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Fall 2014
Sep 22-26

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    Events This Week

EUC Lecture

Monday, September 22,
2:00-3:00 pm

Room 101, International Studies Building
910 S 5th St., Champaign

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The Scottish Referendum and US-UK Cooperation: A Conversation with UK Foreign Office Representatives

Lucy Joyce, Head, North America Department, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Rosalind Campion, Counsellor for Global Issues, British Embassy, Washington DC

Abstract and speaker bios

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

Should Scotland be an independent country?” In a referendum on September 18th, voters in that country had an opportunity to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on that very question. On Tuesday, September 23rd, the EU Centers at Pitt at UI will devote the first session of Conversations on Europe virtual roundtable series to a discussion of the results of the referendum. What is the future of the Scottish National Party? How will this effect UK politics? What are the implications of the results for other nationalist movements in Europe and North America? Are there useful comparisons to be drawn between the 2014 Scottish Referendum and the 1995 Québeqois referendum?

Ailsa Henderson, University of Edinburgh
Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh
André Lecours, University of Ottawa

Ron Linden, Director of the EUCE and Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

Organized by European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Co-sponsored by teh UI European Union Center.

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 (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.

    Upcoming Events

Modern Greek Studies Lecture

Monday, September 29,
4:00 pm

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

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en guerre

Neither Jew Nor Greek: Greek Jews After the War

Speaker: Katherine Flemming, Vice-Chancellor (Europe) and Provost, Alexander S. Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture and Civilization & Professor of History and Hellenic Studies, New York University

Abstract and speaker bio

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: 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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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

The Great War Film Series

Thursday, October 9,
7:00-10:00 pm

Auditorium, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E Peabody Dr.

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la grande illusion

What Price Glory? (1952)

Directed by John Ford

Introduction: Lilya Kaganovsky, Director and Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois 

In 1918 France, Captain Flagg commands a disreputable company of Marines; his new top sergeant is his old friendly enemy, Quirt. The two men become rivals for the favors of fair innkeeper's daughter Charmaine, but the rivalry goes into reverse when Charmaine proves to be angling for a husband. When the company is ordered to the front, this comedy interlude gives way to the grim realities of war.

For more information email: thegreatwaratillinois@gmail.com

Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.


Friday, October 10,
Time and Location TBA

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World War I and the Making of Modern American Culture

Speakers and topics:

Nathan Blake, Northwestern University: "Economies of Motion: The World War I “Crippled Soldier Problem,” and Rationalized Images of Ability"

Sue Collins, Michigan Technical College: "Star Testimonies: Speeches, Tours, and Trailers " 

David A. Davis, Mercer Univeristy: "The Longest War: Southern Writers and the American Expeditionary Force"

Elizabeth Outka, University of Richmond: "Raising the Dead: The First World War and the Influenza Pandemic"

For more information visit the symposium website.

Free and open to the public.

Organized by the Trowbridge Initiative in American Cultures.  Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

    Related Events

CANCELLED 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

Ocean Crossings Reading Group Session 

Friday, September 26 5:00-7:00PM
IPRH Seminar Room
805 W. Pennsylvania Ave, Urbana

Ocean Crossings Reading Group

It is with great excitement that we announce the first session of the new IPRH thematic reading group Ocean Crossings

Friday, September 26 from 5:00-7:00PM
IPRH Seminar Room
805 W. Pennsylvania Ave, Urbana

The Ocean Crossings reading group explores the Mediterranean as a space, marked by the fluidic and nomadic networks formed by transnational fluxes. Our group will explore the Mediterranean both as a unique space and as a model for similar basins, such as the Caribbean and the Korean Strait. We want to explore the role of culture, history and literature for non-national spaces, characterized by exchanges, migrations and conflicts that take place outside existing legal frameworks.

The first meeting of the group will be focusing on:

  • David Abulafia, “Mediterraneans,” in W.V. Harris (ed.), Rethinking the Mediterranean, Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 64-93
  • Paul Gilroy, “The black Atlantic as a Counterculture of Modernity”. The Black   Atlantic. Modernity and Double Consciousness. Harvard University Press.   Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1993, pp. 1-40.
  • Cristina Lombardi-Diop, “Ghosts of Memories, Spirits of Ancestors: Slavery,   the Mediterranean , and the Atlantic.” Recharting the Black Atlantic:   Modern Cultures, Local Communities, Global Connections. Eds.   Annalisa Oboe and Anna Scacchi. London: Routledge, 2008, pp. 162-180.

For more information on the theme, the reading group, and related events, including information and access to the readings, see: https://publish.illinois.edu/oceancrossings/ or e-mail us at illinoisoceancrossings@gmail.com.

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

Arctic photo

Eda Derhemi talks with Daryl Rodgers about the referendum in Scotland. Read more on the EUC blog.

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




2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
Application Deadline:
November 12, 2014

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.
The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the thirteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website: http://www.clscholarship.org.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

Before applying please read the information for applicants.

Apply online

Call for Proposals

University of Birmingham Strategic Partnership RFP
Deadline: October 15

In March 2014 the University of Birmingham and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign formed the BiRmingham-lllinois Partnership for Discovery, EnGagement andEducation (BRIDGE) creating a framework for continued collaboration and investment to grow the strategic partnership between the two institutions. The BRIDGE partnership recognises the breadth and depth of faculty connections that have flourished over the last four years. Engagement currently spans over 25 established faculty-to-faculty links in 14 key academic disciplines. The BRIDGE framework aims to deepen these existing collaborations and develop wider faculty networks to: build cognate research areas; expand educational exchange opportunities; and strengthen strategic aspirations for institutional engagement. To this end, the institutions have established a joint BRIDGE Project Seed Fund which permanent members of staff at each institution are encouraged to apply.

Proposal guidelines and application. 

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
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