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Spring 2016 | April 11-15

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

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Events This Week

Virtual Briefing

Tue, Apr 12

507 E Green St., Rm 411, Champaign

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EU-US Privacy Shield Update

Speakers: Ted Dean, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the lead negotiator for the Privacy Shield; Professor Pierluigi Perrie, University of Milan; and Professor David Thaw, University of Pittsburgh  

Organized by the Univ. of Pittsburgh European Studies Center and co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

For further details, visit here.

MGS Lecture

Th, Apr 14

Room 405, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana

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From Missionary Schools to Franchised Universities: Transnational Interactions and the Transformation of the Greek Educational System

Speaker: Dr. Tassos Anastassiadis, Assistant Professor of History and Phrixos B. Papachristidis Chair in Modern Greek and Greek-Canadian Studies, McGill University 

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center. For further information, visit here.

Upcoming Events

CAS/MillerComm Lecture

Mon, Apr 18 

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

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The Armenian Genocide Poetry of Witness, and Postmemory

Speaker: Peter Balakian, Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities, Colgate University

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

For further details, visit here.


Tu, Apr 19


507 E Green St., Rm 411, Champaign 

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The Continent is Cut Off! British Referendum in the EU

This June citizens in the United Kingdom will vote on that country’s
place  in  Europe.  At  a  time  of  rising  Euroscepticism  there  and across Europe, Great Britain will decide if it is better off facing the range  of  challenges  to  the  European  project—economic  growth, migration, terrorism, conflict on its borders—by itself or as part of the EU. The results of the referendum will have implications for the entire   UK   (including   Northern   Ireland   and   Scotland),   for   the economic  and  political  integrity  of  the  EU,  and  for  Great  Britain’s ties  with  key  continental  countries  and  with  the  US.  Panelists  will address  these aspects  and  many others  and  will  respond  to each other   and   to   questions   posed   by   the   audience.
Michelle Egan, Professor, School of International Service, American University
Amelia Hadfield, Jean Monnet Chair in European Foreign Affairs, Canterbury Christ Church University
Tim Oliver, Dahrendorf Fellow on Europe-North American Relations, London School of Economics
Alan Sked, Professor Emeritus of International History, London School of Economics (founder and former member of UK"
"Independence Party)
Organized by the Univ. of Pittsburgh European Studies Center and co-sponsored by the European Union Center.
For further details, visit here.

Wed, Apr 20

1002 Lincoln Hall, 702 S Wright St, Urbana

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How Sweden is Working for Gender Equality in Film Production

Speaker: Anna Cerner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute
Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.
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CAS/MillerComm Lecture

Th, Apr 21

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

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Putin’s Russia: The past and future of Kleptocracy

Speaker: Karen Dawisha, Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Political Science and the Director at the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University in Ohio
Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.
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Related Events

Movie Screening

Tu, Apr 12

Lucy Ellis Lounge (1080 FLB), 707 S. Mathews, Urbana


“Loreak” (2014)

The Spanish and Portuguese department invites you to watch “Loreak” (Flowers), the Spanish movie in Basque that was pre-selected for this year’s Oscar Award for the Foreign Language Film.
SYNOPSIS: “Ane's life takes a turn when a bouquet of flowers is delivered to her house every week. Always at the same time and always anonymously. Lourdes and Tere's lives are also affected by some mysterious flowers. A stranger leaves a weekly bouquet in memory of someone important in their lives. This is the story of three women, three lives altered by the mere presence of bouquets of flowers. Flowers that will make feelings blossom inside them that had seemed long forgotten… But in the end, they are nothing more than flowers.”
For more information and the trailer, please visit the film’s website here.
The movie will be in Basque with English subtitles. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

LCTL Film Series

Wed, Apr 13, 6pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge (Room 1080), Foreign Languages Building, 707 S Mathews, Urbana

Less Commonly Taught Languages Film Series: "Itirazim Var" (Turkish)
Free and open to public. 
Sponsored by the Less Commonly Taught Languages Program. 

All films are shown with English subtitles. For more information about the Less Commonly Taught Languages Program, visit its website:

Turkish Culture Day

Fri, Apr 15

Asian American Cultural Center

Turkish Culture Day

University of Illinois Turkish Program cordially invites you to spend a lovely evening with fellow students, listen to Turkish music performences, enjoy the Turkish art of marbling (ebru), and taste yummy food.

This event is open to public.

Keynote by Prof. Fagyal
at the
Kentucky Foreign Language Conference

Multilingualism, Ltd.: New Challenges for Linguistic Diversity in Europe

Speaker: Zsuzsanna Fagyal, FRIT, University of Illinois

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Singletary Center, Recital Hall
U of Kentucky, Lexington

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Hebrew and Yiddish Film Series


Mon, Apr 18


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.  

"Kadosh" (Hebrew, 116 min) • A secular Israeli perspective on the status of women in ultra-Orthodox society

Polish Movie Night


Tu, Apr 19


G36, Foreign Languages Building

Polish Movie Night

"Dlug" (The Debt) by Krzystof Krauze

Organized by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Book Reading


Thu, Apr 18



Illini Union Bookstore

809 S Wright, 2nd floor

White Working Class Voices: Multiculturalism, Community-Building and Change

Perceptions of white working-class communities are commonly discussed, but the views held by these communities themselves are less often considered. This book provides the first substantial analysis of white working-class perspectives on issues of multiculturalism and change in the United Kingdom, giving a platform to these silent voices. Based on over two hundred interviews, White Working Class Voices presents startling results that challenge the preconceptions of politicians, policy makers, practitioners, and researchers. Exploring how white working-class communities came to be framed as racist, resistant to change, and disconnected from politics, Harris Beider suggests a new and progressive agenda for how this often misrepresented group can be fully included in a modern, diverse Britain.

Harris Beider is the Professor of Community Cohesion in the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations at Coventry University, England as well as Visiting Professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University in the City of New York.

Sponsored by the Department of Urban & Regional Planning. 

Social Media Highlights
 Social Media Highlights
MAEUS goes to Washington D.C.  
As a part of the professional development of our MA in EU Studies (MAEUS) students, the EUC offers students the opportunity for a trip to Washington D.C. in the Spring semester. This year's trip took place from March 21 to the 24.  Read MAEUS students' obseravations 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!
Campus-wide 5K & Fundraising for the Syrian refugee cause

Fundraising for the Syrian Refugee Cause

The conflict in Syria has led to the world's largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. More than 9 million Syrians were forced to flee their homes in hopes of surviving the devastating civil war. There is an estimated 12.8 million people who are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance 

Interfaith In Action, Hillel, Newman Catholic Students, Muslim Student Association and Humanitarian Association for the Displaced (among others) have joined together in an effort to help raise awareness at the University of Illinois for the Syrian refugee cause by holding a campus-wide 5K. The 5K begins at 9 a.m. on April 17th. Please register through our website:

Proceeds from this event will be going to Embrace Relief, an international organization focused on providing essentials like clothes and blankets to Syrian refugees in Turkey. Website here:

There are many different ways to contribute: 

Run in the race (t-shirt included)- $25

Buy a t-shirt only- $20

Participate as a Virtual Runner (no t-shirt or 5K admission)- $25

Donate- Any amount donation 

You can find more information about registering, buying t-shirts, donating or the race in general on our website or on our Facebook page

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

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
EU’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships at Aston University’s Aston Centre for Europe in Birmingham
Deadline: 29 April 2016

The Aston Centre for Europe (ACE) is looking to host exceptional fellows in the framework of the EU’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships scheme. The schemeenables eligible applicants to come to Aston University for a period from 12 to 24 months with the aims of undertaking world class research, career development, and knowledge transfer activities.
The Guide for Applicants is avilable here.
For more information on ACE, please visit here

If you are interested, please send a full academic CV, a 1,000 word research project outline and a short cover letter outlining why you think a Marie Curie fellowship at Aston would boost your career to Dr Balazs Szent-Ivanyi ( by 29 April 2016. Selection will be carried out by mid-May, and selected applicants will be appointed a mentor from ACE, who will assist them in preparing the application during the summer. The internal deadline for a full draft application is in late July, which will then be followed by an internal peer review and then finalized for submission to the European Commission for the 14 September 2016 deadline.
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.