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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
    Director's note
        Page 2
        Page 3
    A happy life consists not in the absence but in the mastery of hardships
        Page 4
    Visiting scholar at CES this year
        Page 5
    Brussels: the ideal study abroad location
        Page 6
    Recent events
        Page 7
    Faculty, staff, and student news
        Page 8
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during the past year thefinancial troubles of the College of Liberal

Arts and Sciences (CLAS) have been joined by the general
financial crisis of the university while the state faces substantial
budgetary shortfalls. The results have been a series of cutbacks as
units across the college and the university attempt to integrate first
a 4% and now possibly as much as an 8% or even 10% cumulative
cut in recurring funds during the upcoming 2008-2009 fiscal year.
Without question these cuts will cause real damage to the broad
intellectual and educational mission of UF. Budget reductions mean
fewer resources for "extras" such as faculty travel, guest speakers, and
new teaching and research tools like books and software.
The Center for European Studies (CES) will feel these reductions
and cuts just as every other unit across CLAS, and indeed across UF.
However, CES faculty members and students, as well as the broader
UF community, should remember that many of the opportunities
offered by the CES are not reliant on state funding, and as a result
these will be able to continue even as state funding decreases.
Indeed, externally funded opportunities will play an increasingly
important role as funding from state sources continues to shrink. The
continued support of the Title VI grant, for example, will ensure that

Volume 5, Issue 2 Spring 2008
DIRECTOR Amie Kreppel
GRAPHIC DESIGN Jane Dominguez & Aubrey Siegel,CLAS News & Publications
The CES Gazette is published each semester to provide information to faculty, students,
and supporters of European Studies about the activities and programs of the CES.
For further information, please visit our website at www.ces.ufl.edu.
3324Turlington Hall
PO Box 117342
Gainesville FL 32611-7342
Phone: 352-392-8902 6 UNIVERSITY 6
Fax:352-392-8966 U I FLORIDA

FLAS fellowships for graduate students, course development and
enhancement grants for faculty, as well as research and travel grants
for both faculty and graduate students all continue to be available.
Furthermore, CES faculty and staff are actively searching out and
applying for new sources of external funding to support the kind of
research and teaching activities that have become so central to the
attainment of academic excellence. The recent award of the Jean
Monnet Centre of Excellence will ensure a steady stream of visiting
EU scholars as demonstrated by the visits of former MEP Gordon
Adam and EU Commission representative Paul Turner during the
Spring 2008 term. New initiatives to seek out external funding from
the EU will hopefully support a year-long series of interdisciplinary
workshops and outreach events on European Migration thanks
to a grant proposal by Maria Stoilkova and Esther Romeyn. A film
screening series on European Identity in Transition will hopefully
be supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
thanks to a proposal submitted by Gail Keeler and Petia Kostadinova.
These efforts, as well as the likely submission of other large
scale grants by the CES later this year, will all serve to ensure that the
CES, together with the other centers and institutes across CLAS and
the university, can continue to support a wide variety of academic
endeavors, even during these hard times. Perhaps the shrinking
availability of state funding for a wide range of activities will serve to
encourage an even broader group of faculty and students engaged
in Europe-related teaching and research from across the university
to consider the CES as an important resource. This will in turn
serve to strengthen and expand the growing interdisciplinary and
multidisciplinary bridges across departments and colleges that are
being constructed as a result of CES activities.

r Call For Recipes

To commemorate CES'fifth anniversary this fall, we plan
-to publish a cookbook with a recipe from every country
in Europe along with brief relevant cultural information
about that recipe (typical use, holidays, special ingredients,
etc.i or cooking in general in that country. We aim to have an
educational componentto thecollection as well. Photos of food
or food preparation are welcome. Ingredients and directions will be printed
in the dominant language spoken in that country as well as in English.
If you would like to submit a recipe and the accompanying information,
please contact Gail Keeler as soon as possible at 352-392-8902 X 211 or

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promotional materials ES w ins

of our eye-
catching promotional
materials that we
decided to blow
them up! We now are
displaying giant sized
images of our pieces
on bulletin boards
in heavily trafficked
areas ofTurlington, in
the Marston Science
Building, and outside
the CES main office.
Our large display case in the lobby of
Turlington was completely and startlingly
updated with a study abroad theme, including
a giant stuffed alligator on his (or her) way to
Europe via air.

ES won honorable mention in the
visual design category in the annual
Golden Gator awards sponsored by the
UFCN (UF Communicator's Network).
The Golden Gator awards recognize
excellence in communications on behalf
of the university, honoring those efforts
that strengthen the university and help
to meet its mission of teaching, research
and service. CES was chosen as a winner
from more than 100 entries. Judges may

award one or more Honorable Mentions
to the second highest scoring entry(ies) in
each category that meets the standard of
excellence set by the panel.
We have enjoyed working with Jane
Dominguez, who is the Senior Arts and
Publications Production Specialist atCLAS.
She has been instrumental in helping us
to define and brand our image in a highly
professional and unique way.

New IDS-MES major for CES!

The Modern European Studies concentra-
tion within the Interdisciplinary Studies
Major (IDS MES) has been approved! The
program has two primary goals. First, it
provides students with the opportunity
to study the geographic region of Europe
from an interdisciplinary perspective that
incorporates area and language studies.
Second, by requiring two additional sem-
esters of language study beyond the two-
semester CLAS language requirement,
students have the opportunity to
gain language proficiency beyond the
introductory level. Students also have the
chance to engage in study abroad programs
related to CES programs and European
Studies more broadly.
A 3.0 GPA and approval by the CLAS

New Student Organization:
W ith the combined efforts of Euro-
friendly students and the support of
the Center for European Studies, this spring
has seen the inception of a new club on
campus the European Union (EU) Club.
Started for students who have lived,
studied, or dreamed about the wonders
of Europe, the club's goal is to provide
students with information and resources
regarding the EU and its member states.
The club acts as a networking base to
keep students informed about internships,
graduate schools, study abroad, and other

IDS committee are required to enter the
major. Once admitted, students are to select
two faculty members from two different
departments (one of whom must be a
member of CLAS) to serve as primary and
secondary advisors. Students produce a

EU Club
opportunities available to them in Europe.
In addition to networking, the EU Club will
also host a Mock EU for those interested in
learning and debating about EU-specific
topics. Other activities include cultural
presentations, social events, and the option
to volunteer with an informational EU K-12
Outreach program.
The EU is the United States'largest trading
partner and has a major impact on
domestic and international markets. The
continuing expansion of the EU shows no
sign of stopping, making it an exciting and

senior thesis.
Students may choose appropriate
disciplines such as anthropology, economics,
geography, history, modern languages,
political science and/or sociology to design
the core of a major that culminates in a
thesis. This program requires four semesters
of study in a foreign language related to
the geographical and disciplinary areas of
study. Students are strongly encouraged to
incorporate at least six weeks of study abroad
into their course of study in a country where
the target language is spoken. If unable
to participate in study abroad program,
students may choose to complete the
capstone requirement through internship
in an organization that enables them to
practice the chosen language and/or fits

exhilarating topic
of study.
The EU Club
hopes to attract
both those with
and without knowledge about the EU, in
hopes of spreading EU awareness around
campus and the Gainesville community. The
first meeting was attended by 60 students
and faculty.To find out the meeting
schedule, write Maria Skirkat mskirk@ufl.
The CES Gazette 3

A Happy Life

Consists Not in the

Absence, but in

the Mastery of


Can Sakirgil, CES' Fulbright Scholar in Turkish
Language, submitted this essay that he wrote for
his Fulbright newsletter

Can Sakirgil talked about and sang : J
Turkish music at a teacher workshop., 0,

Hello say it...
Czech Ahoj
Greek rld oou
Hungarian Szia
Polish Czek
Turkish Merhaba
I speak English
Czech Umim anglicky
Greek MIAda AyyAIKd
Hungarian Angolul beszelek
Polish M6wie po angielsku
Turkish Ingilizce biliyorum

pronounce it...

ooh-meem ahng-lits-kee
Mi-lao a-gli-ka
on-gowl-lool beh-sai-lek
moo-vee-ye poh ahn-ghee-el-skoo
eeng-heel-eez-je bheel-eey-hor-um

4 The CES Gazette

t has been more than seven months since I arrived in the US. I
do not recall many memories from the first week other than not
being able to finish the microwaveable pizza and dumping it. The
very first week is usually the rush week, you buy furniture, you buy
food, you get to know your co-workers, you get lost in a very small
city on your bike, you put your clothes into the closet, you do not
even care that you are sleeping without a pillow just using your
jacket because you are still jet lagged and happy to be able to sleep
somewhere. But then you are more settled, this time the emotional
distress hugs you.
I want to talkabout the emotional ups and downs I had through
my first weeks.
The second week, as I was putting the pictures of my family
and friends on my wall, I went emotional and started to weep, then
one day as I was doing the dishes and singing a folk song about
longing of home (to high high hills) again I cried, another day as
I was looking at a map I saw my homeland and had tears on my
eyes. Along with the downs and tears I started to complain about
everything in the city I live. The food was tasteless, the people were
not as friendly, the water was awful, and the street lights were
unreasonable-even the sun was too shiny to be nice. Some days
I turned down invitations from people without any reason and sat
home and decided that I was going to be sad for the rest of the
night and I was pretty successful on sounding off and nagging. I
think if belittlement was an Olympic game I would have got the
gold medal back then. So I was in that scope for a period time but
then one day as I was listening to the soundtrack of the famous
movie La Vitae Bella (life is beautiful), some of the lyrics has touched
me greatly. It says: smile, without a reason why, love as if you were a
child, smile, no matter what they tell you, don't listen to a word they
say, cause life is beautiful that way. That statement was enough for
me to go back to my happy days. We do not need a reason to be
happy, but we can find reasons to be sad. Happiness is just a by
product of our goal, my goal is to teach my nativeTurkish and enjoy
and learn the life and the culture; I realized that my aim was not to
criticize my surrounding. It is to enjoy, after that day I started to love
my life genuinely, I love biking to work, I enjoy the coffee I drink,
I smile seeing the same person everyday with his cigarette and
coffee studying on the bench as I walk to my class to teach, I laugh
with my office mate so loud that we both forget that we are grown
ups, I get a kick of chatting with roommate on deep subjects.
Anything you are good at contributes to your joy. So I learned
that happiness does not come to you and you can find happiness
on the food or environment. Aristotle says "Happiness depends
upon ourselves."
I tell to myself"then just find it Can, in yourself on your own!!!"

Visiting Scholar

We welcome Victor Martinez Reyes as a
visiting scholar this year. He is an associate
professor at the Faculty of Journalism and Political
Science, University of Warsaw, Poland. As a political
scientist (PhD) and psychologist (M.Sc.), he has
specialized in political psychology and European
Union studies. Dr. Martinez Reyes has carried out
extensive research work on the functioning of the
European Union with a focus on enlargement and
the transformation of the political system in Poland
as a result of the accession process. He has written
extensively on accession negotiations including
books on the Mediterranean and European Fair
Trade Association enlargements.
He has also received numerous grants to support
his research including most significantly from
the European Commission, the Friederich Ebert
Stiftung, the Soros Foundation, and the Polish
Government. As a resultof these grants Dr. Martinez
Reyes has been able to pursue research and study
at the College of Europe (Natolin campus), the
London School of Economics and Political Science,
the Ohio State University, the Free University of
Brussels, and the University of Tubingen among
At the University of Florida, Dr. Martinez Reyes
will be working towards a new publication on the
procedures and process of accession negotiations,
as well as providing support to CES by delivering
lectures on the functioning of the European Union
and the transformation of the political system in
Poland since 1989.


oanna Lis, a junior .
Political Science major
with a dual minor in 1 ,KS W P
European Studies and BI
East-Central European iU E
Studies was thinking about
the historical variability
of languages when she KON
shot her award-winning
photo in Poland this past
Her photo, entitled
Ksiegarnia, captured third '
place in the study abroad
students category of the
2007 Global Culture Photo
Contest sponsored by
Contest sponsored by Ksiegarnia, Joanna Lis'winning photo.
the University of Florida
International Center (UFIC) and the Transnational and Global Studies Center.
Taken in the Jewish quarter of Krak6w called Kazimierz, the photo depicts a
girl sitting next to a sign that says BOOKSHOP in seven different languages. The
original full color photo was altered by Lis to make it appear monochromatic.
Lis, a 21 year old originally from Lake Worth, Florida, studied with UF's
Center for European Studies (CES) summer in Poland program in 2007, living
in both Krak6w and Wroclaw. She is fluent in Polish and active in the UF Polish
Student Association. She attended a fine arts magnet high school in West
Palm Beach called Dreyfoos School of the Arts where she studied painting and
"I see a photo as a chronicle of a moment of time' Lis says."I like to observe,
capture, and interpret people's behavior with my photos" The weirdest thing
she ever caught on film? "Fire breathing street performers."
Other awards garnered recently by Lis include a Harriet Irsay scholarship
from the American Polish Institute for an essay accompanied by her paintings
on the theme"Cultural Transitions in Poland"and a CES travel grant to Poland.

Department of Education International

Education Programs Service (IEPS) Conference
n February, CES Outreach Coordinator Gail Keeler attended abroad programs to Europe every summer, and participating
the "IEPS International Education Forum: Fostering in this year's IEPS conference provided some helpful best
Connection, Collaboration, andCreativeldeas"inWashington, practices for measuring outcomes in those programs. The
DC. Leading professionals from around the country discussed conference was also a great reminder that community colleges
issues and solutions to some of the key challenges facing the have a significant role to play in international education. Over
international education community today. Many centers 60% of students enrolled in American higher education
struggle with the same issues-reduced attendance at spendsomeportionoftheiracademiccareersatacommunity
events, patchy media relations, and how best to meet the college, and we need to deliver a consistent message about
needs of public school teachers. the importance of global studies to students at every level of
The CES sponsored Ed Bonahue, Chair of the Humanities education."
and Foreign Languages Department at Santa Fe Community Our department is exploring ways to collaborate with
College (SFCC), to be able to attend. Ed offered this feedback SFCC on outreach events to be able to reach students at both
about the conference, "At Santa Fe, we offer short-term study institutions.
The CES Gazette 5

The Ideal Study Abroad Destination

By Maria Skirk and Irena Tsoustas
Every Europhile should visit Brussels, the
heart of Europe. From its cobblestone
streets that wind to the buildings of the
European Union (EU), NATO, and many other
international organizations, to the smell of
fresh gaufres (waffles) cooking on every corner,
Brussels unveils itself as the ideal study abroad
location for the internationally conscious.
We spent the summer of 2007 taking
classes atVesalius College in Brussels, Belgium.
While there, we lived with 13 other University
of Florida students and went to school
with people from every European country
imaginable. Classes at Vesalius College are
small, fun, and interactive, giving you the
chance to meet and get to know your peers
and professors as well. During our experience,
in-class lectures were enhanced with class
field trips to the European Commission, the

European Council, NATO, the U.S. Mission
to the EU, Europe by Satellite, and the
European Investment Bank. With a multitude
of bureaucratic levels, learning about the EU
can be confusing. However, being in Brussels
and actually seeing the Berlaymont building,
witnessing the European Parliament in action,
and walking past the Justus Lipsius makes
it much easier to understand the political
processes that happen there.
Brussels is a pedestrian's dream with
every convenience only a few steps away. It is
a small and compact city that can be walked
across without breaking a sweat. Brussels also
comes equipped with an easy-to-use metro
system, a pleasant tram line, an efficient bus
system, and cheap cab rides.
Despite its small size, the Brussels
community is very diverse, leading to a

plethora of free cultural events. For example, our
first weekend there coincided with the Brussels
Annual Jazz Marathon. Students, professors,
families,and out-of-towners all come togetherto
enjoy over 125 concerts, a variety of food stands,
and delicious Belgian beers. Speaking of beer,
Brussels is home to the Guinness World Record-
setting bar, Delirium, where you can order one
of 2004 different beers from all over the world.
Delirium is, of course, not the only bar. Pubs, bars,
clubs, and lounges can be found throughout the
city. Due to its international influences, Brussels
is an epicurean's delight. Ethiopian, Turkish,
Moroccan, and Thai restaurants line the streets.
If you are looking for something a little more
"Belgian" French fries, or frites, were invented in
Belgium, and are still wildly popular there. The
bakeries serve up delicious sweets and crispy
baguettes forthat perfect snack in the park.With
the most parks per capital of any European city,
there are a multitude of gorgeous picnic spots.
At first, Brussels seems like a strange city
in which to spend the summer studying. After
a closer look however, one can easily see how
two Florida girls could fall in love with this truly
international city. Everything about Brussels is
international and multiethnic-the food, the
festivals, the beers, the institutions, and the
people-creating an unparalleled local culture
that awaits to be explored.

6 Gazette Journalism in the EU class at Vesalius College visits the European Parliament.
The CES Gazette

Recent v
CES supported the symposium
and related films for Germany and
Turkey: (Trans)National Cultures,
Migration and Issues of Citizenship
that featured academics from England
and Germany along with UF experts.

Visiting scholar Victor Martinez-
Reyes talked to students and faculty
about Joining the European
Union: Negotiating and Resolving

Two graduate students presented
talks as part of our Brown Bag
Series. Will Greer's topic was "War
Psychosis": The Spanish Civil
War, German Public Sentiment,
and the Specter of Bombing.
Alexandra Montealegre spoke
on Cultural Identity and Urban
Planning: Berlin's Plan for Inner City
Development after Reunification.

An all-day workshop for teachers
called Traditional Roots of Modern
European Music had the teachers
listening to live Turkish choir music,
writing and singing their own song,
delving into the underbelly of Greek
protest music, and clapping and
tapping flamenco rhythms.

CES Director Amie Kreppel, in The Phil
Griffin Distinguished Lecture Series
at Emerson Alumni Hall, spoke on
The Past, Present and Future of
European Union-US Relations. The
talk was co-sponsored by the Alumni
Association and was followed by a

The France-Florida Research Institute
had our support to present their
Colloquium on Albert Camus and
History that brought scholars from
France, Belgium, and England to UF.

We had a good turnout to hear Daniel
Ziblatt, from the Center for European
Studies at Harvard University talk
about Causes of Electoral Fraud:
Explaining the Flawed Practice of
Democracy in Pre-1914 Germany.

A talk and reception with Elena
Poptodorova, Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of
the Republic of Bulgaria to the USA,
was a big success. The title of her talk
was Bulgaria's Future as a European
Union Member.
The event also
included Bulgarian
heritage clothing
and crafts.

Our Turkish
Fulbright student,
Can Sakirgil, spoke
to geography
classes about The Expansion of the
Turks in three Continents 1299-1923.

We co-sponsored a series of
events with the Center for
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
and the city of Gainesville called
Game Day! From MedievalTimes
to Modern Age. This included an
academic colloquium that featured
CES' Dr. Tom Kostopoulos talking
about Greek games on the topic
Ancient Games Modern Players. We
also co-sponsored the educational
and social Medieval Masquerade
which combined period music and
dance with games and costumes.

The six-part series Everything you always wanted to
know about the European Union and you're not
afraid to ask, presented to the Institute of Learning in
Retirement attracted a record number of participants this
winter. Topics included an EU primer, economics, security,
enlargement, Turkey, and a student panel. We were happy
to have Gaye Gungor from Florida International University
speak about Turkey's bid for EU membership from her
perspective as a scholar and a Turk.

Nyer talks to the ILR about EU enlargement
The CES Gazette 7

Faculty, Staff, and Student News

CES Academic Programs Coordinator Brano
Kovalcik was recently honored with a Division
Three Superior Accomplishment Award. The
awards recognize efforts that go the extra mile and
beyond normal assigned duties. He was nominated
by those who work closely with him. Competition
is keen. He now moves forward to be considered
for the university-wide awards.
Ema Branislava Vatralova was born on
March 21 to happy parents, Brano Kovalcik and
Zuzana Vatralova. She weighed 61b. 4 oz. and was
19.5"long. We welcome Ema to the CES family.

Chris Caes received a CLAS award to present
his paper "Self and History in the World-War-11
Diaries of Zofia Natkowska and Maria Dabrowska"
at the conference "Women in War: World War II"
at the University of Pittsburgh, November 30 to
December 2,2007.

Caes also received funds to present the paper"Of
Crystal Balls & Clocks, Corpses & Cancer: Chance
& the Generic Unconscious of Communism in the
Fantasy Fiction of Stanistaw Lem"atthe conference
"Magic and the Miraculous: Sources of Fantasy

Literature" at the University of Zielona G6ra in
Zielona G6ra, Poland, April 6-8, 2008.

Holly Raynard received a travel award from CLAS
to participate in the Popular Culture and American
Culture Associations in Albuquerque, NM.

A CLAS travel grant will help Maria Stoilkova
attend a meeting of the Association for the Study
of Nationalities at Columbia University in New

Esther Romeyn will use a CLAS travel award
to attend the "Italians in America" conference at

Hana Filip won an award from the 2007-2008
Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Fund to
support the work on a book manuscript, working
title "Aspect", forthcoming with Oxford University

Ewa Wampuszyc was invited to present at the
symposium "Polish Literary Translation and the
West" held at the University of Michigan on March

15. Dr. Wampuszyc spoke about the place of
Polish literature in the global book market today,
and discussed how the translation of national
literatures into English fosters world-wide linguistic
and cultural diversity.

Undergraduate and minor in European Studies,
Jodi Greig, presented a paper, entitled "Exposure
and Consciousness: Natasza Goerke's Portrayal
of Gender in The Return," at the Third Annual
Conference hosted by Florida Consortium for
Women's and Gender Studies in Tampa, in

CES Assistant Director Petia Kostadinova received
a CLAS Travel award to support her participation
in the 66th Annual National Conference of the
Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago,
IL. She will present a paper entitled "Mandate
Representation in Central and Eastern Europe,
1990-2007" and will serve as chair and discussant
for a panel on corruption in the organized section
on Politics of Communist and Former Communist

Upcoming Events
April 5: Polish Night, Keene Faculty Center, Dauer Hall, 7:30 pm.
Thisyear,wewill screen a seriesof shortdocumentaryfilmsthatare
part of an innovative experiment in international understanding
called Russia-Poland: New Gaze. Films will be introduced by
Polish and Russian faculty and followed by discussion about the
films. All films are subtitled in English. Reception will follow.
April 15: The Evolution of European Information Resources:
A Theoretical Analysis and Practical Approach to Online
Resources in Europe Brown Bag talk by Matthew Loving at 11:45
in Dauer 219
April 19: Teacher workshop What is the Euro and why should
I care?
July 21-August 1: Language Teacher Summer Institute.
Visit our website for updated list of events:


The Center for European Studies
3324Turlington Hall
PO Box 117342
Gainesville FL 32611-7342
www.ces.ufl.ed u

Lecture Series
Our designation as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
allows us to bring three European Union(EU) scholars to
campus for classroom lectures, EU Club meetings, and
talks to the general public. A talk by Patrick Crowley,
Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University on
Environmental Policy in the EU was well received in EUS

April 8: External Policies of the European Union by
Gordon Adam, Member of the European Parliament
1979-2004 and Senior Advisor Energy Policy Consulting.
This is at 12:50 in Anderson 216.
April 15: Afghanistan: Policy for European Union
Engagement by Paul Turner, UK Government National
Expert to the European Commission on Afghanistan.
This is in Dauer 219 at 1:00.

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