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Spring 2014
Feb 17-21

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Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Blog Highlights  Announcements
    Events This Week

Photo and Media Retrospective

Saturday, February 8 through Monday, February 24

Main Library, North/South Corridor
1408 W Gregory Dr.

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sarajevo olympics

The Sarajevo Winter Olympics

2014 and the Sochi Olympics in Russia mark the 30th Anniversary of the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. To celebrate the Winter Olympic Games, the International and Area Studies Library has partnered with Bosnian-American sports photographer, Ivica (John) Jurisic, to exhibit photography and highlight media advertising coverage of the Games from across the globe. The materials features in this exhibit come from the personal collection of Ivica (John) Jurisic; the University Archives; the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library; and the International and Area Studies Library. More information can be found here.

 Sponsored by the International and Area Studies Library; the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center; The European Union Center of Excellence; and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

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.


Wednesday, February 19,
12:00 pm

Room 2015, School of Social Work,
1010 W Nevada St.

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The Impact of Socioeconomic Crisis on Health Sector in Greece: Challenges for Hospital Social Work

Alexandra Vergetis, Senior Lecturer; Department of Social Work / Faculty of Health and Caring Professions;Technological Educational Institution of Athens (TEI)
Katerina Pachi, Manager of Social Service Department, Thriassio Hospital, Greece and Assistant Professor at TEI, Athens, Greece.

NOTE: Both Presenters will be located in Athens Greece and will conduct their presentations via SKYPE. We are hoping to have 15 minutes at the end of their presentation for questions from the audience.

Organized by the School of Social Work. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC).

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

Abstract & Bio

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

    Upcoming Events


Monday, February 24,
12:00 pm

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

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UK in the USA: Perspectives and Priorities

Speaker: Stephen Bridges, UK Consul General in Chicago

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

Modern Greek Studies Lecture

Monday, March 3,
5:00 pm

Room 1065, Lincoln Hall, 702 S Wright St.

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How Important was 1453?

Speaker: Molly Greene, Professor of  History, Princeton University

Abstract & Bio

Organized by Modern Greek Studies. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC); the Department of History; Program in Midieval Studies; and the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics.

German Film Series

Tuesday, March 4,
7:00 pm

101 ISB, 910 S 5th St.

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Nichts Bereuen (No Regrets) - 2001

A recent high school grad still pines for an old classmate, and devises a stunt to get her attention.

Starring: Daniel Brühl, Jessica Schwarz, Marie-Lou Sellem

Organized by the Department of German Languages and Literatures. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC).


Thursday, March 6,
1:00 pm

101 ISB, 910 S 5th St.

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Horizon 2020 Grants Information Workshop

Speaker: Errol Levy, First Secretary of Research and Innovation, EU Delegation.

The Horizon 2020 Grants Information Workshop is for Faculty and Administrators.


EUC Lecture

Thursday, March 6,
5:15 pm

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

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The Trouble with Stars: Vernacular vs. Global Stardom in Two Forms of European Popular Culture

Speaker: Olof Hedling, Lund University, Fulbright Hildeman Visiting Scholar in the Scandinavian Program in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

Sponsored by Media and Cinema Studies and the EUC. Co-sponsored by Comparative and World Literature Studies, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Scandinavian Studies.

EUCE Director's Lecture Series 

Friday, March 7,
12:00 pm

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

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Halting a Tragedy of the Commons: The EU and the Arctic

Speaker: Beverly Crawford, Professor, International and Area Studies and Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science; Associate Director of Institute of European Studies; and Director of European Union Center of Excellence, University of California, Berkeley

 Abstract & Bio

    Related Events

International Dinner & Performance Night

Sunday, March 9,
6:00-8:00 pm

Latzer Hall, University YMCA, 1001 S Wright St.

int'l dinner

Join us for a night of cultural cuisine and performances featuring food from over 30 countries and entertaining performances from local students and community members.

Tickets can be purchased starting February 17th at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign (checks should be made to the University YMCA). Seats are limited, so plan to purchase tickets early. For more information and updates on the menu and performance schedule, visit here.

    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

EUC-Affiliated Faculty Member Receives Honorable Mention in 2014 Laura Shannon Prize for Contemporary European Studies

Yasemin Yildiz, Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and a European Union Center-affiliated Faculty Member, has received honorable mention in the 2014 Laura Shannon Prize for Contemporary European Studies for her book Beyond the Mother Tongue: The Post Monolingual Condition (Fordham University Press, 2012). Read more on the EUC's blog.

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


Study Abroad in Ukraine

Application Deadline: March 1
Programe Dates: May 15-21

yaltaEnhancing Strategic Analytical Capabilities in NATO Partner Countries: Security Cooperation and the Management of Current and Future Threats in Europe’s Strategic Orbit

The aim of this Institute is to introduce the spirit and form of a truly interactive and meaningful collaboration between representatives of academic, policy and civil society communities from EU and NATO member states and partner countries in order to increase the quality of higher education in the area of European and Euro-Atlantic security, develop research-led teaching by promoting independent and critical thinking, empowerment of the academics as agent of change and applying new research and teaching tools from an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective. For more information, including application information, visit here

Study Abroad Summer 2014 in Stockholm


SAO-LAS: Stockholm Summer Arctic Program

2014 Program Dates: June 2 – July
EXTENDED Application Deadline: March 1
Apply to the program here

Call for Papers

Euroacademia International Conference: Re-inventing Eastern Europe
Submit by: February 25

The Third Euroacademia International Conference ‘Re-Inventing Eastern Europe’ aims to make a case and to provide alternative views on the dynamics, persistence and manifestations of practices of alterity making that take place in Europe and broadly in the mental mappings of the world. It offers an opportunity for scholars, activists and practitioners to identify, discuss, and debate the multiple dimensions in which specific narratives of alterity making towards Eastern Europe preserve their salience today in re-furbished and re-fashioned manners. The conference aims to look at the processes of alterity making as puzzles and to address the persistence of the East-West dichotomies.

Selected papers will be published in an electronic volume with ISBN after the confirmation of the authors and a double peer-review process based on an agreed publication schedule. All the papers selected for publication should be original and must not have been published elsewhere. All participants to the conference will receive a copy of the volume.

Submissions can be sent to application@euroacademia.eu, or submitted online at www.euroacademia.eu.

For complete information before applying please click here

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.

Italian Conversation Group
At Espresso Royale (Oregon and Goodwin) in Urbana.  All levels welcome.  Next meeting, Tuesday Feb. 18, at 7:00pm.  

Conversation Table in Modern Greek
At Espresso Royale (Oregon and Goodwin) in Urbana.  Next meeting, Wednesday Feb. 19, from 2:00-3:00pm.

Arabic Conversation Table
Intermezzo Cafe at Krannert Center.  Next meeting, Thursday Feb. 20, at 4:00pm.



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