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Fall 2014
Aug 25-29

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Welcome back!

EUC Grants

EUC Photo & Blog Contests

Upcoming Events

Blog Highlights  Announcements
    Welcome back!

Welcome back!

With this first edition of our e-Weekly newsletter for the academic year, the European Union Center welcomes new and returning faculty, staff, and students to the University of Illinois campus.

We are very pleased to share the good news that the EUC succeeded in renewing, through a highly competitive grant process, its designation as one of ten EU Centers of Excellence in the United States. The one-year grant of €95,000 administered to the EUC by the EU Delegation to the US in Washington, DC will enable a host of new interdisciplinary initiatives in EU studies research, course development, and public engagement. You can read more on our blog about the new EU Center of Excellence grant and the participating faculty and activities that it will support.

Over the summer, the EUC also submitted a comprehensive proposal to the US Department of Education Title VI program, as we seek to renew our designation as a National Resource Center. We anticipate hearing results of the competition in September. If funded, the grant could bring in up to $2.5 million over the next four years to support additional research, teaching, and outreach projects as well as Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students.

As usual the EUC will use some of the funding from our EUCE and Title VI grants to invite new competitive proposals from UI faculty and students, as well as off-campus scholars and educators. The EUC has just released a Call for Grant Applications for research, conference travel, and other activities focused on expansion of knowledge and engagement with the EU. Deadlines for the first sets of competitions are coming up in September. We encourage you to check out the details and get your applications started.

Even as the EUC continues its efforts to renew and maintain its traditional flows of grant funds and to distribute these resources to partnering units and affiliates, we are always seeking to grow our financial base in ways that will support the UI and EUC missions and the interests of our faculty and students. To that end, we welcome inquiries about possible collaboration on new grant opportunities and can provide various types of support for applications to sponsors outside the university. We welcome your ideas and interest in such cooperation, and invite you to contact us at EUC to discuss opportunities you may wish to pursue.

Together with our highly energetic faculty, the EUC staff has been busy planning an exciting array of lectures, conferences, movies, and more for the academic year. The Center will be hosting lectures on Fridays at noon. Marquee talks like the EUCE Directors Lecture Series, Larry Neal Prize for EU Scholarship lecture, and Scholars-in-Residence speaker series are planned for this fall. We welcome suggestions—and self-nominations—for speakers to deliver Friday noon lectures, so please let us know your ideas. The Center’s programming this year will also feature special interactions with the European diplomatic corps through EU Day and similar events, and our annual Regional Faculty Working Conference in EU Studies in Chicago in January. Look for updates in forthcoming e-Weekly issues and on the EU Center web site, and make your plans to participate.

A standing goal of the EU Center is to foster cooperation with institutions in Europe and with scholars that share interests in EU studies, and one of the ways we do that is by inviting applications to our Scholars-in-Residence program. We are excited to announce the following visiting scholars to EUC, who will be coming at various stages during the academic year: Bart Rokicki (University of Warsaw); Patricia Minacori (Université Paris Diderot); Renata Dombrovski (University of Rijeka, Croatia); and Michelle Frasher (Fulbright-Schuman Scholar). We will share additional information about each of these distinguished scholars and post profiles of their background and interests on our web site soon. Please join us in welcoming them to the UI and Urbana-Champaign. We will announce the next competition for EUC visiting scholars for 2015-16 residency in the spring, and as always we encourage inquiries and applications both from prospective visitors and their collaborators here at the UI.

Many of you already keep up with the Center and the latest EU news through our Facebook page, EUC Blog, and Twitter feed. E-weekly will continue to highlight selected contributions to these social media. We also invite you to join our LinkedIn group, which allows EUC affiliates to stay connected and keep up with each other’s professional developments, and to follow us on Pinterest.

As we look ahead to the upcoming year, the Center will continue to serve as a hub for research, teaching, and public engagement on the EU and transatlantic relations. We plan to spend this year focusing on developing new curricular and academic programs, including prospects for new degree majors and minors in EU studies at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and enhancing the footprint of Illinois at European partner universities. A key goal is to cooperate with other units on campus that share our interests in expanding the range of opportunities for students interested in the EU, so we look forward to engaging in dialogue about ways to achieve those objectives. Please feel welcome to share your ideas with us about how we can best serve that mission. In the mean time, we wish all of the EU Center’s many friends a productive and stimulating year to come!

- Anna Stenport, Director

- Matt Rosenstein, Senior Associate Director

- Sebnem Ozkan, Outreach Coordinator

    EUC Call for Grant Applications

Announcing the EUC's 2014-15 Call for Grant Applications!

Thanks to the European Union Center’s Department of Education Title VI Grant and the European Union Center of Excellence Grant from the European Union, the EUC is pleased to offer several funding opportunities to the University of Illinois (UI) community and beyond. Included in this announcement you will find calls for UI faculty, graduate students,  and undergraduate students, as well as opportunities for non-UI scholars of the EU and K-12 educators and students. For more information about the available grants including detailed requests for proposals and application instructions, please visit the EUC grants webpage.

    EUC Photo and Blog Contests

European Union Center Contests

EUC Photo Contest

EUC Photo Contest: European Elections, European Democracy

2014 is a defining year for the European Union. This year’s EUC Photo Contest is all about "European Elections, European Democracy." We want photos that show democracy – or lack thereof – across the twenty-eight EU member states.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive gift cards to the bookstore.

Voting will take place on the EU Center's Facebook page, where the submitted entries are now published. 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 EU Day events.

Click here for eligibility, rules, and more information.

Deadline for submitting photos: September 15th, 2014 - Submit now

EUC Blog Contest

EUC Study Abroad Blog Contest: Dispatches from Europe

Did you study abroad in Europe this summer? Submit a post about your summer abroad for publication on our Across the Pond Blog, and be in the running to win our “Dispatches from Europe” Blog Contest! Winners will receive monetary prizes!

Blog submissions must be emailed to eucenter@illinois.edu. Please submit a Word document and at least one image sent as a separate attachment. See our EUC blog guidelines for further instructions, and previous years' study abroad student blog submissions for inspiration.

Click here for eligibility, rules, and more information.

Deadline for submissions: September 15th, 2014

    Upcoming Events


Tuesday, September 2 - Wednesday, September 3

Illini Room (Room 210), Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana

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Sepharad as Imagined Community

Sepharad as Imagined Community: Language, Culture and Religion from the Early Modern Period to the 21st Century

This conference will examine the formation and development of Judeo-Spanish in the Eastern Mediterranean lands of the Ottoman Empire and the varied cultural and identity-related roles that several oral and written manifestations of this language played for centuries and continue to play in the present for its speakers. See the conference website for more information.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

REEEC New Directions Lecture

Thursday, September 4,
4:00 pm

201 General Lounge, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana

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WWI image

Is There Still an "Eastern" Europe?

Speaker: Carol Leff, Political Science, University of Illinois

Abstract & Speaker Bio

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

The Great War Opening Event & Exhibit

Thursday, September 4,
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Light Court and Gelvin Noel Annex,
Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, 500 E. Peabody Dr., Champaign

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WWI image

The Great War Opening Event: Experiences, Representations, Effects

A new cross-campus initiative called The Great War: Experiences, Representations, Effects will mark the 100th anniversary of the onset of World War I. The opening event will be an evening of readings and reflections on the centennial of the Great War and a chance to experience the exhibit La Grande Guerre: French Posters and Photographs from World War I.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship Lecture

Friday, September 12,
12:00 pm

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

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Larry Neal Prize Lecture

Management and Culture in an Enlarged European Commission: From Diversity to Unity?

Speaker: Carolyn Ban, University of Pittsburgh

Abstract and biography

Great War Musical Performance

Sunday, September 14,
7:30 pm

Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana

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St Louis Symphony

The Great War Performances: St. Louis Symphony

The St. Louis Symphony and its inspiring music director David Robertson are joined for Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with Yefim Bronfman, “a regal bear of a pianist with seemingly limitless technique,” as soloist, along with Vaughan Williams’ ethereal The Lark Ascending, and Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s “Inextinguishable” Symphony, which was composed against the backdrop of World War I and which at its first performance bore the program note, “Music is life, and like it inextinguishable.”

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

Eurochannel Short Films Tour: The European Woman

Tuesday, September 16,
7:00 pm

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

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Eurochannel movie night

Eurochannel Short Films Tour: The European Woman

The Eurochannel Short Films Tour is back for its fifth edition, with a special programming theme: ...And God Created European Women.

Seven short films from Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Hungary, and Lithuania will be shown.

More details

Sponsored by Eurochannel and the European Union Center. Co-sponsored by DISH Network, the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, the Women's Resources Center.

WGGP Lecture

Friday, September 19,
3:00 pm

Room 130, Wohlers Hall, 1206 S. 6th St., Champaign

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WGGP Lecture

Collective Agency, Collective Responsibility, and the Ethics of War

Speaker: Jeff McMahan, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University

Abstract and biography

Sponsored by the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program. Co-sponsored by the Law and Philosophy Program and the European Union Center.

    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Arctic photo

Summer 2014 Recap: Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic

Check out blog posts from students who participated in the third annual Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic course.

The program offers courses at KTH in Stockholm, Sweden and fieldwork in the Arctic, either on the Norwegian island of Svalbard or Abisko, Lapland, Sweden. Read more on the EUC blog.

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



Fall 2014 Courses

Interior view of the Hagia Sophia

Find a list of fall 2014 EU-related courses here.

ARCH 591.Cl (4 credits) - Constantinople/Istanbul: Architecture and Urbanism in the City of Empires
Meets on Tuesdays 11:00 am - 1:50 pm, location TBA

This course presents a diachronic history of Istanbul, one of the world's greatest metropolitan centers. The mixed lecture/seminar format of this course demands ample participation by students; the course is designed for undergrads and grads in Architecture, Art History and related fields such as History, Medieval Studies or Middle Eastern Studies. No prior knowledge is assumed at the outset, though those with relevant coursework are welcomed. Contact Prof. Heather Grossman.

Mosque of Cordoba Spain

CWL 471 and SAME 490 (3 or 4 credits): Spain and the Modern Arab World: 1492-2014
Meets on Mondays and Wednesdays 1 - 2:20 pm. Gregory Hall 311.

Spain has long been an evocative site for literary and artistic reflections on the past, present, and future of the Arab world. This course will explore the diverse and often contradictory attempts to make sense of Spain’s relationship with the Arab world and with its own Islamic past. We will start in 1492, with the fall of the last Muslim kingdom in medieval Iberia, and we will work our way up to the present day, when Spain has become a major destination for immigrants from the Arab-Islamic world. We will study a broad array of Spanish and Arabic sources in English translation, including literary texts, narrative and documentary films, historiography, journalism, and music. Contact Prof. Eric Calderwood with questions.

WWI trenches

HIST 258 (3 credits): World War I and the Making of the Global 20th Century
Meets MW 11-11:50 am, plus a discussion section. Gregory Hall 213.

This year, 2014, marks the hundredth anniversary of the onset of World War I. Lasting from 1914 to 1918 and known as "The Great War" to those unaware that more carnage would soon blight the history of the twentieth century, World War I stands as the first incarnation in human history of modern industrial warfare on a truly global scale. Our class, which will be team-taught by Professors Tamara Chaplin and Peter Fritzsche, attempts to come to grips with World War I's astonishing historical legacy.

scandinavianScandinavian Courses Fall 2014
Discover your inner Viking!
It’s not too late to sign up for several exciting Scandinavian and Arctic courses.
SCAN 101 – Beginning Swedish (Beginning Scandinavian I)
M T W Th  11:00-11:50 AM
Dr. Mark Safstrom
This is the FIRST course in the Swedish language sequence.  Instruction is by immersion, emphasis is on basic skills: reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. 4 credit hours.
SCAN 103 – Intermediate Swedish (Intermediate Scandinavian I)
M T W Th  12:00-12:50 PM
Dr. Theo Malekin
This is the THIRD course in the Swedish language sequence.  Instruction is by immersion, emphasis is on grammar, reading, discussion skills and writing through the study of authentic texts. 4 credit hours.
SCAN 494 – Topics in Scand. Languages:  Advanced Swedish Composition
M T W Th  12:00-12:50 PM
Dr. Mark Safstrom
This Swedish course will focus on advanced composition and the reading and discussion of contemporary novels and short stories.  Emphasis will also be on following and discussing the current Swedish elections.  (Corresponds to FIFTH or SIXTH semester in the language sequence.)  1 to 4 credit hours.
SCAN 240 – Arctic Narratives
T Th  2:00-3:20 PM
Dr. Mark Safstrom
This course studies the Arctic, its peoples and cultures, as imagined in literature, art, history, media and film. The course makes cross-cultural comparisons with accounts by indigenous people and Scandinavian, American, and European visitors to or settlers in the Arctic. This course includes emphasis on environmental, colonial, and social aspects from theoretical and historical perspectives.  This course satisfies the Gen Ed Criteria for aLiterature and the Arts course, and Western Comparative Culture course.  Same as CWL 282, EURO 240.  3 credit hours.
SCAN 252 – Vikings Sagas in Translation
M W F  3:00-3:50 PM
Dr. Theo Malekin
This course studies Old Norse-Icelandic literature, such as the kings' sagas, family sagas, mythical-heroic sagas, and romances. Texts and lectures in English.  This course satisfies the Gen Ed Criteria for aLiterature and the Arts course, and Western Comparative Culture course.  Same as CWL 252, MDVL 252.  3 credit hours.
SCAN 490 – Ingmar Bergman & European Cinema
T Th  10:00-11:50 AM
Dr. Theo Malekin
This course focuses on major Bergman films in a European context, including Bergman's influence on contemporary and later filmmakers. European film history and criticism included, as well as some fiction by Bergman.  Same as MACS 490.  3 or 4 credit hours.
SCAN 593 – Imagining the Arctic
M 2:00-4:50 PM
Dr. Anna Westerståhl Stenport
This interdisciplinary course investigates representations of the Arctic in literature, art, cinema, media, and scientific and geographical writing over the past two centuries.  Interpretive approaches include eco-criticism, post-colonialism, indigenous studies, visual, film and media theory, and Cold War studies. Open to graduate students from any humanities or social sciences discipline.  Meets with GER 576, CWL 581, ENG 578.  3 or 4 credit hours.

Student Job Opportunity

Modern Greek Studies: Student Job Opening Communications and Marketing
Application Deadline: August 25, 2014

Seeking to employ an hourly-paid graduate or undergraduate student for 8-10 hours per week to help promote the program. The student should have excellent knowledge of social media, and is expected to help redesign the program’s website, update the website’s content and look, write blogs and newsletters, design posters and publicity material and assist the program with the organization and publicity of its events. Appointment to this position will be initially made for the Fall 2014 semester, renewable for another semester (Spring 2015), upon satisfaction by the program and the appointed student, and, contingent on availability of funds and satisfaction of both sides, for a longer period thereafter.


  • assist with redesigning the Program in Modern Greek Studies existing website
  • update the website's content and design
  • craft communications that promote the Program's activites, through blogs, newsletters, emails, Facebook, and Twitter
  • design posters and publicity materials
  • assist with coordination and publicity for events

Hourly pay: $12-15, depending on skills

Requirements: excellent knowledge of utilizing social media for communications and marketing; excellent web and graphic design skills; good organizational, time management and efficiency skills; ability to collaborate and excellent team-working ethos.

To apply send applications to moderngreek@illinois.edu. Application materials include a 1-page cover letter explaining interest in position, a CV or resume, a portfolio of design including web-based work, and 2 letters of recommendation.

Calls for Proposals

British Council/Euraxess: Calls for Global Innovation Initiative, UKIERI and Researcher Links

Researcher Links Travel Grant
Deadline: 30 September 2014
The British Council, working with the Higher Education International Unit, have opened a call for proposals for travel grants under the Researcher Links initiative, as part of the Researcher Links - Newton Fund, and separately as Researcher Links. Researchers based in the UK and one of the partner countries may apply to spend up to 3 months in a research institution, either in the UK (if researcher is based in a partner country), or one of the partner countries (if researcher is based in the UK).Research visits funded by successful travel grant applications must take place before 31 March 2016.

Call for proposals for Global Innovation Initiative
Deadline: 31 October 2014
The Global Innovation Initiative supports multilateral research collaboration between higher education institutions in the UK, US and selected countries including Brazil, China, India and Indonesia.  The Global Innovation Initiative will award grants ranging from £100,000 to £150,000 to university consortia focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related issues of global significance. For more information on the Global Innovation Initiative visit the website or contact GII@britishcouncil.org

RESAVER; a pan-European pension fund
The mobility of researchers is a driver of excellence in research, however researchers face many difficulties in preserving their supplementary pension benefits when moving between different countries. In response to this issue, the European Commission is supporting a consortium of employers, through Horizon 2020, in creating a single European pension arrangement (RESAVER) that will offer a defined contribution plan, tailor made for research organisations and their employees. Last month Euraxess Rights launched the new online space devoted to RESAVER. Find out what RESAVER offers, who is eligible and how you can participate here.

Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours

Conversation Group details coming soon!

If you would like to announce your converstaion tables & coffee hours,
please send the information to
Sebnem Ozkan.




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