Did you travel to the European Union this summer? Submit a post to be featured on our Across the Pond blog and win prizes!
The European Union Center congratulates the MAEUS class of 2013!
View the winning entries inspired by this year's theme, "Competition & Cooperation".
The second Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic class will travel to the Arctic Circle in summer 2013. Read the articles by students who participated in last year's trip here.
Perspectives on the award and what it means for the future of the EU.
The European Union Center celebrated its twelfth annual European Union Day on February 15. Watch videos and read a recap of the event.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Europe’s Illusory Economic Advantage, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Wall Street Capitalism
Since our objective was not simply to bring the events off but to disseminate knowledge and raise critical awareness, we podcast all five presentations and, in cooperation with the University of Illinois European Union Center, made them the basis of a state-wide high school essay contest. Students anywhere in the country have been encouraged (via electronic discussion groups) to enter the contest. This is how we cast the seeds of thought. We are waiting to see what they yield.
Andrew Weeks is a professor of German in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Illinois State University. Prior to joining the faculty of Illinois State, he earned a Ph.D. in comparative German literature from the University of Illinois and held teaching positions at the University of Illinois and Middlebury College, Vermont. In 2002, he was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for teaching and research at the University of Marburg (Germany). He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Szeged (Hungary) and at the University of Graz (Austria).
Monday, September 26, 2011
On September 23, EUC visiting scholar Elizabeth Radziszewski delivered a lecture entitled "From Social Dynamics to Individual Support for the EU" as part of the EUC's Fall Lecture Series. You can watch her full lecture below or by clicking here.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Mare Nostrum, Latin for ‘Our Sea,’ is a radio show that airs every two weeks on Wednesdays from 8-10pm Central (GMT – 6) on WEFT 90.1FM, a volunteer operated community radio station in Champaign.
The phrase Mare Nostrum was first used by the Romans to refer to the Mediterranean and the countries along its shores that they once ruled to include contemporary Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Albania, Malta, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. So when tuning into Mare Nostrum, a listener can expect to hear the sounds of any of these countries. Mare Nostrum aims to showcase both the common experiences of the Mediterranean people, as well as the unique features of each of these countries.
Covering so many cultures, Mare Nostrum is truly a musically enlightening experience, but what makes it stand out is the host, Marina Terkourafi. Marina is a professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois, Director of the Modern Greek Studies program, and holds faculty affiliate appointments with both the European Union Center and the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern
Studies. She is well informed on the cultures of many of these Mediterranean countries, with Greece holding a special place within her academic interests.
If Marina’s expertise in the area of Mediterranean Studies is not enough to entice you to tune in — which you can do live from anywhere in the world via the web—then surely the fact that Mare Nostrum has been continuously on air since October 2009 should. All of Marina’s past playlists can be found here. One thing a listener may take note of is that each show is structured around a common theme, whether it is a genre of music, a historical period, or one country. Champaign -Urbana residents and members of the U of I academic community who are natives of Mediterranean countries are frequent guests on the show, adding an extra element of authenticity to the discussion and the music. In addition to shows dedicated to specific countries, some of the themes covered recently are: music of the islands, music for children, jazz, rock, hip-hop, flamenco, classical, and more. You can find more information about each show's theme and the dates when the show airs on the Mare Nostrum website. Even if you can’t be on the shores of the Mediterranean, you can experience the sounds of the Mediterranean by listening in to Mare Nostrum. Be sure to catch the next airing of Mare Nostrum on September 21, 2011.
On September 13, author Steven Hill delivered a lecture entitled "Europe or America or China: Which Has the Better Development Model for the 21st Century?" as part of the EUC's Fall Lecture Series. You can watch his full lecture below or by clicking Steven Hill Lecture available here.
Steven Hill is a writer, columnist and political professional based in the United States with two decades of experience in politics. He 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, geo-strategy and trends. Mr. Hill is the author, most recently, of Europe's Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope for an Insecure Age, published in January 2010. His articles and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Guardian, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Christian Science Monitor, and many other leading publications in the US and abroad. He writes a monthly column for Social Europe Journal. Mr Hill has appeared on international, national and local radio and television programs, including the BBC, NPR, Pacifica, Sirius, Fox News and others, and he has lectured widely in the United States and Europe. He has extensive experience in political consulting and organizing, including strategic planning, policy analysis, government relations, media outreach, project management, community organizing, event production, and fundraising. He is a co-founder of FairVote and former director of the political reform program at the New America Foundation. Mr. Hill, who is a graduate of Yale University and Western Washington University/Fairhaven College, lives in San Francisco, CA. (full bio)