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Fall 2012
  December 3-7

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   EUC Events this week

Jean Monnet Lecture Series

12:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg.
707 S. Mathews

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wolffimgChild Abuse in Casanova's Venice
Speaker:   Larry Wolff, Professor of History, NYU

Speaker Bio: Professor Wolff works on the history of Eastern Europe, the Habsburg Monarchy, the Enlightenment, and on the history of childhood. He tends to work as an intellectual and cultural historian. He has been most interested in problems concerning East and West within Europe: whether concerning the Vatican and Poland, Venice and the Slavs, or Vienna and Galicia. He developed the argument that Eastern Europe was "invented" in the eighteenth century, by the philosophes and travelers of the Enlightenment, who attributed meaning to a supposed division of Europe into complementary regions, Western Europe and Eastern Europe. He has analyzed Western perspectives on Eastern Europe as a sort of "demi-Orientalism," negotiating a balance between attributed difference and acknowledged resemblance. Considering Venetian perspectives on Dalmatia and Habsburg perspectives on Galicia, he has attempted to explore the meaning of "Eastern Europe" within imperial frameworks and the ideology of empire. His research on the history of childhood has included projects on child abuse in Freud's Vienna and child abuse in Casanova's Venice. His current research concerns Turkish subjects on the European operatic stage during the long eighteenth century, and analyzes musical and dramatic representations in the context of European-Ottoman relations.

Abstract: In the summer of 1785, in the city of Venice, a wealthy 60-year-old man was arrested and accused of a scandalous offense: having sexual relations with the 8-year-old daughter of an impoverished laundress. Although the sexual abuse of children was probably not uncommon in early modern Europe, it is largely undocumented, and the concept of "child abuse" did not yet exist. The case of Paolina Lozaro and Gaetano Franceschini came before Venice's unusual blasphemy tribunal, the Bestemmia, which heard testimony from an entire neighborhood—from the parish priest to the madam of the local brothel. Paolina's Innocence considers Franceschini's conduct in the context of the libertinism of Casanova and also employs other prominent contemporaries—Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Carlo Goldoni, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Cesare Beccaria, and the Marquis de Sade—as points of reference for understanding the case and broader issues of libertinism, sexual crime, childhood, and child abuse in the 18th century.

This lecture is part of the EUC Jean Monnet module on “Europe and the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration” funded by the European Commission.

CSAMES Lecture Series

12:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg.
707 S. Mathews

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katsikasimgIslam and Sharia Law in the Making of Modern Greece (1832-1923)
Speaker:  Stefanos Katsikas, Lingustics, Director of Modern Greek Studies Program, U of I

Speaker Bio: Dr Katsikas joins the Modern Greek Studies program from Goldsmiths, University of London, where he has been Lecturer in History since 2009. Previous teaching appointments include University College London, and the University of Nottingham. He holds a BA in History from the Ionian University in Greece, an MA in Southeast European Studies and PhD in Social Science from University College London, UK. His research explores the interrelationship between democratization, post-conflict resolution and regional security in Southeastern Europe and is currently focusing on two projects, ‘Islam and Nationhood in Modern Greece (1832 to 1941), and ‘Transitional Justice after War and Dictatorship in Greece (1949-2000)’. He is the author of numerous articles on Modern Greek and Balkan history, editor of Bulgaria and Europe: Shifting Identities (London, 2010), and co-editor of State-Nationalisms in the Ottoman Empire, Greece and Turkey: Orthodox and Muslims, 1830-1945 (forthcoming in 2012). His recent book, Negotiating Diplomacy in the New Europe: Foreign Policy in Post-Communist Bulgaria (London, 2011) received a Scouloudi Publication Award from the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

EU Common Agricultural Policy Speaker Series 

12:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg.
707 S. Mathews

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The Role of the Future CAP in Addressing Food Security Concerns

Speaker:  Tassos Haniotis, Director, Economic Analysis, Perspectives and Evaluations, DG for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Speaker Bio:  Tassos Haniotis previously held posts as Head of Unit in the Agricultural Policy Analysis and Perspectives unit and the Agricultural Trade Policy Analysis unit in the same Directorate General, as Member and subsequently Deputy Head of the Cabinet of former European Commissioner for Agriculture Franz Fischler (with respective responsibilities the preparation of the 2003 reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, and the agricultural chapter of the Doha WTO Round and the EU-Mercosur negotiations), and as the Agricultural Counsellor of the European Commission’s Delegation in the United States. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia, USA, and a B.A. in Economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business, in his native Greece. He also spent six months as a visiting Fellow at the Centre for European Agricultural Studies, Wye College, University of London, where he studied EU-US agricultural trade relations in the Uruguay Round of GATT negotiations.

Abstract: The current debate on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy coincides with one of the most challenging periods for world agriculture. For many, world agriculture is at a turning point, with the existing model of production having exhausted its potential and in need of major overhaul; others would remind us that similar fears were expressed in the past, but were soon afterwards allayed by some technological breakthrough that was driven in response to such challenges. Driven by concerns about the impact of the US drought on the level of agricultural and food prices, its link to the impact of biofuel policies, and several other issues, food security is of global concern.  However, it is also of concern in the European Union, since the EU is entrenched in global developments by being simultaneously the largest exporter and importer of agricultural products. In the EU policy debate, food security reflects the need to guarantee, long-term, its agricultural production in a way that is sustainable, territorially balanced, and minimally impacting on others.

Co-sponsored by the College of ACES.

  Upcoming EUC Events

EUC Movie Night

5:15 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg.
707 S. Mathews

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snowmanimgSnowman's Land - Germany, 2010
In German with English subtitles.

From Music Box Films: In this wry German dark comedy, Walter (Juergen Rissmann) is a professional hitman who has just botched a job. Forced to leave the city, he reluctantly takes up an offer from eccentric crime boss Berger (Reiner Schoene) to protect his house (and young, pretty, free-spirited wife Sybille) in a remote region of the Carpathian Mountains. At Walter's side is Micky (Thomas Wodianka), his chatty, thrill-seeking old friend. After a freak accident, what seemed to be a nice, easy holiday job for the hapless pair soon becomes a comically nightmarish fight for survival. Stunning cinematography of the deceptively idyllic snowy landscapes and hardboiled, clever plot twists make SNOWMAN'S LAND an unmissable genre classic.

EUC Fall'12 European Movie Nights featuring four contemporary comedies from across the EU!

Popcorn provided, BYO beverage.

  Related Events

State Department Meet & Greet

5:00 - 6:20 pm

269 Everitt,
619 S. Wright St.

nayimgAll-Campus Info Session with State Department Diplomat-in-Residence, Ambassador John Nay

Interested in hearing from a U.S. Ambassador? Thinking about a career as a Foreign or Civil Service Officer? Ever wondered what it would be like to work for the US in a foreign country? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then come hear from our State Department Diplomat-in-Residence, Ambassador John Nay. Ambassador Nay has had an extensive career that includes tours of duty in Canada, India, Taiwan, Singapore, South Africa, and Washington D.C. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the session.

To find out more about Ambassador Nay and the Diplomat-in-Residence program, please visit: http://www.careers.state.gov/engage/dir.html.

Greek Movie Night

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 Foreign Languages Bldg.
707 S. Mathews

El Greco - Greece, 2007 grecoimg

“El Greco” is an epic tale of Domenicos Theotokopoulos, best known as El Greco, agreat Greek artist of the 16th century with an uncompromising character, who sets off from his homeland Crete and goes to Venice and finally Toledo, in search of freedom and love. There he is confronted by his greatest adversary, the Spanish Inquisition, but his creative consciousness and power make him stand out and overcome barbarity and ignorance.

Organized by the Modern Greek Studies Program.

Free pizza!

   EU Studies Faculty Working Conference
Working Conference for Regional College Faculty

photoimg "Researching and Teaching the EU: Best Practices and Current Trends in EU Scholarship"
A Working Conference for Regional College Faculty

Proposals for research presentations from gradaute students are welcome.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: December 21, 2013; space is limitted.
Online registration

Conference date and locations:

January 25-26, 2013
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 South LaSalle St., Chicago (Jan. 25)
Illini Center, 200 South Wacker Drive, Chicago (Jan. 26)

with Keynote Addresses by:
Robert Chatterton Dickson, British Consul General, Chicago
Graham Paul, French Consul General, Chicago

For further information, please visit the conference website.

Sponsored by:
The European Union Center, University of Illinois
Department of Social Sciences, Illinois Institute of Technology
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

   EUC Photo Contest
Spring 2013 EUC Photo Contest

photoimg Spring 2013 EUC Photo Contest: Competition & Cooperation

This year’s EUC Photo Contest is all about "Competition & Cooperation." The EU is a major force on the world stage; its member states collaborate extensively both within and outside of its borders. These relationships are built not only through high-level politics and trade, but also in everyday society: sports, arts, culture, science, and research all play a role. Collaborative efforts are evolving amidst the current financial crisis and other global events, such as the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. We want photos taken in the EU that show what it really means for European countries to compete and cooperate within the EU, across the Atlantic, and beyond!

1st Place - $50 gift card (UI Bookstore)
2nd place - $35 gift card (UI Bookstore)
3rd place - $20 gift card (UI Bookstore)
The winning photos will be displayed at the EU Center’s annual European Union Day on February 15, 2013 and on the EU Center website. Winners will also be invited to all EU Day events.

– U of I students, faculty, and staff are eligible to enter the contest
– Photos must be original work; no more than five photo submissions per person
– Each photo needs a title and caption (maximum 100 word explanation on how your photo addresses the contest theme)
– Send submission form (downloadable from the contest website) and photos in digital format via e-mail to eucenter@illinois.edu – keep in mind winning photos will be enlarged to 8x10

For further information, please visit the contest website.

  EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Arvanitika, a dying language in Greece

Read Eda Derhemi's two-part series on
Linguis Europae, a blog space dedicated to a wide range of topics involving official state, regional, and minority languages in the European Union.
Eda Derhemi is
a lecturer in the department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, and an adjunct assistant professor of Communications in the ICR.


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Summer 2013 Course Abroad

cambridgeimgCHEM 429: Special Topics in Chemistry
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom

You've learned in chemistry class about the structure and behavior of atoms and molecules; have you ever wondered how this body of knowledge was developed? What questions did scientists of the past ask, why did they care, and how did they seek answers?

A faculty-led Special Topics in Chemistry course abroad to the United Kingdom offers an opportunity for interested undergraduates to walk in the footsteps of some of the great contributors to the field of chemistry and to experience, through visits to museums, trips to historical sites, and invited talks from local scientists, the international nature of scientific inquiry.  Applicants must have at least one semester of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 232 or 236) and the associated laboratory (CHEM 233 or 237).


Seeking RA fluent in French for 25% appointment in Spring 2013

Dr. Tamara Chaplin , Associate Professor in Modern European History is seeking a historically minded, data savvy, responsible graduate student Research Assistant who is fluent or near fluent in French for a Spring 2013 RA appointment at 25%. Employment will begin on January 1, 2012 (the start date is negotiable if you are out of town over the break) and will last until the end of the spring semester. Summer employment at 50% is also likely (and there is a possibility that it can be completed off campus).

Job Description: Your main goal will be to organize a usable database of primary sources (comprised of thousands of photographic images of texts, fliers, journals, magazines, personal correspondence, photographs, minutes of meetings and press clippings collected from archives throughout France) for my book project, Sappho Comes Out: Lesbian Lives in Postwar France. Other tasks may include writing brief article summaries, interview transcription and the compilation of a comprehensive annotated bibliography of the scholarship on lesbian life in modern Europe (especially France) and the USA. Must have fluent or near fluent French language skills, strong digital organization skills, and be attentive to details and available approximately 10-12 hours per week. Familiarity with Zotera and/or Endnote desired.   The appointment must be confirmed by early December. Please contact Dr. Chaplin  if interested.

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) . All are welcome!

Conversation Table in Modern Greek "Logos"
Every other Thursday, 4:00-5:00pm, in Espresso Royale on Goodwin. 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.



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