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University of Illinois

Fall 2015
Nov 16-20

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Dialogue on Europe Videoconference Series (with Univ. of Pittsburgh) 


Tue, Nov 17



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


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Rescue & Prevent: Responses to Europe's Migration Crisis 

As hundreds of thousands of migrants flee conflicts in their home countries, Europe has become their goal at any cost. The flood of migrants crossing Europe’s land and sea borders has left the EU member states with no consensus on how to handle the crisis.  

Hear from a panel of journalists, filmmakers and aid agency workers with in-depth understanding of how Europe’s migration crisis is playing out. With pressure shifting from the sea route to land borders, are there lessons that Balkan nations can learn from their Italian and Greek counterparts? How are aid agencies responding? 


Joanna Kakissis, foreign correspondent for National Public Radio. She has also written for Time magazine, Foreign Policy and the New York Times.
Andrea Segre, sociologist and documentary filmmaker. He is the director of the film Closed Sea/Mare Chiuso.
Martin Xuereb, director of Migrant Offshore Aid Station, a humanitarian search and rescue operation assisting vessels in distress in the Mediterranean Sea.
Alessandro Bertani, vice president of Emergency, an organization that provides free, high-quality medical and surgical treatment to the victims of war, landmines and poverty.

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



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). 

Dialogue on Europe Videoconference Series (with Univ. of Pittsburgh)


Tue, Dec 8



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


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The Climate for Climate Change Negotiations

For the final session, the conversation will concern the Paris Climate Talks that will be on-going at the time.

Panelists: TBA

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

 Movie Night

Wed, Dec 9



Lucy Ellis Lounge, Forgein Languages Building, 707 S Matthews Ave, Urbana


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Movie Night: To Tango ton Christougennon (Christmas Tango) (English subtitles) 

This is the story of two Greek families, named Delafrangas and Bisbikides. The former family is very wealthy & lucky, the latter very poor and continually struck by fate. Poor but honest Martha is in love with Giakoumis, a young builder and bouzouki organist, but all her dreams fall apart when posh Tzela "steals" the love of her beloved one... A couple of flash backs, following their families roots back to WW2 and the Turkish domination, and a hidden secret will unfold the story's ending.

Free pizza and beverages will be served!!

Sponsored by the Program in Modern Greek Studies, the Program in Less Common Taught Languages (LCTL), the Department of Linguistics, and the European Union Center

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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:


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

Tue Nov 17 • 4pm • 1020 Lincoln Hall

Thu Nov 19 • 1pm • 112 International Studies Building


Study Abroad Advising: Asia, Latin America & Spain

Wed Nov 18 • 9am • 112 International Studies Building


First Steps Info Meeting

Fri Nov 20 • 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

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Travel to the Frontlines of Climate Change and the Arctic with a Unique Illinois Interdisciplinary Field Site Course
SCAN 386, GLBL 386, or SESE 386 (6 credits)
SAO-LAS: Stockholm Summer Arctic Program
June 7 - July 7, 2016

Read more on the EUC blogFor more information on application please contact sao-europe@illinois.edu or visit the website
This course in co-sponsored by the European Union Center, the Center for Global Studies, the School of Earth, Society and Environment, Illinois International Programs, and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange
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!


Call for Papers
Divided Europe? Straining the Limits of Unity
The 2016 Transatlantic Policy Symposium at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., will bring together established experts in the transatlantic community with the upcoming generation of thinkers to discuss challenges related to the European project. We are seeking papers that address the various issues facing Europe today such as the migrant and refugee crisis, the rising populism and polarization of the European electorate and its impact on politics and governments throughout Europe, or the financial crisis and the potential "Grexit" and the possible threat on the econmic and polictical unity thoughout the European Union. 
Proposal Deadline: December 1
For more information please visit the website
 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
Scandinavian Studies Spring and Summer 2016 Courses
SCAN 102 – Beginning Swedish II (Beginning Scandinavian II) 
M T W TH, 11:00-11:50 AM
This is the SECOND course in the Scandinavian language sequence (usually Swedish). Instruction is by immersion, emphasis is on further developing basic skills: reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. Prerequisite: SCAN 101 or consent of instructor.
SCAN 104 – Intermediate Swedish II (Intermediate Scandinavian II) 
M T W TH, 12:00-12:50 PM
This is the FOURTH course in the Scandinavian language sequence (usually Swedish). Emphasis is on close reading, translation and analysis of authentic texts, such as novels and drama in the target language. Instruction is by immersion. Prerequisite: SCAN 103 or consent of instructor.
SCAN 215 – Madness, Myth and Murder
M W, 2:00-3:20 PM
This course focuses on the achievements of major Scandinavian writers of prose fiction, from 1850 to today. Explores topics of madness, myth, and murder in literature. All reading, discussion, and writing in English. This course satisfies the Gen Ed Criteria for a Literature and the Arts course. 
SCAN 252 – Viking Sagas in Translation
T, TH, 10:00-11:20
This course studies Old Norse-Icelandic literature: kings' sagas, family sagas, mythical-heroic sagas, and romances. Texts and lectures in English. This course satisfies the Gen Ed Criteria for a Literature and the Arts course, and Western Comparative Culture course.
SCAN 306/506 – Introduction to Old Norse II
T, TH, 12:30-1:50 PM
This course involves readings and exploration of a wide assortment of essential text in the original language. Prerequisite: SCAN 305/506 or consent of instructor.
SCAN 376/576 – Children and Youth Literature
T, TH, 3:30-4:50 PM
This course explores the understanding of childhood and youth in Scandinavia, with comparative focus on the U.S. and the U.K. through children's literature and classic accounts of childhood in fiction, film, and related media. The course will investigate how childhood is construed in books self-described as children's literature as well as in adult-audience fiction and memoirs; and how representations of childhood correlate with evolving ideas about family formation, child-rearing, the welfare state, and education in twentieth- and twenty-first century Scandinavia. This is put in comparative context with British and/or US children's literature.  
SCAN 472 – Kierkegaard and the Self
T, TH, 2:00-3:20 PM, 3 or 4 credit hours
Søren Kierkegaard is an early author who wrestled with the concept of the individual self and championed subjective experience as a counterbalance to objective rationalism. Students in this seminar-style course will gain extensive familiarity with Kierkegaard's major works, as well as how they relate to currents in 19th century society, such as Romanticism, Pietism and Existentialism. These works will be evaluated within their particular Nordic literary context, through critical analysis of related novels, plays and films by Andersen, Ibsen, Bremer, Strindberg, Lagerlöf, Blixen, and Bergman (readings in English translation).

Please also view the course catalog here.

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.
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.



European Union Center
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