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Upcoming Lectures

CANCELLED* The Great War 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).
Lecture: Vikings in America?: Swedes in the American Ethno-Racial Hierarchies in the 19th Century
scheduled for Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:00:00 CDT
Abstract: Dr. Blanck's lecture will address how Swedish immigrants to the United States in the late 19th century managed to get classified as "Anglo-Saxons," a significant category in AMerican racial-ethnic hierarchies of the period, even though the mostly rural and impoverished immigrants from Sweden at that period could trace no ancestry to either England or Saxony. He will argue that the immigrating Swedes could build on and benefit from a dominant public discourse -- fostered particularly in New Englahd, that conflated "Anglo-Saxonism" with American notions of Vikings and the old Norse language. As white Protestants, Swedes enjoyed further privilige in light of the rising nativist feelings against the influx of immigrants from southern and eastern Europe. Paradoxically, counter to explicit cultural preference for marriage to fellow Swedish or Scandinavian Protestants, especially Swedish Americans working in urban contexts soon began through affiliation with fellow immigrants to intermarry across faith and ethnic borders, e.g., with Irish and Italian immigrants and their descendants, to an extent not yet acknowledged in immigrant history.Bio: Dag Blanck is the director of the Swedish Institute for North American Studies at Uppsala University and of the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. His research has focused on American immigration history with an emphasis on Swedes, and on trans-national Swedish-American history. His recent publications include "'A Mixture of People with Different Roots': Swedish Immigrants in the American Ethno-Racial Hierarchies," Journal of American Ethnic History, 33:3 (Spring 2014); "Travelling Scholars: Swedish Academic Travelers across the Atlantic in the 20th Century," in Klaus Petersen, Michael Kuur Sørensen & John Stewart, eds., American Foundations and the European Welfare States (Odense: Syddansk universitetsforlag, 2013); [ed.] and Norwegians and Swedes in the United States. Friends and Neighbors (Saint Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2012).
43rd Annual New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) Conference
scheduled for Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:30:00 CDT
Information on the 43rd Annual NWAV conference is available online
EUC Lecture: Uploading, Downloading and Reloading EU Policies: Angela Merkel's Efforts to Europeanize a Sustainable Energy Turn-Around
scheduled for Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:00:00 CDT
Bio: Joyce Marie Mushaben (Ph. D., Political Science, Indiana University 1981) is a Professor of Comparative Politics, a Research Fellow in the Center for International Studies, and former Director of the Institute for Women's & Gender Studies (2002-2005). Fluent in German, her teaching centers on comparative public policy, European politics, women's leadership, citizenship, immigration and globalization. Her research covers new social movements, youth protest, German unification and identities, gender, ethnicity and welfare policies, and the European Union. 
MGS & CAS/MillerComm Lecture: What Varies and What Does Not Across Civil Wars: Comparing the Greek Civil War to the Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria
scheduled for Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:00:00 CDT
Bio: Stathis N. Kalyvas is Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political  Science and Director of the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence. He is the  author of The Logic of Violence in Civil War (Cambridge University  Press, 2006) and The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe (Cornell  University Press, 1996), and the co-editor of Order, Conflict & Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2008). He has received several awards, including  the Woodrow Wilson Award for best book on government, politics, or  international affairs (2007), the Luebbert Award for best book in comparative  politics (2008), the European Academy of Sociology Book Award (2008), the J.  David Greenstone Award for best book in politics and history (1997), and the  Gregory Luebbert Award for best article in comparative politics (2001, 2009,  and 2011). He is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the European  University Institute, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the United States  Peace Institute, and the Folke Bernadotte Academy; and a fellow of the American  Academy of Arts and Sciences and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.  He is currently researching various aspects of conflict, both at the micro and  macro levels. Recent articles include “International System and Technologies of  Rebellion: How the End of the Cold War Shaped Internal Conflict” (with Laia  Balcells, American Political Science Review, 2010) and “Bombing as an  Instrument of Counterinsurgency in the Vietnam War,” (with Matt Kocher and Tom  Pepinsky, American Journal of Political Science, 2011).
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.