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April 2021

Success and Challenges for the EU External Cultural Relations

April 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

This panel will consider a key element in the EU’s external action in the field of cultural heritage over the past few years, namely the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage in conflict and crisis. Our speakers will first consider the recent shift in thinking about heritage in conflicts and how this shift allowed the EU and its Member States to (re)claim a space in international relations. Whilst the EU has dealt with the fight against the trafficking of cultural…

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Ambassador John Tefft, “Russia and the Biden Administration”

April 20 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Diplomatic and Security Challenges and the Near Abroad UNC-Chapel Hill will host Ambassador John Tefft for the expert talk, “Russia and the Biden Administration,” at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Ambassador Tefft, former U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, Lithuania, Georgia and Ukraine, will focus on Russia’s near abroad policy and the implications of Russia’s increased military and diplomatic power on the international stage. Ambassador Deborah McCarthy, senior fellow at Harvard University and member of the board of…

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Earth Day 2021 – Virtual Upcycling Workshop

April 22 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join this virtual Upcycling Workshop - a collaboration between the German Consulate General in Atlanta and the DIY Academy in Cologne! Tired of your old T-shirts taking up drawer space? How about turning them into a shopping bag! In accordance with this year's theme "Restore Our Earth" the German Consulate General in Atlanta and the DIY Academy in Cologne have partnered up and are organizing a virtual Upcycling Workshop on Earth Day, April 22, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET.…

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Screening: Go-Go City: Displacement & Protest in Washington, DC

April 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Bertelsmann Foundation documentary "Go-Go City: Displacement & Protest in Washington, DC" focuses on the intersection of go-go and the protests over racial justice that have proliferated across the city for the better part of 2020. The documentary dives into the rich tapestry of Washington’s culture and sound, as well as the forces of economic and cultural gentrification that stand to mute them. The film interweaves scenes of protest as displaced communities rally around the city’s beloved Go-Go music to…

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Crossing the Ocean: Effective Strategies for Studying Romanian Language and Culture on the American Continent

April 23 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This mini-conference/workshop seeks to bring together students and professors of Romanian language and culture to discuss some of the most effective strategies of teaching and learning the language while considering internationally famous Romanian cultural products that have supported and/or inspired us/our students in teaching/learning about the country, its literature, arts, history, and people. This event is organized by Dr. Letitia Guran, Teaching Assistant Professor of Romanian in the UNC-CH Department of Romance Studies. Please email Dr. Guran at if…

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World in Turmoil: Globalization & Geopolitics: China, Russia, Iran, NATO & Transatlantic Relations, Climate Change, Economic Dislocation & the Future of the EU & Germany Beyond Angela Merkel

April 26 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Join the Krasno events series for a virtual discussion with Sigmar Gabriel, former German Vice Chancellor. Visit the event page for the Zoom details to join the event. Speakers Sigmar Gabriel is former German Vice Chancellor Foreign Minister & Economics Minister, 2013-2018 & Environment Minister, 2005-2009; long-standing SPD leader; and Chairman of the Atlantik-Brücke since 2019. Klaus Larres (discussant) is Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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May 2021

Trade, Global Supply Chains and Worker Rights in the EU

May 4 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The panel will focus on labor and human rights in countries in the Global South, and how the EU affects/could affect those outcomes via its economic relations. These include trade — such as including labor-related conditions in preferential trade agreements, or as part of its Generalized System of Preferences program (the EU does both). These mechanisms also could include rules affecting supply chains — for instance, requiring (or encouraging) EU-based firms to do due diligence to monitoring instances of forced…

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Pride amid Prejudice: The Impact of the First Pride in Sarajevo

May 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Phillip M. Ayoub is Associate Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow in International Security at the Hertie School. He is the author of When States Come Out: Europe’s Sexual Minorities and the Politics of Visibility (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and his articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, the European Journal of International Relations, the European Journal of Political…

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