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Upcoming Lectures

EUCE Director Lecture: Time at Home: Material Realities and Russian Longing at the Fin de Siècle
scheduled for Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:00 CST
Abstract: Professor Friedman will reveal how domestic space embodies modern concepts of time. In particular, she will highlight how, in a period of tremendous upheaval, Russians embraced notions of the home that contained new ideas about the flow of historical time. Domestic aesthetics – whether in texts or objects – reflected overlapping understandings of past, present and future as many in the modern age embraced a new time consciousness.  Private time – domestic time – included ideas about efficiency, hygiene, and as the century moved on, utopian communalism. By peering into the windows of urban apartments, this talk traces modern temporality and its reverberations within representations of domestic spaces and objects during the first few decades of the twentieth century.Bio: Rebecca Friedman is an Associate Professor of History and Director of European Studies and the EU Center of Excellence at Florida International University in Miami. Her research began with a monograph (2005) and co-edited collection (2002) on Russian masculinities in the 19th and 20th centuries. She has also co-edited the volume European Identity and Culture: Narratives of Transnational Belonging (2012) and published on childhood in Russia. Her latest work, a monographic study entitled Time at Home, highlights how new understandings of historical time were manifest within representations of domesticity at the fin de siècle. The projects begins in the 1890s and ends in the 1930s, and travels from nostalgic estate life of the past, through hygienic and efficient urban apartments of the present and to the utopian dreams of communal apartments in the future.
REEEC Directions Lecture: Crimes Against Humanity: Genealogy of a Concept, 1815-1945
scheduled for Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:00:00 CST
Abstract: Many identify the concept of "crimes against humanity" with the Nuremberg Trial and view it as a reaction to the Holocaust. In fact, the first penal use of the concept had come three decades before, in the Allies' May 24, 1915 Note to the Ottoman government regarding the Armenian genocide. Professor Holquist's presentation will examine three stages of the emergence of this concept: first, the nineteenth-century precedents of the concept of "crimes against humanity"; second, the negotiations and drafting of the 1915 note and debates around the use of the term "crimes against humanity"; and, finally, the fate of the concept in the interwar years, leading up to the Nuremberg Trials in 1945-1946. In particular, the presentation will trace the remarkable and overlooked prominence of imperial Russia in the development and usage of this concept.
Jean Monnet Eastern Europe Lecture: Backlash in East-Central Europe: What Happened to the Promise of 1989?
scheduled for Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:00:00 CST
Abstract: The transformations of 1989 in East-Central Europe were, by many standards, successful . The region enjoys modest economic growth and comparatively stable democratic institutions. Most of the countries are now part of the European Union and NATO. The wars in former Yugoslavia have been over for 15 years, and such large-scale conflicts are a thing of the past.Given these successes -- particularly in comparison to the "color revolutions" and the "Arab Spring" -- why has so much of the region soured on the political and economic model of liberalism adopted after 1989? Polls in a number of East-Central European countries indicate that a majority of people believe that they lived better under Communism. Nationalist parties in the region have surged in the polls. Skepticism toward Brussels is growing. The leader of Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban, has declared his intention to refashion the country along the lines of Russia or China. And a number of other political leaders and parties in the region are looking to Hungary's new "illiberal state" as a potential model of political and economic development. Is East-Central Europe on the verge of another profound transformation?John Feffer travelled to the region in 2012-3 as an Open Society Fellow to track down and re-interview many of the opinion leaders and activists he talked to in 1990 (the first 250 of these interviews are available at johnfeffer.com). He will draw from these conversations to try to explain the widespread dissatisfaction with the legacy of 1989 and what comes next for East-Central Europe.Bio: John Feffer is the director of Foreign Policy in Focus, at the Institute for Policy Studies. He was an Open Society Fellow from 2012-2013. He is the author of several books and numerous articles. His books include Crusade 2.0 (City Lights, 2012) and North Korea/South Korea (Seven Stories, 2003). His articles have appeared in, among other publications, The New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Salon, and The American Prospect. He has been a PanTech fellow in Korean Studies at Stanford University and a Scoville Fellow in arms control and disarmament. His website is www.johnfeffer.com. 
Regional Faculty Working Conference
scheduled for Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:30:00 CDT
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.For more information about the conference and a detailed schedule, visit: http://euc.illinois.edu/facultyworkshop2015/index.html
Thirteenth Annual EU Day Ambassador's "State of the European Union" Keynote Address
scheduled for Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:00:00 CDT
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.
Graduate Student Colloquium: "(Un)mapping the Mediterranean"
scheduled for Fri, 13 Mar 2015 08:30:00 CDT
The keynote lecture will be given on Friday, March 13, 2015, at 5 p.m., in a location to be announced. The scheduled speaker is Zeev Gourarier, Director of Science and Collections, Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, Marseille, France.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.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.Proposals may address, but are not restricted to:artistic, literary, social and epistemological representations of the Mediterranean the relationships of the subject to the Mediterranean and its crossing mapping and cartography borders and transnationalism mobility and migrationThe Ocean Crossing reading group explores topics with regard to the Mediterranean. For more information about the group, please visit: https://publish.illinois.edu/oceancrossings/
2015 Euro Challenge Regional (Midwest) Preliminary Round
scheduled for Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:30:00 CDT
The 2015 Euro Challenge 2015 is an exciting educational opportunity for high schools students (grades 9 & 10) to learn about the European Union (EU) – the largest trading partner of the US – 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.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.For more information, visit http://euc.illinois.edu/eurochallenge
MillerComm Lecture: The Greek War of Independence in Global Perspective
scheduled for Mon, 06 Apr 2015 08:30:00 CDT
Location and time TBA Abstract: TBABio: Mark Mazower, Ira D. Wallach Professor of History, specializes in modern Greece, 20th-century Europe, and international history. 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.
New Spaces of Translation: Third International Conference on Translation and Related Disciplines
scheduled for Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:30:00 CDT
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 “New Spaces.” 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.More information is available on the conference website.
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
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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.