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University of Illinois

Fall 2015
Nov 9-13

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New EUC Website

Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Related Events

Social Media Highlights  Announcements
  New EUC Website

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  Events This Week 


EUC Lecture Series


Mon, Nov 9



Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Language Building


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Angela Merkel: A Pastor’s Daughter in a “Difficult Fatherland” -- Reconciling East and West German Identities

Speaker: Joyce Mushaben, University of Missouri - St. Louis, Curators' Professor and Research Fellow in the Center for International Studies


Speaker bio and abstract.


Sponsored by the European Union Center



Tue, Nov 10



School of Social Work, 1010 W Nevada St, Room  2015


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Problems and Possibilities for International Service-Learning 
Speaker: William Oppenheim, Founder and CEO of Omprakash
William Oppenheim, Founder and CEO of Omprakash, will give a lecture on the opportunities and challenges for international service-learning. Lunch and drinks will be provided.
Co-sponsored by llinois Abroad and Global Exchange, the School of Social Work, the Center for African Studies, and the European Union Center

REEEC Lecture


Tue, Nov 10



101 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St, Champaign


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Bulgarian-Russian Trade Relations in the Post-Socialist Period

Speaker: Paskal Zhelev, Chief Assistant Professor, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria; Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the 2015 fall semester


Speaker bio and abstract.


Sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center

CAS Brown Bag


Wed, Nov 11



101 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St, Champaign


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Boubacar Boris Diop’s Le temps de Tamango: Pillaging ‘Fortress Europe'

Speaker: Professor Felisa V. Reynolds, Department of French and Italian, University of Illinois


Sponsored by the Center for African Studies. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center



Thu, Nov 12



Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Language Building


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The Algerian War in French-Language Comics: Repairing France's Colonial Fracture 

Speaker: Jennifer Howell, Assistant Professor, Illinois State University


Sponsored by the Department of French and Italian. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center

Summer Program Info Session


Fri, Nov 13



215 Gregory Hall, 810 S Wright St, Urbana

Stockholm Summer Artic Program: Environment and Socienty in a Changing Arctic  

The summer program focuses on the changes taking place in the Arctic region in the context of climate change and globalization. The climate is warming faster in the Arctic than in other parts of the world, with environmental impacts such as melting glaciers and changing vegetation. An increasing demand in the world market for minerals has resulted in a rising interest in exploration and mining in the far north. Together these changes pose a challenge to all stakeholders in the region, from indigenous peoples, local residents and municipalities, to policy makers and economic actors on regional, national and global scales. The changes also pose a challenge to students who wish to work for sustainable development in their careers.

Please click here to find more information about the program.

The course is co-sponsered by the European Union Center

    Upcoming Events

Videoconference Series


Tue, Nov 17



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


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Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U. of Pittsburgh): Migrants and Refugees: Comparing Regions

This panel will cover the on-going migration crisis that impacts all of Europe. For this session, the headliner will be NPR correspondent Joanna Kakissis who is currently covering events in Greece. Further panelists will be announced. 


Sponsored by the European Union Center, the Center for African Studies, the European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh, and Florida International University/University of Miami



Wed, Dec 2



Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana


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"North of the Northern Lights" Lecture Series: The Vikings in Greenland: Everyday Life in a Challenging Environment

Speaker: Dr. Verena Höfig, Post-Doc Research Associate in Scnadinavian Studies, University of Illinois


As a part of the "North of the Northern Lights" Exhibit, Dr. Verena Hofig will present a lecture based on her research.


Speaker bio


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.

Info Session
Thu, Dec 3 & Fri, Dec 4
GSLIS 126, 501 E Daniel St, Champaign
FLAS Student Info Session

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.



Fri, Dec 4
Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
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The Greeks from Agamemnon to Alexander the Great - A Private Viewing at the Field Museum, Chicago

Speakers: Susan Neill, exhibition’s project manager

Ioanna Efthymiadou, Consul General of Greece in Chicago


We are excited to offer this amazing opportunity to our alumni and friends. Please join us for an evening of culture, fun, and firendship and experience an exceptional journey through 5,000 years of Greek history and culture to explore The Field Museum’s limited-time exhibition, The Greeks from Agamemnon to Alexander the Great.   Enjoy a private viewing of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition featuring over 500 priceless treasures from 21 Greek museums —many of which never have been displayed outside of Greece.  


At this exclusive event you will not only experience a private viewing of rare Greek antiquities; but also, you will explore the museum’s Egyptian exhibit, enjoy Greek hors d’oeuvres, beverages, meet fellow alumni and enthusiasts of Greek culture, and learn about the College of LAS Modern Greek Studies program. One of the highlights of the evening will be a presentation by the exhibition’s project manager, Susan Neill, and remarks by Consul General of Greece in Chicago, Ms. Ioanna Efthymiadou. 


Registration is required and ends on November 29. Registration Fee is $75 per person.

Sponsored by the College of LAS Alumni Association, Dr. Stefanos Katsikas, Director of the Program in the Modern Greek Studies Programat UIUC, Giordano’s Pizzeria, Gary and Debbie Greenspan, The Law Office of George C. Xamplas, Omega Restaurant & Pancake House, UIUC European Union Center through support from US Dept. Education’s Title VI NRC Program, Leslie and Dan Vermillion, and Flesor’s Candy Kitchen.

The Greeks is co-presented in Chicago by The Field Museum and the National Hellenic Museum, and made possible by the generous contribution of The John P. Calamos Foundation and John P. Calamos, Sr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Hellenic Museum.

The exhibition was developed by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports (Athens, Greece), the Field Museum (Chicago, USA), the National Geographic Museum (Washington, DC, USA), Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex (Montréal, Canada), and the Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, Canada). 

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Info Session


Mon, Nov 10



Room 119, David Kinley Hall


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Vienna Summer Course PS Crisis Diplomacy Info Session  

Come to this information session to learn about this course for UIUC undergrads taught during Summer Session I in Vienna, Austria.

The course includes a comparative historical study of the struggle of the European states to create a peaceful world and how they succumb to the temptation to use war to bring about change. The course looks at selected cases from 1815 (the Congress of Vienna) through World War II, and at contemporary political issues, in light of international relations theory, to see how diplomacy works, what distinguishes crises that lead to war from those that do not, and how various systems of global governance (including those at work today) are constructed and break down.

Field trips in Austria include visits to the Military Museum, Schönbrunn, as well as one classical concert and one art museum.

For more information please click here.


Sponsored by Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange

Globalization at Illinois


Tue, Nov 10



Room 104 Illini Union, 1401 W Green St, Urbana


Globalization at Illinois: A Faculty Dialogue 


Illinois International Programs invites faculty to join the town-hall style conversation about globalization at Illinois. Students, faculty, and staff panelists from across campus will share their experiences followed by an open discussion between the panelists and audience. Faculty attending will have the opportunity to voice their input about how we can strengthen our campus as a preeminent global university.

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:


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

Study Abroad



Study Abroad Info Meeting: Mainland Europe

Tu Nov 10 • 4pm • 1020 Lincoln Hall

Th Nov 12  • 1pm  • 112 International Studies Building


Study Abroad Advising: Asia, Latin America & Spain

Wed Nov 11 • 9am • 112 International Studies Building


Orange & Blue Walk-In Hours

Wed Nov 11 • 2pm • International Studies Building

Come to the Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange office during the afternoon Walk-in hours in portion of the Orange & Blue Days to get study abroad information!


First Steps Info Meeting

Fri Nov 13 • 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. You will learn how to research a program, understand costs (there is information about scholarships and Financial Aid), and even how to apply!


Sponsored by Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange

     EUC Social Media
 Social Media Highlights
On October 30, 2015, the EU Center held a Roundtable Discussion concerning Greece, the economy, and the refugee crisis. You can view the video recording of this roundtable discussion on the EUC Blog. The EUC organizes and co-sponsors many events similar to this. Visit our calendar to not miss out on these events!
As always, we invite you to join the conversation by leaving comments on our Blog and sharing posts/tweets with others! Also, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!


 Fellowships & Scholarships
CIC/Smithsonian Institution Fellowship
Deadline: December 1
The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) invite fellowship applications for one-year fellowships to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities. This listing has information on all the different SI sites offering affiliations. Fellowships carry a stipend of $32,700 and additional fringe benefits. All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible. These fields include art history, astrophysics, conservation studies, world area studies, and many more.
For more information please visit the website
UCIS (Univ.of Pittsburgh) Postdoctoral Fellowships in Russian & EE Studies 

Deadline: December 10
The University of Pittsburgh is offering two postdoctoral fellowships—one in the arts and humanities, and one in the social sciences and professional disciplines—to begin in September 2016 for scholars whose work focuses on Russia, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet regions of Eurasia. These fellowships are designed to offer junior scholars the time, space, and financial support necessary to produce significant scholarship early in their careers while simultaneously building their teaching records. 
For more information please visit the website

The Mellon-CES (Council on European Studies) Dissertation Completion Fellowships, targeted at late-stage humanities graduate students working on Europe 
Deadline: January 26, 2016
For more information please visit the website
CES (Council on European Studies) Pre-Dissertation Fellowships, which support early-stage graduate students in both the social sciences and humanities, provide funding for up to two months of travel and research in Europe to strengthen dissertation projects.
Deadline: January 16, 2016
For more information please visit the website
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a fully-funded scholarship opportunity funded by the US and German governments, is currently accepting applications from students. 
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a year-long fellowship that gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to study and work in Germany. CBYX is open to students in all fields of study and at all levels of study, including graduating students who can participate after receiving their degrees. Prior German langugae knowledge is not required. Students in the fields of agriculture, business, STEM, and vocational fields are especially encouraged to apply!
The CBYX program annually provides up to 75 participants with two months intensive German language training, one semester of study at a German university, homestays with German host families, and much more.
Deadline (for the 2016-2017 program): December 1, 2015
For more information and online application please visit the website
New Spring 2016 Courses!
SLCL 200/GRKM 199 Pirates, Merchants and Cross-Cultural Interactions in the Mediterranean Sea (Undergraduate Open Seminar)
TR 2-3:20
Instructor: Dr. Stefanos Katsikas
The Mediterranean Sea was an important route for pirates, merchants and travelers and for centuries, ancient and modern civilizations, ethnic and religious groups and cultures have interacted with each other around its shores. This eight-week course explores the political, economic and cultural dynamics of Mediterranean societies from antiquity to the present day. The course discusses issues such as the birth and development of ancient Greek Democracy and its present legacy, the rise of the ancient Hellenic world, the rise and fall of regional and global empires in the region – the Macedonian Empire of Alexander the Great, the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Arab Empires as well as the extension of the British Empire in the region – the birth of modern nation-states in the region during the 19th and 20th century and finally the region’s integration into the mainland Europe and the European Union in the 20th and 21st centuries. The course also explores the maritime history of the region, including conflicts between pirates – i.e. the Knights of St. John, the Barbary corsairs – and their victims, i.e. Greek and other merchants who traded in the Mediterranean waters, migration movements to and from the region, including contemporary forms of piracy and migration. 
BASQ 402 Love, War & Memory: Basque Contemporary Fiction
TR 12:30-1:50pm
Instructor: Estibalitz Ezkerra
The course will explore how contemporary Basque literature and film have approached the tumultuous political and social reality of the Basque Country from the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and the subsequent Francoist dictatorship (1939-1975) to this date. This course will pay special attention to questions of identity, gender, violence, memory, and trauma in order to shed light on the complicated and complex nature of the conflict involving the Basque and Spain that is now undergoing a peace process under European and international supervision. 
Some of the possible literary works that will be analyzed in class are Ramon Saizarbitoria’s 100 meter (1976), Arantxa Urretabizkaia’s The Red Notebook (1998), Bernardo Atxaga’s The Accordionist’s Son (2003) and Anjel Lertxundi’s Perfect Happiness (2002). Students will read the texts in English translation. No prior knowledge of Basque or Spanish is required.
This course may be of interest to students who are pursuing studies on and/or are interested in European literatures and histories, ethnic minorities, nationalism, postcolonial studies, gender studies, memory and trauma, and violence.
For any questions please contact the instructor.
Internship Opportunity

Internships at the EP Office in Washington DC 

The European Parliament Liaison Office (EPLO) is launching its spring round of internships designed for US citizens who have completed their bachelor degree which will take place Monday January18th – April 15th, 2016 in its Washington D.C. Office with a possible extension in Brussels and Strasbourg. The internship program is expanding and from January EPLO will host 6 interns as opposed to 4 in the current scheme.
Deadline to submit applications: November 15th, 2015 at midnight (Eastern time)
For more application information please visit 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 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.


Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Conversation Table: meets every second Wedneday at Espresso Royale on Orgeon and Goodwin at 4:30 p.m. All levels are welcome!


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



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