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Fall 2013
 September 16-20

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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

  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

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

  Cinema Conference

Keynote: September 19, 8:00pm (Levis Faculty Center, 2nd Floor);
Conference: September 20 9:00am-5:30pm (Levis Faculty Center, Music Room)

Levis Faculty Center
919 W Illinois St., Urbana

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Textures of Technology: "Cinema of Digits: The Elusive Touch, the Elusive Grasp"

Conference schedule and details

Conference webpage

Keynote Speaker: Tom Gunning, Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Art History, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago

Abstract & Bio

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

 Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship Lecture

September 20, 12:00pm

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

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The European Union and Its Crises: Through the Eyes of the Brussels Elite

Speaker: George Ross, ad personam Jean Monnet Chair, University of Montreal

Abstract & Bio

     Upcoming EUC Events

 "Conversations on Europe" Videoconference Series

September 26, 11:00am - 12:30pm

 Room 411
507 E Green St.,   Urbana

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Videoconference Panel Discussion: The German Elections: Outcomes and Impacts

The “Conversations on Europe” Videoconference series features some of the country’s top experts on the European Union. The series links presenters and participants via videoconferencing across several sites. This event is open to the public and audiences at all sites are able to ask questions of the experts. The series is hosted by the European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. 

The roundtable will be moderated by Dr. Steven E. Sokol, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. 


Patrick Altdorfer, Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
Myra Marx Ferree, Dept of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Nils Ringe, Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
David Crew,  Department of History, University of Texas-Austin
Per Urlaub, Department of Germanic Studies, UT-Austin
Peter Rehberg, Department of Germanic Studies, UT-Austin

  CAS/Millercomm Lecture

September 26, 4:00pm

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum 
600 S Gregory St., Urbana

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Responding to Global Terrorism: Provocation, Retaliation and Deterrence

Speaker: Martha Crenshaw, Center for International Security, Stanford University

Abstract & Bio

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.


 REEEC Directions Lecture Series

September 26, 4:00pm

Room 101, ISB
910 S 5th St.,       Champaign

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The Diseased Body Politic: Paid Sex and the State in Imperial Eastern Europe

Speaker: Keely Stauter-Halsted, Professor of History and Hejna Family Chair in Polish Studies, University of Illinois-Chicago

Abstract & Bio

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.


EU Center of Excellence Symposium

October 4, 4:00 p.m.
Murphy Lounge,
University YMCA, 1001 South Wright Street      Champaign

October 5, 9:00 a.m.
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 FLB 
707 S Mathews Ave., Urbana

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Symposium on European Union Governance: Legislative Politics, Foreign Policy and Networking

October 4 - Keynote Speaker: Nils Ringe, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin at Madison

October 5 - Symposium:

Panel 1: Elections and Legislative Career Paths in the European Parliament
Panel 2: European Parliament Elections, Gender and the New Media
Panel 3: Intergovernmental Coordination in Internal and External Governance
Panel 4: The Role of Civil Society and Networking in Internal and External Governance

Symposium website

Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science.

     Related Events

 Teach-In on Syria

September 18, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Room 1000,
Lincoln Hall,
702 S. Wright St., Urbana



Teach-In on Syria

Join this public forum to discuss the current crisis in Syria and the international community's response. 

Paul Diehl, Department of Political Science; Lesley Wexler, College of Law; Linda Herrera, Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership; Adham Sahloul, student activist, Syrian Emergency Task Force
Moderator: Edward Kolodziej, Center for Global Studies
The event's full description can be found here.

Sponsored by the Center for Global Studies; the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security; and Invisible Conflicts (University YMCA).

  EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

"Dispatches from Europe" blog contest

Did you travel to the European Union this summer? The European Union Center encourages you to participate in our "Dispatches from Europe" blog contest!

Submit a post about your summer abroad for publication on our Across the Pond blog and be in the running to win our "Dispatches from Europe" blog contest!

Winners will receive monetary prizes!

Blog submissions must be emailed to eucenter@illinois.edu. The deadline for submissions is 4:00PM on November 15, 2013. For more information on EU blog instructions, please click here

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



EUC Faculty News

KuchinkeProfessor Peter Kuchinke Delivers Keynote at European High Education Conference

Professor Peter Kuchinke delivered a keynote address at the International Conference on European Higher Education in Vilnius, Lithuania, in early September. The conference marked the assumption of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and focused on the expansion and internationalization of European Higher Education within and outside of its 28 member states.

Kuchinke's talking points addressed the role of European universities for U.S. graduate study and research. In his presentation, he used the example of University of Illinois to explore student expectations, needs, and experiences of overseas study.

Kuchinke, a professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, serves as one of 25 U.S. and Canadian Ambassadors for PromoDoc, an initiative by the European Commission's Erasmus Mundus program.

Call for Proposals

INSPIREINSPIRE (Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange)                              Application Deadline: October 7, 2013

The Illinois Strategic International Partnerships (ISIP) initiative, and its pilot project INSPIRE (Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange) invite proposals from current faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for funding in support of collaborative research projects and/or cooperative educational programs that will strengthen our existing partnerships with  KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, and/or Karolinska Institutet.

Application form and further details are available here.

Information Sessions for IFE, French Field Study and Internship Programs


Information Sessions for IFE, French Field Study and Internship Programs           
September 24, 2013

***Minimum four-semester French language eligibility requirement***

Co-presented by:
Sherry Danielson, Study Abroad Office Europe Programs Coordinator
Michelle Yellin, IFE Returnee

Location: Rm. #232, International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth St
 Session #1: 1:30-1:50
 Session #2: 2:00-2:25
 Session #3: 2:30-2:50
 Session #4: 3:00-3:25
 Session #5: 3:30-3:50
 Session #6: 4:00-4:25
 Session #7: 4:30-4:50

Reserve a space at one of the sessions by emailing Sherry Danielson,
Study Abroad Office Europe Programs Coordinator.

IFE, a French not-for-profit educational organization, offers Field Study and Internship programs in Paris, Strasbourg and Brussels. The Field Study and Internship program makes use of the professional workplace as an ideal cross-road for encountering France, Belgium and Europe today, as well as an opportunity to carry out a field research project related to the student-intern's academic or career goals. The program includes intensive classroom preparation, a three-month, full-time internship chosen to match each student's objectives, a guided independent study on a topic closely tied to the intern's mission, and a structured framework of accompaniment throughout the semester. IFE works with students from all major fields and career tracks.
For more information,
visit the program brochure page at the Study Abroad Office website.

Study Abroad in Leuven, Belgium

EU in the US

Spend Spring 2014 in Leuven, Belgium               
Application Deadline: October 7, 2013

In collaboration with the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), the University of Illinois has developed a study abroad program in Leuven, Belgium that provides you with unique intercultural learning opportunities across the social sciences and humanities. European and US students participate in common classes and curriculum as you explore the social and demographic transitions that accompany and underpin globalization.

Learn more here and contact Brandon Lanners with questions. Info sessions will be held on September 17 and 23 at 4:00 p.m. in Gregory Hall 307.

Call for Nominations

2014 European Studies Book Award Competition Council for European Studies of Colombia University
Nomination Deadline: September 30, 2013

The Council's European Studies Book Award is awarded every two years and honors the best first book on any subject in European Studies published within a two-year period. For more information regarding how to apply or how to nominate another writer, please reference their website here.

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 Fall 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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