' and the Paradox of European Federalism
Speaker: Federico Fabbrini, University of Tilburg

Abstract: This talk will analyze the central provision of the recently enacted Fiscal Compact, which directs member states of the European Union (EU) to incorporate into their constitutions a “golden rule”, i.e. a requirement that yearly budgets be balanced. Fabbrini argues that, while the domestic effects of the “golden rule” are likely to vary from one state to another, the Fiscal Compact systematically enhances the powers of the EU institutions to direct and police the budgetary policies of the states, thus increasing centralization in the EU architecture of economic governance. The talk will contrast this development with the federal experience of the United States (US). In a comparative perspective, in fact, it appears that while most US states are also endowed with “golden rules” in their constitutions, the federal government never played a role in the adoption of these balanced budget rules and still today is barred from interfering with the budgetary processes of the states. In conclusion, Fabbrini suggests that an unexpected paradox emerges in the new constitutional architecture of the EU: although in crafting the institutional response to the Eurozone crisis state governments have repeatedly discarded a US-like federal model as being too centralized and centripetal for the EU, they have ended up establishing a regime that is much less respectful of state sovereignty than the US federal system.

Lunch will be provided. Seats are limited, RSVP required: RSVP to Christine Renshaw.

Translation Study Abroad

12:30 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 Foreign Languages Building

translationimgTranslation Study Abroad 2013 Info Session
TRST 401(3 undergraduate credits, 4 graduate credits), Summer 1 May 13-27, 2013

The purpose of this two week intensive study abroad course is to expose students to the dynamics of the geo-political environment of the European Union and provide hands-on experience with the translator’s role and responsibility as mediator and communicator in today’s European multi-lingual and multi-cultural societies. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in any major who are interested in pursuing the Certificate in Translation Studies. This course will be of particular interest to students in foreign languages, cultures, and linguistics, political science, international studies, European Union Studies, law and business. The program consists of behind-the-scenes visits to international agencies and cultural sites relevant to language and culture studies. This experience can lead to internships in the EU. Locations visited include Paris, Strasbourg, Brussels EU Commission, Directorate General of Translation of the EC, NATO, UNESCO, European Parliament. Can be taken separately from the on campus preparatory course (TRST 400) offered in Spring 2013.

Please join us for lunch and an opportunity to meet the CTS director and faculty, learn more about the Translation Study Abroad program and have your questions answered. Please RSVP 
to Elizabeth Mosley by Monday, November 5th so that we will know how much food to order.

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).

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

Student dispatch: A note from Istanbul
Hristo Alexiev, an EUC affiliated MA candidate at the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC), recounts his experience in Istanbul as a FLAS fellow. Read more.
This article original appeared on REEEC's blog.
Also, visit the FLAS Fellowships @ Illinois for more information about FLAS fellowships.

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



Call for Papers & Proposals


Faculty/PhD exchange to KULeuven call for proposals
Illinois Strategic International Partnerships invites current faculty and PhD candidates to apply for support for short-term exchange visits to Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven) in Belgium. Awardees will receive support for round-trip travel to and from Leuven from ISIP, as well as housing and a living allowance from KULeuven.


5th annual meeting of the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society (ILLS) - "Minority Languages"
The 5th annual meeting of the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society will be held April 5-7, 2013 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ILLS is a graduate student conference open to all subfields of linguistics. In addition to the general conference and a Saturday poster session, this year's meeting will include a special session Saturday, April 16th on the topic of "Minority languages". We encourage submission and are currently accepting abstracts for topics in general linguistics and minority languages.  All talks will be given 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions. Abstracts will also be considered for a Saturday poster session. The top 4 submitted student abstracts will be awarded $200 to cover conference travel costs.
Abstracts should be maximum 500 words, with one extra page allowed for images, data, and/or references. Abstracts should be submitted via EasyAbs on LinguistList.org in PDF format with NO IDENTIFYING INFORMATION of the presenter in the document.
For more information visit here. Please contact lso.illinois@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

Postdoc Opportunities

25 Positions as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stockholm University
Stockholm University, a key INSPIRE (the Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange) Alliance partner institution, offers 25 postdoctoral research fellow positions specifically for applicants from outside Sweden. A variety of disciplines are eligible for consideration.

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.

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
328 International Studies Building, MC-429
910 S. Fifth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
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