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Upcoming Lectures

Quad Day 2014
scheduled for Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:00:00 CDT
More details to be announced.
Lecture: The French Poster and World War I
scheduled for Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:30:00 CDT
Lecture from Ségolène Le Men, Professor at Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense and author of many books, including Grandville Un autre monde. Les dessins et les secrets (Anvers et Paris, Pandora et Les Editions de l’amateur, 2011) and Monet (Citadelles & Mazenod, 2010).
Symposium: World War One and the Making of American Culture
scheduled for Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:30:00 CDT
World War I and the Making of Modern American Culture Organized by the Trowbridge Initiative in American Cultures"Economies of Motion: The World War I “Crippled Soldier Problem,” and Rationalized Images of Ability" Nathan Blake, Northeastern University"Star Testimonies: Speeches, Tours, and Trailers " Sue Collins, Michigan Technological University"Raising the Dead: The First World War and the Influenza Pandemic" Elizabeth Outka, University of Richmond"The Longest War: Southern Writers and the American Expeditionary Force" David A. Davis, Mercer University
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: Taner Akçam
scheduled for Mon, 03 Nov 2014 16:00:00 CST
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: Brotherlands: A Family History of the European Nations
scheduled for Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:00:00 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) 

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.