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University of Illinois

Spring 2016
Feb 8-12

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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

In this month’s virtual roundtable Conversation on Europe, our panel of experts will discuss the ethical and legal questions museums in the Europe and North America face in the on-going debates over art repatriation, conservation, and national vs. universal heritage.  Please join us in person or remotely for what promises to be a wide-ranging examination of the topic from the various perspectives of museum curation, art history, anthropology, archeology, and law.
Erin Peters, Joint Lecturer in Curatorial Studies in History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh and Assistant Curator in the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Neil Brodie, Trafficking Culture and writer of the blog www.marketmassdestruction.com
Susan R. Frankenberg, Program Coordinator, Museum Studies of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sophie Vigneron, Senior Lecturer, Kent Law School, University of Kent (invited)

Organized by the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. C-sponsored by the European Union Centers at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; University of Miami/Florida International University; University of North Carolina


Tue, Feb 16



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


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Italy and Its Role in International Relations in Europe and the Mediterranean  

Marco Grazisosi, Vice Consul of Italy in Chicago
Prof. Federiga Bindi, Visiting Scholar, John Hopkins University 

Organized by the Department of French & Italian. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center

Modern Greek Studies Lecture

Wed, Feb 17



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


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Aegean Adventures 

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

Speaker bio and abstract 

Sponsored by Modern Greek Studies

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center

Modern Greek Studies Movie Night

Wed, Feb 24



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


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Peppermint (1999)  

Stefanos is a man at his 40's who has inherited a fortune from his mother's aunt. One day Manolis, his schoolmate, calls him and invites him to a party featuring an old friends' reunion. Surprised and delighted to hear his old friend's voice, Stefanos travels back in time, to his childhood and his youth, and remembers his extraordinary relationship with his cousin Marina, his best friend and first love. In a great long flashback, he remembers the utmost detail of his childhood, the family reunions, travels, acquaintances, and most importantly cousin Marina. By the coming of age, the dimension of the close friendship between Stefanos and Marina goes out of hand, and reaches its peak at a party when both are at their 20's. That party, that house, Marina... It won't be the last turn in Stefanos' life involving the very same trio...

Sponsored by Modern Greek Studies. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center


Wed, Feb 24



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


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North of the Northern Lights: "Frederick Schwatka: Illinois's First Arctic Explorer" 

Speaker: Adam Doskey, Visiting Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts Library

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

Miller/Comm Lecture

Thu, Feb 25



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


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"Healing the Souls of Black Folks: Transformational Frameworks for the African Diaspora" 

Speaker: Dr. Kim Butler, Department of History, Rutgers University
In the narrative of black empowerment in the Afro-Atlantic diaspora, the concept of healing is transformational. The questions of coping, which W.E.B. DuBois wrestled with in his 1903 work, The Souls of Black Folk, are disturbingly familiar today. Examining African migration to Brazil and the Caribbean, Kim Butler explores the ways young people create a powerful language of healing through Carnival, Mandinga, and hoodoo bag, and how they grapple with white supremacy, dwindling educational opportunity, police violence, poor housing, and income disparities
Sponsored by the Center for African Studies, Department of African American Studies
Co-sponsored by the European Union Center, Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for Women and Gender in Global Perspectives, Department of History, Department of Sociology, Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, Spurlock Museum
    Related Events

Study Abroad Walk-in Advising

UK & IrelandMon, Feb 8 & Wed, Feb 10• 1 PM • 112 International Studies Building

SpainTue, Feb 9 • 2:30 PM & Thu, Feb 11 • 9 AM• 112 International Studies Building

Mainland EuropeWed, Feb 10 • 10 AM & Thu, Feb 11 • 2 PM • 112 International Studies Building

First Steps Info SessionFri, Feb 12 • 2 PM • 101 International Studies Building



Thu, Feb 11



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


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Public Tears and Secrets of the Heart: Political Emotions in a state of crisis 

Speaker: Elena Delgado, Professor of Spanish, University of Illinois

In a society of hyper-communication, compulsive transparency and prescribed positivity, who can make claims, express political grievances and “speak from the heart” in the public sphere? How does the study of political emotions, particularly at a time of economic and social crisis, illuminate current notions of democratic citizenship and social justice?

This talk will start by analyzing the ubiquitous presence of heart-centered imagery in the “Spain of crisis” (as it has come to be known in Spanish), something quite remarkable considering that its prevalence coincides with the rising public visibility of fraud and corruption scandals, in all segments of society. I will continue by examining the contradiction implicit in the exigency of a transparent heart when the visceral truths that are exposed to the public unsettle and stir, rather than soothe and patch up. I will then focus on recent movements that have successfully mobilized social and political activism, and in doing so have been accused of stirring visceral (and therefore irrational) reactions: secessionism in Scotland and Catalonia and the movement of the Outraged (Indignados) in Spain. I will show how through the deployment of both “negative (outrage or anger) and “positive” (hope, joy) emotions, those movements have contested the orchestration of neoliberal psycho-politics in times of crisis and managed to reclaim their space in the democratic public sphere.

On behalf of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Lectures and Arrangements Committee (Ericka Beckman, Jill Jegerski, Glen Goodman, Eduardo Ledesma and Megan Gargiulo) 

Turkish Coffee Party


Fri, Feb 12



Asian American Cultural Center Conference Room, 1210 W Nevada St, Urbana


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The Turkish Studies Program cordially Invites you to come and enjoy Turkish coffee and snacks with students and faculty. Meet fellow students and make new freinds. 

Sponsored by the Turkish Program, Less Commonly Taught Languages

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.

Polish Movie Night



G36, Foreign Languages Building

Tuesday, Feb 16 • 7 PM: "Katyń" (Katyn) by Andrzej Wajda 

Tuesday, Mar 8 • 7 PM: "Nóż w wodzie" (Knife in the Water) by Roman Polanski

Tuesday, Apr 5 • 7 PM: "Poklosie" (Aftermath) by Wladyslaw Pasikowski

Tuesday, Apr 19 • 7 PM: "Dlug" (The Debt) by Krzystof Krauze

Organized by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

     EUC Social Media
 Social Media Highlights
U of I's Daniel Miller Researches Impact of the EU Aid Project in West Africa 

Daniel Miller, who studies environmental politics and policy at UIUC, examined the results of a multi-million dollar EU aid project in West Africa. Read the article about his findings!
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Fellowship for Human Rights Undergraduate Opportunity
Vaclav Havel Library Foundation Fellowship for Human Rights
The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation announces The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation Fellowship for Human Rights, a summer fellowship in Prague for undergraduate students studying in the United States. Founded as part of Havel@80, the annual fellowship program will offer students a two week, fully-funded opportunity to learn from and engage with organizations in the Czech Republic working to carry forward Havel’s legacy in the field of human rights
Application deadline: March 15, 2016
For fellowship details and more information please click here.
8-week Course
Europe in Trouble - European Politics, Society, and Culture since 1945
M/W/F: 1-1:50 PM Lecture
R: 5-7:30 PM Film screening
This course focuses on important societal, political, and cultural issues that have shaped the history of Europe since 1945. It seeks to understand the many debates that have accompanied the process of European unification in their historical and cultural contexts. 
The central thesis of the course is that the history of postwar Europe can be understood as a series of crises, starting with the immediate aftermath of World War II, but also including the revolutionary year 1968, the fall of the Wall, the war in Yugoslavia, etc. While the courses focuses on important societal and political developments, it also argues that culture played an important role in the series of crises that constitute Europe’s postwar history, and that films, essays, and other cultural artifacts can function as an important resource for understanding the conflicts and controversies that shaped the public debate in Europe since 1945.
Includes weekly film screenings. 
The course starts March 14 and ends May 4
For more information contact Carl Niekerk.
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 Tuesday at Espresso Royale on Goodwin at 7 pm All levels are welcome!

The Pause Café French Conversation: meets every Thursday at Espresso Royale on Goodwin at 5.30 pm All levels are welcome!


Modern Greek Conversation Table: meets every other Thursday at 5 pm at Espresso Royale on Oregon. 


Swedish Conversation Group & Coffee Hour: Meets every Wednesday at 2:30 pm in 3114 Foreign Languages Building. Coffee is provided and students currently enrolled in Swedish get extra credit. 


"Bate Papo" Portuguese Conversation Table: Meets Wednesdays and Thursdays alternately at 6 pm at La Casa Cultural Latina on 1210 W Nevada.


Turkish Conversation Table: Meets every Thursday at 4 pm at Espresso Royale on Oregon. Open to anyone interested in Turkish.



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



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