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University of Illinois

Fall 2015
Sept 28- Oct 2

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  Events This Week 

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)


Abdellah Taia, Moroccan novelist and filmmaker
Nadia Fadil, Professor of Social Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium
Denis Provencher, Professor of French and Intercultural Communication, University of Maryland

The session will be an all-French conversation on Language and Identity in France, Belgium, and the Maghreb.

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 at the University of Illinois, and Florida International University/University of Miami

Info Session: Research in Germany


Tue, Sept 29



Monsanto Multimedia Studio #008,
ACES Library, 1101 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana


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Research in Germany: DAAD Programs and Funding Opportunities 

Ms. Niethammer, Program Officer of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in New York will provide an overview of the German research and scientific academic system and funding opportunities for research collaboration and mobility. This event is for faculty, graduate students, postdocs and staff of all disciplines interested in having a better understanding of the German academic and scientific research system and the programs and opportunities that are sponsored by the DAAD for researcher mobility and research collaboration.

Registration is required. 

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center

Info Session: Study in Germany


Tue, Sept 29



 1090 Lincoln Hall, 702 S Wright Street, Urbana


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Study in Germany: DAAD Programs

The information session is for undergraduate students of all disciplines interested in learning about the programs and funding opportunities that the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers to study or intern in Germany. 

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center

    Upcoming Events

Guest Artist Master Class


Tue, Oct 06

Music Building MB 1201 (Fishbowl), 1114 W Nevada, Urbana


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Sirin Pancaroglu, Turkish Harpist

The School of Music organizes a concert of Turkish Sufi music performed on revived period instruments by a trio ensemble that Turkish harpist Harpist Sirin Pancaroglu has founded. She has been credited for achieving a multifaceted musical career in which she has also been involved with the revival of the medieval Near-Eastern lap harp.

Sponsored by the School of Music

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

Guest Artist Lecture-Recital


Tue, Oct 06

Smith Memorial Hall Memorial, Room 220

805 S Mathews Avenue, Urbana


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Lecture: "The Revival of the Ceng" 

Praised by the Washington Post as a “major talent of international caliber”, Turkish harpist Sirin Pancaroclu has been involved with the revival of the medieval Near-Eastern lap harp called the çeng. Ms. Pancaroglu will lecture on the çeng and together with singer Bora Uymaz and Mehmet Yalgin, they will perform hymns, semais and songs from the Turco-Ottoman repertoire as the Simdi Ensemble.

Sponsored by the School of Music

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

Guest Artist Recital


Tue, Oct 06

Smith Memorial Hall Memorial, Room 220

805 S Mathews Avenue, Urbana


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Simdi Ensemble from Turkey 

Simdi Ensemble (Simdi means ‘now’ in Turkish) is a new project in the footsteps of the Sufi tradition of Anatolia bridging the past with the present. Whether composed hymns, songs or instrumental works, the music is strongly rooted in the creativity of the moment, accompanied by improvised forms such taksims, ghazals and odes (kasides).
Vocals: Bora Uymaz
Lever harp and çeng: Sirin Pancaroglu

Kemençe: Mehmet Yalgin

Sponsored by the School of Music

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

Exhibit Opening Celebration 

 Fri, Oct 9

Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St., Urbana

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"North of the Northern Lights" Exhibit Opening

Speaker: Anna Westerståhl Stenport, Germanic Languages & Literatues; European Union Center, University of Illinois

The Spurlock Museum exhibit, "North of the Northern Lights: Exploring the Crocker Land Arctic Expedition 1913-1917," will hold an opening ceremony on October 9th.  The evening will include gallery explorations and a talk led by the EUC Director Anna Westerståhl Stenport.

Speaker bio and more exhibit info.

North of the Northern Lights and its associated events are sponsored by the Dr. Allan C. Campbell Family Distinguished Speaker Series and co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

The Spurlock Museum's changing exhibits are made possible through a gift from Allan C. and Marlene S. Campbell and supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

EUC Lecture 

Fri, Oct 16

Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 FLB, 707 S Matthwes, Urbana

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"New Trends in the EU Industrial Policy - Implications for Bulgaria”

Speaker: Pascal Zhelev, Fulbright visiting scholar, Deptartment of Economics and Chief Assistant Professor at International Economic Relations and Business Department, University of National and World Economy (UNWE), Bulgaria

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    Related Events


Tue, Sept 29

Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W Nevada St, Urbana

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Islam Around the World: the Framework, Appeal, and Growth of Islam
Speaker: Kaiser Aslam
The lecture will be given as part of the Islam Awareness Week: "Hyphenating the Gap Between Muslim and American". 
Sponsored by the Muslim Students Association and AACC

Study Abroad Info Sessions


Sept 29  • 4pm  • 1020 Lincoln Hall
Oct 1 • 4pm • 1060 Lincoln Hall
Jon Franco, the U.S. representative from Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, Spain, talks about two different academic tracks at his university: Spanish Language & Culture or Business & Spanish. All of the Spanish and Business courses are pre-approved for credit at Illinois.
Oct 2 • 2pm • 101 International Studies Building
The First Steps Info Session will encourage you to think about important things to consider before choosing a study abroad program. This includes academics, housing, duration, location, and cost. There is information about how to research a program, understand costs,  scholarships and Financial Aid, and how to apply.



Wed, Sept 30

GSLIS Building, Room 126, 501 E Daniel St, Champaign


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Israel: Facing the New Challengs in the Middle East
The Illini Hillel and the Chabad Jewish Center are inviting for a talk by Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel and to the Midwest. He will speak on current events in the Middle East from an Israeli perspective. Following his talk, he will take questions from the audience.
Sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel and Illinois International

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

Info Session


Thur, Oct 8

Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore, 807 S Wright St, Champaign


Information Session: Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), from the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. The CLS institutes offer languages like Azerbaijani, Bangla and Indonesian and cover one academic year of university-level language coursework in 8 to 10 weeks over the summer, and include cultural programming, local language partners, and excursions. Participants receive academic credit at their U.S. institutions.
The info session will provide you with an overview of the program and give you helpful guidance on how to put together a competitive application. You will also hear from Illinois CLS alumni who spent summer 2015 in overseas language institutes on the scholarship.

For more information on the scholarship visit the website. 

    EUC Social Media
EUC Social Media Highlights

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 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

23rd International Conference of Europeanists

Proposal deadline: Oct 1

Philadelphia • April 14-16, 2016

The conference will focus on the theme of "Resilience" within European cultures, politics and society. The Council invites proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions, and papers that examine Europe’s capacity for resilience and related issues.

For more information on the conference and 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 Monday 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. 

Swedish Conversation Group: meets every Wednesday at 2pm in Philippson Library, 3114 Foreign Languages Building. Coffee is provided and students currently enrolled in Swedish will get extra credit.


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



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