Thirteenth Annual EU Day Announced

The European Union Center is pleased to announce the Thirteenth Annual EU Day event on March 12, 2015.

Videos of Previous Lectures

Missed an EUC-hosted lecture? Our blog's video tag has archived previous EUC-sponsored lectures.

Studying the EU at a Distance

MAEUS students Ilias Boralis and Simone Kaiser and EUC Senior Associate Director Matt Rosenstein talk about the benefits of studying the EU from afar.

Five Illinois Scholars Awarded NEH Fellowships

EUC affiliated faculty member Antoinette Burton was one of five Illinois scholars to be awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities scholarship for 2015.

Five Illinois Faculty Members Named CIC-ALP Fellows

EUC-affiliated faculty member George Czapar was one of five Illinois faculty members to be awarded the Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s Academic Leadership Program Fellowship.

"Dispatches from Europe" Blog Contest Winners

The two winners for the 2014 Blog Contest have been announced!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Transatlantic Lessons: Why the European Way is STILL the Best Hope in an Insecure Age


On April 17, 2015, political author Steven Hill gave a lecture entitled "Transatlantic Lessons: Why the European Way is STILL the Best Hope in an Insecure Age." Mr. Hill is a writer, lecturer and political professional based in the United States with two decades of experience in politics. He currently is a Senior Fellow with the New America Foundation. Mr. Hill is a frequent speaker at academic, government, NGO and business events, speaking on a wide range of topics related to politics, economics, climate change, global complexity, and future trends.

From Mr. Hill's book description:
A quiet revolution has been occurring in post-World War II Europe. A world power has emerged across the Atlantic that is recrafting the rules for how a modern society should provide economic security, environmental sustainability, and global stability. For a decade Steven Hill traveled widely to understand this uniquely European way of life. In this talk, he explains Europe's bold new vision.

A video of the lecture can be viewed below or on the EUC's video library:


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Friday, May 1, 2015

Effective Practices of International Volunteers in Disaster Relief: Implications for the EU Aid Volunteers Program


On April 10, 2015, Professor Ben Lough (School of Social Work, UIUC) and Chris Jackson (European Union Studies, UIUC) presented a lecture entitled "Effective Practices of International Volunteers in Disaster Relief: Implications for the EU Aid Volunteers Program."

From the abstract:
This presentation explores results from pilot stages of the EU Aid Volunteers (EUAV) program, and how lessons learned have enhanced the roll-out of the full program in 2015. The presentation first sets the context of EUAV within the larger EU humanitarian aid and development agendas. It describes the history of the program and some of the immediate and intermediate implementation challenges encountered during the pilot phases. The presentation then provides an overview the role of volunteers in different phases of disaster management, and how EUA Volunteers intend to intersect at these various phases. Emergent concerns about creation of the EUAV program are then presented, including issues of labour replacement, access and fairness, and how the program interfaces with EU member state policies. The presentation ends with a discussion of initial implications and the potential benefits of the program—particularly for EU13 states.

Professor Ben Lough earned his BS in Sociology in 2000 and his MSW in 2003 from Bringham Young University, and his PhD in 2010 from the George W. Brown School of Social Works at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to working as a clinical social worker in the past, Dr. Lough has extensive international research experience, serving as consultants for the United Nations in Germany, the Department of Human and Social Services of American Samoa, and many others.

Chris Jackson is in his second year in the MAEUS program. Prior to the University of Illinois, Chris earned a BA in history from Centre College in Danville, KY in 2012. His research interests include the EU foreign policy, ethnic relations, and rule of law structures. His current project involves primary research on the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo.

A video of the lecture is available to view below or on the EUC's video library:


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Before There Was Ebola: European Responses to Diseases in Africa - Past and Present



On April 14, 2015, The European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh held a roundtable discussion entitled "Before There Was Ebola: European Responses to Diseases in Africa - Past and Present" as part of their Conversations on Europe series. Panelists included Mari Webel (University of Pittsburgh), Guillaume Lachenal (Univeristé Paris Diderot), Jessican Pearson-Patel (University of Oklahoma) and Deborah Neill (York).

From the abstract for the roundtable:
U.S. and European news coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa highlighted the urgency of the public health crisis, focusing often on the need to contain the outbreak to prevent its spread to “our shores.” Implicit (and often explicit) in these stories, however, were long-standing xenophobic and racialized attitudes toward African diseases that can be traced back to European imperial and pseudo-scientific ideas of the nineteenth century. This installment of Conversations on Europe asks historians, political scientists, and public health experts to discuss the extent to which contemporary European and U.S. representations of Ebola borrowed from representations of earlier diseases occurring on the African continent and to speculate on the possible implications that such representations had and continue to have on mounting an effective response to an ongoing public health crisis. How much has news coverage contributed to what one political scientist described as the “long and ugly tradition of treating Africa as a dirty, diseased place” and what can be done about it?
A video of the conference can be viewed below or on YouTube:

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Delegation Visit and Workshop

This blog was originally posted on the University of Vienna's International Relations page.


A joint workshop between Vice Rector Fassman, a professor at the University of Vienna, and his colleagues from Illinois took place during the visit of the delegation of the University of Illinois on February 11, 2015. This meeting was, among other things, for preparing the extension of the 2002 Cooperation Agreement between the University of Illinois and a consortium of Austrian universities.

Future opportunities for even more intense and more specific cooperation in various fields, particularly in the area of research, were discussed. Dean Fabel pointed to a particularly great interest in exchange opportunities among University of Vienna economics students. The Center for Translation Studies intends to engage in close cooperation with the University of Illinois. During the workshop, Professor Meissel introduced the "Univie: Summer School in International and European Studies" program in Strobl and invited students from Illinois to apply.

The University of Illinois, for its part, has pointed out its creation of the first "Master of Arts in European Union Studies" program in the United States. The Master's program, which is interdisciplinary in nature, is located in the European Union Center and focuses on "politics and policy" and includes core courses on topics such as "EU History," "EU Governance" and "EU Industries."

In the future, this program will also be strongly recommended to students of the University of Vienna.

Another objective of both universities is the joint project submission and third-party application under "Horizon 2020," according to Vice Rector Fassman.

Thank you to Andrew Schwenk for translating the text from German to English!
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