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Model EU

group of European Union (EU)
enthusiasts at the University of
Florida (UF) participated in the a
first UF Model EU Conference, which took place on January 25, 2009
in Anderson Hall.Thirteen undergraduate students represented
'their'country at the replay of the Spring 2007 European Council
meeting, debating topics such as the revival of the Lisbon Strategy
for Growth and Jobs and the proposed Union for the Mediterranean.
CES Assistant Director, Dr. Petia Kostadinova, represented the
host country of Germany and moderated the simulation. Jessi Axe
(Belgium), Oscar David Florez Jaramillo (Czech Republic), Natacha
Carter (Denmark), Audrey Couprie (France Honorable Mention),
CorinneTomasi (Ireland Best Performance), Maria Skirk (Lithuania),
Julie Hundersmarck (The Netherlands), Katiuska Lourenco (Portugal),
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Mention), and Regina Topolynskaya (The United Kingdom Best
Performance) did a terrificjob navigating high EU politics.
Corinne and Regina represented UF at the 9th Annual Model
EU Conference organized by the University of Pittsburgh in February
The CES would like to express deep thanks to Dr. Aida Hozic
(Political Science), Dr. Sinan Ciddi (CES), and Yiannis Livanis (CES and
Political Science) for their help in judging the competition. We hope
to make Model EU an annual event at UF.

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donate the easy way
In addition to our language and area studies classes, our study abroad
programs, and our outreach programs, we fund grant programs for
both faculty and students. Won't you help us to continue funding
these worthwhile research and teaching initiatives by contributing to
the Center?
Here's how: go to www.ces.ufl.edu and click the [. button
near the bottom of the blue navigation bar. This takes you directly to
the CES page of the University of Florida Foundation website. It takes
five minutes to donate securely with your credit card online. Thank

CES Cookbook

wins first place!
he CES cookbook, A Taste of Europe: Celebrating five years of the
Center forEuropean Studies, won first place in the visual design
category of the University-wide Golden Gator competition.
We received the eye-catching engraved award at a recent awards
The University of Florida Communications Network (UFCN),
which is a part of University Relations, sponsors the annual contest.
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
A Taste of Europe earned 96 out of 100 points in seven judging
scales to take first place. The judge's comments included,"The concepts


Engaging Migration

our recent events were held as part of the Engaging Migration in
Europe series.The series is sponsored by the Jean Monnet Centre
of Excellence, the EU Commission, and the Center for European
Studies. Cultural and academic events related to the topic of European
migration will be featured during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic
A workshop,"Migration in the Neoliberal Age"featured Greg
Feldman (University of British Columbia, Canada), Annie Phizacklea
(University ofWarwick, UK), Laurie Mclntosh (Harvard University), Ayse
Parla (Sabanci University, Turkey), Monika Salzbrunn (Ecole des Hautes
Etudes En Sciences Sociales, France), Cristiana Giordano (UC Davis),
and Paul Silverstein (Reed College).
The second workshop,"Citizenship and Rights in Cosmopolitan
Societies of Europe"featured Saskia Sassen (Columbia University),

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Copies of the
cookbook are available
in the CES main office
at 3324Turlington.

We're on TV!
Our cookbook release and fifth anniversary party were featured
on local publicTV. Visit www.tinyurl.com/ces-news to watch the

Language Teacher Summer Institute: July 20-31, 2009
Two-week interactive classroom and computer lab instruction for
foreign language teachers from Florida.

Amie Kreppel will speakto the Kiwanis Club of the University City
about"The Center for European Studies: A National Resource
Center for Europe and the European Union"on June 9, 2009.

Education and Culture DG

Lifelong Learning Programme
Gerard Delanty (University of Sussex, UK), Ermitte St. Jacques
(University of Florida), Damani J. Partridge (University of Michigan),
Abdoulaye Kane (University of Florida), Anwen Tormey (University
of Chicago), and Maria Stoilkova and Esther Romeyn (University of
Jocelyn Cesari from Harvard University spoke on "Islam and
European Secularism."A week later, Saskia Sassen from Columbia
University spoke on "Neither National nor Global: Immigrant Spaces
and Subjects."
Check the series webpage (http://www.ces.ufl.edu/JMCE/index
emie.shtml) for scheduled events such as a photo exhibit, teacher
workshop, and film series. For further information, please contact the
coordinators of the program: Dr. Esther Romeyn (esromeyn@ufl.edu)
and Dr. Maria Stoilkova (stoilkov@anthro.ufl.edu).

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You know you're in

Poland when...

by Jodi Grieg
minor in East Central European Studies
recipient of the Kosciuszko Foundation grant to study in Poland
It happened a week after I had moved into the dorm. I had just come out of the
shower, wrapped in nothing but a bathrobe, humming the latest obsession in
Polish pop music. I walked down the hallway, opened the door to our room...
and was greeted by a priest. He pleasantly introduced himself as Pawet. I, in turn,
thought I was hallucinating. I looked towards my roommate for help. She was smiling.
Everything seemed completely normal. Except for the fact there was a priest in my
room. I smiled weakly, shook his hand, grabbed my clothes, and went to change
elsewhere. As it turns out, he was an old friend of my roommate's and he was just
dropping by for a visit. However, it certainly set the tone for the duration of my stay
here in Poland.
Culture shock. It is to be expected whenever one transitions from one country
to another, but in my case, it was more of a culture pleasant-surprise (even with the
priest incident). I'd like to share another experience which particularly impacted me.
As a student of Polish culture, I had heard stories about the beauty and solemnity
of All Saint's Day, but as an American, non-Catholic, and non-Pole, I had dismissed
it as a holiday which couldn't be anything other than boring. Oh goodie, I thought,
spending an entire day at the cemetery with my family? How depressing.
I was completely, utterly wrong.
All Saint's Day in Poland was probably one of the most beautiful, moving, and
treasured experiences of my life. Imagine yourself in a vast cemetery, with beautiful,
old tombstones and hundreds of people milling about in a whispered silence.
Thousands upon thousands of colorful candles and flowers lie upon the graves and
on the ground. Imagine the haunting, solemn voice of a priest rising up into the
stillness, chanting, and the songs of the people washing over you like a wave. A sense
of peace pervades the atmosphere. It was awesome in every sense of the word.
Experiencing holidays in Poland, and indeed in any culture, is a way to learn to
appreciate value systems which differ from one's own. Holidays are not the only thing
a trip abroad has to offer- in Poland, there is something for everyone. Aesthetically-
inclined? The architecture is amazing, and art museums and galleries abound. Nature
lover? Poland offers amazing natural vistas. One can visit Zakopane and hike in the
beautiful Tatras mountains while sampling the region's delicious and unique cheeses.
History buff? Poland is a land rich in history, and remains a country deeply scarred
by the atrocities of WWII. It is home to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest concentration
camp built by the Nazis, which is an essential place to visit in order to understand the
full magnitude of the Holocaust.
In short, I cannot encourage students enough to study abroad.This is a wide
and wonderful world we live in, with rich and diverse cultures which can only be
fully experienced first-hand. There are lessons to be learned and people to meet! Of
course, I can only speak from my own biased perspective, but I highly recommend
Poland as a potential destination!

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Above: A Jewish cemetery in Lublin
Below: A Norwegian friend and Jodi during the first
heavy snowfall in Krakow

Mini-Language Lesson

Go Gators!
Gdtofi do toho!
Ep7p6o AAiydropa(!
Hajrd Aligdtorok!
Gatory do boju!
Haydi Timsahlar!

pronounce it

Gah-tor-zhee doh-toe-ho!

Em-pros A-lig-a-tor-es!

Hoy-ra oli-ghat-o-rok!

Gah-tor-ee doh boy-oo!

Hi-dee tim-sa-lar!

Recent Events:

CES collaborated with the three
otherTitleVI centers Asian, African,
Latin American at UF on two teacher
workshops. The first, "Celebrations"
featured talks about holiday celebrations
in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and
Africa. Faculty Ewa Wampuszyc spoke
about"Unlocking the Future: Fortune-
telling and other Superstitions in
Today's Poland"and demonstrated the
process with melted wax and water.
The second workshop, "Rites of
Passage around the World" touched on
several different special times of life. Our
speaker, Turkish Fulbright scholar, Cem
Balqlkanlh, spoke about"Klna Gecesi:
Henna Night as a Turkish Tradition."
He brought small bags of henna for the
teachers and taught traditional song and
dance steps of the ritual.
Wigilia, the traditional Polish December
holiday celebration was a fun gathering
co-sponsored by the Polish Student
Association. Among other activities,
predictions were made with melted wax
and shoes.
Brown bags talks were"Speaking
for Nature" by Michal Meyer, "The
Discursive Economy of Sex Trafficking
in Europe" by Jonathan Wadley, and
"The Founding of Colonial Georgia:
For the Glory of God and the Wealth
and Trade of Great Britain" by Nate
Roman Kalytchak,a Fulbright Scholar
from the Kennan Institute spoke
about"Ukrainian Regions in Foreign
Policy Decision-Making'"This was co-
sponsored with the Dean's Office.
Sinan Ciddi and Brano Kovalcik reached
out to campus Navy ROTC cadets to
promote CES foreign language and
area studies courses.

CES co-sponsored a symposium with
the Russian Department called,"Up
from the Ashes: National Revival and
Imperial Aspirations in Putin-era
Anne Sofia Roald from Malmo University
led a workshop:"Europe and Islam"
with scholars Badredine Arfi and
Abdoulaye Kane (University of Florida),
Sean McLoughlin (University of Leeds,
UK), Jonas Otterbeck (Malmo University,
Sweden), and Christopher Soper
(Pepperdine University)
Co-sponsored talks were "The Weakness
of Civil Society in Postcommunist
Europe Revisited"with Grzegorz Ekiert
of Harvard University and "Ethnic
Residential Segregation, Inter-Ethnic
Contacts, and Anti-Minority Attitudes
in European Societies" by Moshe
Semyonov,Tel Aviv University and
University of Illinois.These talks were
co-sponsored with the Department of
Political Science and the Department
of Sociology, Criminology & Law,
The theme of the latest series at the
Institute of Learning in Retirement was
"Europe Opens the Door: A Short
History of Science."
Talks were
* Science and the Modern World: Re-
Thinking Western Civilization, Bob
*The Discovery of Atomic Fission and
its Cultural-Political Aftermath, Fred
* The Problem of Islamic Science, Chris
*Julian Huxley and the Modern Synthesis
of Evolution, Betty Smocovitis
* How the Scots Shaped America, Robert
Jay Malone
*William Bartram and English Natural
History, Charlotte Porter

1. Turkish Fullbright Scholar Cem Balglkanl and Turkish faculty Sinan Ciddi prepare to talk to
students guerilla style on Turlington Plaza.
2. Panelists discuss issues with participants at the Islam in Europe workshop.
3. Saskia Sassen speaks with students following her talk.
4. Yoruba baby naming ceremony was covered by Yoruba instructor Kole Odutola for the"Rites
of Passage" workshop.
5. Cem Balglkanli sings while dyeing his hand with henna as part of the night before the
wedding ritual in Turkey for the"Rites of Passage" workshop. The S Gatt

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The CES is partnering with the Samuel
P. Harn Museum of Art to present an
exciting series of events in Fall 2009
and Spring 2010.The programs will
address, in a very broad way, the
tumultuous times around November
1989, when the Berlin Wall was
symbolically and literally destroyed,
bringing about the beginning of the
end of communism.
Several years ago, the CES
provided the Har Museum with
seed money for a European exhibit.
The Har also was recently awarded
a major grant from the Andy Warhol
Foundation for the program. Some of

the planned events include:
* "Project Europa:Imagining the
(Im)possible," is an exhibition
featuring over 50 works by 20
international artists who work
in photography, video, painting,
and drawing. Project Europa
considers the relationship of art
to democracy in Europe and is
organized by three interrelated
S"Past Ever Present" considers
Europe's democratic ambitions in
relation to the ultra-national and
ideal aspirations of the past.
S"Fictive Identity" focuses on

the notion of a constructed
identity and what it means to be
"Future Tense" examines the
effect of globalization with
regards to individual agency,
community initiative, and the
emergence of alternative systems
of exchange.
*Three artists are commissioned to
work on site including a Romanian
political cartoonist
*CES speaker series with Anna
Grzymala Busse (Political Science,
Michigan), Cesar Caviedes
(Geography, UF), and Istvan

Hegedus (Political Science, Central
European University).
* Cinema series of avant-garde
European films
* "Art and Democracy" symposium
with scholars Jacques Ranciere,
Maria Hlavajova, Claire Bishop,T.J.
Demos, and Tim Griffin
* A website for the program
* Teacher workshop for Alachua
County public school teachers
* Contests and projects with the
School Board of Alachua County
There may also be collaborations with
other units on campus throughout the
academic year.

Faculty, Staff and Student News

Turkish faculty Sinan Ciddi and Cem
Balikanlh presented a talk,"Building
Turkish Cultural Competence through
Movies"at the 12th Annual National
Council of Less Commonly Taught
Languages (NCOLCTL) Conference,
April 23-26 in Madison, WI"Towards a
New Paradigm in the LCTLs"
In addition, Cem delivered a
talk,"How can Blackboard Learning
System promote learner autonomy? A
qualitative study with Turkish learners"
and a workshop, "Broadcast Yourself:
The use ofYouTube in Language
Classrooms"at the same conference.
Cem, who is the CES Turkish
Fulbright Scholar, has presented
a series of five classroom talks on

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campus this semester with titles
ranging from "Teacher Education in
Turkey"to"Turkey in a Nutshell"for
departments as diverse as Geography,
Criminology, and Education.
Petia Kostadinova received a
Faculty Enhancement Opportunity
(FEO) to support her participation
in a collaborative project with a
colleague at the School of Journalism
at Iowa State University. The research
project aims to study the role of mass
media in promoting congruence
between the policy preferences of
government and public, comparing
the early years of post-communist
economic transition in Bulgaria with
economic policy during the country's
recent accession to the European
Union. During Summer and Fall 2009,

she will travel to Sofia, Bulgaria for
archival work and interviews with
newsmakers, and to Ames, Iowa
for collaborative work. FEOs are
intended to advance the academic/
professional/scholarly abilities of
faculty members and the University
as a whole.
During Celebrate Family Week in
November, the Graduate and Family
Housing office asked residents to
write a short essay describing a
member of their family and why
they are important in their lives. CES
Academic Programs Coordinator
Brano Kovalcikwon first place with
his story praising his wife Zuzana
Vatralova. See the piece here:

Magda Giurcanu, a CES graduate
assistant and a Political Science
graduate student won an
Outstanding International Student
Certificate Award from the UF
International Center. She also received
a Graduate Student Council Travel
Grant and the Prestage-CookTravel
Award to present the paper"Parties:
Survival in Post-Communist Countries"
at the 80th Annual Conference of the
Southern Political Science Association
in New Orleans, in January.
Felissa Scott, CES Administrative
Coordinator, earned her certification
in Fiscal Management and HR/
Payroll Management as part of the
PRO3 Series offered by UF's Human
Resources Department.

A chance meeting, luck, & a little persistence leads to the

Bun destag by Peter J. Tunkis, minor in European Studies and

B u n estagraduate of the Brussels study abroad program

Among the most
interesting or exciting
experiences for a student
is the chance for a trip or
internship abroad. What better
way to round things out than to
witness history and learn a thing
or two while you're at it? Through
a string of luck and keeping up
correspondence, I got just such
an opportunity-before I knew
it, I found myself living for two
months (September/October)
in a great flat in Charlottenburg,
Berlin, going to work in one of
the parliamentary offices of the
German Union parties CDU/CSU!
The circumstances behind
my time in Germany still strike
me, while fortuitous, as random
more than anything.Who would
have imagined that, a year
and a half after approaching a
visiting speaker in Dr. Ceobanu's
Nationalism and Ethnicity class
with questions about German-
Polish relations, I would be
working for the same gentleman
on the same topic as my original

questions! My luck didn't just end
there: though I was officially one
among many BOropraktikanten
(office interns), I don't think I
actually did much"interning."
About this my boss, HerrThomas
Helm, seemed adamant-- what
would be the point of giving
me a load of busy-work just so
he could give me a nod and
send whatever I completed
straight to the dust-bin? For
this and many other things in
making my internship especially
worthwhile I am exceedingly
grateful-witnessing the CDU/
CSU party meeting and the
drafting, reading and passing
(in about a week) of a several-
hundred billion Euro rescue
package being among them. My
official tasks were thus: provide
weekly reports on what the
Poles were up to regarding their
foreign-policy towards Russia,
Georgia (S. Ossetia/Abkhazia)
and the Ukraine, and by the end
of my six-week stay to compose a
briefing on the strategic outlook

of the German Minority in
At first the suit-and-tie
dress code and initial formalities
made me a little on-edge (first
impressions count a lot, after
all), but once I got to know
everyone I was working with,
the atmosphere was great! Soon
I was making good use of the
resources available to me not
only directly (digging through
the official budgets of the past
three years for domestic data,
among other things) but also
pestering the Polish government
for their official data through
their Ministry of Interior Affairs
and Ministry of Education. By the
time all was said and done, I felt
very proud of my work, believing
that I had made a valuable, if
only small, contribution to the
greater work of a couple of
parliamentarians on the national
My trip wasn't all work
and no play, to be sure: once

or twice a week I was invited to
join my boss to attend various
functions, ranging from regional
(Lander) events or presentations
to cultural celebrations at the
Czech and Hungarian Embassies,
and even theTaiwanese National
Holiday celebration held at the
Ritz-Carlton! Outside of anything
remotely work-related, I had a
few opportunities to enjoy a few
of the hot-spots in town, meeting
people from all over Europe and
even Cameroon and Zimbabwe.
Most relaxing of all was the
sight-seeing around the city (of
which there's seemingly no end)
and kayaking through the canals
of Spreewald, southeast of Berlin
near LObbenau.
I count myself very lucky
to have been able to enjoy
my internship in the German
Parliament. After all, you never
know what may come of a
chance meeting along with a
little persistence (and of course a
bit of luck to boot)!

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CES is proud to name current affiliate faculty, their departments, and their research interests. Affiliated faculty
share an interest in Europe, and our list of affiliates is growing! Visit the CES website at www.ces.ufl.edu, click
on "people"then "affiliate faculty" for the most up-to-date listing.

Fletcher Baldwin, College of Law
International law
Barbara Barletta, School of Art & Art History
The art and culture of the ancient Greekworld;
the modern countries of Greece and Italy
Sylvie Blum,World Languages & Culture
Francophone cinema, European Cinema
Diana Boxer, Linguistics
Discourse and pragmatics, sociolinguistics,
gender and language,and second language
Mark A. Brennan, Family, Youth, & Community
The role of local level action in the community
development process; Rural Sociology,
comparative research throughout the United
States, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and
Mutlu G. Citim-Kepic, School of Music
UF in Salzburg (Music Program)
John Freeman, Journalism
Photojournalism,Teaches Photojournalism in
Berlin (summer program)
Alice Freifeld, History
Habsburg, Late Modern, and 20th Century
Central and Eastern Europe 19th-Century
Europe, Genocide, Displaced Persons, and
Ethnic Cleansing in Europe.
Pamela Gilbert, English
Gender, the Victorian novel, genre, the body,
and Victorian cultural and medical history
Geoffrey J. Giles, History
History of Germany; social history, the history
of sexuality, and the history of the Holocaust
Michael Gorham,World Languages & Cultures
Russian Studies

Roy Eugene Graham, Center for World Heritage
Interest in Cultural Resources, especially in
Slovenia and the Adriatic Coast
Terry Harpold, English
Specialist in 20th century French literary and
critical theory and 19th and 20th century
European imaginative fiction
Edward T. Hart, Lawton Chiles Legal Information
EU legal research
Clifford A.Jones, Levin College of Law
International law
Lynda Lee Kaid,Telecommunications
Research on media and politics in Europe
Glenn Kepic, CLAS Academic Advising
UF in Salzburg (EU program)
R. Brandon Kershner, English
Irish Studies, particularly Joyce, and
competence in French
Ingrid Kleespies,World Languages & Cultures
Russian language and literature
Sheryl Kroen, History
Modern European history specializing in
France, Germany, Britain
Howard Louthan, History
Central Europe primarily from the late 14th-
18th centuries in the area of culture and
intellectual history with a particular interest on
Ana Margheritis, Political Science
International political economy (Latin America
and the EU)

Kenneth Martinson, Music
Albert R. Matheny, III, Political Science
UF-Utrecht Exchange Program Coordinator
Barbara Mennel,World Languages & Cultures
Turkish and German cinema
Robert C.L. Moffat, Levin College of Law
International law
Richard A. Nolan, Political Science
International relations, international security,
U.S. foreign policy
David Ostroff, Telecommunication
European Union media policies towards
emerging technologies
Charles A. Perrone, Spanish & Portuguese
Portuguese, Portugal, Iberia
MarkA. Reid, English
Afro-European Studies in Film and Literature
RalfRemshardt, School of Theatre & Dance
Theatre history, dramaturgy, play writing,
comic drama, contemporary European theatre
Sandra L. Russo, International Center
John R. Sabin, Physics
James Paul Sain, School of Music
Contemporary Art music
Katrina Schwartz, Political Science
Environmental politics, nationalism, and the
comparative politics of post-Communist
Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
Stephanie A. Smith, English
Examines the intersection of science, literature,
politics, race and gender

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