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Upcoming Lectures

Lecture: Treatment of Undocumented Workers
scheduled for Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:00:00 CDT
Lecture: Union Right to Advertise on Employer Premises
scheduled for Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:00:00 CDT
New Directions Lecture: Is There Still an “Eastern” Europe?
scheduled for Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:00:00 CDT
Abstract: As communism started to collapse in 1989, many in the region aspired to a Europe “without adjectives,” East or West.  The democratic capitalist transition and accession to the European Union and NATO by most of the countries we knew as Eastern European might suggest the East-West distinction is no longer a relevant  way for academics to think about politics on the continent.  This lecture will deal with how political scientists have approached that question, drawing in particular on (the speaker's) own research into post-communist elite transformation and ethnic minority politics. Bio: Carol Leff is an executive committee member of the Russian and East European Center. Her major research interests are former Soviet/East European domestic and international politics. Currently researching problems of nationalism, and postcommunist transitions. She is the author of National Conflict in Czechoslovakia (Princeton University Press, 1988). She teaches courses on government and politics of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
Lecture: Employer Monitoring and Employee Social Media
scheduled for Fri, 05 Sep 2014 12:00:00 CDT
Larry Neal Prize Lecture: The Impact of Enlargement on the European Commission: Applying Anthropology and Social Psychology to the Study of an International Organization
scheduled for Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:00:00 CDT
Abstract: The accession of 12 new member states in 2004 and 2007  provided a unique opportunity to study how the European Commission responded to that challenge.  Carolyn Ban’s research broke new ground by analyzing the European Commission from a public management perspective. It applied theories and methodology drawn from anthropology and social psychology to analyze the Commission’s efforts to recruit and socialize thousands of new staff members, and its success in integrating newcomers. It argues that nationality was less important in understanding the newcomers than expected and, conversely, that gender was more important than expected, as one of the major effects of enlargement was to shift the organization's gender balance. Bio: Dr. Carolyn Ban is a Professor and former dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the former Acting Director of the European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University.
Lecture: Collective Agency, Collective Responsibility, and the Ethics of War
scheduled for Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:00:00 CDT
Lecture: En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I
scheduled for Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:00:00 CDT
Abstract: Dr. Edelstein will speak about an exhibition she has curated for the Rare Book Library of the University of Chicago. En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I offers a fresh exploration of the Great War as viewed through French graphic illustration of the period.  Drawing on illustrated books, magazines, and prints, it presents a wide range of perspectives essential to a deeper understanding of the war in France: patriotism, nationalism, propaganda, and the experience of soldiers and those on the home front.  Featuring more than one hundred examples, it reaffirms the role that art can play in serving and challenging power.   Bio: Teri Edelstein is the former Deputy Director of the Art Institute of Chicago (1992-1999), former Director of the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art (1990-1992), and formerd Director of the Skinner Museum and Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (1983-1990).  She currently leads the consulting firm Museum Strategies in Chicago.
Lecture: The French Poster and World War I
scheduled for Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:30:00 CDT
Lecture from Ségolène Le Men, Professor at Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense and author of many books, including Grandville Un autre monde. Les dessins et les secrets (Anvers et Paris, Pandora et Les Editions de l’amateur, 2011) and Monet (Citadelles & Mazenod, 2010).
EUCE Director Lecture: Value Clash Redux: The Revival of Normative Politics in the EU's Relations with Russia?
scheduled for Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:00:00 CDT
Abstract: To what degree are tensions between the EU and Russia rooted in  a clash of basic political values, or do  they have more to with differing economic and geopolitical interests?  In recent years the EU has toned down its efforts to export its political values to Russia, as its normative agenda took a back seat to energy security and economics interests; at the same time  Russia  also took a more pragmatic approach to its relations with the West. The speaker explores why, nonetheless,  ‘value clash’ now seems to have  reemerged between the EU and Russia, whether the EU’s  own policies  may have contributed to this shift, and what can be done about it. Bio: Joan DeBardeleben is Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) at Carleton University, where she also holds Jean Monnet Chair in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood Relations. She is also Director of the Centre for European Studies (Carleton’s European Union Centre of Excellence, see http://www.carleton.ca/ces/), and Director of the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue, a major Canada-Europe research network funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979 and taught at Colorado State University and at McGill University prior to coming to Carleton University in 1991. She is the author of numerous books and articles dealing with Russian politics, including attention to public opinion, labour relations and privatization, environmental politics, federalism, and elections. Her recent research work also deals with EU-Russian relations and the EU’s policy toward its eastern neighbours, as well as with political participation in the European Union. Recently DeBardeleben has been working on a research project entitled, “Interests, and Governance Structures in EU-Russian Relations: Constructing issues and framing interests,” funded by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant. DeBardeleben is President of the European Community Studies Association-Canada (ECSA-C), a former President of the Canadian Association of Slavists, and an active member of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies . She has been a Visiting Researcher at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (Mannheim, Germany) and in at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin.
Symposium: World War One and the Making of American Culture
scheduled for Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:30:00 CDT
World War I and the Making of Modern American Culture Organized by the Trowbridge Initiative in American Cultures"Economies of Motion: The World War I “Crippled Soldier Problem,” and Rationalized Images of Ability" Nathan Blake, Northeastern University"Star Testimonies: Speeches, Tours, and Trailers " Sue Collins, Michigan Technological University"Raising the Dead: The First World War and the Influenza Pandemic" Elizabeth Outka, University of Richmond"The Longest War: Southern Writers and the American Expeditionary Force" David A. Davis, Mercer University
Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U. of Pittsburgh): 1914 Revisited? The EU-US-Russian Triangle
scheduled for Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:00:00 CDT
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Lecture: Chicago's "Fighting 8th" (370th) and "Harlem's Rattlers" (15th/369th): Two Black Regiments, One Black Metropolis in the WWI Era
scheduled for Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:00:00 CDT
About: In the early twentieth century Chicago and New York were rivals for the title of Black Metropolis. That there ever was such a rivalry has been overshadowed by the emergence of the so-called Harlem Renaissance and the headquarters of leading civil rights institutions i. e. the NAACP and the Urban League. Yet the early recognition (1878) of what would eventually become the 8th Illinois made black Chicago the envy of its New York counterparts. New York would not recognize a black National Guard unit until 1916. Even more galling was the fact that the 8th was led by blacks from the top down. New York's 15th would be commanded by a white man, and only a small fraction of its officer cadre was black. Black New Yorkers realized that its black brethren in Chicago played the political game much better than they and the history of these military units revealed the problems in sharp relief. Yet, the war changed everything as circumstances beyond the control of the 370th led to its overshadowing by the upstart 369th, and with it the transcendence of New York as the center of black America.Bio: Jeffrey Sammons is a Professor of History at New York University. He is the author of Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality with John H. Morrow, Jr. (University Press of Kansas, 2014) and Beyond the Ring: The Role of Boxing in American Society (University of Illinois, 1988).
FLAS Information Session for Graduate and Undergraduate Students
scheduled for Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:00:00 CDT
Foreign Language and Area Studies (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.FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois National Resource Centers and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply.Information sessions will cover the requirements and deadlines and provide opportunities for students to ask questions of the FLAS coordinators.Oct. 28 and Oct. 29, 4-5pm, Room 126 GSLIS
FLAS Information Session for Graduate and Undergraduate Students
scheduled for Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:00:00 CDT
Foreign Language and Area Studies (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.FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois National Resource Centers and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply.Information sessions will cover the requirements and deadlines and provide opportunities for students to ask questions of the FLAS coordinators.Oct. 28 and Oct. 29, 4-5pm, Room 126 GSLIS
FLAS Information Session for Department Advisors
scheduled for Mon, 03 Nov 2014 12:00:00 CST
Foreign Language and Area Studies (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.FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois National Resource Centers and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply.Information sessions will cover the requirements and deadlines and provide opportunities for department advisors to ask questions of the FLAS coordinators.Nov. 3 and Nov. 4, 12-1, Room 126 GSLIS
Lecture: Denying the Armenian Genocide: A Turkish National Security Concept
scheduled for Mon, 03 Nov 2014 16:00:00 CST
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).
EUC Lecture: Title TBA
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.
FLAS Information Session for Department Advisors
scheduled for Fri, 07 Nov 2014 12:00:00 CST
Foreign Language and Area Studies (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.FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois National Resource Centers and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply.Information sessions will cover the requirements and deadlines and provide opportunities for department advisors to ask questions of the FLAS coordinators.Nov. 3 and Nov. 4, 12-1, Room 126 GSLIS
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

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.