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Spring 2015
Jan 26-30

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EU DAY March 12

Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Related Events

Blog Highlights  Announcements
    SAVE THE DATE! March 12
EU Day

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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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

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

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

  Upcoming Events

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.

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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


EUC Video Library

Did you know that you can find video recordings of select EUC lectures on the EUC's blog? Check out the EUC Video Library for available lectures.
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 
& Research Opportunities

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)                  
Application Deadline:
February 10

The SROP is a gateway to graduate education at Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities. By participating in SROP, you will gain valuable research experience on a CIC campus and enhance your qualifications for admission to graduate school:
  • Study in your field of choice
  • All-expenses paid plus stipend
  • Housing and transportation included
  • Top faculty-mentored research experience
  • Enrichment workshops and opportunities
  • Participation in academic research conference
Get more information and complete program details on the website

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.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship - Abroad  (SURF-A)         Application Deadline: January 30

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is sponsoring a competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for undergraduate students at UI who will be conducting research abroad.  This initiative provides students with funds designed to subsidize travel and housing costs associated with the research. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be current UI undergraduate students at the time the research will be conducted, and be in good academic standing. GPA will be considered during the selection process.
  • Funding is provided for students who are either pursuing their own research projects or working on a faculty-led project.
  • The research must be conducted at a location outside of the United States and in conjunction with a university or research institute in that location.

For more information, please visit the website. The online application can be accessed here


Mercater- Istabul Policy Center Fellowships                               Application Deadline: April 6th

Stiftung Mercator and Istabul Policy Center at Sabanci University invite academics, journalists and professionals with an interest in Turkey to apply for a fellowship program that aims to strengthen academic, political and social ties between Turkey and Germany, as well as Turkey and Europe. The program is based on the premise that the acquisition of knowledge and the exchange of people and ideas are preconditions for meeting hte challenger of an increasingly globalized world in the 21st century. 

Fellowships are available in one of three thematic areas: EU/German-Turkish relations; Climate Change; Education

Fellowships for 2015/2016 begin September 1, 2015. Please send applications or any questions by email to Research Associate Ms. Cigdem Tongal. For full details, see the Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program guidelines.


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.


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.

 Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours

Conversation Table in Modern Greek: meetings for the Spring semester take place at Espresso Royale on Goodwin, every Thursday beginning March 5th, from 4-5pm.

If you would like to announce your Spring 2015 conversation 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
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please send the information by no later than the prior Thursday of the event to:  

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