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Spring 2013
January 22-25

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EUC Photo Contest Winners

EUC Events this Week


Related Events EUC Blog Highlights  Announcements
    EUC Photo Contest Winners

Spring 2013
Photo Contest Winners



1st Place
"A Connection" - Prof. Kathryn H. Anthony (School of Architecture)

2nd Place
"Le Belle Bandiere (The Beautiful Flags)" - Sean P. Murphy (College of Law)

3rd Place
“Progressive Tradition” - Kristen E. Knight (College of Veterinary Medicine)

Honorable Mentions:
“Kırkpınar (Olive Oil Wrestling) in Edirne, Turkey” - Natalie Cartwright (European Union Studies)
“Locks/River” - Maureen Stroke (College of Business)
"Under Construction" - Nathaniel Koppel (College of Law)
"Good Food is Understood in Every Language" - Katherine Fleissner (FSHN-Dietetics)

The winning photos will be displayed at the University of Illinois EU Center's annual European Union Day on February 15, 2013 and on the EU Center website.

    EUC Events This Week


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

Top experts on EU expansion, Croatia, and the politics of the western Balkans will be connecting live via interactive videoconference across several sites.

Dr. Andrew Konitzer
, Associate Director of REES, U. of Pittsburgh


Natasa Besirevic, Professor of Political Science at the University of Zagreb, visiting scholar at the University of California-Berkeley
Laura Hastings, Lecturer in Political Science and Interim Director of the Global Studies degree major, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Robert M. Hayden, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh
Dominik Tolksdorf, TAPIR Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Audience participation from students and faculty at: University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Washington, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Pittsburgh.

This event is free and open to the public.

The European Union Center will co-host this 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.

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.

    Upcoming Events

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



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

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kenarov Shale Gas in Poland

Speaker: Dimiter Kenarov, Fellow at the Pulitzer Center, Washington DC

Abstract & Speaker Bio

Co-organized with University of Pittsburgh.
Co-sponsored by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) and Polish Studies.

Graduate Student Conference

All Day

Foreign Languages Bldg.
707 S. Mathews
Urbana, IL

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Mediterranean Studies Graduate Student Conference: Real and Imaginary Borders Across the Mediterranean

Keynote speakers:
Ruth Ben-Ghita, History and Italian Studies, New York University
Abdulkader Sinno, Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington

For more information, see the conference web site.

  Related Events

Study Abroad Fair

studyabroadStudy Abroad Fair

Date: Jan 22, 2013
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Illini Union Rooms C and South Lounge

Sponsored by the Study Abroad Office.



yaseminBeyond the Mother Tongue

Speaker: Yasemin Yildiz, Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Date: Jan 22, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: 3rd Floor, Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana

Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Culture and Society.

  EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Avoiding Political Swan Songs

Whitney Taylor, Master's Candidate in European Union Studies, argues that "the EU may be experiencing growing pains, but it seems that the political will for it to further develop exists quite strongly and there is reason to believe that the EU is not a black swan." Read more

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



Faculty/PhD Exchange

euCall for proposals for faculty/PhD exchange to KULeuven
Deadline for proposed fall 2013 visits: March 1
Illinois Strategic International Partnerships (ISIP) invites faculty members 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.
Contact: Timothy E Barnes

Calls for Proposals


Global Studies Courses
The LAS Global Studies program invites proposals from faculty, instructors and advanced graduate students for Global Studies seminars (1 hour) and seminars abroad (3 hours) for the AY 2013-14.
Please refer to the requests for proposals on the LAS Global Studies website.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 9, 2013 (Submit abstracts to conference2013@fb.uklo.edu.mk)
The Balkans between Past and Future: Security, Conflict Resolution and Euro-Atlantic Integration
Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia
June 5-8, 2013
For further information, see the Conference website


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 28, 2013
SPERI Annual Conference - Beyond Austerity vs Growth: The Future of the European Political Economy
Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield
July 1-3, 2013
The aim of the conference is to provide a context in which alternative strategies and models of growth for the European economy can be proposed, debated, evaluated and assessed by academics and policy-makers alike.
Email proposals to Professors Colin Hay & Tony Payne at speri@Sheffield.ac.uk.

Spring 2013 8-week Course

Europe in Trouble: European Politics, Society, and Culture since 1945

8-week course, March 11-May 1
Monday / Wednesday / Friday
10-10.50 AM – Lecture
Thursday 5:00-7:00 PM – Film Screening

Professor Carl Niekerk

Fellowships, Scholarships, and Grants

Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Scholarship and International Programs and Studies (IPS) Scholarships 

Maria Pia Gratton International Award

Goodman and WGGP Awards

Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarship in International Relations



Upcoming DAAD Deadlines
Mark your calendars with the deadlines for this selection of DAAD North America grants:

Undergrad & Graduate Grants

Undergraduate scholarship
Deadline: January 31, 2013
More info: http://www.daad.org/undergrad

Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) for undergrads
Deadline: January 31, 2013
More info: http://www.daad.de/rise/en/index.html

RISE Professional for graduating seniors and grad students
Deadline: January 31, 2013
More info: http://www.daad.de/rise-pro/en/index.html

Deadline: February 24, 2013
More info: http://www.daad.org/internxchange

Faculty Grants

Group study visits
Deadline: February 1, 2013
More info: http://www.daad.org/groupvisits

DAAD Faculty Summer Seminar
Deadline: March 1, 2013
More info: http://www.daad.org/summerseminar

Internships with Dept. of State

vsfsVirtual Student Foreign Service e-Internships

The Virtual Student Foreign Service is part of a growing effort by the State Department to harness technology and a commitment to global service among young people to facilitate new forms of diplomatic engagement. Working from college and university campuses in the United States and throughout the world, eInterns (American students working virtually) are partnered with our U.S. diplomatic posts overseas and State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) domestic offices to conduct digital diplomacy that reflects the realities of our networked world.

The next round of Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) e-Internships are approaching. Students can apply online at www.usajobs.gov from July 2-20, 2013 for up to three projects submitted by the Department of State's and the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) domestic offices and U.S. diplomatic posts overseas. Students apply this summer and selected students will report virtually by October, 1, 2013 to work during the academic year, through spring 2014. e-Internships are unpaid and selected students do not require a security clearance.Students work on average 5-10 hours per week. Students do not necessarily need to be in the U.S. and consequently, those University of Illinois students who are studying abroad can apply for VSFS.

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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University of Illinois
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