EU Day 2017

Learn about EU Day and the keynote delivered by David O'Sullivan, Ambassador of the EU to the U.S. on the 15th Annual EU Day on March 15.

Master of Arts in European Union Studies

The European Union Center at the University of Illinois offers the only Master of Arts in European Union Studies (MAEUS) program in the Western Hemisphere. Learn more here.

Language Shapes Opinion Towards Gender Equality

Dr. Margit Tavits discussed langauge and gender as a part of the EUC Faculty Lecture Series.

Conversations on Europe

Watch the collection of online roundtable discussions on different EU issues sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh.

Transatlantic Relationships after US Elections

Watch the EUC Sponsored Roundtable on Transatlantic Relations after the 2016 US Election with Moderator Niala Boodhoo

Videos of Previous Lectures

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

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Prospects for Advancing Cooperation



On October 27, Consul General of Austria Thomas Schnöll delivered a lecture entitled "Prospects for Advancing Cooperation" as part of the Austria-Illinois Exchange Program's conference, "Change through Exchange: Promoting Global Leadership via Academic Exchange.". You can watch his full lecture below or by clicking here.

Thomas Schnöll studied law at Johannes Keppler University in Linz. In 2004, he moved to the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs in Vienna, where he took on the role of Head of Unit for Western Balkans. At present, Mr. Schnöll serves as Consul General of Austria in Chicago.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Urban Sustainability in the EU


On October 21, Professor Julie Cidell delivered a lecture on the topic of urban sustainability in the European Union. You can watch her full lecture below or by clicking here.


Julie Cidell is a Professor of Geography and European Union Center affiliated faculty member at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include economic and political geographies of transportation, the urban political ecology of green buildings, and cultural and economic geographies of food.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

The End of National European Armies?



The Fourth Annual Transatlantic Security Symposium, held last March as part of the EU Day 2011, asked the question: "Is the European Union headed toward a single, integrated fighting force?" The most recent edition of Swords and Ploughshares, a publication by the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS), presents the symposium panelists' published responses to that question.

The topic of EU defense policy is vital not only to European Union security, but to the world at large. With essays by Jean-Yves Haine, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto; Jolyon Howorth, Visiting Professor of Political Science, Yale University; and Alistair Shepherd, Lecturer of International Politics, Aberystwyth University (UK), the "End of National European Armies?" issue provides insights on a question of international importance.

In addition to this issue, available from the ACDIS website, you can view a webcast of the event and listen to a radio interview with panelist Jolyon Howorth.
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Implementing Clean Energy Goals in the EU


On October 14, Dr. Torsten H. Fransson delivered a lecture entitled "Implementing Clean Energy Goals in the EU" as part of the EUC's Fall Lecture Series. You can watch his full lecture below or by clicking watch the lecture here.




Dr. Torsten H. Fransson received his PhD in numerical modelling from the Ecole Polytéchnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 1986. Since then, he has worked as an important player in the realms of modern pedagogical models for global energy learning, aerodynamics, and gasification and combustion. He has also participated in several EU-sponsored research projects over the years.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

European Union Center Featured in Illinois International Review

(Left to right) European Union Center Director A. Bryan Endres,
UI Interim Chancellor Robert Easter, Hungarian Ambassador
 György Szapáry, and Interim Associate Provost for International
 Affairs Wolfgang Schlör during EU Day March 11, 2011.
Photo by Matt Rosenstein.
The European Union Center is featured heavily in this semester's Illinois International Review, an online publication from the University of Illinois International Programs and Studies office. The Review, which is published once per semester, aims "to reflect the wide range of the university’s international engagement and research." From the EUC's prestigious grant awards to the important and timely discussions it sponsors, the European Union Center is clearly a vital contributor to "the university's international engagement." Here's a rundown of the EUC's appearances in this semester's Review:

This year, the EU awarded the EUC with two prestigious grants: the European Union Center of Excellence grant for research and teaching, and the Jean Monnet Module for course development. The article details the amounts of each grant, as well as what they will be used for. Check it out here: Illinois Awarded Distinguished European Union Grants

As part its annual EU Day event hosted at the University of Illinois, in 2011 the EUC co-sponsored the fourth annual Transatlantic Security Symposium. This panel discussion highlighted some of the most important issues facing European Union security. Read the article here: The End of National European Armies?

The EUC helped sponsor the 2011 International Photo Contest, which received many impressive entries. The winners are posted here: 2011 International Photo Contest Winners

The Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange (INSPIRE) is an exciting new partnership between the University of Illinois and a group of top-ranked institutions in Sweden. This program marks an important new area of engagement between the University of Illinois and one of the EU's strongest economic regions. The European Union Center contributes to INSPIRE through grants, and EUC-affiliated faculty are at the forefront of the initiative. Find out more, here: Illinois Launches Transnational Partnership Alliance with Leading Universities in Stockholm

Finally, the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) study abroad scholarship received renewed endorsement in large part thanks to one of the EU Center's MAEUS students, Allyce Husband, one of six students working as advocates for the scholarship. To learn more about their efforts, and Allyce's contributions, check out the article here: Landslide Vote to Endorse Support for Study Abroad
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Monday, October 3, 2011

EU Peacekeeping



On September 30, Dr. Paul Diehl delivered a lecture entitled "EU Peacekeeping'" as part of the EUC's Fall Lecture Series. You can watch his full lecture below or by clicking here.




Paul F. Diehl is Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science and a European Union Center affiliated faculty member at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include international law, UN peacekeeping, conflict management, and enduring rivalries. Dr. Diehl has authored six books on conflict management and international law.

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