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Vol. 7, Issue 4 - January 30, 2012


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Talk: "Revolution in Words"

February 2, 2012 at 12:50pm-2:30pm, 216 Anderson Hall
Speaker: Sidney Tarrow, Emeritus Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government, Cornell University

What's in a word? Drawing on three major revolutions - the English, American and French - Sidney Tarrow examines how the language of protest and revolution diffused, and influences the development of ordinary language. He closes his talk with some reflections on the language of the Arab Spring and the Occupy protests of 2011.

Sidney Tarrow is Emeritus Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government at Cornell University. Tarrow has his BA from Syracuse, his MA from Columbia, and his Ph.D. from Berkeley. His work has covered a variety of interests, beginning with Italian communism (his first book was Peasant Communism in Southern Italy (Yale, 1967), then shifting to comparative communism in Communism in Italy and France (Princeton 1972, ed., with Donald L.M. Blackmer. In the 1970s he made a long foray into comparative local politics (Between Center and Periphery, Yale 1978), before, in the 1980s, turning to a quantitative and qualitative reconstruction of Italian protest cycle of the late 1960s and early 1970s, in Democracy and Disorder (Oxford, 1989), which received the prize for the best book in Collective Behavior and Social Movements from the American Sociological Association. His most recent books are Power in Movement (Cambridge, 1994, 1998), Dynamics of Contention (with Doug McAdam and Charles Tilly, Cambridge, 2001), Contentious Europeans (with Doug Imig, Rowman and Littlefield 2001), Transnational Protest and Global Activism (with Donatella della Porta, Rowman and Littlefield 2004), The New Transnational Activism (Cambridge 2005), and Contentious Politics (with Charles Tilly, Paradigm, 2006).

This talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Center for European Studies, and the Ehrlich Eminent Scholar Chair in Political Science

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Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

The University of Florida Center for European Studies (CES) anticipates awarding Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for Summer 2012 and Academic Year 2012-2013. These fellowships are funded by the US Department of Education (USDOE) under Title VI of the Higher Education Act. Fellowships are awarded to graduate and undergraduate students working in an academic discipline with European area and language studies. Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted to a degree program at the University of Florida, either as a graduate or undergraduate student. Fellowships are offered for any one of the lesser and least commonly taught European languages: Catalan, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Modern Greek, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish.

Funding may also be available to support advanced language training in French, German, or Spanish at the graduate level. Only undergraduate students pursuing language study at the intermediate and advanced level of the above languages are eligible for FLAS funding.

Summer fellowships cover tuition at the host institution (actual cost up to $5,000) and provide a stipend ($2,500). Summer travel awards (covering the actual cost of travel up to $1,000) may also be available. Academic year fellowships provide a set stipend per academic year ($15,000 for graduate and $5,000 for undergraduate students) and cover the cost of in-state tuition and fees (12 credits per semester).

Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and be admitted to a graduate or undergraduate program at the University of Florida.

For more detailed information about the fellowships and for application information, see the FLAS section of the CES website, or contact:

Application Deadline: February 14, 2012.

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Study Abroad Information Session

February 9, 2012 at 2:30pm, 3312 Turlington Hall

Get all the facts you need to choose one of the CES Summer Study Abroad Programs in Brussels, Kraków/Wrocław, Prague, and Salzburg. Free pizza too. Meet faculty who will talk about reasons to go to Europe this summer.

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Graduate Student Brown Bag Talk Series

The CES is soliciting proposals for its Graduate Student Brown Bag Series. UF Graduate students, in any discipline, whose research focuses on Europe (broadly defined), are encouraged to submit proposals. Students whose proposals are selected will be invited to present their research at the weekly Brown Bag Series.

Proposals should consist of a short (150 words) description of the research project and its relevance to European studies, and should be emailed to Gail Keeler (subject: "Graduate Student Brown Bag Series"). There is no deadline for submissions and proposals will be reviewed on a regular basis.

The CES will also award 1-2 $500 annual award(s) for the best graduate Brown Bag paper(s). To be considered for the award, students whose proposals are selected for the series will be asked to also submit a research paper (on the topic of their Brown Bag presentation). A hard copy of the paper will be due on the day of the presentation.

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CES Grant Competitions Open

The CES awards grants to assist in the academic development of students and faculty. [more]

Some grants and their deadlines are:

  • Undergrad Travel due February 28, 2012
  • Grad Travel due March 1, 2012
  • Faculty Travel Due March 1
  • Faculty Course Development and Course Enhancement Due March 1, 2012
  • FLAC Course Development Grant due March 20, 2012
  • Grad Course Development Grant due March 20, 2012

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Conference: "Heroism in 19th-Century Hispanic Literature"

February 10-11, 2012 in 215 Dauer Hall

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies along with the CES and Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, Rothman Fund is sponsoring a conference on "Heroism in 19th-Century Hispanic Literature" ("Imágenes del heroísmo en la literatura hispánica del siglo XIX"). It's free and open to the public. Presentations in Spanish. [more]

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Campus News

Study Abroad Fair

February 1, 2012 at 10:00am-3:00pm, Reitz Union colonnade

The UF International Center is hosting dozens of department and programs, like the CES, who sponsor study abroad programs. Come to learn about them - look for the CES table! [poster]

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Workshop: Spanish Diction and Performance

February 5, 2012 at 3:30pm-7:00pm, Tanglewood Village common room

The Grad Student's Association of the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese (OEGE) is hosting a workshop in Spanish about diction and performance to raise funding for the 7th Annual Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan Linguistics, Literature and Culture. Refreshments will be served. The entrance donation is $10 on site. See leaflet for more information. Feel free to attend and to bring friends.

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Call for Proposals: (Un)common Reading Program

Have you ever wanted to teach a course around a single book? The Honors Program invites proposals for one-credit courses for the Fall 2012 semester which tackle one book in depth. Books may be from any genre - literary classics, contemporary works, nonfiction, graphic novels. Use your imagination and be daring!

Please submit one page proposals describing your chosen book along with student assignments and expectations. These courses will meet one day per week for one period, so please keep that in mind as you decide on the output you expect from students. The Honors Program will select up to eight courses for the Fall 2012 semester.

The Honors Program cannot offer additional salary for faculty who wish to teach such a course, but we will offer $1000 in professional development funds (to be used for travel, etc.) to those faculty whose courses are selected.

Please email proposals (and additional questions) to the Director, Dr. Kevin Knudson. Decisions will be made by February 10, 2012.

Submission Deadline: February 3, 2012.

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Academic Opportunities

For previously announced External Funding Opportunities, please click here.

Call for Papers:
 15th Annual ASU Spanish Graduate Conference in Literature

The conference will take place on March 9-11, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona. Along with excellent guest speakers and the opportunity to present, we will be offering a cultural program including a Chicano art exhibit sponsored by the Hispanic Research Center, a film screening of Sonia Fritz' most recent film América, based on a novel by Esmeralda Santiago, and a bilingual book fair sponsored by Bilingual Press. [more]

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Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference
 on the European Union

The Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union is to be held on April 12-13, 2012 at Scripps College in Claremont, California. This is the oldest and largest academic conference in the United States dedicated to undergraduate research on European Union topics. This is an important academic opportunity for undergraduate students.

The CES may be able to assist some students with travel expenses. Email Sheryl Kroen to apply for assistance. The Claremont application deadline is February 15, 2012 with the paper itself due on March 28, 2012. [more]

Application deadline: February 15, 2012.

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2012 University Women's Club Scholarships

The University Women's Club awards scholarships each spring to undergraduate juniors and seniors. These awards are named in honor of the wives of past University of Florida Presidents and distinguished administrators. The requirements for consideration include full time enrollment at the University of Florida, current junior or senior status, a minimum of a 3.6 GPA, and participation in campus and/or community activities. In addition, there are two awards specifically designated for undergraduate or graduate students with a disability that are presented from the Rita O'Connell Scholarship Foundation.

All of the monetary awards recognize scholarship, leadership, and service to the university and/or community. This year each award will be $1,000.

Applications may be downloaded from the Dean of Students website or picked up from the following locations:

  • Dean of Students Office, Information Desk, 202 Peabody Hall
  • Student Activities and Involvement, 300 J. Wayne Reitz Union

The following items must be submitted in one packet by 4:30pm on March 2, 2012 to the Dean of Students Office in 202 Peabody Hall:

  • Five copies of the completed scholarship application, answering all questions on pages 1 and 2.
  • Two letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes, including one from a community service agency with which the student has worked.
  • One original plus four copies of the student's official transcript from the University of Florida.

Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Should you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to email Sylvia Parker in the Dean of Students Office or call (352) 392-1261, x212.

Submission Deadline: March 2, 2012.

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2012-2013 Fellowship Opportunity:
 U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program

IREX is pleased to announce the competition for the 2012-2013 U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program (EPS). The U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program provides funding for U.S. scholars and professionals to travel to Eurasia and serve U.S. Embassies or USAID Missions as policy specialists on a research topic proposed by the Embassy/Mission. Researchers are able to directly contribute to the formation of U.S. public policy by conducting research on topics vital to the policy-making community, as well as increase their understanding of current regional issues and develop and sustain international networks. The fellowship provisions include: logistical support, international airfare, visa support, in-country housing and workspace, a living expenses stipend and emergency evacuation insurance.

For 2012-2013, applicants may apply for placements in the following countries and fields: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, U.S. Embassy, Moscow, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, USAID Mission, Kyiv, U.S. Embassy, Kyiv. Detailed information on each of the topic areas can be found in the application instructions on the IREX website.

Technical Eligibility Requirements: Scholars and professionals who hold advanced degrees (Ph.D., MA, MS, MFA, MBA, MPA, MLIS, MPH, JD, MD) and are US citizens are eligible to apply for the this program. We encourage all applicants to read our recommendations for writing successful international research proposals, found here. [more]

Application Deadline: March 14, 2012.

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