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Spring 2015
Feb 16-20

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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

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: Gemma Marolda, EUCE Affiliated Faculty member, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh; Isabel Hilton, Editor at Chinadialogue.net, an independent, non-profit organization based in London and Beijing; David Scott, Consultant, Professor at Brunel University London (retired); Jing Men, InBev-Baillet Latour Chair of European Union- China Relations at the College of Europe
Organized by European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Co-sponsored by the UI European Union Center (EUC)
  Upcoming Events

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 Movie Night

Mon, Mar 2; 5:30 pm

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

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Before the Rain -- Macedonia, 1994

Set against a background of political turbulence in Macedonia and contemporary London, three love stories intertwine to create a powerful portrait of modern Europe in Milcho Manchevski "Before the Rain". When a mysterious incident in the fabled Macedonian mountains blows out of proportion, it threatens to start a civil war, and brings together a silent young monk, a London picture editor, and a disillusioned war photographer in a tragic tale of fated lovers. Told in three parts, and linked by characters and events, "Before the Rain" explores the uncompromising nature of war as it ravages the lives of unsuspecting, and forces the innocent to take sides.

Graduate Student Colloquium

Keynote Lecture:
Fri, Mar 13; 5pm  
Room 210, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana, IL

Colloquium Sessions: Sat, Mar 14; all day
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 FLB, 707 S. Matthews Ave., Urbana

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Graduate Student Colloquium: "(Un)mapping the Mediterranean"

Keynote Speaker: Zeev Gourarier, Director of Science and Collections, Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, Marseille, France

Speaker bio and abstract

Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center, Department of French & Italian, and Program in Comparative and World Literature.

  Related Events

Ocean Crossings Reading Group

Mon, Feb 23; 5-7 pm

Room  2090B, FLB, 707 S. Matthews Ave, Urbana

Ocean Crossings third reading group meeting

Discussion on the following:

• Connery, Christopher. "Sea Power." PMLA: Publications Of The Modern Language Association Of America 125.3 (2010): 685-692.

• Aalberts,Tanja E; Gammeltoft-Hansen, Thomas. ”Sovereignty at sea: the law and politics of saving lives in mare liberum.” Journal of International Relations and Development v 17 n 4 (2014 10): 439-468.

• Papanicolopulu, Irini. "The Law Of The Sea Convention: No Place For Persons?." International Journal Of Marine & Coastal Law 27.4 (2012): 867-874.

Readings and more information available on our website and Facebook: Illinois Ocean Crossings (Group).

For questions, please contact illinoisoceancrossings@gmail.com.

    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Gilman scholarship

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Honored with the Amicus Poloniae Award

Polish Consul General in Chicago Paulina Kapuscinska presented Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner with the Amicus Poloniae Award on behalf of the Polish Ambassador in Washington in recognition of Governor Rauner’s very good cooperation with the Polish-American community of Illinois.
Read more on the EUC blog.
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Intercultural Horizons Intership Program, Fall 2015-Spring 2016

The Intercultural Horizon Internship Program promotes cultural awareness on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus by addressing various social issues that affect international and domestic students. The purpose is to establish a stronger connection between international and domestic students to create a more inclusive campus community. The goal of the internship is to develop recommendations to these issues and to implement programs throughout both semesters.

Selected interns will receive 3 credit hours of GLOBAL STUDIES 199 during the Fall semester, and 1 credit hour of GLOBAL STUDIES 199 during the Spring semester as well as a $500 stipend during the Spring semester.

This internship is a partnership with the Asian American Cultural Center, the University YMCA, International Student and Scholar Services, and Diversity and Social Justice Education.

Please visit the website for qualifications and intership responsibilities, or contact Assistant Director Mai-Lin Poon with any questions.

All students interested in applying must attend one informational session located at the Asian American Cultural Center:

Monday, February 9 from 6-7pm
Thursday, February 12 from 6-7pm
Thursday, February 19 from 6-7pm

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.

 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.

Italian Conversation Group: meets Tuesdays at at Espresso Royale on Goodwin at 7 p.m., during spring semester. All levels are welcome!

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Conversation Table: meets every Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 pm at Espresso Royale on Goodwin.

Turkish Coffee Hour: meets every Thursday from 5-6pm at Espresso Royale on Goodwin.

Arabic Conversation Table: meets every Thursday at 4pm in the basement of 1207 W. Oregon (Less Commonly Taught Language Program Resource Room). The Arabic Conversation Table is an important and weekly activity, and a fun opportunity for students to practice and enhance their listening and speaking skills and to interact with native speakers of Arabic.

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
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please send the information by no later than the prior Thursday of the event to:  

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