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Fall 2015
Oct 19-23

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  Events This Week 

Lecture

 

Mon, Oct 19
5pm

1060 Lincoln Hall, 702 S Wright St, Urbana

 

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Lives of the Great Languages: Cosmopolitan Language Systems in the Mediterranean

Speaker: Karla Mallette, Professor of Italian and Near Eastern Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literature at University of Michigan at Ann Arbor


Speaker bio and abstract

 

Sponsored by the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, the European Union Center, the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center; Department of French and Italian, the Program in Medieval Studies, the Program in Comparative and World Literature, theDepartment of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Modern Greek Studies,  and the Department of History

 

 

Dialogue on Europe Videoconference Series 

 

Tue, Oct 20
11am


507 E Green St.,

Room 411, Champaign

 

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Europe’s Jews: Past, Present, Future?

Panelists:

Gunther Jikeli, Indiana University, author of Muslim Antisemitism in Europe
Andrew Srulevitch, Director of European Affairs and Assistant Director of International Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League

Ben Judah, author and journalist, who has written on Britain’s Jews for Politico and Tablet
David Weinberg, Professor Emeritus, Wayne State University and author of Recovering a Voice: West European Jewish Communities after the Holocaust

By all accounts, the number of anti-Semitic incidences—including violent attacks on synagogues, businesses and individuals—has reached a postwar high across Europe. Official responses and those of community leaders have varied, as have explanations. Some point to the re-emergence of age-old European attitudes or populist political parties while others suggest a link to Europe’s changing demographic or a reflection of the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This Conversation will explore the current situation of Jewish communities in light of Europe’s past and with a view toward the future.

Organized by the European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Co-sponsored by the European Union Centers at the University of Illinois and Florida International University/University of Miami

 Less Commonly Taught Language Film Series

 

Wed, Oct 21

6pm

 

Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 

707 S Mathews Ave., Urbana

 

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"Do Not Forget Me Istanbul" 

This Greek/Turkish anthology film consists of six short films by six directors that have been successful in the international arena. They come together to remind viewers that Istanbul's history does not belong only to the people of Turkey. Each of these short films is 15 minutes long, and the stories are from the directors' own lives or about the lives of others. Bosnian player Alma, middle-aged couple Dragan and Ana, Vangelis, Martha and Armenak. They all have different reasons for being in Istanbul. The city's cosmopolitan history brings these people together.

All films are shown with English subtitles

Organized by the Department of Linguistics, Less Commonly Taught Languages Program. Co-sponsored by the Modern Greek Studies Program and the European Union Center. 

    Upcoming Events

Info Session

 

Mon, Oct 26

12pm

 

101 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St, Champaign

 

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FLAS Departmental Info Session

This info session is targeted for departmental staff (primarily but not exclusively for Directors of Graduate Studies). You will have the opportunity to meet the FLAS Fellowship coordinators from each area studies center and to ask any questions about the FLAS fellowship program that may be specific to your department.
 
We encourage you or a Department Representative to attend.  While we will be fielding a majority of the questions, we feel it’s very important for the Departments to be informed as well.  If you are unable to attend, please take a moment to visit the FLAS web site for more information.
 
The next FLAS Departmental Info Session will be held on November 2, 2015.

Annual Mortenson Center Distinguished Lecture

Tue, Oct 27

4pm

 

126 GSLIS, 501 E Daniel St, Champaign

 

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Right to Accessible Information for Global Citizenship: UNESCO’s Programme for Persons with Disabilities

Speaker: Dr. Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, Programme Specialist, Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO

 

 

Organized by the Mortensen Center

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center and the Center for Global Studies

Q&A Session

 

Th, Oct 29

4:30pm

 

1065 Lincoln Hall, 702 S Wright St., Urbana

 

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Former MEP (Member of the European Parliament) to Speak on Campus

Speaker: Michael McGowan, former MEP (Member of the European Parliament) and British Journalist

European Union Center would like to invite you to a question and answer session with former European Parliament Member Michael McGowan on Thursday, October 29. The event will take place in 1065 Lincoln Hall at 4:30pm and free pizza will be provided. Mr. McGowan will give a brief introduction to the EU, discuss current events such as the refugee crisis, and then take questions on any topics relating to the EU or his work as a journalist.

Former MEP Michael McGowan of the UK was the president of the Committee on Development and Cooperation, and is an expert on the international relations of the European Union. He is also a former journalist and broadcaster with BBC television and radio. 

Mr. McGowan's visit is organized by the European Union Center. Generous support is also provided by the European Parliament Former Members Association through its "EP to Campus" program. The Q&A session is co-sponsored by the Illinois International Programs. 

Roundtable Discussion

 

Fri, Oct 30

3pm

 

Illini Union, Room 407, 

1401 West Green Street Urbana

 

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Testing the limits of the EU: Greece, the Economy, and Refugee Crises

 

Speakers:

Stefanos Katsikas, Director of Modern Greek Studies; School of Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics (SLCL), University of Illinois
Benjamin Lough, Social Work, University of Illinois
Michael McGowan, Former MEP (Member of the European Parliament) and British Journalist
Kolja Raube, Visiting Scholar, European Union Center, University of Illinois; Centre for European Studies, Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU-Leuven
Marina Terkourafi, Linguistics, University of Illinois


Moderator: Anna Westerstahl Stenport, Director of the European Union Center, Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois

 

Reception will follow.

 

Organized by the European Union Center.

REEEC Lecture

 

Tue, Nov 3

12pm

 

101 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifht St, Champaign

 

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The Political Prisoner as a Global Figure

 

Speaker: Padraic Kenney, Professor of History and International Studies, Indiana University

 

Speaker bio and abctract 

 

Sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center

EUC Movie Night

 

Tue, Nov 3

6pm

 

Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 

707 S Mathews Ave., Urbana

 

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Eurochannel Shorts: My Dear Family - The First Day of the Rest of Your Life 

 

The Eurochannel Short Films Tour is back for its seventh edition, with a special programming theme: the European family. For the second time this semester, the European Union Center will present the Films Tour. 
The Eurochannel Short Films Tour has been a successful Eurochannel trademark for the last seven years. A unique event, the tour invites viewers to follow talented directors on an exciting exploration of Europe through short films: with the directors as guides, viewers discover fascinating cultures through the eyes of a filmmaker. Almost every European country and region is represented in this edition of the Eurochannel Short Films Tour - each of whose film is broadcast in its original language and subtitled in English - which is an example of the program’s creativity and dynamism. 
 
Family and their contributions to European and world’s society in all its aspects is the complex and diverse inspiration for this edition of the Eurochannel Short Films Tour. Family is one of the domains where the greatest changes have taken place over generations since the beginning of history. It has been the core of European society and the vital energy that moves countries and changes almost every aspect of life, from economics, to politics, to arts. This Eurochannel Shorts edition will capture this familiar spirit with stories about families, their challenges and greatest accomplishments.
For more information, please visit the Eurochannel website.

Jupiter String Quartet

 

Wed, Nov 4

7:30pm

 

Smith Memorial Room, 805 S Matthews Ave, Urbana

 

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Jupiter String Quartet Presents the Complete String Quartets of Béla Bartók: Bartók Cycle Concert 1

Performance and lecture by the Jupiter String Quartet with William Kinderman

 

The Jupiter String Quartet (JSQ) will present the Bartók Cycle around campus in conjunction with lectures and discussions led by Illinois scholars at the School of Music. The JSQ will perform Quartet #2 and #4.  After the lecture, performance and discussion will follow

 

Co-sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, the European Union Center, and the School of Music

Lecture

 

Thu, Nov 5

4pm

 

Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 

707 S Mathews Ave., Urbana

 

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Cine inmobilario: The Politics and Place of Home in Movies of the Spanish Boom and Bust

Speaker: Dr. Matthew J. Marr, University of Virginia, specialist on Spanish Cinema

 

This public lecture will explore specific topics relating to Spanish Cinema.

 

Organized by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center

GlobalFest 2015

 

Sat, Nov 7

8:30am

 

Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Road, Oswego, Illinois 60543

 

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GlobalFest 2015: A Celebration of World Languages and Cultures

GlobalFest is a celebration of world languages and culture, where participants immerse themselves into authentic world cultural experiences, languages and competitions. Middle and secondary school students make new forward thinking connections useful in our global society. GlobalFest ist Inninois' largest multicultural and globally-themed event for middle and high school students. 

For more information and registration, please visit the website.

Jupiter String Quartet

 

Sat, Nov 7

2pm

 

Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E Peabody Ave, Champaign

 

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The Jupiter String Quarter Presents the Complete String Quartets of Béla Bartók: Bartók Cycle Concert 2

Performance and lecture by the Jupiter String Quartet with Stephen Taylor

The Jupiter String Quartet (JSQ) will present the Bartók Cycle around campus in conjunction with lectures and discussions led by Illinois scholars at the School of Music. The JSQ will perform Quartet #3 and #6. After lecture, performance and discussion will follow.

Co-sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, the European Union Center, and the School of Music

 

Jupiter String Quartet

 

Sun, Nov 8

2pm

 

Spurlock Auditorium - Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana

 

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The Jupiter String Quartet Presents the Complete String Quartets of Béla Bartók: Bartók Cycle Concert 3 

Performance and lecture by the Jupiter String Quartet with Donna Buchanan

The Jupiter String Quartet (JSQ) will present the Bartók Cycle around campus in conjunction with lectures and discussions led by Illinois scholars at the School of Music. The JSQ will perform Quartet #1 and #5. 

Co-sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, the European Union Center, and the School of Music 

    Related Events

Hebrew & Yiddish Film Series

Yiddish and Hebrew Film Series

 

The Program in Jewish Culture and Society presents a new Yiddish and Hebrew Film Series in Fall 2015. Opening a porthole into the diversity of Jewish culture, these films portray both straight and queer romance and sexuality complicated by immigration, conflict, poverty, and the break from religious tradition. The film series is free and open to the public, and all films will be shown with English subtitles.

 

Films to be shown:

 

Like a Fish Out of Water (Hebrew and Spanish, 2006, 52 min)

Tue Oct 20 • 7pm • 147 Armory Building, 505 E Armory, Champaign

 

Out in the Dark (Hebrew and Arabic, 2012, 96 min)

Thur Nov 5 • 7pm • 147 Armory Building, 505 E Armory, Champaign

 

Felix and Meira (Yiddish and French, 2014, 105 min)

Wed Nov 11 • 5pm • 109 English Building, 608 S Wright St, Urbana

 

Yiddle With His Fiddle (Yiddish, 1936, 92 min)

Wed Dec 2 • 5pm • 109 English Building, 608 S Wright St, Urbana

Study Abroad Info Meetings 

 

 

Spain

Tue, Oct 20 • 4pm • 1060 Lincoln Hall

 

Mainland Europe

Tue, Oct 20 • 4pm • 1020 Lincoln Hall

 



Engineering in Spain & South America

Wed, Oct 21 • 7pm • 106B8 Engineering Hall

 

United Kingdom & Ireland

Thu, Oct 22 • 4pm • 1064 Lincoln Hall

 

First Steps Info Meeting

Fri, Oct 23 • 2pm • 101 International Studies Building

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  Announcements

Internship Opportunity

Internships at the EP Office in Washington DC 

The European Parliament Liaison Office (EPLO) is launching its spring round of internships designed for US citizens who have completed their bachelor degree which will take place Monday January18th – April 15th, 2016 in its Washington D.C. Office with a possible extension in Brussels and Strasbourg. The internship program is expanding and from January EPLO will host 6 interns as opposed to 4 in the current scheme.
Deadline to submit applications: November 15th, 2015 at midnight (Eastern time)
 
For more application information please visit the website. 
Fellowships

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Application deadline: November 1, 2015

 

Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Full eligibility requirements can be found here

 

For more information about the fellowship, please see the website

Call for Applications

The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies is soliciting applications for its next fellowship competition. The program offers up to one year of research support at the Freie Universität Berlin. It is open to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on German and European history since the mid-18th century. Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research as well as postdoctoral research.

 

Application Receipt Deadline: December 1, 2015

 

For more information please visit the website.

Call for Applications

Call for Applications for Fellowships and Workshops 2016/17 at POLIN Museum 

 

The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland, established an international fellowship program for doctoral candidates and postdocs. The goal is to support the scholarship on the Jewish history and culture in the territories of the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth and its successor states and new cohort of scholars expert in this field. Applications for 2016/17 should be submitted by November 30, 2015.

 

The POLIN Museum also invites individuals and institutions to propose three-day research workshops to be held at POLIN Museum on topics related to the history and culture of Polish Jews, including new perspectives on public history, museums, and cultural memory. Applications for workshops should be submitted by December 20, 2015.

 

For more information on applications and proposal submissions please email.

Call for Papers

2016 Conference: "Rethinking Europe in Intellectual History"
Application Deadline: Jan 15, 2016
Rethymnon Campus, University of Crete • May 3-5, 2016
For more detailed information for proposal submission, please visit the website.

 Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours

Melanzana: Italian Conversation Table: meets every Monday at Espresso Royale on Goodwin at 7 p.m. All levels are welcome!

The Pause Café French Conversation: meets every Thursday at Espresso Royale on Goodwin at 5.30 p.m. All levels are welcome!

 

Arabic Language Table: meets every Thursday at 4pm in Room 133 at 1207 W. Oregon (Latino/Latina Conference Room). The Arabic Conversation Table is an important and weekly activity, and a fun opportunity for students to practice and enhance their listening and speaking skills and to interact with native speakers of Arabic.

 

Modern Greek Conversation Table: meets every Thursday at 4 p.m. at Espresso Royale on Oregon. 

Swedish Conversation Group: meets every Wednesday at 2pm in Philippson Library, 3114 Foreign Languages Building. Coffee is provided and students currently enrolled in Swedish will get extra credit.

 

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Conversation Table: meets every second Wedneday at Espresso Royale on Orgeon and Goodwin at 4:30 p.m. All levels are welcome!

 

If you would like to announce your Fall 2015 conversation tables & coffee hours, please send the information to Sebnem Ozkan.

 

Contact

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