2021-22 Initiatives

The European Union Center is currently planning lectures and events for the 2021-22 academic year. You will find on this webpage a selection of initiatives organized by the EUC and by colleagues from the University of Illinois. Please see our events calendar for more details — such as registration links — on upcoming events organized by the EUC. Please see here for events across campus related to the study of Europe. 

Fall 2021 Brown Bag Lecture Series Presenter(s)

Vikings and White Nationalism

Wednesday, September 8, 12 P.M. CDT

Verena Höfig, Assistant Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Why is Roma Education Still Separate and Unequal?: Employing Dis/Crit to Explain the Enduring Overrepresentation of "Gypsies" in Special Education

Wednesday, October 13, 12 P.M. CDT

Deborah L. Michaels, Associate Professor of Education, Grinnell College

Title TBA

Wednesday, November 10, 12 P.M. CST

Speaker TBA

Title TBA

Wednesday, December 8, 12 P.M. CST

Speaker TBA


Transatlantic Educators Lecture Series Presenter(s)

How Do You Like My Work? Children with Special Needs in Education: Characteristics and Challenges

Saturday, October 23, 11 A.M. CDT

Aleksandra Duric, Professor of History and Languages, Institut Lauterbad (Kassel, Germany)

Teachers' Well-Being and Resilience

Saturday, November 13, 11 A.M. CST

Inga Chiosa, Vice Director, Heritage International School (Chisinau, Moldova)

Višnja Brcković, English Teacher, SS Mate Balote (Porec, Croatia)

Ilze Kuhalska, English Teacher, Gaigalava Primary School and East Latvia High School of Technology (Rezekne, Latvia)

Vika Perinčič, English and German Teacher, Simona Kosa Podbrdo Primary School and Tolmin Gymnasium (Tolmin, Slovenia)

Lisa Scheidhauer, English and German Teacher, Wendelinusschule (Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany)


Fall 2021 Language Conversation Hours
Fall 2021 Language Conversation Hours



The Arabic Studies Program will host multiple cultural events throughout the semester, including a conversation table on November 30th. There will also be another conversation table later in the semester. You can find their event calendar here. For more information, you can email Majda Larek (mlayek2@illinois.edu).


The Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian conversation hour this semester is taking place at 3:30 pm, on Thursdays on the patio of the south side of the Illini Union (facing the Quad). For more information, you can email Peter Wright (pqwrigh2@illinois.edu).


Pause Cafe will take place through Zoom this semester. They will be meeting every other Monday, between 5:30 and 6:30, starting September 20th.  The dates will also be listed on the Francophone events calendar. You can also email Scarlet Peterson (scarlet3@illinois.edu) for more information.


Come practice your German in the informal weekly Kaffeestunde! The participants range from beginners to native speakers, and all are welcome! They will meet Mondays 6-7 pm on the patio of Espresso Royale (Goodwin and Oregon). Contact John Slattery (jslatte2@illinois.edu) or Laura Olbrich (olbrich3@illinois.edu) for more information.

Modern Greek

The Modern Greek conversation table meets every Fridays at 12:00 PM on Zoom. You can find the Zoom link here. If you'd like more information, please contact Maria Hadjipolycarpou (mhadjipo@illinois.edu).

Modern Hebrew

Cafe Ivrit (Hebrew conversation hour) will take place every other Wednesday starting on September 29th. There will be a Beginners session (for students with minimal knowledge of Hebrew) at 4 pm and an Advanced session (for students who can carry a basic conversation in Hebrew at least) at 5 pm. The sessions will take place at the Hillel building (503 E John St.). For more information, you can reach out to Adi Mechany (adi@illinihillel.org), or check the Illini Hillel calendar.


Caffetino (Italian conversation hour) will be taking place every two weeks this semester, on Mondays between 5-6 pm.They will meet on 9/27, 10/11, 10/25,11/8, 11/29, 12/6 The sessions last for approximately 1 hour each and are centered on a general theme, such as travelling, music, and dating in Italy. Please contact Elena Broscritto (elenab3@illinois.edu) for the Zoom link and password.


The Luso-Brazilian Association will hold Portuguese conversation tables every other Tuesday this semester. They will meet at 6 pm on 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, and 11/9 at La Casa Cultural Latina. If you would like more information, please contact Raquel Castro Goebel (rcgoebel@illinois.edu) and Guilherme Lessa (glessa2@illinois.edu).


Mi Pueblo is an RSO that organizes multiple Spanish conversation groups per week. Activities range from casual conversation and guided discussions around topics pertinent to the Spanish-speaking world, to attendance of events around campus. Mi Pueblo meetings will occur Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-6:00PM. Location is TBD, but you can check their website to find out where each meeting will be.


The Swedish conversation hour (Fika) is on Wednesdays from 4:15-5:15. Email Theo Malekin (malekin@illinois.edu) for more information.


The Turkish Program is hosting a weekly online conversation table on Thursdays, between 11 am and 12 pm. Please contact Aylin Coşkun Kunduz (aylinc2@illinois.edu) for the Zoom link and password.