CES Friday Lecture Series

This lecture series is designed to enhance students’ understanding of transatlantic studies through direct contact with academics and practitioners. It is particularly targeted towards students in the TransAtlantic Masters program and undergraduate curriculum in Contemporary European Studies, but is open to all UNC-Chapel Hill students and the general public. The topics of the lectures focus on EU and/or US foreign and domestic politics, as well as contemporary transatlantic relations. This fall’s series will hone in 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. Typically, the lectures take place on the 4th floor of the FedEx Global Education Center on Fridays in the fall semester, between 12:00-1:30 pm. Guests present for approximately one hour and then engage in a Q&A session with the audience.

Our 2014 Fall Speaker Series is designed to enhance understanding of transatlantic studies through lectures from and discussion with experts in the field. Topics will focus on EU and/or US foreign and domestic politics, as well as on contemporary transatlantic relations. This year, in particular, we are focusing on three main themes.  Professor Rahsaan Maxwell has invited colleagues who specialize in immigration in Europe.  Professor Milada Vachudova has invited scholars who work on issues of European security and defense as well as on identity issues in the EU.  Professor John Stephens invited professors who work on social policy and the welfare state.  This lecture series will draw on the knowledge of UNC faculty and other visiting scholars or professionals. The schedule is subject to change. Lectures take place on the 4th floor of the the FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street, on Fridays between 12:00-1:30 pm, unless otherwise noted. Feel free to bring your lunch! More information coming soon. 

If you could not be in attendance, please enjoy the videos, and share widely. The entire playlist from Fall 2013:

Videos of past speakers are available on the UNC Europe video channel

The Fall 2012 series theme: Beyond the Euro Crisis

Ambassadors Forum

This series brings international leaders to UNC-Chapel Hill to deliver public lectures and participate in short graduate student workshops. Students have the opportunity to hear first-hand the practical application of their interest in and study of political science, European studies, and international relations. Past speakers have included the current Irish, Norwegian, Ukrainian, Georgian Ambassadors to the US, the former Hungarian Ambassador to the US, as well as the former US Ambassador to Macedonia. The forum is a collaboration between the Center for European Studies and the Department of History at UNC-Chapel Hill and is organized by Professor Klaus Larres, the Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor of History & International Affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Videos of past speakers are available on the UNC Europe YouTube Channel

Conversations on Europe

Launched in January 2012 by the the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh,Conversations On Europe, is a speaker series featuring some of the country’s top experts on the European Union, including faculty from UNC-Chapel Hill. The series links participants and presenters via videoconferencing across several sites. Audiences at all sites are able to ask questions of the experts.  This event is open to the public. To participate, please contact adelnore@pitt.edu.

Sept 23 – The Scottish Referendum: Results and Implications | 12 – 1:30 pm

Oct 3 – 25 Years of the Berlin Republic* (*With the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh) | 12 – 1:30 pm

Oct 21 – 1914 Revisited? The EU-US-Russian Triangle| 12 – 1:30 pm

Nov 18 – Displaced: The Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean Basin | 12 – 1:30 pm

Links to videos of past conversations are available on the on the University of Pittsburgh EUCE/ESC website

 Duke-UNC “Gender, War and Culture” Series

This interdisciplinary and transatlantic series on “Gender, War and Culture” explores how gender, an amalgam of ideals and practices that gives meaning to and socially differentiates male and female, contributed to the shaping of warfare and the military and was at the same time transformed by them. The series focuses on themes such as the cultural representations of military and war, war mobilization and demobilization, war violence, experiences on the home and battle fronts, and the consequences of participation in war and the military for citizenship, and post-war cultures and the memories of war.

The series covers the development of warfare on a global scale, thus allowing for comparisons as well as an assessment of transnational influences on the relationship between gender, military and warfare. While its main subject is the entangled histories of gender, war and military culture that focus on Europe and the Americas (including the Caribbean), this history also includes the long-term processes of colonization and empire-building originating from 16th century Europe, and their aftermath in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Australia. Thus the series aims for both, temporal comparisons that explore continuities and changes in a long-term perspective, and regional comparisons as well as an assessment of transnational influences on the entangled relationships between and among gender, warfare and military culture.

More about the activities of the Duke-UNC Gender, War and Culture Series

Global Business Speakers Series

Successful business people and experts on international economies share their insights and experiences with the public in the Global Business Speaker Series, co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies and Center for International Business Education and Research at UNC-Chapel Hill. Topics range from international innovations to entrepreneurship across borders. Past speakers have included the CEO of the Fortune 500-AGCO Corp., the vice president and chief information officer for VF, the co-founder and CEO of EvoApp, and the Director of the German American Chamber of Commerce in Charlotte, NC. Attendees have the opportunity to speak to the presenters during receptions following their addresses.

North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series

The North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series fosters intellectual exchange among students, scholars and the wider community at both public and private institutions of higher learning. The Series intends on opening academic dialogues to the general public of North Carolina in order to raise awareness of the importance of Germany for the cultural literacy of all North Carolinians. The series is co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. UNC Faculty Coordinators include: K. Hagemann and K. Jarausch (HIST); Duke Faculty Coordinators: D. Bonker (HIST) and W. Donahue (GERM).

More about the activities of the North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series

Sustainability & Innovation in Global Contexts

This symposium series, open to the public and targeting business leaders in North Carolina as well as UNC-Chapel Hill students, tackles some of the serious issues facing societies across the globe. Renowned speakers examine topics such as poverty, climate change, food crises, increases in energy costs and lack of health care. They share their expertise with a particular focus on the need for entrepreneurial and sustainable approaches to these complex problems. The series is a collaborative endeavor involving various units at UNC-Chapel Hill including three areas studies centers – the Center for European Studies (CES), the African Studies Center (ASC); and the Center for Slavic Eurasian and East European Studies (CSEES) as well as the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), the Center for Sustainable Enterprise, and the Institute for the Environment.

More on the 2013 symposium Water and Energy in the Crosshairs

More on the 2012 symposium Shared Tables: A Triangle Symposium on Local and Global Food Studies

More on the 2011 symposium Microfranchising in Emerging Markets: Innovation in Practice and Research

Next Generation Business Conference Series

The Next Generation is a three-year series of conferences designed to prepare “next-generation” business leaders and scholars who are focused on innovations in global business practices. The program aims to inspire and develop a new generation of scholars to pursue research on leading issues of global competiveness.

The inaugural conference, Innovating the Global Supply Chain, in April 2011 welcomed more than 90 thought leaders from academia and the private sector. Brands and Branding in Law, Accounting and Marketing followed in April 2011, with about 100 academic and industry representatives in attendance. A third conference, Global Private Investing: Navigating Complexity, Maximizing Results was held in December 2012.

Each conference in the Next Generation series includes special sessions dedicated to junior faculty research. Most often this takes the form of an invitation-only roundtable following the conference for junior faculty from UNC and universities around the world. They present and share research findings and ideas and discuss challenges and opportunities faced in pursuing their research.

The series is supported by a Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER) grant from the US Department of Education and the UNC European Union Center of Excellence grant from the European Union. For information on upcoming Next Generation events, contact Global Business Center Executive Director Julia Kruse at 919.962.4929 or krusej@unc.edu.

More on the April 2011 conference on Innovating the Global Supply Chain

More on the April 2012 conference on Brands and Branding in Law, Accounting and Marketing

More on the December 2012 conference Global Private Investing: Navigating Complexity, Maximizing Results