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EUROPEAN UNION CENTER
|In this issue
|Events This Week|
Mon, Feb 29
Alice Campbell Alumni Center, Ballroom 601, S Lincoln Ave, Urbana
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.
Thu, Mar 3
101 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St, Champaign
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
| Upcoming Events
Mon, Mar 7
Noyes Laboratory, Room 165, 505 S Mathews Ave, Urbana
|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
Thu, Mar 10
iHotel Illinois Ballroom, 1900 S 1st St, Champaign
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.
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
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
|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
Mon, Mar 14
Room 242, College of Education, 1310 S 6th St, Champaign
Race, Globalization, and Education: “Transcultural teens: performing youth identities in French cités”
Speaker: Chantal Tetreault, Michigan State University
Chantal Tetreault is a linguistic and cultural anthropologist whose recent work has primarily focused on issues of migration and social change in France. Dr. Tetreault’s current project addresses the interactional styles whereby French adolescents of Algerian descent construct and express their emergent identities as Arab Muslims and French youth. More generally, her research illuminates how cultural processes of identity construction, primarily relating to gender and ethnicity, are achieved through everyday language use. Professor Tetreault’s publications and teaching both challenge naturalized assumptions about the link between identity and language, thereby contributing to new scholarship in linguistic anthropology that rejects the previously common pattern of equating cultural groups and particular language styles.
The larger theoretical and cultural issues of Dr. Tetreault’s work deal with globalization and the process of charting new social identities as they emerge in innovative linguistic forms. A main focus of this intellectual project concerns discovering and describing the processes whereby the ideological underpinnings of social identities are constructed and taken apart in everyday interaction. For example, Dr. Tetreault analyzes instances of “crossing,” that is, when individuals adopt and transform linguistic styles that are normally ascribed to a group to which they are not granted membership. Research on crossing holds a central theoretical place in current linguistic anthropological research because it provides a way to explore how linguistic and cultural forms come to take on particular social meanings as well as how they are challenged on ideological grounds.
Sponsored by the European Union Center.
Wed, Mar 16
Lucy Ellis Lounge (1080 FLB), 707 S Mathews Ave, Urbana
The Refugee Crisis and the New Right on the European Periphery
More details TBA.
Sponsored by the European Union Center
Co-sponsored by the Slavic Department, the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, an the Sociology Department
| Related Events
Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Wed, Mar 2
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana
"Hmong Memory at the Crossroads"
Introduction: Safoi Babana-Hampton, Michigan State, director
The Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies and the Department of English invite you to a screening and panel discussion of the film Hmong Memory at the Crossroads, directed by Safoi Babana-Hampton, Swarnavel Eswaran-Pillai, and Cyril Payen.
Hmong Memory at the Crossroads is a documentary that weaves the stories of three generations of Hmong refugees in the US Midwest and France.
Co-sponsored by Humanities Without Walls, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Department of Asian American Studies, Department of French and Italian, Department of History, Program in Comparative and World Literature, Program in Jewish Culture and Society, and Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.
Hebrew and Yiddish Film Series
109 English Building, S Wright St, Urbana
Join the students of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society for film and refreshments! There will be Q&A sessions afterwards with faculty.
Wednesday, Mar 9 • 5 PM • "Yassi and Jagger" (Hebrew, 65 min) • Gay love story set in the Israeli military
Wednesday, Mar 16 • 5 PM • "The Bubble" (Hebrew, 117 min) • Romantic drama between an Israeli and Palestinian
Wednesday, Mar 30 • 5 PM • "Tavye" (Yiddish, 96 min) • Based on Sholem Aleykhem's classic novel, which inspired Fiddler on the Roof
Wednesday, Apr 13 • 5 PM • "Mirele Efros" (Yiddish, 84 min) • Based o the 1898 play by Jacob Gordin, considered to be "the Jewish Queen Lear"
Monday, Apr 18 • 5 PM • "Kadosh" (Hebrew, 116 min) • A secular Israeli perspective on the status of women in ultra-Orthodox society
All films will be shown in 109 English Building
Less Commonly Taught Languages Program Film Seriecs
Wed, Mar 2
Lucy Ellis Lounge (1080 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
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
109 Davenport Hall, 607 S Matthews Ave, Urbana
Digital Cultural Heritage and Cross Sector Partnerships: Reflections from a European Research Project
Speaker: Dr. Tamara West, Ironbridge 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
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.
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
|EUC Social Media
|Social Media Highlights||
UK Exit Affects All of European Union
Maxime Larivé, Associate Director of the European Union Center, publsihed an article about the UK's exit and how it will impact the European Union for the Fair Observer. Read the full article here.
| EUC Director Position Notice
|EUC Director Position Notice||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illinois International Programs
European Union Center
European Union Center
The European Union Center is a Title VI National Resource Center and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that promotes and supports innovative research to better understand global issues confronting the world’s populations and identify ways to cope with and resolve these challenges.
The Director’s primary responsibilities are to supervise and coordinate a campus-wide, interdisciplinary program of research, teaching and public service created to examine the process and special policy problems of European integration and their implication for the United States. The director reports to the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies and is advised by an all-campus advisory board comprised of faculty members from all UIUC colleges. This position will be an initial three-year term renewable each year upon successful evaluation and mutual agreement. The position includes an administrative stipend, ½ month summer salary, and partial teaching release for the length of the appointment. Start date is August 16, 2016 or sooner.
Duties and Requirements
For consideration, please send application materials to email@example.com. Be sure to include a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references. Applications received by March 28, 2016 will be given full consideration. Applicants are encouraged to specifically relate their backgrounds and experience to the requirements of the position as outlined above.
|Call for Papers||
"The Future of Europe-Central and Eastern Europe in a Comparative Perspective"
17-18 November 2016 • Warsaw
The Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Poland is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is inviting participants to join the CASE's Anniversary Conference "The Future of Europe-Central and Eastern Europe in a Comparative Perspective". Professor Leszek Balcerowicz will give the keynote speech, and a diverse blend of academics, policymakers, businesspeople, and stakeholders are anticipated to come together to focus on the social and economic issues facing Europe.
Submission deadline: March 31, 2016
For more information please click here
|Summer Language Workshop||
BALSSI at Indiana University's Summer Language Workshop
June 6 - July 29, 2016 • Bloomington Campus
Indiana University’s Summer Language Workshop is proud to host the 2016 Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI), offering intensive beginning Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian language courses.
Competitive Title VIII and FLAS fellowships available for qualified students, and all students pay in-state tuition. Students complete one year of language study in one summer and earn 6-8 transferable credits.
Applications are still being accepted on a rolling basis.
For more information and how to apply, please see the website.
|Call for Submissions||
Greeks for Greece • Figure One Gallery • April 1-16, 2016
Submission deadline: March 15
Seeking artwork, performances, photography and programming submissions for an art exhibition about the differences/similarities of “Greek Life” as it is experienced in Fraternities and Sororities and actual daily life in Greece. In-progress, experimental and non-traditional submissions happily considered. Works that responds to the economic and refugee crisis in Greece are particularly welcome.
To submit please email a short statement about your work or idea (no more than 500 words), for visual works an image of the completed work or sketch of the proposed project, and for programming or time-based submissions, submit a text description of anticipated space and time needed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Undergraduate Internship Opportunity||
Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Internships in Bio-Humanities, 2016-2017
Application Deadline: March 1, 2016
Are you a life science or bio-engineering major interested in philosophy, politics, history, and literature? Are you a humanities major who also dabbles in biochemistry, molecular biology, endocrinology, or neuroscience? Are you interested in exploring how the sciences and the humanities are together generating new areas of research?
The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is looking for undergraduate interns to work with its Bio-humanities research group for the academic year 2016–2017.
The IPRH-Mellon Bio-Humanities Research Group is composed of professors, post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates who aim to appropriate findings in the life sciences to re-imagine what humans are and to reconfigure our understanding of society and culture.
The research group seeks three undergraduate interns who will work with the group on their seminars, workshops, and programs. Interns will also work with the research group director, Associate Professor Samantha Frost, to develop their own research projects as well as a research symposium for undergraduates at the end of the spring semester. Interns will work approximately 10 to 11 hours per week, paid at the rate of $15.75 per hour (up to $5000/year), and will have up to $600 to support their research.
For more details about eligibility requirements and application guidelines click here.
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: email@example.com 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||
12th 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.
|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.
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.
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.
|New Study Abroad Course||
Cultural Networks in Central Europe
Prague, Czech Republic & Kraków, Poland
Spend five weeks this summer learning in, and about, the royal capitals of Bohemia and Poland: Prague and Kraków.
Find out about the tangled histories and the social and political importance of these two cities, and about the many cultural achievements of its citizens!
Partake in excursions to significant sites in both cities and in the surrounding areas!
Enrich your knowledge of Central Europe, learning from local experts and scholars and from your lead instructor, a U of I Professor!
Earn 6 credit hours!
Enjoy local food and drink, and meet with locals!
Prague and Kraków, though less famed in the west than Paris, London, or Berlin, were unique and powerful hubs of European culture and history: the homes of the two oldest universities in Central Europe; the seats of ancient monarchies; cultural centers that were home to or attracted figures as diverse as Petrarch, Copernicus, Mozart, and Kafka. In the last century alone, they experienced an unprecedented set of upheavals as the multiethnic Habsburg Empire broke into new states, which were occupied and dismembered by the Nazis, and then subjugated by the Soviet Union. Today, both the Czech Republic and Poland are members of NATO as well as the European Union. The multiethnic character of these cities contributed both to their cultural dynamism and to periodic social tensions. Both cities were home to Slavs and Germans, and to thriving Jewish communities from the Middle Ages until the Holocaust. Both cities, renowned for the beauty of their setting and architecture, survived World War II physically almost unscathed, and are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The course focuses on the way that identity was defined and experienced by the peoples in shifting cultural registers and political systems, and on the way that the cities themselves embody this unstable history, through topics ranging from architecture and urban planning to memorials and historic preservation. Students will read historical documents and works of literature, but the cities and other historical spaces will themselves be the ultimate classroom.
Faculty Leader Bio
George Z. Gasyna, PhD (University of Toronto, Comparative Literature), having emigrated from Poland to Canada at an early age, retains fluency in the language and sensitivity to the culture of his first homeland. Currently Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois, he is author of Polish, Hybrid, and Otherwise: Exilic Discourse in Joseph Conrad and Witold Gombrowicz (2011). He has published numerous articles, reviews and translations, and is presently at work on a book on 20th and 21st century Polish borderland literature.
Program Dates Abroad: June 15 - July 19 2016
Application Deadline: March 15, 2016
For more detailed information on the program, see thebrochure page. For any questions you may have, please contact the faculty leader, Prof. George Gasyna (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the study abroad advisor for the program in the Illinois Abroad Office, located at:
910 South Fifth Street
124 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820
|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 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.
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 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.
European Union Center
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