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Spring 2015
Jan 20-23

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Welcome back!

EU DAY & EU Studies Faculty Conference, March 12-13

Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Related Events

Blog Highlights  Announcements
    Welcome back!

Welcome back!

The EU Center resumes e-Weekly publication with this issue following the university’s winter break. We are pleased to welcome all faculty, staff and student affiliates back to campus for the spring semester. We look forward to sharing our usual active schedule of stimulating programming—lectures, films, conferences, symposia, and more—organized by the Center or co-sponsored by EUC in collaboration with our many valued partners across the campus community. Highlights this spring will include our annual EU Day (March 12) with a keynote “State of the European Union Address” by Latvian Ambassador Andris Razans, and our Regional Faculty Working Conference in EU Studies (March 12-13). We are still accepting registration and paper submissions for the conference, to be held on the UI campus this year. More details about these and other upcoming events can be found in issues of e-Weekly and on the EUC’s web calendar of events.

The EU Center supports a wide array of academic programs, including our own EU Studies master’s program and graduate minor. The Center has also been working diligently to develop promising new frameworks for expanding academic opportunities in EU studies for students. These include a proposal for a five-year BA/MA program submitted in December to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with the close cooperation and support of several academic departments, and targeted study abroad partnerships with several top universities in Europe. We also continue our ongoing cooperative efforts to foster integration of EU studies into the curriculum across disciplines at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, working with affiliated faculty to develop a slate of new courses and new study abroad opportunities. Faculty with ideas for new courses addressing our world area should always feel encouraged to contact us. And students looking to enroll in courses about Europe this spring may wish to consult the list of courses that the EUC maintains.

In addition to valuable institutional support from International Programs & Studies and LAS, the Center’s research, teaching, and public engagement efforts are made possible through funding from our EU Center of Excellence and US Department of Education grants, both of which we were pleased to renew in 2014. As we move forward with implementing the many initiatives supported through those grants, the EUC continues to pursue strategies to diversify our funding portfolio. We especially welcome input from our affiliates and opportunities to collaborate with them as we work to maintain the EU Center’s status as a national and global leader in EU studies.

The EU Center remains very active on social media, regularly posting to Twitter and Facebook, while expanding our LinkedIn group of Center affiliates. You can also enjoy the informative and appealing images and graphics on our Pinterest board. And don’t forget to check out the latest news about the Center and analyses of transatlantic issues by Illinois faculty and students on the EUC Blog.

From all of us at the EU Center, we wish you a productive and successful spring semester.

- Anna Stenport, Director

- Matt Rosenstein, Senior Associate Director

- Sebnem Ozkan, Outreach Coordinator

    SAVE THE DATE! March 12-13
EU Day & EU Studies Faculty Conference

EU Studies Faculty Conference

Th, March 12; 6:30 pm: Keynote Address

Fri, March 13, 9 am-4:30 pm: Research presentations and roundtable discussions

I-Hotel (Humanities Room), 1900 S. First Street, Champaign

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EU Day

Th, March 12;
Keynote Addres at 10 am, reception to follow

Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana

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We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for this exciting, upcoming annual conference! Proposals for research presentations on any topic relevant to EU studies from scholars, college instructors, and graduate students are welcome. Colleagues with only a nascent academic interest in the EU are also invited to join us without being obliged to present any materials.

"Researching and Teaching the EU: Best Practices and Current Trends in EU Scholarship"
A Working Conference for Regional College Faculty
March 12-13

featuring Keynote Addresses by

Prof. Stefan Jonsson, Linköping University
Prof. Jonsson’s keynote lecture will be based on the new book he just published with Peo Hansen on “Eurafrica, the Colonial Roots of European Integration” and address the landscape and future of European Studies and EU Studies as such.   
Register online here.

Registration deadline: Friday, January 23, 2015. Space is limited; register early! Registration fee is waived for UI faculty and graduate students.
For further details, please visit the conference webpage.

EU DAY: March 12

We are also very excited to announce that this annual conference will be held, for the first time, in conjunction with our annual EU Day, featuring keynote address by the Andris Razans, Ambassador of Latvia to the U.S., followed by Ambassador's reception. Join us for the EU Day festivities! Learn more about the EU Day and view the promotional EU Day video here.

    Events This Week

Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U.Pitt)

Tu, Jan 20; 11 am

Room 411, International Programs and Studies Building, 507 E. Green St., Champaign

Dear Madam High Representative: Tasks for EU Foreign Policy

In our first Conversation on Europe for 2015, panelists will consider the demands on and capabilities of the European Union as a major global actor.  Panelists will use a Carnegie Europe “Memo to the European Union Foreign Policy Chief” as a starting point.  The panel will include: Sir Michael Leigh of the German Marshall Fund (and former European Commission Director General for Enlargement); Stefan Lehne, Carnegie Europe (and former Director General for political affairs at the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs); Ulrich Speck, Carnegie Europe (and Editor of the weekly Global Europe Brief newsletter); Nathalie Tocci, Deputy Director of the Instituto Affari Internazionali (and advisor to EU Foreign Policy Chief, Frederica Mogherini); and Kostas Kourtikakis, who earned his Ph.D. at Pitt and is affiliated with the University of Illinois’s European Union Center of Excellence.  Panelists will be linked to audiences at Pitt and elsewhere and faculty and class participation is welcome.
Free and open to the public.
Organized by European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Co-sponsored by the UI European Union Center (EUC)


Wed, Jan 21; 4 pm

160 English Bldg., 608 S Wright St., Urbana

Are We Charlie? - France, Europe, and the World after 1-11

A forum with brief remarks by special guests Nancy Blake (French & Italian and Comparative & World Literature), Maimouna Barro (Center for African Studies), Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi (History), Jean-Philippe Mathy (FRIT and CWL), and Yasemin Yildiz (Germanic Languages and Literatures).

Organized by the Department of French and Italian and co-sponsored by the School for Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics and the European Union Center.

  Upcoming Events

EUCE Directors Lecture

Fri, Jan 30; 12 pm

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

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 EUCE Director Lecture: Time at Home: Material Realities and Russian Longing at the Fin de Siècle

Speaker: Rebecca Friedman, Director of the European Studies Program, Florida International University

Speaker bio and abstract

REEEC Directions Lecture

Th, Feb 5; 4 pm

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

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Crimes Against Humanity: Genealogy of a Concept, 1815-1945

Speaker: Peter Holquist, Associate Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

Speaker bio and abstract

Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center.

Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U.Pitt)

Tu, Feb 17; 11 am

Room 411, International Programs and Studies Building, 507 E. Green St., Champaign

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Whose Pivot Now? Implications of Growing EU-China Ties

Panelists will be linked to audiences at Pitt and elsewhere and faculty and class participation is welcome.
Free and open to the public.
Organized by European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Co-sponsored by the UI European Union Center (EUC)

EUC Jean Monnet Eastern Europe Lecture Series

Fri, Feb 27; 12 pm

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

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Backlash in East-Central Europe: What Happened to the Promise of 1989?

SpeakerJohn Feffer, Director of Foreign Policy, Institute for Policy Studies

Speaker bio and abstract

Co-Sponsored by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center.

    Related Events

Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory Forum

Mon, Jan 26; 4 pm

Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana

"What's Next? The Question of the Boycott"

A forum and panel discussion with:

Ronald Baile, African American Studies; Lisa Cacho, Latina/o Studies/Asian American Studies; Behrooz Ghamari, History/Sociology; Jessica Greenberg, Anthropology; Susan Koshy, English/Asian American Studies; Anna Stenport, European Union Center/German.

4:00-4:45 - Panel Discussion
4:45-5:30 - Open Forum
5:30-5:45 - Concluding Remarks

Free and open to the public.

Info Session: Study Abroad Course in Vienna

Mon, Jan 26; 5 pm

Wohlers Hall, Room 245, 1206 S Sixth St.

Study Abroad Course in Vienna: PS 394 Crisis 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, January 26 in Wohlers 245 at 5pm. The course is PS 394 Crisis Diplomacy which counts for the ACDIS certificate in Global Security and for upper-level credit for poli sci majors and for Global Studies majors in the Global Governance track. The course basically has two components: A section on Global Governance where students attend briefings in Vienna at the UN, International Atomic Energy Agency, OSCE, and the US mission to the IAEA and an historical section where students compare crises that go to war with those that do not from 1816-1945. The course will be given in the first summer session May 18-June. Additionally, two long weekends provide an opportunity to travel in Europe, allowing you to visit international cities like Venice, Munich, Budapest and Prague. More information can be found at the course website.

Contact Prof. Vasquez for more information at vasqueja@illinois.edu.

    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights


A New EU Team at the Helm
EU Center Senior Assistant Director Dr. Matt Rosenstein discusses the 2014 leadership changes in the European Union in his article published in Diplomatist OnlineJanuary 2015

The year 2014 witnessed sweeping leadership changes in the European Union, with new faces in key positions of the EU governance structure. These include changes in the European Parliament and the Commission, as well as new leaders appointed as foreign policy chief and European Council president. With these changes comes a chance to set course in new directions, but many challenges remain for the Union.
You can also read more on the EUC blog.

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



Summer Language Institute

Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)
Register Before:
April 30, 2015

The Less Commonly Taught Languages Program (LCTL) and Department of Linguistics invite you to register for the seventh annual Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW). SILMW is an annual intensive language institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that focuses specifically on teaching critical languages spoken in the Muslim World. SILMW is an eight-week program divided into two four-week semesters. 

At SILMW 2015 we are offering the following languages: Arabic, Perisan, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek, and Wolof.

SILMW is open to University of Illinois students and student from other universities. Summer FLAS Fellowships are available.

Please visit the SILMW 2015 website or email us for more information.

Summer Study Abroad

SAO-LAS: Stockholm Summer Arctic Program 2015                 "Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic"

 GLBL 386/ SCAN 386/ SESE386
Program Dates: June 3 – July 5, 2015
Study Abroad Office Application Deadline:  January 31, 2015
Information session: Thursday, January 22, from 4-5pm (International Studies Building, Rm. 232)
In this intensive five-week program – for science and humanities students – program participants will learn about issues related to climate change and human presence in the Arctic from interdisciplinary perspectives.  UIUC students participate together with students from KTH-Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden and will spend two weeks in the Arctic.  This year’s field sites will be located in Northern Sweden, with time spent in Kiruna, followed a stay in the Swedish mountains at the Tarfala Research Station, and ending with a stay at the Abisko Research Station near Lake Torne Träsk.  Applicants should have junior status (anticipated for Fall 2015) or consent of the instructors.
Program contacts:
For questions regarding the application process, direct emails to: kmstrom2@illinois.edu Kristen Stout, Advisor for International Projects in mainland Europe.
Please visit the website for more information.

Photo Contest

Illinois International Photo Contest
Application Deadline:
February 15, 2015

Bringing together Our campus, Our community, Our world.

International Programs and Studies & Study Abroad Office are hosting a photo contest during International Week (April 6-12, 2015). Photos may be submitted to three categories: 

  1. Personal transition: How did study abroad affect your goals, values, and perception of the world? Suggestions for photo content include: local acquaintances and friends, host families, participation in local traditions, and locations or landmarks of inspiration.
  2. Academic transition: What did you learn through study abroad? How did this enrich your academic career? Suggestions for photo content include: interaction with classmates or teachers, participation in coursework or fieldwork, engagement in the local student community.
  3. Career transition: How did study abroad change or enhance your career goals? Suggestions for photo content include: volunteering, internship experience, fieldwork, or research abroad.

A panel of students, staff, and community members will select the winning photographs. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in all 3 categories. Entries will be announced and displayed in a local gallery during International Week, and published in the Illinois International Review.

Take a look at the winning photographs from last year! Please visit the website for more information and submission instructions.

Book Awards

Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies
Nomination Deadline: 
January 30

The $10,000 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies is now accepting nominations of books published in 2013 and 2014 for the humanities cycle.  This prize is administered by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Nominations, which can be submitted electronically, may be made by authors or publishers and require only two copies of each nominated work.  Additional details about the prize and the entry form are available at the website. Please know that contemporary is construed broadly, and books about particular countries or regions have done well in the process so long as there are implications for the remainder of Europe
If you have any questions, please contact Monica Caro at mcaro@nd.edu or 574-631-3547.

Travel Awards

Anna Jensen Memorial Scandinavian Award
Application Deadline: 
February 6

The Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures is pleased to announce an award competition to facilitate study abroad in Sweden during summer 2015 or academic year 2015-16.  The Anna Jensen Memorial Scandinavian Award is a prize in the amount of up to $1,500 to facilitate study or research in Sweden. To apply, please submit a 500-word application statement and include your most recent University of Illinois transcript (unofficial is fine). Ideal applicants are students who have been taking Scandinavian courses, or who articulate plans to do so during their time of study abroad.
The statement should clearly outline:
• your reasons for applying
• how a period of study in Sweden is important to your studies and to your future career plans
• how you expect to use the award (you may include a basic budget)
• what your plans are to continue Swedish and Scandinavian Studies once you return.
You may also address in your application if there are special needs or circumstances that motivate your application.  Submit all application materials to the mailbox of Dr. Mark Safstrom, 2090 Foreign Languages Building by 4:45 PM on February 6, 2015.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Confucius China Studies Program Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship Application Deadline: February 12

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is seeking applications for the Confucius China Studies Program Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship  from eligible students interested in conducting research in China for a period of six months to up to two years. The CCSP Fellowship provides generous funding for doctoral students in the Arts, Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences who are specializing in the study of China. The Fellowship is open to both U.S. citizens and international students (although citizens of China will not be eligible.)

Please visit the CCSP website for details.

Further questions maybe be addressed to the Program Officer for the CCSP Fellowship, Steven Dale.


Illinois for Illinois Study Abroad Scholarships for Undergraduates
Application Deadline:
February 18

I4I is funded by University of Illinois undergraduates for University of Illinois undergraduates through a fee of $4.59 per semester.  The I4I Scholarship fund awards approximately $125,000 per semester to 130-150 students.

Click here for eligibility and application information.


International Programs and Studies (IPS) Study Abroad Scholarships Application Deadline: February 18

IPS Study Abroad Scholarships are made possible by generous donations from University of Illinois alumni and friends.  Currently, 11 separate scholarships are available, some with multiple recipients each semester.  Some of the scholarships have very specific criteria for study abroad programs and destinations, while others maintain open criteria for wide variety in applicants and programs.

Learn more about all of the IPS donor-funded scholarships and recent recipients at Illinois International.


Onassis Foundation 21st Annual Programme of Research Grants and Educational Scholarships for Foreigners
Application Deadline: January 31

International Scholarships for humanities, arts, social sciences and economics in Greece. The Foundation announces the twenty-first (21st) annual Programme of research grants and educational scholarships starting on October 1st, 2015. The educational programme is intended exclusively for non-Greeks: members of national academies, university professors of all levels, PhD holders, post-doctorate researchers, post-graduate students and doctoral candidates, artists, and teachers of Greek language, literature, history and culture in both primary and secondary education. Exceptionally and on a case-by-case basis, the programme may accept Greeks of the Diaspora, second generation Greeks, and Greeks who permanently reside abroad and have been studying or have been employed in foreign Universities for over 10 or 15 years, depending on the type of scholarship. 

For more information, including eligibility and apllication instructions, please visit the Onassis Foundation Website.

 Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours

If you would like to announce your Spring 2015 conversation tables & coffee hours,
please send the information to
Sebnem Ozkan.



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University of Illinois
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