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University of Illinois

Fall 2015
Aug 24-28

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Welcome back!

Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Related Events

Blog Highlights  Announcements
    Welcome back!
Welcome back!

With this first edition of our e-Weekly newsletter for the academic year, the European Union Center (EUC) welcomes new and returning faculty, staff, and students to the University of Illinois campus.

We are very pleased to share the good news that the EU has awarded, through a highly competitive grant process, two prestigious grants to the EUC. We have received our third Getting to Know Europe grant and for the first time, the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence grant. These two programs will promote greater study and understanding of the EU and transatlantic relations in the US. The funds (180,000 euro, approximately $200,000) will enable a host of new interdisciplinary initiatives in EU studies research, course development, online education, and public engagement. You can read more on our blog about these two new EU grants and the activities they will support.

Over the summer, the EUC supported two exciting field courses abroad: The "Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic" course began at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and then students from the University of Illinois and KTH traveled north to conduct research in the Arctic. The “Central Banking in Europe since the Financial Crisis” course took students to several central banks and gave them a chance to talk to central bankers about how they responded to—and sometimes failed to respond to—the global financial crisis, and how they were adjusting to their new roles. You can read the field notes from these courses on our Across the Pond section of the EUC blog.

Over the summer, the EUC also supported graduate and undergraduate students through the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. The recipients of the Summer 2015 FLAS fellowships studied Arabic, Czech, Modern Greek, and Swedish. The Academic Years 2015-16 EUC FLAS fellowships will support twelve graduate and four undergraduate students, who will be studying nine different languages: Arabic, Catalan, French, Italian, Modern Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish. You can view the list of recipients of both Summer and Academic Year FLAS fellowships here.

Together with our highly energetic faculty, the EUC staff has been busy planning an exciting array of lectures, conferences, movies, and more for the academic year. The EUC Directors Lecture Series will bring Professor John Stephens (Director, Center for European Studies, European Union Center of Excellence, and Trans-Atlantic Masters program, UNC-Chapel Hill) to campus on September 14, 2015. Prof. Stephens will deliver a lecture on the Lisbon Strategy and examine whether there is empirical evidence that social investment does produce more and better jobs in the EU. His lecture will be followed by our fall reception. The Center’s programming this year will also feature special interactions with the European diplomatic corps through a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) panel, EU Day, “EU Day on the Road” and similar events, and our annual Regional Faculty Working Conference in EU Studies. Look for updates in forthcoming e-Weekly issues and on the EU Center web site, and make your plans to participate. We also welcome suggestions—and self-nominations—for speakers to deliver lectures, so please let us know your ideas.

A standing goal of the EUC is to foster cooperation with institutions in Europe and with scholars that share interests in EU studies. We are excited to announce the following two visiting scholars to EUC, who will be with us this fall: Juan Ramon Rivera Sanchez (University of Alicante, Spain) will be a visiting scholar with the EUC from September 2015 through March 2016. Professor Sanchez holds the Chair in EU Labor Law and Social Security at the Law School at University of Alicante. His research interests include the EU/US Free Trade Agreement and transatlantic trade and investment. Dr. Kolja Raube (KU Leuven, Belgium) will be a visiting scholar with the Center in October 2015. Dr. Raube serves as program coordinator at the Centre for European Studies and is also a senior researcher at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies. We will share additional information about each of these distinguished scholars and post profiles of their background and interests on our web site soon. Please join us in welcoming them to the UI and Urbana-Champaign.

Many of you already keep up with the Center and the latest EU news through our Facebook page, EUC Blog, and Twitter feed. E-weekly will continue to highlight selected contributions to these social media. We also invite you to join our LinkedIn group, which allows EUC affiliates to stay connected and keep up with each other’s professional developments, and to follow us on Pinterest.

As we look ahead to the upcoming year, the Center will continue to serve as a hub for research, teaching, and public engagement on the EU and transatlantic relations. We plan to spend this year focusing on developing new curricular and academic programs, including prospects for new degree majors and minors in EU studies at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and enhancing the footprint of Illinois at European partner universities. A key goal is to cooperate with other units on campus that share our interests in expanding the range of opportunities for students interested in the EU, so we look forward to engaging in dialogue about ways to achieve those objectives. Please feel welcome to share your ideas with us about how we can best serve that mission. In the mean time, we wish all of the EU Center’s many friends a productive and stimulating year to come!

- Anna Stenport, Director

    Events This Week

Film Conference

Th-Sat, Aug 27-29

Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana

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In addition to presentations spanning the history of documentary filmmaking in the global circumpolar North, the conference program will also include a number of screenings of rarely seen and newly restored Arctic films as well as a Greenland photography review, undertaken in collaboration with the University of Illinois Spurlock Museum. All presentations and screenings will be free and open to the public, and we welcome participation by students.

Arctic Cinemas and the Documentary Ethos examines documentary cinema as a key to understanding environmental, political, cultural, indigenous, sociological and ethnographic approaches to the Arctic. Not only does documentary cinema constitute the majority of films that have been made by, in, and about the Arctic region; documentary cinema is also one of the most influential conduits for the conceptualization and imagination of the contemporary global circumpolar Far North and has been so for over a century. This event is the first major international conference to address the Arctic Documentary tradition.

The complete conference program is available at the conference website.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

    Upcoming Events

REEEC New Directions Lecture

Th, Sept 3
General Lounge (Room 210), Illini Union, Urbana

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GillePaprika, Foie Gras and Red Mud: Hungary Ten Years after EU Accession

Speaker: Zsuzsa Gille, Sociology, University of Illinois

Speaker bio and abstract

Followed by the REEEC Fall Reception.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

Opening Lecture
EUC Fall Reception

Mon, Sept 14
Opening Lecture: 3pm
Reception: 4-6pm
ACES Heritage Room, ACES Library, 1101 S Godwin, Urbana

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StephensDoes the Lisbon Strategy Work? Do Social Investment Policies Produce More and Better Jobs?

Speaker: John StephensGerhard E. Lenski, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology; Director, Center for European Studies, European Union Center of Excellence, and Trans-Atlantic Masters program, University of North Caroline - Chapel Hill

Speaker bio and abstract.

Followed by the EUC Fall Reception.

Dialogue on Europe Videoconference Series

Th, Sept 17

Room 411, 507 E. Green St., Champaign

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globeBack to School ... at What Cost: Comparing Higher Education Models in the US and Europe

Panelists: TBA

Organized by the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh
Co-sponsored by the European Union Center and Florida International University/University of Miami

CSAMES Lecture

Fri, Sept 18
223 Gregory Hall, 810 S Wright, Urbana

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Sudipta SenTime, Conscience, History: Ghulam Husain Tabatabai and the Rise of British Rule in India

Speaker: Sudipta Sen, Professor of History at the University of California, Davis

Speaker bio and abstract.

Co-sponsored by European Union Center.

    Related Events

Illinois Abroad Day



worldIllinois Abroad Day—September 1, 2015

A campus wide collaboration.
It’s like Quad Day for Study Abroad!  Discover how studying abroad can enrich your college experience, help you land your dream career, and allow you to create connections with individuals and places around the world during Illinois Abroad Day.
Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (formerly the Study Abroad Office), International Programs in Engineering, the College of ACES Office of International Programs, and the College of Business will host the first annual Illinois Abroad Day on Tuesday, September 1. This is also in collaboration with international education staff in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

View a full schedule of events online at: studyabroad.illinois.edu/schedule.
    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

arcticOver the summer, the EUC supported two exciting field courses abroad: The "Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic" course began at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and then students from the University of Illinois and KTH traveled north to conduct research in the Arctic.

ECBThe “Central Banking in Europe since the Financial Crisis” course took students to several central banks and gave them a chance to talk to central bankers about how they responded to—and sometimes failed to respond to—the global financial crisis, and how they were adjusting to their new roles. You can read the field notes from these courses on our Across the Pond section of the EUC blog.

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



EUC FLAS Fellows

AY 2015-2016
Summer 2015



Bernard Brennan, Political Science - Catalan
Mian (Emma) Duan, EU Studies/MBA - French
Bethany Glock, EU Studies - Polish
Teresa Greppi, Spanish & Portuguese - Catalan
Lucas Henry, Musicology - Swedish
Mitchell Margolis, Urban Planning - Turkish
Erick Montenegro, Education Policy Organization & Leadership - Arabic
Barbara Myers, EU Studies - Swedish
Lindsay Ozburn, EU Studies - Modern Greek
Andrew Schwenk, EU Studies - Italian
Michelle Urberg, GSLIS - Norwegian
Peter Wright, History -Turkish
Emme Deamont, Food Science & Human Nutrition - Modern Greek
Jordan Schmitt, Actuarial Sciences - Modern Greek
Bara Saadah, Engineering - Arabic
Ester Fang, Political Science/History - Arabic
Caroline Clasby, EU Studies - Arabic
Mian (Emma) Duan, EU Studies/MBA - French
Paul Myers, Education Policy Organization & Leadership - Swedish
Lindsay Ozburn, EU Studies - Modern Greek

Monet Colomb, German - Swedish 
For more information about FLAS fellowships, please visit the FLAS web site.

New Course for Fall 2015

EURO 240 – Arctic Narrativesscandinavian
T/Th, 2-3:20pm, 3 credit hours
Study of the Arctic, its peoples and cultures, as imagined in literature, art, history, media and film. This course makes cross-cultural comparisons with accounts by indigenous people and Scandinavian, American, and European visitors to or settlers in to the Arctic. This course includes emphasis on environmental, colonial, and social aspects from theoretical and historical perspectives.
Same as SCAN 240 / CWL 282. This course satisfies the Gen Ed Criteria for a Literature and the Arts course and Western Comparative Culture course.
For further information, please contact Dr. Mark Safstrom.
For other Scandinavian Studies courses, please visit here.

SLCL 200/GRKM 199: "Partnership in Crisis? Greece and the EU"
Tu/Th, 2-3.30pm, 1st 8 Weeks
For nearly six years the international media have been gripped by the “Greek crisis”.  As the crisis intensified mass protests in Athens and other major Greek cities have caught the world’s attention. Meanwhile what began as a localized fiscal deficit problem grew into a widespread crisis of epic proportions that challenged the political and social fabric of the Greek nation and at times seemed destined to undermine the very existence of a global currency, the Euro.
This eight-week course aims to explore the lengthy crisis that has beset Greece and the wider Eurozone. Is it a purely economic phenomenon or something wider and deeper, as many Greeks would suggest? Are its causes to be found in the prevailing international financial environment or in the economic and political system that has evolved in Greece since the early 1970s?To what extent have choices made by both domestic and international actors, such as the International Monetary Fund and the European Union, assisted or exacerbated the crisis? Most importantly, what has been the impact of the crisis on the daily lives of the country’s residents—and what is this impact of the Greek crisis on the rest of the world?
For further information, please contact Dr. Stefanos Katsikas
SLCL 200: Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean
M/W/F, 12:00-12:50pm - 3 credit hours
General Education credit (Topics in Global Cultures - Humanitities/Western and non-Western Cultures)
Instructors: A team of experts on different regions of the Mediterranean
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.
For further information, please contact Dr. Eda Derhemi.

Mark your calenders!

FLAS Fellowship Information Sessions


FLAS Student Information Sessions for Graduate and Undergraduate Students
Thursday, December 3 from 4-5 pm
Friday, December 4 from 4-5 pm
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies.FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois National Resource Centers and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply.Information sessions will cover the requirements and deadlines and provide opportunities for students to ask questions of the FLAS coordinators. For more information, visit FLAS Fellowships at Illinois website.
FLAS Departmental Information Sessions
Monday, October 26 from 12-1 pm 
Monday November 2 from 12-1pm
101 International Studies Building
This info session is targeted for departmental staff (primarily but not exclusively for Directors of Graduate Studies). You will have the opportunity to meet the FLAS Fellowship coordinators from each area studies center and to ask any questions about the FLAS fellowship program that may be specific to your department.
We encourage you or a Department Representative to attend.  While we will be fielding a majority of the questions, we feel it’s very important for the Departments to be informed as well.  If you are unable to attend, please take a moment to visit the FLAS web site for more information.

Call for Papers

23rd International Conference of Europeanists: “Resilient Europe?”      Application Deadline: Oct 1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • April 14-16, 2016
Organized by the Council for European Studies
For more detailed information for proposal submission, please visit the website.
 Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours


If you would like to announce your Fall 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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please send the information by no later than the prior Thursday of the event to:  

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