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Fall 2014
Sep 8-12

e-Weekly archive

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EUC Grants

EUC Photo & Blog Contests

Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Blog Highlights  Announcements
    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

    Events This Week

Center for African Studies Workshop

Tuesday, September 9,
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Room 404, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana

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Inspire in Africa Workshop


8:30-10:10 am: Coffee, Refreshments, and Opening Remarks
10:10-11:00 am: Agriculture
11:00-noon: Global Health
noon-1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30-2:00 pm: ICT in Agriculture and Health
2:00-3:30 pm: Power and Energy
4:00-4:45 pm: Water
4:45-5:00 pm: Closing Remarks

For a full schedule of speakers visit the Center for African Studies website.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center, the Illinois Strategic International Partnerships Office, and the Illinois-Sweden INSPIRE Initiative.

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.

    Upcoming Events


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

CANCELLED 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

CANCELLED Collective Agency, Collective Responsibility, and the Ethics of War

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

Abstract and speaker bio

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

The speaker has decided to cancel the lecture at UI due to the recent issue with Steven Salaita's appointment.

Videoconference Panel Discussion

Tuesday, September 23,
11:00 am

Room 411
407 E. Green St., Champaign

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The Scottish Referendum: Results and Implications

Speakers: Multiple

Sponsored by European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh

EUC Lecture

Friday, September 26,
12:00 pm

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

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Regional Wage Determinants: The Wage Curve Approach in Poland, Brazil, and the EU

Speaker: Bart Rokicki, Professor, University of Warsaw, EUCE Scholar in Residence

Abstract and speaker bio


The Great War Film Series

Friday, September 26,
7:00-10:00 pm

Room 101, Armory Building, 505 E Armory Ave.

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la grande illusion

La Grande Illusion (1937)

Directed by Jean Renoir

Introduction: Margaret Flinn, Professor of French, Ohio State University

During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German POW camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from.

For more information email: thegreatwaratillinois@gmail.com

Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Arctic photo

A Month Spent All Over Greece

by Neil Mulvey. Read more on the EUC blog.

This article is one in a series of blog entries written by University of Illinois students who were selected to travel to Greece to participate in a four-week Renewable Energy Concepts Study and Cultural Tour, provided by theInternational Programs in Engineering Office of the College of Engineering. Tour participants embarked on technical field trips, cultural excursions, and collaborated with students from the Agricultural University of Athens and the University of Thessaly in Volos to research and apply renewable energy concepts to real-world technical and societal questions. This program is partially supported by the European Union Center through a European Union Center of Excellence grant. It is planned to repeat the program in summer 2015.

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



Faculty Exchange Opportunity

University of Bologna Faculty Exchange Opporutinity 
Application Deadline: December 15, 2014

As our campus is a member institution of Indiana University's Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP), faculty members are eligible to participate in a faculty exchange program at the University of Bologna, Italy. Grants from the University of Bologna and from the BCSP cover travel expenses and accommodations for stays averaging one week in duration.

Full information
Contact: Timothy E Barnes • UI International Prgms & Studies

Call for Papers & Conferences

“The EU After the Crisis: Phoenix or Albatross?”
EUSA Biennial Conference; Boston, March 5-7, 2015
DEADLINE: October 3, 2014

The biennial 2015 EUSA Conference aspires to three goals: to demonstrate that the field of EU studies addresses fundamental issues, beyond the study of EU institutions in a strict sense; to make a case for the enduring relevance of EU studies to political science and other social sciences; and to explore transatlantic relations and exchanges at a time when the EU and the US are arguably more interdependent than ever before.  All participants are asked to connect their research to implications for the future of the EU, of EU studies, and/or of transatlantic relations. Both paper and panel proposals are welcome.  More information regarding the details of the program can be found on the EUSA WEBSITE.  All proposals must be submitted via an online proposal submission form, which will be made available after August 18, 2014 on the EUSA website.  Please direct all inquiries to EUSA@PITT.EDU.

“Short Fuse”
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference; University of Pittsburgh;
October 10, 2014

DEADLINE: September 10, 2014

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Department of French & Italian announces a call for papers for an interdisciplinary graduate student conference to focus on literary and artistic works that evolve from anger.  Short-fused productions can be many: artistic disagreements, social debates, and political views, among others, and all show what explosive literature and art can bring to light.  Themes and topics may vary, and presentations will be limited to a reading time of 15-20 minutes (8-10 pages).  Abstracts should not exceed 250 words.  Please include your abstract with a letter indicating the prospective title, author’s name, department/major, telephone number, and e-mail address to pitt.frit.conference@gmail.com. Submissions in English, French and Italian are welcome (English preferred).

“Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures”
22nd International Conference of Europeanists
Paris, France; July 8-10, 2015
DEADLINE: October 10, 2014

The Council for European Studies (CES) invites proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions and individual papers that consider the many potential futures of Europe emerging from the European crisis.  Proposals of all disciplines, and particularly those that cross disciplines, nationalities and generations are encouraged.  For more information, please visit CES’s website.
Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours

Conversation Table in Modern Greek LOGOS: meetings take place at Espresso Royale on Goodwin, every other Thursday from 4:00-5:00 pm.  Next meeting is September 25. 

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



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