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Spring 2015
April 13-17

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    Events This Week

Videoconference Panel Discussion

Tu, Apr 14; 11 am

Room 411, 507 E. Green St., Champaign

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

Panelists: Mari Webel, University of Pittsburgh; Guillaume Lachenal, Université Paris Diderot; Jessica Pearson-Patel, University of Oklahoma


Organized by European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Co-sponsored by the University of Illinois' European Union Center (EUC), Center for Global Studies (CGS), Center for African Studies (CAS), Global Health Initiative, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Global Studies Program; and Florida International University/University of Miami.

CLACS Lecture Series

Th, Apr 16; 12pm

Room 101, International Studies Bldg, 910 S. Fifth St., Champaign

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Germans in the Land of Gauchos: Ethnic and Regional Identities in Brazil

Speaker: Glen Goodman, Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese, UIUC

Speaker bio and abstract

Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center

MillerComm Lecture

Th, Apr 16; 4-5:30 pm

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

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The Greek War of Independence in Global Perspective

Speaker: Mark Mazower, Professor of History, Columbia University

Speaker bio and abstract

Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center

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.   

EUC Lecture

Fri, Apr 17; 12 pm

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

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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

Sponsored by the European Union Center

Goethe Institut-Chicago Panel Discussion

Sat, Apr 18; 10:30-11:30 am

Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601

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Panel Discussion: European Funding Models and Cooperation Possibilities

A panel discussion with experts and filmmakers on TTIP


Zbigniew Banas, Loyola University Chicago
Jens Kiefer, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
Bruce Sheridan, Cinema Art + Science, Columbia College Chicago

Moderated by:
Anna Westerståhl Stenport, European Union Center, University of Illinois

Speaker bios and abstract

For more information, please visit the Goethe Institut-Chicago's website.

Organized by Goethe-Institut Chicago. Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center. In cooperation with the Chicago International Film Festival, the Consulate General of Poland in Chicago, the Consulate General of Sweden and LakeFX.

Medieval Studies Symposium

Sat, Apr 18; 10 am - 5 pm

Center for Advanced Study, 912 W. Illinois St, Urbana

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Medieval Media Resolutions

Invited speakers: 
Warren Brown (CalTech), author of several books on conflict resolution and co-editor of Documentary Culture and the Laity in the Early Middle Ages (2013); 
Christian de Pee (University of Michigan), author of The Writing of Weddings in Middle-Period China: Text and Ritual Practice in the Eighth through Fourteenth Centuries (2007); 
Jessica Goldberg (UCLA), author of Trade and Institutions in the Medieval Mediterranean: The Geniza Merchants and their Business World (2013). 

The symposium is free, but space is limited. Please contact Carol Symes if you plan to attend: symes@illinois.edu.

More information is available here.

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

European Movie Night

Mon, Apr 20; 5:30pm

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

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EuroChannel Shorts: Youth in Europe

The Eurochannel Short Films Tour is back for its sixth edition, with a special programming theme: Youth in Europe.

 The Eurochannel Short Films Tour is already a successful Eurochannel trademark. As a unique event, the tour invites viewers and talented directors on a stirring tour of Europe through short films: directors will be the guides and viewers will be touring through their screens. On the Eurochannel Short Films Tour, viewers will discover Europe, hear all its languages, and experience inspiring stories that will move them and invite them to reflect on a wide range of topics. 

CHAMP Conference

Th, Apr 23; 9am-6pm

Room 314, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana

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Entrepreneurial Heritage and the Information Economy

Heritage has entered a new stage of expediency, efficiency, and entrepreneurship. Although countries still scramble and compete to get their historic monuments inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, “site preservation” is no longer the driving impetus for listing as it was when the World Heritage Convention was drafted in 1972 and for decades following.

These shifting dynamics merit analysis and discussion. CHAMP offers this conference as a vehicle for their exploration. Please visit the website for speaker information, talk titles, and conference details.

EUC Lecture Series

Fri, Apr 24; 12 pm

Room 405, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana

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EUC Lecture Series: Title TBA

Speaker: Jacqueline Pacaud, European Heritage Label/European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture, Brussels

Speaker bio and abstract

EUC Lecture Series

Fri, May 1; 12 pm

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

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EUC Lecture Series: Immigration in the EU

Speaker: Romina Spina, journalist for Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Speaker bio and abstract

  Related Events

Balkanalia (UI Balkan Music Ensemble) Annual Spring Concert

Sat, Apr 18; 7:30pm

Smith Memorial Recital Hall, 805 S. Matthews Ave, Urbana

At the Wedding, on the Square: an evening of music from the Balkan dance floor (and more)

Dedicated to the memory of Professor Emeritus Raph T. Fisher

Donna Buchanan, director; Lillie Gordon, associate director

Program includes music of Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Greece, the Levant, Macedonia, Moldova, and Turkey

Free of charge and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the UI School of Music and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture

Tu, Apr 21, 12pm

101 ISB, 910 S. Fifth St., Champaign

Language, Linguistics, and Ideology in Eastern Europe and Beyond 

SpeakerHans Hoch, Professor Emeritus in Linguistics, Illinois


Leighton Lecture on Ethics and Leadership

Wed, Apr 22, 4pm

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

Doing Ethics in an Imperfect World: The United Nations Experience 

SpeakerJoan Elise Dubinsky, Chief Ethics Officer, United Nations

Speaker bio

Illinois International Workshops

Th, Apr 30; 9-11am & Th, June 4; 3-5pm

Room 411, 507 E. Green St., Champaign

Working with International Students 

April 30th - Front Line Staff
June 4th - Advising
These are interactive workshops designed to teach basic intercultural communication skills, and expand your insight about the changing student demographic at Illinois. The goals of the workshop are to gain knowledge and skills that will help staff interact effectively with international students. More specifically, you will (a) learn more about who our international student community and why they are important to the campus, (b) increase your awareness of cultural differences, (c) hear personal stories from international students about their experiences on campus, and (d) participate in activities designed to help you communicate effectively with international students. In addition, you’ll be referred to campus resources for staff and faculty who work with and support international students. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and talk with other Illinois staff about the opportunities and challenges related to working with the international students in your unit.
Space is limited, so please complete our free registration to reserve your place. Visit the website for more details.
    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

EUSAEUC-Affiliated Faculty Published in Journal of Common Market Studies

The European Union Center is pleased to announce the publication of Ekaterina Turkina's and Kostas Kourtikakis' article, "Keeping up with the Neighbours: Diffusion of Norms and Practices Through Networks of Employer and Employee Organizations in the Eastern Partnership and the Mediterranean." The article was published online on March 31, 2015 in the Journal of Common Market Studies.

Dr. Kourtikakis is an EUC-affiliated faculty member and the research published in this article has been supported by the European Union Center through the EU Center of Excellence grant.

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]

Undergraduate Travel Grant

Undergraduate Travel Grant to Participate in the University of North Carolina's EUCE Brussels Summer Program                                      Deadline: April 20th, 2015. Successful applicant will be notified promptly.
The EUC will be offering one travel grant to a student participating in the University of North Carolina's EUCE Brussels Study Tour of EU Institutions. The EUC undergraduate travel grand provides funds to cover travel costs and accomodations associated with participating in the University of North Carolina's Brussels EU summer program. Undergraduate students in all disciplines and departments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are eligible. Tentative program dates are June 21-27, 2015.

Fellowship Information Session

Fulbright International Scholarship Info Session at UIUC
Interested in researchteaching, or graduate work abroad? Come learn about Fulbright, the premiere U.S. academic exchange to 140 countries around the world!
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,900 full scholarships annually to students for studies, research, or English teaching in every region of the world.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens and either seniors, graduate/professional students, or alumni.  Please see the Fulbright page on our website for more information.
The National and International Scholarships Program will provide a Fulbright workshop featuring advice from recent Illinois Fulbright recipients. There will be lots of time to get your questions answered and enjoy free pizza! The session is targeted to juniorsseniors, and graduate/professional students who wish to explore Fulbright opportunities and begin preparing materials for the Fulbright Priority Deadline of June 29, 2015 for grants beginning in fall 2016.
When: April 21, 5:00pm
Where: 180 Bevier Hall
We look forward to seeing you there!

Call for Papers

Theorizing the European Neighbourhood Policy                                   Proposal Deadline: May 15

The College of Europe, Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies, invites papers for this international conference that will take place at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, September 17-18, 2015.

The conference aims to contribute to the further development of EU external relations theory by explaining the origins, development, (in)effectiveness, differentiation and (in)consistency of the ENP from various theoretical perspectives. Selected papers will be edited and published.

Visit the website for more information.

Call for Applications

Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy                                    
Application Deadline: May 5
The Regional Studies Association is pleased to announce the 2015 OPEN DAYS Master Class and call for Applications. 
Following the success of previous years, we invite again PhD students and Early Career Researchers (being within five years of the date on their PhD certificate) to apply for this year’s Master Class held as part of the 2015 OPEN DAYS in Brussels 12-15 October 2015. 
The Master Class will be organized by the European Commission, DG for Regional and Urban Policy, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), the Regional Studies Association (RSA), the European Regional Science Association (ERSA) and the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). 
Thaiothe OPEN DAYS Master Class ito improvthunderstandinoEUCohesioPolicy anits research potential among selected European PhD students anearly-career researchers.

Please visit the website for more details.

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
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Champaign, IL 61820
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