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EUROPEAN UNION CENTER
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Spring 2017
Feb 6-10

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Events This Week

 

Film Screening
&
Discussion

Thu, Feb 9 | 4 pm

English Building, Rm 109,
608 S Wright

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Dialogue: A Polish-Jewish Film Series
The Innocents (2016)

The film will be introduced by Priscilla Charrat and followed by discussion. 

Upcoming Film Screenings in the series (all in English Bldg., Rm 109 @4pm):

The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973) -- February 23rd
Little Rose (2010) -- March 9th
Austeria (1982) -- April 20th
 
The Hourglass Sanatorium will be intorduced by Alexandra van Doren, Little Rose by Lizy Mostowski, Austeria by Diana Sacilowski.

All films will have English subtitles.
 
Each film screening will be followed by a thoughtful discussion on the topic of the film. All are welcome to attend.
 
Free pizza will be provided by the Program in Jewish Culture and Society.
 
Sponsored by the European Union Center & the Program in Jewish Culture and Society. Organized by Lizy Mostowski ehm2@illinois.edu
 

 

 

  Upcoming Events

 

Videoconference 

Mon, Feb 13 | 6:30 pm

greetings and introduction at 6:15 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building, Rm. 1080, 707 S Mathews

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From Haiti to the French Academy: an American writer

Video-conference with Dany Laferrière, Haitian-Canadian novelist and a member of the Académie Française

Streamed live from Alliance Française of Chicago

The event is bilingual (on-site English translation for French will be provided) and free and open to the public. It is organized by the Department of French and Italian and is co-sponsored by the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, the European Union Center, and the Marianne Midwest Series*: http://frenchculture.org/books/blog/marianne-midwest-series.

Dany Laferrière is the first Haitian and first Quebecer called to the prestigious Académie Française where he sits in chair no. 2, once occupied by Alexandre Dumas, another Caribbean-born author. His first novel, How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired, appeared in Quebec in 1985. Dany Laferrière won the French literary prize Prix Médicis in 2009 with L'énigme du retour. With Laferrière, "the Academy opens to the whole Francophonie" says Hélène Carrère d'Encausse, perpetual secretary of the French Academy. A public figure like no other to listen to!

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*Marianne Midwest Series:

The Cultural Services of the French Consulate in Chicago, the Alliance Française of Chicago, The France Chicago Center, and the University of Chicago French Club have joined forces to create the Marianne Midwest Series. It consists of a series of web debates on contemporary topics, meant to bring together American and French points of view, and to reach Midwest partners.

The speakers discuss a contemporary global topic in Chicago, followed by a question and answer session with the audience and partner locations. The featured speaker presents in English, or in French with the assistance of an interpreter. Through this series of debates, mutual representationsbetween the United States and France are challenged and re-evaluated.

EUC Lecture 

Fri, Feb 17 | 12 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building, Rm. 1080, 707 S Mathews

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Leadership in Hard times: How Angela Merkel learned to love the European Union

Speaker: Joyce Mushaben, Ph.D., Curators' Professor of Comparative Politics & Gender Policies, University of Missouri Saint Louis 

Abstract: Deeply rooted in the shared recollections of two world wars, the vision of an integrated Europe played a crucial role in Germany’s efforts to rehabilitate itself on the international stage for half a century. Born in 1954 and socialized in the Eastern “rump state,” Angela Merkel never developed the emotional tie to France evinced by her predecessors, nor did she inherit the intuitive understanding of the Europe Community that drove the policies of western leaders stretching from Adenauer to Kohl. By the time she became Chancellor in 2005, the European Union had become a very complex institutional creature, best reflected in the 168,349 pages (Commission estimates, versus 714,000, according to Brexit supporters),  comprising EU’s acquis communautaire. Merkel quickly came to recognize the leverage potential inherent in EU institutions between 2007 (German Council Presidency) and 2008 (banking crisis), however. It would nonetheless take her another seven years to move from an instrumental appreciation of “pooled sovereignty” and multi-level governance to her personal embrace of the EU as a value community. This talk traces the stages of that evolution, illustrating ways in which Merkel’s preferred “leadership” style facilitated this process.

For speaker's bio, please click here.  

 

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

Tue, Feb 21 | 11 am

507 E Green St., Rm. 411

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Transgender Europe

List of panelists and abstract coming soon!

Sponsored by European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh, along with Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, European Union Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Florida International University

 

 REEEC New Directions Lecture

Thu, Feb 23 | 4 pm

International Studies Bldg., Rm 101, 910 S Fifth

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17 reasons to get along with the secret police: Tatyana Lioznova’s 'Seventeen Moments of Spring' from the Soviet 1970s to the Putin Era

Speaker: Christine Evans, Assistant Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Abstract: The most iconic television miniseries of the 1970s, and allegedly Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favorite film,  Seventeen Moments of Spring (dir. Tatiana Lioznova, 1973) remains an important cultural touchstone in contemporary Russia, continuing to serve as a way of talking about, for example, Russia’s conflict with Ukraine and the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Drawing on internal discussions in the Gorky Studio during the film’s production and articles in the press, as well as the miniseries itself, this talk will contextualize “Seventeen Moments” in debates during the Soviet 1970s about the role of mass media in shaping political beliefs and offer a fresh interpretation of the film’s politics and reception, which continue to shape the present. Seventeen Moments of Spring generated public conversations about moral complexity, the need for new, post-Stalin heroes who could repair the damage of the Stalin cult, and the role of television in making visible the superiority of the Soviet system and its people. Together with the film itself, these conversations outlined a new deal between state and public, based on shared patriotic values, the acceptance of police and bureaucratic authority, and the promotion of new heroes like the film’s protagonist, Soviet spy Maxim Isaev. In the second decade of Putin’s promotion of a very similar deal and set of patriotic values organized around the memory of Soviet heroism during WWII and renewed imperial expansion, Seventeen Moments of Spring deserves continued attention. 

Speaker's bio: Christine Evans is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Her work focuses on the role of popular culture, play, and mass media in Russian and Soviet history. Her first book, Between Truth and Time: A History of Soviet Central Television was published by Yale University Press in August, 2016.

Organized by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) and co-sponsored by the European Union Center

Film Screening
&
Discussion

Thu, Feb 23 | 4 pm

English Building, Rm 109,
608 S Wright

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Dialogue: A Polish-Jewish Film Series
The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)

The film will be introduced by Alexandra Van Doren and followed by discussion. 

Upcoming Film Screenings in the series (all in English Bldg., Rm 109 @4pm):

Little Rose (2010) -- March 9th
Austeria (1982) -- April 20th
 
The Little Rose will be introdiuced by Lizy Mostowski, and Austeria by Diana Sacilowski.

All films will have English subtitles.
 
Each film screening will be followed by a thoughtful discussion on the topic of the film. All are welcome to attend.
 
Free pizza will be provided by the Program in Jewish Culture and Society.
 
Sponsored by the European Union Center & the Program in Jewish Culture and Society. Organized by Lizy Mostowski ehm2@illinois.edu

 

 
Related Events

 

Europe Study Abroad Info Sessions 

Info Session: Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark
Monday, February 6th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Lincoln Hall 1068

Representatives from DIS Copenhagen and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE) will let undergraduate students know about opportunities to study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark during the summer, fall, spring, and academic year terms. Any interested student is welcome to attend; no RSVP or registration is required.

From Vikings to modern medicine – DIS offers you an outstanding selection of inspiring courses taught by leading experts in their fields. The vast breadth of courses reflect Europe and Scandinavia in all of its challenges, complexity, and wonder. Whether your interest lies in the roots that shaped who we are today or in the tough decisions of politics and prioritization in the ever-changing global world, academics at DIS are committed to bringing you a uniquely European perspective to your studies.” - -Helle Rytkønen, Ph.D., DIS Academic Director

The session will conclude with a Q&A session about the program.

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Info Session: IFE French Field Study & Internship Programs
Monday, Feb. 6 from 4-5pm in Lincoln Hall 2043

Tim Carlson, Co-Director of the IFE program will be having an info session on Monday, Feb. 6 from 4-5pm in Lincoln Hall 2043

The application deadline for the Fall semester is coming soon: Feb. 15. For more information: https://app.studyabroad.illinois.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10127

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Info Session: Intl Summer School at the University of Birmingham
Thursday, February 9th from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Gregory Hall 311

Representatives from the Birmingham International Summer School and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE) will let undergraduate students know about opportunities to study abroad in Birmingham, England during the summer. Any interested student is welcome to attend; no RSVP or registration is required. Scholarships are available to University of Illinois students.

Birmingham International Summer School at the University of Birmingham description:

You will study exciting programmes taught by University of Birmingham teaching staff in one of the most beautiful campuses in the United Kingdom, while having the opportunity to meet new friends from different countries giving you a cultural and diverse study experience.  You will experience an extensive social programme introducing you to some of the traditional aspects of British culture along with the opportunity to interact with other students in a fun and lively environment.  Join the Birmingham International Summer School this year and experience a truly global university.”

The session will conclude with a Q&A session about the program.

German Movie Night

Thu, Feb 9 | 6 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building, Rm 1080, 707 S Mathews

Das Wunder von Bern (The Miracle of Bern, 2003)

Open discussion afterward.
 
Plot: Das Wunder von Bern - In 1954, the very young Republic of West Germany struggles with its recovery from WWII--economically and emotionally. Witness one of the most important events in Germany's post-war history when soccer--'the most important minor matter in the world'--becomes essential for the healing of the German soul; told from the perspective of a family suffering from the consequences of the war. An award-winning drama and a legend still alive in the hearts of the German people. 
 
Sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Modern Greek Studies Event

Fri, Feb 17 | 3-4:30 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews

John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation Lecture:

The Erotics of Nostalgia: Performing Longing and Belonging in Skyrian Music: A  Lecture/Performance

Speaker: Prof. Angela Glaros, Eastern Illinois University

Organized by Modern Greek Studies

   

 

EUC Social Media Highlight

 

 Social Media Highlight

Understading the French Who Refuse to Speak English

Raphaela Berding, a second year graduate student in EU Studies, suggests "in order to understand the French attitude towards their language it is helpful to look at the history of France." Read Berding's blog post, which is available both in English and German, on the EUC's Linguis Europae 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!
 

 

  Announcements

 

Call for Undergraduate Research Presentation and Poster Proposals 

Joint Area Centers Symposium on Governing Globalization - Call for Undergraduate Research Presentation and Poster Proposals

LAS Global Studies invites proposals from students who would like to present their work at the Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS) on Governing Globalization to be held on March 31 and April 1, 2017, organized by the Center for Global Studies (CGS).

CALL FOR PANELISTS

LAS Global Studies invites proposals from students who would like to be part of four-speaker panel on governing globalization. Themes could include global markets, migration and human rights, climate change, conflict and diplomacy. We encourage submissions that incorporate a focus on gender, communities of color and under-represented groups. Panel presentations will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017.

CALL FOR POSTERS

LAS Global Studies invites proposals from students who would like to present posters on governing globalization. Themes could include, but are not limited to, armed conflict, terrorism, global markets, economy, role of superpowers, climate change, sustainability, social change, technology, gender, youth and migration. Poster presentations will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Submit your proposals as a pdf document by February 28, 2017 to globalstudies@illinois.edu. Submissions should include the following information:

1.     Full name 
2.     Major and year
3.     Institutional affiliation 
4.     Email address 
5.     Title of presentation/poster 
6.     Abstract (no more than 250 words)

 Joint Area Centers Symposium is co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

Summer Program

Sport Management Across Cultures Program
June 24 to July 14, 2017
 
Deadline to enroll is April 15, 2017.
 
The European Union Center, along with the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, and Global Education & Training, would like to invite you to study this summer at the world-famous University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 
Here is an outstanding opportunity for you to study at our campus for two weeks, experience the teaching methods of U.S. higher education faculty, and complete two courses in Sport Management. Each course includes 16 hours of instruction, delivered in two-hour morning and afternoon class segments. The instructors will encourage and lead students through discussions of complex sport management and development issues in the United States and Europe.
 
Supervised Group Travel: Following two weeks of in-class course delivery, students will complete a 5-day group tour with faculty members and engaged in experiential learning. Students will visit key sport and tourist sites, in Chicago and Indianapolis (e.g., major league baseball, basketball, national football league, motorsports, museums, Navy Pier). This tour provides students a unique opportunity to engage with sport, recreation and tourism industry leaders with experience in the United States and Europe in professional and collegiate sports, tourism development, facility management, and public and private recreation.
 
Classes begin: June 24th, 2017
Experiential Learning/Supervised Group Travel begins: July 9th, 2017
   
Questions:

Matthew Gadbury,
Program Coordinator, Global Education & Training, University of Illinois
Phone: 1-217-265-7647
Email: gadbury2@illinois.edu  
 
Dr. Carla Almeida Santos
Director, European Union Center
Professor, Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism
Email: csantos@illinois.edu

U of I Graduate College Grants

U of I Graduate College Grants

University of Illinois Graduate College - Dissertation Travel Grants.
Dissertation Travel Grants provide reimbursement to subsidize travel and associated costs necessary for doctoral dissertation research, whether for exploring a potential dissertation topic (i.e., before extensive research has been done) or for conducting dissertation research. Approximately 12 grants at amounts up to $5,000 will be awarded given sufficient funding. An awardee's nominating department must commit to contributing 12% of the cost of the grant. Click here for more information. Applications are due by March 14th, 2017.

University of Illinois Graduate College - Master's Project Travel Grants.
The Graduate College's Master's Project Travel Grants provide reimbursement to Illinois students for travel-related costs incurred for the completion of an off-campus, short-term project required of one of the University’s master's degree programs.  Approximately 10 grants of up to $500 will be awarded given sufficient funding.  Grant recipients are expected to conclude their travel by December 31, 2017. Click here for more information. Applications are due by March 14th, 2017.

University of Illinois Graduate College - Dissertation Completion Fellowship
The Graduate College's Dissertation Completion Fellowships help outstanding students complete the doctoral degree by providing a one-year stipend of $20,000 along with waivers of tuition, service fee, health service fee, AFMFA fee, library/IT fee.  In addition, the fellow will receive partial payment of the graduate student health insurance fee per semester as well as basic dental and vision coverage.  The number of awards offered will depend on the level of funding available. Click here for more information. Applications are due by April 11th, 2017.

Conversation Tables
&
Coffee Hours

Conversation Table in Modern Greek
Students are invited to practice conversational Modern Greek with native speakers and get fluency. This is also an excellent opportunity for students from past years to maintain and refine their language skills. Meetings take place at Espresso Royale, 1117 W. Oregon Street, every other Thursday from 5-6 p.m., except the Thursday of Spring Break Week (March 20-24), through Thursday, April 27. Next mtg. is on Feb 9th.  

 

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

 

 

Contact

 

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 

http://europe.illinois.edu/

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 |
 
asozkan@illinois.edu


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.