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Fall 2014
Nov 17-21

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    Events This Week

Videoconference Panel Discussion

Tu, Nov 18; 11 am

Room 411, IPSB 507 E. Green St., Champaign

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Med Basin

Displaced: The Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean Basin 

The number of refugees entering the EU and Turkey has risen dramatically as a result of conflicts and crises in North Africa and the Middle East. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHRC) reported that European countries recorded 264,000 asylum applications during the first six months of 2014, an increase of 24 per cent from the same period the year before. The largest increase – 73 per cent – in asylum seekers was reported by countries in Southern Europe, in particular Italy and Turkey. Refugees originated primarily from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and Serbia/Kosovo and North Africa. With conflict and destabilization in these regions continuing, European policy makers seek solutions that respond to both humanitarian concerns and an increasingly radicalized voting public. Join us for the next session of Conversations on Europe for a discussion of EU and Turkish responses to this growing crisis. Audience participation is welcome.

Expert panelists will include Suzanna Crage, Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh; Ayselin Yildiz, Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations and Director of the EU Research Center, Yasar University; and Murat Erdogan, Advisor to Rector, and Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Hacettepe University.  Ron Linden, Director of the EUCE and Professor of Political Science, will moderate.

Organized by the University of Pittsburgh European Studies Center and EU Center of Excellence.
Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center.

Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

Wed, Nov 19; 4 pm

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

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Lecture: Literatura, Arte y Catarsis (Literature, Art and Catharsis)

Speaker: Harkaitz Cano, author of Norbait dabil sute-eskaileran, 2001; Compro oro, 2011; Telefono kaiolatua, 1997; Neguko zirkua, 2005; Beluna jazz, 1996; Pasaia blues 1999; Belarraren ahoa, 2006; and Twist, 2011.

Speaker bio and abstract

Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center

    Upcoming Events

REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture

Tue, Dec 2; 12 pm

Rm 101, International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth St., Champaign

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Lecture: Innocence and Victimhood: Gender, Nation, and Women's Activism in Postward Bosnia-Herzegovina

Speaker: Elissa Helms, Associate Professor of Gender Studies, Central European University 

Speaker bio and abstract

Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center

The Great War
Closing Event


Tue, Dec 2; 7:30 pm

Froellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana

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all is calmAll is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

On Christmas Eve 1914, amidst the ravages of World War I’s Western Front, soldiers from Allied and German forces laid down arms and stepped into No Man’s Land to gather fallen comrades, break bread, and share a moment of humanity. In this 100th anniversary year, the nine-member, all-male, a cappella powerhouse Cantus joins forces with a trio of actors from Theater Latté Da, the Minneapolis-based company, combining music and story to illuminate the breadth and depth of the human experience. They call upon patriotic tunes, trench songs, holiday carols, and a narrative woven from letters and war documents to conjure a dramatic rendering of this extraordinary night. Free and open to the public.

The Great War
Film Series

Th, Dec 4; 7:30-10 pm

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

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joyeux noelJoyeux Noël (2005), directed by Christian Carion

On Christmas Eve during world War I, the Germans, French, and Scottish fraternize and get to know the men who live on the opposite side of a brutal war, in what became a true lesson of humanity.

FLAS Fellowship Information Sessions



Department Advisors


Dec 3 & 4


flasFLAS Information Sessions 

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies.

FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois National Resource Centers and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply.

FLAS Information Sessions for Department Advisors

Information sessions will cover the requirements and deadlines and provide opportunities for department advisors to ask questions of the FLAS coordinators

December 3rd, 12:00PM    
109 GSLIS, 501 E. Daniel St.,Champaign                                        
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December 4th, 12:00PM  
109 GSLIS, 501 E. Daniel St.,Champaign
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FLAS Information Sessions for Graduate & Undergraduate Students

Information sessions will cover the requirements and deadlines and provide opportunities for students to ask questions of the FLAS coordinators.

December 3rd, 4:00PM
Rm 126 GSLIS, 501 E. Daniel St.,Champaign                              
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December 4th, 4:00PM    
1092 Lincoln Hall, 702 South Wright Street, Urbana
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    Related Events

Summer Course Information Session

Mon Nov 17, 6PM Wohlers Hall, Rm 166 515 E Gregory Dr.,  Champaign

VIENNA Summer Course
PS 394 Crsis Diplomacy

This summer the political science department will once again offer a study abroad course in Vienna with Prof. Vasquez. There will be an information session on Monday, Nov. 17 from 5:30-6:30 in 166 Wohlers. The course is PS 394 Crisis Diplomacy which counts for the ACDIS certificate in Global Security and carries upper-level credit for poli sci majors and for Global Studies majors in the Global Governance track. The course will be given in the first summer session May 17-June 14 in Austria. Two long weekends provide an opportunity to travel in Europe.
Contact Prof. Vasquez for more information and/or go to the SAO course website.


Th, Nov 20, 4-5pm

308 Main Library, 408 W Gregory Dr., Urbana


Scholarly Commons' Explorations in Digital Humanities workshop:
Emblematica Online: New Portal Functionality and Undergraduate Researchers

Mara R. Wade, PI
Co-presenters: Johannes Fröhlich, RA; Patricia Fleming, Heidi Heim, Melina
Nunez, Undergraduate Emblem Scholars

This presentation focuses on the digital resource Emblematica Online
(http://emblematica.library.illinois.edu/), a project funded first by the
NEH and DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Initiative and now by NEH.
Emblematica Online currently makes 1,388 digital facsimiles and ~22,000
individual emblems from these rare Renaissance books at the University of
Illinois Library and the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Glasgow
University, Utrecht University, Getty Research Institute Library, and Duke
University Library, available for searching and browsing at various levels
of granularity.

We will present a brief history and description of the project, discuss
our model of undergraduate research for the project and demonstrate sample
searches within the OpenEmblem Portal and across international projects
which employ Iconlcass metadata indexing. The presentation will last ca.
40 minutes.

The researchers for Emblematica Online are: Mara Wade, PI;  Timothy W.
Cole, Myung-Ja K. Han, and Harriett Green, co-Pis; Tom Kilton, Senior
Consultant; Janina Sarol, Patricia Lampron, Librarians
Student researchers: Johannes Fröhlich (RA) Patricia Fleming, Heidi Heim,
Melina Nunez, Undergraduate Emblem Scholars

Associated online publications include:
Timothy W. Cole, Myung-Ja K. Han, Jordan Vannoy, ³Descriptive Metadata,
Iconclass, and Digitized Emblem Literature,²  JCDL ¹12 Proceedings of the
12th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, New York: ACM,
2012, 111-120. Click here.

Digital Collections and the Management of Knowledge: Renaissance Emblem
Literature as a Case Study for the Digitization of Rare Texts and Images,
ed. Mara R. Wade. Salzburg: DigiCULT,
2004. Click here.

Emblem Digitization: Conducting Digital Research with Renaissance Texts
and Images ed. Mara R. Wade.  2012. (= Early Modern Literary Studies,
Special Issue 20) Click here.

Digitization for Research and Scholarly Communication, 4 May 2014. Click here.


March 13-15, 2015    Ohio State University


2015 Midwest Slavic Conference
March 13-15, 2015
Abstract and C.V. Deadline:
January 9, 2015

The Midwest Slavic Association and The Ohio State University (OSU) Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) are pleased to announce the 2015 Midwest Slavic Conference to be held at OSU March 13-15,2015. Conference organizers invite proposals for panels or individual papers addressing all disciplines related to Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. The conference will open with a keynote address by Dr. Karen Dawisha (Miami University) on Russian president Vladimir Putin’s rise to power and the powerful circle of kleptocrats that surround him on Friday, March 13th, followed by two days of panels.For more information on registration fees, eligibility, and application instructions, please visit: www.slaviccenter.osu.edu    

    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights


Five Faculty Members Named CIC-ALP Fellows

Congratulations to George Czapar, an EUC-affiliated faculty member, on the CIC-ALP fellow distinction.

Read more on the EUC blog.

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



Promote Your Europe/EU Spring Courses

Are you teaching one or more courses in the spring that will address topics relevant to Europe or the European Union? We can help to promote your course to students!

As a service to faculty, students, and advisors, the EU Center maintains a web listing each semester of graduate and undergraduate courses offered at UIUC that address topics related to the EU and Europe. The link to this web listing is circulated by email listserv and in our e-Weekly electronic newsletter.
Please go to our short web form here and insert information about your course(s), including but not limited to special topic courses and language/culture courses, that will have at least 25% of the content devoted to the EU or Europe. If you are teaching more than one Europe-related course, please submit a separate form for each one.
Note: the EU Center will update the listing on an ongoing basis whenever new submissions are made through the form or we learn of relevant courses. 

Spring Courses

Europe/EU Spring Courses

The EUC maintains a list of courses with content related to studies of the European Union and Europe as a service for students and faculty. Courses offered in spring 2015 include but are not limited to the following:

— ANTH/EURO 478: “African Immigrants in Europe”
— ARCH 591: “Interactions – Cultures across the Mediterranean”
— ARTH 240: “Art of the Nineteenth Century”
— BASQ 401: “Beginner’s Basque” (language)
— EURO 490/REES 496: “Genetic Technologies, Social Networks, and the Transformation of Racial Identities in Europe"
— EURO 501: “EU Institutions and Governance”
— EURO 580: “Research Design & Techniques”
— FR 322: “Social Classes and Conflicts in French Literature”
— FR 418: “Languages and Minorities in Europe” (taught in English)
— FR 543/EURO 596: “Race, Space, and (Post)Coloniality in Modern France”
— GER 205: “Germany and Europe”
— GRKM/EURO 199: “Modern Greece through Literature, Art and Cinema”
— GRKM 202: “Elementary Modern Greek II” (language)
— HIST 466: “The Modern Balkans through Literature and Film (19th-20th centuries)”
— HIST 551: “Problems in East European History”
— RST 150: “Foundations of Tourism”
— RST 570: “Cultural Aspects of Tourism”
— SCAN 102: “Beginning Scandinavian II” (language)
— SCAN 225: “Vikings to Volvos: Scandinavia”
— SCAN/EURO 240: “Arctic Narratives”
— SCAN 251: “Viking Mythology”
— SCAN 375: “Scandinavian Sexualities”
— SCAN 494: “History of Germanic Languages”
— SLAV 452/EURO 490: “Eastern Europe & EU Integration"

...and more!

For more details about the courses, please visit here and see under "Selected Courses Relevant to EU Studies - Spring 2015."

Please note that this list is not necessarily exhaustive; we welcome suggestions for inclusion of additional courses.

Faculty members: would you like us to add a course to this list? Please fill out a brief web form with information about your course(s). The EU Center will update this page periodically as we receive information about available courses.

Scholarships and Fellowships

University of Alberta EUCE Postdoctoral Fellowship
Application Deadline:
January 5, 2015

The EUCE at the University of Alberta is proud to offer this post-doctoral fellowship opportunity for reserachers from the EU. The fellowship is open to scholars whose research is related to an aspect of European Union policy. We particularly invite applications from scholars whose work is related to one of the five themes of the EUCE: Energy and Environment, The Arctic, Minorities and Multiculturalism, Democratic Development in the New Member States of the EU and Citizenship, Sovereignty and Governance. Preference will be given to applications from scholars who are EU nationals and based at universities or research institutes in the European Union. The postdoctoral fellowship will be held at the University of Alberta from July 2015 to June 2016.

Please visit their website for more information and application instructions.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Application Deadlines:
Boren Fellowship - January 27, 2015
Boren Scholarship - February 4, 2015

The applications for the 2015-2016 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.
Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year's study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.

Two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, Haverford College                
Application Deadline:
January 13, 2015

We seek scholars interested in the study of cultural practices surrounding the care, disposal, and memorialization of the dead. Area of specialization is open, but might include religion, history, archaeology, anthropology, material and visual culture, performance studies, or literature, among other possibilities. Candidates should have broad historical and interdisciplinary interests. Click here for more information.   

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Jewish Studies, Rice University
Application Deadline:
December 31

The Program in Jewish Studies at Rice University invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship. The appointment will be for the academic year 2015-2016, with renewal possible for 2016-2017. Candidates must hold a PhD by July 1, 2015, and must have received it no earlier than 2010. Scholars from all fields of Jewish Studies will be considered. Click here for application information.

Short Term Research Fellowship, New York Public Library    
Application Deadline:
January 16, 2015

The New York Public Library is pleased to offer Short Term Research Fellowships to support scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research. Individuals needing to conduct on-site research in the Library’s special collections to support projects in the humanities, business and the arts are welcome to apply.  Preference is given to scholars whose work is based on materials in the NYPL research collections, especially when those materials are unique; fellowships are normally not granted to scholars who live within commuting distance of the library.  Each fellow is expected to be in residence at the library for the duration of their fellowship, during the period from June 1, 2015 through May 30, 2016, and each fellow will be expected to produce a written summary of his/her experience working with the collections. Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for a minimum of two and maximum of four weeks. Click here for more information. 

Call for Papers

UI Center for Translation Studies Call for Papers: Third International Translation Conference
Application Deadline:
December 15

The UI Center for Translation Studies requests paper and panel proposals for the Third International Translation Conference on April 10-11, 2015.

This conference will seek to reflect on the changing landscape of the field through the concept of “New Spaces.” On the one hand, globalization has allowed new areas to emerge on the map of translation practices, shifting the cultural centers away from the Western world and towards other world regions, particularly Asia and Latin America, thereby generating spatial and cultural shifts in translation flows. On the other hand, in virtual space, the future of translation and interpreting is already being shaped by the interaction of human translators and interpreters with machines. This two-day international conference will examine the interactions between the physical and virtual spaces in which translation and interpreting take place in the 21st century. Click here for more information. 

Thanksgiving buddy event- ISSS & OIIR

Thanksgiving buddy event

Are you staying on campus during the Thanksgiving holiday? We would like to invite you to celebrate the holiday with us!

Come and interact with international students and friends during the break, learn about the interesting stories of Three Sisters Food Fusion (corn, beans and squash) and the traditional Thanksgiving celebration, enjoy a delicious brunch, a special dessert and friendship, share the worldviews of interrelationships among humans, animals, plants, earth, water, winds, sky and earth, and tell your stories of holiday celebrations from your hometown.

You may be paired up with a Thanksgiving Break Buddy, and hang out during the week-long break. Enjoy a movie night, or experience Black Friday shopping, or join local and community events, or have a Thanksgiving dinner together.
Space is limited!  To register, please fill out the Domestic Students Application 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. 

LINGUISTICS - Turkish Coffee House: meeting will take place at Espresso Royale on Goodwin, every Thursday from 5:00-6:00 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.  

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

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.  

Pause Cafe - French Conversation Table: meetings take place every Thursday in the Urbana Espresso Royale on Goodwin at 5:30 pm.  

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
P: (217) 265-7515
F: (217) 333-6270  www.euc.illinois.edu

If you would like to announce an
event through the EUC e-Weekly,
please send the information by no later than the prior Thursday of the event to:  

Sebnem Ozkan | Phone: (217) 244-0570 | Fax: (217) 333-6270