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Upcoming Lectures

Regional Faculty Working Conference
scheduled for Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:30:00 CDT
<p>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.</p> <p>For more information about the conference and a detailed schedule, visit:<br /><a href="http://euc.illinois.edu/facultyworkshop2015/index.html">http://euc.illinois.edu/facultyworkshop2015/index.html</a></p>
Thirteenth Annual EU Day Ambassador's "State of the European Union" Keynote Address
scheduled for Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:00:00 CDT
<p>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.</p> <p>Reception to follow the keynote address.</p>
ACE Policy Talk: Land Sharing vs. Land Sparing for Biodiversity: How Agricultural Markets Make the Difference
scheduled for Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:00:00 CDT
<p><strong>Abstract:&nbsp;</strong></p> <div><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">We show that between intensive and extensive farming, the production method most beneficial to biodiversity depends on the equilibrium of agricultural markets. All other things equal, as long as demand reacts to prices and extensive farming has higher production costs, extensive farming tends to be more beneficial to biodiversity than intensive farming, except when there is a very high degree of convexity between biodiversity and yield. Extensive farming is detrimental to consumers when their surplus is evaluated restrictively, as increasing in quantities consumed, while its effect on agricultural producers is indeterminate. Extensive farming has no straightforward effect on food security, but could decrease the pressure on protected areas. Any increase in demand, notably for animal feed or biofuels, decreases biodiversity, regardless of the production method employed. However, additional demand reinforces the preference for extensive farming, especially in the case of animal feed, for which price elasticity is higher.</span></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Bio:</span></span></strong></div> <div>Marion Desquilbet is a research fellow at INRA and member of GREMAQ. Her research focuses on the impacts of different agricultural and food models: differentiation within food quality standards; biodiversity, level of agricultural intensification and land use; pest resistance management; economic effects of genetically modified organisms. She is a member of the working group of the French High Council of Biotechnology on socio-economic effects of GMOs.</div>
Graduate Student Colloquium: "(Un)mapping the Mediterranean"
scheduled for Fri, 13 Mar 2015 08:30:00 CDT
<p>The keynote lecture will be given on Friday, March 13, 2015, at 5 p.m., in room 210 of the Illini Union. The scheduled speaker is Zeev Gourarier, Director of Science and Collections, Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, Marseille, France.</p> <p>Colloquium sessions will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2015, in the Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathew Ave., Urbana, at times to be announced.</p> <p>The Mediterranean has always been a space marked by fluidic and nomadic networks formed by transnational fluctuations of people, goods and ideas. Mapping seems to be the preliminary condition for crossing to happen - allowing subjects to position themselves and to move within space. However, even the act of crossing can become a destabilizing moment through the breaking down of preconceived spatial and cultural coordinates. In this perspective, the Mediterranean allows the possibility to unsettle rather than to trace borders, thus opening up the space for new connections that transcend existing social, cultural, or political frameworks.</p> <p>Proposals may address, but are not restricted to:</p> <p>artistic, literary, social and epistemological representations of the Mediterranean<br />the relationships of the subject to the Mediterranean and its crossing<br />mapping and cartography<br />borders and transnationalism<br />mobility and migration</p> <p>The Ocean Crossing reading group explores topics with regard to the Mediterranean. For more information about the group, please visit:&nbsp;<a href="https://publish.illinois.edu/oceancrossings/">https://publish.illinois.edu/oceancrossings/</a></p>
ACE Departmental Seminar: EU Organic Food and Crop Standards
scheduled for Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:00:00 CDT
<p><strong>Abstract:</strong><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Standards on food products are more and more differentiated at the consumer stage. On one hand, they cover more and more attributes of food products (organic farming, fair trade, GM free, nutrition, origin, environment&hellip;). On the other hand, for each attribute several standards are vertically and horizontally differentiated, by being more or less restrictive on this attribute (for example, more or less restrictive specifications on agricultural practices for organic products) and/or by integrating other attributes of the product (for example, fair-trade considerations in an organic standard).</span>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Such a standard proliferation allows consumers to benefit from a large choice of products and standard setters to offer products that meet their economic, social or environmental objectives. Yet, it may generate consumer confusion as well as losses from the set-up, management and promotion of each standard. In addition, whether standards are understood or not by consumers and whether their implementation is costly or not, the strategic interaction between standard setters may lead to prices and sales of the different products such that the coexistence of standards may improve or on the contrary deteriorate the targeted dimensions (economic, environmental, social, agricultural, nutritional), in comparison with the case of a unique standard or with a limited number of standards.</span></span></div> <div><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">In this context, we aim to analyze these different dimensions of food standard differentiation, using a case study on the aims, product specifications, modes of certification and retailing networks of organic standards in France. The recognition of organic farming has led to the creation of a public standard&nbsp;at the European level. There also exist a significant&nbsp;number of private&nbsp;organic&nbsp;standards in France, most of them based on the public standard. For the most part they impose more restrictive specifications&nbsp;than the public standard on agricultural practices as well as other dimensions of the food product. Besides, some trademarks include a requirement on the origin of the product without imposing other agricultural practices and mainly target the promotion of local organic farming. We give an overview of this differentiation and discuss its economic implications.</span></span></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Bio:<br /></strong>Marion Desquilbet is a research fellow at INRA and member of GREMAQ. Her research focuses on the impacts of different agricultural and food models: differentiation within food quality standards; biodiversity, level of agricultural intensification and land use; pest resistance management; economic effects of genetically modified organisms. She is a member of the working group of the French High Council of Biotechnology on socio-economic effects of GMOs.</p>
2015 Euro Challenge Regional (Midwest) Preliminary Round
scheduled for Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:30:00 CDT
<p>The 2015 Euro Challenge 2015&nbsp;is&nbsp;an exciting educational opportunity for high schools students (grades 9 &amp; 10) to learn about the European Union (EU) &ndash; the largest trading partner of the US &ndash; 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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.euc.illinois.edu/eurochallenge/index.html" target="_blank">http://euc.illinois.edu/eurochallenge</a></p>
New Spaces of Translation: Third International Conference on Translation and Related Disciplines
scheduled for Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:30:00 CDT
<p>Globalization and advances in technology have profoundly influenced how we think about and practice translation and interpreting. This conference will seek to reflect on the changing landscape of the field through the concept of &ldquo;New Spaces.&rdquo; On the one hand, globalization has allowed new areas to emerge on the map of translation practices, shifting the cultural centers away from the Western world and towards other world regions, particularly Asia and Latin America, thereby generating spatial and cultural shifts in translation flows. On the other hand, in virtual space, the future of translation and interpreting is already being shaped by the interaction of human translators and interpreters with machines. This two-day international conference will examine the interactions between the physical and virtual spaces in which translation and interpreting take place in the 21st century.</p> <p>More information is available on the <a href="http://conferences.illinois.edu/translation/index.html">conference website</a>.</p>
EUC Lecture Series: "Effective Practices of International Volunteers in Disaster Relief: Implications for the EU Aid Volunteers Program"
scheduled for Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:00:00 CDT
<p><strong>Abstract:</strong><br />TBA</p> <p><strong>Bio:</strong><br />Professor Ben Lough earned his BS in Sociology in 2000 and his MSW in 2003 from Brigham Young University, and his PhD in 2010 from the George W. Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.&nbsp; Dr. Lough has extensive international research experience, having recently served as a resident consultant to the United Nations in Germany, an independent consultant to the Department of Human and Social Services of American Samoa, program evaluator for Mayan Tree in Guatemala, and program evaluator for the Foundation for International and Community Assistance in Armenia and the Republic of Georgia.&nbsp; In addition to considerable research and teaching experience, Dr. Lough also worked as a clinical social worker.</p> <p>Chris Jackson is in his second year in the MAEUS program. &nbsp;Prior to the University of Illinois, Chris earned a BA in History from Centre College in Danville, KY in 2012. &nbsp;Chris' research interests include the European Union foreign policy, ethnic relations, and rule of law structures. &nbsp;During summer 2014, Chris resided in Prishtina, Kosovo conducting primary research on the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX KOSOVO). &nbsp;Outside of academics, he serves as the goalkeeper coach for the men's and women's soccer programs at Parkland College in Champaign, as well as for the local youth club, Illinois FC.</p>
Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U. of Pittsburgh): Before There Was Ebola: European Responses to Diseases in Africa - Past and Present
scheduled for Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:00:00 CDT
<p>More details TBA</p>
MillerComm Lecture: The Greek War of Independence in Global Perspective
scheduled for Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:00:00 CDT
<p><strong>Abstract:<br /></strong>The struggle for Greek independence in 1821 reverberated around the world and with effects continuing to be felt today - almost 200 years later. Mark Mazower examines what we can learn about our own attitudes to questions of state sovereignty, humanitarian intervention and politics itself from those long-ago events and the way they were understood at the time.</p> <p><strong>Bio:<br /></strong>Mark Mazower is an Ira D. Wallach Professor of History at Columbia University and one of the greater historians of our time. He is the Director of both the Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Center for International History at Columbia University and a member of the editorial board of the academic journal Past and Present. He specializes in the history of Modern Greece, 20<sup>th</sup>-century Europe, and international history and his current interests include the history of international norms and institutions, the history of Greek independence, and the historical evolution of the Greek islands in the very long run. Mazower earned his BA in Classics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 1981 and his doctorate from the same university in 1998. He also holds an MA in International Affairs from John Hopkins University (1983). Prior to his employment at Columbia University, Mazower taught at Princeton University, Birkbeck College, University of London, and at the University of Sussex. He has published extensively in newspapers since 2002 including articles and comments on international affairs and book reports for the <em>Financial Times</em> and for <em>The Independent</em>. He has been also appointed to the Advisory Board for the European Association of History Educators (EUROCLIO). Mazower&rsquo;s book <em>The Balkans: A Short History </em>won the Wolfson History Prize as well as the Adolphe Bentinck Prize and <em>Inside Hitler&rsquo;s Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941-44</em>, both won the Longman History Today Award for Book of the Year. <em>Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950</em> won the Runciman Prize and Duff Cooper Prize winner and was shortlisted for the Hessel-Tiltman Prize. His book <em>Dark Continent</em> won the Primio Acqui award in 2001 and the German History Book Prize in 2002. Mazower&rsquo;s publications include: <em>Governing the World: The History of an Idea</em> (Penguin Group, 2012); <em>No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations</em> (Princeton University Press, 2009);<em>Hitler's Empire: Nazi Rule in Occupied Europe</em> (Allen Lane, 2008); <em>Networks of Power in Modern Greece</em>, (as editor, C Hurst &amp; Co Publishers Ltd, 2008); <em>Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430&ndash;1950</em> (HarperCollins, 2004); <em>Ideologies and National Identities: The Case of Twentieth-Century South-Eastern Europe</em> (as co-editor, Central European University Press, 2003);<em>After the War was Over: Reconstructing the Family, Nation and State in Greece, 1943&ndash;1960</em> (as an editor, Princeton UP, 2000);<em>The Balkans: A Short History</em> (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2000), reprinted as <em>The Balkans: From the End of Byzantium to the Present Day</em> (Phoenix, 2002); <em>Dark Continent: Europe's 20th Century</em> (Knopf, 1998); <em>The Policing of Politics in the Twentieth Century: Historical Perspectives</em> (as editor, Berghahn, 1997); <em>Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941&ndash;44</em> (Yale UP, 1993); <em>Greece and the Inter-War Economic Crisis</em>, Clarendon Press, 1991 (first published 1989), also translated in Greek by MIET(2002). Mazower is also the recipient of the Dido Sotiriou Award of the Hellenic Authors Society in 2012 and the Society of Columbia Graduates Great Teacher Award in 2011.</p>
Lecture: Transatlantic Lessons: Why the European Way Is STILL the Best Hope in an Insecure Age
scheduled for Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:00:00 CDT
<p><strong>Abstract:</strong><br />TBA</p> <p><strong>Bio:</strong><br />Steven Hill is a writer, lecturer and political professional based in the United States with two decades of experience in politics. He currently is a Senior Fellow with the New America Foundation. Mr. Hill is a frequent speaker at academic, government, NGO and business events, speaking on a wide range of topics related to politics, economics, climate change, global complexity, and future trends.</p>
EUC Lecture Series: Title TBA
scheduled for Fri, 01 May 2015 12:00:00 CDT
<p><strong>Abstract:<br /></strong>TBA</p> <p><strong>Bio:<br /></strong>Romina Spina is a Swiss-Italian journalist based in Italy, where she covers politics and business for the renowned Swiss daily newspaper Neue Z&uuml;rcher Zeitung. She has also written for magazines, websites and international wire services, including the Associated Press, and is a contributor to German academic publications. Her areas of interest include the economy, globalization, international trade, and human rights. Among other areas of study while visiting the United States, she plans to research how the globalized economy is affecting ordinary Americans and their families. She is currently visiting the US as a <a href="http://csis.org/program/transatlantic-media-fellows">CSIS Transatlantic Media Fellow</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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.