October 9, 2013

CES News

Announcing the new and improved EURO major requirements

In response to student and faculty feedback, we have revised and streamlined the requirements for the Curriculum in Contemporary European Studies (effective in fall 2014).

students in BrusselsLanguage Requirement: Five semesters of a single European language, or fifth-semester proficiency documented through university placement tests.

Core Requirements: Both EURO 239 (POLI 239): Introduction to European Government and EURO 159 (HIST 159): Twentieth-Century Europe.

Theme Courses:

  • Four approved courses within the student’s chosen Theme of Concentration (either Theme 1: Integration and Enlargement or Theme 2: Histories and Cultures).
  • One course taken from the theme not selected as the Theme of Concentration.
  • One additional course taken from Theme 1, Theme 2, or the list of approved Elective Courses on contemporary Europe.
  • Of the six theme courses, at least three must be numbered 400 or above.

Current EURO majors who wish to follow the new requirements must request a change in requirement term in Tar Heel Tracker. This can be done in one of two ways:

  1. Send an email request to the EURO curriculum advisor to submit a plan adjustment in Tar Heel Tracker; or
  2. Schedule an appointment with Academic Advising so that your ConnectCarolina requirement term can be changed to the new effective date.

CES Welcomes New Visiting Scholars

As an essential part of our mission to provide opportunities for students, faculty and the public to learn about contemporary Europe and the European Union, the CES welcomes scholars from around the world to participate in its Visiting Scholar Program. The center is hosting a number of visiting scholars this academic year. This week we introduce you to two new scholars:

Paola Colombo (European Commission. Head of Co-ordination Unit of the Bureau of Policy Advisors)

Paola ColomboPaola Colombo is an EU Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill during the 2013-14 academic year. Permanently, she serves as Head of the Co-ordination Unit of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) in the European Commission. Ms. Colombo joined the Commission in 1995 and spent seven years in the Directorate General for Agriculture and then in the Directorate General for Health and Consumers Protection dealing with food safety matters. In 2002 she moved to the Secretary General where she was responsible of ensuring overall coherence and quality of community policies in the area of health and consumer protection, research and development, and life sciences and biotechnology. She also assisted and advised the cabinet of the President of the Commission on these areas of activity. In 2006-07, Ms. Colombo was a member of the cabinet of Commissioner Viviane Reding dealing with research and development policy, information and communication technologies for citizens and business, and emerging technologies and infrastructures. Ms. Colombo holds a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Milano, Italy. Her research focus while at UNC-Chapel Hill is “Global Food Security: Sustainable Technology and Innovation to Mitigate the Resource Challenges.”

Colombo CV | Colombo Research Description

Moosung Lee (Myongji University, Seoul, Korea)

Moosung LeeMoosung Lee is a visiting scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill for the fall semester. Dr. Lee is an associate professor and head of the department of Political Science and Diplomacy at Myongji University in Korea. Before joining the faculty of Myongji University, he taught at Handong Global University. Professor Lee’s publications include monographs on how small states affect the future development of the EU and the Korean economic system, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Among others, his work has appeared in Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, Asia Europe Journal, Issues & Studies, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, and Current Politics and Economy of Europe. Professor Lee received his B.A. and M.A. from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, and a second M.A. and Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Birmingham. His research focus while at UNC-Chapel Hill is “EU-Korea Relations: Environmental Cooperation.”

Lee CV  |  Lee Research Description

Introduction to LAC Pedagogy Workshop

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | 11:00 am - 12:15 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center 4003

Participants in this workshop will become familiar with the philosophy, objectives, and characteristics of Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum; learn about UNC-Chapel Hill's LAC program and see examples of syllabi and materials from past courses; consider effective instructional strategies for the language-based content classroom; and design a brief LAC lesson plan, in collaboration with fellow participants. Email to attend.

2013 CES Fall Speaker Series

Each Friday in the fall, the Center for European Studies is pleased to bring you the Friday Lecture Series, which features scholars working on European politics and practitioners of EU policy. This fall’s series focuses on three themes: contestation in Europe, addressing topics such as  immigration, the radical right, public opinion, and European elections; issues of European security and defense; and European social policy in times of austerity.

Join us for the next event:

Lecture by Prof. David Coates, Wake Forest University: “Testing the Republican Program? UK Living Standards and Coalition Politics”

David Coates

Friday, October 25, 2013 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center 4003

David Coates holds the Worrell Chair in Anglo-American Studies. Born in the United Kingdom and educated at the universities of York and Oxford, he came to Wake Forest University in 1999, having previously held personal chairs at the universities of Leeds (in contemporary political economy) and Manchester (in labor studies). He has written extensively on UK labor politics, contemporary political economy and US public policy. Married to a native of New Jersey who now teaches English at Mount Tabor High School, he and Eileen have a son Jonathan currently attending Wake Forest as an undergraduate. For further details, see www.davidcoates.net.

Lecture with Dr. Mischa Honeck: “For the Preservation of German Honor and Manhood: Gender and the German-American War for the Union"

Friday, November 8, 2013 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Institute for Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall, Incubator Room

Mischa Honeck, a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., will be speaking in conjunction with the North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series,  Duke-UNC Gender, War and Culture Lecture Series, and the Research Triangle Seminar Series on the History of the Military, War, and Society. The theme of  Dr. Honeck's lecture is German-speaking migrants who fought in the American Civil War. He argues that a particular construction of masculinity motivated them to fight against slavery and secession. The transnational legacy of the European Revolution of 1848 and the divisive politics of the 1850s and 1860s devalued compromise, militarized German-American culture, and nurtured an ideal of manhood that flaunted ethnic honor, principle, and sacrifice as its defining characteristics. Emotional and cultural factors pertaining to gender were at least as important in shaping the meaning of military service as “ideology” in the abstract.

Dr. Honeck's research interests are the histories of race and ethnicity, gender, and youth. He is the coeditor of Germany and the Black Diaspora: Points of Contact, 1250-1914 (2013), and the author of We Are the Revolutionists: German-Speaking Immigrants and American Abolitionists after 1848 (2011).

Co-conveners include: UNC-Chapel Hill: Center for European Studies; departments of History, Women's and Gender Studies, and Music; Institute for Arts and Humanities | Duke University: Department of History | Triangle Institute for Security Studies

Fellowships, Awards and Conferences

Graduate Funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School is currently accepting applications for 2014-15 DAAD Research Grants and Study Scholarships.

  • DAAD Research Grants are awarded primarily to highly qualified doctoral candidates who are early in their academic/professional careers or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany.
  • DAAD Study Scholarships provide highly qualified individuals with an opportunity to do independent study in Germany or to complete a full Master's degree program at a German university.

Applications must be processed through DAAD’s online application system. All application materials must then be submitted to Julie Montaigne, Fellowship and Funding Manager for The Graduate School, for pre-selection by October 14, 2013. A faculty committee will review the applications and select students to be nominated to the DAAD nationwide competition.

For detailed information concerning formal requirements and the application process, please consult the Graduate School's external funding page DAAD Grants for Study & Research in Germany and the DAAD's website.

BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship

The BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship is an international researcher mobility program offering a six-month research stay at two renowned academic institutions, the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in Delmenhorst and at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences. The program supports research by outstanding scholars in the social sciences who will benefit from exceptional intellectual and research conditions.

Visiting fellows are expected to participate in regular activities of the HWK and to engage in doctoral education/supervision at BIGSSS. The BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship offers financial support and accommodation. The program welcomes applications worldwide from promising postdoctoral scholars to leading senior researchers. Applicants should have research and expertise in one or more of BIGSSS's three thematic fields:

  • Global Governance and Regional Integration
  • Welfare State, Inequality and Quality of Life
  • Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts

The deadline for applications is October 20, 2013. The Fellowship is scheduled for the 2014 winter term (October 2014 - February 2015). For detailed information concerning formal requirements, contact details and the academic program please visit their website.

2014 EUSA Haas Fund Fellowship Competition

The 2013-15 EUSA Executive Committee is pleased to announce the 2014 EUSA Haas Fund Fellowship Competition, an annual fellowship for graduate student EU-related dissertation research. Thanks entirely to contributions to the EUSA Ernst Haas Memorial Fund for EU Studies, launched in June 2003 to honor the memory of the late scholar Ernst B. Haas (1924-2003), the organization will offer one or more unrestricted fellowship of at least $1,500 to support the dissertation research of any graduate student pursuing an EU-related dissertation topic in the academic year 2013-14.

Please note the following stipulations for applicants, who must:

  • be pursuing the doctoral degree (PhD) at an accredited institution in any country;
  • be writing a dissertation in English;
  • have an EU-related, doctoral dissertation topic approved by the professor who will supervise it; and,
  • be able to demonstrate clearly the relevance to EU studies of the dissertation topic.

Applicants for the fellowship should submit a one-page proposal of the project that specifies its relevance to EU Studies and describes how the fellowship would be used, a CV, and two letters of support to be sent directly to EUSA. The letters should be from professors serving on the student’s dissertation committee, and one should be the chair.

Applicants should send their material to eusa@pitt.edu using the subject “2014 E.B. Haas Fund Fellowship competition.”

Application Deadline: January 3, 2014

European Defence Agency (EDA) & Egmont Institute Prize in European Defence, Security and Strategy

The European Defence Agency (EDA) in partnership with the Egmont Institute is inviting the best and the brightest of European scholars to submit their dissertations for the EDA-Egmont PhD Prize in European Defence, Security and Strategy. Scholars who obtained a PhD in the last academic year or the beginning of current academic year (September 1, 2012, to December 1, 2013) and who feel their findings stand out in terms of quality, innovation and impact on future EU policy are encouraged to apply. Please note that to apply, you must be a citizen of an EDA Member State (all EU Member States except Denmark) or a state with an Administrative Arrangement with EDA (Switzerland, Norway). The winner will deliver a presentation EDA’s Annual Conference scheduled for March 27, 2014, in Brussels. For more information, please consult the award’s website.

Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2013

Events for K-12 Educators

Sign up for the Euro Challenge Competition

You are invited to participate in the Euro Challenge 2014, an exciting educational opportunity for 9th- and 10th-grade high school students to learn about the European Union (EU) and its single currency, the euro. The program introduces students of global studies, world history or European studies economics and offers a unique learning experience that moves them out of the classroom into the real world. The competition is also an excellent opportunity for teachers, as teachers enlisting a team in the Euro Challenge are eligible to be awarded a free trip to Brussels next summer. Help your students experience the history that is unfolding before our eyes in the euro area!

Euro Challenge

For the competition, students research problems and solutions to Europe’s economic challenges. A team of three to five students presents its findings in a competition format. The best teams from each region travel to New York City to compete in the national finals at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Condi­tional on an annual grant, winning teams can win awards and a trip to Washington generously offered by The Moody’s Foundation. Students from schools in almost 20 states compete in the Challenge.

The competition requires no previous knowledge of economics or Europe, and students and teachers can access an array of educational resources and training materials on the Euro Challenge website. To help students and educators prepare, free orientations at UNC-Chapel Hill, webinars and news flashes are also provided during the year.

The North Carolina European Union Center of Excellence is proud to offer an online Euro Economics "textbook" intended as an introduction to economics for teachers and students in high school grades and up.

Register online today for the Euro Challenge competition!

For more information about the competition in the North Carolina/Southeast region, email Erica Edwards or call 919-843-9853.

World View 2013 K-12 Global Education Symposium: "Population and Global Migration"

October 23-24, 2013 | UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Friday Center

World ViewThe 2013 K-12 Global Education Symposium addresses a vital topic for all 21st century educators: Population and Global Migration. The symposium offers general and concurrent sessions examining the world’s most pressing challenges and resources for integrating global themes across the curriculum. There will also be support for school-based teams to create an Action Plan for adding a global dimension to school and district initiatives. This program is designed for K-12 administrators and teachers in all disciplines, and educators will leave the program with strategies for helping their students learn about and with the world. CEU credits will be offered.

Please see the symposium flyer (PDF) and visit the symposium website for specific information about the sessions and instructions on how to register.

Co-sponsored by the NC State Board of Education/Department of Public Instruction and UNC’s School of Education.

Other International Events on Campus

International Coffee Hour

Tomorrow October 10, 2013 | 5:00 - 6:00 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, EspressOasis

Join us for this month's International Coffee Hour, bringing together international UNC community members and students excited about global engagement. Chat about opportunities and challenges on campus. Meet staff from the hosting offices with great resources to share.

War, Love, and Madness: A Film Series from Central and Southeastern Europe and Russia

Sponsored by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies.

October films screenings include:

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 7:00 pm | Gardner Hall 105, UNC-Chapel Hill: Kolya (Kolja) (1996) directed by Jan Svěrák; Czech, Russian, Slovak with English subtitles

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 7:00 pm | Gardner Hall 105, UNC-Chapel Hill: The Confrontation (Fényes szelek) (1969) directed by Miklós Jancsó; Hungarian, Hebrew, Italian with English subtitles

Full schedule of the War, Love, and Madness Film Series (PDF)

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