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Spring 2015
April 27-May 1

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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: "Europe's new approach on the migration issue"

Speaker: Romina Spina, journalist for Neue Zürcher Zeitung

A surge in the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe forces the European Union to rethink its approach on immigration. Existing procedures, largely aimed at enforcing strict border control rather than addressing humanitarian needs, are insufficient to adequately assist migrants arriving from Africa and the Middle East. Efforts to correct these shortcomings occur at a time when populist political forces with strong anti-immigration views are on the rise across member states.

Professional Development Workshop for local/regional public school teachers

Sat, May 2

Room 201 (General Lounge), Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana

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The Experience of Revolution: Imagining, Seeking, and Making Utopia

The workshop for local/regional public school teachers will explore questions of revolution and utopia across history and across the globe, with a particular focus on primary sources that bring people's motives and experiences to life and can awaken student thinking and exploration. The workshop will include an overview of how the concepts of "revolution" and "utopia" have been imagined by people in different social, historical, and geographic contexts. 


Mark Steinberg, Department of History, UIUC
Sundiata Cha-Jua, Department of History and Department of African American Studies, UIUC
Jessica Greenberg, Department of Anthropology, UIUC
Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Department of History and Department of Sociology, UIUC
Linda Herrera, Department of Education Policy and Organization, UIUC

Additional event information and registration

This workshop offers ISBE professional development units for participating teachers.

Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center

  Related Events


Mon, Apr 27; 6-8pm

Room 126, GSLIS, Champaign

International Perspectives 20/20

ISSS is hosting an event on Monday, 4/27 called “International Perspectives 20/20.”  The event will feature 3-4 students/scholars presenting on the topic of “Wanderlust.” 

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

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

On April 14, 2015, The European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh held a roundtable discussion entitled "Before There Was Ebola: European Responses to Diseases in Africa - Past and Present" as part of their Conversations on Europe series. Panelists included Mari Webel (University of Pittsburgh), Guillaume Lachenal (Univeristé Paris Diderot), Jessican Pearson-Patel (University of Oklahoma) and Deborah Neill (York). Read the discussion abstract and watch the session on the EUC blog!

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




The Vekich Scholarship                                  
Application Deadline: May 1

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 competition for The Vekich Scholarship, an undergraduate award for students of South Slavic Languages, named in honor of U. of Illinois alumna Anne M. Vekich.

Up to five Vekich Scholars will be named. The scholarship will cover the cost of Bosnia/Croatian/Serbian (BCS 101-102, 201-202, or 301-302) language course texts and materials for the following academic year. In addition Vekich Scholars will be eligible to apply for fellowship support toward a summer language program to continue their studies in the U.S. or Bosnia, Croatia, or Serbia in the summer of 2016.

Competition Guidelines: Submit a 3-5 page (double-spaced) essay that addresses an aspect of Bosnian, Croatian, or Serbian history or culture that you consider to be of significant interest to our contemporary world.

Please include a cover sheet that lists your contact information (name, campus and home address, and email address), and email your essay to Professor Michael Finke, Department Head, Slavic Languages & Literatures: mcfinke@illinois.edu

Houston & Papadimitriou Greek Culture Award                            Application Deadline: June 1, 11:59pm
The Program in Modern Greek Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is inviting students who have taken elective courses to learn about Greek culture, language or history in AY 2014-15 to apply for this academic year's Houston-Papadimitriou Greek Culture awards by clicking the following electronic link and follow instruction on how to apply

Eligibility Criteria
  • Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS)
  • Must have a demonstrated interest in and have taken an elective course to learn about Greek culture, language or history in AY 2014-15
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.3 or higher

Scholarship Information Session

UK and Ireland Scholarships Info Session & Application Workshop          Application Deadline: May 1
Fancy a fully-funded graduate degree at a top British or Irish university?  Join us to learn about a group of scholarships that allow you to pursue your academic goals in the United Kingdom and Ireland!

This informational session and application workshop is targeted to juniors, seniors, and graduate or professional students, and will provide an overview of the Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes scholarships.

The University of Illinois’ newest Marshall Scholar, Jacob Calvert, will be on hand to share his application experience!

The latter portion of the event will help participants begin to craft their applications for these scholarships. This is a great opportunity to strategize and get feedback on your ideas for your application essays.  The priority deadline for the Marshall and Gates Cambridge scholarships is June 1, 2015, and the required campus deadline for many of the UK/Ireland scholarships is August 25, 2015, so now is the time to get started!

For more information: topscholars@illinois.edu

When: Thursday, May 7, 3:30-5:00pm                                                     Where: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building (entrance near Coble Hall)

Assistantship Position Anouncements

Slavic Reference Service, International and Area Studies Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Graduate Assistantship Position Announcement

Total Hours per week: 20 hours (50% Graduate Assistantship)

The Slavic Reference Service (SRS) is an international reference service, which was founded in 1976 to assist Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies scholars.  This service provides bibliographic training for librarians, citation verification service for ILL departments, and in-depth research consultations for scholars. SRS also supports the annual Summer Research Laboratory organized by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center.  This is a high-volume, fast-paced work environment.  The graduate assistant will gain extensive experience with specialized reference, vernacular language research materials, latest research technologies, library instruction, transliteration systems, and knowledge of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies collections in North America and beyond. 

Former Slavic Reference Service graduate assistants have gone on to work at the Library of Congress, National Security Archive, prominent academic libraries, as well as various governmental and non-governmental institutions.

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of any Slavic, Baltic, Caucasian, or Turkic languages of the Former Soviet Union, as well as those of Central Europe
  • Interest in reference work
  • Coursework or degrees in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies or related fields (such as linguistics)
  • Strong communication skills and interest in serving the public
  • Web design or database design experience

The Slavic Reference Service Graduate Assistantship duties:

  • Provide one-on-one research assistance in person and by telephone, email, and chat
  • Assist with interlibrary loan requests (citation verification, search and retrieval of bibliographic data from local, regional, and national catalogs and databases)
  • Create research resources (research guides, annotations, bibliographies, etc.)
  • Provide library instruction sessions

Interested students should send cover letter and resume to Joe Lenkart at: lenkart@illinois.edu

TAship in Modern Greek                                                                         Application Deadline: May 15th, 5pm

The Program in Modern Greek Studies, School of Literatures, Cultures and Lingusitics, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, wishes to appoint a 50% TA to teach three classes per academic year in Modern Greek language, beginning the Fall semester of 2015. The position is renewable and is contingent on funding and strong performance reviews.

Essential requirements are: fluency and excellent communication skills in English, native or near-native command of Modern Greek and the ability to work as part of a team, must be in good academic standing.
Students who, in addition to the above essential requirements, are experienced with teaching, course material creation and online education will be preferred. The appointment will include a tuition and fee waiver in compliance with the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Graduate College polices.

How to Apply:
Students interested in the position should provide an application letter, cv, teaching evaluations (if available), current English Placement competency scores, and two recommendation letters by two professional referees with the referees’ contact details on the recommendation letters. Application material should be submitted electronically to Dr. Stefanos Katsikas, Director of the Program in Modern Greek Studies, at skatsika@illinois.edu by 5pm May 15th, 2015. Referees may be contacted directly soon after the submission of the candidate’s application material. Applicants must be available prior to the appointment period for orientations and class preparations.

For further information about the program, please see: http://www.moderngreek.illinois.edu

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.

 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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