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Spring 2015
Feb 23-27

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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 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.

  Upcoming Events

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.

18th Annual European Union Film Festival

March 6- April 2

164 North State Street, Chicago.

Gene Siskel Film Center 18th Annual European Union Film Festival

From March 6 through April 2, the Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to the “18th Annual European Union Film Festival,” a colorful and diverse European escape from the Chicago winter. This largest showcase in North America for the cinema of the European Union nations presents Chicago premieres of 61 new feature films from 27 nations, providing an in-depth portrait of Europe from east to west.

According to the tradition of our festival, the opening night is presided over by the nation currently holding the presidency of the European Union. On Friday, March 6, our host is Latvia’s Honorary Consul in Chicago, Robert Blumberg. Our opening film is the delightful feature-length animation THE GOLDEN HORSE, based on a Latvian folk tale, and suitable for all ages.

Tickets: Go to our website for on-line ticket purchasing information.

For more information, visit us online at: www.siskelfilmcenter.org or call 312-846-2800.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

ACE Policy Talk

Th, Mar 12; 12 pm

Room 426, Mumford Hall, 1301 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana, IL

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Land Sharing vs. Land Sparing for Biodiversity: How Agricultural Markets Make the Difference

Speaker: Marion Desquilbet, Toulouse School of Economics

Speaker bio and abstract

Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center and Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

ACE Departmental Seminar

Fri, Mar 13; 12 pm

Room 426-428, Mumford Hall, 1301 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana, IL

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EU Organic Food and Crop Standards

Speaker: Marion Desquilbet, Toulouse School of Economics

Speaker bio and abstract

Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, and Office of International Programs

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.

Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U.Pitt)

Tu, Mar 17; 11 am

Room 411, 507 E. Green St., Champaign

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TTIP-ping Point? The Present and Future of the Transatlantic Trade Agreement

Panelists: TBD
Organized by European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Co-sponsored by the UI European Union Center (EUC)
  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.

Less Commonly Taught Languages Film Series

Wed, Feb 25; 6pm   Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 FLB, 707 S. Matthews Ave., Urbana

"Eyvah Eyvah (Oh My God)" -- Turkey

Hüseyin (Ata Demirer) is a young man living with his grandparents in a village in Turkey’s Thracian region. Two things are of great importance in Hüseyin’s life: his clarinet and his fiancee. However, one day Hüseyin is forced to go to ─░stanbul and leave behind his beloved village. In the big city, Hüseyin will receive the biggest support from his clarinet and later from a bar singer called Firuzan (Demet Akbag). Firuzan, who storms ─░stanbul’s night clubs with her songs, already leads a very colorful and highly complicated life, which, with Hüseyin’s inclusion, gets all the more colorful with comedy and action.

Study Abroad Info Session

Th, Feb 26; 1:30-2pm

International Studies Bldg., Room 101, S. Fith St., Champaign

Business & Economics Summer Term
University of Duisburg-Essen


-Did you know that courses are in English?
-You can earn 9 credit hours during this summer program abroad!
-Come to this info session to learn more!

    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!


Study Abroad Opportunities

Vienna Program in Urban Archaeology                                             Application Deadline: March 15
University of Illinois Study Abroad -- starting fall 2015
12 Undergraduate Hours in ANTH (6 Advanced Hours)
  • No Prior Coursework or Archaeological Experience Required
  • No Language Requirement
  • Total Cost (Including Transportation and Lodging) at the Same Level as a Semester on Campus
  • Optional Additional Courses Available
A unique opportunity to truly dig into Europe's past!

This program will be of great value for students interested in Archaeology, History, Museum and Heritage Studies, German language, Urban Studies, Architecture, Art History, Landscape Architecture, Medieval Studies, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Material Sciences.
For application and instuctions, please visit the website.



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

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
 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
P: (217) 265-7515
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