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Spring 2014
Feb 24-28

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Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Related Events

EUC Grants for Undergrads

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.

EUC Lecture

Monday, February 24,
12:00 pm

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

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 UK in the USA: Perspectives and Priorities

Speaker: Stephen Bridges, UK Consul General in Chicago

Speaker Bio

Organized by the European Union Center (EUC).

Roundtable Discussion with Members of Chicago Consular Corps

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
George Predescu, Consul General of Romania
Simeon Stoilov, Consul General of Bulgaria
Robert Rusiecki, Deputy Consul General of Poland
Moderator: Carol Leff, Political Science, University of Illinois

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

REEEC Lecture

Thursday, February 27,
4:00 pm

Lincoln Hall, Room 1090
702 S Wright St.,

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White City: A Photographer’s Retropsective on the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics

Speaker: John (Ivica) Jurisic, Photographer

In conjunction with the Main Library's exhibit, “The Sarajevo Winter Olympics: A Photo and Media Retrospective”

Organized by REEEC. Co-sponsored by the International and Area Studies Library, European Union Center (EUC), and Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.


Friday, February 28,
12:10 - 1:15 pm

Lincoln Hall, Room 1000
702 S Wright St.,

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The US, Russia, and Bridging the East-West Divide

Speaker: Ambassador Ian C. Kelly, US Department of State

Kelly is the Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest, based at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was most recently (from March 2010 to September 2013) the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), in Vienna, Austria.  From December 2012 to September 2013, he was concurrently the U.S. Co-Chair of the Minsk Group, the negotiating process set up to resolve the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territory of Nagorno Karabakh.

From May 2009 until his appointment as ambassador, he was the Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State.  Ambassador Kelly’s previous assignments include Director of the Office of Russian Affairs in Washington, D.C., Public Affairs Advisor at the U.S. Mission to NATO, Press Attaché at Embassy Rome, Press Attaché at Embassy Ankara, Information Center Director in Belgrade, and Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer in Moscow.  He has also had several regional assignments that took him to all fifteen former Soviet republics.

He has studied Italian, Serbo-Croatian and Turkish at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center of the State Department. He also speaks Russian. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Kelly taught Russian at Columbia University, and received his doctorate there in Slavic Languages and Literatures in 1986. He also holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College and a M.A. from Northwestern University.


Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC).

GlobalFest 2014

Friday, February 28,
4:30-9:00 pm
Saturday, March 1,
8:30 am-4:00 pm

Normal Community West High School,
501 N Parkside Rd.,
Normal, IL

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A Celebration of World Languages & Cultures

Global Fest is a celebration and promotion of the study of world languages and international studies through educational activities connected to the Illinois Learning Standards for students 6th through 12th grades. Read more here.

Sponsored by the International Studies Center; Area Studies Center; the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center; The European Union Center (EUC); Center for International Business Education and Research; Center for Global Studies; and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

    Upcoming Events

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).

Proposal Workshop

Thursday, March 6,
1:00 - 5:00 pm

612 IGB, 1206 W Gregory Dr.,

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European Union Horizon 2020 Proposal Workshop

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is sponsoring a workshop to assist Illinois researchers in developing collaborative proposals for Horizon 2020 funding. Our goal is to inform our campus research faculty and staff about available resources and opportunities for Illinois engagement with EU-sponsored research projects, and to facilitate a significant increase in our participation in EU-sponsored consortia.

External guest speakers for the workshop include:

  • Dr. Graham Harrison, Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation
  • Errol Levy, First Secretary for Research and Innovation, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America
  • Xavier Rodde, Head of Research Information and EU Funding Support, The University of Birmingham, UK

RSVP to D'Anne Winston. For more information, visit here.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC).

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

Organized by the European Union Center (EUC).

EUC Lecture

Monday, March 10,
12:00 pm

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

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intl relations

Pathways to a Careers in International Relations

Speaker: Chipo Nyambuya, Vice Consul Innovation & Economics at British Consulate-General Chicago

Vice Consul Nyambuya will discuss her path to and current work at the British Consulate in Chicago. She will draw on her own experiences to provide recommendations for how students can prepare for a career in international relations.

Jean Monnet Eastern Europe and EU Integration Lecture Series

Tuesday, March 11,
2:30-3:30 pm

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

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Europe and the Collapse of Yugoslavia: The Role of Non-State Actors and European Diplomacy

Speaker: Branislav Radeljic, International Politics, School of Law and Social Sciences, University of East London; Visiting Faculty Fellow, Telluride Association and Dept. of History, Univ. of Michigan

Abstract & Bio

Sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC) and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC)

European Movie Night

Tuesday, March 11,
6:30 pm

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

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Štestí (Something Like Happiness) - Czech Republic, 2005

A trio of friends residing in an urban Czech housing project finds that happiness can come from the place where you least expect it in this quirky and heartfelt drama from Wild Bees director Bohdan Sláma. As the shadow of the country's largest chemical factory looms large over their bleak industrial suburb, Monika (Tatiana Vilhelmová), Tonik (Pavel Liska), and Dasha (Anna Geislerová) hold out hope for a brighter future in another place.

In Czech with English subtitles.

Organized by the European Union Center (EUC).

French Department Symposium

Friday, March 14,
All Day

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

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Social Movements, Globalization and Mediterranean Studies: A Tribute to Paul Vieille

Asef Bayat, University of Illinois
Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, University of Illinois
Eric Hooglund, Lund University
Emanuel Rota, University of Illinois
Zsuzsanna Fagyal, University of Illinois

Organized by the Department of French. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC.

    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.

Info Session

Tuesday, March 4,
1:30-3:55 pm

Room 232, ISB, 910 S 5th St.


IFE - French Field Study and Internship Programs Info Sessions

Come and learn about this amazing opportunity from Tim Carlson, IFE Co-Director, who will be conducting information sessions to discuss this program.
Session #1: 1:30-1:55
Session #2: 2:00-2:25
Session #3: 2:30-2:55
Session #4: 3:00-3:25
Session #5: 3:30-3:55

IFE, a French not-for-profit educational organization, offers Field Study and Internship programs in Paris, Strasbourg, and Brussels. The Field Study and Internship program makes use of the professional workplace as the ideal cross-roads for encountering France, Belgium, and Europe today, as well as an opportunity to carry out a field research project related to the student-intern's academic or career goals. The program includes intensive classroom preparation, a three-month, full-time internship chosen to match each student's objectives, a guided independent study on a topic closely tied to the intern's mission, and a structured framework of accompaniment throughout the semester. IFE works with students from all major fields and career tracks.

Reserve a space at one of the sessions by emailing Kristen Stout, Advisor for SAO-administered programming in mainland Europe. For more information, visit here.

Sponsored  by the Study Abroad Office.

    EUC Grants for Undergraduates

EUC Grants for Undergraduates

European Union Center Undergraduate Research and Travel Grants
Application Deadline: March 14 (successful applicants will be notified April 1)

Thanks to the European Union Center (EUC)’s European Union Center of Excellence Grant from the European Union, the EUC is pleased to offer the following funding opportunities to the University of Illinois undergraduate students. Applicants from all disciplines are eligible to apply.

For more information and application materials and instructions for these opportunities, please visit here.
For any questions, email: eucenter@illinois.edu

Undergraduate Research Fellow Grants

The EUC is offering three Undergraduate Research Fellow Grants in the amount of 200 €. These funds can be used to support the creation and presentation of research posters on EU-related topics, as well as to support travel to present these posters at a conference. Applicants from all disciplines are eligible.

Grant announcement and instructions
Application form

Undergraduate Travel Grants to Participate in the University of North Carolina Brussels Summer Program

The EUC will be offering three travel grants to students participating in the University of North Carolina's EUCE Brussels Study Tour of EU Institutions. These EUC undergraduate travel grants provide funds to cover travel costs and accomodations associated with participating in the University of North Carolina's Brussels EU summer program. Undergraduate students in all disciplines and departments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are eligible. Program dates: June 15-20, 2014. More information about the program itinerary will be available later in Spring 2014.

Grant announcement and application instructions
Apply here

    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Read more about the recent Ukranian events on the EUC's blog.
Effects of Violence in Kiev, Ukraine, Recognized in C-U

Ukrainian Protests, Another Round of Battle Coming Soon?

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


Grants and Scholarships


Gilman Scholarship Program
Application Deadline: March 4

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students eligible for federal Pell grants to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

The application deadline for summer grants is March 4, 2014. Please visit the official website for more information. 

Global Diplomats Forum

Annual Young Diplomats Forum

Global Diplomatic Forum

The Annual Young Diplomats Forum will present an opportunity for interaction and the development of skills for future leaders. The Young Diplomats Forum (YDF) is set up to recognise, enhance and develop the next generation of leaders. This community of exceptionally bright and accomplished leaders will gain further insight, tools and opportunities to engage with key stakeholders at a crucial time in their careers and broader their connection to influential stakeholders.

 Young Diplomats Forum in Mexico: June 9-13

For more information click here
To download the Young Diplomats Forum 2014 in Mexico program click here

Young Diplomats Forum in London: September 1-5

For more information click here
To download the Young Diplomats Forum 2014 in London program click here

For any information about the forum, please contact: ydf@gdforum.org

BIGSSS Summer School 2014

BIGSSS-Summer School 2014 on Interventions
Application Deadline: February 28
Programe Dates: July 8-11

Since the 1990s the theory and the practice of intervention have become some of the most heatedly debated topics (not only) in the field of International Relations. The first BIGSSS summer school is an occasion for 15 – 20 advanced M.A. students and Ph.D. candidates to intensely discuss their work on interventions with a group of international scholars. The term ‘intervention’ is understood in its broadest sense and also addresses projects in the neighboring fields of development policy, social policy, etc.

For more information and to apply, visit here

2nd 8 Week Course

Spring 2014


Swedish Sign Language
SHS 390 (Section SS1, CRN:60703)
SCAN 494 (Section SS1, CRN: 60669)

This second 8-week course provides an introduction to the signed language used in Sweden – Svenskt Teckenspråk. It will be taught by Mats Jonsson, a Deaf Swedish instructor from Stockholm University. The course will cover basic vocabulary and grammar of Swedish Sign Language, the Swedish fingerspelling system, and aspects of Swedish Deaf culture. No knowledge of American Sign Language or spoken Swedish is required. The 4-credit hour course meets MTWR from 8:00-9:50 a.m. in Armory 429.

Questions about this course can be directed to Dr. Matt Dye



2014 Balkan Fellowship for Journalist Excellence
Application Deadline: March 5

Your chance to investigate cross-border stories about generations with funded research, travel expenses, career development seminars, and publishing arrangements in international media. For this year’s program, journalists are encouraged to consider the annual theme, generations.  Think about your story’s significance not just in your home country, but also in at least one other regional state and within the European Union. Choose phenomena that are relevant and current but don’t forget that best proposals will put a big ideas into sharp focus and people at the heart of the story.

For more information, vist here


2014-15 Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellows in Central European Studies
Application 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, DC.

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.

Each year the Center and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation identify several themes of particular interest. For 2014-15, the Center is particularly interested in receiving applications that deal with any of the following:

  • The impact of sovereign debt crisis and the economic crisis on the countries of central and eastern Europe
  • The future of the western Balkans
  • Energy security issues
  • ‘Frozen’ or ‘festering’ conflicts in central and eastern Europe
  • Issues of human rights, democracy and rule of law in central and eastern Europe
  • The role of central and eastern European countries in transatlantic approaches to common challenges

For further information, write to: transatlantic@jhu.edu

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 Nominations

C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Award and W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award

Submission Deadline: March 10

Since 2006, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium have partnered to recognize the engagement scholarship and partnerships of four-year public universities. The engagement award program recognizes initiatives that demonstrate how colleges and universities have redesigned their learning, discovery, and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities.

The program consists of two awards:
1. The Engagement Scholarship/W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award, presented annually each fall during the National Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference.
2. The C. Peter Magrath University/Community Engagement Award, presented during the APLU Annual Meeting.

The Office of Public Engagement requests nominations from faculty and staff for programs sponsored by campus units. Please note that each institution is permitted to submit only one application. You may read the award guidelines for detailed information and eligibility requirements. Previous award winners are listed here.

Nomination form

Questions may be directed to Tracy Parish.

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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