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Fall 2012
  December 10-14 

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EUC Events
this week

EU Studies Faculty Conference EUC Photo Contest EUC Blog Highlights
   New EUC Website


The EUC Website has a new look! Check it out, explore and tell us what you think!

   EUC Events this week

EUC Movie Night

5:15 pm

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

Add to Outlook Calendar

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.

   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

EU Center Grants Awarded to University of Illinois Faculty and Students

The European Union Center (EUC) at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce awards totaling over $30,000 to University of Illinois faculty and students, and visiting scholars, for research, travel, and course development activities in European Union studies. The faculty awards are made possible through generous funding to the EU Center from its US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant and European Union Center of Excellence grant from the European Union. Graduate student awards are made possible through these sources, as well as through a grant to the EU Center from the Focal Point initiative of the University of Illinois Graduate College. Read more.

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



EU Nobel Prize Award Ceremony


EU Nobel Prize Award Ceremony
The EU is the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for advancing over six decades the causes of peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe. The Prize Award Ceremony is taking place in Oslo on Monday, December 10, 2012 and the Nobel Peace Prize Concert on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Parliament President Martin Schulz will represent the EU at the award ceremony and most of the Member States will be represented by their leaders as well.

For more information:

Nobel Peace Prize 2012 awarded to European Union - Press pack
Including information on the award ceremony and side events, Program 9-11 December 2012, Press contacts, Fastfacts, Who receives the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the European Union?, Destination of the Prize Money and the Nobel Peace Prize Medal, Youth contest "Peace, Europe, Future," Background information, Factsheets, Schuman Declaration.

Nobel Peace Prize 2012 awarded to European Union - Overview

Nobel Peace Prize 2012 – European External Action Service


The EU Delegation to the US will also feature all relevant information on the event on its Facebook and Twitter ( @EUintheUS)  sites.

The EU Delegation will also feature a video message by Ambassador João Vale de Almeida on its website at www.euintheus.org, circulate press releases and its electronic newsletter on the event and publish a message in The Hill.

Spring 2013 Courses

Topic: Comparative Working Class History

Prof. James Barrett and Prof. Diane Koenker

This reading seminar in comparative working class history will embrace several traditional topics -- work, trade unions, strikes and other forms of working class protest, working class politics and culture, but it will also develop several less typical themes – consumption, everyday life, leisure pursuits, and personal as well as collective forms of identity. Although the major emphasis will be on US, Russian, and Western European working class life, we expect to include as well some readings on East Asia, Latin America, and Africa. We also expect to include at least one session specifically on colonial labor. The course is intended for History graduate students who are preparing a field in comparative working class history, but also for students in other fields and other disciplines who have interests in the study of working class life. Professor Koenker is a historian of the Russian Revolution and Soviet Russia. Her current interest lies in consumption, including vacation travel, and she is working on a new project on consumer communism in the Soviet 1960s. Professor Barrett is a historian of the twentieth century US. His past research includes the study of work, racial and ethnic identity in diverse working class communities, and socialism and communism in the USA. His current research includes work on the relations between racial and ethnic groups in the large industrial city and on “blue-collar cosmopolitans.” Assessment will be based engagement in seminar discussions, on two short papers, one probably based on a worker’s personal narrative, and on a longer historiographical paper on a topic chosen by the student in consultation with the instructors.


Prof. Maria Todorova

This course covers the history of the creation and development of the independent Balkan states (Greece, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, and later Yugoslavia, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, and partly Turkey) during the 19th and 20th centuries. This process, whose obverse side was the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire, can be approached as a case study of the larger and general process of dissolution of multinational empires into nation states that dominated much of Europe's experience in this period. Special attention is given to Balkan nationalism, its roots, evolution and various manifestations. The modernization of the rural societies of the Balkans, their state and nation building are major problems of comparative analysis. Other topics cover ethnic conflict and/or accommodation, inter-Balkan relations, and the role of the great powers in the region. Finally, a close look will be taken on contemporary developments in the Balkans, especially the Yugoslav crisis. By reading and discussing fictional work and showing several films by Balkan authors, the course will provide a look also at the intellectual production of the region. Books for discussion are assigned on a weekly basis. Additional texts, maps and other materials will be provided by the professor.

Summer Programs


University of Vienna
International Summer Program 2013
Dates: July 13 - August 10, 2013
Application Deadline: April 30, 2013
The program includes European Studies courses (in English) in the mornings and German Language classes in the afternoons. Further information can be found here.  

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.



European Union Center
University of Illinois
328 International Studies Building, MC-429
910 S. Fifth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
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