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|In this issue
|Events This Week|
Mon, Mar 7
Noyes Laboratory, Room 165, 505 S Mathews Ave, Urbana
|Engaging Race Relations in the US by Teaching the History of Blacks in Germany
Speaker: Kristin Kopp, Associate Professor of German Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia
Sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center
Thu, Mar 10
iHotel Illinois Ballroom, 1900 S First St, Champaign
Climate Change and Its Impact: Risks and Inequalities
Keynote speaker: Mrs Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and current UN Special Envoy for Climate Change
This lecture is part of a workshop on Climate Change and Its Impact: Risks and Inequalities at I Hotel and Conference Center, UIUC on March 10-11, 2016.
About the workshop:
Climate change is one of the most important and most pressing global challenges for the international community. The premise of this workshop is that climate change adaptation and mitigation policy must be technically viable as well as socially and culturally acceptable, economically reasonable, environmentally sustainable, and ethically justifiable. Thus climate change policy should draw on the technical expertise of scientists, engineers, architects and urban planners; the legal, cultural, political, environmental, and economic expertise of social scientists and legal scholars; and the ethical expertise of philosophers. Workshop participants come from these diverse disciplinary backgrounds. The overarching goal for the workshop is to develop a better understanding of the ways that climate change is affecting society by altering weather patterns, modifying the likelihoods and magnitudes of natural hazards, and exacerbating inequalities as well as creating new inequalities among individuals around the world.
You will need to register for the Lecture and/or the Workshop to attend these event(s). It is free for UIUC students, faculty and staff. $75 for non-UIUC.
Offices: Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost, Officer of the Vice-Chancellor for Research
Colleges and Schools: College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Law, Illinois International, School of Social Work
Departments: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Communication, Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, Department of Landscape Architecture, Deaprtment of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Centers, Institutes, and Programs: Arms Control, Domestic and International Security Program, CEE Societal Risk Management Program, Center for Advanced Study, Center for African Studies, Center for Business and Public Policy, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, European Union Center, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Illinois Program in Law and Philosophy, Lehmann Institute, MAE Center: Creating a Multi-hazard Approach to Engineering, Prairie Research Institute, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, Women & Gener and Global Perspectives
Foundations and Inititatives: ACDIS Focal Point on Climate Change, Inequality Initiative, Land Conservation Foundation, Scholarship of Sustainability Series, Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy
Thu, Mar 10
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana
Viking/Native Contact in Arctic America
Speaker: Patricia D. Sutherland, Northland Research, Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen
Sponsored by the Department of GLL Scandinavian Studies
Co-sponsored by the European Union Center
Thu, Mar 10
1022 Lincoln Hall, 702 S Wright St, Urbana
|From the Peloponnese to the Prairie: Greek Confectioners in Central Illinois 1800-1930
Speaker: Dr. Ann Beck, Eastern Illinois University
Dr. Beck is an independent scholar and third-generation confectioner in business with her sister at the original site of their grandfather’s store in central Illinois. Their story has been highlighted nationally in journals and other media, such as the “CBS Evening News,” local PBS programs, one of which was nominated for a regional Emmy award.
This research is a rural micro-history of first-generation Greeks to central Illinois focusing specifically on those involved in the confectionary trade. It utilizes a case study of her grandfather, Constantin “Gus” Flesor, a Greek migrant who settled in Tuscola, Illinois. His journey reflects elements of the migration experience of more than 160 such Greek migrant confectioners in central Illinois. Issues of settlement, Americanization, resistance and identity are woven throughout the narrative.
Sponsored by Modern Greek Studies. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center
| Upcoming Events
Mon, Mar 14
Room 242, College of Education, 1310 S 6th St, Champaign
Race, Globalization, and Education: “Transcultural teens: performing youth identities in French cités”
Speaker: Chantal Tetreault, Michigan State University
Chantal Tetreault is a linguistic and cultural anthropologist whose recent work has primarily focused on issues of migration and social change in France. Dr. Tetreault’s current project addresses the interactional styles whereby French adolescents of Algerian descent construct and express their emergent identities as Arab Muslims and French youth. More generally, her research illuminates how cultural processes of identity construction, primarily relating to gender and ethnicity, are achieved through everyday language use. Professor Tetreault’s publications and teaching both challenge naturalized assumptions about the link between identity and language, thereby contributing to new scholarship in linguistic anthropology that rejects the previously common pattern of equating cultural groups and particular language styles.
The larger theoretical and cultural issues of Dr. Tetreault’s work deal with globalization and the process of charting new social identities as they emerge in innovative linguistic forms. A main focus of this intellectual project concerns discovering and describing the processes whereby the ideological underpinnings of social identities are constructed and taken apart in everyday interaction. For example, Dr. Tetreault analyzes instances of “crossing,” that is, when individuals adopt and transform linguistic styles that are normally ascribed to a group to which they are not granted membership. Research on crossing holds a central theoretical place in current linguistic anthropological research because it provides a way to explore how linguistic and cultural forms come to take on particular social meanings as well as how they are challenged on ideological grounds.
Sponsored by the European Union Center.
Wed, Mar 16
Lucy Ellis Lounge (1080 FLB), 707 S Mathews Ave, Urbana
The Refugee Crisis and the New Right on the European Periphery
Keynote address: József Böröcz, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University • Materialist Background to "The Migration Crisis in Europe"
Jessica Greenberg • Anthropology, University of Illinois • The Refugee Crisis in Serbia and Croatia
Carol Leff • Political Science, University of Ilinois • Protecting Against "Organized Invasion": the Electoral Politics of the Migrant Crisis in the Czech Republic and Slovakia
Maurizio Albahari • Anthropology, Purdue University • Europe's Refugee Question and the Politics of Crisis
Marina Terkourafi • Linguistics, University of Illinois • "Golden Dawn" and the Refugee Issue in Greece
George Gasyna • Slavic and Comparative Literature, University of Illinois • A Requiem for a Republic - Poland's Parliamentary Election of 2015
Dr. Agnieszka Kubal • Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University • Refugees or Migrant Workers? LM and Others (Syrian Nationals) v. Russia (ECHR 2015)
Sponsored by the European Union Center. Co-sponsored by the Slavic Department, the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, and the Sociology Department.
| Related Events
Hebrew and Yiddish Film Series
109 English Building, S Wright St, Urbana
Join the students of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society for film and refreshments! There will be Q&A sessions afterwards with faculty.
Wednesday, Mar 9 • 5 PM • "Yassi and Jagger" (Hebrew, 65 min) • Gay love story set in the Israeli military
Wednesday, Mar 16 • 5 PM • "The Bubble" (Hebrew, 117 min) • Romantic drama between an Israeli and Palestinian
Wednesday, Mar 30 • 5 PM • "Tavye" (Yiddish, 96 min) • Based on Sholem Aleykhem's classic novel, which inspired Fiddler on the Roof
Wednesday, Apr 13 • 5 PM • "Mirele Efros" (Yiddish, 84 min) • Based o the 1898 play by Jacob Gordin, considered to be "the Jewish Queen Lear"
Monday, Apr 18 • 5 PM • "Kadosh" (Hebrew, 116 min) • A secular Israeli perspective on the status of women in ultra-Orthodox society
All films will be shown in 109 English Building
Spring 2016 Graduate College Focal Point Seminar Series
The Women's Resources Center, 703 S Wright St, 2nd floor, Champaign
The Women’s Empowerment and International Development Interdisciplinary Seminar is a project of Focal Point, a Graduate College initiative designed to stimulate new interdisciplinary research through collaborations among faculty and graduate students from multiple fields. This project will organize symposia and research modules that address the conceptual debates, methodological challenges, and policy and practice implications of women’s empowerment in international development programming.
Wednesday, Mar 9 • 12 PM: "A Career Journey from USAID Diplomacy to Human Rights Research" • Vernita Pearl Fort, PhD. Candidate, Institute for Communications Research
Wednesday, Apr 13 • 12 PM: "Agricultural Extension: Pathway to Empowerment and Food Security" • Andrea Bohn, MBA, MS; Maria Jones, MBA, MS; Kathryn Heinz, BA, Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services Project (INGENAES)
All seminars will be held in The Women's Resources Center, 703 S Wright St, 2nd floor. Light refreshments will be provided.
G36, Foreign Languages Building
Tuesday, Mar 8• 7 PM: "Nóż w wodzie" (Knife in the Water) by Roman Polanski
Tuesday, Apr 5• 7 PM: "Poklosie" (Aftermath) by Wladyslaw Pasikowski
Tuesday, Apr 19 • 7 PM: "Dlug" (The Debt) by Krzystof Krauze
Organized by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
|EUC Social Media
|Social Media Highlights||
EU Day 2016 - Student Meeting With the Dutch Ambassador
We hope you joined us for the annual celebration of EU Day on Monday, February 29. The EUC gave its students the exclusive opportunity to talk with the Ambassador in an informal setting. Go to our blog to read about the experience!
| EUC Director Position Notice
|EUC Director Position Notice||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illinois International Programs
European Union Center
European Union Center
The European Union Center is a Title VI National Resource Center and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that promotes and supports innovative research to better understand global issues confronting the world’s populations and identify ways to cope with and resolve these challenges.
The Director’s primary responsibilities are to supervise and coordinate a campus-wide, interdisciplinary program of research, teaching and public service created to examine the process and special policy problems of European integration and their implication for the United States. The director reports to the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies and is advised by an all-campus advisory board comprised of faculty members from all UIUC colleges. This position will be an initial three-year term renewable each year upon successful evaluation and mutual agreement. The position includes an administrative stipend, ½ month summer salary, and partial teaching release for the length of the appointment. Start date is August 16, 2016 or sooner.
Duties and Requirements
For consideration, please send application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references. Applications received by March 28, 2016 will be given full consideration. Applicants are encouraged to specifically relate their backgrounds and experience to the requirements of the position as outlined above.
|Call for Papers||
"The Future of Europe-Central and Eastern Europe in a Comparative Perspective"
17-18 November 2016 • Warsaw
The Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Poland is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is inviting participants to join the CASE's Anniversary Conference "The Future of Europe-Central and Eastern Europe in a Comparative Perspective". Professor Leszek Balcerowicz will give the keynote speech, and a diverse blend of academics, policymakers, businesspeople, and stakeholders are anticipated to come together to focus on the social and economic issues facing Europe.
Submission deadline: March 31, 2016
For more information please click here
|Summer Language Workshop||
BALSSI at Indiana University's Summer Language Workshop
June 6 - July 29, 2016 • Bloomington Campus
Indiana University’s Summer Language Workshop is proud to host the 2016 Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI), offering intensive beginning Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian language courses.
Competitive Title VIII and FLAS fellowships available for qualified students, and all students pay in-state tuition. Students complete one year of language study in one summer and earn 6-8 transferable credits.
Applications are still being accepted on a rolling basis.
For more information and how to apply, please see the website.
|Call for Submissions||
Greeks for Greece • Figure One Gallery • April 1-16, 2016
Submission deadline: March 15
Seeking artwork, performances, photography and programming submissions for an art exhibition about the differences/similarities of “Greek Life” as it is experienced in Fraternities and Sororities and actual daily life in Greece. In-progress, experimental and non-traditional submissions happily considered. Works that responds to the economic and refugee crisis in Greece are particularly welcome.
To submit please email a short statement about your work or idea (no more than 500 words), for visual works an image of the completed work or sketch of the proposed project, and for programming or time-based submissions, submit a text description of anticipated space and time needed to email@example.com.
European Academy of Diplomacy International Programs
EU Lobbying Program • March 14-15
The EU Lobbying program is an intensive 2-day course devoted to improving professionals’ capabilities to develop and implement successful lobbying campaigns in the European Union. Designed for young professionals, government representatives and civil society stakeholders, the EU Lobbying Workshop is specifically tailored to give professionals expert level knowledge, hands-on training, and individual coaching to develop and master lobbying tactics and techniques.
For more information visit the program website.
Economic Diplomacy Program • March 16-18
The Economic Diplomacy program aims to provide young professionals and academia representatives with a refined skill-set, specific knowledge and genuine experience in the growing field of economic diplomacy so as to further their internationally minded careers. The course achieves its core objectives by combining intensive lectures and interactive training modules with detailed analysis of current trade and investment issues through economic, political, legal, and cultural lenses.
For more information visit the program website.
Spring School of Diplomatic Skills • March 21-25
The Spring School of Diplomatic Skills is a week-long course for refining and developing soft skills and abilities useful in current or future careers in diplomacy, international business or civil service. During the course, participants are given the opportunity to learn through a unique combination of theory and practice. Each of the programs consists of over 30 hours of different level workshops, lectures and simulations. It is also a forum for exchanging experiences and networking, thanks to diverse and multicultural participants. For more information see the program website.
European Diplomacy Workshop: Eastern Partnership • April 18-23
Application deadline: March 21, 2016
The European Diplomacy Workshop: Eastern Partnership is a week-long program devoted solely to the Eastern Partnership, European Neighborhood Policy and European Union Foreign Policy. Based on workshops from experts in the fields of EU Foreign Policy and hands-on skills training in International Negotiations, Leadership and Public Speaking, the European Diplomacy Workshop is designed for emerging political and social leaders, public servants and non-governmental representatives who are eager to learn how to influence the changing context of their country.
More information can be found on the program website.
Additionally, scholarships are offered to enable participants from the Eastern Partnership countries to participate in the European Diplomacy Workshop. Supplemental materials may be provided within the general application for eligibility.
|Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Georgia Institute of Technology||
Post-Doctoral Fellowship in European Politics and Policy
The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech invites applications for a post-doctoral fellowship to begin Fall 2016 to be associated with the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies, a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence.
The term of appointment will be two years. The salary is highly competitive ($50 - 55k). The responsibilities include teaching one course per semester and supporting the activities of the Center. The ideal candidate would have research and teaching interests in European politics broadly defined. A focus on the politics of one or more member states; comparative European foreign policy; justice and home affairs (including counterterrorism and asylum/migration); or privacy and the digital economy would be particularly welcome. Applicants should show promise of outstanding scholarly achievement.
The Sam Nunn School is multidisciplinary and has growing undergraduate, graduate, and overseas programs, including joint undergraduate degrees with Modern Languages and Economics. The School’s programs focus on understanding the global context of advances in science and technology. The Sam Nunn School has 22 faculty members; more than 300 undergraduate majors, 50 Master’s and 10 Ph.D. degree students. Georgia Tech enrolls over 21,000 students and is consistently ranked as one of the top seven public universities in the country. Georgia Tech is located in midtown Atlanta. A unit of the University System of Georgia, Georgia Tech is an AA/EO employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application deadline: April 1, 2016
Applications should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and examples of scholarly work. Applicants should also send a graduate transcript and three current letters of recommendation.
Materials should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org or to
Chair of European Postdoc Search Committee, The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, 781 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.
Please direct enquiries to Alasdair Young.
|12th Jean Monnet International Summer School||
12th Jean Monnet International Summer School "International Environment and the European Integration"
Faculty of Economics, University of Rijeka, Croatia • June 27 - July 9, 2016
The goal of the EFRI Summer School is to broaden the knowledge of students of economics, law, political sciences, administration and other related studies on the economic integration process in Europe, and to point out the advantages and challenges of economic integration in everyday life. The Summer School programme consists of lectures, workshops and student assignments to be completed in groups with the support of academic supervisors. Upon successful completion of the School, students will be awarded with 6 ECTS.
Application deadline: June 1, 2016
|Call for Applications||
European Union Visitors Program
The European Union Visitors Program (EUVP), which is jointly sponsored and administered by the European Commission and the European Parliament, provides promising young professionals an opportunity to visit Europe and gain an appreciation of the EU's institutions, policies, values, and people. Participants receive an individual 5-8 day study tour in Brussels (in some cases also Strasbourg) tailored to their specific interests and professional profile. Many alumni of this highly successful program have risen to influential positions, and we continue to work with them on EU-U.S. relations in their various capacities.
|Fellowship for Human Rights Undergraduate Opportunity||
Vaclav Havel Library Foundation Fellowship for Human Rights
The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation announces The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation Fellowship for Human Rights, a summer fellowship in Prague for undergraduate students studying in the United States. Founded as part of Havel@80, the annual fellowship program will offer students a two week, fully-funded opportunity to learn from and engage with organizations in the Czech Republic working to carry forward Havel’s legacy in the field of human rights
Application deadline: March 15, 2016
Europe in Trouble - European Politics, Society, and Culture since 1945
M/W/F: 1-1:50 PM Lecture
R: 5-7:30 PM Film screening
This course focuses on important societal, political, and cultural issues that have shaped the history of Europe since 1945. It seeks to understand the many debates that have accompanied the process of European unification in their historical and cultural contexts.
The central thesis of the course is that the history of postwar Europe can be understood as a series of crises, starting with the immediate aftermath of World War II, but also including the revolutionary year 1968, the fall of the Wall, the war in Yugoslavia, etc. While the courses focuses on important societal and political developments, it also argues that culture played an important role in the series of crises that constitute Europe’s postwar history, and that films, essays, and other cultural artifacts can function as an important resource for understanding the conflicts and controversies that shaped the public debate in Europe since 1945.
Includes weekly film screenings.
The course starts March 14 and ends May 4.
For more information contact Carl Niekerk.
|New Study Abroad Course||
Cultural Networks in Central Europe
Prague, Czech Republic & Kraków, Poland
Spend five weeks this summer learning in, and about, the royal capitals of Bohemia and Poland: Prague and Kraków.
Find out about the tangled histories and the social and political importance of these two cities, and about the many cultural achievements of its citizens!
Partake in excursions to significant sites in both cities and in the surrounding areas!
Enrich your knowledge of Central Europe, learning from local experts and scholars and from your lead instructor, a U of I Professor!
Earn 6 credit hours!
Enjoy local food and drink, and meet with locals!
Prague and Kraków, though less famed in the west than Paris, London, or Berlin, were unique and powerful hubs of European culture and history: the homes of the two oldest universities in Central Europe; the seats of ancient monarchies; cultural centers that were home to or attracted figures as diverse as Petrarch, Copernicus, Mozart, and Kafka. In the last century alone, they experienced an unprecedented set of upheavals as the multiethnic Habsburg Empire broke into new states, which were occupied and dismembered by the Nazis, and then subjugated by the Soviet Union. Today, both the Czech Republic and Poland are members of NATO as well as the European Union. The multiethnic character of these cities contributed both to their cultural dynamism and to periodic social tensions. Both cities were home to Slavs and Germans, and to thriving Jewish communities from the Middle Ages until the Holocaust. Both cities, renowned for the beauty of their setting and architecture, survived World War II physically almost unscathed, and are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The course focuses on the way that identity was defined and experienced by the peoples in shifting cultural registers and political systems, and on the way that the cities themselves embody this unstable history, through topics ranging from architecture and urban planning to memorials and historic preservation. Students will read historical documents and works of literature, but the cities and other historical spaces will themselves be the ultimate classroom.
Faculty Leader Bio
George Z. Gasyna, PhD (University of Toronto, Comparative Literature), having emigrated from Poland to Canada at an early age, retains fluency in the language and sensitivity to the culture of his first homeland. Currently Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois, he is author of Polish, Hybrid, and Otherwise: Exilic Discourse in Joseph Conrad and Witold Gombrowicz (2011). He has published numerous articles, reviews and translations, and is presently at work on a book on 20th and 21st century Polish borderland literature.
Program Dates Abroad: June 15 - July 19 2016
Application Deadline: March 15, 2016
For more detailed information on the program, see thebrochure page. For any questions you may have, please contact the faculty leader, Prof. George Gasyna (email@example.com) or the study abroad advisor for the program in the Illinois Abroad Office, located at:
910 South Fifth Street
124 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820
Applications are being accepted for Chancellor’s Public Engagement Student Fellows
Grants up to $1,500 for students and $500 for Faculty/AP sponsors are available for projects that collaborate with community partners, non-profit agencies, schools and governmental bodies. The community based projects can involve scholarly work, creative endeavors, course development, sustainability or education related
Application deadline: March 11, 2016
For more information please click here.
|Humanities Funding Opportunity||
Call for Projects in the Humanities
Deadline for application: March 13, 2016
Established in 2007 as a collaboration between the French government, American private donors and the FACE Foundation, the Partner University Fund (PUF) is dedicated to amplifying the potential of the brightest French and American scholars by supporting educational and research partnerships between higher education institutions in both countries
The FACE Foundation’s PUF grant can lead to $300,000 over three years in support of a range of scholarly, research, and academic program building activities that strengthen connections between US and French institutions of higher education. The EU Center will be glad to provide statements of support for faculty-initiated collaborations, as relevant and appropriate.
The Office of Science and Technology Austria (OSTA), Washington DC provides a new funding opportunity commissioned by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).
The program "Beyond Europe" supports Austrian companies, research and university institutes and other organizations in creating and extending collaborations. The Call is open for all topics. Funding is available for projects in all technical disciplines. Project proposals may be submitted for exploratory projects and cooperative R&D.
Submission deadline: March 30, 2016
International applications are encouraged. Please visit the website for more information and characteristics of the Call.
|Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours||
Melanzana: Italian Conversation Table: meets every Tuesday at Espresso Royale on Goodwin at 7 pm All levels are welcome!
The Pause Café French Conversation: meets every Thursday at Espresso Royale on Goodwin at 5.30 pm All levels are welcome!
Modern Greek Conversation Table: meets every other Thursday at 5 pm at Espresso Royale on Oregon.
Swedish Conversation Group & Coffee Hour: Meets every Wednesday at 2:30 pm in 3114 Foreign Languages Building. Coffee is provided and students currently enrolled in Swedish get extra credit.
"Bate Papo" Portuguese Conversation Table: Meets Wednesdays and Thursdays alternately at 6 pm at La Casa Cultural Latina on 1210 W Nevada.
Turkish Conversation Table: Meets every Thursday at 4 pm at Espresso Royale on Oregon. Open to anyone interested in Turkish.
If you would like to announce your Spring 2016 conversation tables & coffee hours, please send the information to Sebnem Ozkan.
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