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Fall 2013
 August 26-30

e-Weekly archive

In this issue

Welcome back!

EUC Grants & Contests

Upcoming EUC  Events

EUC Blog Highlights  Announcements
    Welcome back!

Welcome back!

Summer heat is definitely still in the air, but our thoughts turn to the fall semester and the exciting start to a new academic year. The European Union Center resumes publication of our e-Weekly newsletter with a warm welcome to our faculty, staff, and students.

As we say hello to old and new friends, we also bid a farewell of sorts and congratulations to our Director since 2010, Professor Bryan Endres. Bryan was recently promoted to Interim Associate Provost for International Affairs and Interim Director of International Programs and Studies (IPS) at the University of Illinois. Although we will miss Bryan’s very active and accomplished leadership of the EU Center, we look forward to working closely with him in his new position and take heart that he will continue to provide guidance and support to the EUC in an oversight capacity. Meanwhile, IPS and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are working to identify a new faculty director to lead the Center in its future endeavors.

Together with our highly energetic faculty, the EUC staff has been busy planning an exciting array of lectures, conferences, movies, and more for the fall. Recent developments have seen the accession to the EU of a 28th member country (Croatia), and the first round of negotiations between the EU and US on a new free trade agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The Center’s events this year will feature opportunities to hear about these and other diverse EU topics. Our events are open to the public, so please add them to your calendar, and look for updates in forthcoming e-Weekly issues and on the EU Center web site.

Each year, the EUC is able to use resources from our EU Center of Excellence and US Department of Education Title VI grants to make funding support and a variety of contests about the EU available to our individual affiliates. Be sure to check out our newly released Call for Grant Applications for details on all of the opportunities open to UI faculty and students, and off-campus scholars and educators. The deadline for the first set of competitions is September 30, so start working on your applications!

As usual, EUC was busy this past year seeking additional funding to develop new curricula and programming about the EU. We were pleased to learn recently that we have received another competitive EU grant, a Jean Monnet Module, for a new initiative on “Eastern Europe and EU Integration.” Keep an eye out for forthcoming information about the new course to be offered in the spring, lecture series, and other activities that this award will enable.

Many of you already keep up with the Center and the latest EU news through our Facebook page, EUC Blog, and Twitter feed. E-weekly will continue to highlight selected contributions to these social media. We also invite you to join our new LinkedIn group, which allows EUC affiliates to stay connected and follow each other’s professional developments.

As we look ahead to the upcoming academic year, the Center will continue to serve as a hub for research, teaching, and public engagement on the EU and transatlantic relations. Please feel welcome to share your ideas with us about new ways to serve that mission. In the mean time, we wish all of the EU Center’s many friends a productive and stimulating year to come!

-Matt Rosenstein, EU Center Associate Director

    EUC Call for Grant Applications & Contests

Announcing the EUC's 2013-14 Call for Grant Applications and Contests

Thanks to the European Union Center’s Department of Education Title VI Grant and the European Union Center of Excellence Grant from the European Union, the EUC is pleased to offer several funding opportunities to the University of Illinois (UI) community and beyond. Included in this announcement you will find calls for UI faculty, graduate students,  and undergraduate students, as well as opportunities for non-UI scholars of the EU and K-12 educators and students. For more information about the available grants including detailed requests for proposals and application instructions, please visit the EUC grants webpage.
     Upcoming EUC Events

EUC Lecture Series

September 6, 12:00pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 FLB,
707 S. Mathews, Urbana

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Developing International Collaborations for Water Research, Education, and Outreach

Speaker: George Czapar, Director, Center for Watershed Science, Illinois Water Survey -- Praire Research Institute, U of I

Abstract & Bio

  EUC Movie Night

September 10, 5:00pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 FLB,
707 S. Mathews, Urbana

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The Untouchables -- France, 2011


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

  EU Center of Excellence Conference

September 13-14

Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 FLB,
707 S. Mathews, Urbana

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islameuMobilizing Difference: Gender, Islam and the Production of Contemporary Europeanness

This conference will explore how discourses on Islam, gender, sexuality, and race are mobilized in the struggle over contemporary Europeanness. It highlights especially approaches that draw on anti-racist, feminist, and queer of color critique. Conference website.

This event is supported by the European Union Center; the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; a William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Grant; the Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures, the Dept. of Gender and Women’s Studies, and the Dept. of Sociology.

The conference is open and free to the public.

Artwork by Nezaket Ekici. Photo by Stefan Erhard. For more information about the artwork, click here.

  EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic

You can find on the EUC blog a series of blog entries written by University of Illinois students who traveled during summer 2013 to Stockholm, Sweden and Svalbard, Norway to participate in the interdisciplinary course, “Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic,” provided by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and co-organized with KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Course participants from both universities learn about issues related to climate change and the Arctic, capped by an excursion to conduct field research near the Arctic Circle. This program is partially supported by the European Union Center through a European Union Center of Excellence grant, and is an initiative of the Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational Research Exchange (INSPIRE). Student blog entries also appear on the web site of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat. Read more on the EUC blog.

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



EUC Social Media Internship

European Union Center Social Media Internship
Deadline: August 30, 2013
The European Union Center is seeking a web savvy intern to develop, implement and maintain day-to-day social media strategy across our various social media platforms. This intern will be responsible for developing a strategy, as well as maintaining and growing our social media community. Although unpaid, the intern position may qualify for course credit.  Flexible work hours of approximately 5 hours/week will start at the beginning of the Fall 2013 semester. This internship is a great resume builder and reference!
-- Manage all of EUC’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) including: Developing and posting content; Monitoring conversations; Engaging with and responding to fans/followers; Tracking, analyzing, and reporting metrics to measure the impact/effectiveness of social media tactics and reporting results to the EUC staff
-- Develop and execute creative strategies to increase engagement and to continually improve our social media presence
-- Research and recommend new opportunities, trends and features in the social media space
Desired Skills and Experience:
-- Pursuing an undergraduate degree in Media, Marketing, Communications or other related field
-- Experience working with different social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc.)
-- Demonstrate interest in Europe and EU cultural, political and educational affairs
-- Experience using Social Media monitoring tools such as Facebook Insights
-- Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite)
-- Strong written and verbal communication skills
Send your resume and a cover letter (max. 2 pages) to
European Union Center
324 ISB, 910 S. Fifth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

EU Center Social media: @eucenter | FB: UIUC.EUC | EUC Blog

Call for Applications

fulbrightAY 2014-15 U.S. Fulbright Scholar awards to Central and Eastern Europe
Extended Deadline: September 15, 2013
BELARUS -- 4156 All Disciplines
BELARUS -- 4157 Economics and/or Business Administration  
CZECH REPUBLIC -- 4181 Fulbright-Czech Technical University Distinguished Chair in   Electrical Engineering
HUNGARY -- 4531 Computer Science: Data Mining (Models, Algorithms, Bioinformatics)             
KOSOVO -- 4264 Contemporary American Literature    
KOSOVO -- 4265 Kosovo Education System Reforms      
KOSOVO -- 4266 Theory and Practice of Restoration of Cultural Heritage Monuments
RUSSIA -- 4312 Community College Faculty Award      
RUSSIA -- 4314 Science and Innovation
SLOVAK REPUBLIC -- 4318 All Disciplines (Teaching)          
SLOVENIA -- 4323 Biomedical Sciences/Biomedical Research      
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and hold a Ph.D. or appropriate professional/terminal degree at the time of application. For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, click here.


American Academy in Rome: Rome Prize
Deadline: November 1, 2013

A program of the American Academy in Rome, the Rome Prize is annually awarded to thirty emerging artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who exemplify the highest standard of excellence in arts and humanities scholarship, in order to allow them to pursue their work in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation….Fellows are chosen from the disciplines of architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, landscape architecture, literature, musical composition, visual arts, ancient studies, medieval studies, Renaissance and Early Modern studies, and Modern Italian studies.

Fall Courses

Need a foreign language course? Try Swedish! Fall 2013
Learn the language of the people who brought you Volvo, ABBA, the Welfare State, Vikings, IKEA and meatballs!  Swedish belongs to the Germanic family of languages, and has many similarities with English (verbs are a relative breeze).  Warning - class involves singing and eating, and great camaraderie.

SCAN 101 – Beginning Scandinavian I (Swedish)
M T W Th  9:00-9:50 AM
4 credit hours
Dr. Mark Safstrom
This is the FIRST course in the Swedish language sequence.  Instruction is by immersion, emphasis is on basic skills: reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension.

SCAN 103 – Intermediate Scandinavian I (Swedish)
M T W Th  10:00-10:50 AM
4 credit hours
Dr. Mark Safstrom
This is the THIRD course in the Swedish language sequence.  Instruction is by immersion, emphasis is on grammar, reading, discussion skills and writing through the study of authentic texts.


Scottish Development International -- Business Development Internship, Fall 2013, Chicago

Scottish Development International, a government funded organization, supports the Scottish economy by helping our companies grow their overseas markets and assisting international companies to set up and do business in Scotland. A GDP Global World Bank study recently classed us as the 'world's most consistently high performing investment promotion agency', and as a result of a significant increase in our international business development activities, applications are invited for a paid, full- or part-time internship position at SDI's office in downtown Chicago. The internship will begin in mid-September and conclude after approximately three months.

This is an exciting opportunity with emphasis on researching and identifying international business development opportunities and securing qualified appointments for existing staff members, through direct approaches involving companies and organizations located in the US Central Region.

Students who are eligible to receive class credit are encouraged to apply, though recent graduates will also be considered for the position. Find out more here.



INTERLINK is a mentoring program, where international students have the opportunity to be paired with a University of Illinois student, faculty, or staff member who can provide support in adjusting to American culture. Mentors and mentees are expected to have regular contact with each other (e.g., weekly coffee or bi-weekly lunch). They can also participate in group social events.

Fall 2013 registration for INTERLINK is now open and continues till Sunday, September 15, 2013.

Mentee Application URL: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/6875774

Mentor Application URL: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/4644201

For more information about INTERLINK please contact the INTERLINK GA at uiuc.interlink@gmail.com or see our mentoring tips or Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

EU Express and Other Resources from the EU Delegation

Resources from the Delegation of the EU to the US

Interested in learning more about the EU, or bringing information about the EU into your classroom? The Delegation of the European Union to the United States produces a number of publications that may be downloaded free from their website.  In addition to printed materials, they offer educational opportunities and resources for students and teachers. You can also subscribe to EU Express to be be notified of EU events and news.



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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