Three-day conference to explore the European economic and political crisis

Sept 18-20 | University Room, Hyde Hall, UNC-CH
“A Global Perspective on the European Crisis” is a Chapel Hill conference organized into two keynote speeches, five panels, and a concluding round-table discussion. The first keynote presentation will consider Europe’s problems in the light of collective action theory. The second will discuss whether Europe is becoming an economically and politically destabilizing factor. Scholars will speak to a range of issues, always with an eye on positioning discussion of Europe’s economic and political situation in the context of relations to non-European nations and to international organizations.
Thursday, Sept 18 | 2:30 – 4 pm | Keynote 1: Antonio De Lecea of the European Union Delegation to the United States
Friday, Sept 19 | 4 – 5:30 pm | Keynote 2: Paolo Pasimeni of the European Commission on assessing the Europe 2020 strategy
The conference is free and open to the public but pre-registration is [...]

Vacancy Announcement: CES Executive Director

The Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for the position of Center Executive Director, employment beginning on October 15, 2014. The Center is composed of a Title VI National Resource Center, a European Union Center of Excellence, and the TransAtlantic Masters program. The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer for these programs and is responsible for writing Center grants and administering Center programs. Teaching in the TransAtlantic Masters program is an optional duty. The Center for European Studies is one of four Centers in the United States with both Title VI and EUCE grants and thus ranks in the top tier of European Studies programs in the US. Further information about the Center can be obtained at A Master’s degree, preferably in modern European Studies, is required. PhD or ABD [...]

How FLAS fellowships enhanced my dissertation

By Sydney Conrad

Sydney Conrad of Charlotte, a PhD candidate in Italian Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at UNC, was assisted by three FLAS fellowships awarded by the Center for European Studies.

Reflecting on my FLAS experience, there is only one way to describe it: extraordinary! I received the FLAS summer fellowship in 2011 and 2012 followed by the academic year fellowship in 2012. I learned Portuguese in Oporto, Portugal, at a language school called FastForward. There, I was able to experience the culture, history, and current social and economic problems of Portugal, which enhanced the language learning process and my connection to the country. The activities and friendships that I made at the school allowed me to obtain a very high level of Portuguese. Thanks to the FLAS fellowships I was able to use my new skills [...]