Signature Events

On this page, you will find more information on the European Union Center's signature events: EU Day, the EU Studies Conference, and the Turkish Studies symposium. Please see the Event Archive for more information on our past lecture series, symposia, workshops, and conferences. 

EU Day is one of our most high-profile annual events. We are honored to have used support from grants such as from the Erasmus+ program to regularly host ambassadors and diplomats, as well as journalists, former Members of the European Parliament, and scholars who have also contributed to conversations on campus and in the community about issues and events in Europe and the European Union. The 2020 keynote, "The New Cold War: Liberal Democracy vs. Authoritarianism. Why the EU is Today More Important Than Ever Before," was delivered by Wolfgang Mössinger, Consul General of Germany in the Midwest. 

The EU Center's annual EU Studies Conference brings together regional college faculty, scholars, and graduate students with the aim of advancing research and teaching on the European Union at universities and four-year and two-year colleges in Illinois and the Midwest. It facilitates the building of a dynamic network for regional educators and scholars with interests in EU studies by presenting them with an intimate venue to share current research and ideas about teaching, develop new professional relationships, and learn about opportunities sponsored by the EU Center.

Our Turkish Studies Symposium, now in its eighth year, is indicative of our commitment to scholarship, teaching, and distributing knowledge about Europe more broadly, as well as our commitment to Mediterranean Studies.