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Spring 2016 | May 2-6

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Farewell Message | Events This Weeh | Upcoming Events | Social Media Highlights |  Announcements

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Dear EUC e-Weekly friends, 

With this final issue of Spring 2016, EUC e-Weekly says good-bye until it resumes in the fall. We send you our best wishes for a safe, enjoyable, and productive summer and thank you for your continued support.

Before reflecting on another successful year, the EUC would like to thank Professor Anna W. Stenport for her leadership as EUC Director (August 2013-June 2016). During her tenure, the Center has continued to excel in carrying out our mission of serving as the focal point on campus for teaching, research, and outreach on the European Union and transatlantic relations. We wish the best to Anna in her new endeavor as Professor and Chair of the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

Once again, it has been an exciting year for the EUC. This past year the EUC has been working with its affiliated faculty and partner units on the implementation of programs, research, events, course development financed by its grants from the US Department of Education, Title VI National Resource Center and FLAS Fellowships. We have been busy implementing the new projects and supporting our very worthy student fellows. Similarly, we have worked with faculty affiliates and other partners to carry out our Jean Monnet Center of Excellence grant on the theme of ‘Strengthening Transatlantic Trust’ producing new knowledge on food security, transatlantic trade, and flow of people.

Throughout the year, we have carried out a full schedule of programming events about the EU and transatlantic relations. In October,  the EUC hosted a former Member of the European Parliament, Mr. Michael McGowan, who participated in a series of events on campus and at partner regional colleges. The highlight of the year was the visit to our campus, in February, of the Dutch Ambassador and European consular corps members at our annual EU Day. In April, the EUC welcomed two high-level EU diplomats, Head of Section Damien Levie, and First Counsellor Giulio Menato. In parallel to their visit, the EUC organized its first ‘EU on the Road’ event taking place at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on the theme of the ‘Future of Transatlantic Relations: Trade, Agriculture and Politics.’ The panels counted Damien Levie, Philip Levy of the Chicago Council on Global Relations, Andrew Lorenz of USTR, Gregg Webb of ADM, and Professor David Bullock. The proceedings of many of these special events have been captured on video, and can be viewed on our blog.

During Spring Break, the EUC was proud to organize and lead a ‘D.C. tour’ with five MAEUS students and Associate Director Maxime Larivé. The D.C. tour allowed graduate students to meet US officials from the Department of State, to Defense, to Agriculture, think tanks (CSIS and Pew), lobbyists, and policy-makers. The participating MAEUS students shared their experiences and learnings in a five-part series published on our blog.

If you’re traveling to Europe this summer, we encourage you to submit a post for publication to our "Across the Pond" Blog (EUC Blog instructions can be found here). Please also take a look at Fall 2016 courses related to EU studies. We invite faculty to send in suggestions for inclusion of any courses we have missed, and encourage students to consider taking as many of these stimulating classes as possible.

We hope you enjoyed reading our e-newsletter over the past semesters. EUC e-Weekly will resume publication in August 2016, and will continue bringing you information about EU related events, resources, funding, and career opportunities. In the meantime, look for updates over the summer to the EUC website—particularly our MA in EU Studies pages—as well as our blog, FacebookLinkedInPinterest, and Twitter accounts. We invite you to enjoy the new content that we post and engage with us over these social networking sites.

Finally, congratulations to our Summer FLAS fellows who will be studying Czech, Portuguese, Swedish, and Arabic both abroad in Czech Republic, Sweden and Portugal and on campus. And, best of luck to all EUC-affiliated graduating students!

~ The European Union Center

Events This Week

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)
Upcoming Events

Summer School/Conference

Jun 2-4


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (More specified location to be announced)

Summer School/Conference: The Other Side of Memory: Forgetting, Denial, Repression

Speakers: Jodi A. Byrd (Associate professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois); Françoise Vergès (Chair “Global South(s),” the Collège d’études mondiales, Paris), and Berber Bevernage (Assistant Professor of historical theory at the Department of History. Ghent University, Belgium)
A Summer School/Conference, “The Other Side of Memory: Forgetting, Denial, Repression” will take place from June 2-4, 2016 and will feature an international group of advanced graduate students as well as internationally-acclaimed faculty keynotes and respondents. The conference is sponsored by the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies (HGMS)—located within the Program in Jewish Culture and Society— and is the yearly event of an international network called Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies. The network consists of university partners in London, Ghent, Aarhus, Stockholm, and Frankfurt as well as at Columbia University and the University of Illinois. Among the individual partners are some of the most renowned scholars of cultural memory in the world, including Stef Craps, Astrid Erll, Marianne Hirsch, and Andreas Huyssen. 
For more information, click here.

Sponsor Organizer: The Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies (HGMS) Co-Organizers: Michael Rothberg (Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies/English); Brett Kaplan (Jewish Culture and Society/Comparative and World Literature)Graduate Student Organizing Committee: Jennifer Baldwin (Anthropology/MD/PhD), Priscilla Charrat (French); Jenelle Davis (Art History); Estibalitz Ezkerra (Comparative Literature); Lauren Hansen (German); Sophia Levine (Dance); and Jessica Young (English) Co-Sponsor: The European Union Center

Social Media Highlights
Social Media Highlights

The Continent is Cut Off! British Referandum in the EU

On Tuesday, April 19, the EU Center co-sponsored the last videoconference for this semester, organized by the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. A panel of experts discussed the upcoming British referendum about an exit from of EU which is a highly important issue throughout the European Union right now. Read observations of one of our MAEUS students, Raphaela Berding, and watch the video of 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 applications, 2016/17 Mercator-IPC Fellowship

2016/17 Mercator-IPC Fellowship

Stiftung Mercator and Istanbul Policy Center at Sabanc─▒ University invite academics, journalists and professionals to apply for a fellowship program that aims to strengthen academic, political and social ties between Turkey and Germany, as well as Turkey and Europe. The program is based on the premise that the acquisition of knowledge and the exchange of people and ideas are preconditions for meeting the challenges of an increasingly globalized world in the 21st century.
Mercator-IPC Fellows work at Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), an independent policy research institute with global outreach located in the center of Istanbul. IPC’s mission is to foster academic research and its application to policy making. The Center is firmly committed to providing decision makers, opinion leaders, academics and the general public with innovative and objective analyses of key domestic and foreign policy issues.
IPC offers Mercator-IPC Fellows access to a broad network of academics, civil society activists and decision makers as well as a unique platform for sound academic research to shape hands-on policy work. Fellows benefit from Sabanc─▒ University’s exceptional intellectual capital and vast reserves of scientific knowledge.
In the 2016/17 round, Mercator-IPC Fellowships will be available to outstanding academics, journalists and professionals with significant work experience who work in one of two thematic areas:

EU/German-Turkish relations
Climate change
The fellows will be expected to work on academic or practical projects at IPC. A Master’s degree (or equivalent) is required for this position, but a PhD degree is strongly preferred. Applicants without a PhD degree will only be accepted if their work experience and expertise meet the program requirements to the jury’s satisfaction. Projects that focus on the German-Turkish nexus are likewise preferred. Applicants cannot apply for fellowships to fund their PhD dissertations.
The deadline for applications is May 8, 2016. The 2016/17 fellowship begins on September 5, 2016.
Please send your completed applications by email to Mercator-IPC Fellowship Coordinator Ms. Cigdem Tongal (see below for contact details). Feel free to share this information with your friends, colleagues and students. For full details, see the Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program guidelines at

Call for Nominations for the inaugural European Studies Undergraduate Paper Prize

The European Studies Undergraduate Paper Prize

The European Studies Undergraduate Paper Prize is designed to encourage interest in the field of European Studies by rewarding talented undergraduates who have conducted original research in the field. Each prize winner will receive a check for $500, along with public recognition in the European Studies Newsletter and on the Council’s social media sites. In addition, those prize winners who are interested in attending the CES conference may request one conference registration waiver for any conference in the three years following their award.

Nominations are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before May 30, 2016.  

For more information, visit:

Global Reach Area Studies Program (GRASP) Summer Course




Feeding Africa: Systems Perspectives on Sub-Saharan Food Security

This is an advanced four-week summer course for high school students who are rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Students use systems thinking to examine sub-Saharan Africa’s struggle for food security, paying close attention to agricultural history and social/political context. Students actively consider how myths and biases about African agriculture confuse aid attempts and lead to unintended consequences. They also learn how community programs in Ghana and South Africa use local gardens, experimental farms, and cellphone technology to improve household nutrition and attract young people to agricultural and STEM professions. As a final project, students work in teams to create multimedia presentations, podcasts, blogs, and/or social media campaigns suitable for distribution. Class sessions are experiential in nature and integrate direct instruction with international communication, guest lectures, and field trips.  This course welcomes students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.

Location: 7 Doris Christopher Hall, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana campus.
When: 9:00- 11:00am, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from July 5 through July 28.
Course Materials Fee:  $40 (due upon registration) includes cost of final meal.
Course Transportation Fee:  $2 per fieldtrip for public bus. Bring cash on the day of fieldtrip or bus pass.
Tuition:  This course is offered free of tuition with the support of the Illinois African Studies Consortium; a Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center.
College Credit (optional):  $276/credit for those students who would like to receive college credit.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Final Deadline May 2, 2016.

Apply here!


The Center for African Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
210 International Studies Building, MC-485
910 South Fifth Street, Champaign, Illinois, 61820, USA
217.265.5016 • FAX