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"Researching and Teaching the EU: Best Practices and Current Trends in EU Scholarship"
A Working Conference for Regional College Faculty

Sponsored by: The European Union Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Department of Social Sciences, Illinois Institute of Technology; and The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Conference date and location: January 25-26, 2013

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago (Jan. 25)

Illini Center, 200 South Wacker Drive, Chicago (Jan. 26)

NOTE: Registration is now closed.

*Note: this year we are asking non-speaking participants to pay a $50 registration fee to help cover costs of catering. This fee will be waived for speakers. A $100 travel reimbursement grant and one night of free lodging will be available to all participants.

About the Conference

This 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.

In response to feedback about previous faculty working conferences, this year we will be organizing a pre-conference workshop devoted to providing an introductory overview of governmental institutions, foreign, and social policies of the EU. This portion of the workshop will take place during the afternoon on January 25 and is open to all working conference attendees, but is especially intended to help orient those participants who do not specialize in the EU. Please indicate if you plan on attending the pre-conference workshop when you submit your online registration.

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Why Attend?

Schedule - [download PDF version]

Friday, January 25th
Location - Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Director’s Dining Room, 3rd Floor, 230 South LaSalle St., Chicago

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Check-in for Pre-Conference Workshop

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Welcome Remarks for Pre-Conference Workshop: Introduction to the EU
Matt Rosenstein, European Union Center, University of Illinois

2:15 – 3:05 pm

The Institutions of the European Union – An Overview
Jeanie Bukowski, Institute of International Studies, Bradley University
Presentation slides (.pdf)

3:05 – 3:55 pm

The Eurozone and Euro Crisis
Ophelia Eglene, Middlebury College & visiting scholar, University of Illinois
Presentation slides (.pdf)

3:55 – 4:10 pm

Break

4:10 – 5:00 pm

The European Union as an Agent of Peace
Alexandru Balas, Political Science, Loyola University
Presentation slides (.pdf)

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Hotel check-in and free time

6:30 pm

Welcome Dinner and Keynote Address

“The Future of Europe: A British Perspective”

Robert Chatterton Dickson, British Consul General, Chicago Hosted by Bryan Endres, European Union Center & Agricultural Law, University of Illinois

Dickson, British CG

 

Saturday, January 26th
Location – Illini Center, Orange & Blue Conference Room, 200 South Wacker Drive, Chicago

9:00 - 9:30 am

Coffee and pastries

9:30 - 9:35 am

Introductory Remarks

9:35 - 10:50 am

Panel 1 – European Approaches to Development, Economic Welfare, and Human Security

“Evaluating the Performance Record under the Lisbon Agenda”
David Cleeton, Economics, Illinois State University
Presentation slides (.pdf)

“From Rio to Rome: A European integrated approach to inclusive and sustainable development”
Marco Tavanti, School of Public Service, DePaul University
Presentation slides (.pdf)

“The EU-Japan Security Relationship”
Martyn de Bruyn, Political Science, Northeastern Illinois University
Presentation slides (.pdf)

10:50 - 11:00 am

Break

11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Panel 2 – Impacts of EU Enlargement: Integration and Governance in Central and Eastern Europe

“EU Enlargement and Gender Equality”
Olga Avdeyeva, Political Science, Loyola University
Presentation slides (.pdf)

“The Impacts of the Common Agricultural Policy on Bulgarian Agriculture”
Lance Clemens, European Union Center, University of Illinois
Presentation slides (.pdf)

“Information and Subject Formation in European Governance: A Multi- Sited Fieldwork Approach”
Richelle Bernazzoli, Geography, University of Illinois
Presentation slides (.pdf)

12:15 - 1:30 pm

Lunch and Keynote Address
Graham Paul, French Consul General, Chicago

Paul, French CG
1:30 - 2:45 pm

Panel 3 – European Identities and Minority Inclusion

“An Islamic Past in Contemporary Spanish and Portuguese Tourism
Narratives”

Carla Santos, Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, University of Illinois (speaker)
Katherine A. Bueno (O'Dowd), Sebnem Ozkan, Javier Irigoyen-Garcia, University of Illinois (co-authors)

Presentation slides (.pdf)

“What Europe Has Learned from its Migrants – and the Lessons that Remain”
Patrick Ireland, Political Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
Presentation slides (.pdf)

“Transnational Language Communities in the European Linguistic Landscape: In Quest for Status or the Right to Integrate?”
Zsuzsanna Fagyal, French, University of Illinois

2:45 - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 – 4:15 pm

Panel 4 – Teaching Tools for EU Education: Technology and Innovation in the Classroom

Creating Connections: the Transatlantic Educator’s Dialogue
Lucinda Morgan, Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, University of Illinois
Presentation slides (.pdf)

Using Simulations to Teach about the European Union
Alexandru Balas, Political Science, Loyola University
Presentation slides (.pdf)
Hand-out (.pdf)

EU Learning Tools: Videos and Interactive Games
Rebecca Steffenson, Social Sciences, Illinois Institute of Technology
Link to presentation slides

Social Media Resources on the EU
Matt Rosenstein, European Union Center, University of Illinois
Presentation slides (.pdf)

4:15 – 4:30 pm Closing remarks and evaluations of conference

The conference is funded in part by a US Department of Education Title VI grant and a European Union Center of Excellence grant from the European Commission to the European Union Center, University of Illinois.

 

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