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University of Illinois

Spring 2016
Jan 25-29

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Wed, Jan 27



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

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North of the Northern Lights: "Cook and Peary: The Race to the North Pole"

Speaker: Sharon Michalove, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Program in Medieval Studies

In 1909, Robert Peary and Frederick Cook each began a trip to be the first to the North Pole. The results have generated controversy for more than a century. This talk will trace the history of their rivalry and the story of their journeys.

The exhibition "North od the Northern Lights" presents archival photographs and ethnographic artifacts that document the intersection of the lives of the Polar Inuit and the American scientists. The Spurlock Museum invites visitors to consider how aspects of this encounter fit into our current understanding of the study and representation of indigenous peoples.

Sponsored by the Dr. Allan C. Campbell Family Distinguished Speaker Series. Co-sponsored by the University of Illinois European Union Center

    Upcoming Events

EUC Lecture Series

Fri, Feb 5



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


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Dimensions of New and Heritage Language Education in Multicultural Sweden

Speaker: Dr. Liv Thorstensson Dávila, College of Education, University of Illinois 

During the Past Decade, Sweden has proportionately resettled more refugees, including unaccompanied minors, than any other European nation (United Nations High Comission on Refugees, 2015).  Multilingual, immigrant origin students currently represent twenty percent of Sweden's elementary and secondary school student population.  In this presentation Dr. Liv Thorstensson Dávila will draw on qualitative research conducted at a linguistically and culturally diverse elementary school in Sweden, highlighting the complexities of new and heritage language teaching and learning within this school, community, and regional context. Implications for policy and practice will be discussed.

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

Tu, Feb 16



Room 411, 507 E Green St, Champaign


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Whose Legacy? Museums and National Heritage Debates

Speakers: TBA

Conversations On Europe connects top experts from around the United States and Europe to discuss contemporary issues facing Europe and the Transatlantic relationship.  Using both personal and institutional videoconference technology, panelists take questions and interact with audiences in the US and Europe. 

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Info Session 

Mon, Jan 25

DKH 119, 1407 W Gregory Dr, Urbana

Vienna Summer Course Info Session 

Political Science 394: Crisis Diplomacy • Vienna, Austria

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.
The  deadline for completed applications is February 10.
For a course description and program specific information please click here
If you have any questions please contact John Vasquez.

Study Abroad Walk-in Advising


112 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St, Champaign

UK & IrelandMonday, Jan 25 & Wednesay, Jan 27 • 1 PM 

Spain: Tuesday, Jan 26 • 2:30 PM & Thursday, Jan 28• 9 AM

Mainland Europe: Wednesday, Jan 27 • 10 AM & Thursday, Jan 28 • 2 PM

Sponsored by Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange

Visiting Scholar Lecture


Tu, Jan 26



1090 Lincoln Hall, 702 S Wright St, Urbana


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Making Memory in a German Family: The Autobiographical Writings of the Oettingers from the 1680s to the 1930s 

Speaker: Roberto Zaugg, Université de Lausanne

Sponsored by the Department of History



Wed, Jan 27



School of Architecture, Room 302, 117 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
611 E Lorado Taft Drive,


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 Animals in the Beginning, Animals in the End: Learning to be Human in the European Middle Ages

Speaker: Nora Stoppino, Director and Associate Professor of Medieval Studies

Sponsored by the Program in Medieval Studies

Info Session


Th, Jan 28



IUB Room 514, 807 S Wright St


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UK Fulbright Summer Institute Infortmation Session 

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK. These summer programs provide the opportunity for undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five, or six week academic and cultural summer program. There are nine Summer Programs available for US students in 2016. The Summer Institutes cover the majority of the participant costs (round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the university, room and board, and social programs).  More information about the institutes and their application can be found here.

The info session will tell you everything you need to know about the benefits of attending the UK Fulbright Summer Institutes and how to be a competitive applicant.


Tu, Feb 2

Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building

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Forgotten Dreams: Werner Herzog's Romantic Cinema

Speaker: Laurie Johnson, Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures 
Sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Spring 2016 Graduate College Focal Point Seminar Series


The Women's Resources Center, 703 S Wright St, 2nd floor, Champaign

"Women and Development" - Monthly Brownbag Seminars

The Women’s Empowerment and International Development Interdisciplinary Seminar is a project of Focal Point, a Graduate College initiative designed to stimulate new interdisciplinary research through collaborations among faculty and graduate students from multiple fields. This project will organize symposia and research modules that address the conceptual debates, methodological challenges, and policy and practice implications of women’s empowerment in international development programming.

Wednesday, Jan 27 • 12 PM: "Emerging Measures of Women's Empowerment"Dr. Maimouna A. Barro, Associate Director, Center for African Studies

Wednesday, Feb 10 • 12 PM: "Mixed Methods in Gender and Development Research" Dr. Faranak Miraftab, Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Wednesday, Mar 9 • 12 PM: "A Career Journey from USAID Diplomacy to Human Rights Research"Vernita Pearl Fort, PhD. Candidate, Institute for Communications Research

Wednesday, Apr 13 • 12 PM: "Agricultural Extension: Pathway to Empowerment and Food Security" • Andrea Bohn, MBA, MS; Maria Jones, MBA, MS; Kathryn Heinz, BA, Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services Project (INGENAES)

All seminars will be held in The Women's Resources Center, 703 S Wright St, 2nd floor. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Humanities Funding Opportunity

Call for Projects in the Humanities 

Deadline for application: March 13, 2016

Established in 2007 as a collaboration between the French government, American private donors and the FACE Foundation, the Partner University Fund (PUF) is dedicated to amplifying the potential of the brightest French and American scholars by supporting educational and research partnerships between higher education institutions in both countries

The FACE Foundation’s PUF grant can lead to $300,000 over three years in support of a range of scholarly, research, and academic program building activities that strengthen connections between US and French institutions of higher education. The EU Center will be glad to provide statements of support for faculty-initiated collaborations, as relevant and appropriate.

Call for Papers

Graduate Student Conference in Slavic Studies University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 15-16, 2016 

"Decentering Russia: Challenging the Boundaries"

Paper submission deadline: February 1, 2016

Participants are invited to submit abstracts for a joint meeting of the 6th annual conference of the Slavic Graduate Students’ Association (SGSA) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the 35th annual Slavic Forum of the University of Chicago. Prof. Maria Todorova of the History Department at UIUC will deliver a keynote lecture. Participation is open to graduate students in all related fields, including: literature, film, linguistics, history, anthropology, cultural studies, philosophy, visual arts, musicology and area studies. Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian cultures are especially welcome. 

For more information on relevant topics and paper submissions, please click here

 Fellowships & Scholarships
I4I and IPS Scholarships
The I4I scholarship is a student funded scholarship. The IPS scholarship is made possible through the generous donations from University of Illinois alumni and friends.
Deadline: February 15, 2016
For more information please click here or here.
Enabled Abroad Scholarship 
Enabled Abroad is a collective effort between the Illinois Abroad and Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) to facilitate equal access for students wanting to participate on a study abroad program. The scholarship is available for students with physical or sensory disabilities to study abroad. Award amounts range from $500 to $4,000. The application process is non-competitive.
DeadlineFebruary 16, 2016
For more information please click here

Maria Pia Gratton International Award
This award is intended to enable a female graduate student from outside the United States to have an academic and cultural experience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois). Preference will be given to a student who has had a limited opportunity to travel outside of her home country. The Gratton Award provides a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend totaling $10,000 for the academic year. 
Deadline: February 15, 2016 
For more information please click here.

Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarship in International Relations
The Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarships in International Relations are awarded to outstanding University of Illinois doctoral students conducting dissertation research abroad. Preference is given to students studying international relations, although students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply, provided that their research includes an international dimension. These $2,000 scholarships enable doctoral students to conduct field research outside of the U.S. Funds are administered to the recipient's student account through the Office of Financial Aid and may be used for travel and other research-related expenses. The scholarships are funded through a generous gift from the late Nelle M. Signor. 
Deadline: March 4, 2016 (for funding consideration for research conducted in Summer 2016 or at any time during the 2016-2017)
For more information please click here
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
Funding Opportunity

Beyond Europe 

The Office of Science and Technology Austria (OSTA), Washington DC provides a new funding opportunity commissioned by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).
The program "Beyond Europe" supports Austrian companies, research and university institutes and other organizations in creating and extending collaborations. The Call is open for all topics. Funding is available for projects in all technical disciplines. Project proposals may be submitted for exploratory projects and cooperative R&D
Submission deadline: March 30, 2016
International applications are encouraged. Please visit the website for more information and characteristics of the Call.  
Eastern Europe Spring 2016 Course

Eastern Europe and EU Integration
T TR, 3:30-4:50 PM 
Lead Instructor: Prof. Zsuzsa Gille 

The objective of this course is to explore the subject of European Union expansion to the east and south from an interdisciplinary, multifocal perspective. Comprised of a political scientist, a sociologist, and two literature and culture experts – all of them possessing significant pertinent area studies expertise in the region – and with additional guest lectures by a historian and political scientist specializing in European integration studies, this team-taught course will address crucial problems of political enlargement and social integration.

The course is open for graduates and undergraduates. 

For more information please visit the website or read the course announcement
The course is partially funded by the EU Center thorugh its Jean Monnet Module grant. 
Publication Graduate Seminar Spring 2016

Publication Workshop SOC 596
W 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Instructor: Cynthia Buckley

This seminar will focus on developing social science research for publication.  While the major focus will be on academic publication, also non-academic venues will be explored and discussed. Topics to be covered include writing strategically, research ethics and co-authorship, selecting publication venues, developing a book précis, open source publication and a host of additional topics. This seminar will focus on assisting participants in polishing an existing paper for publication submission and providing a forum for discussing how to develop competitive writing profile for academic and non-academic employment opportunities.

The seminar is open to all graduate students. 

Applications Are Open!

Stockholm Summer Arctic Program 2016: "Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic

Program DatesJune 7 – July 7, 2016
Application DeadlineFebruary 15, 2016
The Stockholm Summer Arctic Program is an intensive, five-week program, which takes place in Stockholm, Sweden and a field site in Northern Scandinavia, above the Arctic Circle. Students in this interdisciplinary program learn about issues related to human settlement and exploration, resource extraction, environmental conservation, historical and industrial heritage management and international governance in the Arctic region. With case studies from Sweden and the Nordic societies as the focal point, students draw from first-hand visits to historical and industrial heritage sites, interviews with political institutions and indigenous groups, in order to understand how these actors have shaped and been shaped by their Arctic environment over a long-term historical perspective. Applicants should have junior status (for Fall 2016) or consent of the instructor.For questions regarding the application process, direct emails to Kristen Stout
Click here to read more about the program and start an application!
Scandinavian Studies Spring 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
Swashbuckling tales abound in this course, which studies Old Norse-Icelandic society and culture through the lens of its literature: kings' sagas, family sagas, mythical-heroic sagas, and romances. The special focus this semester will be the Viking discovery and settlement of Greenland, with legendary characters like Erik the Red, Leif Eriksson, Gudrid the Far Traveler, and more.  All readings in English translation. 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
Ever wonder why Scandinavians are often ranked among the happiest and most independent in the world? Does Pippi Longstocking have something to do with it? 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
This course focuses on the Danish author, theologian, philosopher, and original ironic hipster, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), whose works explored individual selfhood and championed subjective experience as a pathway to perceiving truth. Students in this seminar-style course will gain extensive familiarity with Kierkegaard's major works and their continued relevance, 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 regional Nordic literary context, through critical analysis of related novels, plays and films by H.C. Andersen ("The Little Mermaid"), Henrik Ibsen ("Brand"), Fredrika Bremer ("Hertha"), August Strindberg ("Master Olof"), Selma Lagerlöf ("Jerusalem"), Karen Blixen ("Babette's Feast"), and Ingmar Bergman ("Scenes from a Marriage"). All readings in English translation.

Please also view the course catalog here and see a list of all SCAN courses here

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!


Modern Greek Conversation Table: meets every Thursday at 4 p.m. at Espresso Royale on Oregon. 


If you would like to announce your Spring 2016 conversation tables & coffee hours, please send the information to Sebnem Ozkan.



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