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Explore the EU and Contemporary Europe’s People, Places, and Politics

April 12-15, 2021

An initiative of the UNC-CH Center for European Studies, Europe Week brings together students, academics, and community members to examine, debate, and share knowledge on contemporary Europe and the EU. The virtual, free public events spark discussions on the transatlantic relationship, EU politics, cuisine, and contemporary culture in the EU.

2021 Schedule of Virtual Events

All 2021 events were recorded!
Please visit our YouTube playlist to access the recordings.

Europe Week 2021 is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. It is co-sponsored by the UNC Curriculum in Global Studies, the UNC Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, the UNC Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, the UNC Department of Romance Studies, UNC Global, and the UNC Russian Flagship Program.

Virtual Europe Week Resources

We’ve compiled a variety of Europe-related resources for you.

In need of a dance party? Soothing tunes? Put on our Europe Week playlist — there’s something for everyone (and you can add your own recommendations)!

From classics like Good Bye Lenin to documentaries like The European, our list has you covered.

Fika (Swedish Coffee Break)

Watch a video of local experts making Swedish waffles on Våffeldagen (Waffle Day)! Follow along with the written recipe. And make your own chocolate treats with their recipe.

The Louvre, the Rijksmuseum, the Uffizi Gallery — the list goes on! Explore Europe’s fanciest museums from your home.

Read our Europe Week 2020 contest winners and runners up!

Follow the clues to find out who stole our EU sunglasses!

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European orchestras brought to you! Enjoy our list of 5 top orchestras that have taken to the digital airwaves.

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Play this European trivia Kahoot set on your own time!

Europe Week 2020 Contest

We received amazing submissions for our Europe Week 2020 contest! The deadline was March 15.
This year’s topic is “What is Europe today?” Congratulations to the three winners, and three runners up!
Their entries are now posted on our Medium blog (links below).

First Place: Amy Barsanti, NC K-12 Educator
“The ABCs of What Europe Means to Me”

Second Place: Shannon Conlon, UNC TAM Student
“The Great Migration Story”

Third Place: Lydia Cwalina, PA K-12 Student
“Old into New”

Runners-up (In alphabetical order):
Eric Ghilani, “Diversity in Europe
Drew Lopuszynski, “Poland Poem
Patrick Lucas, “Then and Now

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2020 Schedule of Virtual Events

Our in-person events have been canceled. We appreciate all who joined us for our live virtual events!
We also recorded our two live talks. Click on the individual event links below to access the recordings.

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Monday, March 30
Online | Please RSVP by 9am on 3/30

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Wednesday, April 1
Online via Facebook Live (on Moissonneur Deperles’ Facebook Page)

A Look Back: Europe Week 2019

Read the winning essays from the 2019 Europe Today essay contest! UNC alum Maura Kitchens writes about borders and the EU, Charlotte high school student Aisha Mahmood weighs in on the concept of “the United States of Europe,” and exchange student Julien Rochowicz discusses the EU and American imperialism.

2019 Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 6
Varsity Theater

Sunday, April 7
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005
RSVP required

Monday, April 8
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

Tuesday, April 9
Ackland Art Museum
Featuring special presentation on European textiles
RSVP required

Wednesday, April 10
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005

Thursday, April 11
Chapel Hill Public Library

Friday, April 12
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005

Friday, April 12
FedEx Global Education Center, Atrium

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