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The University of Florida has become the first American institution to receive
funding from the European Union to establish a Jean Monnet Centre of
Excellence (JMCE) on campus.
The center, named after one of the most influential supporters of European
integration throughout most of the 20th century, will be entirely dedicated to European
Union (EU) topics and will supportan annual visiting scholar program, additional special
topic classes, and a related yearly workshop. The visiting scholars, who will spend a
minimum of two weeks in Gainesville working with UF faculty and teaching a special
two-week intensive course, can be either academics from European Union universities
or current practitioners in the field of European integration, such as EU government
The creation of a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at UF is proof of the increasing
international recognition of the strength of the university's European studies programs.
There are currently 107 such centers at universities worldwide, and the vast majority
are in EU member or candidate countries. This year, Japan was the only other non-
European country to receive a grant from the EU to create a new center. The new JMCE
will be housed within the UF Center for European Studies (CES). The establishment of
the new center is also important because it will allow UF to compete for a series of other
European Union grants and collaborative research opportunities open only to JMCEs.
The new JMCE's mission of educating non-Europeans about the European Union
is vital for Americans and Floridians in today's world. The EU is America's largest trading
partnerand our mostimportant political ally,and for Florida,the EU is our biggestforeign
direct investor. The EUs investments account for more than 145,000jobs throughout the
Jean Monnet was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963 by President Kennedy
Volume 5, Issue 1
THECENTER FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES
DIRECTOR Amie Kreppel
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Petia Kostadinova
EDITOR& OUTREACH COORDINATOR Gail Keeler
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS COORDINATOR Brano Kovalcik
ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR Felissa Scott
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.
Gainesville FL 32611-7342
Phone: 352-392-8902 9 I 2 UNIVERSITY of
Fax: 352-392-8966 UF IFLORIDA
Our Newest Minor!
Our East-Central European Studies
(ECES) minor is now being
offered. This program is designed to
give UF students the opportunity to
study the region of Central and Eastern
Europe from an interdisciplinary
perspective that incorporates both
area and language studies. Also, by
requiring two semesters of language
study (beyond the two-semester CLAS
language requirement), students have
the opportunity to enhance language
proficiency beyond the introductory
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Our New Website is Live!
V isit www.ces.ufl.edu to see our
re-designed website. Webmaster
Abhishek Patel, with some guidance
from Jeff Stevens in CLAS News, has
created an exciting and easy to use
website for us.We are still finishing some
of the pages, but most of it is ready to
use. Check it out!
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to explore our brand new interactive
language learning computer program
called dmi= T h.l.' The program is
intended to interest students ages
13 through 19 in languages. The
m jW~~y program, designed by UF's
Digital Worlds Institute, is styled after
the popular website, myspace. Users of
my"W -, can choose to watch videos
or commercials in eight languages (Greek,
Hungarian, Polish, Turkish, Spanish,
Arabic, Chinese, or Akan) and see the lyrics
in that language along with the English
translation. They can also see and hear 13
in the eight languages and see a phonetic
spelling as well. To provide additional
cultural information, historical trivia and
facts about the languages and countries in
which the language is spoken scroll nextto
the main screen. There is also information
about the countries in which each of the
eight included languages are spoken and
the number of speakers worldwide. Florida
statistics are available too.
We will work with curriculum spe-
cialists at the School District of Alachua
County to decide the best way to get
the program into schools. Students
could use miu -'t- individually or in
a classroom setting. Additional modules
may be added to the program in the fu-
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Our thanks go to CES faculty and faculty and students
from other language departments who recorded the
phrases, supplied translations, and fact-checked text.
T he Polish Student As-
sociation, with support
from CES and Student Gov-
ernment, hosted the annual
Polish Christmas celebration
the first Sunday in December.
Students and community
members cooked traditional
Polish holiday foods to share. About 50 celebrants sang carols, enjoyed feasting
on pierogi, barszcz, and other homemade treats, and told fortunes for Andrze-
jki [pronounced onjaykee] by pouring melted wax through a skeleton key. Spe-
cial congratulations to Michael Gajdeczka who was "predicted" to become the
wealthiest UF-PSA student when his right shoe was the first to"walk"out the door
of the Keene Faculty Center.
Open House for Grad Students
An intimate and informational open house was held at the CES main office to
introduce grad students from other departments to our programs and faculty.
Students talked to staff and other students about the CES Graduate Certificate in
Modern European Studies and about CES grants and fellowships. Winners of this
year's Foreign Language and Area Studies grants were feted as well.
Dr. MaryWatt,UF Italian Professor,Dr. David Crown,
artist, and Dr. BobWestin, UF Art History Professor
spoke at the teacher workshop "European Prints
and Life: Renaissance through Impressionism."
Harn Museum Education Director, Bonnie Bernau,
gave a tour of the exhibit and led a printmaking
demo with the 25 teachers. Here, Dr. David Crown
and Deborah Cohen-Crown explain printmaking
methods and show examples of David's work.
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Rachel Rothstein, Edit Nagy, and Can Sakirgil say,"Ask me Chris Caes and Tom Kostopoulos giving 5-minute lessons
Show to say it in Hebrew, Hungarian, or Turkish." in Polish and Greek, respectively.
K6szb6nm... Hogakal... layanm'...
G'tor i do toho... Dziqkuje.
These words, and others in more than 17 languages, were being recited
at the World of Words Language Open House on September 28. Our first
open house was part of the University of Florida Foundation Capital
The event began with opening remarks by former US Senator and FL
Governor Bob Graham who stressed the importance of learning a foreign
language for personal and professional success.
For the entire day, students, alumni, and faculty could take any number
of 5-minute language lessons or attempt to stump a human translator (try
to translate "My hovercraft has weasels" into Turkish or Chinese). They
could also test their knowledge with several different geography and
landmark quizzes or watch foreign language TV commercials.
Our new interactive language learning program, myworLd, was
debuted as well. -
We estimate about 500 people enjoyed one or more activities that day.
There was a steady flow of people throughout both rooms. Impromptu .
language lessons formed wherever space permitted.
One fun aspect of the day was the passport-a card that the students
could redeem for prizes after they had earned points by trying lessons or [P 4
quizzes. Pepsi had donated hundreds of imprinted goodies from t-shirts
to stadium cushions, all emblazoned with "Learn a Language" and "Go
Gators!" in at least three different languages. Competition was fierce for
We have already begun to plan an event for next year that may be
expanded to include area schools.
Bev Asbury, emeritus Holocaust" with excerpts from "Anne Frank's own True
chaplain at Vanderbilt Haas, Krdsa, and Sch6nberg. Heir: Intertextuality and
University talked about and the Intergenerational in
R e e n showed the artwork of Gy6rgy Holly Raynard, CES Lecturer Zlata's Diary"was covered
in Czech Studies, spoke on by Anastasia Ulanowicz,
All six talks in the series K6ddr who drew scenes of "Terezin:The 'Paradise Ghetto' Department of English
"Creativity as Survival: his imprisonment in the for Europe's Jews."
Artistic Expression of Auschwitz death camp after Geoffrey Giles from the
the Holocaust" at the he was liberated. "Hope and Photos: Making History Department spoke on
Institute of Learning in of the Documentary Film "Creative Expression of the
Dr. David Kushner, professor Angel ofAhlem"was the Holocaust: Memorials and
Retirement (ILR) were emeritus of Musicology at topic by Cindy Hill from the Commemorations"'
well received. UF spoke on "Music written Documentary Institute.
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CE S Asst. Director Petia Kostadinova and Conor O'Dwyer, Asst. Prof.
l in Political Science and CES, were awarded a grant from the
Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission to develop a new
Jean Monnet module at UF.The course titled "European Economic Integration:
Politics and Policy"will be offered for the first time in Spring 2008 as EUS4931/
POS4931, and will be team-taught by Kostadinova and O'Dwyer.
Thematically, the course is divided into several subjects. In the first part
of the course, class readings and discussions focus on the economic (growth
and efficiency) and political (social justice and cohesion) justifications for
economic integration, as well as the ongoing debate of the future direction
of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), in the context of the debate
between neo-liberal and regulated capitalism.
The second portion of the class focuses on the political economy of EU
economic integration prior to the Eastern enlargement of the Union and
discusses several policies aimed at unlocking the market efficiencies of the
European economies, the single market, the EMU, and competition policy.
The third section of the course covers post-Eastern enlargement economic
integration. A majorfocus of this section is the processes and tools for building
political supportfor continued integration in both the newand the old member
Thefourth section of the course provides students with a global perspective
on the process of EU economic and monetary integration. This section
discusses topics such as the linkages between economic integration and
globalization, the future of economic integration in the EU, and whether the
EU's model of successful integration could be replicated in other regions of the
world. The course module concludes with a one-day seminar, aimed at local
high school teachers, where the students present and discuss their research
papers produced in the course of the class.
The addition of this grant makes UF one of only three US institutions to
have ever been awarded two Jean Monnet Modules. For more information,
contact the instructors at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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of July, twelve foreign
language teachers from
across the state attended
our Language Teacher
Summer Institute (LTSI).
Mornings were spent in the
classroom with English and
Linguistics Professor Roger
topics such as working
with multiple levels of
proficiency, learning in
a cultural context, and
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Gillian Lord (Linguistics
and Romance Languages)
and Christina Overstreet
(Germanic and Slavic
Languages) in the
computer lab focused
on discovering, using,
and evaluating language
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Instructor Gillian Lord in the
computer lab; the LTSI class
learns new technology.
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The deadline to apply to
CES sponsored study abroad
programs and scholarships is
March 3,2008. UFIC scholarship
deadline is January 7, 2008.
TO LEARN MORE, GO TO
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Study Abroad Program in Krak6w/ Wroclaw:
The capital of Poland foi almost 500 yeais, Kiakowv boasts one of the
best-preserved medieval city centers in Eulople, while offering a lively,
contemporarysocial and cultural life Wioclaw, the Polish Venice, is city of
islands and bridges located at the geographic and commercial clossioads
of Europe. The city enjoys a thiivlng al ts life and a vibrant youth cultile
Students will spend foul weeks in Kiakowv studying Polish language
and culture at Jagiellonian University. They will also meet for an interdisciplinary
humanities seminar taught by UF faculty that begins in Krak6w and continues in
Wroclaw for the final two weeks of the program. Both cities will be used as the
"classroom" providing a living context for the literature, history, architecture,
film and art discussed in the course.
Summer Study Abroad at Vesalius College,
VUB in Brussels, Belgium:
Brussels is the unofficial capital of Europe hosting the headquarters of
the EU institutions as well as literally hundreds of related organizations.
A primary goal of the program is to introduce students to life in Europe
today through examination of the EU. Courses may include visits to the
major EU institutions and guest speakers from those institutions to discuss
current events like enlargement of the EU, the common currency (the Euro), and the
evolving Transatlantic relationship between the EU and USA.
UF students participating in the program will be able to partake fully in student
life at Vesalius College, an English language international college within the Dutch
speaking Belgian Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB). Unless previously discussed and
approved by the Program Director, all students must take a 3-unit course, EUS
4950 Overseas Studies in Europe (topic varies by year).
Prague Summer Study Abroad Program:
Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is one of the most beautiful cities
in Europe. Built on seven hills along the banks of Vltava river, the city is not #
only a cultural and architectural museum of the middle ages but also a
vibrant cosmopolitan meeting place, home to Kafka, Kundera, and Mozart.
Prague has a special Old World charm. The whole inner city is a protected
area with hundreds of ancient houses, palaces and churches offering many
opportunitiesforscenicwalks. Museums, concert halls,and theatersareeasilyaccessible
to students, as are student clubs, numerous cafes, cafeterias and restaurants.
Students combine English-language curriculum with an in-country cultural
experience. Czech language instruction is also available for those interested
(but not required). Non-degree and non-UF students also welcome!
Salzburg Study Abroad Program:
The Salzburg Summer Program is a six-week summer overseas studies
experience open to UF and non-UF students. The program will include
courses in Music and European Studies, and students can earn up to 6 credit
hours that will count towards University of Florida summer requirement.
Instruction is in English, except for German language class. Even
though the Salzburg European Studies program is perfect for History and
Political Science majors, and those students who want to complete the introductory
German language sequence, it is available to students of all majors. The Music
department offers a component with studio and music history courses. All courses
offered through the Salzburg College.
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3324A Turlington Hall
Connecting with my heritage through study abroad
By Terry Griffin
My life-long desire to see the place
of my heritage was stirred when
the Political Science department
announced a new course and trip abroad
offered by Professor Richard Conley. The
course was Irish Government, Politics and
Society. My heart leapt at the chance to not
only study and understand the political
struggles that defined the history of my
family's homeland (Eire), but to actually set
foot on the Old Sod and see the places that I
could otherwise only read about.
Reading and studying about Irish
politics, society, and history does the Old
Sod's story only partial justice, though,
compared to actually seeing the land and
cities, and meeting the people. The course
and the side trips to the Republic of Ireland
and Northern Ireland helped clarify for me
the story behind the founding of these
two very young nations. Now I am able
to understand that the conflict between
the Irish Catholics and Protestants was in
fact a struggle of national heritage and
For the class trip, Professor Conley
arranged an excursion to three towns that
contained pivotal historic sites such as the
General Post Office in Dublin where the
1917 Easter Uprising occurred. We also
visited unionist and republican ghettos in
Belfast, and the Northern Irish walled city
of Derry where the massacre of Catholic-
nationalist civil rights protesters occurred
on Bloody Sunday 1972. In Dublin, we were
allowed plenty of free time to poke around
in the Irish capital's many enchanting shops,
museums, and the Guinness Brewery.
Our visit to the North, however, was
a little more rigid, and understandably so.
Belfast is less friendly to tourists simply
because of what the Irish have termed "The
Troubles."The last century's civil strife seems
still very much on the minds of the Northern
Irish. But our visit there was particularly
enlightening because we were able to
meet several former I.R.A and Unionist
paramilitaries, former political prisoners and
also nationalist politicians who were able to bring us
closer to the struggle through their stories. Probably
the most telling of all in Ireland, though, were the
contrasts and qualities of the cultures in the Republic
and the North.
The Republicis notableforits rapid modernization.
The up and coming generations of the Irish are yet
tempered by the sound traditions of their land and
elders. They have a keen wit and desire for socializing
and harmonizing with any and all with whom they
come in contact. In the North, however, the people are
still so clearly divided that even folks walking down
the streets wear a stern awareness. Professor Conley
insisted that we wear neutral colors, keep our political
commentary to a minimum, and be ever conscious
of the social tensions that make Belfast and Derry
places of cautious tone. Hopefully the new unified
government of republicans and unionists that formed
in March 2007 will bring the people underthe common
shade of one state, one people, and maybe one day a
unity with the Republic as one Ireland.
For me, the trip to the Republic was indeed a
personal pilgrimage. I allowed myself plenty of time to
set out early from the States in order to see the Irish
country and several townships with my own eyes. I
was so delighted to discover Eire's cotton skies, wild,
abundant daffodils, rolling green hills and hedgerows,
ancient stone walls and houses, monasteries, and
roaming cows and sheep. But most importantly, I was
able to meet plenty of my grandmother's family who
demonstrated to me the warmth and hospitality of the
Irish. That visit allowed me to understand the pivotal
role that many families, like my own, played in the
struggle to preserve Irish history, independence, and
the success of the Republic
Traveling allows us to remove our own cultural
blinders.That is why I thinkthe study abroad programs
offered by universities are so very important to college
students. If it had not been for the U.F. program, I'd
most certainly still be wishing to be able to go to my
family's Old Sod one day.
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Esther Romeyn received her Ph.D.
in American Studies from the
University of Minnesota. She taught
in the Interdisciplinary Humanities
Program at Arizona State University
from 1998 until 2005. Her main
interests lie in Ethnic Studies, Cultural
Studies, Performance Studies, Jewish
Studies, Urban Studies, and cross-
cultural psychology. Her publications
are concerned specifically with
European immigrant acculturation as
a process of cultural "translation" (or
"mistranslation"); the performance of
ethnic identity (in daily life, festivals,
parades, and theater); and the shifting
boundaries of "race" in American
Can Sakirgil is originallyfrom Antakya
(Antioch) Turkey. He graduated
from Cukurova University Adana
with a degree in English Language Teaching. Upon
completing his BA he was accepted as a Fulbright
scholar with the assignment of Turkish Lecturer at
UF. While serving in this position he is also taking
courses in Linguistics, European studies and American
Can is fluent in oral Levant Arabic and has
studied French at the lower/intermediate level. On a
personal level Can is a goldsmith and antique dealer
and also took classical opera classes and was a part
of performing choir of Turkish Classical Music. He also
plays the drums and tries to sing whenever possible.
His professional interests include linguistics and
languages as well as Turkish literature.
Ewa Wampuszyc participated in
a series of panels on Germany-
Poland Border Studies at the annual
conference of the German Studies
Association in San Diego, CA. She
presented a paper on "Cultural
Capital and the cost of 'Otherness':
The Lodzermensch in Wfadystaw
Reymont's /Promised Land/" and
was the discussant for the panel
"Germany-Poland Border Studies:The
Audio-visual Border." In November,
she participated in the roundtable
discussion "Gender, Genre and the
Body: New Directions in Economic
Criticism" at the annual conference
of the American Association for the
Advancement of Slavic Studies.
Visit our website for updated list of events: www.ces.ufl.edu/calendar.html
The next series at the ILR is titled "Everything you always wanted to know about the
European Union and you're not afraid to ask." Scheduled talks are:
The EU:What,Where, Why, How
Dr. Amie Kreppel, Director, The Center for European Studies
EU Security, Defense, and Foreign Policy
Dr. Zachary Selden, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Political Science
Economic Integration, the Euro and Trade with the World
Dr. Petia Kostadinova, Assistant Director, Center for European Studies
The EU and Eastern Enlargement
Dr. Conor O'Dwyer, Assistant Professor, Center for European Studies
and Political Science Department
Turkey's Bid to Join the EU
Gaye Gungor, Department of Political Science, Florida International
Student panel: Students from Europe discuss the EU from their
CES is co-sponsoring "Game Day! From Medieval Times to Modern Age"events
with the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and the city of
Gainesville. Events indude:
Demonstrations and performances on the Plaza of the Americas at
Academic colloquium with ourTom Kostopoulos speaking about
ancient Greek games
Medieval Masquerade reception from 5:00-7:00 at the Thomas Center
Conference"History, Legacy, and Heritage: Heritage Tourism in Spain
and Slovenia" co-sponsored with the History Department and the
Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere atThe Friends of Music
room from 10:00 to 3:00.
Teacher workshop"Traditional roots of modern European music"
Our student associations plan social and outreach events throughout the year.
Check these websites for information:
Czech Studies: www.ces.ufl.edu/czech/
Polish Studies: www.ces.ufl.edu/polish/
UF UNIVERSITY of
The Center for European Studies
PO Box 117342
Gainesville FL 32611-7342