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University of Illinois

Spring 2016
Feb 1-5

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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

SpeakerDr. 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.

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

Tue, 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. 

Modern Greek Studies Lecture

Wed, Feb 17



Room 1080, Lucy Ellis Lounge (FLB), 707 S Matthwes Ave, Champaign


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Aegean Adventures 

Speaker: Mr. Peter Thomaras, Novelist, local business executive, University of Illinois Alumnus

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Sponsored by Modern Greek Studies

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center

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Program Info Meetings



UK & Ireland: Tuesday, Feb 2 & Thursday, Feb 4 • 4 PM • 1002 Lincoln Hall

Mainland Europe: Wednesday, Feb 3 • 4 PM • 1068 Lincoln Hall

Spain: Wednesday, Feb 3 • 4 PM • 1020 Lincoln Hall

Learn from an advisor and/or returnees about programs in specific regions! Regional Info Meetings are facilitated by advisors and/or returnees and are designed to provide specific information about the different programs in each regional portfolio.

Sponsored by Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange


Tue, 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, 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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The Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange (INSPIRE) is the winner in the category of “International Partnerships” from the Institute of International Education (IIE). INSPIRE is a multidisciplinary alliance with three prominent public research universities in Sweden that encompasses education, research and service. 

IIE's Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalizing the campus, study abroad, and international partnership programs in practice today, with a particular emphasis on initiatives that remove institutional barriers and broaden the base of participation in study abroad and promote international teaching and learning on campus.

IIE will present the awards at a ceremony in California on March 11 as part of its annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference for campus professionals, which will be held this year at the University of California, Davis.

The awards honor the most outstanding initiatives in international higher education among the member campuses of the IIE Network, IIE’s membership association of more than 1,400 higher education institutions.

For more information about the award, visit here

For more about INSPIRE, visit their website

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Applications for Project GO
Language Training Scholarships for ROTC Students 
Project GO is an initiative funded by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education.
Applications are due soon for Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) students interested in participating in the Project Global Officer (GO) program.  Project GO is a Department of Defense initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities through language study for ROTC students. The U.S. military needs future military officers who possess the necessary critical language and cross-cultural communication skills required for effective leadership in the 21stcentury operational environment. Project GO provides scholarships in various languages (Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu) and locations via a network of 25 participating universities nationwide.
For more information please visit the website
Applications Open
Applications are being accepted for Chancellor’s Public Engagement Student Fellows 
Grants up to $1,500 for students and $500 for Faculty/AP sponsors are available for projects that collaborate with community partners, non-profit agencies, schools and governmental bodies. The community based projects can involve scholarly work, creative endeavors, course development, sustainability or education related
For more information please click here
Call for Absracts

Illini Journal of International Security

Abstracts are being accepted for the Illini Journal of International Security (IJOIS)
The Illini Journal of International Security (IJOIS) is accepting abstracts for its Spring 2016 edition until February 15th. Undergraduates and graduate students of all disciplines are encouraged to send abstracts for old or new papers related to international security. IJOIS is a new journal created
by students in and supported by the Arms Control, Domestic, and International Security (ACDIS) Program. Abstracts should be between 150-200 hundred words leading up to a 2000-3000 word paper. This is an excellent opportunity and resume builder to have your work published in an academic journal that will be circulated throughout all University of Illinois campuses. For more information please visit our website or feel free to e-mail us.
Website: http://publish.illinois.edu/illinijournalofinternationalsecurity/submissions/ 
Email: exec.ijois@gmail.com
Call for Applications
Paris Institute for Adanced Study Call for Applications 
The Paris Institute for Advanced Study welcomes applications from high level international scholars and scientists in the fields of the humanities, the social sciences and related fields for periods of five or nine months, during the academic year 2017-2018.
Application deadline: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, 3:00pm (Paris, France time)
For more information please visit the website
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
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.  
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!
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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