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Fall 2014
Oct 13-17

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    Events This Week

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.

    Upcoming Events

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

MGS & CAS/MillerComm Lecture

Wednesday, October 29,

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

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Timothy Noah

What Varies and What Does Not Across Civil Wars: Comparing the Greek Civil War to the Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria

Speaker: Stathis N. Kalyvas, Professor of Political Science & Director, Program on Order, Conflict and Violence, Yale University

Abstract & Speaker Bio

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

Great War Film Series

Thursday, October 30,
7:00-10:00 pm

Auditorium, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Dr.

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gallipoliGallipoli (1981)

Directed by Peter Weir

Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, and Bill Kerr

    Related Events

Study Abroad Office Lecture

Monday, October 13 

English Building, Lecture Hall 160

Italian Food, Ethnicity, and Globalization

Speaker: Professor Fabio Parasecoli, The New School, New York, NY

We have invited renowned food studies scholar and international journalist Fabio Parasecoli to speak about the key themes of globalization of food and cultural identity that underline the academic inquiries of the new Summer and Fall study abroad programs at the Illinois Center in Rome.  

The new Summer and Fall Programs in Rome use interdisciplinary approaches to critical food studies, and through the curriculum and excursions throughout Italy, address issues of sustainability, food security, economic trade, national nutritional policies, business, marketing, communication, cultural heritage, and tourism. The Summer program will also offer optional internships.

Lecture will be followed by a study abroad in Rome and Fall 2015-program launch mini-information session.

Islam Awareness Week

Monday, October 13 - Friday, October 17


Islam Awareness Week on the U. of I. Campus

Events are as follows: 

Monday, October 13: "Like coffee? You'll Love Muslims: Muslim
Contributions, from Coffee to Your Education," 6 p.m., Asian American
Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana.

Tuesday, October 14: "Islam Through my Eyes: A Story of a Convert," Usama
Canon, 5 p.m., Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana.

Wednesday, October 15: Comedy Night, Azhar Usman, Courtyard Café, Illini
Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana.

Thursday, October 16: "I Wear a Hijab Day," 3 p.m., on the Quad; 6:30 p.m.,
discussion, Women's Resource Center.

Friday, October 17: Friday prayer, 12:45 p.m., The Central Illinois Mosque
and Islamic Center.

Visit the UIUC MSA Facebook page!

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 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.

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


Title VI Grants Awarded to Six UI Centers

Six area studies centers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been selected to receive Title VI funding—support considered critical to the existence of many international programs in higher education. With a commitment of more than $3 million for 2014-15—and an expected total of more than $12.5 million through 2018—the news affirms the University of Illinois’s established and growing reputation as a leader in international public engagement and research. Read more on the EUC blog.

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




UN Commission on Sustainable Development
Application deadline:
 October 30

The purpose of CSD Internship Program is:

  • To provide a framework by which graduate and post-graduate students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to United Nations Offices where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments.
  • To expose them to the work of the United Nations.
  • To gain experience in the work of the Organization with the objective of deepening their knowledge andunderstanding of the United Nations’ goals, principles and activities.
  • To provide UN offices with the assistance of highly qualified students specialized in various professional fields.

To qualify for the Internship Program, the following conditions must be met:

  1. You have completed or currently enrolled in a Master or PhD (or similar Program) and will be during the entire internship
  2. You are able to obtain the necessary visa and to arrange your travel to the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
  3. You are able to cover the costs of travel, accommodation, as well as living expenses of the internship (approx. US$5,000).
  4.  If selected, you will be able to prove valid medical insurance coverage for your stay in the USA, provide a medical certificate stating that you are in good health and prove your enrollment in graduate studies.
  5. You are able to communicate in English.

Interested and qualified applicants should send their detailed Resumes/Cvs to: recruitment@csd-un.org 

Call for Proposals


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


European Diplomacy Workshop: Eastern Partnership
Application Deadline: October 26, 2014 

The European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw is accepting applications for the 8th edition of the European Diplomacy Workshop: Eastern Partnership to be held on December 1-6, 2014. The European Diplomacy Workshop (EDW) is a 6 day program devoted solely to the Eastern Partnership, European Neighborhood Policy and European Union Foreign Policy and energy security.
Based on workshops from experts in the fields of EU Foreign Policy (Eastern Partnership and European Neighborhood Policy), and hands-on skills training in International Negotiations, Public Speaking with Impact, the European Diplomacy Workshop is designed for emerging political and social leaders, public servants and non-governmental representatives who are eager to learn how to influence the changing context of their country. The 8th edition will also include a private meeting with H. E. Mikheil Saakashvili.
For additional details and to apply, click here.
Address any questions to: Katarzyna Waksmindzka -- International Program Coordinator, European Academy of Diplomacy

YMCA Travel Scholarships

The University YMCA’s Fred S. Bailey Scholarship Program

The University YMCA’s Fred S. Bailey Scholarship Program is now offering TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS for University of Illinois undergraduates.  The Fred S. Bailey International Travel Scholarship program will fund up to 75% of the total cost of international travel with a service component.  Awards range from $600–$1800.

Eligible applicants must have been involved in the program (academic or extracurricular) for a minimum of one semester before traveling. Recipients will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to the project/program, long-term career goals in international development or related fields, the trip’s potential impact on the student’s learning and professional development, potential for positive impact on the host community and financial need.

For more information, visit here.

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.

Melanzana - Italian Conversation Club: meetings take place in the Urbana Espresso Royale on Goodwin, every Tuesday at 7:00 pm.  Next meeting, October 14.

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Conversation Table: meetings take place every second Wednesday in the Urbana Espresso Royale on Goodwin at 4:30 pm. Next meeting, October 15.

Arabic Conversation Table: meetings take place every Thursday in the basement of 1207 W. Oregon (Less Commonly Taught Languages Program Resource Room) at 4:00 pm.  Next meeting, October 16.

Pause Cafe: meetings take place every Thursday in the Urbana Espresso Royale on Goodwin at 5:30 pm.  Next meeting, October 16.

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



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University of Illinois
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