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Fall 2013
October 14-18

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Upcoming EUC Events

Related Events

EUC Blog Highlights  Announcements
     Upcoming EUC Events

EUC Lecture Series

October 21, 12:00pm

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

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Immigration Issues from Below: Africans in Europe

Speaker: Alma Gottlieb, Professor of Anthropology, African Studies, LAS Global Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois

Abstract & Bio


FLAS Fellowships Sudent Info Sessions

October 21 & 22

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


POSTPONED pending news from the Department of Education about funding allocations for 2014. Please visit FLAS website for updates.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Student Info Sessions for (Graduate & Undergraduate)

FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies.

FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois National Resource Centers and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply.

Information sessions will cover the requirements and deadlines and provide opportunities for students to ask questions. In addition to a general overview of FLAS fellowships and particular requirements for various Area Centers, you can get tips on how to write a successful application; what supporting documents you need; and who is appropriate for a recommendation.

Students need to attend only one of the sessions since both sessions will cover the same topics.

For more information, visit Illinois FLAS fellowship website.

"Conversations on Europe" Video Conference Series Panel Discussion

October 22, 11:00am-12:30pm

Room 411
507 E Green St.,       Champaign

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Videoconference Panel Discsusion: Does Turkey Have a Future in Europe?

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.

Various Speakers

Co-sponsored by European Union Center.

Further Information

Department of French Lecture Series

October 23, 4:30pm

2090B FLB
707 S Mathews Ave.,       Urbana

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The Discourse and Incorporation of Immigration History in the Classroom: Negotiations of Terminology, Ideology, and School Space

Speaker: Elly Hanauer, Associate Director at the Center for Global Studies, University of Illinois; Doctoral Candidate at New York University


October 28, 10:00-11:30am

3057 Lincoln Hall
702 S Wright St.,       Urbana

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What Can You Do with a PhD? Careers in Public Service

Speaker: Dr. Rita Stephan, US Department of State

Bio and Abstract

Organized by the Department of Sociology. Co-sponsored by European Union Center.


October 28, 12:30-2:00pm

3057 Lincoln Hall
702 S Wright St.,       Urbana

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Feminizing the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon: Lessons for the Arab Spring

Speaker: Dr. Rita Stephan, US Department of State

Bio and Abstract

Organized by the Department of Sociology. Co-sponsored by European Union Center.

    Related Events

Cultural Heritage Reading Group

October 16, 6:00pm

212 Davenport Hall
607 S Mathews Ave.,       Urbana


The Tourist Gaze and The Case Study of Amber, India

For more information contact Caroline Wisler.

Less Commonly Taught Languages Program Film Series

October 16, 6:00pm

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

la pirogue

La Pirogue (2012) - France, Senegal, Germany/Wolof

Plot: A group of African men leave Senegal in a pirogue captained by a local fisherman to undertake the treacherous crossing of the Atlantic to Spain where they believe better lives and prospects are waiting for them.

More Info

  EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Threats to Sami Rights in Norway

Steven Bieszczat, a Political Science major at the U of I, discusses the challenges that Sami language and culture faces. Read more on Linguis Europae, an EUC a blog space dedicated to a wide range of topics involving official state, regional, and minority languages in the European Union. 

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



Spring 2014 Course

French 322: "Race, Immigration, & Urban Cultures in Contemporary France"

Instructor: Dr. Samir Meghelli
Tue/Thurs: 12:30pm-1:50 pm
CRN: 39240 (Taught in French)

This undergraduate course explores the rich cultures and histories of France's postcolonial (im)migrant populations of the last several decades, primarily from North & West Africa and the Caribbean. We will take up the question of how race/racism, the (im)migration experience, and the continually evolving political climate have shaped recent French cultural production. Examples will be drawn from the literature of second-generation immigrant youth, film (both popular & documentary), music (including Hip Hop, Reggae, & Raï), and much more.

Challenge Your Perspectives Competition for Master's Level Study in Sweden

swedenChallenge Your Perspectives Competition for Master's Level Study in Sweden

University of Illinois INSPIRE partner institution Stockholm University offers a generous award to US students to complete an English language Master's Program (awards are also available for study at Lund University). The competition Challenge Your Perspectives is open until October 20Apply today for a start date  fall 2014! http://www.challengeyourperspectives.com.

Fellowships and Awards

BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship            
Application Deadline: October 20, 2013

The BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship is an international researcher mobility program offering a six-month research stay at two renowned academic institutions, the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in Delmenhorst and at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences. The program supports research by outstanding scholars in the social sciences who will benefit from exceptional intellectual and research conditions. The Fellowship is scheduled for the 2014 winter term (October 2014 – February 2015). For detailed information concerning formal requirements, contact details and the academic program please visit their website.

2014 EUSA Haas Fund Fellowship Competition 
Application Deadline: January 3, 2014

The 2014 EUSA Haas Fund Fellowship Competition is an annual fellowship for graduate student EU-related dissertation research. The organization will offer one or more unrestricted fellowship of at least $1,500 to support the dissertation research of any graduate student pursuing an EU-related dissertation topic in the academic year 2013-14.

Please note the following stipulations for applicants, who must:

  • be pursuing the doctoral degree (PhD) in any country;
  • be writing a dissertation in English;
  • have an EU-related, doctoral dissertation topic approved by the professor who will supervise it; and,
  • be able to demonstrate clearly the relevance to EU studies of the dissertation topic.

Applicants for the fellowship should submit a one-page proposal of the project that specifies its relevance to EU Studies and describes how the fellowship would be used, a CV, and two letters of support to be sent directly to EUSA. The letters should be from professors serving on the student’s dissertation committee, and one should be the chair.

Applicants should send their material to eusa@pitt.edu using the subject “2014 E.B. Haas Fund Fellowship competition.”

European Defence Agency (EDA) & Egmont Institute Prize in European Defence, Security and Strategy
Application Deadline: December 1, 2013

The European Defence Agency (EDA) in partnership with the Egmont Institute is inviting the best and the brightest of European scholars to submit their dissertations for the EDA-Egmont PhD Prize in European Defence, Security and Strategy. Scholars who obtained a PhD in the last academic year or the beginning of current academic year (September 1, 2012, to December 1, 2013) and who feel their findings stand out in terms of quality, innovation and impact on future EU policy are encouraged to apply. Please note that to apply, you must be a citizen of an EDA Member State (all EU Member States except Denmark) or a state with an Administrative Arrangement with EDA (Switzerland, Norway). The winner will deliver a presentation EDA’s Annual Conference scheduled for March 27, 2014, in Brussels. For more information, please consult the award’s website.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Campus Deadline: January 21, 2014

The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Learn more through the UIUC National & International Scholarships Program's website here.

Call for Proposals

The Third SPERI Annual Conference: The Global Contours of Growth & Development beyond the Crisis
Application Deadline: January 31, 2014

The 2014 SPERI conference, taking place at the University of Sheffield from June 30-July 2, 2014, seeks to take discussion of the political economy of the crisis beyond its British and European contexts to focus centrally on the dynamics and patterns of the distribution of growth and development across the entire global political economy. Read the full call for papers.       

10th ECSA-C Biennial Conference: Europe and Peace
Application Deadline: October 24, 2013

Amy Verdun (University of Victoria) and Assem Dandashly (Maastricht University) aim to submit a panel to the 10th ECSA-C biennial conference that will be hosted by the Université de Montréal and held in Montreal on 8-10 May 2014. The conference theme is Europe and Peace. They propose a panel on Central and East European Countries and the Euro Crisis: Effects, Reactions and Lessons. If you are interested, please send a paper title with a 200-word paper abstract by October 24 to Assem Dandashly (assem.dandashly@maastrichtuniversity.nl) cc to Amy Verdun (averdun@uvic.ca).

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD): German Academic Exchange Service

News from DAAD about studying in Germany and awards                         

Live Q&A session online in English and in German with experts on studying the natural sciences in Germany. The chat will be on Tuesday, October, 15th from 4-5 pm CEST, that's 10-11 am EST. More details.

The Berkeley Prize for Undergraduate Essays in German Studies, application deadline: February 15, 2014. More details.

Call for Applications: Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX). CBYX is a yearlong fellowship to study and work in Germany. The application deadline is December 1, 2013. More details.

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!

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Conversation Table

Meetings take place every second Tuesday, upstairs at the Espresso Royale on Goodwin and Oregon from 5-6pm.  Contact Jasmina Savic with questions. 
Fall 2013 scedule: 
Tuesday 1 October
Tuesday 15 October
Tuesday 29 October
Tuesday 12 November
Tuesday 3 December

Swedish Conversation Group and Coffee Hours

Every Monday through October 21.  Meetings take place 3:30-4:30pm, in the Phillippson Library, 3114 Foreign Language Building.  Contact Mark Safstrom with questions.

Arabic Social Hour

Next meeting is on Oct. 17th at 5:30-7:00pm in Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 FLB, 707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana. For more information, contact Eman Saadah.

Italian Conversation Group

Next neeting is Oct. 15th at 7pm in Espresso Royale (1117 W. Oregon St., Urbana.) For more information, contact Rebecca Sconza.

Kaffeestunde (Coffee Hour): German Conversation Group

At Cafe Paridiso on Lincoln Avenue.  Free and open to everyone.  Next Meeting: Oct. 17th 3-5pm.  

Turkish Conversation Table

At Espresso Royale on (1117 W. Oregon St., Urbana).  Next meeting Oct. 17th at 6pm.  For more information, contact Ercan Balci.

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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