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Fall 2015
Oct 26-30

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EUC Welcomes New Associate Director Maxime Larivé

Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Related Events

Social Media Highlights  Announcements
  Welcome Maxime! 

 

Welcome Maxime!

 

 

 

EUC Welcomes New Associate Director, Maxime Larivé

We are very happy to announce that the European Union Center is welcoming Dr. Maxime H. A. Larivé as Associate Director of the European Union Center, starting October 26, 2015. Maxime comes very well qualified for the position, and we look forward to working with him to continue furthering our mission in research, academic programming, and public engagement relating to the EU, Europe, and Transatlantic Relations. Maxime can be reached at mlarive@illinois.edu.

Prior to joining the University of Illinois, Dr. Larivé held a position as Research Associate at the European Union Center at the University of Miami and worked as an International Expert in Education for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2013-15). He was also a Consultant for the European Commission/PPMI serving as country expert for the U.S. on a global project studying the public perception of the EU in several strategic countries.  Maxime holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Miami, an M.A. degree in Political Science from Suffolk University, and a Maitrise in History and Geography from University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France). He has completed a Jean Monnet Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the EU Center of Excellence at the University of Miami. His main areas of research include European security and defense, transatlantic relations, energy security and trade relations between the EU and the US. Dr. Larivé’s publications include Debating European Security and Defense Policy. Understanding the Complexity (Ashgate, 2014), articles in European Security, The National Interest, and World Politics Review, and chapters in edited volumes.

  Events This Week 

Info Session

 

Tue, Oct 27

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

Lecture

 

Th, Oct 29

12pm

 

101 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St, Champaign

 

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Swedes and “Swedes”: Political Culture and Nationality in the Swedish-Caribbean Colony of St. Barthelemy, 1800-1825 

Speaker: Ale Palsson, Ph.D. student at the Centre for Maritime Studies and Department of History at Stockholm University

 

Speaker bio and abstract

 

Organized by the Center for Latin American and Carribean Studies. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center

Symposium

 

Th, Oct 29

 3-6pm

 

Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S Mathews Ave, Urbana

 

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Pasolini across the Media Symposium 

"Pasolini across the Media” is a symposium about the Italian intellectual Pasolini, on the 40th anniversary of his death. Italian and American scholars will conduct a comparative analysis of Pasolini’s poetic language, comparing and contrasting how he translated his distinctive themes and tropes into language, images, and sounds across different media. The symposium will discuss the problems of translations that characterized Pasolini's work from his experiments in the representation of Medieval and ancient texts in films, to his interest in India, Africa and subaltern subjects.

Organized by the Department of French and Italian. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center

 

Former MEP to Speak on Campus

 

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 for Mr. Michael McGowan’s visit is also provided by the European Parliament Former Members Association through its "EP to Campus” programme, which is in part sponsored by CANDRIAM. 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.

The roundtable and Mr. McGowan's visit are organized by the European Union Center. Generous support for Mr. Michael McGowan’s visit is also provided by the European Parliament Former Members Association through its "EP to Campus” programme, which is in part sponsored by CANDRIAM. The Q&A session is co-sponsored by the Illinois International Programs.

    Upcoming Events

REEEC Lecture

 

Tue, Nov 3

12pm

 

101 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth 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

MGS Lecture

 

Tue, Nov 3

12:30pm

 

1165 Blair Hall, Eastern Illinois University

 

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Religious Tolerance and Cultural Diversity in the Mediterranean Region

Speaker: Dr. Pavlos Kavouras, Professor and Head, Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; Alexander S. Onassis Foundation Visiting Professor, Modern Greek Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Speaker bio and abstract.

 

Sponsored by the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation Seminars Program, the Program in Modern Greek Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Eastern Illinois University Redden Foundation, the Eastern Illinois University Sociology/Anthropology Department, and the European Union Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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.

MGS Lecture

 

Wed, Nov 4

4pm

 

Room 209, Illini Union, 1401 W Green St, Urbana

 

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Video-Life Stories of Migrants in Greece

Speaker: Dr. Pavlos Kavouras, Professor and Head, Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; Alexander S. Onassis Foundation Visiting Professor, Modern Greek Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Speaker bio and abstract.

 

Sponsored by the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation Seminars Program, the Program in Modern Greek Studies, the Department of Anthropology, the School of Music, the European Union Center, the Russian East European and Eurasian Center, the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for Global Studies, the Department of Linguistics, the Department of The Classics, and the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics.

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 

EUC Lecture Series

 

Mon, Nov 9

12pm

 

Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Language Building

 

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Angela Merkel: A Pastor’s Daughter in a “Difficult Fatherland” -- Reconciling East and West German Identities

Speaker: Joyce Mushaben, University of Missouri - St. Louis, Curators' Professor and Research Fellow in the Center for International Studies

 

Speaker bio and abstract.

 

Sponsored by the European Union Center

REEEC Lecture

 

Tue, Nov 10

12pm

 

101 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St, Champaign

 

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Bulgarian-Russian Trade Relations in the Post-Socialist Period

Speaker: Paskal Zhelev, Chief Assistant Professor, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria; Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the 2015 fall semester

 

Speaker bio and abstract.

 

Sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center

CAS Brown Bag

 

Wed, Nov 11

12pm

 

101 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St, Champaign

 

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Boubacar Boris Diop’s Le temps de Tamango: Pillaging ‘Fortress Europe'

Speaker: Professor Felisa V. Reynolds, Department of French and Italian, University of Illinois

 

Sponsored by the Center for African Studies. Co-sponsored by the European Union Cente

    Related Events

Information Sessions

 

Oct 29 - Oct 30, 514 Illini Union Bookstore

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

 

Studying a less-commonly-taught language? Seeking linguistic and cultural immersion? Boren Undergraduate Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for freshman through seniors to study language and culture in non-Western regions critical to US interests. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

 

Thu, Oct 29, 3.30pm: Information Session and discussion with former Boren Scholar

 

Fri, Oct 30, 3.30pm: Workshop on how to craft a competitive Boren Application

 

Campus deadline is January 19, 2016. 

 

For more information on Boren Awards preferred languages and countries visit the website. For more information on the scholarship click here.

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:

 

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 Meeting

Spain

Tue Oct 29  • 4pm  • 1060 Lincoln Hall

 

United Kingdom & Ireland (Featrued Program: Manchester)

Thu Nov 5  • 4pm  • 1064 Lincoln Hall

 

Sponsored by Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange

    EUC Social Media
 Social Media Highlights
 
"North of the Northern Lights: Exploring the Crocker Land Arctic Expedition 1913–1917" is a current exhibit at the Spurlock Museum that is co-sponsored by the European Union Center. Rachel Johannigmeier, GA at the European Union Center, visited the exhibition and describes her experience. 
 
As always, we invite you to join the conversation by leaving comments and sharing posts/tweets with others! Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook
 

  Announcements

 Fellowships & Scholarships
CIC/Smithsonian Institution Fellowship
Deadline: December 1
The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) invite fellowship applications for one-year fellowships to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities. This listing has information on all the different SI sites offering affiliations. Fellowships carry a stipend of $32,700 and additional fringe benefits. All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible. These fields include art history, astrophysics, conservation studies, world area studies, and many more.
For more information please visit the website

UCIS (Univ.of Pittsburgh) Postdoctoral Fellowships in Russian & EE Studies 
Deadline: December 10
The University of Pittsburgh is offering two postdoctoral fellowships—one in the arts and humanities, and one in the social sciences and professional disciplines—to begin in September 2016 for scholars whose work focuses on Russia, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet regions of Eurasia. These fellowships are designed to offer junior scholars the time, space, and financial support necessary to produce significant scholarship early in their careers while simultaneously building their teaching records. 
For more information please visit the website

The Mellon-CES (Council on European Studies) Dissertation Completion Fellowships, targeted at late-stage humanities graduate students working on Europe 
Deadline: January 26, 2016
For more information please visit the website
 
CES (Council on European Studies) Pre-Dissertation Fellowships, which support early-stage graduate students in both the social sciences and humanities, provide funding for up to two months of travel and research in Europe to strengthen dissertation projects.
Deadline: January 16, 2016
For more information please visit the website
 
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a fully-funded scholarship opportunity funded by the US and German governments, is currently accepting applications from students. 
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a year-long fellowship that gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to study and work in Germany. CBYX is open to students in all fields of study and at all levels of study, including graduating students who can participate after receiving their degrees. Prior German langugae knowledge is not required. Students in the fields of agriculture, business, STEM, and vocational fields are especially encouraged to apply!
The CBYX program annually provides up to 75 participants with two months intensive German language training, one semester of study at a German university, homestays with German host families, and much more.
Deadline (for the 2016-2017 program): December 1, 2015
For more information and online application please visit the website 
 

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

 

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

Deadline: November 1, 2015

For more information about the fellowship, please see the website

New Spring 2016 Course!
BASQ 402 Love, War & Memory: Basque Contemporary Fiction
CRN: 43827
TR 12:30-1:50pm
Instructor: Estibalitz Ezkerra
 
The course will explore how contemporary Basque literature and film have approached the tumultuous political and social reality of the Basque Country from the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and the subsequent Francoist dictatorship (1939-1975) to this date. This course will pay special attention to questions of identity, gender, violence, memory, and trauma in order to shed light on the complicated and complex nature of the conflict involving the Basque and Spain that is now undergoing a peace process under European and international supervision. 
 
Some of the possible literary works that will be analyzed in class are Ramon Saizarbitoria’s 100 meter (1976), Arantxa Urretabizkaia’s The Red Notebook (1998), Bernardo Atxaga’s The Accordionist’s Son (2003) and Anjel Lertxundi’s Perfect Happiness (2002). Students will read the texts in English translation. No prior knowledge of Basque or Spanish is required.
 
This course may be of interest to students who are pursuing studies on and/or are interested in European literatures and histories, ethnic minorities, nationalism, postcolonial studies, gender studies, memory and trauma, and violence.
 
For any questions please contact the instructor.
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. 
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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