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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. The Zoom link to join is https://unc.zoom.us/j/92891900619.…

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POSTPONED: World in Turmoil: Globalization — Geopolitics: China, Russia, Climate Change, NATO/Transatlantic Relations

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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Sustainability and Renewable Energy in the Alps

April 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Spanning eight countries, the Alps are widely recognized as one of the world's most iconic, idyllic destinations. Less known is their important role as a source of clean power for Europe throughout the twentieth century. This panel discussion focuses on the history of renewable energy production in the Alps and the lessons these mountains hold for a sustainable future. Speakers Marc Landry is an environmental historian of modern Europe, with a regional focus on Central Europe. His research interests center…

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May 2021

European Union Supply Chains and Trade: Improving Worker Rights?

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

How might international economic ties help to improve working conditions and human rights in Global South countries? This panel focuses on how the European Union, as well as its member governments, might use economic relations to shift firms’ and governments’ practices. Panelists discuss the inclusion of labor-related conditions in preferential trade agreements as well as unilateral trade preference programs (the Generalized System of Preferences); as well as the possible use of due diligence and transparency legislation to address a range…

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Populism, Political Change and the Rise of Authoritarian Rule in the European Union

May 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn more about how populism has transformed political competition in Europe, how populists appeal to voters and what happens when populists rule. Hear from Dr. Milada Vachudova, Associate Professor of Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, in this talk based on her new article “Populism, Democracy and Party System Change in Europe.” Speaker Milada Anna Vachudova specializes in the democratization of postcommunist Europe, the enlargement of the European Union, and the impact of international actors on domestic politics. She is an…

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Connecting your classroom to the world: collaborating with the UNC and Duke Area Studies Centers

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us on May 12 to learn about and discuss existing collaborations between UNC and Duke Area Studies Centers and Minority Serving Institutions and Community Colleges which have led to the internationalization of curricula across disciplines and institutions. The event will feature faculty from Minority Serving Institutions and Community Colleges across the Southeast who have successfully added global content to their classrooms. These curricula changes have varied, but always focus on how to best introduce global content to their students…

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