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Upcoming Lectures

CANCELLED The Great War Lecture: Denying the Armenian Genocide: A Turkish National Security Concept
scheduled for Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:00:00 CST
The speaker has decided to cancel the lecture at UI due to the recent issue with Steven Salaita's appointment. Bio: Taner Akçam is a Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Professor of Armenian Genocide Studies at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University and author of many books, including The Young Turks's Crime against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire (Princeton University Press, 2012).
Lecture: Research in Translation, Complexity and Integrated Translation Project
scheduled for Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:00:00 CST
Abstract: Epistemology as it was articulated in the early twentieth century can no longer adequately explain certain research topics. Since knowledge is now multidimensional, it is impossible to merely clarify and simplify. The notion of complexity, as defined by Edgar Morin offers a good opportunity to acquire knowledge about knowledge, and some of the principles articulated by Morin may help to understand complexity. These principles will be discussed here. In addition I will provide an example of complexity as it plays out in what I call the Integrated Translation Project. This annual project for students involves the team translation of a document on spatial development and planning, and is completed over a period of 3 days by a team of student translators who are integrating CAT tools and terminology work. The project and the results will be described in the lecture, and the concept of complexity will be considered in order to illustrate its usefulness for getting over what at first appear to be insurmountable barriers to the success of a project so apparently fraught with difficulties. Bio: Patricia Minacori is a former technical and scientific translator who now holds the position of associate professor and Director of the Program in Research and Professionalization in the Department of Applied Languages at the Universite Paris Diderot -- Paris VII. In collaboration with Ioan Roxin at the Université de Montbéliard, she developed a tool for translation assessment . She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals in both English and French. Her research interests include translation, technical communication and complexity. She has organised three international conferences on technical communication and the next one will be held on January 2015.
EUC Lecture: Approaches to Digital Pedagogy
scheduled for Fri, 07 Nov 2014 12:00:00 CST
Abstract: TBABio: Anita Say Chan is an Assistant Research Professor of Communications and an Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research and teaching interests include globalization and digital cultures, innovation networks and the “periphery”, and science and technology studies in Latin America. Her manuscript on the competing imaginaries of global connection and information technologies in network-age Peru, The Promiscuity of Networks: Digital Universalism and Technological Futures at the Periphery, is forthcoming with MIT Press. Her research has been awarded support from the Center for the Study of Law & 
Culture at Columbia University’s School of Law and the National Science Foundation, and she has held 
postdoctoral fellowships at The CUNY Graduate Center’s Committee on Globalization & Social Change, and at Stanford University’s Introduction to Humanities Program.
Modern Greek Studies Lecture: Title TBA
scheduled for Mon, 10 Nov 2014 08:30:00 CST
Time and Location TBA
CAS/MillerComm Lecture: From the Great War to the Bloodlands: Rethinking Europe’s History
scheduled for Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:00:00 CST
Bio: Timothy Snyder is the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University and author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (Basic Books, 2010) 
Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U. of Pittsburgh): Displaced: The Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean Basin
scheduled for Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:00:00 CST
More information TBA
Lecture: Literatura, Arte y Catarsis (Literature, Art and Catharsis)
scheduled for Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:00:00 CST
Abstract (in Spanish): Que la escritura, independientemente de su calidad literaria, tiene una potencialidad como terapia es algo consabido, tal y como demuestran las obras, entre catárticas y confesionales, de autoras como Anne Sexton. Pero mucho más allá de eso, la literatura, el cine, o diferentes ramas de las artes plasticas (especialmente disciplinas como el body art) pueden servir tambien para catalizar la rabia colectiva, denunciar la injusticia social y contribuir a la creación de una memoria historica compartida.Bio: Harkaitz Cano is a renown Basque author who holds a degree in law from the University of the Basque Country. He has worked as a radio, television and comic scriptwriter, and has translated into Basque works by Hanif Kureishi, Paul Auster and Allen Ginsberg. He has published poetry in Basque and Spanish (Norbait dabil sute-eskaileran, 2001; Compro oro, 2011), several award-winning collections of short stories and the novels Beluna jazz (1996), Pasaia blues (1999), Blade of Light (2010), and his most recent novel, Twist (2011; Spanish Critics Prize, Euskadi Prize).

Past Lectures

Fall 2011

  • September 9, Friday
    "A Comparison of Fiscal Integration and Centralization in the EU and USA"
    Gregor van der Beek, Visiting Scholar, EUC, UIUC
  • September 13, Tuesday
    "Europe or America or China: Which has the Better Development Model for the 21st Century?"
    Steven Hill, Writer and Columnist, author of Europe's Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope for an Insecure Age
  • September 23, Friday
    "From Social Dynamics to Individual Support for the EU"
    Elizabeth Radziszewski, Visiting Scholar, EUC, UIUC
  • October 11, Tuesday
    "Islam in Europe: The French Prohibition against Face Covering and the Burqa"
    Gilles Cuniberti, Professor of Comparative Law and Private International Law, University of Luxembourg
  • October 14, Friday
    "Implementing Clean Energy Goals in the EU"
    Torsten H. Fransson, Professor of Heat and Power Technology, KTH Royal Institute
  • October 20, Thursday
    "The Post-socialist Changes in Europe and the Roma minority: Importance of educational strategies to future improvement"
    Gbor Darczi, Director of the Romaversitas Foundation, Hungary
  • October 21, Friday
    "The Irish Writer as Global Public Intellectual: Fiction and Cultural Journalism between Ireland and New York"
    Helena Wulff, Professor of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University
  • October 25, Tuesday
    "Breaking Up the Family? Migrants, Homophobia, and the Political Left in Europe"
    Patrick Ireland, Professor of Political Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • November 1, Tuesday
    "Looming Crisis of Democracy: Lessons from Two Decades of Post-Yugoslav Democratization"
    Vedran Dzihic, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow, John Hopkins University
  • November 10, Thursday
    "New Directions in Russia Eastern Europe and Eurasia - The Caucasus region as crossroads of interests of Russia, Turkey, Iran, USA and EU"
    Sergey Markendonov, Visiting Fellow, CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program
  • November 11, Friday
    "Comparing Agricultural Policy in the EU and US"
    David Bullock, Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois
  • December 2, Friday
    "Implications of the Polish Presidency of the EU for Europe and Transatlantic Affairs"
    Maciej Pisarski, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Poland

Spring 2011

  • January 28, Friday
    "Undercover Operations in the United States and Europe: A Comparative Perspective"
    Jacqueline Ross, Law, University of Illinois
  • February 18, Friday
    "Politics, Institutions and the European Sovereign Debt Crisis"
    Konstantinos Kourtikakis, Political Science, University of Illinois
  • February 24, Thursday
    "The New Sick Man of Europe? Greece in Crisis"
    Iason Athanasiadis, Writer, Photographer, Political Analyst, & Television Producer
  • March 4, Friday
    "Proving Ground or Pasture?: Candidate Selection in European Elections
    William Bernhard, Political Science, University of Illinois
  • March 17, Thursday
    "Feeding the World: The Role of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation"
    Prabhu Pingali, Deputy Director of the Agriculture Development Program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • March 30, Wednesday
    "Performing Salvation in Dante's Divine Comedy"
    Albert Russell Ascoli, Italian Studies, University of California - Berkley
  • March 30, Wednesday
    "How to Kill Entrepreneurship: England before 1660, France before 1789, China before 1978, India before 1991, and the Lessons Learned"
    Deirdre N. McCloskey, Economics, History, English, and Communication, UIC
  • April 8, Friday
    "Trade Unions in the European Union: Confronting Challenges of Diversity"
    Monica Bielski Boris, Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois
  • April 18, Monday
    "A Comparative Sociological Study of Attitudes Within the EU: The Case of the New Members from Eastern/Central Europe and the Balkans"
    Krastyo Petkov, Former member of the Bulgarian parliament and former President of Bulgaria's labor union confederation
  • May 5, Thursday
    "Znaniecki Lecture 2011: Saskia Sassens"
    Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University
  • June 23, Thursday
    "The Immigration Dilemma: The U.S. and Europe Compared"
    Terri Givens, Government, University of Texas at Austin

Fall 2010

  • September 3, Friday
    "The Constitution of Europe: European Integration and the Idea of Europe"
    Emanuel Rota, Italian, University of Illinois
  • October 1, Friday
    "How the Islamic Past Figures in Spain's Modern National Identity"
    D. Fairchild Ruggels, Landscape Architecture
  • November 3, Wednesday
    "Marketing Scandinavia and Europe to a Global Consumer: Product Packaging, Movies, and a Little Bit about IKEA"
    Dr. Louise Nilsson, Intellectual History, Uppsala University Swedend
  • December 3, Friday
    "Polish Borderlands and Literature"
    George Gasyna, Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Illinois


For information about lectures prior to fall 2010, please contact the EU Center.