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Spring 2013
 February 4-8

e-Weekly archive

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EU Day

EUC Events this Week

Upcoming Events

Related Events EUC Blog Highlights  Announcements
    European Union Day 

EU Day

Feb. 15

10:00am -- Keynote
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2:00pm - Panel discussion
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Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom
601 S. Lincoln,

Urbana, IL


Twelfth Annual EU Day, February 15

collins 10:00am-11:30am
Ambassador's "State of the Eurorpean Union" Keynote Address
His Excellency Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States
Reception to follow.

"Visions for a Future Europe" Panel Discussion with
Members of the Chicago Consular Corps

The roundtable will feature several European consular officials discussing their countries’ unique experiences with the European Union and transatlantic relations. Panelists will include:

    EUC events this Week

EUC Lecture Series

Feb. 4
12:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 FLB
707 S. Mathews

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

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

Abstract & Speaker Bio


Feb. 6

507 E Green, Room 411

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kenarov Shale Gas in Poland

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

Abstract & Speaker Bio

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

Graduate Student Conference

Feb. 8-9
All Day

Lucy Ellis Lounge

707 S. Mathews

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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
"The Mediterranean Crossings of Fascist Empire Cinema"

Abdulkader Sinno, Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington
"Political Dynamics and Population Movements Across the Mediterranean"

For more information, see the conference web site.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

    Upcoming Events

2013 Prisms Global Health Lecture Series

Feb. 11

NCSA Auditorium
1205 W. Clark St.

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kenarovViral Forecasting for Pandemic Prevention

Speaker : Dr. Nathan Wolfe , Stanford University DC

Abstract & Speaker Bio

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

EUCE Arctic Initiative Lecture

Feb. 12

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 FLB
707 S. Mathews

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Until the Sun Returns: Sami Cultural Resilience 

Speaker:  Troy Storfjell, Scandinavian Studies, Pacific Lutheran University

Abstract & Speaker Bio

Co-organized with Scandinavian Studies.

EUC Movie Night

Feb. 14

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 FLB
707 S. Mathews

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 Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur) - France, 2010  

Join us for Spring 2013 European Movie Nights for four contemporary films from across the EU!

Popcorn provided, BYO beverage.


Feb. 19

507 E Green, Room 411

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Panel Discussion (with U. of Pittsburgh): NATO: A Hammer in Search of a Nail

Prof. Taylor Seybolt
, University of Pittsburgh; Dr. Gulnur Aybet, University of Kent; Prof. Ryan Hendrickson, Eastern Illinois University
Moderator: Ron Linden, Director, U. of Pittsburg EU Center of Excellence, European Studies Center

Abstract & Bios

Co-organized by the European Union Center and University of Pittsburgh.

REEEC New Directions Lecture Series

Feb. 21

ISB, Room 101
910 S Fifth St.

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bowmanDivided Historical Memory among Youth in Estonia:  Ethnic, Socioeconomic, Linguistic, and Political Sources of Ideational Cleavage

Speaker: Theodore Gerber , Sociology, UW-Madison

Abstract & Speaker Bio

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

Modern Greek Studies Lecture

Feb. 25

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 FLB
707 S. Mathews

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Yossipon and Jewish Nationalism in 19th and 20th Century Greece

Speaker: Steven Bowman, Judaic Studies, University of Cincinnati

  Abstract & Speaker Bio

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

African Studies Lecture

Feb. 28

Heritage Room,
ACES Library
1101 S. Goodwin

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Transnational Large-Scale Land Transactions, the Disappearing Commons and Livelihood Insecurities in Ghana: A Gender Perspective

Speaker:   Dzodzi Tsikata, Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CEGENSA), University of Ghana

Abstract & Speaker Bio

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

  Related Events

French Department Lecture

Feb. 5

Lucy Ellis Lounge
1080 FLB
707 S. Mathews

french Paris Is Still Burning: Rap, Race, and Riots in Postcolonial France

Speaker : Dr. Samir Meghelli, Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of African American Studies

Abstract: The American-born cultural movement known as Hip Hop has become so deeply rooted in France over the last three decades that the country now represents the largest market in the world for the music's production and consumption (behind only the United States). And yet, as was evidenced by the scapegoating of French rap artists in the aftermath of the 2005 riots, Hip Hop remains inextricably tied (in the French collective imagination and in everyday reality) to France's postcolonial youth populations and to the disproportionately immigrant, working-class suburbs. This talk will begin to unravel these many threads in the history of Hip Hop's arrival and rooting in the postcolonial metropole, demonstrating how the transnational cultural movement has continually served to unsettle the French republic's assimilationist ideals.


Jan. 14-Feb. 8

Lower Level Gallery
Temple Buell Hall Languages Bldg.
611 Taft Drive
Champaign, IL


Les Albums des jeunes architectes et des paysagistes 

Now on view in the lower-level gallery of Temple Buell Hall: Portfolios of Young Architects and Landscape Architects, an exhibit organized by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Co-hosted at UIUC by the Dept. of Landscape Architecture, the School of Architecture, and French@Illinois.

Scandinavian and Arctic Events

Swedish Conversation Group and Coffee Hour
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Wednesdays 1/30-4/24 (excluding 2/13, 3/20, 4/17)
Phillippson Library, 3114 Foreign Languages Building



  APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1, 2013
SAO-LAS: Stockholm Summer Arctic Program
“Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic”
Program Dates: June 10 – July 15, 2013



April 8 at 3 PM
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Dag Avango of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
Giving closing lecture at the "Names Swallowed by the Cold" Arctic Book exhibit

April 16 at 5 PM
In Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB
Jan Anders Diesen of Lillehammer, Norway
Lecture on Polar Expedition Film

 arctic 25 January-8 April 2013
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
“Names Swallowed by the Cold: Hidden Histories of Arctic Exploration An Exhibition Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Crocker Land Expedition to the Arctic (1913-1917)”

  EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Har de sitt eget språk? Do they have their own language?

Fengming Lu is a native of China and a fluent speaker of Swedish and other European languages. He was a graduating senior in Political Science in the spring of 2012 when he was enrolled in the European Union Center’s ‘Language and Minorities in Europe (418)’ course. Read his informative blog entry on languages in Sweden here.

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



Summer Course at KU Lueven

irex"The European Union inside Out" 
Dates: June 30-July 21, 2013

The two-week residential course (60 hrs in total)  combines a 24-hr multi-disciplinary core component with two 18-hr specialization tracks (chosen from a list of five).  The summer course includes four site visits to Brussels and two one-day weekend excursions.

Register here.
For questions, click here.
For more information, click here.

U of I students will be offered a substanial discount rate.


irexResearch in Eastern Europe and Eurasia

The Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program of the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) provides fellowships to master's and predoctoral students and postdoctoral scholars from the U.S. for individual policy-relevant research in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan.



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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