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Spring 2015
March 2-6

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Join us for
EU DAY on 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: 10am,
reception to follow

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

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EU DAY: March 12

Join us for our annual EU Day, featuring keynote address by the Andris Razans, Ambassador of Latvia to the U.S., followed by Ambassador's reception on March 12!

Learn more about the EU Day and view the promotional EU Day video here.

    Events This Week

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.

  Upcoming Events

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

Chai Wai

Th, Mar 12; 2:30 pm

Room 321, Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana,

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Chai Wai at the Library:
A Roundtable with Members of the Chicago Consular Corps -- The Future of the European Union: A Shared Vision?

Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center and University Library.

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

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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

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

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)

2015 Euro Challenge Regional (Midwest) Preliminary Round

Fri, Mar 10; all day

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 

2015 Euro Challenge

The 2015 Euro Challenge 2015 is an exciting educational opportunity for high schools students (grades 9 & 10) to learn about the European Union (EU) and its single currency, the euro. The program offers students of global studies, economics, world history/geography or European studies a unique experience that moves them out of the classroom into the real world.

For the competition, students research problems and solutions to Europe's economic challenges. A team of three to five students presents its findings in a competition format. The best teams from each region travel to NYC to compete in the national finals at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

For more information, visit http://euc.illinois.edu/eurochallenge

Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center.

  Related Events

Library Survey

International and Area Studies Library Reference Collection Survey

The International and Area Studies Library is conducting a survey. The goal of this survey is to assist the IAS Library assess your needs and preferences to improve accessibility and access to reference materials. 

There are no foreseeable risks, other than those encountered in everyday life, associated with participation in this study.  Your participation is voluntary.  You may refuse to participate or discontinue participation at any time.  Any and all information we received will be kept strictly confidential and will only be seen by authorized members of the International and Area Studies Library.  Data gathered from the survey will be summarized in aggregate, excluding all personally identifiable unique identifiers, but will contain only your academic status. 

You are welcome to contact the International and Area Studies Library (Joe Lenkart, International Reference Librarian, lenkart@illinois.edu), 217-333-1349) at any time if you have questions concerning this survey.  If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this study or any concerns or complaints, please contact the University of Illinois Institutional Review Board at 217-333-2670 (collect calls will be accepted if you identify yourself as a research participant) or via email at irb@illinois.edu.

Thank you again.  By entering the survey site you are acknowledging: 
I am 18 years of age or older.  I have read and understand the above consent information and voluntarily agree to participate in this research study.  

You can access the survey at: https://illinois.edu/sb/sec/9155416

    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

FriedmanTime at Home: Material Realities and Russian Longing at the Fin de Siècle

Emily Lipira, M.A. student in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies writes about Dr. Rebecca Friedman's  lecture on January 30th entitled “Time at Home: Material Realities and Russian Longing at the Fin de Siècle."
"Dr. Friedman’s lecture concentrated on the middle point in Russia’s evolution of domestic space with the new apartments in cities that began to be popular around the turn of the century. These urban homes serve as evidence of temporal transitions, both inside and out. Externally, the apartments demonstrated the Russian Empire’s efforts to modernize with the economic change to industrialization and its consequential rural-to-urban demographic shift."
Read more on the EUC blog.
This blog was originally posted on the REEEC blog on February 10, 2015.
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.

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
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