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University of Illinois

Fall 2015
Oct 12-16

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  Events This Week 

European Movie Nights


Tue, Oct 13



Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S Matthews St, Urbana


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Eurochannel Shorts: My Dear Family - Funny Games

The Eurochannel Short Films Tour is back for its seventh edition, with a special programming theme: the European family.

The Eurochannel Short Films Tour has been a successful Eurochannel trademark for the last seven years. A unique event, the tour invites viewers to follow talented directors on an exciting exploration of Europe through short films: with the directors as guides, viewers discover fascinating cultures through the eyes of a filmmaker. Almost every European country and region is represented in this edition of the Eurochannel Short Films Tour - each of whose film is broadcast in its original language and subtitled in English - which is an example of the program’s creativity and dynamism. 


Family and their contributions to European and world’s society in all its aspects is the complex and diverse inspiration for this edition of the Eurochannel Short Films Tour. Family is one of the domains where the greatest changes have taken place over generations since the beginning of history. It has been the core of European society and the vital energy that moves countries and changes almost every aspect of life, from economics, to politics, to arts. This Eurochannel Shorts edition will capture this familiar spirit with stories about families, their challenges and greatest accomplishments.

For more information, please visit the Eurochannel website.




Th, Oct 15


Women's Resources Center, 703 South Wright Street (2nd floor), Champaign  


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Wings for a Dream: The human face behind the Syrian refugee crisis 

Speaker: Ellen Billard, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Road to Mafraq

It's being called the greatest humanitarian disaster since World War II. The war in Syria has left over 250,000 people dead and another 4 million as refugees. The disturbing images emerging of Syrian refugees risking -- and losing -- their lives to reach safety inside Europe have awakened the world to the to the plight of the Syrian people. But who are these people? What are their stories? And how can we help? Join us on Thursday, October 15 as we discuss this and more with Ellen Billard, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Road to Mafraq, a humanitarian organization working to support Syrian refugee families in crisis by increasing access to education and healthcare. 

Organized by the Humanitarian Association for the Displaced, a University of Illinois RSO, and the Road to Mafraq, a humanitarian organization working to support Syrian refugee families in crisis by increasing access to education and healthcare.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center


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 is the Chief Assistant Professor of International Economic Relations at the University of National and World Economy (UNWE) – Sofia, Bulgaria. For the fall 2015 semester, he is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Speaker bio and abstract


Organized by the European Union Center

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

    Upcoming Events



Mon, Oct 19

1060 Lincoln Hall, 702 S Wright St, Urbana


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Lives of the Great Languages: Cosmopolitan Language Systems in the Mediterranean

Speaker: Karla Mallete, Professor of Italian and Near Eastern Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literature at University of Michigan at Ann Arbor


Speaker bio and abstract


Sponsored by the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, the European Union Center, the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center; Department of French and Italian, the Program in Medieval Studies, the Program in Comparative and World Literature, theDepartment of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Modern Greek Studies,  and the Department of History

Dialogue on Europe Videoconference Series 


Tue, Oct 20

International Programs and Studies Building, Room 411, 507 E Green St, Champaign


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Europe’s Jews: Past, Present, Future?


Andrew Srulevitch, Anti-Defamation League

Ben Judah, Foregin Affairs Correspondent

David Weinberg, Professor Emeritus of Wayne State


This conversation will be on contemporary anti-Jewish sentiment in Europe and what sorts of responses we are seeing from the Jewish community there.


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

Info Session


Mon, Oct 26



101 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St, Champaign


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FLAS Departmental Info Session

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.

Annual Mortenson Center Distinguished Lecture

Tue, Oct 27



126 GSLIS, 501 E Daniel St, Champaign


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Right to Accessible Information for Global Citizenship: UNESCO’s Programme for Persons with Disabilities

Speaker: Dr. Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, Programme Specialist, Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO



Organized by the Mortensen Center

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center and the Center for Global Studies

Roundtable Discussion


Fri, Oct 30



Illini Union, Room 407


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Testing the limits of the EU: Greece, the Economy, and Refugee Crises


Stefanos Katsikas, Director of Modern Greek Studies; School of Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics (SLCL), University of Illinois
Benjamin Lough, Social Work, University of Illinois
Michael McGowan, Former MEP (Member of the European Parliament) and British Journalist
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 Illinois

Reception will follow.

Organized by the European Union Center.

    Related Events

Hebrew & Yiddish Film Series

Yiddish and Hebrew Film Series


The Program in Jewish Culture and Society presents a new Yiddish and Hebrew Film Series in Fall 2015. Opening a porthole into the diversity of Jewish culture, these films portray both straight and queer romance and sexuality complicated by immigration, conflict, poverty, and the break from religious tradition. The film series is free and open to the public, and all films will be shown with English subtitles.


Films to be shown:


American Matchmaker (Yiddish and English, 1940, 87 min)

Wed Oct 14 • 5pm • 109 English Building, 608 S Wright St, Urbana


Like a Fish Out of Water (Hebrew and Spanish, 2006, 52 min)

Tue Oct 20 • 7pm • 147 Armory Building, 505 E Armory, Champaign


Out in the Dark (Hebrew and Arabic, 2012, 96 min)

Thur Nov 5 • 7pm • 147 Armory Building, 505 E Armory, Champaign


Felix and Meira (Yiddish and French, 2014, 105 min)

Wed Nov 11 • 5pm • 109 English Building, 608 S Wright St, Urbana


Yiddle With His Fiddle (Yiddish, 1936, 92 min)

Wed Dec 2 • 5pm • 109 English Building, 608 S Wright St, Urbana

Globalization at Illinois - Student Session


Tue, Oct 13



Illino Union Ballroom, 1401 W Green St, Urbana

A Student Dialogue


Join Illinois International for a panel presentation followed by an open dialogue. This event is the first in a three part series of panel discussions with faculty, students, and staff. Students attending will have the opportunity to voice their experiences and offer input to srengthen UIUC campus as a preeminent global univeristy.

The next sessions for faculty and staff will be held in November and December.


For more information visit the website.

Info Session


Wed, Oct 14



106B8 Engineering Hall, 1308 W Green St, Urbana


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Info Session: Engineering in Europe

Learn about IPENG program opportunities in Europe. Student participants will share their study abroad experiences.

Sponsored by the International Program in Engineering (IPENG)

Less Commonly Taught Languages Film Series


Wed, Oct 14



Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S Matthews St, Urbana


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Babam ve Oglum (My Father and My Son) -- Turkish

Sadik is one of the rebellious youth who has been politically active as a university student and became a left-wing journalist in the 70's, despite his father's expectations of him becoming an agricultural engineer and taking control of their family farm in an Aegean village. On the dawn of September 12, 1980, when a merciless military coup hits the country, they cannot find access to any hospital or a doctor and his wife dies while giving birth to their only child, Deniz. After a long-lasting period of torture, trials, and jail time, Sadik returns to his village with 7-8 years old Deniz, knowing that it will be hard to correct things with his father, Huseyin.

All films are shown with English subtitles.


Sponsored by the Department of Linguistics and the Less Commonly Taught Languages Program

Study Abroad Info Meeting


Fri, Oct 16



101 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St, Champaign


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Study Abroad First Steps Info Meeting

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, get information about scholarships and Financial Aid, and how to apply.


Sponsored by Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange



Fri, Oct 16



Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S Matthews Ave, Urbana


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Foreign Language Teaching Share Fair


In 10-minute presentations, teachers of foreign languages will answer questions about their favorite activity for vocabulary or grammar, their suggestions for incorporating culture into the classroom, if there are any tech tools they would recommend for teaching, or if they have any tips for providing effective feedback to students. 


Sponsored by the Center for Language Instruction and Coordination

    EUC Social Media
 Social Media Highlights
The European Parliament oversight of EU-level agencies through written questions

Neil Vander Most, EUC Graduate Assistant and PhD candidate in Political Science, reflects on Professor Nuria Esther Font Borras' presentation on the European Parliament.  Read more on the
EUC blog.

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The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Application deadline: November 1, 2015


Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Full eligibility requirements can be found here


For more information about the fellowship, please see the website

Call for Applications

The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies is soliciting applications for its next fellowship competition. The program offers up to one year of research support at the Freie Universität Berlin. It is open to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on German and European history since the mid-18th century. Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research as well as postdoctoral research.


Application Receipt Deadline: December 1, 2015


For more information please visit the website.

 Call for Papers

Extreme Electoral Volatility in 21st Century Bulgaria and Greece: Are There Common Denominators?


This call for papers encourages students of Bulgaria and Greece to explore theoretically and/or empirically promising hypotheses that extreme electoral volatility in Bulgaria and Greece share one or several common denominators. Although the focus is primarily on the 21st century, studies incorporating longer-term historical accounts are welcome. The goal with this call is to build a network of scholars interested in this topic, with the potential for joint publication and/or other collaborative projects.


Abstracts in English of around 250 words should be submitted by October 19, 2015. After this deadline, publication options will be pursued. Full-length papers are expected to be delivered by January 2016.


For more informarion and paper submission please contact Kjell Engelbrekt or Petia Kostadinova.

Call for Applications

Call for Applications for Fellowships and Workshops 2016/17 at POLIN Museum 


The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland, established an international fellowship program for doctoral candidates and postdocs. The goal is to support the scholarship on the Jewish history and culture in the territories of the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth and its successor states and new cohort of scholars expert in this field. Applications for 2016/17 should be submitted by November 30, 2015.


The POLIN Museum also invites individuals and institutions to propose three-day research workshops to be held at POLIN Museum on topics related to the history and culture of Polish Jews, including new perspectives on public history, museums, and cultural memory. Applications for workshops should be submitted by December 20, 2015.


For more information on applications and proposal submissions please email.

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.

 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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