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Spring 2015
Feb 9 - 13

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EU DAY March 12

Events This Week

Upcoming 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

Modern Greek Studies Lecture

Mon, Feb 9; 4 pm

Room 1065, Lincoln Hall, 702 S Wright St, Urbana

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MGSOut from the Caves: Greek Orthodox Religious Culture in Late Ottoman Cappadocia

Speaker: Tom Papadimitriou, Constantine and Georgeian Georgiou Endowed Professor of History, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Speaker bio and abstract

Sponsored by Program in Modern Greek Studies, History, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES), European Union Center (EUC), Russian East European and Eurasian Center (REEEC), Political Science, Program in the History of Arts, School of Architecture, Department of Linguistics, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (SLCL)

  Upcoming Events

EUC Movie Night

Mon, Feb 16; 5:30 pm

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

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Trois couleurs: Blanc (Three colors: White) -- France/Poland, 1994

The second feature in filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy, the black comedy White features Zbigniew Zamachowski as Karol Karol, an expatriate Polish hairdresser whose French wife (the breathtaking Julie Delpy) divorces him after just six months of marriage because of his impotency. Penniless and devoid of his passport, Karol must journey back to Poland by hiding in a trunk. Upon his return, he slowly begins amassing a considerable fortune, ultimately hatching a perverse plot for revenge.

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.

    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Gilman scholarship

Ten Undergraduates Awarded Gilman Scholarships to Study Abroad

Ten University of Illinois undergraduates have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad in the spring semester. Illinois ranks sixth in the nation in the number of Gilman Scholarships for the upcoming semester.

Read more on the EUC blog.
As always, we invite you to join the conversation by leaving comments and sharing posts with others!


Call for Papers


UIUC "Ocean Crossings" Group 
Graduate Student Coloquium: (Un)mapping the Mediterranean

The UIUC "Ocean Crossings" group requests papers for their graduate student coloquium on March 13-14, 2015
The Mediterranean has always been a space marked by fluidic and nomadic networks formed by transnational fluxes of people, goods and ideas. Mapping seems to be the preliminary condition for crossing to happen - allowing subjects to position themselves and to move within space. However, even the act of crossing can become a destabilizing moment through the breaking down of preconceived spatial and cultural coordinates. In this perspective, the Mediterranean allows the possibility to unsettle rather than to trace borders, thus opening up the space for new connections that transcend existing social, cultural, or political frameworks.
Proposals may address, but are not restricted to: artistic, literary, social and epistemological representations of the Mediterranean; the relationships of the subject to the Mediterranean and its crossing; mapping and cartography; borders and transnationalism; mobility and migration. 
Interdisciplinary contributions that relate to or expand upon the topics suggested above are welcome. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes and must be presented in English. For more information, please visit the "Ocean Crossings" website.

Fullbright Summer Institutes Info Session

Th, Feb 5; 3:30-4:30pm

Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore, Champaign


UK Fulbright Summer Institute for Freshman and Sophmores
Application Deadline: 
February 26 or March 5

Join us for an info session to learn more about the UK Fulbright Summer Institutes for freshmen and sophomores!  We’ll provide a program overview, give tips for competitive applications, and answer questions.

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK. These programs provide the opportunity for undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural program.
There are nine Summer Programs available for US students in 2015.  The Summer Institute will cover the majority of the participant costs: round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the University, social programs, and room and board.
More information, including descriptions of the nine institutes, can be found on the program website.
National & International Scholarships is here to assist with your application!  Make an appointment to discuss this unique opportunity and get started on your materials.

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

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.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Reserach College Postdoctoral Fellowships
"The Transformative Power of Europe. The European Union and the Diffusion of Ideas"
Application Deadline: 
April 1 (successful candidates will be informed in early May 2015)

The Research College (Kolleg-Forschergruppe) “The Transfomative Power of Europe. The European Union and the Diffusion of Ideas”, directed by Profs. Tanja A. Börzel and Thomas Risse, advertises up to 4 postdoctoral fellowships. We particularly encourage applications on projects located in the field of comparative regionalism. 
The fellows must have their PhD submitted by the fall of 2015 (September 30, 2015 at the latest). The duration of the fellowship is 12 months (October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016) with an annual stipend of € 30,000 (including travel expenses).
Further information can be found at www.transformeurope.eu or obtained at transform-europe@fu-berlin.de
Please send your application via email to transform-europe@fu-berlin.de


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.

Swedish Conversation Group and Coffee Hour: Meetings for the Spring semester are every Wednesday, 3-4pm in FLB 3114.

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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