March 2015 Regional Faculty Conference

“Researching and Teaching the EU: Best Practices and Current Trends in EU Scholarship”
A Working Conference for Regional College Faculty

March 12-13, 2015

 

Keynote speaker: Prof. Stefan Jonsson, Linköping University.
Prof. Jonsson’s keynote lecture will be based on the new book that he just published with Peo Hansen on “Eurafrica: The Untold History of European Integration and Colonialism” and address the landscape and future of European Studies and EU studies as such.

 

Conference location and hotel: I-Hotel, 1900 S. First Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820. Conference sessions will be held in the Humanities Room.

 

Registration for the 2015 Regional Faculty Conference is now closed.

 

Presentations on any topic relevant to EU studies are welcome.
Colleagues with only a nascent academic interest in the EU are invited to join us without being obliged to present any materials.

 

Graduate students are welcome. We can also consider participation by graduate students. Pending availability, travel support may be possible for graduate students whose abstracts are accepted for presentation.

 

Registration fee: Participants who are not presenting are required to pay a $50 registration fee. This fee will be waived for accepted speakers. A $100 travel reimbursement grant and two nights of free lodging will be available to all participants.

 

Note about lodging: The EU Center has reserved a block of rooms at I-Hotel and will provide two nights of free lodging on March 11 & 12, 2015. We can also provide overnight accommodation for an extra day if you need it. Please see the link to the registration form above for details. Please note that you do NOT need to contact the hotel; simply indicate whether you will need overnight accommodations or not and for which dates when you register on-line.

 

Additional Attractions and Unique Opportunities This Year:

Come early
for the EUC’s Annual EU Day (Thursday, March 12th, 10 am – 2 pm)

featuring “State of the EU” keynote address by Andris Razāns, Latvian Ambassador to the U.S., followed by a reception and luncheon. We encourage you to join us for the EU Day festivities! For more information about the EU Day and to see our promotional EU Day video, click here.

 

Stay longer
for the keynote address, “The Mediterranean: A Cradle of Civilizations amongst Others” by Zeev Gourarier
(Director of Science and Collections, Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations in Marseille, France) on March 13th at 5 pm as part of the Graduate Student Colloquium “(Un)mapping the Mediterranean, which is being held on March 14th at 9:30 am. More information about the colloquium is available online.

For more information, click here.

 

Join us
for the Chai Wai at the Library: “The Future of the European Union: A Shared Vision?”, a roundtable with members of the Chicago Consular Corps on Thursday, March 12 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm.

 

Logistical information is available as a PDF, including a map of the key locations.

 

About the Conference

This annual conference will bring together regional college faculty with the aim of increasing research on and teaching of the European Union at universities and four-year and two-year colleges in Illinois and the Midwest. It will facilitate the building of a dynamic network for regional educators with interests in EU studies. The conference will include panel discussions in which participants can present their research on the EU, as well as sessions on effective teaching of EU-related subjects.

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Why Attend?

  • Hear keynote speeches by prominent scholars and diplomats
  • Great networking opportunity
  • Strategize for teaching the EU
  • Discuss research/teaching interests with colleagues
  • Engage in discussions on EU studies as a field
  • Two-nights of free accommodations at the I-Hotel on UI’s Champaign-Urbana campus
  • Travel reimbursement grant of up to $100 available for participating faculty

Schedule [.pdf] and Abstracts [.pdf]

Thursday, March 12

EU Day with Andris Razāns, Ambassador of Latvia to the U.S.
Location: Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, IL 61801

10:00 – 11:30 am

“State of the EU” Address, followed by reception

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Ambassador’s Luncheon

Conference Welcome Dinner and Keynote Address
Location: I-Hotel (Humanities Room), 1900 S. First Street, Champaign, IL 61820

5:30 – 5:45 pm

Check-in

5:45 pm

Welcome Remarks
Anna Stenport, Director, European Union Center, University of Illinois

6:00 pm
Prof. Stefan Jonsson, Linköping University.
Prof. Jonsson’s keynote lecture will be based on the new book that he just published with Peo Hansen on “Eurafrica: The Untold History of European Integration and Colonialism” and address the landscape and future of European Studies and EU studies as such.

Friday, March 13

“Researching and Teaching the EU: Best Practices and Current Trends in EU Scholarship: A Working Conference for Regional College Faculty”
Location: I-Hotel (Humanities Room), 1900 S. First Street, Champaign, IL 61820

8:00 – 8:30 am

Coffee/tea and pastries

8:30 – 10:45 am

Panel 1: Impact and Effectiveness of EU Institutions and Legal Policy Instruments

“Effective European Antitrust: Does EU Merger Policy Involve Deterrence”
Joseph A. Clougherty, Business Administration, University of Illinois

“Multinational Banking and the Conflicts Among US and EU AML/CTF Reporting and Data Protection Law”
Michelle Frasher, Political Science, Rutgers University-Newark; EU Center Visiting Scholar, University of Illinois

“Past and Present Efforts to Green the Common Agricultural Policy: Successes, Failures, and Future Potential for Multifunction Landscape Design”
Rayane Oliveira de Aguiar, EU Studies, University of Illinois

“EU and Trafficking in Human Beings: Which Legal Framework When Victims Are EU Citizens?”
Marco Borraccetti, European Union Law of the Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna, School of Political Science; EU Center Visiting Scholar, University of Illinois

“The Committee of the Regions of the European Union: Its Role in Enhancing Local Democracy”
Petia Kostadinova, Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago

Moderator: Anna Stenport, European Union Center, University of Illinois

10:45 – 11:00
Break
11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Panel 2: European Identities in the Making

“Speakers Attitudes vs. Institutional Acknowledgment: The Cases of Arbresh and Arvanitika Between Ideologies of Pride and Contempt”
Eda Derhemi, Department of French and Italian, University of Illinois

“Little Local Murders? Investigating Regional Identities in German and Scandinavian Crime Fiction”
Dustin L. Smith, Germanic Languages & Literatures, University of Illinois

“The Long and Winding Road…: Turkish Candidacy and the Process of Europeanization”
Joyce Marie Mushaben, Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Moderator: Matt Rosenstein, European Union Center, University of Illinois

12:15 – 2:30 pm
Working Lunch
Roundtable DIscussions: “(Re)thinking and (Re)defining EU Studies” and “Strategies for Teaching the EU”
2:30 – 4:15 pm

Panel 3: EU As a Global Actor

“EULEX KOSOVO: The EU and Rule of Law in Post-War Kosovo”
Christopher Jackson, EU Studies, University of Illinois

“The Diffusion of Human Rights Norms and Practices in the European Neighborhood”
Kostas Kourtikakis, Political Science, University of Illinois

“Effective Practices of International Volunteers in Disaster Relief: Implications for the EU Aid Volunteers Program”
Benjamin Lough and Tara Powell, Social Work, University of Illinois

Moderator: Sebnem Ozkan, European Union Center, University of Illinois

4:15 – 4:30 pm
Closing remarks and evaluations of conference

 

The conference is funded in part by a US Department of Education Title VI grant and a European Union Center of Excellence grant from the European Commission to the European Union Center, University of Illinois.

 

Previous Years’ Regional Faculty Working Conferences

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2009

EU Studies Conference

Annual EU Studies Conference:
“Researching and Teaching the EU: Best Practices and Current Trends in EU Scholarship”


November 9-10, 2018

 

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Levis Faculty Center | [map]

 

Logistical memo, including maps [PDF]

 

Abstract Submission and Registration Deadline was October 12, 2018.

Registration is now closed.


ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

 

This annual conference will bring together regional college faculty with the aim of increasing research on and teaching of the European Union at universities and four-year and two-year colleges in Illinois and the Midwest. It will facilitate the building of a dynamic network for regional educators with interests in EU studies. The conference will include panel discussions in which participants can present their research on the EU, as well as sessions on effective teaching of EU-related subjects.

 

Presentations on any topic relevant to EU studies are welcome.
Colleagues with only a nascent academic interest in the EU are invited to join us without being obligated to present any materials.

 

Graduate students are welcome. We will also consider participation by graduate students. Travel support will also be possible for graduate students whose abstracts are accepted for presentation.

 

Registration fee: There is no registration fee for the conference or pre-conference events.

 

Note about lodging: The EU Center has reserved a block of rooms at the Illini Union Hotel and will provide one night of free lodging on November 9, 2018. We can also provide overnight accommodation for an extra day on November 10th if you need it and will be driving for more than 150 miles. Please see the link to the registration form above for details. Please note that you do NOT need to contact the hotel; simply indicate whether you will need overnight accommodations or not and for which dates when you register on-line.
The hotel has free parking available. Free wireless access is available in guest rooms and conference room.

 

Why Attend?

  • Hear timely discussions on contemporary European and transatlantic affairs by prominent diplomats, scholars, practitioners, and activists
  • Great networking opportunity
  • Learn new strategies for teaching the EU
  • Discuss research/teaching interests with colleagues
  • Engage in discussions on EU studies as a field
  • One-night of free accommodations on UI’s Champaign-Urbana campus
  • Travel reimbursement grant of up to $150 available for participating faculty

SCHEDULE [pdf] & ABSTRACTS [pdf]

 

FRIDAY, November 9, 2018 | SPECIAL PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS:

 

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location: Levis Faculty Center, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801 | 300 Lecture Hall on the 3rd Floor &  210 Conference Room on the 2nd Floor—see below

 

10:00 – 10:30 am Welcome reception for the Annual EU Day
Location: 300 Lecture Hall on the 3rd Floor — Free and open to public
10:30 – 10:45 am
“State of the European Union and Transatlantic Relations”
A Conversation with His Excellency David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, moderated by William Bernhard, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor Of Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.preceded by a welcome reception (10:00 am)Location: 300 Lecture Hall on the 3rd Floor — Free and open to public
EU Day webpage
12:00 -1:30 pm  

Annual EU Day Ambassador’s luncheon
[For registered conference participants and by invitation only]
Location: 210 Conference Room on the 2nd Floor

3:00 – 4:30 pm  

Roundtable: Elections and EU-U.S. Relations: A Comparative Look at the Elections to the US Congress and the European Parliament and Implications for Transatlantic Relations

 

Speakers:
Xinyuan Dai,
 Political Science, University of Illinois
Brian Gaines, Political Science, University of Illinois
Konstantinos Kourtikakis, Political Science, University of Illinois
Carl Niekerk, Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois
Robert Evans, former Member of the European Parliament (MEP)
Moderator: Niala Boodhoo host and executive producer of The 21st.

 

Location: 300 Lecture Hall on the 3rd Floor — Free and open to public

 

followed by reception at 4:30 pm, featuring entertainment by one of our talented alums, Ms. Lauren Turk.
Location for the reception: Outside of 210 Conference Room on the 2nd Floor, Levis Faculty Center, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana

 

Roundtable webpage

4:30 – 5:00 pm  

Reception following the Roundtable & featuring entertainment by one of our talented alums, Ms. Lauren Turk
Location: Outside of 210 Conference Room on the 2nd Floor — Free and open to public

SATURDAY, November 10, 2018 |  EU STUDIES CONFERENCE

 

8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Levis Faculty Center, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801 | 210 Conference Room on the 2nd Floor

8:00 – 8:30 am Coffee/tea and pastries
8:30 – 9:30 am Welcoming Remarks & Opening Keynote Lecture: “Brexit and It’s Implications for the Rest of the EU?”

 

Speaker: Robert Evans, former Member of the European Parliament (MEP); Labour Member, Surrey County Council; Stanwell and Stanwell Moor; Politics Tutor, Royal Holloway, University of London

9:30 – 9:45 am Break
9:45 – 11:30 am Research Presentations — Setting the EU and Member State Agendas: EU and National/Local Institutions, Politics, Interests, and Culture
Magda Giurcanu, Teaching Assistant Professor, Political Science, East Carolina University
“In Search for an Electoral Link between the EU Electorate(s) and the EU proposals: Reality or Wishful Thinking?” 

Petia Kostadinova, Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
“Local Elections in Transition Societies: The Role of Party Promises”

 

Zsuzsana Fagyal, Associate Professor, French & Italian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (and Victoria Bauer, Graduate Student, EU Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
“Languages of Innovation: National Identities and the Working Languages of the European Unitary Patent System”

 

Sorin Nastasia, Associate Professor, Program Director for International Studie , Department of Applied Communication Studies and International Studies Program, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
“Tensions Between Populist Discourse and the EU Framework: A Case Study on the 2018 Marriage Referendum in Romania”

 

Elza Ibroscheva, Associate Dean and Professor, School of Communications, Webster University
“Turbo-Folk, Turbo-Sexism, and Turbo-Politics: The Emerging Cultural and Political Role of Pop-Folk Music in the Balkans”

 

15 minutes for each presentation; 30 minutes for Q&A and discussion at the end

11:30 am – 12:45 pm  

Working Lunch & Keynote Lecture: “The Euro-zone Problem: Whose Sovereign Debt is it Anyway?”

Speaker: Larry Neal, Founding Director of the European Union Center; Professor Emeritus of Economics University of Illinois

12:45 – 1:00 pm Break
1:00 – 12:15 pm A best practice presentation & Round-table Discussion: “Strategies for Teaching the EU”

 

Best Practice Presentation:

 

Isabel Scarborough, Associate Professor, Anthropology Program, Department of Social Sciences, Parkland College
“Engaging with the European Union in the Community College Classroom: Pedagogy and Research Best Practices”

 

Syllabi presentations:

 

Ophelia Eglène, Visiting Scholar (2018-19), European Union Center, University of Illinois; Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and French, Middlebury College
“The European Union”

 

Zsuzsana Fagyal, Associate Professor, French & Italian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Language and Minorities in Europe”

 

Gregory P. Rabb, Professor and Coordinator of Global Education, Jamestown Community College
“European Union”

 

Hellen McDonald, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Domestic and International Perspectives in Social Work: Refugees and Unaccompanied Minors – A Global Perspective”

 

Larry Leck, Coordinator, Center for Nonviolence, College of Lake County
“Critical Thinking/Peace Building: Using Critical Thinking Skills and Principles of Nonviolence to Promote Social Justice and the Sustainability of Civil Societies”

 

Karl Dirk Voss, Professor, History, St. Louis Community College
“The Modern World History”

 

15 minutes for the best practice presentation; 5 minutes for syllabi presentations each; 30 minutes for Q&A and discussion

2:15 – 2:30 pm Break
2:30 – 4:30 pm Graduate Student Research Presentations

Justin D. Pierce, Graduate Student, Political Science, University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign
“European Identity and Expansion: The effects of Accession of New Member States on European Identity”

 

Alberto Miguel Burgos-Rivera, Graduate Student, EU Studies, University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign
“Straight to Brussels or Through Their Respective Member State: The Outermost Region’s Political Representation in the European Union”

 

Genie Melamed, Graduate Student, EU Studies, University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign
“Determining Factors for the Success of Regional Autonomy in EU Member States”

 

Izabela Kantor, Undergraduate Student, International Studies, DePaul University
“Democratic Backsliding in Post-communist Europe: The Case of Poland”

 

Katherine Brown, Graduate Student and Research Associate, FBI Working Group, Department of Public & International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
“The Single Voice Dilemma: EU Elite Actor Responses to the Ukrainian Crisis”

 

Kyle Shishkin, BA/MA Student, Economics and International Relations, University of Chicago
“Euromaidan: The Sociopolitical History of the Revolution”

 

15 minutes for each presentation; 30 minutes for Q&A and discussion at the end

4:30 pm Closing Remarks

 

See full schedule here.


Previous Conferences
2017 | 2016 | October 2015March 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2009

 

The conference and pre-conference special events are also part of the EUC’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations. For further information, please visit “EUC Turns 20” webpage.

 

The conference and special pre-conference events (EU Day and round-table) are funded in part by a US Department of Education Title VI grant and a Jean Monnet Center for Excellence grant from the European Union.

 

Former MEP Mr. Robert Evans’ visit is made possible by the European Parliament Former Members Association’s “EP to Campus” program and Candriam.


11th Annual Turkish Studies Symposium

Turkey in the Aftermath of the Failed Coup Attempt

 

April 4, 2017

1:30 – 4:30 pm

Reception to follow

 

Levis Faculty Center
4th Floor
919 W Illinois St
[map]

 

Organized by:

Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

European Union Center

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Co-sponsored by:

Center for Global Studies

Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

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EUC, REEEC, and CGS are National Resource Centers funded by the US Department of Education Title VI grant. EUC is also a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence funded by the European Union. CSAMES is partially funded by the US Department of Education Title VIa grant. This symposium is supported by funding from the US Department of Education Title VI grant.

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Symposium poster [click the image to enlarge]
For the PDF version of the poster, please click here.


SCHEDULE

 

1:30 – 1:35 pm            Welcoming Remarks
Colleen Murphy, Director, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP); Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Illinois

 

1:35 – 2:15 pm            Turkey-EU Relations After the Failed Coup Attempt

Karol Kujawa, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey; Kosciuszko Senior Scholar, University of Illinois

 

2:15 – 2:55 pm             Has Turkey’s failed coup actually succeeded?

Mustafa Akyol, Turkish journalist and author; columnist for Al-Monitor; monthly contributing opinion writer for The New York Times; Senior Fellow at Freedom Project at Wellesley College

 

2:55 – 3:00 pm            Break

 

3:00 – 3:40 pm            What changed for women after Turkey’s failed coup attempt?

Riada Asimovic Akyol, PhD candidate at Galatasaray University in Istanbul; contributing writer for Al-Monitor

 

3:40 – 4:20 pm           The Challenge of Listening after the Attempted Coup

Denise Elif Gill, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Washington University in St. Louis

 

4:20 pm                        Concluding remarks


ABSTRACTS (in order of presentation):

 

Turkey-EU Relations After the Failed Coup Attempt” 

Karol Kujawa, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey; Kosciuszko Senior Scholar, University of Illinois

 

For over half a century Turkey has been striving to become an EU member. Nonetheless, the problem of serious democratic reforms which would bring Turkey closer to the Community was first taken up by an Islamic party AKP. In the first years of his government (2002-2007) in particular, a lot of democratic reforms in Turkey were carried out. Yet, in the recent years the process of the implementation of democratic reforms has weakened. Especially after they failed the coup attempt, Turkish-European relations found themselves on the verge of collapse. Despite the declarations neither party does not believe in the ability to break the deadlock. The weakness as well as the limited scope of the EU-Turkish political dialogue resulted in a number of practical problems. Ultimately, negotiations found themselves in a vacuum and are close to breaking. However, both of sides need each other. The interruption of the integration process with Turkey could have very negative consequences for both sides: for Turkey could lead to economic crisis, while for EU could lead to increase in the threat of terrorism and the outbreak of another migration crisis. How we can overcome this deadlock, and how we can re-initiate the process of integration of Turkey with EU? 

 

Has Turkey’s failed coup actually succeeded?

Mustafa Akyol, Turkish journalist and author; columnist for Al-Monitor; monthly contributing opinion writer for The New York Times; Senior Fellow at Freedom Project at Wellesley College

 

On July 15, 2016, Turkey had one of the longest and bloodiest nights in its his history. A faction within the military launched a coup attempt, met with popular resistance, and ultimately failed. It was, for sure, a victory for democracy, since a democratically elected government has been saved from a military intervention. However, it took no time for the same government to initiate a nation-wide purge which targeted not just the putschists but also mere outspoken critics. Turkey’s “state of emergency,” in fact, has gradually proved as authoritarian as a military regime would probably be. Why Turkey, once a “model” of Muslim democracy, came to this point? And where it is heading? What does the April 16 referendum on a major constitutional amendment mean? Mustafa Akyol, Turkish journalist and author, will offer his observations

 

What changed for women after Turkey’s failed coup attempt?

Riada Asimovic Akyol, PhD candidate at Galatasaray University in Istanbul; contributing writer for Al-Monitor

 

On July 15, the Turks who bravely resisted against the military coup attempt included many women — some who gave their lives heroically to resist tanks and guns. They are now commemorated in Turkey, especially among the supporters of the government, as the “female martyrs” of Turkish democracy.

This is just one scene from the complexity of women’s reality in Turkey. Politics defines everything, including women. Pro-government women, most of whom are religious conservatives, feel empowered. They seem happy to have ended the dark days of “Old Turkey,” where the Islamic headscarf was banned in public institutions and thus made them feel like second class citizens. Meanwhile, other women, those in the opposition, think that their own “dark days” have begun and maybe the worst is yet to come. 

Besides politics, women’s real issues — such as domestic violence, glass ceilings, child brides, and more — remain, as attention and progress on those burning problems are very limited. There are only a handful of examples of concerted female effort to fight misogyny. Turks’ century-old political fight, sadly, overshadows almost everything else.       

 

The Challenge of Listening after the Attempted Coup

Denise Elif Gill, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Washington University in St. Louis

 

The sounds of the failed coup of last July have had long-lasting effects on Turks in urban cities unaccustomed to the acoustics of war.  Religious devotional recitations—especially the ezan call to prayer and the sela prayer—melded within militaristic cacophony and, eventually, the chants of protesters.  In this talk, I will demonstrate how the vast intersections of sounds in the attempted coup resonate from and may resurrect pre-Republic modalities of listening in times of violence.  The coup attempt engendered new structures of listening elucidating—and challenging—Turkey’s longstanding polarization between state secularism and the public practices of Sunni Islam.  Whole spectrums of listeners are attuned in new ways to resonances in the public sphere, intimately aware of the efficacies of sound, voice, silence, and silencing.  Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Istanbul during 2016, I attend to the intersections, comingling, and contradictions of emergent structures of listening in the wake of the failed coup.


SPEAKER BIOS (in alphabetical order)

 

Mustafa Akyol is a Turkish journalist and author. He is a columnist for Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East, and a monthly contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. His articles have also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian. He is the author of Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty (2011), and “The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims.” (2017).
Akyol is currently a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Freedom Project at Wellesley College.
His website: www.MustafaAkyol.org
His Twitter feed: @AkyolinEnglish

 

Riada Asimovic Akyol holds an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, a graduate degree from University of Buckingham and is currently a PhD candidate at Galatasaray University in Istanbul. Her thesis focuses on religion and politics in the Balkans through a critical reading of the Huntingtonian perspective of “clash of civilizations”. Writing and speaking on women, particularly Muslim women, has been another of her great intellectual interests and passions. Hence, since 2013, she has written on topics related to Islam, Turkey and women as contributing writer for Al-Monitor.com: The Pulse of the Middle East. Her pieces were also published in The New York Times, The Nation, Al Jazeera English, and The National (based in Dubai). 

 

Denise Elif Gill is an ethnomusicologist whose work focuses on sonic practices of Turkey and the land and seas formally under Ottoman control. Her research—based on over four years of ethnographic research—is foundationally grounded in careful consideration of sound and listening in relation to intersectionality, gender and sexualities, Islam, Sufi orders (especially the Mevleviyye), health, ableism, memory, and social justice. Dr. Gill is a recipient of the Ki Mantle Hood Award (2007), two Fulbrights (2007-8, 2008-09), a Sakip Sabancı International Research Award (2008), and a fellowship from the American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS). Her first book, Melancholic Modalities: Affect, Islam, and Turkish Classical Musicians (Oxford, 2017), interrogates the melancholies intentionally cultivated by present-day musicians who champion, teach, and perform Ottoman-Turkish classical musics. Introducing new methodologies of rhizomatic analysis and bi-aurality, Dr. Gill studies how musicians deploy sonic, affective melancholies as reparative and pleasurable formations of morality.  Her current research projects examine the distinct listening structures of death, loss, and migratory thresholds. As a kanun (trapezoidal zither) player, Dr. Gill has performed on radio and television programs and in concert halls in Turkey, the United States, and in multiple cities in Europe.

 

Karol Kujawa is an analyst specializing in the Middle East, Balkans and European Neighbourhood Policy. He obtained his Ph.D. from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Prior to his doctoral work, he was a fellow at the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh (USA), Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (France), University of Zagreb (Croatia), and Mersin University (Turkey). He used to work as a senior analyst on Turkey and the Balkans in the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw, a government think tank. He has been a lecturer at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Germany), Department of Asian Studies at Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland), and Gazikent University (Turkey). He has published more than 100 articles and has given numerous interviews for media. Currently, he is an assistant professor at the Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University and a Kosciuszko Foundation Fellow in the U.S. Since 2015 he serves as expert at the governmental research institution – National Science Agency in Poland. Kujawa is currently preparing a book-length study about Turkish-US relations.


Previous Years’ Symposiums

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

Staff

 

Carla Santos, Director csantos@illinois.edu (217) 244-3874

Dr Carla Santos is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism. Originally from Portugal, she received her B.A. and M.A. in Communication from the University of North Dakota and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Pennsylvania State University. Her research examines communicative practices as a means of addressing the socio-political and cultural impact of tourism on the world’s people and cultures. Specifically, her work seeks to identify and understand attitudes and beliefs of a variety of stakeholders throughout the tourism development process. Her research in Europe has focused on the entanglement in advancing an inclusive European identity, common historical pasts, and contemporary tourism narratives. Her work appears extensively in the premier national and international journals in her field, and has been featured in numerous media outlets such as CBS News, Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio. She holds additional faculty appointments in the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Department of Anthropology, is a member of the Executive Committee of CHAMP/Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management & Policy, as well as a faculty affiliate in several area studies centers. Professor Santos was recently selected by her peers to receive the 2016 King James McCristal Distinguished Scholar award from the College of Applied Health Sciences for her outstanding achievements in scholarship.

 


Sebnem Ozkan, Associate Director and Director of Graduate Studies | asozkan@illinois.edu | (217) 244-0570

Sebnem Ozkan (Ph.D.) Associate Director and Director of Graduate Studies at the European Union Center. Sebnem provides strategic guidance for developing core areas of the EUC, execute the Center’s programmatic activities, and oversee EUC’s academic programs. Sebnem started working at the EUC in 2008 as Outreach Coordinator and has played a key role in acquisition and execution of various EU and federal grants; created numerous innovative outreach programs; initiated, coordinated, and taught courses in the MA in EU Studies (MASEUS) program; and also served as the coordinator of and advisor for the EUC’s Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program. Prior to joining the EUC staff, Sebnem worked at the European Studies Alliance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as research project assistant and graduate research fellow from 1999-2008. She holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. degree in labor economics and industrial relations from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Science (Mülkiye). She is a specialist on Turkish politics; EU-Turkey relations; and European social and industrial policy and labor and employment issues.

 


Kim Rice, Office Manager
kimrice@illinois.edu
(217) 265-7515

Kim Rice has worked for the European Union Center since 2004. As Office Manager, Kim provides administrative, budgetary, and organizational support for EUC staff, affiliated faculty, and students. She assists with event planning, budget and grant reporting, reimbursements, and hiring student employees. In addition, she provides support for the Master of Arts degree program by processing student applications, course information, and student petitions and overseeing the graduation certification process.

 

 

 


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Neil Vander Most,  Visiting Coordinator of Academic Programs
vanderm1@illinois.edu

Neil Vander Most (PhD) is the Visiting Academic Coordinator for the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Dr. Vander Most holds a Ph.D. and M.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research specializes in Dutch and Flemish politics, immigration and the integration of immigrants into Europe, and radical right parties. Dr. Vander Most oversees the academic and curricular elements of the Center’s mission, including frequently teaching courses on topics relevant to European Union Studies, managing the Center’s degree programs, and exploring new ways to educate students of all backgrounds.

 


Paul Myers, Visiting Outreach Coordinator psmyers2@illinois.edu

Paul Myers is the Visiting Outreach Coordinator of European Union Center. He is also a Ph.D. student in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a European Union Studies graduate minor. As a traditionally-trained former teacher in public and charter schools in the Chicagoland area, his research interests include the marketization and privatization of the provision of schooling both domestically and internationally. As such, Paul has a particular interest in the Swedish educational system and was awarded FLAS Fellowships from the EU Center in 2013 (Summer), 2014-15 (Academic Year), and 2015 (Summer) to learn Swedish both in Sweden and in our own Scandinavian Program. He was also awarded the Anna Jensen Memorial Scandinavian Award in 2016 to travel to Stockholm and collect data for his proposed dissertation research.

 


Graduate Student Staff

 

Cassia Smith is a Master’s student of Library and Information Science at the Illinois iSchool. Her focus at the iSchool is on metadata, data curation, and information systems, and she serves as a pre-professional GA and webmaster at the EUC. She plans to graduate in spring of 2018.

 

Alexandra van Doren is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature and EUC FLAS fellow specializing in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies. She is the Co-Founder/President of Three Spinners Inc., a local non-profit organization providing emergency relief and integration services for immigrants and refugees arriving in the C-U community. She will complete her dissertation, “Where foot knocks against/the unburied bones of kin”: Topographies of Memory and Amnesia in Poland and Spain, in the spring of 2019. She has a graduate minor in European Union Studies and works for the EUC as a Graduate Hourly employee.

EU Studies Conference 2016

“Researching and Teaching the EU: Best Practices and Current Trends in EU Scholarship”
A Working Conference for Regional College Faculty


October 21-22, 2016


Schedule [PDF] | Abstracts [PDF] | Logistical Memo & Map [PDF]


CONFERENCE LOCATIONS:

 

FRIDAY, OCT 21 [Special pre-Conference Events]:
Round-table Location: Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801
Screening Location: Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana, IL 61801

SATURDAY, OCT 22 [Conference]
Conference Location: Khan Annex of Huff Hall, Room 1002, 1206 S 4th St, Champaign, IL 61820


CONFERENCE HOTEL
Illini Union Hotel, 1401 West Green St., Urbana, IL 61801


Abstract Submission and Registration Deadline was September 21, 2016. Registration is now closed.

Colleagues with only a nascent academic interest in the EU are invited to join us without being obliged to present any materials. Participants who submit an abstract will be notified by September 26, 2016 if their proposal is accepted to be included in the conference.


ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

 

This annual conference will bring together regional college faculty with the aim of increasing research on and teaching of the European Union at universities and four-year and two-year colleges in Illinois and the Midwest. It will facilitate the building of a dynamic network for regional educators with interests in EU studies. The conference will include panel discussions in which participants can present their research on the EU, as well as sessions on effective teaching of EU-related subjects.

 

Presentations on any topic relevant to EU studies are welcome.
Colleagues with only a nascent academic interest in the EU are invited to join us without being obliged to present any materials.

 

Graduate students are welcome. We can also consider participation by graduate students. Pending availability, travel support may be possible for graduate students whose abstracts are accepted for presentation.

 

Registration fee: Participants who are not presenting are required to pay a $50 registration fee. This fee will be waived for accepted speakers and University of Illinois faculty and graduate students. A $100 travel reimbursement grant and one night of free lodging will be available to all participants.

 

Note about lodging: The EU Center has reserved a block of rooms at the Illini Union Hotel and will provide one night of free lodging on October 21, 2016. We can also provide overnight accommodation for an extra day if you need it. Please see the link to the registration form above for details. Please note that you do NOT need to contact the hotel; simply indicate whether you will need overnight accommodations or not and for which dates when you register on-line.
The Illini Union Hotel has free parking available. Free wireless access is available in guest rooms and conference room.

 

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Why Attend?

  • Hear timely discussions on contemporary European and transatlantic affairs by prominent scholars, practitioners, and activists
  • Great networking opportunity
  • Learn new strategies for teaching the EU
  • Discuss research/teaching interests with colleagues
  • Engage in discussions on EU studies as a field
  • One-night of free accommodations at the Illini Union Hotel on UI’s Champaign-Urbana campus
  • Travel reimbursement grant of up to $100 available for participating faculty

Schedule [PDF] | Abstracts [PDF] | Logistical Memo & Map [PDF]


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21
3:00 – 9:00 pm

Special Pre-Conference Events:

Location (Round-table & Reception; 3:00-6:30 pm): Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801
Location (Screening; 7:00-9:00 pm): Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana, IL 61801

3:00 – 5:00 Round-table: “Freedom of Speech in the Age of New Media and New Publics: France, Europe and Beyond”
Speakers:
Rokhaya Diallo, Journalist & Filmmaker
Christian Lequesne, Sciences Politiques – Centre de Recherches Internationales
Jean-Philippe Mathy, Director, School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics; Professor of French and Comparative & World Literature, University of Illinois
Moderator: Felisa Reynolds, Assistant Professor of French, University of Illinois
Location: Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801
5:00 – 6:30
Reception

Location: Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801

7:00 – 9:00 Film screening: “Networks of Hate” (52 min)

Featuring pre-screening introduction and post-screening Q & A by the director, Ms. Rokhaya Diallo
Location: Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana, IL 61801

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22
8:00 am – 4:30pm

“Researching and Teaching the EU: Best Practices and Current Trends in EU Scholarship: A Working Conference for Regional College Faculty”

Location: Khan Annex of Huff Hall, Room 1002, 1206 S 4th St, Champaign, IL 61820

8:00 – 8:15 Coffee/tea and pastries
8:15 – 9:00 Welcoming Remarks
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Opening Lecture: “Future of Transatlantic Relations in a Post-Brexit Era”
Speaker: Christian Lequesne, Sciences Politique-Centre de Recherches Internationales
9:00 – 9:15 Break
9:15 – 10:30 Panel 1 – Governing the EU, Governing the World: Euro, networks, transnational parties, and Inter-institutional interactions

 

David Cleeton, Economics, Illinois State University
The Impact of the Euro on Domestic Savings and International Capital Flows”

Kostas Kourtikakis, Political Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
The Government Sponsored Network in European Union External Relations”

Petia Kostadinova, Political Science, University of Illinois, Chicago
“Election Pledges by Euro-parties: linking the priorities of the European Parliament and the European Commission?

10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 Panel 2 – Singing and “Selling” the EU Brand : Defining and Promoting the EU and European Identity

 

Sorin Nastasia, International Studies; Applied Communication Studies, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
“The European Union Brand”

Lucas Henry, Musicology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
“Supranational Sounds: The European Commission’s European Border Breakers Awards, the European Talent Exchange Program, and Construction of European Identities

Raphaela Berding, EU Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Graduate
“European Identity: an antidote to crises?”

12:00 – 1:30 Working Lunch & Keynote Address: “Being a Transatlantic Activist”
Keynote Speaker: Rokhaya Diallo, Journalist & Filmmaker
1:30 – 1:45 Break
1:45 – 3:00 Panel 3 – Debating Far-Right, Terrorism, and Refugees: Radicalization in Europe and the role of social media, freedom of speech, and public space

 

Jean-Philippe Mathy, French & Italian | School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
“Where is Charlie Now? Solidarity and Dissent After the Paris Attacks”

Elza Ibroscheva, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Mass Communication
“When “likes” turn to “hate”: The role of social media in processing of “othering” of refugees in Bulgaria”

Erik Tillman, Political Science, DePaul University
“Authoritarianism and Support for Radical Right Parties”

3:00 – 3: 15 Break
3:15 – 4:15 Round-table Discussion: “Strategies for Teaching the EU”

 

David Cleeton, Economics, Illinois State University
“Financial Market Reform in the European Union” [PDF]

Kostas Kourtikakis, Political Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
“Special Topics in West European Politics” [PDF]
“Politics of the European Union” [PDF]

Gregory Rabb, Political Science, Jamestown Community College
“European Union” [PDF]

4:15 – 4:30 Closing Remarks

Previous Conferences

October 2015 | March 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2009

 

The round-table and the conference are funded in part by a US Department of Education Title VI grant.

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Kathy Baylis

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Nancy Jane Benson

Sociology

 

William T. Bernhard

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Andrea B. Bohn

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Francis Boyle

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Richard Brazee

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Donna Buchanan

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Cynthia Buckley

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Julie Cidell

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Amy Clay

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Joseph A. Clougherty

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Education

 

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Sandy Dall’Erba

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Laura Davies Brenier

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Education

 

Brian Deal

Landscape Architecture

 

Luisa-Elena Delgado

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Michael C. Finke

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Matthew W. Finkin

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Peter Fritzsche

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George Z. Gasyna

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Zsuzsa Gille

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Tina Girndt-Clougherty

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Mariana Gonzalez Boluda

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Glen Goodman

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Chris Green

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Jessica Greenberg

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Heather E. Grossman

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David Hays

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Linda Herrera

Education

 

Stephanie Hilger

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Laura Callegari Hill

French & Italian

 

Keith Hitchins

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Margarethe Elisabeth Hoenig

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Verena Höfig

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Brett Kaplan

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Marieke Kleemans

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Kostas Kourtikakis

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Jean-Pierre Leburton

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Theo Malekin

Germanic Languages and Literatures

 

Candace Martinez

Business Administration

 

Pilar Martinez-Quiroga

Spanish and Portuguese

 

Jean-Philippe Mathy

French and Italian

 

Ralph Mathisen

History

 

Jason Mazzone

Law

 

Cameron McCarthy

Education

 

Deana McDonagh

School of Art and Design

 

Hellen McDonald

Social Work

 

Robert McKim

Religion; Philosophy

 

Craig Miller

Illinois Natural History Survey

 

Armine Mortimer

French

 

Colleen Murphy

Law; Philosophy; Political Science; Women & Gender in Global Perspectives

 

Bruce Murray

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Elisabeth Oltheten

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Cele Otnes

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Ayse Ozcan

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Sebnem Ozkan

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Stephen Parente

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Michael Peters

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Anke Pinkert

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Lynne Rudasill

Global Studies; Library Administration

 

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Robert Rushing

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Carla Santos

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Mahir Şaul

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Mario Schijven

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Dorothee Schneider

History

 

Jodi Schneider

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Joanna Shisler

Molecular and Cellular Biology

 

Helaine Silverman

Anthropology

 

Mark Steinberg

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Dušan Stipanovic

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Kate Wegmann

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2015 EU Day

Thirteenth Annual European Union Day: March 12, 2015

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The European Union Center is pleased to announce the Thirteenth Annual EU Day event on March 12, 2015.
European Union Day at the University of Illinois is a celebration of transatlantic relations and strives to promote a better understanding between the peoples of the United States and the European Union. The highlight of the celebration is the address by the Ambassador of the country that holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

 

This year, the annual “State of the European Union” address will be delivered by His Excellency Andris Razāns, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Latvia to the United States.

 

EU Day is open to the public and provide our citizens with the opportunity to learn about the importance of the European Union to the United States and its role in promoting international relations. Invited guests and dignitaries will include members of the Diplomatic Corps from Washington, DC, members of the Consular Corps from Chicago, business leaders, state and local government officials, and faculty and students from universities and high schools throughout Illinois.

 

EU2015.LV_CMYK_250Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Every six months, on a rotating schedule, an EU member state becomes the presiding state and is leading the work of the EU Council. Since 2010, when the Lisbon Treaty came into force, a trio principle was introduced. That means that the Presidency’s work program is developed by three countries. Latvia will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2015. The Presidency is an opportunity for every member state, regardless of its size or length of membership, to influence the EU agenda and guide EU endeavors.Learn more about the Latvian Presidency and the Latvian Presidency logo.
Press Release
The EUC’s promotional video for EU Day can be viewed here.

 

Keynote Address

Thursday, March 12, 2015

“State of the European Union” AddressHis Excellency Andris Razāns, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Latvia to the United States
Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, IL 61801 (map)10:00 am – 11:30 am, reception to follow

Schedule of Related Events

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Chai Wai at the Library: “A Roundtable with Members of the Chicago Consular Corps — The Future of the European Union: A Shared Vision?”
International and Area Studies Library, Room 321, Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL (map)2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Panelists include:
Klaas van der Tempel, Consul General of the Netherlands, Chicago
Mario-Ingo Soos, Deputy Consul General of Germany, Chicago
Yerassimos Lazaris, Trade Commissioner, Greek Consulate, Chicago
Learn more about the panelists [.pdf].

Moderator: Anna Stenport, EU Center Director

Past EU Days

2013  | 2012  | 2011  | 2009

EU Day events are funded in part by US Department of Education Title VI grant and the EU Center of Excellence grant.

FLAS

European Union Center Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships 


Applications are being accepted for Summer 2019 and Academic Year 2019-2020

 

Deadline for Applications: Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11:59 pm

 

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM for Academic Year 2019-20 and Summer 2019 is available on the University of Illinois FLAS Fellowships website.

 

FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. Funding for these fellowships is provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Program. FLAS Fellowships are administered by University of Illinois International and Area Studies Centers and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply.

 

FLAS fellowships can be used to study abroad or on campus.

 

FLAS recipients must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents and enrolled full-time. During the academic year, fellows must take a language course and an area studies course each semester. During the summer, fellows must complete the equivalent of one year of language study.

 

ELIGIBLE LANGAUGES

EUC FLAS fellowships may be used for the study of many languages, including:

Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, French (graduate students only), German (graduate students only), Modern Greek, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian-Bosnian-Croatian, Spanish (graduate students only), Swedish, Turkish, or Ukrainian.

 

Undergraduate fellowships are NOT available for Spanish, French, or German. Undergraduate fellowships are only available for intermediate to advanced (2nd year +) study of less commonly taught European languages (LCTLs); i.e., any modern foreign language other than Spanish, German, or French. Applicants must be able to take the language course at least at the 2nd year (intermediate) during the term of the fellowship.

 

Graduate students might apply to study any one of the languages listed above at the beginners level if they already have proficiency in another language listed above. Otherwise, graduate fellowships are only available for intermediate to advanced (2nd year +) study of the languages listed above and applicants must be able to take the language course at least at the 2nd year (intermediate) during the term of the fellowship. 

 

FLAS ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020

  • Graduate students: may receive full tuition and fee waiver and a stipend of $15,000 payable over the academic year. Eligibility for tuition waiver varies by home department and school.
  • Undergraduate students: may receive $10,000 towards tuition and fees to study at the University of Illinois and a stipend of $5,000.

FLAS SUMMER 2019

  • Graduate and undergraduate students: The awards carry a stipend of $2,500 plus $5,000 that can be used for tuition and fees to study a language.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Applicants are judged on their record of academic achievement.
  • Demonstrated and proposed commitment to EU language and area studies.
  • Statement of purpose describing how the proposed language study fits in with your thesis, dissertation research project or degree program and how it relates to EU Studies as a field of study. Statement should also illustrate how you intend to use the language and how the language and area study will contribute to your ultimate career goals. Please also describe your previous language learning experiences (formal and informal)
  • Recommendation letters (3 letters; preferably one from your academic advisor and one from a language instructor when possible; the third letter can be from an instructor/professor of your own choice)
  • Transcript(s)

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS 

  1. Online Application Form is available on the University of Illinois FLAS Fellowships website.
  2. Statement of purpose (max 2 pages)
  3. Three recommendation letters (preferably one from your academic advisor and one from a language instructor when possible; the third letter can be from an instructor/professor of your own choice)
  4. Transcripts (Undergraduate and Graduate – unofficial transcripts are acceptable)

FLAS INFORMATION SESSIONS  

Information sessions will cover the requirements and deadlines and provide opportunities for students to ask questions of the FLAS coordinators. In addition, you can get tips on how to write a successful application; what supporting documents you need; and who is appropriate for a recommendation.


Deadline for Applications: Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11:59 pm

 

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM for Academic Year 2019-20 and Summer 2019 is available on the University of Illinois FLAS Fellowships website.

 

For more information, to apply for FLAS Fellowships, and to see the list of Centers awarding FLAS fellowships and eligible languages through other Centers please visit the
University of Illinois Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship website.


QUESTIONS?
CONTACT EUC Visiting Outreach and FLAS coordinator Paul Myers (217-300-7438 or psmyers2@illinois.edu)

 

To see current and past FLAS Fellows, please visit this webpage

 

Euro Challenge 2015

Euro Challenge Brochure (pdf)

 

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Join Euro Challenge Competition and get a chance to win

CASH PRIZES and TRAVEL TO NYC & DC


Welcome to the Euro Challenge

Welcome to the Euro Challenge – an exciting educational opportunity for high schools students (grades 9 & 10) to learn about the European Union (EU) – the largest trading partner of the US – and its single currency, the euro. The program offers students of global studies, economics, world history/geography or European studies a unique experience that moves them out of the classroom into the real world.

For the competition, students research problems and solutions to Europe’s economic challenges. A team of three to five students presents its findings in a competition format. The best teams from each region travel to NYC to compete in the national finals at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Conditional on an annual grant, winning teams can win awards and a trip to Washington generously offered by the Moody’s Foundation.

The competition requires no previous knowledge of economics or Europe, and students and teachers can access an array of educational resources and training materials on the competition website:http://www.euro-challenge.org

 

Congratulations to the 2015 Midwest Preliminary Round Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Midwest preliminary round and their teachers: Normal Community High School (teacher: Meghan Hassel) and Naperville Central High School (teacher: Letitia Zwickert). Read more about Naperville Central High School’s experience on the EUC’s Teacher’s Corner blog.

 

What’s in it for students and teachers?

  • Option of participating virtually in the competition. To learn more, view the orientation video and visit the Euro Challenge website
  • Expense-paid trip to Chicago for Midwest regional round and to New York City for Finalists (For Illinois teachers only. Limited travel grants and substitute teacher fees available, apply early!)**
  • Winning teams win a monetary prize.
  • Teacher of top IL team will get a chance to win a place on Summer study tour to Europe through the University of Illinois European Union Center in Summer 2015*
  • Opportunity to present to experts at Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Chicago
  • All competing students will get a certificate of accomplishment

Video Submissions

Video submission guidelines and scoring rubric for the Preliminary Round of the 2015 Euro Challenge are now available. These documents review the process for using Vimeo to upload and submit a video presentation, the rules for creating a video presentation and the updated scoring rubric for the Preliminary Round of the competition. They can also be accessed on the Euro Challenge website at the links below:

Vimeo User Guide

Video Rules & Procedures

Preliminary Round Scoring Rubric

 

Learning Resources and Support

  • Orientation webinars and workshops give teachers (and students) a chance to learn about the competition.
  • Check out the Euro Challenge Website for training videos, research materials, and web resources
  • Participate in the Euro Challenge @ Facebook

How do you find out more? How to register?

Registration is currently not open. For more information about the competition in Illinois, please contact Sebnem Ozkan (asozkan@illinois.edu; 217-244-0570)
at the University of Illinois European Union Center (www.europe.illinois.edu)



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The Euro Challenge is a program of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America. It is managed by Working in Support of Education and run with the help of regional partner organizations. The program is run by the University of Illinois European Union Center, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, in Illinois.

* The Study Tour to Europe is funded by the European Commission’s European Union Center of Excellence grant and organized by the EUCE Network Coordinator on behalf of the Network of EU Centers of Excellence. Teachers who have participated in previous Study Tours to Europe organized by the University of Illinois European Union Center are welcome and encouraged to participate in the euro challenge competition but are not eligible to join the Study Tour to Europe in Summer 2015.

**The University of Illinois EU Center has funds to cover expenses for Illinois teacers only. Limited travel grants and substitute teacher fees available, apply early! If you are a Wisconsin or Indiana teacher, please contact Csanád Siklós at the European Studies Alliance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and 812-856-3832 at the Indiana University European Union Center respectively. If you are from another Midwest state, please contact Sebnem Ozkan at the University of Illinois EU Center.