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Spring 2014
March 3-7

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Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Related Events

EUC Grants for Undergrads

Blog Highlights  Announcements
    Events This Week


Monday, March 3 - Tuesday, March 4

Alumni Hall,

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w europe business

Western Europe International Business Conference

For more information, visit the conference webpage.

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

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.

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

REEEC Lecture

Wednesday, March 5,
4:00 pm

66 Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana

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greeneSalih Brkic: Bosnian Journalist and Filmmaker

Salih Brkic is a war crimes investigative journalist from Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has been a professional journalist for more than 37 years with a strong focus on Srebrenica, his "wound." He has made the documentaries Lovac Na Pravdu (Hunter: Return to Justice), which NBC has filmed; Nermine; Lampa iz Spilje PoljaUbijali Su i Nerodenu DjecuSkorpioni Streljane Djece iz Srebenice; and 12 Godina Muke Fate Orlovic, which received an International Award and international acknowledgement.

Organized by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC); Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies; Center for Global Studies; Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security; Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

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; Assoc. Director of Institute of European Studies; and Director of European Union Center of Excellence, UC-Berkeley

 Abstract & Bio

Organized by the European Union Center (EUC).

    Upcoming Events

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.

Organized by the European Union Center (EUC).

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

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


Friday, March 14,
All Day

Levis Faculty Center, 919 West Illinois St.

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Approaches to the Study of the Middle East and the Mediterranean: A Symposium in Honor of Paul Vieille

Symposium program is available here.

Organized and sponsored by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of French, the Department of Economics, the Program in Comparative and World Literatures, and the European Union Center (EUC). Additional co-sponsores: The Center for African Studies, the Center for Global Studies, 

Live Webcast

Monday, March 17,
1:30-3:30 pm

Room 411, 507 E Green St.


A Union's Greatest Challenges: Europe's Future Path toward Economic Growth, Global Competitiveness and Addressing Debt

His Excellency Jan Vincent-Rostowski, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Poland.
Ambassador Robert Hormats, Former Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, U.S. Department of State.
Mr. David Marsh,  Chairman and Co-Founder, Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum.
Mr. Wolfgang Münchau, Associate Editor and European Economic Columnist, Financial Times.
Moderator: Ms. Heather A. Conley, Director and Senior Fellow, CSIS Europe Program.  

Hosted by Williamsburg-Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Forum and in Association with the CSIS Europe Program. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC).


Monday, March 17,
4:00 pm

Room 100, Materials Science and Engineering Building,
1304 W Green St.


Materials in a Systems-Dominated, Resource-Constrained World

Speaker: Michael Ashby, Royal Society Research Professor, Principal Investigator, Engineering Design Centre, the University of Cambridge.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center

Videoconference Panel Discussion

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

Room 411, 507 E Green St.



English & Scottish Nationalism

Hosted by the European Union Center for Excellence & European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC).


Thursday, March 20 - Friday March 21

Illini Union
1401 W Green St.


North American Materials Education Symposium (NAMES)

Please see the symposium website for information about speakers and their abstracts, the schedule for the symposium, and registration information.

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

EUC Visiting Scholar Lecture

Thursday, March 20,
2:00 pm

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


The New History of EU Law: Promises and Challenges

Speaker: Bill Davies, Associate Professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Society, American University.

Abstract & bio.

Organized by the European Union Center (EUC).

    Related Events

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.

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.

Film Series

Wednesday, March 5,
6:00 pm

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

Do Not Forget Me, Istanbul


Do Not Forget Me, Istanbul - Turkey, 2011

The movie will be shown in Turkish with English subtitles. More about the movie can be found here.

Presented by the Less Commonly Taught Languages Program Film Series.

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 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

EU Center to Host Seven Scholars in Residence for Spring Semester

For more information on the EUC’s visiting scholars in residence, including comprehensive biographies and lists of publications as well as past visiting scholars, visit the EUC Visiting Scholars webpage. More information about public lectures by the EUC visiting scholars in residence, as well as a complete schedule of events for the spring term, can be found on the EUC web calendar.

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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.  Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30pm, January 30-April 30 (excluding March 26).

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.  Every Tuesday at 7:00pm.  

Conversation Table in Modern Greek
At Espresso Royale (Oregon and Goodwin) in Urbana.  Next meeting, Wednesday, March 5, from 2:00-3:00pm.

Arabic Conversation Table
Intermezzo Cafe at Krannert Center. Every Thursday at 4:00pm.



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