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Spring 2014
Apr 14-18

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Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Undergrad All-Expense-Paid Travel to Brussels

Blog Highlights  Announcements
    Events This Week

EUC Lecture

Monday, April 14,
4:00 pm

Conference Room ISB, 910 S 5th St.

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Re-imagining the Other Imperial Past: Japan’s Colonial Heritage in Taiwan

Speaker: Mike Robinson, Director, Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham

Bio & Abstract

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

Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U. of Pitt.)

Thursday, April 17,

Room 411, 507 E. Green St.,

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LarssonA Parliament Against Itself? The Far Right in the Upcoming European Parliament Elections

From May 22 to May 25, voters in 28 members countries of the European Union will elect some 751 members of a newly empowered European Parliament. Since the Treaty of Lisbon came into effect, the EP has gained “co-decision” rights in many policy areas, including agriculture, energy policy, immigration and EU funds.  The EP must approve the budget and most visibly, the European Parliament has gained the right to endorse (or not) the members states’ nominee to be President of the European Commission.  The Parliament also must give its approval to the Commission as a whole.

But it is the European Parliament’s role as a sounding board of public opinion—on the EU as well as on national governments—that will get the most attention this time. Across Europe—most recently in France—populist, nationalist and Eurosceptic parties have gained in elections, within mainstream parties and in public favor.  If this trend is reflected in these “European” elections, the European Parliament may find itself with a significant number of members who are hostile to the goals and aims of the European project.  Audience participation is encouraged.

Catherine De Vries, University of Oxford
Kostantinos Kourtikakis, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne
Will Daniel, Francis Marion University

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

EUC Lecture

Friday, April 18,
12:00 pm

210 Illini Union, 1401 W Green St.

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New Kids on the Block: A Complete Changeover of Europe’s Leadership in 2014

Speaker: Hans Martens, European Policy Centre

Bio & Abstract

Organized by the European Union Center (EUC). 

    Upcoming Events


Monday, April 21,
4:00 pm

123 David Kinley Hall, 1407 W Gregory St.

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After the Revolution: Youth, Democracy and the Politics of Disappointment in Serbia

Speaker: Jessica Greenberg, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bio & Abstract

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

Modern Greek Studies Documentary Screening

Wednesday, April 23,
6:00 pm

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

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twice a stranger

Twice a Stranger

‘Twice a Stranger’ is a cross media project about the greatest forced migrations of the 20thcentury, when millions of people were uprooted and moved to new homelands. Based on oral video testimonies, rare film archives and photos this project brings visitors face-to-face with the survivors of these traumatic events. From the Greek-Turkish exchange in 1922-24, ‘Twice a Stranger’ travels to the German-Polish forced migration at the end of WW II, to the Partition of India, and to the Cyprus crisis' in the 1960's and 70's.

More details

Free pizza and beverages.

Co-sponsored by Department of Linguistics, LCTLs, Modern Greek Studies, REEEC, European Union Center (EUC), SLCL, and Department of Media and Cinema Studies.

European Movie Night

Thursday, April 24,
7:00 pm

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

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Phantomschmerz (Phantom Pain) - Germany, 2009

Marc (Til Schweiger) is a passionate cyclist and urban slacker whose life changes in an instant when he loses his left leg in a hit-and-run accident. Barely out of the hospital, Marc numbs his pain by rushing back into his old selfish life. But when he falls in love with Nika (Jana Pallaske), he finds the strength to turn his life around.

In German with English subtitles.

Organized by the European Union Center (EUC).

ISAMS Conference

Saturday, April 26 -  
Sunday, April 27

Levis Faculty Center, 919 W Illinois St.

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Activist Transformations/Transforming Activism

Keynote Speaker: Adriana Helbig, Department of Music, University of Pittsburgh 

Papers to be presented include:

  • “'I want to be normal': representations of gender and sexuality in the music of the former Yugoslavia"
  • "Feminism as Nationalism?: A Critical Perspective on Dame Ethel Smyth"
  • "Variation with a Point: Social Critique in Frederic Rzewski’s Polytonal Works"
  • "Staging the Revolution: Live Music and Social Change in “Post”-Revolutionary Egypt"
  • "(En)voicing Pluralism: Janelle Monáe’s Cyber-vocalities"

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

Turkish Studies Symposium

Monday, April 28,
1:30 - 5:30 pm

210 Illini Union, 1401 W Green St.

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gezi park

After Gezi Park Protests – Rethinking Turkish Politics and Political Culture

 Organized by the European Union Center (EUC). Co-sponsored by CSAMES, REEEC, CGS, SLCL, the Department fo Linguistics, and the Department of Political Science.

Roundtable Discussion

Tuesday, April 29,
4:30 pm

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

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strasbourg university

The French Research University in the Twenty-First Century: Challenges and Opportunities

Dr. Frédéric Ogée, Vice-President for International Affairs, Université de Paris-VII Diderot.
Dr. Christine Musselin, Director for Research, Sciences Po, Paris

Moderator:  Dr. Gilles Bousquet, Senior Special Assistant to the President of the University of Wisconsin System for International Strategies.

Sponsored by the Department of French and French@Illinois.

EUC Lecture

Friday, May 2,
12:00 pm

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

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The Integration of the Arab Mediterranean Countries into the EU Market: The European Neighborhood Policy As a Three-Level Game

Speaker: Christos Kourtelis, King's College London

Bio & Abstract


    EUC Undergaduate Travel Grants

Summer 2014 Travel to Brussels, Belgium for Illinois Undergraduates


Undergraduate Travel Grants to Participate in the University of North Carolina Brussels Summer Program
Extended Deadline: April 18, 2014

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.

Competition Announcements and Application Instructions

Apply Here

    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Ukraine Roundtable

Less Commonly Taught Languages Program Making an Important Impact on Campus

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Summer Language Study


Summer Language Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)
Institute Dates: June 16-August 9
Registration Deadline: April 30

Earn 8-10 credit hours in just two months! Besides college students, members of the community and high school students are welcome.

Language options include Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Wolof, Urdo, and Uzbek.

For more information, visit SILMW website. For questions, email: silmw@illinois.edu.

Undergraduate Awards

The Vekich Scholarship

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 competition for The Vekich Scholarship, an undergraduate award for students of South Slavic Languages. Up to five Vekich Scholars will be named. The scholarship will cover the cost of Bosnia/Croatian/Serbian (SCR 101-102, 201-202, or 301-302) language course texts and materials for the following academic year. In addition Vekich Scholars will be eligible to apply for fellowship support toward a summer language program to continue their studies in the U.S. or Bosnia, Croatia, or Serbia in the summer of 2015. Submissions to the Vekich Scholarship competition are now being accepted.

Competition Guidelines: Submit a 3-5 page (double-spaced) essay that addresses an aspect of Bosnian, Croatian, or Serbian history or culture that you consider to be of significant interest to our contemporary world. Please include a cover sheet that lists your contact information (name, campus and home address, and email address).

Email submissions to Professor Michael Finke.

Submission dealine is April 23.

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. Every Wednesday from 2:00-3:00pm.

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

German Coffee Hour (Kaffeestunde)
Meets during the semester on Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. at Caffe Paradiso (corner of Lincoln and Nevada in Urbana). Speakers at all language levels are welcome.



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