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University of Illinois

Fall 2015
Dec 7-11

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Upcoming Events

Related Events

EUC Faculy Grants

Social Media Highlights  Announcements
  Events This Week 

 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

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


Fri, Dec 11



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


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The Climate for Climate Change Negotiations

Prof. Michaël Aklin, Assistant Professor, Political Science
Dr. Wil Burns, Co-Executive Director, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, American University

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

    Upcoming Events

 Upcoming Events For Spring!

For Spring 2016, the EU Center will organize and co-sponsor many exciting events.

For a tentative calender, please click here

    Related Events

Study Abroad



First Steps Info Meeting

Fri Dec 11 • 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

Globalization at Illinois: A Staff Dialogue


Globalization at Illinois: A Staff Dialogue

Illinois International Programs invites staff to join us in the Illini Union, Room 104, on Tuesday, December 8, at 12pm for a 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. Staff attending will have the opportunity to voice their input about how we can strengthen our campus as a preeminent global university.

More information on past globalization conversation sessions and feedback forms are available online here. Please share this information with your colleagues.

    EUC Faculty Grants

EUC’s Call for Grant Applications

Thanks to its Department of Education Title VI Grant, the EUC is pleased to offer the following funding opportunities to the greater University of Illinois (UI) community and beyond. Included in this announcement you will find calls for UI faculty, UI College of Education faculty, as well as regional faculty colleagues in the Midwest. Please click below for grants tailored to the above audiences:

UI Faculty

  • Course Development Grant (pdf)
  • Travel Grant (pdf)

UI College of Education Faculty

  • Course Development Grant (pdf)
  • Event Programming Grant (pdf)

Regional Faculty Colleagues in the Midwest

  • Event Programming Grant (pdf)
  • Travel Grant (pdf)

Grant application form (for all applications) can be found here 

For any questions, please email eucenter@illinois.edu, and include “2015-16 Grant Call” in the subject line of the email.

Deadline for all applications is 4:00 pm January 5, 2016.
Announcement of awards will be made by January 15, 2016.

For more information, please click here

     EUC Social Media
 Social Media Highlights
Stockholm Summer Arctic Program
Are you interested in studying in Stockholm this summer through the Stockholm Summer Arctic Program? Our program hosts a variety of blog posts on past experiences, and they are available to read!
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!


Opportunity to Join LAS Student Advisory Group 
Join LAS Student Advisory Group On Career Development!
The LAS Career Development Specialist, Melissa Schoeplein, is creating a student advisory group to get student input on career development initiatives in the College of LAS. Students will be asked to share their perspectives during meetings. There may also be opportunities for students to volunteer to help at events.
Deadline to apply: Friday, January 8. Students will be notified the first week of spring semester if they have been selected to participated in the spring 2016 student advisory group.
To apply, please click here
For questions Please email Melissa Schoeplein.
Italian Scholarships Facebook Group
Italian Scholarship-Becas Para Italia Faceook Group 
If you want to know about notices and calls about Italian scholarship, join the Facebook Group!
 Fellowships & Scholarships
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
Spring 2016 Course: Global Advertising
ADV476/ADV590 - Global Advertising
TR 11-12.20pm
Instructor: Michelle Renee Nelson
The 3-credit course would be beneficial and interesting to those studying a language or going to /returning from a study abroad experience. There is an individual project where students get to pick the country or culture of their choice to research and then create relevant advertising for a product, social issue or service.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Spring 2016 for a UIUC Social Sciences course, and UIUC: Western Compartv Cult course for undergraduates. Graduate students sign up for ADV590 credit.
Please email the instructor for more information
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

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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The EUC is also funded in part by a "Getting to Know Europe" grant from the Delegation of the EU to the US.