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Upcoming Lectures

Illinois Student Association of Music Scholars (ISAMS) Conference: Activist Transformations/Transforming Activism
scheduled for Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:30:00 CDT
“Activist Transformations/Transforming Activism” is an interdisciplinary conference that will explore how creative mediums engage in social and political activism.  Papers to be presented include: -“'I want to be normal': representations of gender and sexuality in the music of the former Yugoslavia"-"Feminism as Nationalism?: A Critical Perspective on Dame Ethel Smyth"-"Variation with a Point: Social Critique in Frederic Rzewski’s Polytonal Works"-"Staging the Revolution: Live Music and Social Change in “Post”-Revolutionary Egypt"-"(En)voicing Pluralism: Janelle Monáe’s Cyber-vocalities" The conference will be held over a day and a half in Levis Faculty Center and will include a keynote address by Dr. Adriana Helbig (University of Pittsburgh) in Smith Hall. More details to be announced.
Roundtable Discussion: The French Research University in the Twenty-First Century: Challenges and Opportunities
scheduled for Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:30:00 CDT
Euro Challenge Recognition and Awards Reception
scheduled for Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:30:00 CDT
The Euro Challenge 2014 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
Euro Challenge Semi-Finals/Final
scheduled for Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:30:00 CDT
The Euro Challenge 2014 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
EUC Visiting Scholar Lecture: The Integration of the Arab Mediterranean Countries into the EU Market: The European Neighborhood Policy As a Three-Level Game
scheduled for Fri, 02 May 2014 12:00:00 CDT
Abstract: The EU response after the Arab Spring was to announce a new and more ambitious European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) with the aim to make the ENP more objective and effective. The new ENP is based three axles; Money, Market access and Mobility. The few papers that have been produced so far question the effectiveness of the 3Ms, but more specific accounts of the revised policies are still lacking. The aim of this paper is to fill this gap in the existing debate by analyzing the implementation of the Tunisian and Egyptian ENP Action Plans (before and after the Arab Spring). More specifically, this paper uses Putnam’s two-level game analysis in order to measure the impact of the ENP reforms in the agricultural and industrial sector of these countries. The main point here is to evaluate the ENP changes by understanding the role of the social forces and their interaction with statesmen, to realize the win-sets in both regions and to see the interest groups that benefit and lose from the new policies. Particular attention will be given to the contribution of the ENP to the development of a dual agricultural market in these countries and to the effects of standardization for the North African businesses. The paper explains the commercial and political gains for the participants and argues that the ideas of policy makers have not changed substantially after the Arab Spring. Under these conditions, the chances for the ENP to become a successful foreign policy strategy are slim.Bio: Dr. Christos Kourtelis completed his undergraduate degree in European Studies in Greece at the Hellenic Open University (distinction). He then continued his studies at the LSE, where he obtained an MSc in development studies. His PhD for the integration of the North African countries into the EU market was awarded with no corrections in 2014. His research interests include the political economy of the Euro-Mediterranean relations, the EU’s development policies, the aid policies of the EU member states, the political economy of regional integration of the MENA countries. Christos works a teaching fellow at King’s College London, where he teaches modules in EU foreign policies and Global Politics. In the past he has worked for the European Commission and he has taught several modules related to EU politics, international relations, international political economy, Middle East politics and comparative politics at the University of Westminster and at Birkbeck College.
Conference: Critical Inequalities
scheduled for Fri, 09 May 2014 08:30:00 CDT
A two-day Conference featuring keynote lectures by Didier Fassin (Institute for Advanced Study) and Patricia Williams (Columbia Law), and papers by Angelique Haugerud (Rutgers), Toussaint Losier (Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Associate, Illinois), Laura Pulido (USC), Mary Romero (Arizona State), Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan (Yale), Margaret Somers (Michigan), Siobhan Somerville (Illinois), and Jeremy Varon (New School).Event Schedule is listed below and on the event's webpage.Friday, May 99:15am: Coffee Reception9:45am: Opening Remarks: Lauren M. E. Goodlad (Director, Unit for Criticism/English)10:00am-11.30am: Keynote Lecture 1    Dider Fassin (Institute for Advanced Study), "What Is (a) Life Worth? Biolegitimacy and Inequality"    Introduction: Jonathan X. Inda (Latina/o Studies) 11:30am-11:45am: Coffee Break11:45am-1:15pm: Panel 1     Margaret Somers (Michigan), "Social Inequality or Social Exclusion? Why Karl Polanyi is the Necessary Thinker of Our (Dark) Times"    Siobhan Somerville (Illinois), "Naturalizing Civil Rights"    Moderator: Samantha Frost (Political Science/Gender and Women's Studies) 1:15pm-2:15pm: LUNCH 2:15pm-3:45pm: Panel 2     Angelique Haugerud (Rutgers), "Critical Inequalities and the Satirical Turn"    Jeremy Varon (New School), "Much Ado About Who Knows What: The Ecstasy and Agony of Occupy"    Moderator: Daniel Gilbert (Labor & Employment Relations) 3:45pm-4:00pm: Coffee Break 4:00pm-5:30pm: Panel 3     Laura Pulido (USC), "Landscapes of Environmental Justice"    Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan (Yale), "Environmental Jurisprudence and Inequality in India"    Moderator: Melissa Orlie (Political Science) Saturday, May 1010:30am: Coffee Reception11:00am: Opening Remarks: J.B. Capino (Unit for Criticism/English)11:15am-12:45pm: Keynote Lecture 2    Patricia Williams (Columbia Law), "Racial Ventriloquism and The Crazy-Making of America"    Introduction: Robin Kar (Law)12:45pm-1:45pm: LUNCH1:45pm-3:15pm: Panel 4     Toussaint Losier (Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Associate, Illinois), TBA    Mary Romero (Arizona),"Critical Perspectives on Carework: Placing Domestics and Nannies at the Center of Analysis"    Moderator: Faranak Miraftab (Urban & Regional Planning)3:30pm-5:00pm: Closing Roundtable Jennifer Baldwin (Medicine/Anthropology) Jonathan X. Inda (Latina/o Studies) Ellen Moodie (Anthropology) Jesse Ribot (Geography/SDEP) Moderator: Lauren M.E. Goodlad (Director, Unit for Criticism/English)
Quad Day 2014
scheduled for Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:00:00 CDT
More details to be announced.

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.