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EUROPEAN UNION CENTER
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Spring 2017
Mar 6-10

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Events This Week

 

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.

Lecture

Tue, March 7 | 4 pm  
 
Gregory Hall, Rm 100
810 S Wright

The United Nations in its 8th Decade: Constructing a Balance Sheet

Speaker: Paul F. Diehl, Associate Provost, Ashbel Smith Professor of Political Science, and Director for Teaching and Learning, University of Texas-Dallas
 
Abstract: This talk will look at one of the key institutions in global governance, the UN. The talk presents four different considerations or ways to consider the success or failures of the UN, as well as the limitations of each approach.

Speaker Bio: Paul F. Diehl is Associate Provost, Ashbel Smith Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Texas-Dallas.  Previously, He was Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science at UIUC.  He served as President of the International Studies Association for the 2015-16 term.  His areas of expertise include the causes of war, UN peacekeeping, and international law.

Organized by The Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS). 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

 

REEEC New Directions Lecture

Thu, Mar 9 | 4 pm

International Studies Building, Rm 101, 910 S Fifth

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Farewell to Globalization: Varieties of National Control over Payment Card Markets in Post-Communist Countries and the Rest of Europe

Speaker: Akos Rona-Tas, Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, University of California, San Diego
 
Abstract: Against the expectation that in a global world a few multinational credit and debit cards will dominate, payment card markets show surprising national variation. In countries like Hungary or the Czech Republic, banks issue no domestic credit or debit cards. In China, Denmark and Belarus, domestic cards dominate (UnionPay, Dankort and Belcart, respectively). In Russia, there is a mix of domestic and international cards, but the government wants to marginalize Visa and MasterCard in favor of a new national card. The Single Euro Payment Area is working on its own payment card scheme. As states recognize that electronic payment is a source of information on the economy and citizens, they are less and less willing to hand control to US-based multinationals over money and people.

Speaker Bio: Akos Rona-Tas (Ph.D. University of Michigan) is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology (University of California, San Diego). He is the author of the books Plastic Money, Constructing Markets for Credit Cards in Eight Postcommunist Countries (with Alya Guseva), and Great Surprise of the Small Transformation: Demise of Communism and Rise of the Private Sector in Hungary.  His current research is on credit, risk analysis and the role of scientific uncertainty in policy making.

Organized by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEC); co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies (CGS) and the European Union Center (EUC)

Illinois Graduate Science and Technology Studies (STS) Workshop

Fri, Mar 10 - Sat, Mar 11

 

Interdisciplinary Encounters
Graduate Science + Technology Studies Workshop @ UIUC
March 10-11, 2017 || Workshops + Panels + Humanities Data Praxis

Registration is open for the Interdisciplinary Encounters - Graduate Science + Technology Studies Workshop @ UIUC. The event will be held March 10-11, 2017 on the campus of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and will be hosted by the Learning to See Systems INTERSECT group of the Graduate College.  

We will unite scholars from across disciplines and regional locales whose work connects with STS, digital studies, media studies, communication, information sciences, informatics and design for a two-day workshop addressing diverse themes in the social making of facts, social histories of media and technology, user networks in practice, visual cultures and interactive technologies. The event will feature:
- Jenny Reardon, director of The Science and Justice Research Center at the University of California – Santa Cruz
- Max Liboiron, founder of the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), a feminist marine biology and technology lab at Memorial University in Newfoundland
- Scavenging and Citizen Science Workshops with CLEAR
- Humanities Data Praxis Workshop hosted by the Scholarly Commons

Registration is free, but limited to the first 60 registrants, so sign up today! For more information and to register, please visit the website: http://seeingsystems.illinois.edu/
 
If you have any questions, please contact organizers at seeingsystemsuiuc@gmail.com.
 
Sincerely,
Anita Say Chan, Media + Cinema Studies Department, UIUC
Interdisciplinary Encounters 2017 Organizing Committee
 
Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

 

 

  Upcoming Events

 

Mark your calendars for the
15th Annual EU DAY!

Wed, Mar 15

10 am - State of the EU Keynote Address

Reception to follow

Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom, 601, S Lincoln Ave

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15th ANNUAL EU DAY

State of the European Union Keynote Address: His Excellency David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States

The European Union Center is pleased to announce its 15th annual European Union Day on March 15, 2017. 

European Union Day at the University of Illinois is a celebration of transatlantic relations and strives to promote a better understanding between the peoples of the United States and the European Union. The highlight of the celebration is the “State of the European Union Address.”

This year, the annual “State of the European Union” address will be delivered by HIs Excellency David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States.

EU Day is open to the public and provides our citizens with the opportunity to learn about the importance of the European Union to the United States and its role in promoting international relations. Invited guests and dignitaries will include members of the Diplomatic Corps from Washington, DC, members of the Consular Corps from Chicago, business leaders, state and local government officials, and faculty and students from universities and high schools throughout Illinois.

Learn more by visiting the event website.

 

 
Related Events

 

Chai Wai* Series

Thu, March 9 | 2-3:30 pm

Internatioanl and Area Studies Library
321 Main Library

Global Health in Sierra Leone:
A look at how "grand challenge work" can benefit from interdisciplinary academic cooperation

Please join us at the International and Area Studies Library next Thursday, March 9th from 2- 3:30pm for our second Chai Wai* of the Spring Semester!
A long standing partnership between the University of Illinois and Njala University in Sierra Leone has shifted its focus in recent years from agri-business to emphasize themes of global health.  This Chai Wai presentation will bring together researchers who have recently traveled to Sierra Leone to talk about their experiences and research related to mental healthcare, gender disparities, the Global Health Initiative and library support for all of these efforts. Please join us for "tea and something".
 
Speakers:
Erin Kerby, Veterinary Medicine Librarian
Kenny Long, Department of Bioengineering
Jessie Fitts, Graduate in the Department of Psychology
Alli LaHood, Undergraduate in the Department of Bioengineering

Co-sponsored by University Library; International and Area Studies Library; Center for Global Studies
 
*Chai Wai, Hindi for "tea or something like that", is the name of our event series at the International and Area Studies Library at UIUC. Chai Wai Events give the campus community an opportunity for enlightened conversation on important global issues.

 REEEC Noontime Lecture

Tue. Mar 14 | 12 pm
 
International Studies Building, Rom 101, 910 S. Fifth St.
 
 
 

Incongruent Implementation of Human Rights-Based Policy in the Post-Soviet Region

Speaker: Laura Dean, Assistant Professor of History and Political Science, Millikin University

For talk abstract and speaker bio, please visit here
 
Organized by the Russian, East European, and Eurasina Center (REEEC).

   

 

EUC Social Media Highlight

 

 Social Media Highlight

Black Lives Matter: The Movement in Europe
 
Did you know that you can find archived videos from the Conversations on Europe: Videoconference Series on the EUC Blog? Watch the latest in the series on "Black Lives Matter: The movement in Europe" 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!
 
 

 

  Announcements

 

Volunteers wanted
to test out a
new online course!

EURO 596: EU for Professionals 

EURO 596 – EU for Professionals Beta Test

Part of Term B, 03/13/17-05/08/17

The EU Center is looking for volunteers to test out a new online course, EURO 596: The European Union for Professionals. This eight-week asynchronous online course is intended to serve as an introduction to the European Union, with a particular focus on providing its students with enough information to allow them to competitively apply for European Union grants and funding opportunities. This course is intended for (aspiring) working professionals in the private business, education, media, non-profit, and think-tank sectors. The first forty students to apply will be enrolled in the course. Please note that this course will not be offered for student or continuing education credit at this time. More information, including the online application, can be found at the course’s webpage. If you have any questions, please contact the course instructor, Dr. Neil Vander Most, at vanderm1@illinois.edu.

Book Sale

Foreign Language Book Sale at the Illini Union Bookstore
from March 1st through March 17th | 809 S Wright

Open early and late every day!

There will be hundreds of titles to choose from, all marked down 50%. The sale will be on the Main Level of the Illini Union Bookstore.

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.

For more information and to apply, visit here. 

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

Online application and pay form is available here.  

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 March 9.  
 

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.