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Spring 2013
  January 14-18 

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EUC Photo Contest EUC Blog Highlights
  Welcome back!

Welcome back!

With this issue of e-Weekly, the EU Center welcomes back all faculty, staff and students to campus for the spring semester. We have an exciting slate of public events the next few months that promises to take us on a journey across Europe—from Croatia (the newest EU member state come July 1), to the Arctic Circle, to the Mediterranean, to Germany, and many places in between. As usual, the topics covered in these lectures, conferences, symposia, and films include a stimulating mixture of European politics, economics, history, religion, culture, and more.

Of course, a highlight each spring is our EU Day, which provides a wonderful opportunity for our campus and community to engage in dialogue with European diplomats about the EU and transatlantic relations. Please make plans to join us for the 12th annual EU Day on Feb. 15. It will feature a keynote “State of the European Union” address by His Excellency Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland; and a panel discussion, “Visions for a Future Europe,” involving Consuls General from Germany, Greece, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

Besides keeping busy hosting events, the EU Center continues to support or facilitate a wide array of academic programs, including our own EU Studies master’s program and graduate minor. Are you a student still looking for courses about Europe to take this spring? You can always explore possibilities using the list of courses that the EUC maintains.

With funding from our EU Center of Excellence and US Department of Education grants, in the fall the EUC awarded over $30,000 to Illinois faculty, students, and visiting scholars for research, travel and course development in EU studies. Stay tuned to e-Weekly in coming months for information about some additional forthcoming competitions.

As always, you can find more details about EUC’s public events and other opportunities through this weekly electronic newsletter. We also encourage you to visit our web site. We hope you will find its new design—launched in December—to be appealing and easy to navigate, even as we continue to make enhancements. Furthermore, we invite you to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. In both of these venues, you will find links to timely news articles and interesting information about the EU, plus updates on the activities of the Center and its affiliates. Likewise, check out the multiple sections of the EUC Blog for more in-depth commentaries from Illinois faculty and students about a variety of Europe-related topics, and highlights of campus engagement with the EU and its member countries.

From all of us at the EU Center, best wishes for a productive and successful spring semester.

-- Matt Rosenstein, Associate Director, European Union Center

    Upcoming Events


11:00 am

Room 411
507 E. Green St., Champaign, IL

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"Conversations on Europe" Videoconference Series:

The Next Member State:
Croatia's Path to the European Union

The European Union Center will co-host an interactive videoconference, coordinated by the European Union Center of Excellence and the Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES) at the University of Pittsburgh. This is part of a series of Conversations On Europe, in which participants are linked across several sites by video.
In this Conversation, we will discuss Croatia's impending accession as the 28th member state of the European Union. REES Associate Director Andrew Konitzer will moderate. REES Center Director Robert Hayden will join Professor Natasa Besirevic, a faculty member of the Political Science Department at the University of Zagreb; Dr. Laura Hastings, Political Science lecturer and Interim Director of the Global Studies degree major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and other experts throughout the U.S. in a discussion of the Europeanization process in the western Balkans, the impact on Croatia (and on the EU) of enlargement, and related topics.  
Joining the Conversation will be audiences from the EUCEs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Washington, Seattle.
Audiences at all sites will be able to ask questions of the experts. This event is open to the public.

EUC Movie Night

6:00 pm

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

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Eurochannel Short Films Tour: Laugh in Europe!

Featuring six short films:

Bye Bye Now - Ireland, 2009
The Shoemaker - Greece, 2011
Stolen Rhythm - Hungary, 2008
The Slovenia Way - Slovenia, 2011
20 Years Old - Albania, 2011
Do You Really Love Me - France/United Kingdom, 2010

Join us for Spring 2013 European Movie Nights for four contemporary comedies from across the EU!
Popcorn provided, BYO beverage.

Sponsored by Eurochannel.
Organized by the European Union Center.

EUC Lecture Series

12:00 pm noon

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

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Greece's Opening to the Soviet Bloc in the Early 1970s: A Conscious Diplomatic Strategy?

Speaker: Stefanos Katsikas, Lingustics, Director of Modern Greek Studies Program, U of I

Abstract & Speaker Bio

   EUC Photo Contest

Spring 2013 EUC Photo Contest

Deadline: January 15th!


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

Fulbright Belgium interviews EUC Director and Associate Director Bryan Endres and Matt Rosenstein

European Union Center Director Bryan Endres and Associate Director Matt Rosenstein discuss the Master of Arts in European Union Studies (MAEUS) program and the University of Illinois during the EU Centers of Excellence World Meeting in Brussels in October 2012. Courtesy of Fulbright Belgium, video of their discussion is available on the EUC Blog.

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



  Scandinavian Courses

Spring 2013


Take a Scandinavian Course this semester! 



SCAN 225 – Vikings & Volvos: Scandinavian Culture

Credit: 3 hours

M W F,  10:00-10:50 AM

Dr. Mark Safstrom

SCAN 492 – New Scandinavian Cinema

Credit: 3 hours

M W, 1:00-2:50 PM

Dr. Anna Westerstahl Stenport

Meets with EURO 490

SCAN 496 – SPECIAL TOPICS: Children and Childhood in Scandinavia

Credit: 3 or 4 hours

T, Th, 2:00-3:20 PM

Dr. Theo Malekin

CWL 441/PHIL 444/SCAN 496 – SPECIAL TOPICS: Kierkegaard

Credit: 3 or 4 hours

T, Th, 3:30-4:50 PM

Dr. Mark Safstrom

For more information and full list of courses, please visit the Scandinavian Studies website.

Translation Studies Courses

Spring 2013
Summer 2013 Study Abroad

TRST 400 Translation in the European Union

Wednesdays: 4-6:20 pm

Contact: Paricia Phillips-Batoma

Preparatory course for Summer Study Abroad TRST 401

TRST 401 Translation Study Abroad: European Union

3 credits undergraduate, 4 credits graduate

Dates: May 13-27, 2013

Location: Paris, Strasbourg, Brussels: 
EU Commission, Directorate General of Translation of the EC,
NATO, UNESCO, European Parliament

Contact: Patricia Phillips-Batoma

For more information and full list of courses, please visit the Center for Translation Studies website.

Summer 2013 Study Abroad Courses



GLBL 298: Nomads and Settlers: The representation of human migration from the Middle Ages to Globalization
Program Dates: May 15-29, 2013
Contact: Professor Emanuel Rota and Professor  Eleonora Stoppino




GLBL 298: Cultural Diversity in Turkey and Israel
Program Dates: May 13- June 3, 2013
Application Deadline: February 11, 2013
Contact: Dr. Ercan Balci and Dr. Yore Kedem




SAO-LAS: Stockholm Summer Arctic Program: “Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic”
Program Dates: June 10 – July 15, 2013
Application Deadline: February 1, 2013
Contacts: Sherry Danielson, SAO Program Coordinator,
Laura Hastings, Interim Director, LAS International Programs.

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
P: (217) 265-7515
F: (217) 333-6270  www.euc.illinois.edu

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event through the EUC e-Weekly,
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