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Fall 2013
 September 3-6 

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EUC Grants & Contests

Events This Week

Upcoming EUC  Events

Related Events

EUC Blog Highlights  Announcements
    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.

The deadline for the first set of competitions is September 30, so start working on your applications!

     Events This Week

EUC Lecture Series

September 6, 12:00pm

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

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czapar 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

     Upcoming EUC Events

  EUC Movie Night

September 10, 5:00pm

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

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The Untouchables -- France, 2011

Philippe (Francois Cluzet) is a millionaire who was paralyzed from the neck down in a para-gliding accident. Driss (Omar Sy) is a man out on parole for robbery, who applies for the job of Philippe's caregiver only so he can be rejected and get a signature on his application for unemployment benefits. As Philippe interviews one boring job applicant after another, we begin to understand that he needs not only physical help but someone to cheer him up. Driss' cheeky irreverence is refreshing, and Philippe astonishes him and his own household staff by offering him the job.

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;  the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory; the Center for Advanced Studies;  the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; the Dept. of Anthropology, 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.

  REEEC Distinguished Lecturer Series

September 19, 4:00pm

GSLIS Bldg. Room 126
501 E Daniel St., Champaign

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What Can Afghanistan, Kosova, and Poland Tell Us About American Universities? Or How Area Studies Can Anchor Cosmopolitan Intellectuality and Consequential Solidarity

Speaker: Michael Kennedy, Professor of Sociology and International Studies, Watson Institute and the Department of Sociology, Brown University

Abstract & Bio

     Related Events

 Modern Greek Studies Film

September 4, 6:00pm

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


zorba the greek

Zorba the Greek -- Greece, 1964

This film is based on the novel of the same name, by Nikos Kazantzakis. An aimless Englishman finds he has a small inheritance on a Greek island. His joyless existence is disturbed when he meets Zorba, a middle-aged Greek with a real lust for life.

A six-minute introduction will precede the screening of the movie by two students who have taken this year Advanced Modern Greek I: Demetra Mourikes (Chicago) will offer a 3 minutes presentation in Greek and Hephestion Bolaris (Chicago) will follow with another 3 minutes presentation in English.

Free pizza and beverages!

The film is sponsored by the Department of Linguistics, Modern Greek Studies, and the Less Commonly Taught Languages Program.

  EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights


10 Things an Arabic Course Taught Me about Spanish Programs

Ann Abbott (Director of Undergraduate Studies; Associate Professor of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese; Affiliated Faculty of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign) discusses the less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) program at the U of I. Specifically, she shares her observations from a personal family experience about the Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World at the U of I and what she thinks other language programs could learn from LCTLs. Read more on the EUC Blog. This blog post was originally published on the Spanish & Illinois Blog on August 24, 2013.

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



Congratulations to EUC affiliated faculty Prof. Maria Todorova

Maria TodorovaProfessor Todorova Joins CAS Faculty

The Center for Advanced Study has announced nine new appointments to its permanent faculty – one of the highest honors the University of Illinois campus bestows for outstanding scholarship. EUC affiliated faculty Maria Todorova, Professor of History, is one of the nine University of Illinois faculty named to CAS. CAS faculty continue to serve as full members of their home departments while shaping the future of CAS by selecting associates and fellows for the center.
Todorova, the Gutgsell Professor of history, specializes in the Balkans in the modern period. Her research focuses on the symbolism of nationalism, national memory and national heroes in Bulgaria and the Balkans, as well as problems of socialism and post-communism. She is the author of more than 30 books, and has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship.

The full press release is available here.

Fall/Winter Courses

Study Abroad in Nicosia, Cyprus
GLBL 298: Conflict and Post-Conflict Resolution in Modern Cyprus: Life and Culture Divided by a Wall
Application Deadline: September 15, 2013

Program Dates: December 28, 2013 to January 13, 2014
On-campus meetings: Second 8 weeks of Fall 2013
Faculty Leader: Stefanos Katsikas; Study Abroad Advisor: Adam Heinz

Study Abroad in Istanbul, Turkey
GLBL 298: Cultural Diversity
Application Deadline: September 15, 2013

Program Dates: December 26, 2013 to January 15, 2014
On-campus meetings: Second 8 weeks of Fall 2013
Faculty Leader: Ercan Balci; Study Abroad Advisor: Kara Porter


German Chancellor Fellowship
Deadline: September 15, 2013

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's German Chancellor Fellowship Program is for university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People's Republic of China, Brazil and India with an interest in international issues and demonstrated leadership potential. The program is targeted at accomplished young professionals who are likely to become decision-makers, thought leaders, and influential voices in their respective fields. Fellows will be recruited from a broad range of areas such as politics and public policy, law, media, business, the non-governmental sector, and the arts. The program provides fellows the opportunity to spend one year in Germany, where they will network with other prospective leaders from abroad and explore new solutions to the global issues of our times.

Call for Papers

Turkish Migration Conference 2014
May 30 - June 1, 2014
Submission Deadline: September 24, 2013

Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies invites scholars, researchers, students, policy makers and media to this final interdisciplinary conference on Turkish Migration.The conference will be held at Regent’s University campus in Regent’s Park, London, UK from 30 May to 1 June 2014. The conference is devoted to investigating Turkish migration dynamics and patterns, migrant experiences, costs of migration, economic, social, educational and cultural outcomes.

Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Program

Less Commonly Taught Languages Program

Learn one of the eight languages critical to U.S. national security!

The languages offered are Arabic, Hindi/Urdu, Modern Greek, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Uzbek, and Wolof. Funding opportunities are available. Check out the FLAS Fellowships website for funding opportunities for LCTLs. Contact the Department of Linguistics for more information.

Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)

Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) 2014

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in collaboration with the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies , Center for African Studies, CIBER, Center for Global Studies, European Union Center and REEEC is pleased to host the 6th Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World in summer 2014 (June 11 - August 4, 2014). SILMW 2014 is offering intensive courses in a variety of Muslim world languages, including Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, and Wolof. Summer FLAS Fellowships are available.
Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours

Conversation Table in Modern Greek: Logos

Meetings take place every second Thursday in Espresso Royale in Goodwin Str., Urbana, IL 61801, starting from September 19th, 2013. Students are invited to practice conversational Modern Greek with native speakers and get fluency. This is also an excellent opportunity for students from past years, members of the local Greek community and those with some knowledge of Modern Greek to maintain and refine their language skills. Contact Dr. Katsikas with any questions.
Fall 2013 schedule:
Thursday 19 September 2013
Thursday 3 October 2013
Thursday 17 October 2013
Thursday 31 October 2013
Thursday 21 November 2013
Thursday 5 December 2013

Conversation Table in French: Pause Café

Pause Café at Espresso Royale (Oregon and Goodwin), in Urbana. Meets every Thursday at 5:30pm. All are welcome!

Cosmo Coffee Hours

Free and open to everyone... At these informal gatherings, coffee, tea, and homemade ethnic desserts are served. Coffee Hours are good opportunities to meet people from around the world and learn about other cultures. Read about a recent Cosmo Coffee Hour on our blog. For Spring 2013 schedule, click here. Unless otherwise noted, every coffee hour is from 7:00-9:00pm on Thursdays in the Y's Murphy Lounge.



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