January 2012

Videoconference: Conversations On Europe Series
Is the Future of the Eurozone the Future of Europe?

Speakers: Alberta Sbragia, Christiane Lemke, Larry Neal

Event date: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, 12:00-1:30 pm

Location: Peabody Hall 008, UNC-Chapel Hill

RSVP required. Please send your confirmation to europe@unc.edu by Monday, Jan. 16.

The European Union Centers of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host an interactive videoconference devoted to the current European financial crisis. This is the first in a series of Conversations On Europe, in which participants will be linked across several sites by video. The first session will feature some of the country's top experts on the European Union. Audiences at all three sites will be able to ask questions of the experts.

Alberta Sbragia (University of Pittsburgh) - As a Mark A. Nordenberg University Chair and the Jean Monnet Professor ad personam in the Department of Political Science, she served as the Director of the European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center from 1984-2010. Her research has focused on European and US public finance, the institutional evolution of the European Union, comparative federalism, and US-EU comparisons.

Christiane Lemke (Leibniz University/NYU) - Christiane Lemke is a Professor of Political Science at the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany, and Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Science. She currently holds the Max Weber Chair at New York University. Professor Lemke received her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences at the Free University in Berlin and went on to earn her Habilitation Venia legendi in Political Science from the same institution.

Larry Neal (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) - Larry Neal is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Moderated by Ronald Linden, Director of the EUCE/ESC and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

This lecture is made possible through generous support from the following:

  • European Commission
  • UNC-Chapel Hill Center for European Studies/EU Center of Excellence
  • University of Pittsburgh University Center for International Studies
  • ESC at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Reconciling Family and Work: The West German Gendered Division of Labor and Women's Emancipation, 1960s-1980s

Speaker: Sarah Summers (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Event date: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, 5:00-7:00 pm

Location: UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall

Held in conjunction with the UNC Center for European Studies.

The "New Women's Movement" in West Germany until recently has been associated with the "autonomous" strategy, an anti-institutional approach to feminist politics. This has obscured the perception of the wider movement for women's emancipation in the 1970s. In her presentation, Summers argues that only a broad understanding of feminist activism allows scholars to understand the struggle of women for an equal division of labor between the sexes, and to integrate it into the broader narratives of the 1970s and 1980s. The paper will explore this struggle and the related debates over family policy in the FRG, demonstrating the social and political differences between the various groups of women contributed to the stagnant development of policy aimed at easing the burden of balancing family and work. The divisions prevented coalition building around progressive social policy as in other Western European countries.

Sarah Summers is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her soon-to-be-defended dissertation, "Reconciling Family and Work: The Gendered Division of Labor and Women's Emancipation in West Germany from the 1960s to 1980s," focuses on the impact of West German feminists and women's activists on the development of family policy aimed at better reconciling family and work.

Refreshments and drinks will be served after the lecture. Please register with Stephen Milder in a timely fashion.

For more information on the North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series, see: http://www.unc.edu/ncgs.

Sponsored by Carolina Seminars, the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for the Arts and Humanities, the UNC-Chapel Hill Program in the Humanities and Human Values, and the Departments of Germanic Languages and Literatures and History at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Crises of Capitalism

Speakers: John Stephens, Niamh Hardiman

Event date: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, 6:00 pm

Location: Bingham Hall 301, UNC-Chapel Hill

Fascinated by the flood of news coming in from Greece, Italy, Spain, and the EU regarding economic turmoil? Wondering about the effects of this economic crisis on the social movements, living standards, and human rights of Europeans and Americans?

Join Global Alliance, UNC’s international justice organization, and the Roosevelt Institute’s Social Justice Center for this event. The panel will explore how flawed economic policies can wreak havoc on not only our financial systems but also our living standards and social movements.

Dr. John D. Stephens, the Gerhard E. Lenski Jr. distinguished professor of political science and sociology and director of the Center for European Studies, and Dr. Niamh Hardiman, an Irish political economist visiting with the Global Research Institute, will speak on the European crises through a socio-political lens. Both will make 20-minute addresses, followed by a Q&A session from the audience.

Global Business Speaker Series
Starting a German Subsidiary in the USA:
VS America's Story

Speaker: Carmen Braun

Event date: Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, 5:30-6:30 pm

Location: FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1009, UNC-Chapel Hill

Sponsored by the UNC Center for European Studies.

Carmen Braun, a native of Germany, is the marketing manager for VS America furniture company in Charlotte, N.C. Braun will compare her experiences working for VS in Germany and in the US and discuss how marketing strategies differ in European, US, and other markets worldwide.

The century-old German company VS is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of school furniture. VS focuses on visual design, ergonomics, and the use of high quality and environmentally friendly materials. VS opened its US branch in 2003 and continually expands its operation. VS’s workforce includes sales teams throughout the US, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean.

Open and free to the public. Parking available and free starting at 5:00 pm underneath the Global Education Center.