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University of Illinois

Spring 2016
Feb 22-26

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  Events This Week

Professionalization Workshop

Wed, Feb 24



101 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St, Champaign

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How a Social Sciences Background Can Boost Your Career in Finance

SpeakerAlexandra Balod, Associate in Corporate ratings group at Standard & Poor

Alexandra Balod will speak about the benefits that an education in the humanities can provide in business, and knowledge of which subjects or disciplines can make a difference when choosing a successful candidate for a job in finance. Students will be encouraged  and have the opportunity to participate and ask questions. 

Organized by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center (REEEC), and co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies and 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


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

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" 

SpeakerDr. 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
    Upcoming Events

14th EU Day

Mon, Feb 29

Keynote: 10am
reception to follow


Alice Campbell Alumni Center, Ballroom 601, S Lincoln Ave, Urbana


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14th Annual European Union Day 

"State of the European Union" Address: His Excellency Henne Schuwer, Ambassador of the Netherlands to the United Stated

European Union Day at the University of Illinois is a celebration of transatlantic relations and strives to promote a better understanding between the peoples of the United States and the European Union. The highlight of the celebration is the address by the Ambassador of the country that holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

EU Day is open to the public and provides our citizens with the opportunity to learn about the importance of the European Union to the United States and its role in promoting international relations. Invited guests and dignitaries will include members of the Diplomatic Corps from Washington, DC, members of the Consular Corps from Chicago, business leaders, state and local government officials, and faculty and students from universities and high schools throughout Illinois

REEEC New Directions Lecture 

Thu, Mar 3



101 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St, Champaign


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Europe's Russian Colonies: East-West Migration and the Struggle for Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Europe 

Speaker: Faith Hillis, Assistant Professor of Russian History at the University of Chicago

In the second half of the nineteenth century, hundreds of thousands of tsarist subjects left the empire of their birth for the large urban centers and university towns of central and western Europe. The travelers came from every corner of the Russian empire and from many walks of life: there were students and political radicals, labor migrants and artists among them. Yet in spite of their differences, the migrants gravitated toward one another in exile, creating close-knit and intellectually vibrant communities that they referred to as "Russian colonies." This talk will reconstruct the internal lives of these unique communities, and it will examine how Europe's "Russian colonies" shaped the world beyond their borders

Sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center (REEEC) and the Department of History. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center


Mon, Mar 7



Noyes Laboratory, Room 165, 505 S Mathews Ave, Urbana


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Engaging Race Relations in the US by Teaching the History of Blacks in Germany 

Speaker: Kristin Kopp, Associate Professor of German Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia

Sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center

Keynote Speech and Workshop

Thu, Mar 10



iHotel Illinois Ballroom, 1900 S 1st St, Champaign


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Climate Change and Its Impact: Risks and Inequalities

Keynote speaker: Mrs Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and current UN Special Envoy for Climate Change 

This lecture is part of a workshop on Climate Change and Its Impact: Risks and Inequalities at I Hotel and Conference Center, UIUC on March 10-11, 2016.

About the workshop:

Climate change is one of the most important and most pressing global challenges for the international community. The premise of this workshop is that climate change adaptation and mitigation policy must be technically viable as well as socially and culturally acceptable, economically reasonable, environmentally sustainable, and ethically justifiable. Thus climate change policy should draw on the technical expertise of scientists, engineers, architects and urban planners; the legal, cultural, political, environmental, and economic expertise of social scientists and legal scholars; and the ethical expertise of philosophers. Workshop participants come from these diverse disciplinary backgrounds.  The overarching goal for the workshop is to develop a better understanding of the ways that climate change is affecting society by altering weather patterns, modifying the likelihoods and magnitudes of natural hazards, and exacerbating inequalities as well as creating new inequalities among individuals around the world.

You will need to register for the Lecture and/or the Workshop to attend these event(s). It is free for UIUC students, faculty and staff. $75 for non-UIUC. 

Sponsored by 

Offices: Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost, Officer of the Vice-Chancellor for Research

Colleges and Schools: College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Law, Illinois International, School of Social Work

Departments: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Communication, Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, Department of Landscape Architecture, Deaprtment of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

Centers, Institutes, and Programs: Arms Control, Domestic and International Security Program, CEE Societal Risk Management Program, Center for Advanced Study, Center for African Studies, Center for Business and Public Policy, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, European Union Center, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Illinois Program in Law and Philosophy, Lehmann Institute, MAE Center: Creating a Multi-hazard Approach to Engineering, Prairie Research Institute, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, Women & Gener and Global Perspectives

Foundations and Inititatives: ACDIS Focal Point on Climate Change, Inequality Initiative, Land Conservation Foundation, Scholarship of Sustainability Series, Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy


Thu, Mar 10



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


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Viking/Native Contact in Arctic America

Speaker: Patricia D. Sutherland, Northland Research, Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen

Sponsored by the Department of GLL Scandinavian Studies

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center


Thu, Mar 10



1022 Lincoln Hall, 702 S Wright St, Urbana


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From the Peloponnese to the Prairie: Greek Confectioners in Central Illinois 1800-1930

Speaker: Dr. Ann Beck, Eastern Illinois University

Dr. Beck is an independent scholar and third-generation confectioner in business with her sister at the original site of their grandfather’s store in central Illinois. Their story has been highlighted nationally in journals and other media, such as the “CBS Evening News,” local PBS programs, one of which was nominated for a regional Emmy award.

This research is a rural micro-history of first-generation Greeks to central Illinois focusing specifically on those involved in the confectionary trade. It utilizes a case study of her grandfather, Constantin “Gus” Flesor, a Greek migrant who settled in Tuscola, Illinois. His journey reflects elements of the migration experience of more than 160 such Greek migrant confectioners in central Illinois. Issues of settlement, Americanization, resistance and identity are woven throughout the narrative.

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

    Related Events

Unit for Criticism Distinguished Faculty Lecture


Mon, Feb 22

4 pm


1090 Lincoln Hall, 702 S Wright St, Urbana



Politics and Materiality: European Capitalism with a Human Face?

Speaker: Zsuzsa Gille, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois 

IntroductionBehrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Department of Sociology and History, University of Illinois

Respondent: Emanuel Rota, Department of French & Italian and History, University of Illinois

Regulation and the proliferation of voluntary standards prescribing detailed physical attributes in fresh produce in Europe have long been ridiculed and pointed to as the symbol of everything that is wrong with the European Union. Former President of the European Commission Manuel Barroso, in his 2013 State of the Union address declared that the European Union “needs to be big on big things and smaller on small things” (Barroso 2013). Political pundits have also connected 'sweating the small stuff’ to the EU’s failure to stop the rise of the extreme right wing all over the continent--which ironically was a key raison d’être for a unified Europe in the first place. In this talk, it will be shown that the political relationship between ‘small’ and ‘big’ issues is much more structured, complex, and multi-dimensional than the above zero-sum assumption suggests.
To demonstrate this three Hungarian casestudies will be analyzed: The first is the 2004 ban on the sale and use of paprika due a contamination by a carcinogenic mycotoxin; the second is the 2010 boycott of Hungarian foie gras by an Austrian animal rights organization, and the third is the 2014 red mud spill, Hungary’s worst industrial accident. These scandals, as Hungarians learned and talked about them, revealed certain previously hidden aspects of the relationship of their country and the European Union. Following the tradition of global ethnography, the cases will be used to illustrate a new trend in the relationship between politics and materiality in the European Union, and thereby contribute to theories of new materialism and of globalization.
Organized by the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory

Less Commonly Taught Languages Program Film Seriecs


Wed, Mar 2



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

Kis Uykusu ("Winter Sleep", Turkish) 

Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities.

Sponsored by the Less Commonly Taught Languages Program



Mon, Mar 7

4 pm


1002 Lincoln Hall, 702 S Wright St, Urbana



Wroxeter - Life and Death of a Roman Town 

Speaker: Dr. Roger White FSA, MCIfA Senior Lecturer, Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage and Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Birmingham, UK

Following its relatively swift conquest in the mid 1st century AD, Britain became a part of the Roman Empire for 400 years. From what we know of Roman history, the Empire and its people underwent enormous change during this period, changes that are manifest at the micro-level in the archaeology of specific places, including Britain. In this lecture, we will look at the evolution of one Roman town – Wroxeter – in the English west midlands, exploring its story from its foundation as a military base within a decade of the conquest to its final abandonment after 500 years of occupation. In its current pastoral setting, Wroxeter has offered archaeologists the perfect opportunity to explore an entire town, undisturbed by later settlement, rather than just the usual keyhole excavations that one gets in the densely occupied cities of Britain. Over the past two decades, intensive geophysical survey and applied research has allowed a full and nuanced picture to emerge of this Roman town in Britain, and its relationship to its hinterland. This lecture will present the results of the Wroxeter Project for the first time in the United States.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies, the Department of The Classics, the Spurlock Museum, the CHAMP/Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy



Wed, Mar 9

5 pm


109 Davenport Hall, 607 S Matthews Ave, Urbana


Digital Cultural Heritage and Cross Sector Partnerships: Reflections from a European Research Project 

Speaker: Dr. Tamara WestIronbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, Universi ty of Birmingham, UK

In order to reach new audiences and invite more varied engagement, cultural heritage sites and organisations increasingly draw upon external technology expertise to create innovative and interactive displays, interpretations, and creative projects. This can be in the form of creating new online platforms, apps and geo-based technologies, through to the actual building and installation of technology (e.g. touch screens/tables), or the opening up of community-led, grass-roots cultural heritage projects.

This increased use of digital technologies often requires the formation of cross-sector partnerships, and has the potential to enable not only more varied participation but also a more democratic and interactive model of co-production. Culture (and the creative economy) is often seen a key contributor to growth or regeneration, and it is envisaged as a key site for quality of life, citizenship, and inclusion via the cultural sphere(s) and increased democratic participation.

Reflecting on some of the cross sector heritage projects and findings from a recent European project, this talk will examine how digital technologies can enhance and diversify the development and application of cultural heritage assets to the benefit of regional businesses, cultural organisations, wider communities, and  research organisations. It also will ask what the limitations and barriers to this may be.

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, 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, 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

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On February 29th the EU Center will host the 14th EU Day. The Dutch Ambassador to the United States will be on campus and deliver a keynote address. Do you want to learn more about the upcoming and previous EU Days? Visit our website!  
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Recruitment Open!
European Academy of Diplomacy International Programs 
EU Lobbying Program • March 14-15
The EU Lobbying program is an intensive 2-day course devoted to improving professionals’ capabilities to develop and implement successful lobbying campaigns in the European Union. Designed for young professionals, government representatives and civil society stakeholders, the EU Lobbying Workshop is specifically tailored to give professionals expert level knowledge, hands-on training, and individual coaching to develop and master lobbying tactics and techniques.
For more information visit the program website
Economic Diplomacy Program • March 16-18
The Economic Diplomacy program aims to provide young professionals and academia representatives with a refined skill-set, specific knowledge and genuine experience in the growing field of economic diplomacy so as to further their internationally minded careers. The course achieves its core objectives by combining intensive lectures and interactive training modules with detailed analysis of current trade and investment issues through economic, political, legal, and cultural lenses.
For more information visit the program website.
Spring School of Diplomatic Skills • March 21-25
The Spring School of Diplomatic Skills is a week-long course for refining and developing soft skills and abilities useful in current or future careers in diplomacy, international business or civil service. During the course, participants are given the opportunity to learn through a unique combination of theory and practice. Each of the programs consists of over 30 hours of different level workshops, lectures and simulations. It is also a forum for exchanging experiences and networking, thanks to diverse and multicultural participants. For more information see the program website
European Diplomacy Workshop: Eastern Partnership • April 18-23
The European Diplomacy Workshop: Eastern Partnership is a week-long program devoted solely to the Eastern Partnership, European Neighborhood Policy and European Union Foreign Policy. Based on workshops from experts in the fields of EU Foreign Policy and hands-on skills training in International Negotiations, Leadership and Public Speaking, the European Diplomacy Workshop is designed for emerging political and social leaders, public servants and non-governmental representatives who are eager to learn how to influence the changing context of their country.
More information can be found on the program website

Additionally, scholarships are offered to enable participants from the Eastern Partnership countries to participate in the European Diplomacy Workshop. Supplemental materials may be provided within the general application for eligibility.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Georgia Institute of Technology
Post-Doctoral Fellowship in European Politics and Policy 
The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech invites applications for a post-doctoral fellowship to begin Fall 2016 to be associated with the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies, a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence. 
The term of appointment will be two years. The salary is highly competitive ($50 - 55k). The responsibilities include teaching one course per semester and supporting the activities of the Center. The ideal candidate would have research and teaching interests in European politics broadly defined. A focus on the politics of one or more member states; comparative European foreign policy; justice and home affairs (including counterterrorism and asylum/migration); or privacy and the digital economy would be particularly welcome. Applicants should show promise of outstanding scholarly achievement. 
The Sam Nunn School is multidisciplinary and has growing undergraduate, graduate, and overseas programs, including joint undergraduate degrees with Modern Languages and Economics. The School’s programs focus on understanding the global context of advances in science and technology. The Sam Nunn School has 22 faculty members; more than 300 undergraduate majors, 50 Master’s and 10 Ph.D. degree students. Georgia Tech enrolls over 21,000 students and is consistently ranked as one of the top seven public universities in the country. Georgia Tech is located in midtown Atlanta. A unit of the University System of Georgia, Georgia Tech is an AA/EO employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. 
Application deadline: April 1, 2016
Applications should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and examples of scholarly work.  Applicants should also send a graduate transcript and three current letters of recommendation.
Materials should be sent to: europe@inta.gatech.edu or to 
Chair of European Postdoc Search Committee, The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, 781 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.  
Please direct enquiries to Alasdair Young
12th Jean Monnet International Summer School
2th Jean Monnet International Summer School "International Environment and the European Integration"
Faculty of Economics, University of Rijeka, Croatia • June 27 - July 9, 2016
The goal of the EFRI Summer School is to broaden the knowledge of students of economics, law, political sciences, administration and other related studies on the economic integration process in Europe, and to point out the advantages and challenges of economic integration in everyday life. The Summer School programme consists of lectures, workshops and student assignments to be completed in groups with the support of academic supervisors. Upon successful completion of the School, students will be awarded with 6 ECTS.
For more information please visit the website. The online application form can be found here
Volunteers Needed for International Dinner!
Sign Up to Cook or Perform at International Dinner!
Sunday, March 13, 2016 
The University YMCA and the International Student and Scholar Services Officeis looking for participants for the 33rd Annual University of Illinois International Dinner & Performance Night. In addition to a diverse selection of dishes, performers are also needed. 
Cook a dish to serve! Individuals and groups can volunteer to cook either a main dish or a dessert from their country of origin. All cooks are asked to cook enough for 200 very small portions (think a spoonful or a bite), and the University YMCA will reimburse you up to $50/main dish and $25/dessert for items purchased to prepare your dish. 
To volunteer as a cook, click here. The deadline to sign up as a cook is February 19.
We are also looking for RSOs to perform at the dinner. To apply to perform at this year's dinner, please fill out the form below. Due to time constraints, only a limited number of performance opportunities are available.
To sign up to perform, click here. The deadline to apply to perform is February 12. 
Click here to see pictures from last year! For more information pleace contact University YMCA
Call for Applications
European Union Visitors Program 
Application Deadline: March 1, 2016
The European Union Visitors Program (EUVP), which is jointly sponsored and administered by the European Commission and the European Parliament, provides promising young professionals an opportunity to visit Europe and gain an appreciation of the EU's institutions, policies, values, and people. Participants receive an individual 5-8 day study tour in Brussels (in some cases also Strasbourg) tailored to their specific interests and professional profile. Many alumni of this highly successful program have risen to influential positions, and we continue to work with them on EU-U.S. relations in their various capacities. 
Americans with a career-related interest in the European Union are invited to apply. Eligible to participate are government officials (local, state and federal), journalists, trade unionists, academics, representatives of non-profit, non-governmental organizations, and other professionals between the age of 30 to 40. We are looking for candidates who will not only benefit professionally from the EUVP experience, but also have the potential to become long-term EU information multipliers. To maintain a good geographic balance, we are also interested in applications from candidates from outside the Washington, DC beltway. 
For more information on the EUVP and application details please click here
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 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.

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. 
DeadlineMarch 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.  
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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