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Spring 2016 | March 28 - April 1

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Events This Week | Upcoming Events | Related Events | Social Media Highlights |  Announcements

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Events This Week

EUC Lecture Series

Tue, Mar 29

Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB 707 S Matthews Ave, Urbana

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Syrian Refugees in Turkey 

Speaker: Canan Balkir, Jean Monnet Professor of European Economic Integration, Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey; Visiting Scholar at the European Union Center (Spring 2016)

For the talk abstract, speaker bio and list of co-sponsors, visit here.


Wed, Mar 30

Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB 707 S Matthews Ave, Urbana

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The ambiguous legacy of the Irish Easter Rising: Patriotism or Terrorism?

Speaker: Paddy Woodworth, public intellectual, an Irish Times journalist, author, and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages and Literatures, University College Dublin. 

For the talk abstract, speaker bio and list of co-sponsors, visit here.


Wed, Mar 30

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

For the talk abstract, speaker bio and list of co-sponsors, visit here.

Upcoming Events

International Week

Sun, April 3 - Sun, April 10
U of I campus

International Week 

International Week at Illinois is comprised of a series of educational, cultural, and recreational events designed to foster interest in our global comunity.

See the list of sponsors and events on the Illinois International Calendar and the International Week webpage

MGS Lecture

Thu, Apr 7

Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB 707 S Matthews Ave, Urbana

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The Spoiled Children of History: The Formation of the Greek State, 18th-21st Centuries

Speaker: Kostas Kostis, Department of Economics, University of Athens

For the talk abstract, speaker bio and list of co-sponsors, visit here.


Thu, Apr 7

Parkland College, 2400 W Bradley, Champaign

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Why is the European Union an Important Actor Affecting Farmers in Central Illinois?

Speaker: Damien Levie, Head of the Trade and Agriculture Section at the EU Delegation to the US

For the talk abstract, speaker bio and list of co-sponsors, visit here.

Roundtable at Chicago Fed

Fri, Apr 8

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 S LaSalle St., Chicago

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Roundtable "The Future of Transatlantic Relations: Trade, Agriculture, and Politics"

3:30 – 3:35 pm –  Welcome Remarks – Anna W. Stenport, EUC Director  
3:35 – 3:40 pm –  Introductory Comments, David Bullock, Professor, Agricultural & Consumer Economics
3:40 – 3:55 pmDamien Levie, Head, Trade & Agriculture Section, Delegation of the EU to the US
3:55 – 4:10 pmPhilip Levy, Senior Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
4:10 – 4:25 pmJing Zhang, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (invited )
4:25 – 4:40 pmGregory Webb, VP - State Government Relations at Archer Daniels Midland Company
4:40 – 5:10 pm – Q & A from audience                                                                            
5:15 – 6:30 pm: Reception

This event is free and open to public but pre-registration is required. Please register here by April 1, 2016.

Related Events

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 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

Polish Movie Night



G36, Foreign Languages Building

Polish Movie Night

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

ACDIS Lecture


Thu, Mar 31


1090 Lincoln Hall

On Terrorism: Thinking about the Unthinkable

Speaker: John Lynn, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Illinois

Organized by the Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS). Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies (CGS).

Social Media Highlights
 Social Media Highlights
The Refugee Crisis and the New Right on the European Periphery
On March 16, the EUC organized a Symposium on "The Refugee Crisis and the New Right on the European Periphery", which featured a keynote address by Jószef Böröcz. Read MAEUS student Raphaela Berding's notes about the event on the EUC blog
As always, we invite you to join the conversation by leaving comments on our Blog and sharing posts/tweets with others! Also, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!
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.

Researchers are invited to discuss the lessons learned over the past quarter-century and how to bring them to bear on the future challenges of Europe. Taking a comparative perspective, the purpose of this conference will not only be to survey the landscape and how dramatically it has changed over CASE’s lifespan (and with CASE’s assistance), but to derive practical, action-oriented, and tangible policy lessons for 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
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
Application deadline: March 21, 2016
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: 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.
Application deadline: June 1, 2016
For more information please visit the website. The online application form can be found 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.
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!
Course Description
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
Contact Information:
For more detailed information on the program, see thebrochure page. For any questions you may have, please contact the faculty leader, Prof. George Gasyna ( 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
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.