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Spring 2015
March 30-April 3

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    Events This Week

Joint Transatlantic Security Symposium/Turkish Studies Symposium

Fri, Apr 3; all day

Room 2025A, Ikenberry Commons, 301 E. Gregory Dr., Urbana, IL

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Turkish Foreign Policy: Challenges and Opportunities

Turkish foreign policy has long been considered to be either synonymous with or at least heavily influenced by the foreign policy of its Western allies.  Although its position in NATO and its relationship with both the United States and the member states of the European Union remains an important component of Turkish foreign policy, domestic and regional factors are now playing an increasingly important role in what Turkey does and how it sees itself. This symposium examines the challenges and opportunities facing Turkish foreign policy-makers in the ever-evolving Middle East/North African region.  The presenters cover a wide range of topics, including include Turkey and the EU, Turkey and NATO, Turkey and the Prospects of a Middle Eastern Nuclear Weapons Free Zone, Turkey and the Syrian Refugee Crisis.  Also presented is an investigation of domestic determinants of Turkish Foreign Policy, the effect of Desecularization on Turkish Foreign Policy-Making, and Turkey’s role in combating Islamic Extremism.


Bilgin Ayata, Freie Universität Berlin
"From Blessing to Curse? The Arab Uprising and Its Implications on Turkish Foreign Policy"

Çigdem Benam, Boston College
"Opening Up the Turkish 'black box': Domestic Determinants of Turkish Foreign Policy"

Nilsu Goren, University of Maryland
"Extended Deterrence and Tactical Nuclear Weapons: The Turkish Case"

Ayhan Kaya, Bilgi University
"Desecularization of the State and Society in Turkey and Its Impact on Turkish Foreign Policy: Islamization and Ottomanization"

Can Kasapoglu, Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies
"The Syrian Civil War and Turkey's Tough Choices: Ankara Facing the New Regional Security Environment"

Kemal Kirisci, Brookings Institution
“Syrian refugees in Turkey: Why were they welcomed by the Turkish state?”

Kemal Silay, Indiana University
"A Political and Military Predicament: The Escalating Danger of Islamism in Turkey and Discourses against Its NATO Membership"

Omer Taspinar, Brookings Institution
"Turkey-EU Relations: Still Relevant?"

For more information on panelists and abtracts, please visit the symposium webage. The poster for the symposium is available online [.pdf]
Co-Sponsored by European Union Center; The Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security; Center for Global Studies; Russian, East European and Eurasian Center; Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies.

ISU European Studies Symposium

Th-Fri, Apr 2 & 3

April 2: Schroeder Hall, Room 130, Illinois State University, 403 W. College Ave., Normal, IL

April 3: Caterpillar Auditorium, State Farm Hall of Business, Illinois State University, 410 S. University St., Normal, IL

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ISU European Studies Symposium: Past and Present

The European Studies Symposium gathers together a group of speakers from different academic disciplines and institutions.  Their presentations address the significance of Europe, its past and present, its parts and the whole, as an academic enterprise of particular merit.  The speakers define the academic foundations and reflect the disciplinary range of European Studies.

Schedule of Events and more information are available at the European Studies Symposium website

Co-Sponsored by ISU European Union, University of Illinois European Union Center, Illinois State University Office of the President, the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Office of International Studies and Programs, and the ISU Departments of Economics, History, Politics and Government, Sociology and Anthropology, and Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.   

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

International Week

Mon-Sun, Apr 6-12

UIUC Campus

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Help us celebrate all things international April 6-12, 2015, on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.

International Week at Illinois is comprised of a series of educational, cultural and recreational events designed to foster interest in our global community. Coordinated by International Programs and Studies and a cross-campus organizing committee, the goal of International Week is to raise awareness about the breadth of international education, activities and resources at Illinois. We invite students, faculty, staff, and the Champaign-Urbana community to join us in celebrating international education at Illinois.

More details can be found on the International Week webpage.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

European Movie Night

Mon, Apr 6; 5:30pm

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

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Gadjo Dilo (The Crazy Stranger) – France/Romania, 1997

In this comedy-drama, Stephane, a young man from France, travels to Romania on a mission; his father has recently passed away, and since the old man's favorite singer was an unrecorded gypsy vocalist from Romania, he has come to track her down and put her music on tape. However, he's not sure where she is, and as he wanders though a village in battered shoes on a cold night, an older gentleman of gypsy blood, Izidor allows him to spend the night in his home after regaling him with drunken rants about his dire fate. While gypsies take a dim view of strangers, Stephane goes out of his way to ingratiate himself into their community, and as the locals develop a grudging trust for him, Stephane meets Sabina, a beautiful gypsy dancer whose allure is matched by her fiery personality and blunt vocabulary. Izador is Sabina's accompanying musician, and as Stephane is drawn into Sabina's web by the passion of both her dancing and her lovemaking, he also becomes friends with the older man and struggles to better understand his way of life. Director Tony Gatlif, himself of gypsy heritage, previously directed a documentary about gypsy musicians, Latcho Drom.

Spanish & Portuguese Colloquium

Th, Apr 9; 4pm

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

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The Daughter of Granada and Fez: Al-Andalus in the Colonial Imaginary and in Mediterranean Perspective

Speaker: Eric Calderwood, Comparative & World Literature; Spanish & Portuguese, UIUC
Sponsored by the Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese. Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center.

EUC Lecture

Fri, Apr 10; 12:00pm

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

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Effective Practices of International Volunteers in Disaster Relief: Implications for the EU Aid Volunteers Program

Speakers: Ben Lough, Social Work, and Chris Jackson, EU Studies, University of Illinois

Abstract and speaker bios


Fri-Sat, Apr 10-11; all day

Illinois Fire Service Institut (IFSI),
11 Gerty Dr.,

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New Spaces of Translation: Third International Conference on Translation and Related Disciplines

Globalization and advances in technology have profoundly influenced how we think about and practice translation and interpreting. This conference will seek to reflect on the changing landscape of the field through the concept of “New Spaces.” On the one hand, globalization has allowed new areas to emerge on the map of translation practices, shifting the cultural centers away from the Western world and towards other world regions, particularly Asia and Latin America, thereby generating spatial and cultural shifts in translation flows. On the other hand, in virtual space, the future of translation and interpreting is already being shaped by the interaction of human translators and interpreters with machines. This two-day international conference will examine the interactions between the physical and virtual spaces in which translation and interpreting take place in the 21st century.

More information is available on the conference website.

Sponsored by the Center for Translation Studies of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Université Diderot, Paris, France. Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center. For full list of co-sponsors, see the conference website.

  Related Events


Tu, Mar 31, 4pm

Wohlers Hall, Room 130
Politics, Memory, and the Arts in 19th-Century France and Germany

David O’Brien (Art History) and Katherine Syer (Musicology) explore artistic responses to the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte in France and German speaking countries. Napoleon and his legacy provoked both French and German artists to explore issues of memory, loyalty, censorship, and commitment to democratic ideals. Syer will focus on a group of Dresden-based painters and writers who shared anti-Napoleonic convictions and came to include the composer Richard Wagner in the years before the abortive 1849 revolution. O’Brien will trace the ideal of the citizen-soldier from the Napoleonic period to World War I.

This event is part of “Explorations in Cultural Creativity” made possible through the Research Cluster on Cultural Creativity directed by W. Kinderman and supported by the IPRH. Free and Open to the Public.
    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

EUSAEUC affiliated faculty Prof. David L. Cleeton to serve as Co-Chair of the EUSA Economics Interest Section

The European Union Studies Association (EUSA) is the premier scholarly and professional association focusing on the European Union, the ongoing integration process, and transatlantic relations. During the organization’s 14th Biennial Conference held 5-7 March in Boston, the Economics Interest Section of EUSA elected Professor David L. Cleeton of Illinois State University to a four-year term as Co-Chair. In addition to serving as professor and department chair of the economics department at Illinois State University, Prof. Cleeton holds an affiliated faculty position at the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Cleeton is also currently mid-way through a four-year term as Co-Chair of the Political Economy Interest Section of EUSA. Read more on the EUC blog.

As always, we invite you to join the conversation by leaving comments and sharing posts with others!


New Summer Online Course: Politics of the European Union

What is the European Union?
Find out!

Register for
EURO/PS 385 - Politics of the European Union (ONLINE)
this summer.
June 15-August 6, 2015

The EU Center and Political Science Department are pleased to offer a Summer ’15 online course to help students understand what the EU is, why it is there, where it is going – and why it matters. This 8-week course provides an in-depth introduction to this unique governmental system.

What will you learn in this online class?

The history of the European Union
Ever heard of the empty chair crisis and the Maastricht treaty?

The theories of European integration
Learn how to explain why the European Union was created and where it is going in the future.

The main institutions of the EU
The European Council, the European Commission, and the European Parliament.

The main policies of the European Union
Why is there an economic crisis in Europe? What is the role of the EU in immigration policy and culture? Does the European Union have a military?

Connect with students from across the campus as you study this fascinating topic from the comfort of your own home. We hope to connect with you this summer!

For more information, contact the instructor, Dr. Kostas Kourtikakis, at kkourtik@illinois.edu or visit the EU Center website.
The flyer for the course is available online [.pdf]

International Week Travel Around the World

Encourage your international students and affiliated RSOs to participate in Travel Around the World!

International Student and Scholar Services and the Intensive English Institute are pleased to announce the 4th annual Travel Around the World event as part of Illinois International Week 2015. The annual Travel Around the World (TAtW) event is an interactive experience that promotes cultural understanding.

“Travelers" will collect stamps and information from each "cultural destination” (booths set up by campus cultural organizations like yours), as well as enjoy music and food samples from all around the world (we encourage you to bring things for your booth that will help the travelers enjoy your “destination”).

The “travelers” will use the stamps they collect to receive a t-shirt and enter the raffle drawing (the participants from your organization will also be given t-shirts and eligible to enter the raffle).

Represent your organization and/or culture by being a “cultural destination” at the event, sign up today:https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/7861325

Study Abroad Opportunities

Study in Vienna, Austria
Application Deadline for Spring 2016: October 1
If you have interest in study abroad or your majorrequires it, now is the time to start making plans. Early planning makes it more likely that you can study abroad longer and ensures that you earn maximum credit toward your Illinois degree(s). The Austria-Illinois Exchange Program (AIEP) has been the official, direct, and affordable Illinois program in Austria since 1971. We are celebrating 44 years!
All AIEP & VDP credit is Illinois residence credit. It’s as if the University of Illinois had a Vienna campus. Earn advanced hours in German and likely hours toward another degree or minor. Use the AIEP to add a German minor or second major or to fulfill major requirements in Global Studies. Our program is strongly recommended to all German majors and minors. English language programs are available too.
Programs include:
Vienna German Lanugage Program (AIEP)
Vienna Diplomatic Program in English (VDP) spring onlyVienna Business Programs in English (Vienna BUS)
Engineering Course at the Vienna Technical University
Visit the webpage or view the brochure/application page for more information. Questions? Contact Prof. Robert Jenkins

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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