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|Spring 2011||March 28 - April 1|
New Francophonies and Colonial Languages Conference
CAS MillerCom presentation: Thursday, April 7
Linguistics panel: Friday, April 8
Literature invited panel: Saturday, April 9
Abstract: Francophonie implies language and literature produced in historical times and places in the French-speaking world. This conference will bridge disciplinary boundaries to find points of interface between genres, disciplines, and research paradigms in francophone studies.
Albert Valdman, Indiana University
Sylvie Dubois, Louisiana State University
Françoise Lionnet, University of California at Los Angeles
Invited Panel Speakers:
Anna Maria Escobar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cécile Vigouroux, Simon Fraser University
Rakesh M. Bhatt, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Clancy Clements, Indiana University
Siobhan Shilton, Bristol University (UK)
Dominique Combe, Ecole Nationale Supérieure (Paris, France)
James House, Leeds University (UK)
Thomas Hale, Pennsylvania State University
The event is free for UIUC students and faculty. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center.
Trade Unions in the European Union: Confronting Challenges of Diversity (EU Center Lecture Series, Spring 2011)
Speaker: Monica Bielski Boris (Assistant Professor of Labor and Employment Relations)
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana
Free and open to the public. Lunch provided, bring your own beverage. Please RSVP to Kim Rice at email@example.com or (217)265-7515.
Current Issues in EU Governance: A Working Conference for Regional College Faculty
Location: DePaul University School of Public Service,
Richard and Maggie Daley Building, Suite 1600 (16th Floor)
14 E. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago
This conference will bring together regional college faculty with the aim of increasing research on and teaching of the European Union at universities and four-year and two-year colleges in Illinois and the Midwest. It will facilitate the building of a dynamic network for regional educators with interests in EU studies. The conference will include panel discussions in which participants can present their research on the EU, as well as sessions on effective teaching of EU-related subjects.
Co-organized by the European Union Center and DePaul University.
Film Screening: "No Country for Our Time?"
Time: 4 PM
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews
Abstract: The documentary deals with the overall phenomenon of Jugonostalgija and the question of how people deal with their memories to a country that no longer exists. You can read more about the documentary here.
* Producer Daniela Mehler will be on hand for discussion.
Co-sponsored by the European Union Center and the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center.
Third Annual EBI Biofuels Law and Regulation Conference: Exploring Cutting Edge Legal Issues at the Nexus of Bioenergy
A day-long conference bringing together the field’s leading experts to explore the challenges in creating a bioenergy-based future.
Free but registration is required.
Sponsored by the Energy Biosciences Institute; Institute for Genomic Biology; and the European Union Center
|Related Events||March 29
Film Screening: Dreams in Another Language
Time: 5 - 7 PM
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Speaker: Professor Mary Kalantzis, Dean, College of Education; Lucia Rikaki, Film Director
Contact: Dr. Marina Terkourafi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsor: Program in Modern Greek Studies
Cost: Free and open to the public
Abstract: This documentary focuses on co-existence and acceptance in the multi-cultural environment of the Faneromeni School in Cyprus. Immediately after the film, Prof. Mary Kalantzis, Dean of the School of Education, will lead a discussion. The director will participate in the discussion via Skype. Visit the film website
Mar 29 - Apr 1
Scholarship Information Session for Freshmen and Sophomores
Location: Room 514, Campus Center for Advising and Academic Services (Fifth Floor of the Illini Union Bookstore), 807 South Wright Street
Contact: David Schug at email@example.com or 217-333-4710
Abstract: The National and International Scholarships Program will be conducting informational meetings for students who are interested in obtaining scholarships for the pursuit of graduate studies or research at world-class institutions. Sessions will begin with an overview of the scholarships available (including Beinecke, Churchill, Fulbright, Gates Cambridge, George Mitchell, Goldwater, Luce Scholars, Marshall, Rhodes, and Truman). First and second year students should plan to attend one the first ten meetings regarding strengthening a student’s candidacy for these opportunities.
The following meetings (attend one only) are targeted generally towards freshmen and sophomores (those graduating after September 2012):
Tuesday, March 29 from 3:30-4:00, 4:00-4:30, 5:00-5:30, or 5:30-6:00
Wednesday, March 30 from 1:30-2:00 or 2:00-2:30
Thursday, March 31 from 1:30-2:00 or 2:00-2:30
Friday, April 1 from 3:30-4:00 or 4:00-4:30
Performing Salvation in Dante's Divine Comedy
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Room 346 Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana
Speaker: Albert Russell Ascoli, Italian Studies, University of California – Berkeley
Sponsor: Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
Cost: Free and open to the public
How to Kill Entrepreneurship: England before 1660, France before 1789, China before 1978, India before 1991, and the Lessons Learned
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Deloitte Auditorium, Business Instructional Faculty
Speaker: Deirdre N. McCloskey, UIC Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication
Sponsor: Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership
Abstract: Deirdre N. McCloskey will be speaking to students in BADM 446, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Formation, and BADM 395, Entrepreneurship: New Growth Ventures, on the societal environment that has allowed entrepreneurship to flourish. Some additional seating is available.
International Festival 2011
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Krannert Center, Lobby
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 217/333-6280
It’s a Festivale! Spring celebrations flow through the Lobby as it exudes the sights, sounds, and sensations of a street fair set in towns all around the world.
April 4 - 5
Interdisciplinary Research, Teaching, and Outreach for Global Safe Water: Improving Supply, Sanitation, and Management
Time: April 4 (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM) and April 5 (8:00 AM to 11:00 AM)
Location: 5602 Beckman Institute
Abstract: The need for clean water and improved sanitation systems is a common global theme, but localized influences (pathogens and chemical contamination, unreliable water supplies, competition for water, economic development, beliefs, political institutions and their boundaries) all contribute to a complex problem that demands interdisciplinary understanding and integrated solutions. A new globallocal perspective needs to incorporate a broader range of scientists and engineers, together with economists, sociologists, and political scientists in an integrated process. One goal of the workshop is to connect research, teaching, and outreach around the common theme of safe water. This event is part of a larger effort to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration on our campus.
The workshop will bring together numerous disciplines to address the challenges and potential solutions for globallocal safe water and sanitation needs. This workshop will seek to identify the major challenges/barriers to delivering safe water and sanitation and explore potential synergies between disciplines. Speakers in four themed sessions will be asked to make brief presentations on their respective areas and to help identify critical challenges and opportunities for the future. Subsequent interactive discussions will look to identify a common foundation of expertise and experience among the participants. The second day, the program will focus on student activities including undergraduate and graduate projects.
For more information contact: George Czapar, Illinois State Water Survey, email@example.com or Benito Mariñas, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no cost to attend the workshop, but registration is required.
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Annual Homer Jones Memorial Lecture: “Challenges for Monetary Policy in the EMU"
Time: 4 - 5 PM (Reception to follow)
Location: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Conference Center), One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza, Broadway and Locust Street, St. Louis, MO (Complimentary parking is available.)
Speaker: Axel Weber, president of the Deutsche Bundesbank and a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank.
Both the lecture and reception are free of charge, but you must register to attend. Seating is limited, so we recommend registering without delay. The registration deadline is April 8.
Professor Weber has been president of the Deutsche Bundesbank since April 2004 and, in this capacity, has also served as a member of the ECB's Governing Council. He is stepping down from these positions at the end of April. He will be a visiting professor at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business starting in June.
For more information, contact Denise Cain at 314-444-8567 or Denise.A.Cain@stls.frb.org
Registration Deadline: April 15
IFLIP Summer 2011
The School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is offering a unique learning opportunity in the form of the Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program (IFLIP) for Summer 2011.
Courses are held for two weeks, Monday through Friday, from Monday, May 16, through Friday, May 27, from 9 a.m.-noon or 5-8 p.m. They are taught by advanced graduate students or faculty.
Courses focus on conversational skills, travel preparation and language survival skills. There is minimal homework, no attendance policy, and no academic credit. Each class must have a minimum of 10 participants.
Classes that do not meet the minimum enrollment by April 15 are subject to cancellation. Registration fees will be refunded in full for classes cancelled due to limited enrollment. Instruction will be offered in the following languages from 9 a.m. to noon unless otherwise noted: Elementary Chinese, Elementary French (9 a.m.- noon and 5-8 p.m.), Intermediate French, Elementary German, Elementary Modern Greek (5-8 p.m.), Elementary Italian, Elementary Japanese, Elementary Portuguese, Elementary Russian, Elementary Spanish 9 a.m.- noon and 5-8 p.m.), Intermediate Spanish and Advanced Spanish.
Participants can self-place based on the following guidelines:
*Elementary - for those with no prior experience or formal training in the language. *Intermediate - for those with the equivalent of one year of college-level instruction in the language *Advanced - for those with the equivalent of two or more years of college-level instruction in the language.
The cost for U. of I. students is $100; for U. of I. faculty, staff, and retirees, $125; and for the public, $150. Payments must be made at the time of registration.
Cancellations after April 15 will be assessed a $25 fee. There will be no refunds after Monday, May 16.
For online registration and payment, please visit: http://www.slcl.illinois.edu/iflip/
For more information, contact SLCL@illinois.edu.
Scandinavian Film Night - Arn: The Knight Templar (Arn: Tempelriddaren)
Time: 7:00 - 9:30 PM
Location: 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge) Foreign Languages Bldg.
Director: Peter Flinth (2007)
Language: Swedish with English subtitles
Abstract: An epic tale of a Swedish Knight sent to the Holy Land who returns to help his family fight for the crown.
Sponsors: Scandinavian Club and the Germanic Languages and Literatures Department.
|Fellowships & Awards||Deadlines: March 30 and September 30, 2011
The Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship Programme
This program provides a framework for established academics with an international reputation to spend 3-10 months at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Fellows carry out their research in one of the Institute's four departments (Economics, History and Civilization, Law, and Political and Social Sciences). The monthly grant is €3000. Fellows should speak at least two EU languages, one of which should be English.
Deadline: April 4, 2011
The Maria Pia Gratton International Award
The Maria Pia Gratton International Award is awarded annually to an outstanding female graduate student from a country outside of the United States. Preference is given to a student who has had a limited opportunity to participate in international travel. This award provides a tuition waiver and a stipend of $10,000 to enable the student to have an academic and cultural experience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).
The Maria Pia Gratton International Award is funded in honor of the late Maria Pia Gratton. Those who knew Pia knew her to be a beautiful woman, a caring mother, a loving wife, a dependable co-worker, a true friend, a conscientious student, a patient teacher, and a daring traveler. This award continues Pia's memory with a living tribute to her life.
Please contact Jessica Sheets at email@example.com with questions.
Deadline: April 8, 2011
Fellowships for Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute in European Studies: "Violence Across the Mediterranean to Northern Europe: Theory and Practice"
(July 17 - 29, 2011)
The DAAD Center for German & European Studies at the University of Minnesota invites applications to the 11th Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute in European Studies (TASI). The Institute brings together 12 German or other European, and 12 North American advanced graduate students for an intensive two-week seminar on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
The 2011 topic is "Violence Across the Mediterranean to Northern Europe: Theory and Practice." The 2011 multi-disciplinary faculty leaders are Patricia Lorcin (History; University of Minnesota) and Aberrahmane Moussaoui (Anthropology; University of Provence, France). They will be joined by guest speaker Ruth Mandel (Anthropology; University College London, UK).
The Institute offers a diverse mix of seminar discussions of key readings, research presentations by guest faculty and fellows, and informal discussions of fellows' research projects. The international faculty team encourages applications from young scholars in the social sciences and humanities who are eager to situate their own projects at the intersection of the four main strands in the scholarly literature on violence.
All selected students will receive fellowships. A reading knowledge of French is required.
Deadline: June 20, 2011
New Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship Program
The Leibniz Association and DAAD are running a new international fellowship program. With the Leibniz DAAD Research Fellowship Program, up to 15 excellent international post-docs can conduct research for one year at one of the 87 Institutes of the Leibniz Association of their choice.
The Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship Program is open to qualified post-docs from all over the world who completed their doctorate not longer than two years ago.
Albert Einstein Fellowship
The Einstein Forum and the Daimler and Benz Foundation are offering a fellowship for outstanding young thinkers who wish to pursue a project in a different field from that of their previous research. The purpose of the fellowship is to support those who, in addition to producing extraordinary work in their area of specialization, are also open to other, interdisciplinary approaches – following the example set by Albert Einstein. The fellowship includes living accommodations for five to six months in the gardener`s cottage of Einstein`s own summerhouse in Caputh, Brandenburg, only a short distance away from the universities and academic institutions of Potsdam and Berlin. The fellow will receive a stipend of EUR 10,000 and reimbursement of travel expenses. Candidates must be under 35 and hold a university degree in the humanities, in the social sciences, or in the natural sciences.
Deadline: April 30, 2011
|Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours||Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Conversation Table
Espresso Royale on Goodwin and Oregon in Urbana
4:30 - 5:30 PM on every other Thursday
Bulgarian Association Conversation Table
Espresso Royale on Goodwin and Oregon in Urbana
Every Thursday from 6 to 7 PM
The Pause Café: French Conversation Hour
Espresso Royale on Goodwin and Nevada
5:30 - 7 PM every Thursday
All levels of French welcome and encouraged
Cosmo Coffee Hours @ the YMCA
Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 PM
Murphy Lounge, University YMCA
Free and open to everyone
At these informal gatherings, coffee, tea, and homemade ethnic desserts are served.
March 31: Polish
April 7: Pakistani
April 14: French
April 21: South Africa
April 28: Caribbean Countries