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Spring 2014
Feb 10-14

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    Events This Week

French Department Lecture

Tuesday, February 11,
5:00 pm

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

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Maryse Condé's Taste for History, Victoire: Savoring the words

Speaker: Felisa Reynolds, Assistant Professor, Modern & Classical Languages, University of Saint Thomas

Organized by the French Department.

Workshop Series

Wednesday, February 12,
6:30-8:30 pm

1000 Lincoln Hall
702 S Wright Ave.,       Urbana

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Int. Careers

2013-14 International Careers Workshop Series: International Careers in Business, Government and NGOs

Looking to find an international career that uses your global skills and language abilities?  During this workshop, you will learn practical advice on how to articulate your experiences and skills, where you can best find international careers (in business, non-profits, and government), and how you can translate your skills upon your return.  Come prepared to discuss your experiences and learn from an expert who has multiple experiences working abroad.  This workshop will be great preparation for your personal job/internship search.
There is no fee, please register online here. For more info, see the workshop website.

Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies (CAS); Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS); Center for Global Studies (CGS); Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER); Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS); Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies(CSAMES); European Union Center (EUC); Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC)

Roundtable Discussion

Friday, February 14,
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Room 126, GSLIS Building
501 E Daniel St, Champaign

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Roundtable Discussion: "Understanding the Ukrainian Maidan: Between Russia and the EU"

Kostas Kourtikakis, Political Science
Carol Leff, Political Science
Oleksandra Wallo, Slavic

Co-sponsored by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) and the European Union Center (EUC).

    Upcoming Events

Videoconference Panel Discussion

Tuesday, February 18,
11:00am - 12:30 pm

Room 411, 507 E Green St.

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Spy Games: Technology and Trust in the Transatlantic Relationship

Ami Pedahzur, Professor of Government at the University of Texas-Austin
Pia Bungarten, Friedrich Ebert Foundation Representative to the U.S. and Canada
Anthony Glees, Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, University of Buckingham.
Moderator: Ronald Linden, University of Pittsburgh EUCE Director and Professor of Political Science, Ronald Linden

The Guardian first revealed the NSA's comprehensive surveillance program in early June of last year, working from information from the now-infamous Edward Snowden.  But have the revelations significantly damaged the transatlantic relationship?  At a time when U.S.-European cooperation is becoming more formalized in talks to create a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), have the NSA spy scandals dampened European enthusiasm to work closely with American allies? 

Co-sponsored by The European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center at University of Pittsburgh

REEEC Lecture

Thursday, February 20,
4:00 pm

101 ISB, 910 S 5th St.

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Biography as History: The Case of the Bulgarian Communist Functionary Tsola Dragoitcheva (1898-1993)

Speaker: Krassimira Daskalova, Professor of Modern European History, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria

Organized by the Russian, East-European, and Eurasian Center. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC).


Monday, February 24,
12:00 pm

Illini Union, Room 314A
1401 W Greent St., Urbana


Title: TBA

Speaker: Stephen Bridges, UK Consul General in Chicago

Stephen Bridges took up his posting as Consul General in Chicago in August 2013. Immediately prior to this he was in London leading on Human Resources and workforce issues for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office following a four year stint in the private sector in the renewable energy and natural resources sectors.

Previously, Stephen had substantial appointments throughout Asia, including as British Ambassador to Cambodia (2001 to 2004) and Deputy High Commissioner, Consul General and Trade & Investment Director in Bangladesh (2005 to 2007).

Stephen is a career diplomat, having joined the FCO in 1980. He holds an international relations degree from University of London and an MA in Asia Pacific Studies from University of Leeds. Stephen is joined in Chicago by his wife Kim and their two dogs, Montague and Coco. He is a keen supporter of Plymouth Argyle Football Club.

Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, February 26,
12:00 pm

Alice Campbell Alumni Center
601 S Lincoln Ave., Urbana

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eastern enlargement

Roundtable Discussion with Members of Chicago Consular Corps:
The EU's Big Bang and Beyond: A Decade after Eastern Enlargement

Marijus Gudynus, Consul General of Lithuania
Simeon Stoilov, Consul General of Bulgaria
Robert Rusiecki, Deputy Consul General of Poland

Moderator: Carol Leff, Political Science, University of Illinois

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Movie Evening

Wednesday, February 12,
6:00 pm

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


never on sunday

"Never on Sunday" (Pote ten Kyriake, in Greek) - Jules Dassin

Illia is Piraeus's most popular person: an energetic prostitute, full of life and good humor. Every day, she swims at the pier, entertaining the dock hands. Sundays she has an open house with food, drink and song. Homer Thrace, an amateur philosopher from Middletown, Conn., arrives in town to find out why Greece has fallen from ancient greatness. He decides Illia is a symbol of that fall, so he sets out to study and to save her. Unknown to Illia, he gets the money for the books and all else he gives her from Mr. No Face, the local vice boss who wants Illia retired because her independence gives other whores ideas. Whose spirit is stronger: Homer's classical ideal or Illia's?

Pizza and beverages will be served.

Sponsored by the Dept. of Linguistics, Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs), and Modern Greek Studies.

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EUC Blog Highlights

EUC Video Library

Did you know that you can find video recordings of select EUC lectures on the EUC's blog? Check out the EUC Video Library for available lectures.

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


Study Abroad Summer 2014 in Stockholm

Food Networks: Media, Technology & Sustainability - Stockholm
Application Deadline: Friday, February 14
Program Dates: May 18-26, 2014

stockholmMACS 364:
This course will study food production and branding through diverse food-related media networks - looking comparatively at food marketing and production in Sweden and Illinois.  this will focus on the development of "environmentally friendly," "sustainable" and "organic" products.  Students will learn how things such as geography, culture, local business, and national policy shape communication on sustainability.  Students will also examine how diverse media plaforms from magazines and TV, to social media and the web - work to educate consumers on sustainable foods.  

Program contacts:
Anita Chan, Media & Cinema Studies
Adam Heinz, Study Abroad Office

SAO-LAS: Stockholm Summer Arctic Program

2014 Program Dates: June 2 – July 4
Study Abroad Office Application Deadline: March 1
GLBL/SESE/SCAN386 (6 credits):
In this intensive five-week program – for science and non-science students – discover how climate change is altering one of the world’s great wildernesses and then conduct research that will help map a sustainable future for the Arctic.   UIUC students participate together with students from Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The first part of the program will take place in Stockholm.  This year’s field sites will be located in Northern Sweden, with time spent in Kiruna, followed a stay in the Swedish mountains at the Tarfala Research Station, and ending with a stay at the Abisko Research Station near Lake Torne Träsk.  
Applicants must have junior status or consent of the instructor.
Program contacts:
Jonathan Tomkin, Associate. Director, School of Earth, Society, and Environment
Alison Anders, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geology
Kristen Stout, Study Abroad Office Advisor for programming in mainland Europe 
Apply to the program here

Undergraduate Research Conference

stockholm2014 Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union
Application Deadline: Monday, February 17 (w/ abstract)
Conference Dates: April 10-11, 2014

The primary purpose of this conference is to enhance undergraduate training in and knowledge of the European Union and US-European relations. In addition, the aim of the conference is to allow students with expertise in different areas to interact with each other as well as with faculty, foster intercampus cooperation, and recognize the excellent work achieved by students. Envisioned as an intercampus undergraduate seminar, the participating campuses simultaneously offer courses on the issues relevant in Europe today, integrating the conference with the student’s curriculum to encourage student initiated research and presentations. Having completed individual projects, students from each participating institution and faculty panel discussants will gather for an interactive conference focusing on European issues and student research. The EU Center of California and its partner institutions will be offering awards for top papers with study tours to Europe over the summer.

To apply and learn more, visit http://eucenter.scrippscollege.edu/student-resources/claremont-uc-undergraduate-research-conference.

Conference papers are due by Wednesday, March 26.

With further questions, contact, eucenter@scrippscollege.edu

Call for Papers

Mediterranean Visions: Journeys, Itineraries and Cultural Migrations
Submit by: April 10

This conference intends to focus on the possible perceptions of the journey to/from/around the Mediterranean Sea, moving from an Italian, European and extra-European perspective (with specific reference to the American continent, which is so historically and culturally connected to the Mediterranean heritage and to its explorations), and concentrating moreover on the theme of immigration/emigration to/from the Mediterranean Basin, the result of centuries-old, intercultural exchanges occurring between its shores, as well as the new challenges (social and economic) facing the region from globalized society and from the increasingly urgent democratic requirements of the populations inhabiting it.

The Organizing Committee will be overseeing the publication of an ad hoc volume with the goal of including submissions determined to be, at the incontestable discretion of the Committee, the most significant in terms of academic scholarship.

Please send submissions to: mediterraneanvisions@gmail.com.

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. All are welcome!

Swedish Conversation Group and Coffee Hour
Philippson Library, 3114 Foreign Languages Building.  Thursdays, 2:30-3:30pm, January 30-May 1 (excluding March 13 & 27).

Bosnian-Serbo-Croatian Conversation Table
At Espresso Royale (Oregon and Goodwin) in Urbana, 2nd floor.  Every other Monday starting February 3, 4:30-5:30pm.



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