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Spring 2015
May 4-8

e-Weekly archive

In this issue

Farewell Message

Blog Highlights  Announcements

Dear EUC e-Weekly friends, 

With this final issue of Spring 2015, EUC e-Weekly says good-bye until it resumes in the fall. We send you our best wishes for a safe, enjoyable, and productive summer and thank you for your continued support.

It has been an exciting year for the EUC. This past fall, we learned the wonderful news that our US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center and FLAS Fellowships grants were renewed through 2018. We have been busy implementing the new projects and supporting our very worthy student fellows. Similarly, we have cooperated with faculty affiliates and other partners to carry out our 2014-15 EU Center of Excellence initiatives. With shifts to the EU funding programs announced this year, we also have been working to apply for new EU grants and hope for success in these efforts.

And of course, we have carried out a full schedule of programming events about the EU and transatlantic relations, highlighted by the visit to our campus in March by the Latvian Ambassador and European consular corps members at our annual EU Day. The proceedings of many of these special events have been captured on video, and can be viewed on our blog.

If you're traveling to Europe this summer, we encourage you to submit a post for publication to our "Across the Pond" Blog (EUC Blog instructions can be found here). Please also take a look at Fall 2015 courses related to EU studies. We invite faculty to send in suggestions for inclusion of any courses we have missed, and encourage students to consider taking as many of these stimulating classes as possible.

We hope you enjoyed reading our e-newsletter over the past semester. EUC e-Weekly will resume publication in August 2015, and will continue bringing you information about EU related events, resources, funding, and career opportunities. In the meantime, look for updates over the summer to the EUC website—particularly our MA in EU Studies pages—as well as our blog, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter accounts. We invite you to enjoy the new content that we post and engage with us over these social networking sites.

Finally, congratulations and best of luck to all EUC-affiliated graduating students!

~ The European Union Center

    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Lough and JacksonEffective Practices of International Volunteers in Disaster Relief: Implications for the EU Aid Volunteers Program

On April 10, 2015, Professor Ben Lough (School of Social Work, UIUC) and Chris Jackson (European Union Studies, UIUC) presented a lecture entitled "Effective Practices of International Volunteers in Disaster Relief: Implications for the EU Aid Volunteers Program.

Watch the lecture on the EUC blog!

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



New Course for Fall 2015

Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean
SLCL 200 – 3 credit hrs.
M,W,F 12:00-12:50

General educaon credit: (Topics in Global Cultures - Humanities/ Historical/Western and non-Western Cultures)

Instructors: A team of experts on different regions of the Mediterranean Requirements: Four take-home papers (3 pages each)

Course content: This course covers over a dozen languages and cultures of the Mediterranean, an area where civilizations, cultures and languages have intermingled and
competed for thousands of years. These interactions are still crucial to understanding contemporary events in Europe, Northern Africa and Middle East, as well as in other parts of the world. An introduction to the social and cultural history of languages spoken in countries like Greece and Egypt, Morocco and Spain, Italy and Turkey, Albania and Croatia, France and Algeria, Syria and Israel and more will be offered in this course. The starting point will be the Mediterranean of today, tracing the historical development of the languages as an ongoing process in relation to historical events, culture, politics and religion.


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

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

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. Last conversation table is Thursday, May 7th.

Swedish Conversation Group and Coffee Hour: Meetings have concluded for the Spring semester.

Italian Conversation Group: meets Tuesdays at at Espresso Royale on Goodwin at 7 p.m., during spring semester. All levels are welcome! Last conversation group is Tuesday, May 5th.

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Conversation Table: meets every Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 pm at Espresso Royale on Goodwin. Last conversation group is Tuesday, May 5th.

Turkish Coffee Hour: meets every Thursday from 5-6pm at Espresso Royale on Goodwin. Last coffee hour is Thursday, May 7th.

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. Last conversation table is Thursday, May 7th.

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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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