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Fall 2014
Oct 6-10

e-Weekly archive

In this issue

Photo Contest Winners Announced

Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Related Events

Blog Highlights  Announcements
  Photo Contest Winners Announced

Winners Announced!


EUC Photo Contest Fall 2014: "European Elections, European Democracy"

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EUC Photo Contest Fall 2014: "European Elections, European Democracy"

Congratulations to the winners! Winning photos can be viewed here.

1st place: “The Price of Freedom in Europe” by Maggie Johnson (Sophomore, Global Studies)

2nd place: "Future Faces of the EU- 1" by Tim Liao (Professor, Sociology)

3rd place: “merci pour votre sens civique” by Alexis March (Junior, French and Anthropology)

Winning Photos can be viewed here and will be displayed at the EU Center's annual EU Day in Spring 2015. Winners will also be invited to all EU Day events.

Winners will receive:
1st Place - $50 gift card (IU Bookstore)
2nd Place - $35 gift card (IU Bookstore)
3rd Place - $20 gift card (IU Bookstore)

More infomration about the contest can be found here.

Congratulations again to the winners! Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest and the voting.
    Events This Week

The Great War Film Series

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

Auditorium, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E Peabody Dr.

Add to Outlook Calendar

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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.

    Upcoming Events

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.

Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U. Pitt.)

Tuesday, October 21,

Room 411, IPS Building, 507 E. Green St.

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1914 Revisited? The EU-US-Russia Triangle

Speakers: multiple

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.



Wednesday, October 22,

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

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Vikings in America? Swedes in the American Ethno-Racial Hierarchies in the 19th Century

a public talk about a U.S. immigrant group’s rhetorical

Speaker: Dag Blanck, Director of the Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS) at Uppsala University.

Abstract and speaker bio

Co-sponsored by the Department of English; Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures; INSPIRE: Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange,through Illinois Strategic International Partnerships (ISIP); and the European Union Center.

European Movie Night

Wednesday, October 22,

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

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johanJohan - The Netherlands (2005)

Johan Dros is born as eleventh consecutive son of soccer-obsessed pa Rinus, who raises his boys mainly as the small island Texel's team. Johan's rare reprieves from training for a sport he doesn't care for cease when ma dies. After captain brother Johhny sort of steals his local girl-friend Evy, Johan leaves for Amsterdam, where he becomes a hairdresser and would-be singer. Soccer, a vocal TV talent-hunt and Evy will bring them all together again, but also raise unprecedented strife in the Dros family.


Thursday, October 23-26

Hilton Chicago Magnificent Miles Suites Hotel, 198 E. Delaware Pl., Chicago, IL

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43rd Annual New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) Conference

Complete list of Sponsors from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Pennsylvania are available online and further information on the conference is available online.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.


EUC Lecture

Friday, October 24,

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

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Uploading, Downloading and Reloading EU Policies: Angela Merkel's Efforts to Europeanize a Sustainable Energy Turn-Around

Speaker: Joyce Mushaben, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Speaker bio and abstract

    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

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The Newcomer’s Language Battle in the European Union: French or English?

Inspired by an EU Center of Excellence lecture on the "Impact of Enlargement on the European Commission" given by the 2014 Larry Neal Prize winner Dr. Carolyn Ban from the University of Pittsburgh, MAEUS student Lindsay Ozburn discusses the "language battle" among several issues arise upon integration, particularly in the case of Eastern Europe. Read more on the EUC blog.

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



Professional Development

Application for the 2015 Comunity Solutions Program now open
Application Deadline: October 27, 2014

This is the fifth round of the Community Solutions Program, a professional development program from the U.S. Department of State for the best and brightest global community leaders working in Transparency and Accountability, Tolerance and Conflict Resolution, Environmental Issues, and Women and Gender Issues. Selected candidates will participate in: a four month U.S. fellowship with a local nonprofit organization or government agency; structured virtual learning and networking via the Online Community Leadership Institute; and, the design and implementation of follow-on projects in their home countries.

Additional information and application submission is available here.

Call for Proposals

Funding Opportunities from INSPIRE
Application Deadline: October 31, 2014

The Illinois Strategic International Partnerships (ISIP) initiative, and its pilot project INSPIRE (Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange) invite proposals from current faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for funding in support of collaborative research projects and/or cooperative educational programs that will strengthen our existing partnerships with KTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholm University, and/or Karolinska Institutet.

The current call for proposals will prioritize collaborations with strong potential for sustainability, broad institutional impact, and direct contribution to the goals articulated in the Letter of Intent to form an Alliance of Higher Education and Research InstitutionsIn particular, proposals engaging teams of participants from among the INSPIRE partner institutions in joint projects focused on or deploying in Africa will be given priority consideration. 

More information and application submisson is available here.


REVISED deadline: November 7

In March 2014 the University of Birmingham and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign formed the BiRmingham-Illinois Partnership for Discovery, EnGagement and Education (BRIDGE) creating a framework for continued collaboration and investment to grow the strategic partnership between the two institutions, and formally launching the second ISIP strategic partnership project. 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.

Illinois Strategic International Partnerships (ISIP) seeks proposals from faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for in support of BRIDGE, to initiate new collaborative research, education, or engagement projects with colleagues at the University of Birmingham, or to expand upon existing collaborations.

Further guidelines and application

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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