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Fall 2014
Sep 29 - Oct 3

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Vote for Photo Contest

Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Related Events

Blog Highlights  Announcements
    Voting Open for EUC Photo Contest
EUC Photo Contest

Cast your vote here for the EUC Fall'14 Photo Contest "European Elecetions, Europen Democracies"

Voting is now taking place on the EU Center's Facebook page, where the submitted entries are published. Please "like" your favorite photos, and the photo with the most likes will be selected as this year's winner. Winning photos will be displayed at the University of Illinois EU Center's annual European Union Day in Spring 2015 and on the EU Center website. Winners will also be invited to all European Union Day events. Gift card awards will be issued later in the semester after the completion of the voting period. 

For more information about the contest, click here

    Events This Week


Modern Greek Studies Lecture

Monday, September 29,
5:30 pm

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

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en guerre

CANCELLED due to an incident at O’Hare Airport over the weekend. We are in the process of rescheduling Vice-Chancellor Fleming’s talk for the future and will keep you informed.

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

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

    Upcoming Events

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.

CAS/MillerComm Lecture

Tuesday, October 14,

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana

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Timothy Noah

Higher Education and Income Inequality

Speaker: Timothy Noah, Labor Policy Editor for Politico

Abstract & Speaker Bio

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

CHAMP Lecture

Thursday, October 16,

Davenport Hall, 109A  607 S. Matthews Ave, Urbana

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Erica Farmer


Food, heritage and intellectual property in Europe

Speaker: Dr. Erica A. Farmer, James Smithson Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution


Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

    Related Events

Center for Advanced Study Lecture

Monday, October 20 
12:00 pm

first floor seminar room, Center for Advanced Study, 912 W. Illinois St.

How Immigrants Became 'Americans': The Case of the Poles

Speaker: Jim Barrett, Department of History, University of Illinois

The question is one of the oldest in our complex relationship with immigration: How did immigrants, steeped in their old world cultures, gradually and unevenly transform their own identities and begin to think of themselves as “Americans”?.This paper considers the case of the particularly strong and durable Polish American culture from two vantage points that have perhaps not received enough consideration: religion, specifically the role of the Catholic Church, and youth culture––music, dance, and street gangs. Each played a distinctive role in the emergence of a distinct “Polish American” identity by the interwar years.

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

 Carolyn Ban, recipient of the 2014 Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship, gave a lecture entitled "The Impact of Enlargement on the European Commission: Applying Anthropology and Social Psychology to the Study of an International Organization" on September 12, 2014. Dr. Carolyn Ban is a Professor and former dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the former Acting Director of the European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. The Larry Neal Prize was initiated by the EU Center at Illinois to recognize excellent research conducted by affiliated faculty of the ten EU Centers of Excellence located throughout the United States. Watch the lecture video on the EUC blog.

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Nominations now being accepted for the 2015 International Achievement Awards
Nomination Deadline: September 30

Do you know of Illinois alumni, faculty, or current graduate or undergraduate students who have an exceptional international achievement worthy of recognition? Nominate them for an International Achievement Award! Awards are presented annually in five categories: International Alumni, Distinguished Faculty, Young Humanitarian, Graduate and Undergraduate Achievement.Criteria and nomination forms for the 2015 International Achievement Awards are now available. For more information on each of the awards and to obtain nomination forms, or to see a list of previous recipients, visit here. You can also contact Matt VanderZalm in the Office of International Programs and Studies. 

Call for Proposals

European Student Conference
Application Deadline: October 27 (graduates and undergraduates); and December 1 (undergraduates)

From February 13 to February 14, 2015, eighty undergraduate and graduate students from US universities will gather at the Yale School of Management to discuss the future of the European Union. There will be five workshops: borders (focused on immigration in the Mediterranean), the transatlantic relationship (focused on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), innovative economy (focused on youth unemployment), democratic participation (focused on the rise of far-right extremism) and identity (focused on social solidarity in Europe). In each workshop, students will develop their visions and strategies together with an EU policy-maker and a distinguished professor with a background in EU studies. At the end of the conference students will present their conclusions to a representative from the European Commission. Furthermore, participants will create a US-based student think tank, through which they will dedicate their creativity, ingenuity and time to build the future of the European Union. Applications are due on October 27 (both undergraduates and graduates) and December 1 (only undergraduates, 2nd round).

Travel costs, food, and accommodation are covered by the conference thanks to the generous support of the European Commission under the Erasmus + programme.

Please download the application form and apply here.

Address any questions to: info@escatyale.com

Grants and Scholarships

German Academic Exchange Service
Application Deadline: October 14, 2014 

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers study scholarships and research grants for graduate students wishing to study or conduct dissertation research in Germany. Applications are welcome from US citizens and permanent residents and also from internationl students who have been studying full-time in the US for at least one year. Students in most social science, humanities, and science fields are eligible, and projects may last from one to ten months.

The University of Illinois is a DAAD partner university, and consequently our students have priority consideration in the national competition.

Students apply through the Graduate College.

Address any questions to: Ken Vickery -- Director, Office of External Fellowships.


International Dissertation Research Fellowship
Application Deadline: November 4, 2014 

The Social Science Research Council’s International Dissertation Research Fellowship supports graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences wishing to conduct 9-12 months of dissertation research.  The research must be conducted, in whole or in part, outside of the US and on a non-US topic. 
Students of any nationality are eligible, and the average award amount is $20,000.
The program is open to proposals informed by a range of methodologies, including research in archives and manuscript collections, fieldwork and surveys, and quantitative data collection.
For additional details and to apply, click here. Address any questions to: Ken Vickery -- Director, Office of External Fellowships
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. 

Swedish Conversation Group and Coffee Hour: meetings take place in the Philippson Library (3114 Foreign Languages Building), Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30 pm.  Coffee is provided and currently enrolled Swedish students get credit for attendance.

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



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