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> – Related Events
> – EUC Faculty Conference Travel Grants
> – Announcements
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> Spring 2011 February 28 – March 4
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> Events
> February 28 – march 1
> East-Central Europe International Business Conference
> Location: College of Business and Management, Northeastern Illinois University, 3601 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago IL
> Open to the public. No fee or registration required.
> Sponsors: College of Business and Management, Northeastern Illinois University. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, and others international and area studies centers.
> Contact: Nancy Zaitlin, 773-442-6102
> March 4
> Proving Ground or Pasture?: Candidate Selection in European Elections
> Speaker: William Bernhard, Professor of Political Science, U of I
> Time: 12:00 pm
> Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana
Abstract: Candidates for the European Parliament are selected by national parties. We examine party strategies for these nominations. Some parties select young up-and-coming politicians to stand for election, hoping to give these candidates valuable experience in Brussels that will help their future political careers. Other parties send older politicians at the end of their domestics political careers to Brussels as a cushy and well-deserved “retirement job.” Still other parties may dump politicians who have been difficult, unruly, or challenging at the domestic level in the EP as a way to remove them from the national stage. We present an expansive new dataset cataloging the demographic characteristics, career backgrounds, and political experiences of candidates in the 2009 European Parliamentary Elections. We nd that political parties’ ideologies, their sizes, and their dynamic electoral contexts all covary with the sorts of people they place on their lists.
Free and open to the public. Lunch provided, bring your own beverage. Please RSVP to Kim Rice at kimrice@illinois.edu or (217)265-7515.

Events march 9
Tenth Annual European Union Day
Schedule of Events:
10:00 – 11:30 am
State of the European Union Address, by György Szapáry, Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to the United States
Reception following
Location: Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Student Workshop: Careeers & Professionalism in Europe – Focus on East Europe
Guest speaker: Miklós Martin-Kovács, Hungarian Investment & Trade Commissioner
Location: Levis Faculty Center, 3rd floor, 919 W. Illinois
Co-sponsor: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC)
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Transatlantic Security Symposium: The End of National European Armies?
Location: Levis Faculty Center, 3rd floor, 919 W. Illinois
Jean-Yves Haine, University of Toronto
Jolyon Howorth, Yale University
Alistair Shepherd, Aberystwyth University
Moderator: Colin Flint, University of Illinois
Co-sponsor: Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS)

March 11-12
New Postsocialist Ontologies and Politics
Location: Levis Faculty Center
Co-Sponsors: European Union Center, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Center for Advanced Study, Center for Global Studies, Unit for Criticism, Department of Political Science, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, and the Department of Geography.
Abstract: The purpose of the conference is to build on and advance a new and exciting direction in postsocialist studies, a paradigm we may call the relational perspective. Such explorations have rested on three approaches: 1) the conceptualization of the global context of state and postsocialism; 2) the questioning of directionality between this global context and the former “Second World;” and 3) the political implications of rethinking the global context as itself postsocialist. For more information about the conference theme, go to: http://www.mag-iah.com/files/Illinois_2011.pdf.

March 17
Feeding the World: the Role of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Prabhu Pingali, the Deputy Director of the Agriculture Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Time: 4:00 pm Lecture
Location: Monsanto Room, ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center, 1101 S. Goodwin Ave.
Co-sponsor: ACES

Related Events
February 28-March 3
The Illusionist Film Showing
Location: The Art Theatre, 126 West Church Street, Champaign
Time: Varied (Please see website)
Abstract: Details the story of a dying breed of stage entertainer whose thunder is being stolen by emerging rock stars. Forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theaters, garden parties and bars, he meets a young fan who changes his life forever. — Anonymous (IMDB)

March 3, 2011
Lecture (in German): “Verlebendigung und Historisierung von Geschichte: DDR und Mauerfall in der Literatur seit der Jahrtausendwende.”
Speaker: Andrea Geier, Visiting Max Kade Distinguished Professor of German from the University of Trier
Time: 5:15 pm
Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge
Sponsor: Departmental lecture series in Germanic Languages and Literatures “Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft”

March 4-31
The 14th Annual European Union Film Festival
Location: 164 North State Street, Chicago
Sponsors: Gene Siskel Film Center and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Abstract: The Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to the 14th Annual European Union Film Festival, the largest showcase in North America for the cinema of European Union nations. This year’s festival, our largest yet, boasts 64 films representing 24 nations.

EUC Faculty Conference Travel Grants

European Union Center Faculty Conference Travel Grants
Deadline: February 28
The European Union Center announces the EUC Faculty Conference Travel Grant competition for 2010-11. These grants are designed to support the professional development of EUC-affiliated faculty who wish to present one or more papers at academic conferences. Faculty members not currently affiliated with the EUC are encouraged to apply and inquire about Center affiliation. Faculty members may receive funding for one conference per year from the EUC. All awards MUST be used by no later than August 14, 2011. The conference travel grant is funded by the US Department of Education Title VI grant.

Domestic Conference Travel Grants
Domestic conference travel grants support UI faculty presentation(s) at an academic conference in the US on modern European studies, with priority given to research on the EU. Preference will be given to applicants who are junior faculty and have made contributions to European/EU studies at Illinois and who can demonstrate lack of other sources for the proposed travel. Maximum award: $500.

International Conference Travel Grant
One international conference travel grant is available for the maximum award of $1,000. The proposed conference paper must address the EU directly. Preference will be given to the applicants who have made contributions to European/EU studies at Illinois, who can combine travel to a conference with field research and/or development of institutional links between UI and other universities abroad. International travel arrangements will be subject to the Fly America Act and MUST be approved by the US Department of Education 30 days in advance of a scheduled flight before the ticket can be purchased.
Domestic and International Conference Grant award recipients may be invited to present a brown bag talk in the EUC lecture series.

Application Forms can be obtained from the EU Center (328 International Studies Building, MC-429) or downloaded from the EU Center web site,

Application Procedures: Please submit one copy of the following.

* A completed application form.
* A one-page proposal with a description of the proposed conference and the expected benefits to your research and the general area of European Union studies.
* A budget for the travel and conference expenses.
* Copy of the announcement of the conference.
* Copy of the notice showing that the proposed paper has been accepted for the conference.
* A brief curriculum vita.

Application deadline: before 4:30 PM on February 28, 2011. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Submit applications to:
EU Center
328 International Studies Building, MC-429
910 S. Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 265-7515
Fax: (217) 333-6270


Nomination/Submission Deadline: March 1, 2011
GSA award for Best Essay in German Studies by a Graduate Student
The prize for the Best Essay in German Studies by a Graduate Student will again be awarded in 2011
Questions and nominations should be sent to the committee chair, Professor Joy Calico, at Vanderbilt University at joy.calico@vanderbilt.edu


Deadline: March 10, 2011
University Administrators Enrichment Program at RWTH Aachen University : Shaping the Future of International Institutional Collaboration
Dates: July 17-22, 2011
Abstract: RWTH Aachen University is pleased to announce a new program designed for senior international education professionals and faculty members closely involved with university internationalization, to bring them into closer contact with their counterparts at one of Europe’s leading technical universities, RWTH Aachen University. The program will focus on the professional development of the participants, expanding their knowledge and international professional networks to intensify internationalization initiatives of their home universities. The program will consist of information sessions, roundtable workshops, and site visits to departments and research facilities on the RWTH Aachen campus.
The week-long program will focus on comparing science, engineering and technology education in different European and North American university systems versus Germany (in the context of the European Higher Education Area) and identifying possible avenues for student exchange and research collaboration. RWTH Aachen University will provide accommodation, including breakfast, for all participants. Most meals are included in the program, and awards of EUR 300 (= approx. USD 400) per person will be given out to suitable participants and can be applied towards international and local travel. Intercontinental travel is at the participants’ expense.
To apply, please submit a CV and a statement of motivation explaining your interest in participation in the program and in intensifying your university’s institutional ties with RWTH Aachen University and/or institutions in Germany/Europe.
Please submit your application via email to heide.naderer@zhv.rwth-aachen.de
For a detailed schedule of the program, please visit http://www.rwth-aachen.de/enrichment.

Deadline: May 1 for Fall 2011 or AY 2011-2012
The EuroScholars Program
Abstract: The EuroScholars Program is an innovative study abroad program designed to provide professional academic research experience for high achieving students (GPA 3.4 or higher) interested in a research semester abroad in Europe.
Highlights of the EuroScholars program:
Semester or year abroad at one of Europe’s 12 leading research institutions, including Ruprecht Karls Universität Heidelberg and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich in Germany.
• Participation in a professional academic research project under supervision of a professor
• Research opportunities available in many fields including liberal arts/humanities, social sciences, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, psychology, physical sciences, law, (bio)medical sciences and engineering.
> • Work in a full-fledged lab for the sciences
• Transfer of credits
• Experience and skills gained will prepare students for graduate school or a career in research
• A publishable quality paper is expected as a result of the research project
• Enrollment in a language and/or culture course of the host country
• MidStay program for all participants, meeting fellow EuroScholars
• Live on or near campus in pre-arranged housing
• No language requirement
• 30 ECTS of academic credit (equivalent to 15 US semester credits)
Contact: info@euroscholars.eu
Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Conversation Table
Espresso Royale on Goodwin and Oregon in Urbana
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm on every other Thursday (March 3rd)
Bulgarian Association Conversation Table
Espresso Royale on Goodwin and Oregon in Urbana
Every Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Cosmo Coffee Hours @ the YMCA
Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 PM
Murphy Lounge, University YMCA
Free and open to everyone
At these informal gatherings, coffee, tea, and homemade ethnic desserts are served.
March 3: Romanian
March 10: Greek
March 17: Lebanese
March 31: Polish
April 7: Pakistani
April 14: French
April 21: South Africa
April 28: Caribbean Countries

If you would like to announce an event through the EUC e-Weekly, please send the information by no later than the prior Thursday of the event to:
Sebnem Ozkan | Phone: (217) 244-0570 | Fax: (217) 333-6270 | asozkan@illinois.edu

European Union Center
University of Illinois
328 International Studies Building, MC-429 | 910 S. Fifth St. | Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 265-7515 | Fax: (217) 333-6270
Web: http://www.euc.illinois.edu