Current Events

In response to COVID-19 and the University of Illinois's suspension of in-person events, the European Union Center has organized a number of virtual events, including a lecture series on the plague in European history. For upcoming virtual lectures and events, please see our events calendar. Below are recordings of past virtual events from this semester.

We are currently working on providing closed captioning for these videos.


"The Black Death: What We Know Now" — presented by Carol Symes, Associate Professor of History


"Reading Contagion in Boccaccio's Decameron" — presented by Eleonora Stoppino, Associate Professor of Italian


"Life After [the Black] Death" — presented by Carol Symes, Associate Professor of History


"Plague, Politics, and Napoleonic Propaganda c. 1800" — presented by David O'Brien, Professor of Art History


"On the Essential Partnership between the European Union and the United States: A Conversation with Anthony Gardner, U.S. Ambassador to the EU 2014-17"


"Trolls at Play: Teaching Propaganda, Media Manipulation, and Election Interference through Role-play (Online)" — presented by Judith Pintar, Teaching Associate Professor of Information Sciences