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Fall 2014
Sep 15-19

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    Events This Week


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.

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.

    Upcoming Events

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.

The Great War Lecture

Monday, September 29,
5:00 pm

Room 62, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E Peabody Dr.

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en guerre

En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I

Speaker: Teri Edelstein, Museum Strategies in Chicago

Abstract and speaker bio

Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

The Great War Lecture

Wednesday, October 1,
5:30 pm

Room 62, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E Peabody Dr.

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le men

The French Poster and World War I

Speaker: Ségolène Le Men, Paris West University Nanterre-La Défense

Abstract and speaker bio

Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

EUCE Directors Lecture

Friday, October 3,
12:00 pm

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

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Value Clash Redux: The Revival of Normative Politics in the EU's Relations with Russia?

Speaker: Joan DeBardeleben, Director, Centre for European Studies/European Union Centre of Excellence, Carleton Universit

Abstract and speaker bio

    Related Events

 Information Session about the IFE French Field Study and Internship Programs

Thursday, September 25
Friday, September 26

Room 101, International Studies Bldg., 910 S. Fith St.


Want to earn credit for an internship while studying abroad in Paris or Brussels?

If your answer to the question above is « Bien sûr! », come to an Information Session about the IFE French Field Study and Internship Programs! Choose one of the dates and times below to learn more about this unique opportunity to combine a semester of study abroad with an academic, credit-bearing internship - à bientôt!

Thursday, September 25th

Friday, September 26th

Cyber Seminar with Stockholm University

Friday, October 3; Friday November 7; and, Monday December 8, 9-10 am

Room 411, 507 Green St.


Cyber Seminar with Stockholm University

Please join a unique teleconferencing seminar on cultural heritage that UIUC and Stockholm University have organized. We will be seeing each on large-screen TV through a technology interface. We meet for one hour on October 3, November 7, December 8, from 9-10 a.m.  in the conference room of the IPS suite of offices on the 4th floor of IPS at 507 Green (between Starbucks and Urban Outfitters). If you will participate please email Helaine Silverman (helaine@illinois.edu) and she will send you a hard-copy of the readings and a coupon for Stabucks! There is a great opportunity for us to engage with wonderful colleagues at Stockholm University.

OCTOBER 3 TOPICWhat does the concept of “heritage” encompass/include in Sweden and what does it encompass/include in America? Cultural/historical preconditions, legal differences, social implications, the political environment, national self-image.
SU reading:
“Nature as heritage: the Swedish case” by Bosse Sundin. International Journal of Heritage Studies, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 9-20, 2006.
UIUC reading
We are approaching this topic from the perspective of how America has constructed its heritage and national identity with reference to the country’s most excluded groups: the indigenous people (Native Americans) and the descendants of its slave population. No one article offers this overview. We therefore have chosen three very short pieces, which are easily read:
1)    “Introduction. Patterns of National Park Interpretation in the West” by Robert Pahre. Journal of the West, volume 50, number 3, pp. 7-14. 2011. (Dr. Pahre is a professor in the UIUC Department of Political Science)
2)    “In Colonial Williamsburg the New History Meets the Old” by Eric Gable and Richard Handler. The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 30, 1998, page B10. [this is a synthesis of their book]
3)    “The U.S. National Register of Historic Places and the Shaping of Archaeological Significance” by Barbara J. Little. In Heritage of Value, Archaeology of Renown, edited by Clay Mathers et al., pp. 114-124. University Press of Florida, 2005.
NOVEMBER 7 TOPIC: What is ‘Swedish heritage’ in the USA & What is ‘American heritage’ in Sweden.
UIUC reading:
We will read Lynne Dearborn’s (School of Architecture, UIUC) wonderful paper:
Deploying Heritage to Solve Today’s Dilemmas: The Swedes of Rockford, Illinois” InEncounters with Popular Pasts, edited by Mike Robinson and Helaine Silverman. (Springer, 2015, in press)
SU reading:
“Performing Nordic Space in American Museums: Gift Exchange, Volunteerism and Curatorial Practice” by Lizette Gradén in Performing Nordic Heritage, edited by Peter Aronsson and Lizette Gradén, Ashgate, 2013.
DECEMBER 8 TOPIC: Some of our graduate students present their research to each other, with faculty participation.
    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

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The Politics of Language in Europe: Exciting Times Ahead?

 by Trevor Foley

Ready for some action? This September, a referendum in Scotland will be held that will decide whether or not Scotland should become its own independent country or secede from the United Kingdom. No doubt, anyone with even a remote interest in European Politics has had their eyes fixed on the United Kingdom in the last couple of years, and for good reason!  While the idea of Scottish independence from Great Britain, and a peace between England and Northern Ireland have certainly existed for a long time; we have seen the progress in the realization of these two goals speed up because of recent events between Britain and Scotland, and Britain and Ireland respectively. Ireland is close second in hot topics in Europe these days. Historic visits by the Queen of England to Ireland and the President of Ireland to England have served as huge symbolic peace gestures between England and Northern Ireland; two entities that were once involved in brutally violent conflict with each other. How does language play a role in these situations?

Read more on the EUC blog.

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



Graduate Minor in Global Studies

Interested in expanding your disciplinary and professional vision as well as your job prospects?

The Graduate Minor in Global Studies enables MA, PhD and professional school students to gain a deeper understanding of the processes of globalization. The Minor builds on students’ disciplinary and professional knowledge base to integrate their specialized skills within the broader intellectual, and public policy demands of the challenges confronting the world’s populations today.

Upcoming student information sessions:
Thursday, September 11, 4-5 pm
Monday, September 15, 4-5 pm
Friday, September 19, 12-1 pm

All information sessions will be held in Room 101, International Studies Building

For more information contact Center for Global Studies, or visit the CGS website.


Peace Corps Internship On-Campus at UI
Application deadline:
September 19

Campus Ambassadors, an internship-like opportunity to serve as networking and social media experts for the Peace Corps.
Program details: 7 reasons to apply to the Peace Corps campus program you've never heard of
Apply here; With further questions, contact the Peace Corps


The Churchill Scholarship
UI Campus deadline: October 9

The Churchill Scholarship enables outstanding American students to pursue one year of graduate work leading to a degree in engineering, mathematics, or the physical or natural sciences at Churchill College, Cambridge University.  Seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply. You must complete the GRE general test by November, be under the age of 26, and be a U.S. citizen.
The required campus deadline is October 9.  A complete Churchill Scholarship application must be submitted to us by this deadline in order to be considered for University of Illinois endorsement (a requirement to move forward in the competition). Based on your submittal (and in special circumstances an interview), a Churchill Scholarship Campus Review Committee will determine your endorsement.
Additional information on the scholarship and application process can be found here.

Call for Papers

22nd International Conference of Europeanists: Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures
July 8-10, 2015; Sciences Po -  Paris, France
Proposals accepted: Aug 18 - Oct 10, 2014

In many historical moments, Europe’s futures have seemed not simply open and uncertain, but replete with contradiction. Similarly, in contemporary Europe, the responses of both ordinary Europeans and the continent’s collective institutions to the challenges posed by crisis again constitute a series of contradictions—many of which reiterate large questions from Europe’s past, while also affecting the ability of social forces to imagine possible futures.

For its 2015 conference, the Council for European Studies invites proposals for panels, round tables, book discussions and individual papers on all aspects of European history, society and politics. We particularly welcome those that combine disciplines, nationalitites and generations. To submit your proposal, use our submission portal

Call for Papers         Submission Help           Conference FAQs       

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. 

Swedish Conversation Group and Coffee Hour: meetings take place in the Philippson Library (3144 Foreign Languages Building), Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30 pm.  Coffee is provided and currently enrolled Swedish students get credit for attendance. Next meeting is September 17.

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



European Union Center
University of Illinois
328 International Studies Building, MC-429
910 S. Fifth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
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