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Spring 2016 | April 25-29

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

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Events This Week

Transatlantic Security Symposium

Thu, Apr 28



Illini Union, Geeral Lounge (room 210)

1401 W Green St, Urbana


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Crossing Boundaries: Security and Migration in Europe 

Ayhan Kaya, Istanbul Bilgi University
“Securitization of Migration and Islamization of Radicalism in the EU”
Konstantinos Kourtikakis, University of Illinois
“Security in the European Union Neighborhood: The Role of Non-Governmental Organization Networks”
Maxime Larivé, University of Illinois
“Unstable Peripheries: Security and Strategic Challenges for the European Union”
Organized by the Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS) and co-sponsored by the European Union Center at the University of Illinois.

10th Annual

Turkish Studies Symposium


Thu, Apr 28



Illini Union, Geeral Lounge (room 210)

1401 W Green St, Urbana


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Migration, Diversiy, and Identity in Turkey and the EU


AYHAN KAYA, Istanbul Bilgi University
“Turkey as a Country of Immigration: Homogenization of the Nation”
BIANCA KAISER, Istanbul Kemerburgaz University
“Integration Challenges faced by EU Citizens in Turkey”
CANAN BALKIR, Visiting Scholar, EU Center, University of Illinois
“Migrant Entrepreneurship in the EU: German-Turkish Entrepreneurs”
ILKAY SUDAS, İzmir Ege University
“Life-Style Migrants in Turkey”
SAIME ÖZÇÜRÜMEZ, Visiting Scholar, CMES, Harvard University/ Bilkent University
“Managing Diversity in Turkey: State Actors and Civil Society Actors Engaged in Integration”
ULAS SUNATA, Bahçeşehir University
“Syrian Refugees in Turkey”

For more information, including symposium description, absracts, and spaker bios, please visit the symposium webpage. 

Organized by:
European Union Center at the University of Illinois

Co-sponsored by:
European Institute, Istanbul Bilgi University; Jean Monnet Chair, Istanbul Kemerburgaz University; and the Center for Global Studies (CGS); the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC); and the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) at the University of Illinois

Upcoming Events

U of I Students helping Refugees in Champaign County

Tue., May 3
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  
Room 2015; School of Social Work

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Students HELPING Refugees and Unaccompanied Minors in Local Community

Did you know that millions of Syrian refugees have fled their homes in Syria seeking asylum in Turkey, Greece, England, Germany, Sweden, and many other countries? Did you know that Champaign County is also home to refugees and unaccompanied minors from many different countries?  Do you want to learn more about how to help or how our students are already helping?

There are at least five local agencies, who are interacting or serving this population on a daily basis, right here in our community. There are campus RSO's also whose primary focus is helping this vulnerable and marginalized population.

Join a panel of students who will inform us what they are doing at their respective agencies or schools to help the refugees and unaccompanied minors. A FACT sheet will be available with refugee statistics and information too.

Bring your lunch and have an informative break from your daily routine. You might just leave wondering how you might help.

Sponsored by the School of Social Work, the SSW Field Office, the Community Learning Lab (CLL), the EU Center, and the Humanitarian Association for the Displaced (HAD)
Related Events

Documentary Screening


Mon, Apr 25



Big Grove Tavern

"Red Lines" at Big Grove

Join us in viewing Red Lines at Big Grove Tavern on April 25th at 7pm!  This event is hosted by Three Spinners Inc., a non-profit organization that provides rescue and relief efforts for Syrian refugees. The purpose of this screening is to start a productive conversation about the human rights violations occurring in the midst and as a result of the civil war in Syria. This screening will be followed by a talk-back with our board of directors and will be one of a series beginning this month and continuing on through the summer.
Light appetizers will be provided and wine, beer, and spirits are available for purchase.

Social Media Highlights
Social Media Highlights

Future of Transatlantic Relations: Trade, Agriculture and Politics

On April 8th, the EUC held a roundtable, the "Future of Transatlantic Relation: Trade, Agriculture and Politics," at ChicagoFed. Read about the experience from one of our ‪MAEUS students, Carlo Di Giulio, 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!
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.