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.

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!

Aug 23 – Prof. Milada Vachudova, UNC-CH: “EU Leverage and National Interests in the Balkans: The Puzzles of Enlargement Ten Years On”

Sept 6 – Prof. Cas Mudde, University of Georgia: “Weimar Europe? The Great Recession and the Far Right Threat”

Sept 13 – Prof. Seth Jolly, Syracuse University and co-investigator on the Chapel Hill Expert Survey: “Xenophobia and Contact: European Attitudes Toward Immigrants”

Sept 20 Prof.  Jae-Jae Spoon, University of North Texas: Checking In or Checking Out? Parties, Issues, and Campaigns in European Elections”

Sept 27 – Prof. Herman Schwartz, UVA: “From (US) financial crisis to Eu rocrisis: Why were American houses connected to Europe’s internal imbalances?”

Oct 4 – Prof. A. Maurits van der Veen, College of William & Mary: “National visions of European integration,” how EU citizens in different countries think about the EU

Oct 25 –  Prof. David Coates, Wake Forest University: “Testing the Republican Program? UK Living Standards and Coalition Politics”

Nov 1 – Paola Colombo, European Commission: “European Integration: a Case Study on Management of Health Threats (or Avian Flu: Better to call a doctor or a vet?)” NOTE ROOM NUMBER: FedEx Global Education Center 3009

Nov 8 – Prof. Angelika von Wahl, Lafayette College: “Reconciling Work and Family? Contradictions of Recent Policy Reforms in Germany.”  Her talk will be about gender and politics in Germany, specifically the passage of the 2007 legislation by the Grand Coalition and the recent home child care bill.

Nov 18 (Monday at 2 pm) – Prof. Markus Kaim from the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)/German Institute for International and Security Affairs: “The Reluctant Hegemon? German Foreign Policy After the Elections” NOTE DAY AND TIME

Nov 22Dusan Jovanovic, OSCE, and Prof. Jelena Subotic, Georgia State University: “War Crimes and Transitional Justice in the Former Yugoslavia.” A roundtable discussion on international justice in the former Yugoslavia.

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.

March 27, 2014 The next Ambassadors Forum will be held on March 27, 2014. Ambassador Thomas Pickering will be speaking on “The US and the EU-Dealing with Iran and Syria”. Join us for this exciting event! More details.

CANCELLEDApril 1, 2014 UNC is very lucky to receive two Ambassadors in one week! Join us on April 1, 2014 to welcome Ambassador Christopher Meyer, former British Ambassador to the United States and to Germany. Ambassador Christopher Meyer was British Ambassador to the United States during 9/11 and the beginning of the War on Terror. Meyer was named in 2010 the Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina.

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. Topics this fall include: The German Elections: Outcomes and Impact, Does Turkey Have a Future in Europe?, and EU-US Global Health Partnership.

Sept 26 – The German Elections: Outcomes and Impact | 12 – 1:30 pm | Peabody 08F Conference Room

Oct 22 – Does Turkey Have a Future in Europe? | 12 – 1:30 pm | Peabody 08F Conference Room

Nov 19 – EU-US Global Health Partnership | 12 – 1:30 pm | Peabody 08F Conference Room

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