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Spring 2015
March 9-13

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Join us for
EU DAY on March 12

Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Blog Highlights  Announcements

EU Day: March 12

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 reception on March 12!
Learn more about the EU Day and view the promotional EU Day video here. You can also read the press release here.

Related Event @ 2:30-4:00 pm on March 12th:
Chai Wai at the Library: “A Roundtable with Members of the Chicago Consular Corps -- The Future of the European Union: A Shared Vision?”

Location: International and Area Studies Library, Room 321, Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana

Klaas van der Tempel, Consul General of the Netherlands, Chicago; Mario-Ingo Soos, Deputy Consul General of Germany, Chicago; Yerassimos Lazaris, Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Greece, Chicago

ModeratorAnna Stenport, EU Center Director

Learn more about the panelists.
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    Events This Week

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.

2015 Euro Challenge Regional (Midwest) Preliminary Round

Tu, Mar 10; all day

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

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.

ACE Policy Talk

Th, Mar 12; 12 pm

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

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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 Program

EUC Working Conference for Regional College Faculty

March 12-13


Registration closed.

Researching and Teaching the EU: Best Practices and Current Trends in EU Scholarship
A Working Conference for Regional College Faculty

Keynote speaker: Prof. Stefan Jonsson, Linköping University.

Prof. Jonsson's keynote lecture will be based on the new book that he just published with Peo Hansen on "Eurafrica: The Untold History of European Integration and Colonialism" and address the landscape and future of European Studies and EU studies as such.

For more information click here.

ACE Departmental Seminar

Fri, Mar 13; 12 pm

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

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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

Graduate Student Colloquium "(Un)mapping the Mediterranean" Keynote Lecture

Fri, Mar 13; 5pm 

Room 210, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana

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"The Mediterranean: A Cradle of Civilizations Amongst Others"

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

Speaker bio and abstract

Colloquium Sessions
Saturday, March 14; All day
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 FLB, 707 S. Matthews Ave., Urbana.
For more information about the colloquium, please click here
Add Colloquium sesions on March 14 to Outlook calendar

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

  Upcoming Events

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)
    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

LithuaniaLithuania joins the eurzone

Lithuania entered into the Eurozone on January 1, 2015, becoming the 19th European Union Member State and last Baltic country to join the single European currency. Like Latvia’s entry in 2014, Lithuania joins the Eurozone at a very critical moment for the euro, the EU, and Lithuania itself. Lindsay Ozburn, EUC Graduate Assistant and FLAS Fellow, and Dr. Matthew A Rosenstein, Senior Associate Director of EUC, discuss potential benefits of Eurozone membership for Lithuania and the currency's future.
Read more on the EUC blog.
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.

EPS 590 SAX: Malta & Sicily:
Refugees & Education in the Mediterranean, Summer 2015
Application Deadline: March 15

This course will explore how two small islands in the Mediterranean, Malta and Sicily, are dealing with the influx
of refugees and migrants from North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa in light of economic, political and geopolitical crises. It will revolve around four intersecting themes: migration in the Mediterranean in light of the Arab uprisings, what citizenship means for refugees, the education of refugees, and the history of migration in the Mediterranean. Through a combination of seminars with faculty from the University of Malta, volunteering with local organizations that deal with refugees and marginalized people, visits to schools and international organizations, you will get both policy knowledge and hands-on learning about refugees and education in the Mediterranean. You will also travel with local historians to learn about the history of migration, conflict, and pluralism in the Mediterranean.
Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Preference will be given to graduate students.
For more information on this program: studyabroad.illinois.edu > Programs > Illinois Programs.

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
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Champaign, IL 61820
P: (217) 265-7515
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