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Spring 2014
March 10-14

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Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Related Events

EUC Grants for Undergrads

Blog Highlights  Announcements
    Events This Week

EUC Lecture

Monday, March 10,
12:00 pm

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

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Chipo Nyambuya

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, 

    Upcoming Events

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.


Why Should Engineering Students Care About Industrial Design? And If They Don't, How to Enlighten Them?

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


Monday, March 10,
1:30 pm

Room 1005, Beckman Institute, 405 N Mathews Ave.


Through a Glass Darkly: What the Future of Higher Education Might Be

Speaker: David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham

David Eastwood became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham in April 2009. He has also served as the Chief Executive at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Vice-Chancellor at the University of East Anglia, and Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Board.

In addition to his significant contributions at Birmingham, Professor Eastwood has held a chair in Modern History at the University of Wales, Swansea, where he was also a Head of Department, Dean, Pro-Vice- Chancellor, and co-founder of the National Centre for Public Policy. He has served as Fellow and Senior Tutor of Pembroke College (1988–1995) and is now an Honorary Fellow of both St Peter’s College, Oxford, from where he graduated in 1980; Keble College, Oxford, where he was a Research Fellow from 1983 to 1987.

CEAPS Speakers Series

Tuesday, March 11,
12:00 pm

Room 411, IPS, 507 E Green St.


The Great Work of Our Time: Multimedia Presentation on (Dys)- functional Ecosystems in Five Continents and How to Restore Them

Speaker: John Liu, Director, Environmental Education Media Project; Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Vrije Univ., Amsterdam.

For more information on the speaker and the Environmental Education Media Project, visit: http://eempc.org/


Thursday, March 13,
12:00 pm

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


The Uses of Translation

Speaker: Russel Valentino, Professor and Chair of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Indiana University

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Organized by the Center for Translation Studies

    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

Spy Games: Nobody Does It Better (Than the US)?

Simone Kaiser, a first-year-student in the Master of Arts in European Union Studies (MAEUS) program, asks "No doubt, the surveillance affair raised political and ethical issues – spying on your foes may be justified, but what about spying on your friends?"

Read more on the EUC blog.

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


EUC Photo Contest:
Vote here

photocontestEUC Photo Contest Spring 2014
"European Citizens"

Vote here on Facebook now until March 19, 2014.

The deadline to submit photos for the competition was January 31, 2014. The EUC would like to thank all participants and invite all EUC friends to vote on EUC's Facebook page to pick the winning photos.

Cast your vote: Voting is now taking place on the EUC's Facebook page, where the submitted entries are published. Please "like" your favorite photos, and the photo with the most likes will be selected as this year's winner. Winning photos will be displayed at the University of Illinois EU Center's annual European Union Day in Fall 2014 and on the EU Center website. Winners will also be invited to all European Union Day events. Gift card awards will be issued later in the Spring after the completion of the voting period.

For more information about this years's competition, click here.
EURO 199

Europe in Trouble: European Politics, Society, and Culture since 1945
Beginning March 17th, a 7-week, 3 Credit Course
Instructor: Chase Dimock
Meeting Time: 10:10-10:50 am, MWF, film screenings 5:00-7:00pm, Th

This course focuses on important societal, political, and cultural issues that have shaped the history of Europe since 1945. It seeks to understand the many debates that have accompanied the process of European unification in their historical and cultural contexts. The central idea behind the course is that the development of postwar Europe can be understood as a series of crises, starting with the immediate aftermath of World War II, but also including the revolutionary year 1968, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the war in Yugoslavia. While the course studies important societal and political developments, it also argues that culture played an important role in the series of crises that constitute Europe’s postwar history, and that films, essays, and other cultural artifacts can function as an important resource for understanding the conflicts and controversies that shaped the public debate in Europe since 1945.

Fall 2014 Courses

RST 530: Critical Issues in Tourism Management 
Meeting Time: 11:00am-2:20pm, M
Instructor: Dr. Carla Santos 

The goal of this course is to acquaint you with selected theories, methods, techniques, current issues, practices, and principles that govern travel and tourism. We will survey the fascinating body of literature on tourism, examining ongoing debates about important issues regarding how we travel and the structures of institutions that shape our travel. By the end of the seminar, you should have a more critical understanding of the tourism system, its components and how they interact.

Stockholm Summer Arctic Program

SAO-LAS: Stockholm Summer Arctic Program: Application Deadline extended to March 15th!

2014 Program Dates: June 2 – July 4, 2014
Apply to the program here.

This summer, discover how melting glaciers and sea ice are altering one of the world's great wildernesses and changing the lives of Nordic and indigenous people. In this intensive five-week program, learn about issues related to climate change and human presence in the Arctic through interdisciplinary perspectives. Industrial heritage studies with relevance to heritage management will be another focus of the program.

University of Illinois students will participate with students from KTH-Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and will spend two weeks in the Arctic. Field site locations include Northern Sweden, Kiruna, and the Swedish mountains at the Tarfala and Abisko Research Stations. 
Program contacts:
Kristen Stout, Study Abroad Office Advisor for programming in mainland Europe; Alison Anders, Geology Department; Jonathan Tomkin, Associate Director, School of Earth, Society, and Environmental Administration

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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