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September 2012

Fulbright German Studies Seminar
Gain insight into Germany's politics, economy, and culture

Event date: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 | 2 -3 pm

Location: UNC-Chapel Hill, Webinar - reserve your seat here.

The Fulbright German Studies Seminar provides a firsthand look into how Germany’s political, economic and cultural systems deal with contemporary issues. For U.S. scholars, the engagement in substantive dialogue with political, academic, scientific, journalistic and cultural leaders in Germany can strengthen research and teaching. The 2013 seminar topic is Berlin: Where Cultures Meet and Challenges Abound. Join us to learn more about the application process and to hear from a recently-returned 2012 GSS participant,  Dr. Thomas Haakenson, Chair and Professor from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Global Connections
UNC Global Information Fair 2012

Event date: Thursday, September 6, 2012 | 10:30 - 1:30 pm

Location: UNC-Chapel Hill, The Pit

UNC provides countless opportunities to explore other cultures and to become more globally aware! Learn more about the centers that make this possible during the UNC Global Information Fair. Talk with center representatives and enjoy delicious treats from around the world!  This event will be relocated to the FedEx Global Education Center atrium in case of inclement weather.

CES Fall Speaker Series
Mareike Kleine speaks on EU governance in times of crisis

Event date: Friday, September 7, 2012 | 12 - 1:30 pm

Location: FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill, 4th Floor Seminar Room

Prof. Mareike Kleine (London School of Economics and Center for European Studies, Harvard) is currently working on a book manuscript on informal governance in the European Union. Her research interests include international organization, informal and formal governance, the interplay of domestic politics and international institutions, normative questions of global governance, and qualitative methods. Kleine's lecture is titled "EU Governance in Times of Crisis: The Role of Informality."

In the video below, TAM student Katelyn Ferral speaks with Prof. Kleine about the relevance of the euro crisis to Americans.

Visit the CES YouTube channel for more lectures about Europe.

Ambassadors Forum
Irish Ambassador to deliver lecture on the euro crisis

Event date: Friday, September 7, 2012 | 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Location: FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

Join us for a free public lecture by Michael Collins, the Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland, on "Ireland and the Euro Crisis." Ambassador Collins is the first dignitary to visit UNC in conjunction with the new "Ambassadors Forum."

Event Contacts:  Erica Edwards, associate director of the UNC Center for European Studies,, 919.962.6765.  Klaus Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor in the Department of History,, 919.962.8079.

Media Contact: Katie Bowler Young, director of global relations, UNC Global,, 919.962.4504

UPDATE play For the lecture video, please see the CES YouTube channel.

"Conversations on Europe" Speaker Series
Scholars discuss Ireland's role in European economy

Event date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 | 12 - 1:30 pm

Location: UNC-Chapel Hill, Graham Memorial Hall, Room 039

The "Conversations on Europe" speaker series features some of the country's top experts on the European Union. The series links presenters and participants via videoconferencing across several sites. This month, Stephen Kinsella (University of Limerick) and James Donnelly (University of Wisconsin-Madison) comment on "Tiger in a Cage: Ireland and the New European Economy."

"The US in World Affairs" Lecture Series
Richard Immerman lectures on the making of the CIA

Event date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 | 4 - 5:30 pm

Location: UNC-Chapel Hill, 569 Hamilton Hall

“The U.S. in World Affairs: The Cold War and Beyond” lecture series is organized by the Department of History, in co-operation with the Center for European Studies and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian & Eastern European Studies at UNC. Five talks will be presented throughout the fall semester. Richard Immerman (Temple University) will lead the first lecture with his talk on "Covert Operations, Intelligence Analysis, and the Making of the CIA: A Dynamic for Failure.”

Public Lecture
Paul Readman discusses British mountaineering and imperialism

Event date: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | 3:30 pm

Location: UNC-Chapel Hill, Hamilton Hall, Room 569

Paul Readman, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at King’s College London, will present his paper “Reassessing British Mountaineering in the Age of Imperialism: Masculinity, Modernity and the Natural World, c.1870-1914.” The paper argues that the motivations of British alpinists, even in the age of high imperialism, cannot be reduced to interpretations that emphasise masculine and imperialistic factors above all others. For many, mountaineering had little to do with conquest, domination and assertive machismo, and much more to do with a respectful worship of beauty in nature, and a still-persisting appreciation of the mountain sublime.

Sponsored by the UNC History Department and the Steering Committee of the UNC-King’s College, London Partnership.

CES Fall Speaker Series
Gary Marks explores "Why is Governance Multilevel?"

Event date: Friday, September 14, 2012 | 12 - 1:30 pm

Location: FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill, 4th Floor Seminar Room

Prof. Gary Marks (UNC-Chapel Hill and Free University of Amsterdam) is best known for developing the concept of multilevel governance in relation to the European Union. Over the past few years he has worked on a variety of projects dealing with European political parties, regional authority, and Europe and its empires.

In the video below, TAM student Will Perlmutter speaks with Prof. Marks about the importance of the euro crisis for Americans.

Visit the CES YouTube channel for more lectures about Europe.

NC German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series
Geoff Eley seminar and lecture examine history writing in European context

Event: Luncheon Reading Seminar

Event date: Friday, September 21, 2012 | 12 -2 pm

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

The seminar, titled "Rethinking European History," focuses on the works of Prof. Geoff Eley (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), with introduction and moderation by Prof. Konrad A. Jarausch (UNC-Chapel Hill). To participate in the seminar, please register by September 18 with Alexandria Ruble at


Event: Public Lecture

Event date: Friday, September 21, 2012 | 4 - 6:30 pm

Location: UNC-Chapel Hill, Wilson Library, Pleasant Room

Prof. Geoff Eley will explore some particularities of history writing in the present in his lecture, "The Past Under Erasure: History, Memory, and the Contemporary." Thematics include the meanings of the contemporary interest in memory, the different ways in which ideas about and images of the past circulate through the mass-mediated public sphere, the complexities of publicness and the public sphere, and the shifting boundaries between popular ideas of the past and changes in the discipline of history.

(Hosted by the NC German Seminar Series In conjunction with Davidson College, the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for European Studies, Dept. of History and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities)

CES Fall Speaker Series
Risto Raivio lectures on skills challenges in Europe

Event date: Friday, September 28, 2012 | 12 - 1:30 pm

Location: FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill, 4th Floor Seminar Room

Returning visiting EU Fellow Risto Raivio gives lecture on "Skills Challenges in Europe: Food for Thought from NC Community Colleges." He is currently the Head of the Vocational Education and Training Policy Sector of the European Commission's DG for Education and Culture. In the past, Raivio has lectured on European civil society organizations and the EU's initiatives in fostering vocational training and life-long learning.  

In the video below, TAM student Devin Bicer speaks with Mr. Raivio about the effect of skills training in Europe.

Visit the CES YouTube channel for more lectures about Europe.