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Spring 2017
Feb 20-24

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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

Join us for a moderated “virtual roundtable” on the issues facing transgender men and women in Western and Eastern Europe.

Moderator:
Todd Reeser, Professor, French & Italian; and Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Panelists:

Mat Fournier, Assistant Professor, Ithaca College
Tamas Jules Fütty, Trans Academic & Activist
Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius, Policy Coordinator, National LGBT* Rights Association

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

 

 

  Upcoming Events

 

EU Film Festival

March 3-30

The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

20th Chicago European Union Film Festival

The Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes audiences to the 20th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival.
With films representative of the EU member states, the Festival will run from March 3 to March 30.

Visit http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/ceuff for more information.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

Film Screening
&
Discussion

Thu, Mar 9 | 4 pm

English Building, Rm 109,
608 S Wright

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Dialogue: A Polish-Jewish Film Series
Little Rose (2010)

The film will be introduced by Lizy Motowski and followed by discussion. 

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

Austeria (1982) -- April 20th, which will be introduced 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.

Illinois Graduate Science and Technology Studies (STS) Workshop

Fri, Mar 10 - Sat, Mar 11

Interdisciplinary Encounters: Exploring Knowledge-Making Across Boundaries

More information can be found on the workshop website.
 
Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.
 

 
Related Events

 

 Brownbag

 Wed, Feb 22 | 12 pm
 
101 International Studies Building; 910 S. Fifth St.
 
 

Center for African Studies Brown Bag: Archival Absence in Portrait of a Woman

Speaker: Sarah Richter, Art History, University of Illinois
 
Abstract: Since the inception of the discipline of art history and the advent of photography, the two have been at odds. While photography is today considered an acceptable art form, scholars are continually attempting to grasp with everyday photography: the snapshot, the amateur portrait, the family photo. Sarah Richter investigates how one such photograph, a portrait of a woman from Senegal in 1910, taken by an unknown photographer, continues to productively disrupt Western practices of archiving, most notably through the absence of information about the photograph’s provenance. As the face of a 2015 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this image’s meteoric rise to fame further illustrates both the social life of photographs and the complicated relationship between western Art History and Africa’s photographic history.

   

 

EUC Social Media Highlight

 

 Social Media Highlight

Italy’s Apathy Towards Napolitano’s Imminent Death

Moisés G. Contreras, a junior at the University of Illinois majoring in Psychology and Italian with a minor in Latina/Latino Studies and an EUC FLAS fellow, investigates Italy’s apathy towards Napolitano’s imminent death. He thinks "the relationship between the majority and the minority can be detrimental, especially when it is overlooked and equity is not at the forefront. It is then interesting to apply this idea in a linguistic realm, where minority languages are mainly esteemed poorly and as not worthy of acknowledgement." Read more on the EUC's Linguis Europae

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  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.

 

Call for Applications

2017 Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia

The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia is open to all scholars with research interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region for eight weeks during the summer months from June 12 until August 4. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the world renowned Slavic, East European, and Eurasian collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to receive one-on-one research assistance from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS). 

The deadline for grant funding is March 15 and is fast approaching! REEEC will continue to receive applications for the Summer Research Lab after the grant deadline, but housing and travel funds will not be guaranteed.

For further information and to apply, please use this link

For graduate students, the SRL provides an opportunity to conduct research prior to going abroad and extra experience to refine research skills and strategies.  Students will also have the opportunity of seeking guidance from specialized librarians in navigating resources pertaining to and originating from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.

The SRS is an extensive service that provides access to a wide range of materials that center on and come from: Russia, the Former Soviet Union, Czech and Slovak Republics, Former Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. The International & Area Studies Library, where the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian reference collection is housed, contains work stations for readers, research technologies, a collection of authoritative reference works, and provides unlimited access to one of the largest collections for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies in North America.

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

Italian Coversation Group
Italian Conversation Group meets Wednesdays during spring semester, except for the Wednesday of spring break, March 20-24. All levels are welcome! 5:30-6:30 pm. Espresso Royale, 1117 W. Oregon St., Urbana. Contact Keren Garcia.

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 23rd.  
 

If you would like to announce your Spring 2017 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.