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University of Illinois

Fall 2015
Sept 8-11

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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

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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

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for the
EU Studies Conference

October 30-31, 2015
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Proposals for research presentations on any topic relevant to EU studies from scholars, college instructors, and graduate students are welcome. Colleagues with only a nascent academic interest in the EU are also invited to join us without being obliged to present any materials.
Conference web page | Online registration

Registration deadline: Friday, September 25, 2015.

The conference will kick-off with a
Roundtable Discussion on "Greece and the Future of the EU"

Stefanos Katsikas, Director of Modern Greek Studies, SLCL, University of Illinois
Benjamin Lough, Social Work, University of Illinois
Kolja Raube, Visiting Scholar, European Union Center, University of Illinois; Centre for European Studies, Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU-Leuven
Marina Terkourafi, Linguistics, University of Illinois
Moderator: Anna Westerstahl Stenport, Director of the European Union Center, Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illiniois
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Less Commonly Taught Languages Film Series

Wed, Sept 9 

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

Bir Zamanlar Anadou'da (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) (Turkish)
In the dead of night, a group of men – among them, a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor and a murder suspect – drive through the Anatolian countryside, the serpentine roads and rolling hills lit only by the headlights of their cars. They are searching for a corpse, the victim of a brutal murder. The suspect, who claims he was drunk, can’t remember where he buried the body. As night wears on, details about the murder emerge and the investigators’ own hidden secrets come to light. In the Anatolian steppes, nothing is what it seems; and when the body is found, the real questions begin. 
All films are shown with English subtitles.
Sponsored by the Department of Linguistics

Study Abroad Info Sessions

Info Session: Mainland Europe
Sept 8 • 4 pm • 1020 Lincoln Hall, 702 S Wright Street, Urbana
Info Session: United Kingdom & Ireland
Sept 10 • 4 pm • 1064 Lincoln Hall, 702 S Wright Street, Urbana
First Steps Info Session
The First Steps Info Session will encourage students to think about important things to consider before choosing a study abroad program. This includes academics, housing, duration, location, and cost. Students will learn how to research a program, understand costs, be given information about scholarships and Financial Aid, and how to apply.

Sept 11• 2 pm • 101 International Studies Building
All info sessions are sponsored by Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange

Prioritizing Undergraduate Education at Illinois Lecture Series

Th, Sept 17
4-5:30pm (lecture and discussion)
5:30-6:30pm (reception)

National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Auditorium

The Rise and Fall of Public Higher Education 
Author and Professor Emerita of Economics Nancy Folbre, of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will be the speaker of a Sept. 17 lecture and discussion titled "The Rise and Fall of Public Higher Education." She will also host a colloquium earlier in the day, sponsored by the College of Education and the Forum on the Future of Public Education.

This is the first of a lecture and discussion series continuing the Campus Conversation on Undergraduate Education. Future speakers will be Richard Levin, CEO of Coursera and past president of Yale University (11/13); and Carolyn Dever, provost at Dartmouth College (12/2).

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EUC Blog Highlights

Transatlantic Educators Dialogue 

Interested in learning about the EUC's innovative online initiative in educational diplomacy, Transatlantic Educators Dialogue (TED)? Please check out these testimonials from past participants! Read more on the EUC's Teacher's Corner blog! TED will be offered again in spring 2016 and participants will be able to take it for UI credit for the first time! More information will be available on the TED webpage later this fall. 

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New Courses 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
1st International Conference on “Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders”
Application Deadline: Sept 30
Athens, Greece • September 23-25, 2016
Held by the Hellenic American University in cooperation with Hellenic American College
For more detailed information for proposal submission, please visit the website

IPRH Reading Groups, 2015-16

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities invites applications for Reading Groups. The groups meet regularly throughout the year and may organize public events on topics of interest to a broad range of disciplines. For more information and a list of this year's Reading Groups visit the website.
 Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours

Melanzana: Italian Conversation Table: meets every Tuesday at Espresso Royale on Goodwin at 7 p.m. All levels are welcome!

The Pause Café French Conversation: meets every Thursday at Espresso Royale on Goodwin at 5.30 p.m. All levels are welcome!

Arabic Language Table: meets every Thursday at 4pm in Room 133 at 1207 W. Oregon (Latino/Latina Conference 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 Fall 2015 conversation tables & coffee hours, please send the information to Sebnem Ozkan.



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