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Islam in Europe: Past, Present, Future
Monday, June 21 - Thursday, June 24, 2010

University of Illinois The European Union Center (EUC) invites K-12 and community college educators to take part in this 3 1/2-day workshop to develop a more effective curriculum on Islam in Europe. These materials may be incorporated into a variety of courses, such as foreign language, world geography, world cultures, world/US history, politics, economics. and business. While all K-16 teachers are welcome, the curriculum materials are geared mainly towards high school and community college education. The workshop will feature presentations from University of Illinois faculty and other specialists.

Pertinent Info

  • Application Deadline: May 10, 2010
  • On-line registration
  • Cost: $100
    Please make checks payable to "University of Illinois." Send your checks to:

    European Union Center
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    328 International Studies Building, MC-429
    910 S. Fifth Street
    Champaign, IL 61820

  • Travel Grants: Travel grants up to $150 are available.
  • Credit: CPDUs (for Illinois teachers) or University of Illinois CEUs for non-Illinois teachers are available. Graduate credit is available, please contact EU Center at eucenter@illinois.edu, 217-265-7515 for further information.
  • Housing: Housing will be provided at the Illini Tower, a private dorm on campus. We reserved your rooms for 3 nights from June 21 (check-in) to June 24 (check-out).

    Amenities: Please note that you will be sharing a suite with another teacher. The suite is fully furnished and has A/C. It features two separate bedrooms and a shared living room, kitchen and bathroom. Towels, blankets, and sheets are provided, and extras can be obtained at the desk, which is open 24/7. Unfortunately, there are no pots, pans, or utensils stocked in the rooms themselves and hangers are not provided- the EUC will provide paper cups and plates in your rooms. There is a refrigerator in the room but no microwave. There is internet access for free in all rooms (you need to bring an ethernet cable or rent one from the front desk), located behind the desks. The whole first floor is wireless. Local calls are free, and there is a stock of phones at the front desk available to take.

  • Meals: one dinner and 3 lunches will be provided. Breakfast is available daily in the Illini Tower cafeteria from 7 – 8 am. Cost is $5.40

  • Parking: When you arrive at the Illini Tower, you will check in and receive a parking space inside so that you can park. You might need to park at a meter briefly while you check-in.
  • Contact: For more information contact EU Center at eucenter@illinois.edu, 217-265-7515.
  • Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.


Monday, June 21

noon – 4:30
Check-in at Illini Tower
Location: 409 E. Chalmers St., Champaign
Phone: 217-344-0400
An EUC staff member will be available at the Illini Tower lobby to escort you to the Illini Union for workshop registration and keynote address/dinner
5:00 – 5:30
Workshop Registration & Meet and Greet
Location: Illini Union, 1401 W. Greent St. Urbana
6:00 – 8:30
Welcome Dinner and Keynote Address: "Islamic Music: From Kuala Lumpur to Copenhagen to Detroit"
Speaker: Mohammad Khalil, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Visiting Professor of Law, Department of Religious Studies, University of Illinois
Introduction: A. Bryan Endres, Director Elect, European Union Center; Assistant Professor, Agriculture and Consumer Economics
Location: Illini Union, Room 210

Tuesday, June 22

7:00 – 8:00
Breakfast (on your own) – Breakfast is available daily from 7 – 8 am in the Illini Tower Cafeteria. Cost is $5.40.
8:30 – 9:00
Workshop Introduction & Final Presentation Discussion
9:00 – 10:15
"Overview History of the Interactions of Western Europe and Islam"
Valerie Hoffman, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Department of Religious Studies, University of Illinois
10:15 – 10:30
10:30 – 11:15
"Politics and Islam: Migration, Immigrant Settlements, Integration Patterns/Problems and Contemporary Controversies"
Laura Hastings, MA Coordinator of European Union Studies, European Union Center, University of Illinois
11:15 – 12:00
Teachers Abroad
"A Teaching Fulbright to Turkey" - Cynthia Helms, Librarian, Centennial High School, Champaign, Illinois
"Creating a High School Curriculum: An American Teacher's perspective in Turkey" - Christine Shelton, High School Teacher, Moline High School, Moline, IL
12:00 – 1:15
Lunch (provided)
Location: Illini Union, Colonial Ballroom
1:15 - 2:15
"Emerging German Popular Cultures"
Petra Kuppinger, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, Department of Anthropology, Monmouth College, Illinois
2:15 – 2:30
2:30 - 3:45
Food and Traditions
A hands-on demonstration and group activity
3:30 – 3:45
3:45 - 4:45
"Islam in Germany: Teaching Cultral Diversity in German Lanaguage Courses"
Cori Crane, Assistant Professor and Director, Basic Language Program of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois
4:45 – 7:00
Dinner (on your own)
7:00 – 9:00
Movie and Discussion: Cities of Light: the Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain (documentary)
Location: Illini Tower, west study lounge

Wednesday, June 23

7:00 – 8:00
Breakfast (on your own) – Breakfast is available daily from 7 – 8 am in the Illini Tower Cafeteria. Cost is $5.40.
8:30 – 9:45
"Culture wars: African Migrants in France"
Zsuzsanna Fagyal, Professor of French Linguistics, Department of French, University of Illinois
9:45 - 10:30
Graduate Student Reflections: "Why Muslim Women Don’t Need to be Saved"
Sevinc Turkkan, Ph.D. Candidate, Program in Comparative & World Literature
Fedja Buric, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of Illinois
10:30 - 10:45
Short Video
IQ2: Is Islam Failing Europe? - March 20, 2010
10:45 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:30
Holy Land Restaurant (provided)
Location: Illini Towers
12:30 - 1:45
Visit to the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center
Location: 106 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, IL; Meet at the Illini Tower lobby for transportation
1:45 - 2:45
"Using the Web & Images for Teaching the EU and Islam"
Walker Weyerhaeuser, MS, Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences; European Union Center Staff, University of Illinois
Izabel Szary, MA, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, European Union Center Staff, University of Illinois
2:45 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:45
"Muslim Communities and Conflict"
Alexandru Balas, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois
3:45 - 5:00
Group Activity and Discussions
5:00 – 7:00
Dinner (on your own)
7:00 – 9:00
Movie and Discussion: "Le Grand Voyage" (France/Morocco, 2004; 108 min)
Location : Illini Tower, west study lounge

Thursday, June 24

7:00 – 8:00
Breakfast (on your own) – Breakfast is available daily from 7 – 8 am in the Illini Tower Cafeteria. Cost is $5.40.
8:30 – 9:30
"Muslims in Europe: A Curriculum Resource for Teachers", Ann Arbor High Schools
Group Discussion led by Laura Hastings
9:30 – 9:45
9:45 – 11:00
"Interfaith dialogue in Europe: A Mediterranean Perspective"
Emanuel Rota, Professor of Italian, Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, University of Illinois
11:15 – 1:00
Group Project: Design a Lesson Plan
Box Lunch provided
1:00 – 2:15
Group presentations on using Islam in Europe in the classroom
2:15 – 3:00
Evaluation, CPDU/CEU distribution, and Final wrap-up
Location: Illini Tower - West Study Lounge

Background Readings

Please take some time to review these materials before attending the Summer Curriculum Development Workshop. These sources provide an introduction to many of the topics to be covered at the conference, including the history of Islam and the Ottoman Empire, the current state of affairs on Islam in Europe, and news-related sources that highlight some of the large areas of debate in Europe.

Readings on Islam, Europe and the Past:

Readings on Islam, Europe and the Present:

Current Debates on Islam in Europe: Shaping the Future:

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