Registration is open for the European Union Center’s 2024 summer curriculum workshop, “Understanding Contemporary Europe: Spotlighting the Peripheries,” which will be held on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus on July 9-12. The workshop will focus on Europe’s peripheries, broadly defined to include both geographical and social peripheries. Sessions will cover geopolitics and security, minority and endangered languages, contemporary European identity, human rights, and much more. This year's workshop is co-sponsored by the Department of History.

There is a nonrefundable $125 workshop fee associated with the workshop. Those who apply by May 31 and submit a lesson plan incorporating content from the workshop by August 5 will receive a $100 travel reimbursement. On-campus housing, parking, and most meals are covered. For more information, please see the FAQ and the schedule below. Please note that the schedule is still subject to change.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the workshop begin and end?

The workshop will begin on Tuesday, July 9 with a keynote talk at 5pm. We recommend that you check in at Newman Hall by 4pm and arrive at Coble Hall by 4:30pm for registration. The workshop will end on Friday, July 12 at 1:30pm, with optional activities afterwards.

How do I register for the workshop?

Please fill out this application. We will review your application and then be in touch with you regarding payment. Once you have submitted your $125 workshop fee, your spot in the workshop will be confirmed.

Where will the workshop be held?

The majority of the workshop sessions will be held in 306 Coble Hall (801 S. Wright St., Champaign, IL).

What does the $125 workshop fee cover?

The fee covers workshop enrollment, on-campus housing for three nights, parking, and most meals for the duration of the workshop (breakfasts on July 10-12; lunches on July 11 and 12; and dinner on July 10). Participants will be responsible for lunch on Wednesday, July 10 and dinner on Thursday, July 11.

Where will I stay on campus?

Workshop participants will be housed in single rooms in Newman Hall (604 E. Armory Ave., Champaign, IL), an 8-min walk from Coble Hall. Bathrooms will be shared with others of the same gender.

Will there be parking available?

Yes, we will reserve a parking spot for you.

How do I receive the travel reimbursement?

To receive the $100 travel reimbursement, please fill out the application by May 31 and submit a lesson plan or syllabus using content from the workshop by August 5. Lesson plans will be published on the EU Center’s Teachers’ Corner webpage. We will start to process travel reimbursements as soon as possible after August 5.

Are Professional Development Hours or certificates offered for this workshop?

Illinois teachers can receive 15 PDHs for attending this workshop, and all workshop participants will receive an electronic certificate of attendance.

How many workshop spots are there?

To facilitate discussion and ensure that each participant has ample opportunity to engage with presenters and with fellow participants, we will cap workshop registration at 15.

What is the best way to travel to Champaign-Urbana?

Champaign-Urbana is located approximately 140 miles (225 km) south of Chicago. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign can be reached via I-72, I-74, or I-57 by car. You may also travel by train (Amtrak) or bus (Peoria Charter or Greyhound) to Illinois Terminal, which is approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) from campus. If you are flying, you can fly into O'Hare International Airport or Midway International Airport and travel by train, bus, or shuttle to Champaign, or you can fly into Willard Airport, which is located 5 miles (8 km) from campus.

Will there be any excursions and social activities planned?

We hope to offer some optional excursions. Please stay tuned for more information!

Workshop Schedule

Tuesday, July 9     

2:00-4:00 P.M. Check in at Newman Hall
5:00-6:15 P.M. Keynote by Dr. Carol Leff on internal and external geopolitical and security risks faced by the EU
6:30-7:30 P.M. Dinner in Newman Hall

Wednesday, July 10

7:00-8:45 A.M. Breakfast in Newman Hall
9:00-10:15 A.M. Lecture by Dr. Jessica Greenberg on human rights in Europe
10:15-10:30 A.M. Coffee break
10:30-11:45 A.M. Lecture by Dr. Eda Derhemi on endangered languages in Europe (Zoom)
12:00-1:30 P.M. Lunch on your own
1:30-2:45 P.M. Lecture by Dr. Stefan Djordjevic on personality cults of leaders in the modern Balkans
2:45-3:00 P.M. Coffee break
3:00-4:15 P.M. Lecture by Dr. Zsuzsanna Fagyal on minority language policy in EU member and candidate states
4:15-6:00 P.M. Free time
6:00-7:20 P.M. Dinner in Newman Hall with workshop presenters
7:30-9:15 P.M.  Film Screening: "Blancanieves"

Thursday, July 11

7:00-8:45 A.M. Breakfast in Newman Hall
9:00-10:15 A.M. Lecture by Dr. Joelle Soulard on dark tourism in Europe
10:15-10:30 A.M. Coffee break
10:30-11:45 A.M. Lecture by Dr. Lucía Sánchez-Gilbert on how contemporary cinema questions and reinvents Spanish identity
12:00-1:15 P.M. Lunch in Newman Hall with workshop presenters
1:15-2:45 P.M. Presentation by Dr. Amy Clay and Dr. Amanda Smith on decolonizing language and culture classrooms
2:45-3:00 P.M. Walk to Spurlock Museum of World Cultures
3:00-4:15 P.M. Guided tour of Spurlock Museum: "Around the World"
Evening Dinner on your own, free time, and finish group work and prepare for presentations

Friday, July 12

7:00-8:45 A.M. Breakfast in Newman Hall
9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. Group work and presentations
12:00-1:30 P.M. Lunch and evaluations
2:00-3:30 P.M. Optional tour of Krannert Art Museum

About the Summer Curriculum Workshop


Since 2005, the European Union Center has organized in-person and virtual summer curriculum workshops designed for K-12 and community college educators to develop a more effective curriculum on the European Union. These materials may be incorporated into a variety of courses, such as foreign language, world geography, world cultures, world/US history, politics, economics, science, and business. While all K-16 educators are welcome, the curriculum materials are geared mainly towards high school and community college education.

Our summer curriculum workshops include a mix of lectures and active sessions presented by university faculty, experienced K-12 teachers, and museum staff. Illinois K-12 teachers are eligible to receive ISBE Professional Development Hours (PDH). All participants receive a certificate of completion indicating the number of workshop hours. 

Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant

To learn more about the type of sessions and content that these workshops offer, please see previous years' workshop schedules below.

Past Workshops
If you want additional information on a specific workshop or are interested in seeing the schedules of workshops prior to 2009, please contact the EUC at

2023 Workshop: "Teaching about Sustainability in Europe through Smart Cities"
2022 Workshop: "War, Peace, and the EU"
2021 Workshop: "Teaching the European Green Deal: Science, Economics, Policy"
2020 Workshop: "From Conflict to Peace: The EU Explained"
2013 Workshop: “The Timeless Mediterranean and the New European Union: Transnational Spaces and Integration”
2012 Workshop: “Food & Energy Security and Sustainability”
2011 Workshop: “Immigration and European Integration”
2010 Workshop: “Islam in Europe”
2009 Workshop: “How Does the European Union Work?”