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Fall 2016
Aug 22-26

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Welcome Back!

With this first edition of our e-Weekly newsletter for this new academic year, the European Union Center (EUC) welcomes new and returning faculty, staff, and students to the University of Illinois.

The summer in Europe has been heavily charged in emotions and events with the UK vote in favor of a Brexit (departure from the EU), the collapse of the Cameron government and rise of Theresa May, a series of terrorist attacks in Western Europe, the continuous and under-reported refugee crisis, and the failed military junta in Turkey. In addition, a series of important elections will take place in the US, the Netherlands, France and Germany. The results will certainly influence the way transatlantic relations evolves and the future of the TTIP and Paris Climate Agreement.

Aside from political questions, the EUC would like to officially welcome Professor Carla A. Santos at the helm of the Center. She comes from the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, where she has an extensive research agenda and has demonstrated her excellence in her research on socio-political and cultural impact of tourism on the world's people and cultures. Professor Santos was recently awarded the King J. McCristal Distinguished Scholar Award.

Over the summer, the EUC also supported graduate and undergraduate students through the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. The recipients of the Summer 2016 FLAS fellowships studied Arabic, Czech, Turkish, and Swedish. The Academic Years 2016-17 EUC FLAS fellowships will support eleven graduate and four undergraduate students, who will be studying nine different languages: Arabic, Czech, French, Italian, Polish, Swedish, and Turkish. You can view the list of recipients of both Summer and Academic Year FLAS fellowships here.

This Fall, the EUC is welcoming several new MA students and is officially launching the new 5-year BA/MA program with partner departments in LAS. Undergraduate students enrolled in the five-year program will receive their MA with one additional year of education instead of the traditional two. Other benefits include broadened opportunities for advanced language and international learning, as well as study abroad opportunities during undergraduate and graduate degrees. The EUC is working with other departments in order to expand this opportunity to undergraduate students around campus.

Together with our highly energetic faculty, the EUC staff has been busy planning an exciting array of lectures, conferences, movies, and more for the academic year. The EUC will begin its year with the first EUC Lecture Series with Professor Michelle Egan on September 12, 2015. Prof. Egan recently published a manuscript Single Markets. Economic Integration in Europe and the United States, which was awarded the 2015 Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship. She will deliver a lecture titled “From Single Markets to Transatlantic Markets: Lessons from the United States for Europe," which will be followed by our fall reception. The Center’s programming this year will also feature special interactions with the European diplomatic corps through a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) panel, EU Day, “EU Day on the Road” and similar events.

On October 21-22, the EUC in collaboration with the French Center of Excellence will lead a two-day conference. The first day will be a roundtable composed of French scholars and journalist on the theme of “New Publics and Freedom of Expression in France and Europe,” followed by a reception. In the evening, the EUC-French Center will screen the documentary “Networks of Hate” at the Spurlock museum followed by a Q&A with the Director, Rokhaya Diallo. The second day will be our annual EU Studies Conference.

Look for updates in forthcoming e-Weekly issues and on the EU Center web site, and make your plans to participate. We also welcome suggestions—and self-nominations—for speakers to deliver lectures, so please let us know your ideas. You can find our form to request EUC co-sponsorship for your event here (next application deadline is September 1st)

Last but not least, this Fall the EUC will be officially launching its Paper Series allowing graduate students and faculty/researchers to publish their research and analyses on any relevant EU matters. The EUC will be doing a call for papers later on this Fall.

Many of you already keep up with the Center and the latest EU news through our Facebook page, EUC Blog, and Twitter feed. E-weekly will continue to highlight selected contributions to these social media. We also invite you to join our LinkedIn group, which allows EUC affiliates to stay connected and keep up with each other’s professional developments, and to follow us on Pinterest.

As we look ahead to the upcoming year, the Center will continue to serve as a hub for research, teaching, and public engagement on the EU and transatlantic relations. We plan to spend this year focusing on developing new curricular and academic programs, including prospects for new degree majors and minors in EU studies at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and enhancing the footprint of Illinois at European partner universities through research and study aboard opportunities. A key goal is to cooperate with other units on campus that share our interests in expanding the range of opportunities for students interested in the EU, so we look forward to engaging in dialogue about ways to achieve those objectives. Please feel welcome to share your ideas with us about how we can best serve that mission. In the meantime, we wish all of the EU Center’s many friends a productive and stimulating year to come!

~ The European Union Center



  Upcoming Events


Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship
EUC Fall Reception

Mon, Sep 12; 3 pm


Reception to follow at 4 pm


Illini Union, Ballrom on the 2nd floor, 1401 W. Green


Export to Outlook & iCal

From SIngle Markets to Transatlantic Markets: Lessons from the United States for Europe

Speaker: Michelle Egan, School of International Service at American University

Speaker Bio & Abstract

EUC Fall Reception to follow.

Michelle Egan is the 2015 recipient of the Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Studies, for her book "Single Markets: Economic Integration in Europe and the United States" published by Oxford University Press. The Larry Neal Prize was initiated in honor of Professor Emeritus of Economics Larry Neal, the founding director of the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, to recognize excellent research conducted by affiliated faculty of the EU Centers located throughout the United States and Canada.


Tue, Sep 13 - Sun, Apr 2


[Formal Opening: Sep 23; 7:30 pm -- Export to Outlook & iCal]


Campbell Gallery, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory

Medieval Irish Masterpieces in Modern Reproduction 

Exhibition description

Related events (both at Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum):

Symposium -- Sat, Oct 1 | 8:30 am - 5:15 pm
View symposium details here.

Film screening: "1916: A Terrible Beauty" -- Sun, Oct 2 | 1:30 pm

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center

Conversations on Europe Videconference Series (with Univ. of Pittsburgh)

Tue, Sep 20; 11 am

 507 E Green, Room 411

Export to Outlook & iCal

Free Trade or Protectionism? Isolationism Amidst Globalization

Spekers: TBA

This virtual roundtable is a part of the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh's "Conversations on Europe" series, and co-sponsored by the European Union Center.


Fri, Sep 22- Sat, Sep 23

Keynote and CAS/MillerComm Lecture on Sep 22nd at 7 pm at Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory -- Export to Outlook & iCal

Conference sessions on Sep 23rd from 8 am - 5 pm at Illini Union General Lounge, Room 210, 1401 W. Green -- Export to Outlook and iCal

Partition and Empire: Ireland, India, Palestine, and Beyond

Keynote address and CAS/MillerComm Lecture: "The Architect of Two Partitions or a Federalist Dreamer? The Curious Case of Reginald Coupland”

Keynote speker: Urvashi Butalia, Publisher and Co-Founder of Kali for Women and Founder of Zubaan Books

Conference website

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center



  Related Events


REEEC New Directions Lecture
& Fall Reception

Thu, Sep 1


Lecturer at 4 pm, to be followed by REEEC Fall Reception at 5 pm


 Illini Union, Rm 407, 1401 W. Green

Leaping into the Open Air of History: The Russian Revolution and the Utopian Imagination

Speaker: Mark Steinberg, History, University of Illinois

Speaker bio & abstract



EUC Social Media


 Social Media Highlights
Over the past few decades, graphic novels have become a respected form of literature. Europe, in particular, has published a wide variety of graphic novels, and these works have become available to wider audiences due to the growth in popularity. Rachel Johannigmeier, EUC Graduate Assistant and a GSLIS student, reviewed and discussed a selection of graphic novels from a a wide variety of EU members in a summer series. If you missed it, you can find the entire series here 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!





EUC funding is available for your events

Next deadline: Sep 1

We would like to remind you that the next deadline for requesting EUC funding for your events is September 1st. You can find more details and the application form below. Looking forward to receiving your submissions and working with you on creating exciting events together!

Request for Event Co-Sponsorship
To be considered for event funding from the EUC, interested parties must submit an event funding form. In submitting a form, the party will work together with the EUC to create a successful event.
To request funding, the event must align with the EUC Mission:
•    To promote scholarly research on the EU and transatlantic relations by serving as a national resource center;
•    To strengthen the undergraduate, graduate, and professional curricula on the EU across all colleges at the University of Illinois;
•    To educate and train a new generation of experts on EU policies and EU-US relations; and
•    To deepen the understanding between the peoples of the US and the EU through an extensive outreach program to K-12 educators and students, businesses, government leaders, the media, and the general public.
The three deadlines are:
•    April 1st (notification April 15th)
•    September 1st (notification September 15th)
•    December 15th (notification January 1st)
The application form can be found here

ACDIS Student Assistantships

ACDIS Academic Year 2016/17 & 2017/18 Student Assistants Announcement

Support for two graduate students and one undergraduate student is being offered through the Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS) in conjunction with Illinois International Programs and a grant from the National Science Foundation. The graduate student support is at 50% time for four fall/spring semesters and two intervening summer months. The undergraduate support is for eight hours per week for 14 weeks in four fall/spring semesters and for 30–40 hours per week for eight weeks in the intervening summer. The focus areas offered are:

  1. Climate change economics and politics
  2. Nuclear materials (spent nuclear fuel management or nuclear materials security)
  3. Social dimensions of information security (motivations for misuse and/or public policy)

Selected students will conduct research, help organize relevant campus events and website materials and a summer short course, and develop course materials and/or be teaching assistants for courses pertinent to a proposed new Graduate Certificate and Masters Degree Concentration in Technology and Security.

Applicants for selection should submit to Kathy Anderson-Conner, with a copy to, an unofficial transcript, and a research plan or statement of areas of potential interest for research. Applicants who have at least 12 semester hours of credit from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 for their UIUC courses. For help with preparing an application, contact ACDIS Director Clifford Singer. Early application is advised, as applications will be reviewed in the order submitted and awards no longer made if and when suitable applicants for all of the positions have been chosen.

For graduate students, a recommendation from a faculty member in their home department should be included with the application. That faculty member must indicate a willingness either to serve as a reader on a Masters thesis in one of the above research areas or have the some of the results of research carried out through May of 2018 be incorporated in to a PhD thesis that the faculty member supervises. The faculty recommendation should note what, if any, additional means of support might be available to the applicant from 16 August 2016 through 15 May 2018.

An undergraduate application must either present a course plan that leads to graduation in May of 2018, or completion of at least 120 credit hours by then with a plan to graduate not later than December of 2018. The name of a faculty member who would be willing to provide a recommendation on request can be included in an undergraduate’s application. However, undergraduate applicants should not delay submitting an application if they do not get a prompt reply from a faculty member willing to be listed as a reference, since this can be requested later during the selection process if needed.

Fall Courses

Seats are still available!

Fall Courses

PS 457 / 589 Democratic Governance in Global Setting. Examination of the basic concepts and politics associated with the emergence of a global society. Students evaluate competing explanations for the emergence of this new politics and how and why the global society governs itself. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of the nation-state, markets, and democratization as responses, respectively, to the imperatives or order, welfare, and legitimacy in the governance of world's peoples and states.

LIS 490 SMU/SMG Social Media & Global Change 
This course covers the impact of global and national computer networks on politics, culture, and social relations during a time of upheaval and revolutionary change. Topics may include the new social media, the politics and culture of the internet, hacktivism, cyber warfare, and mobile telephony and their role in the formation, dissemination, manipulation, and suppression of public opinion in Russia/Eurasia, the China/Pacific region, Central/South America, as well as Africa, Iran, and the Middle East.

GRKM 201 Elementary Modern Greek I. This course aims to develop elementary proficiency in spoken and written Modern Greek, as well as to introduce elements of cultural knowledge. The course will familiarize beginning students with the Greek alphabet and Modern Greek pronunciation rules, as well as basic morphology and syntax, with an emphasis on listening comprehension and reading skills, as well as basic conversational skills. Online language laboratory and Internet assignments required.

GRKM 403 Intermediate Modern Greek I. This course aims to strengthen the concepts learned at the basic level and to introduce students to more complex structures of the Greek language. Specifically it aims to develop intermediate-level proficiency in spoken and written Modern Greek, as well as to introduce elements of cultural knowledge. The course will familiarize students with more complex morphology, syntax, and vocabulary in Modern Greek, with an emphasis on listening comprehension and reading skills, as well as conversational skills. Online language laboratory and Internet assignments required.

GRKM 453 Advanced Modern Greek I. This course aims to enable students to attain conversational fluency and to become independent users of the language who deal effectively and with a good deal of accuracy with familiar communication situations. Online language laboratory and Internet assignments required. Prerequisite: GRKM 404 or consent of instructor.

SLCL 200 Partnership in Crisis: Greece, the EU and the Refugee Crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean. For nearly seven years the international media have been gripped by the “Greek crisis”.  As the crisis intensified mass protests in Athens and other major Greek cities have caught the world’s attention. Meanwhile what began as a localized fiscal deficit problem grew into a widespread crisis of epic proportions that challenged the political and social fabric of the Greek nation and at times seemed destined to undermine the very existence of a global currency, the Euro. This eight-week course aims to explore the lengthy crisis that has beset Greece and the wider Eurozone. Is it a purely economic phenomenon or something wider and deeper, as many Greeks would suggest? Are its causes to be found in the prevailing international financial environment or in the economic and political system that has evolved in Greece since the early 1970s? To what extent have choices made by both domestic and international actors, such as the International Monetary Fund and the European Union, assisted or exacerbated the crisis? What has been the impact of the crisis on the daily lives of the country’s residents—and what is this impact of the Greek crisis on the rest of the world? How has the recent refugee and migration waves from the Middle East affected Greece’s economic problems and the country’s relations with the EU?

Conversation Tables
Coffee Hours



If you would like to announce your Fall 2016 conversation tables & coffee hours, please send the information to Sebnem Ozkan.





European Union Center
University of Illinois
328 International Studies Building MC-429
910 S. Fifth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
P: (217)265-7515
F: (217)333-6270

If you would like to announce an
event through the EUC e-Weekly,
please send the information by no later than the prior Thursday of the event to: 

Sebnem Ozkan | Phone: (217) 244-0570 |

The European Union Center (EUC) is a
National Resource Center, funded through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant,
and a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence funded through the European Union.
The EUC is also funded in part by a "Getting to Know Europe" grant from the Delegation of the EU to the US.