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Fall 2013
Dec 2-6

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Modern Greek Studies Lecture Series

December 3

Room 1027, Lincoln Hall
702 South Wright Street, Urbana

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Greece Crises

There Is No End to Mourning Here: Giving an Account of the Precarious Self in Greece of the Crises

Speaker: Neni Panourgia, Columbia University and New School for Social Research

Abstract & Bio

Co-sponsored by the Modern Greek Studies Program; Department of Linguistics; European Union Center (EUC); Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES); Department of Political Sciences; Center for Global Studies; Department of Sociology; Department of Anthropology; Center for Advanced Studies (CAS).

FLAS Information Session - Graduate and Undergraduate Students

December 4 and 5
12:00 - 1:00 pm

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

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Foreign Language and Area Studies (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 of the FLAS coordinators.

For more information, visit FLAS Fellowships at Illinois website.

European Movie Night

December 5

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

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Almanya: Willkommen in Deutschland (Welcome to Germany), 2011-- Germany

In German & Turkish with English subtitles. Popcorn provided, BYO beverage.

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Master's Degree in Sweden Info Session

December 5, 3:30-4:30pm

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

Scholarship to Study at Stockholm University
Application Deadline: January 15, 2014

Information session for potential applicants on December 5 from 3:30-4:30 pm in the Lucy Ellis Lounge in the Foreign Languages Building. Please register in advance.

Open exclusively to seniors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign interested in pursuing a Master's Degree at Stockhold University.  Stockholm University offers 76 Master's programs in English within the faculties of the humanities, social sciences, law, and natural sciences.  Scholarship covers the cost of tuition and living expenses for two-year while working on Master's, or one year of work on a law degree.  For more information and how to apply visit the website.  

Research Presentation

December 5, 4:00-5:00pm

1001 Khan Annex, Huff Hall, 1206 S. 4th St., Champaign


Old Problem, New Methods: Developing Accurate Cultural Models of Hedonistic Youth Behavior in Tourism and Leisure Settings

Speaker: Nuno Riberio, Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre (IPHRC) and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR); Adjunct Faculty and Leisure Skills Instructor with the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at Clemson University

Info session: Summer Course in Vienna

December 5, 7:00pm

DKH, Room 125, 1407 W Gregory Dr.,


Info Session: PS 300: Wolrd War I & International Relations Theory

Summer course in Vienna: May 18-June 1, 2014 

This summer the Political Science department will once again offer a study abroad course in Vienna with Prof. Vasquez. This year, it is new course PS 300: World War I and International Relations Theory in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I. The course counts for an upper-level course in the major and will culminate in a two day undergraduate research conference in Salzburg at the Schloss Leopoldskron, where the Sound of Music was filmed (see the picture above). 

Course description: An analysis of the outbreak and spread of World War I and its impact on Europe and the EU in light of international relations theory. Emphasis is placed on the role of alliances, rivalry, repeated crises, arms races, and territorial disputes and how these affected decision making in individual countries. The long-term impact on the EU is also investigated with respect to current territorial disagreements, especially over Sudtirol. Students prepare a paper using recent data and historical information.

Study where it all started: VIENNA, AUSTRIA May 17-June 14 first summer session

Optional excursions to Munich, Italy (Florence), Prague, or Budapest

For more information, contact Prof. Vasquez vasqueja@illinois.edu

Community Lucia Concert and Julfest

December 7 5:00-7:00pm

St. Andrews Lutheran Campus Center. 909 S Wright St., Champaign


The program begins at 5pm with traditional holiday music and poetry and culminating in the candelight 'Lucia procession'.  The hour-long program will be followed by a reception with holiday refreshments.

Singing - all students are welcome to joing the informal Lucia Choir.  Rehearsal will be earlier that day.  Contact Mark Safstrom if interested. 

Playing instruments - Play an instrument? Interested in performing? Contact Mark Safstrom for more information.

Baking - The dessert reception is potluck-style.  As there is no entrance fee for the event, attendees are encouraged to bring either a dessert or make a donation to the club.  Contact the Swedish Club president for more information.

Sponsored by the University of Illinois Swedish Club

  EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Love and Hate for Language

"In the beginning was the Word … As humans we are defined by and immersed in language. We often think of it as a simple means of communication, but, on deeper reflection, the way we see our language is much more complex than that. With the strengthening in recent centuries of the link between language and national identity (a link built and maintained subjectively through human interaction and interpretation), symbolic attachment to one’s language has also come to mean hate for the language of whoever was perceived as national enemy."
Read Eda Derhemi's full blog entry on EUC's Linguis Europae blog.

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



Scholarships & Awards


ThinkSwiss Scholarship 2014
Application Deadline: January 31, 2014

For the seventh consecutive year, ThinkSwiss will select highly talents and motivated students from all fields of study who are currently enrolled in US universities.  Awardees will receive a monthly stipend for up to 3 months.

For more information visit the website.

Anna Jensen Memorial Scandinavian Award
Application Deadline:
 February 7, 2014

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literature is pleased to announce an award competition to facilitate study abroad in Sweden during summer 2014 or academic year 2014-15.  The Anna Jensen Memorial Scandinavian Award is a prize in the amount of up to $1,500 to facilitate research or studyin Sweden. 

Applicants should submit a 500-word application statement and their most recent university transcript.  Ideal applicants are students who have been taking Scandinavian courses, or who plan to do so during their time of study abroad.  The statement should outline: 

  • Your reasons for applying
  • How a period of study in Sweden is important to your studies and future career plans
  • How you expect to use the award (a basic budget)
  • Plans for Swedish/Scandinavian studies once your return

Submit all application materials to the mailbox of Dr. Mark Safstrom, 2090 FLB by 4:45 PM, February 7, 2014.  For any further questions contact Professor Safstrom.  

OUR Research Travel Grant 
Application Deadline: 
6 weeks prior to travel

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is sponsoring a research travel grant competition for undergraduate students seeking to conduct research outside the University of Illinois campus.  The goal of the initiative is to provide students with the funding necessary to conduct on-site research.  


  • Students must be an undergraduate at time of research trip
  • Students must demonstrate that resources need to conduct research are not readily available at UI
  • Research destination must be outside UI campus
  • Student must be conduct their own research, not on behalf of a faculty member

Additonal Requirements:

  • A faculty member familiar with student's research plan must provide letter of support
  • Presentation of any research must acknowledge OUR
  • Students must provide a one page report to OUR at conclusion of research

Funding Restrictions:

  • Application must itemize daily allocations of time and budget for duration of research trip
  • Support for following expenses permitted: airfare, mileage, lodging, copying on site, and use of equipment
  • Funding not permitted for meals, making copies at UI, or purchase of equipment
  • Travel funds will be provided on a reimbursement basis only; students must produce receipts for expenses

Apply here

Prague Summer Schools 2014


One-Week Program in Prague, Czech Republic
Application Deadline: January 31 (early), February 15 (final)
Programs run July 5-12, 2014
Prague's Center for Public Policy is pleased to announce the forthcoming Prague Summer Schools on the following topics:

The Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels
Crime, Law and Psychology
European Politics: Interests Versus Culture?

China: a World Superpower - Myth or Reality?
New Development Cooperation: Breaking the Chains of Poverty
Education: the Future of School
Globalization: the End of Consumption as we Know it

Spring University Prague 2014
Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic)
April 6 – 17, 2014
The theme is "East goes west – West goes east?: Searching for a new European order after 1990.” This study programme is internationally acknowledged and recognized, successful participants will be given 8 ECTS. For detailed information please see the program website.

Spring 2014 Courses


If you wish to add a course to this list, please go to our short web form at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/9569047 and insert information about your course(s).

For a list of selected Spring'14 Courses relevant to EU Studies click here.

Calls for Proposals, Papers and Submissions

Foundation German-American Academic Relations (SDAW) Call for Proposals 2014
Proposal Deadline: March 31, 2014

SDAW is prepared to fund research groups composed of German and North American scholars, and, where appropriate other European scholars, who propose to explore topics of particular relevance to the trasnatlantic relationship.  Research projects may focus on international or domestic topics; comparisons outside the US European context are welcome, as are proposals that seek to open new methodological approaches. Find the call for proposals online here.

Graduate Student Conference: Transatlantic Policy Symposium 'Hot Wars and Cold Wars: Europe's Near Abroad"
Proposal deadline: December 9, 2013
Symposium date: February 7, 2014

Organizers of the 2014 Transatlantic Policy Symposium invite PhD and Master’s candidates to submit policy papers to present at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. on February 7, 2014.
The 2014 Transatlantic Policy Symposium will bring together established experts in European foreign policy with the upcoming generation of thinkers to discuss topics related to Europe’s relations with its near abroad.
The deadline for submissions is December 9, 2013.
Visit the Symposium website for more information. Follow us on Facebook.

1st European Conference on Teaching and Learning Politics, International Relations and European Studies

Submission Deadline: December 16, 2013
June 26-27 | Maastricht, The Netherlands

Postdoc and Assistant Professor Openings

Postdoctoral Positions at ACCESS EUROPE Amsterdam

Assistant Professor in Political Science, California State University, San Marcos

NICE Welfare, Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Positions

Visiting Position in European Union Politics, University of Pittsburgh:
The Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking to fill a visiting position for a senior scholar (Associate or Full Professor) whose work focuses on the politics of the European Union. The position is for a full-time faculty member for one year, beginning in September 2014. At that time a separate search for a permanent hire in European and European Union politics is expected to take place. The person hired as Visiting Professor would teach undergraduate and graduate courses on the European Union and other courses related to his/her interests. The person hired would be invited to fully participate in the intellectual life of the Department of Political Science and the European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center. The Center would also make available its services and some funds to support the teaching, research and conference activities of the person hired.

Please send expressions of interest, along with an up-to-date curriculum vitae, to Professor Ronald H. Linden, Chair, Visiting European Politics Search Committee, Department of Political Science, 4600 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, 230 S. Bouquet Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups under-represented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.

Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours

Conversation Table in Modern Greek: Logos

Meetings take in Espresso Royale in Goodwin Str., Urbana, IL 61801. 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.
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.
Tuesday 3 December

Arabic Conversation Table

Meets weekly on Thursdays in the Intermezzo Cafe in the Krannert Center from 4:00-5:00 pm. For more information, contact Eman Saadah.

Italian Conversation Group

Meets weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm in Espresso Royale (1117 W. Oregon St., Urbana.) Next meeting, December 3. For more information, contact Rebecca Sconza.

Kaffeestunde (Coffee Hour): German Conversation Group

At Cafe Paridiso, 801 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana.  Free and open to everyone.  Next Meeting: Dec 4, 3-5pm.  

Turkish Conversation Table

At Espresso Royale (1117 W. Oregon St., Urbana).  Next meeting Dec. 5 at 6pm. For more information, contact Ercan Balci.

Swedish Conversation Conversation Group and Coffee Hour

At Phillippson Library, 3114 Foreign Languages Building.  Every Thursday through November 21 from 3:00-4:00 pm.  For more information contact Mark Safstrom

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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