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Spring 2014
Jan 21-24

e-Weekly archive

In this issue

Welcome Back!

Photo Contest

Upcoming Events

  Blog Highlights  Announcements
  Welcome back!

Welcome back!

With this issue of e-Weekly, the EU Center welcomes back all faculty, staff and students to campus for the spring semester. We have another exciting set of public events in store this term, including the stimulating variety of lectures, films, conferences, symposia, and panel discussions that our affiliates have come to expect from the vibrant, interdisciplinary EU Center. The Center is also planning to host campus speaking engagements this spring by several European diplomats—further details are coming soon to e-Weekly and the EUC’s web calendar of events.

The EU Center continues to support a wide array of academic programs, including our own EU Studies master’s program and graduate minor. Check out our recently enhanced web pages for more information about all graduate and undergraduate EU studies academic programs at Illinois. Students merely looking to find courses about Europe this spring may wish to consult the list of courses that the EUC maintains.

Much of the Center’s research, teaching, and public engagement efforts are made possible through funding from our EU Center of Excellence and US Department of Education grants. As we plan to apply for renewals of our funding for the next 3-4 years through these grants in response to anticipated calls for proposals this spring, we especially want to hear your ideas for innovative initiatives and better ways to serve the mission of the EU Center and the University in its European pursuits and campus internationalization efforts.

As always, the EU Center maintains an active social media presence. We invite you to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, join our LinkedIn group to connect with other Center affiliates, and explore our new Pinterest board. Also, be sure to read the numerous original articles by Illinois faculty and students about the latest EU and transatlantic issues on the EUC Blog.

From all of us at the EU Center, we wish you a productive and successful spring semester.

-- Matt Rosenstein, Associate Director, European Union Center

    Photo Contest

Photo Contest Spring 2014

Photo Contest

2013 is the European Year of Citizens and this year’s EUC Photo Contest is all about “European Citizens.” The European Year of Citizens 2013 is dedicated to the rights that come with EU citizenship from which all 500 million Europeans benefit daily– as does the European economy. Debate on the future of Europe is still on and this debate is about EU citizens' rights and about their future. We want photos that show what it really means to be an EU citizen!

Original photos with titles and captions may be submitted by U of I students, faculty, and staff. Winning photos will be featured at EU Day 2014, and winners and will receive:

  • 1st Place - $50 gift card (IU Bookstore)
  • 2nd Place - $35 gift card (IU Bookstore)
  • 3rd Place - $20 gift card (IU Bookstore)

 EXTENDED Submission Deadline: 4:00 pm January 31, 2014
Additional details and the submission link can be found here.

    Upcoming Events

Center for Global Studies Lecture

January 31,
3:00 pm

3057 Lincoln Hall, 702 South Wright St., Urbana

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Shaping Immigration News: A French-American Comparison

Speaker: Rodney Benson, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

Abstract & Bio

Organized by the Center for Global Studies (CGS). Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC)

Movie Night

February 3,
6:00 pm

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

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Så Som i Himmelen (As It Is in Heaven) - Sweden, 2004


Join us for Spring 2014 European Movie Nights for four contemporary films from across the EU!

Popcorn provided, BYO beverage.


February 6,
5:15 pm

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

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Sex and Eroticism in Ingmar Bergman's Swedish Films of the 1940s and 50s

Speaker: Arne Lunde, Associate Professor in the Scandinavian Section at UCLA

Abstract & Bio

Co-sponsored by Media and Cinema Studies, Comparative and World Literature Studies, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Scandinavian Studies, European Union Center, Gender and Women's Studies, Unit fo Criticism and Interpretive Theory.

    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

A Wrong Turn in History: U of I students to Visit Austria, Explore the Start of World War I 100 Years Ago

From May 18 - June 15 this summer, political science professor John Vasquez will lead students through Austria as they write papers on conflicts between countries during WWI. They will present their papers at a conference in Salzburg, held at Schloss Leopoldskron (pictured here). Read more on the EUC's blog.

Important note:
The last information session for the program is Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. in DKH 108. The application deadline is February 3.

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



FLAS Fellowships

FLAS (Foreign Languages & Area Studies)  Fellowships

Applications are due 7 February 2014, 12:00 PM.

Undergraduate applications are submitted directly by students to the Center to which the student is applying; undergraduate students should visit the Undergraduate Instructions page to access the on-line application form and for more information.

Graduate applications are submitted through the student's home department.  Departmental deadlines for graduate students can be found here: http://publish.illinois.edu/illinoisflas/deadlines/

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. The following languages, classified by Center, are approved by the U.S. Department of Education for FLAS fellowships at Illinois.

: undergraduates cannot apply to study French, German, or Spanish. Undergraduate fellowships are only available for intermediate to advanced study of less commonly taught languages, which are defined as modern languages other than Spanish, German or French.

FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois Area Studies Centers and Programs and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to the study of less commonly taught languages and each Center has specific priorities.

For more information, please visit FLAS Fellowships at Illinois

Study Abroad This Summer in  Greece

Study Abroad in Greece
SOCW 330 (UG)/SOCW 561 (G): Athens and Corfu

Service Learning in Greece
May 23-June 13 (Tentative)

On campus meetings Tuesdays 5-6pm, beginning March 18 in room 2018 School of Social Work

Informational Session: January 23, 12-1pm, room 2015, School of Social Work

Contact, Hellen MacDonald with questions.

Study Abroad For an Academic Year in France

Study Abroad in France

LAS-French Sciences Po Exchange

The University of Illinois has a long-standing exchange agreement with the Institute Sciences Po, one of Europe’s most competitive universities, specializing in the social sciences. This year-long program allows select UIUC undergraduate students the opportunity to take courses at this prestigious university. Interested students should get in touch with Brian Hunt in order to apply online. One must have had 4 semesters of University courses in order to apply and your GPA must be 3.45 or above.

Modern Greek Studies Spring Courses

Modern Greek Studies spring courses:

GRKM 202 Elementary Modern Greek II (5 credits) Develops elementary proficiency in spoken and written Modern Greek, including familiarity with elements of cultural knowledge and Modern Greek morphology and syntax. Emphasizes listening comprehension, reading skills, writing and conversational abilities. Online language laboratory and internet assignments required. Same as GRK 252. Prerequisite: GRKM 201 or consent of the instructor.

GRKM 404 Intermediate Modern Greek II (4 credits) Consolidates students' knowledge of Modern Greek grammar and vocabulary and enables them to converse in Modern Greek by exposing them to different uses of Modern Greek in day-to-day communication. Also offers an introduction to aspects of Modern Greek literature. In addition to listening comprehension and reading skills, the course emphasizes writing and conversational abilities. Online language laboratory and internet assignments required. Same as GRK 404. Prerequisite: GRKM 403 or consent of instructor.

GRKM 454 Advanced Modern Greek II (4 credits) It aims to enable students to become independent users of the language and understand extended speech. It also aims to enable students to interact fluently and spontaneously and understand main ideas of abstract and concrete topics and present clear and details accounts on a variety of topics. Prerequisite: GRKM 453 or consent of instructor.

GRKM 199 Undergraduate Seminar: Religion, Peace and Conflict: Greece, the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean, 18th century to the present (3 credits) Religion has played a significant role in the individual and collective identity of the Greek society as well as those of the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean regions and the course aims to show how it influenced the political, social and cultural life of these societies and worked as a source of peace and conflict. The seminar adopts an interdisciplinary approach in order to offer students a better understanding of the phenomenon and covers the wider region of the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean to offer a comparative perspective. Teaching in English and no prerequisite.

Translation in the European Union

Center for Translation Studies

TRST 400: Translation in the EU 
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-4:50 PM, 1024 FLB

How does translation ensure the viability of the European Community Project?
Preparatory Course for Summer Study Abroad TRST 401

This course explores the concept of "living in community" across languages and national borders. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students and will be of particular interest to students in foreign languages, cultures, and linguistics, political science, international studies, European Union Studies, law and business.
Contact the instructor, Patricia Phillips-Batoma with questions.

Summer 2014 Foreign Language Institutes

Complete a year's worth of foreign language instruction over one summer!

The Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World at UIUC
June 11 - August 4, 2014 (apply by April 30)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Languages: Arabic, Hindi/Urdu, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Wolof

The Critical Languages Institute at ASU
Various dates from June-August, 2014 (apply by Jan. 31)
Arizona State University and/or abroad
Languages: Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Hebrew, Macedonian, Persian, Polish, Russian, Tatar, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Uzbek

The Slavic, East European and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute
Various dates from June-August, 2014 (apply by March 7)
University of Pittsburgh and/or abroad
Languages: Arabic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Persian, Polish, Slovak, Turkish, and Ukrainian

Indiana University Summer Language Workshop
June 9 (June 2 for Arabic and Russian) - August 1, 2014 (apply by Feb. 1)

Indiana University Bloomington
Languages: Arabic, Hindi/Urdu, Hungarian, Mongolian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swahili, Tatar, Turkish, and Uzbek

GLBL 199 Intercultural Horizon Internship

GLBL 199 Intercultural Horizon Internship
Application Deadline: January 24

The Intercultural Horizon Internship provides students an opportunity to undertake creative and challenging assignments that promote cross-cultural understanding. The internship will explore the intersections of cultures, identities, and social justice issues on campus, national, and international levels. Interns will help develop programming that encourages cultural exchange and mutual learning dedicated to building stronger campus community. Interns will receive a $500 stipend and also will receive 3 credit hours of Global Studies 199 credit.
Responsibilities, qualifications, and the application procedure can be found here. You will be contacted if selected for an interview, which will be held the week of January 27, 2014. Employment will start early February 2014. Questions may be emailed to dchih@illinois.edu.

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellowship
Deadline: April 15

The Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellowships in Central European Studies enable each year two outstanding scholars to conduct research on important issues related to Central Europe at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. The third pair of Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellows will be appointed for a nine (9) month period from either September 2015 to May 2015 or October 2014-June 2015.
The Fellows are closely integrated into the research, training, and outreach activities of the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) at SAIS, and will participate in CTR events and meetings. Each Fellow is expected to complete a research paper during the period of residence according to the terms of the assignment entered into with the Foundation.
Applicants for the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellowship must have a doctorate or be at the post-doctorate level, have demonstrated research capacity, be fluent in English, and be eligible for a J-1 visa. Preference will be given to qualified and competitive candidates from Austria, but the Fellowship is open to candidates of other nationalities as well.
Visit the website for further details.

Central European History Society (CEHS) Research Grants
Deadline: January 31

The Central European History Society (CEHS) seeks applications from North American doctoral candidates (ABD) and recent PhDs (up to three years after completion of degree) in Central European history for travel and research grants up to $6,000. Funds are intended to support dissertation research and follow-up research, and may be used on travel between 1 April and 31 December 2014.
Applicants should be affiliated with an accredited North American institution of higher education and a member of the Central European History Society at or near the time of application. Membership in CEHS is automatic with an individual subscription to the journal Central European History ($27 annually for graduate students and $42 for others). See www.centraleuropeanhistory.org for membership.
Application materials include an application form, CV, statement of purpose (1,000 word limit), 2 letters of recommendation, budget worksheet, and a written project report (at conclusion).
For online application, visit: www.wizehive.com/apps/CEHS2014. With questions, contact Prof. Celia Applegate.

The Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program
Deadline: April 1

Istanbul Policy Center at Sabanc─▒ University and Stiftung Mercator invite academics and professionals with an interest in Turkey to apply for a fellowship program that aims to strengthen academic, political and social ties between Turkey and Germany, as well as between Turkey and Europe.Mercator-IPC Fellows work at Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), an independent policy research institute with global outreach located in the center of Istanbul. IPC offers the Mercator-IPC Fellows access to a broad network of academics, civil society activists and decision makers as well as a unique platform for sound academic research to shape hands-on policy work. Likewise, fellows profit from Sabanc─▒ University’s exceptional intellectual capital and vast reserves of scientific knowledge.
In the 2014/15 round, at least six Mercator-IPC Fellowships are available for outstanding young academics and professionals who have significant prior work experience. The fellows will be expected to work on academic or practical projects at IPC. A Master’s degree (or equivalent) is required for this position, but a PhD degree is strongly preferred. The 2014/15 fellowships begin September 1, 2014 and the deadline for applications is April 1, 2014. Please send your applications or further questions by email to the Program Coordinator, Mr. Daniel Grütjen. For full details, see the Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program guidelines here.

Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours


Conversation Table in French: Pause Café

Pause Café at Espresso Royale (Oregon and Goodwin), in Urbana. Meets every Thursday at 5:30pm. Resumes Jan. 23. All are welcome!



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