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Upcoming Lectures

Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U. of Pittsburgh): Back to School ... at What Cost: Comparing Higher Education Models in the US and Europe
scheduled for Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:45:00 CDT
<p>TBA</p>
Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U. of Pittsburgh): Language and Identity in the Francophone World (in French)
scheduled for Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:45:00 CDT
<p>TBA</p>
Lecture: Cosmopolitan Language Systems in the Mediterranean
scheduled for Mon, 19 Oct 2015 17:00:00 CDT
<p><strong>Abstract:</strong><br />TBA</p> <p><strong>Bio:</strong></p> <p>Karla Mallette studies communications between literary traditions in the medieval Mediterranean&mdash;especially Arabic and the Romance vernaculars&mdash;and the way that we remember that history today. Her first book, <em>The Kingdom of Sicily, 1100-1250: A Literary History</em> (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), traced the transition between Arabic and Italian literary traditions in medieval Sicily; her second, <em>European Modernity and the Arab Mediterranean</em> (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010), focused on a southern European tradition of scholarship that identifies the origins of modernity in the contact between Islamic and Christian civilizations in the medieval Mediterranean. Her current project, tentatively titled&nbsp;<em>Lives of the Great Languages: Cosmopolitan Languages in the Medieval Mediterranean</em>, studies the strategies that language uses to transcend the boundaries that language creates. By profiling two pre-modern cosmopolitan languages, Arabic and Latin, and acknowledging the emergent cosmopolitan languages of the twenty-first century, the book contextualizes and defamiliarizes the national language system of European modernity. She has published essays on medieval translations of Aristotelian philosophy, framed narratives, European Orientalism, and Mediterranean Studies, in addition to Italian literature.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U. of Pittsburgh): Europe’s Jews: Past, Present, Future?
scheduled for Tue, 20 Oct 2015 10:45:00 CDT
<p>TBA</p>
CAS/Miller Comm Lecture
scheduled for Thu, 29 Oct 2015 17:00:00 CDT
<p><strong>Abstract:</strong><br />TBA</p> <p><strong>Bio:</strong></p> <p>Mark Juergensmeyer&nbsp;is director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, professor of sociology, and affiliate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics, and has published more than two hundred articles and twenty books, including&nbsp;the recently-released&nbsp;<em>Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State&nbsp;</em>(University of California Press 2008). His widely-read&nbsp;<em>Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence</em>&nbsp;(University of California Press, revised edition 2003), is based on interviews with religious activists around the world--including individuals convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, leaders of Hamas, and abortion clinic bombers in the United States--and was listed by the&nbsp;<em>Washington Post</em>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles Times</em>&nbsp;as one of the best nonfiction books of the year.&nbsp;A&nbsp;previous book,&nbsp;<em>The New Cold War? Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State&nbsp;</em>(University of California Press, 1993) covers the rise of religious activism and its confrontation with secular modernity. It was named by the<em>&nbsp;New York Times</em>&nbsp;as one of the notable books of the year.&nbsp;His book on Gandhian conflict resolution has been reprinted as&nbsp;<em>Gandhi's Way</em>&nbsp;(University of California Press, Updated Edition, 2005), and was selected as Community Book of the Year at the University of California, Davis. He has edited the&nbsp;<em>Oxford Handbook of Global Religion</em>&nbsp;(Oxford University Press 2006) and&nbsp;<em>Religion in Global Civil Society</em>&nbsp;(Oxford University Press 2005), and is co-editing&nbsp;<em>The Encyclopedia of Global Religions</em>&nbsp;(Sage Publications 2008) and&nbsp;<em>The Encyclopedia of Global Studies&nbsp;</em>(Sage Publications 2009). His&nbsp;2006 Stafford Little Lectures at Princeton University,&nbsp;<em>God and War</em>,&nbsp;will be published by Princeton University Press.</p> <p>Juergensmeyer has received research fellowships from the Wilson Center in Washington D.C., the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He is the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for contributions to the study of religion, and is the 2004 recipient of the Silver Award of the Queen Sofia Center for the Study of Violence in Spain. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Lehigh University in 2004,&nbsp;a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2006, and the Unitas Distinguished Alumnus Award from Union Theological Seminary, New York, in 2007. He was elected president of the American Academy of Religion, and chairs the working group on Religion and International Affairs for the national Social Science Research Council. Since the events of September 11 he has been a frequent commentator in the news media, including CNN, NBC, CBS, BBC, NPR, Fox News, ABC's Politically Incorrect, and CNBC's Dennis Miller Show.</p>
Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U. of Pittsburgh): Migrants and Refugees: Comparing Regions
scheduled for Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:45:00 CST
<p>TBA</p>
Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U. of Pittsburgh): The Climate for Climate Change Negotiations
scheduled for Tue, 08 Dec 2015 10:45:00 CST
<p>TBA</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.