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Spring 2015
April 6-10

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    Events This Week

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.

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.

College of Education Summit

Th, Apr 9; 11am-1pm

College of Education at Illinois, Room 22, 1310 S. 6th St., Champaign, IL

Preparing Teachers for a Diverse Global Society: Study Abroad for Preservice Teachers

The Office of International Programs in the College of Education at Illinois invites you to participate in this summit.
  • Share expertise and successful examples of study abroad programming for education students
  • Learn from national experts
  • Identify common barriers to study abroad for education students
  • Establish a working group for ongoing statewide synergy around this issue
  • Prepare white paper for stakeholders based on summit results
For more information, please contact Allison Witt at awitt1@illinois.edu
Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center

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.

  Upcoming Events

Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U.Pitt)

Tu, Apr 14; 11 am

Room 411, 507 E. Green St., Champaign, IL

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Before There Was Ebola: European Responses to Diseases in Africa - Past and Present

Panelists TBD

MillerComm Lecture

Th, Apr 16; 4-5:30 pm

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL

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The Greek War of Independence in Global Perspective

Speaker: Mark Mazower, Professor of History, Columbia University

Speaker bio and abstract

EUC Lecture

Fri, Apr 17; 12 pm

Room 1092, Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St., Urbana, IL

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Transatlantic Lessons: Why the European Way is STILL the Best Hope in an Insecure Age

Speaker: Steven Hill, Political Author

Speaker bio and abstract

ISU European Studies Symposium

Th-Fri, Apr 16 & 17

April 16: Schroeder Hall, Room 130, Illinois State University, 403 W. College Ave., Normal, IL

April 17: Caterpillar Auditorium, State Farm Hall of Business, Illinois State University, 410 S. University St., Normal, IL

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ISU European Studies Symposium: Institutions and Integration

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.   

Medieval Studies Symposium

Sat, Apr 18; all day

Location TBD

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Medieval Media Resolutions


Christian de Pee, Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan
Jessica Goldberg, Associate Professor of History at UCLA
Warren Brown, Professor of History at CalTech

Speaker bios and abstract

Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center and Program in Medieval Studies   
  Related Events

Leighton Lecture on Ethics and Leadership

Wed, Apr 22, 4pm

141 Wohlers Hall, 1206 S. 6th St., Champaign, IL

Doing Ethics in an Imperfect World: The United Nations Experience 

SpeakerJoan Elise Dubinsky, Chief Ethics Officer, United Nations

Speaker bio

    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

EUSAState of the European Union address at the 13th Annual EU Day

On March 12, 2015, His Excellency Andris Razāns, Ambassador of Latvia to the United States, delivered the State of the European Union Address as part of the Thirteenth Annual European Union Day's proceedings. Ambassador Razāns discussed a variety of topics, including current issues in the European Union and Eurozone, the conflict in Ukraine and European Union relations with Russia, the experience of Latvia and other Baltic countries as newer European Union and NATO member states, and Latvia's agenda for its six-month European Union presidency. Watch the address or read about his interview 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
 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
F: (217) 333-6270  www.euc.illinois.edu

If you would like to announce an
event through the EUC e-Weekly,
please send the information by no later than the prior Thursday of the event to:  

Sebnem Ozkan | Phone: (217) 244-0570 | Fax: (217) 333-6270