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University of Illinois

Fall 2015
Sept 14-18

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  Events This Week 

Opening Lecture
EUC Fall Reception

Mon, Sept 14
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

A panel of experts will reflect upon some of the most significant differences between the US and European models of higher education. In particular, we will be looking at the question of who pays for students to go to University, and how much it costs both the individual and society. Our panel of experts will include: John Weidman (School of Education, University of Pittsburgh), Liudvika Leisyte (Center for Higher Education at TU Dortmund, Germany), John Douglass (Senior Research Fellow in Public Policy and Higher Education at the University of California at Berkeley), and Goldie Blumenstyk (Senior Writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education). Ron Linden (Director of European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh) will moderate.

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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Time, Conscience, History: Ghulam Husain Tabatabai and Sudipta Senthe 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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Brownbag Presentation

Thu, Sept 24,

School of Social Work (Room 2015), 1010 W Nevada, Urbana

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Brownbag: International Service Learning in Greece

Speaker: Hellen MacDonald-Gerolymatos, School of Social Work, University of Illinois

Prof. MacDonald-Gerolymatos will talk about her very interesting study abroad course that will be offered in spring 2016: SOCW 330/561 “International Service Learning in Greece”. The course aims to explore how the current economic crisis in Greece impacts on refugee settlement and unaccompanied minors in Athens.  

Speaker bio and further info

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center


Thu, Sept 24-Sun, Sept 27

Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana

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Hispanic Linguistics Symposium

HLS is an annual conference with a focus on theoretical and applied linguistics in Spanish and Portuguese.

Invited Speakers:

Melissa Bowles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Clancy Clements, Indiana University Bloomington
Luis López, University of Illinois at Chicago
Cristina Sanz, Georgetown University

For more information see the symposium website

Organized by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.


Fri, Sept 25,

404 David Kinley Hall, 1407 W Gregory Dr, Urbana

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The European Parliament oversight of EU-level agencies through written questions

Speaker: Nuria Esther Font Borrás, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Visiting Scholar, Political Science, University of Illinois

Organized by the Department of Political Science. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center

Dialogue on Europe Videoconference Series

Mon, Sept 28

Room 411, 507 E. Green St., Champaign


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Language and Identity in the Francophone World
(in French)

Presenters will be discussing how they use language to navigate between national identities, gender, and sexuality.

Organized by the European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center and Center for African Studies and Florida International University/University of Miami

    EU Studies Conference


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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Latin American Film Festival


Sept 18-24
Art Theater Co-Op, 126 W Church Street, Champaign


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8th Annual Latin American Film Festival 
The Center for Latin American and Carribean Studies organized a one-week Latin American film festival featuring a Cuban-Spanish production. For more information about each film, please see the brochure of the event. 
Organized by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Panel Discussion


Wed, Sept 30

321 Main Library, 1408 W Gregory Drive, Urbana


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Chai Wai Series: "Around the World in 2D: Comics, Graphic Novels and Cartooning"

The panel discussion is presented in conjunction with the Library's September exhibit on international comics. There will be a lively discussion featuring local comics scholars, creators, artists, and animators. Audience members are encouraged to participate in the discussion.
Sponsored by the International and Area Studies Library

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).

    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Euro Challenge 2015! How To Sustain The Social Systems In The Eurozone: A Look To France For Answers 

An interesting essay by Letitia Zwickert, an International Relations, World Cultures, and Minorities teacher at Naperville Central High School. With her team from Naperville High School, she won she Midwest Regional Euro Callenge competition. 

Read more on the EUC blog.

The EUC will be organizing the Midwest Euro Challenge competition again in Spring 2016 -- stay tuned and check the competition webpage for updates!

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



 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

Call for Proposals

74th annual MPSA Political Science Conference
Section 9: European Politics
Complete Panel Proposal Deadline:  September 24, 2015
Paper and Roundtable Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2015
Poster Proposal Deadline:  December 10, 2015

Palmer House Hilton, Chicago • April 7-10, 2016

For more detailed information for proposal submission, please visit the website.

Call for Papers

2016 Conference: "Rethinking Europe in Intellectual History"
Application Deadline: Jan 15, 2016
Rethymnon Campus, University of Crete • May 3-5, 2016
For more detailed information for proposal submission, please visit the website.

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.
 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.


Modern Greek Conversation Table: meets every Thursday at 4 p.m. at Espresso Royale on Oregon. 

If you would like to announce your Fall 2015 conversation tables & coffee hours, please send the information to Sebnem Ozkan.



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