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February 2013

UNC Global Sustainability Symposium
"Water and Energy in the Crosshairs"

The symposium brings together local and global experts to explore key issues related to water and energy in an inter-disciplinary and community gathering. Beyond education, the symposium aims to present possible solutions with examples of best practices, to stimulate a productive discussion, and to enrich the network of those interested and informed about issues like climate change and water.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 | 6:30 pm | Varsity Theatre, 123 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill
Screening of Switch documentary

Thursday, February 7, 2013 | 5 - 8 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium
Keynote address by Christian Parenti, author of Tropics of Chaos: Climate Change and the Geography of Violence

Friday, February 8, 2013 | 8 am - 4 pm | Kenan Center, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-Chapel Hill
Panel presentation, discussion of German green policies, and closing keynote with Ted Howes

For more information, please visit website or contact Erica Edwards at eedwards@email.unc.edu. The symposium is free and open to the public. Please register by Jan 31.

Tournées Film Festival
Screening of La Princesse de Montpensier

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 | 7 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

The Tournées Festival is a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses. This week's movie is based on the 1622 novel of the same name by Madame de Lafayette. Bertrand Tavernier’s supple, gripping historical epic unfolds during the French Wars of Religion (1562–98), which pitted Catholics against Protestants and ravaged the nation. The film centers on Marie de Mézières, who, though in love with one man, the Duke de Guise, is married off by her politically calculating father to the Prince of Montpensier.

Presented by the Department of Romance Languages at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"The US in World Affairs" Lecture Series
Frank Costigliola examines George Kennan's Russia

Lecture: "The Processes of Thought in George Kennan's Imagining of Russia"

Thursday, February 7, 2013 | 4 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Hamilton Hall, Rm 569

Prof. Frank Costigliola (University of Connecticut) specializes in US foreign relations and 20th century US history. He is currently editing the diaries of George F. Kennan, who is best known as the "father of containment."

“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.

Tournées Film Festival
Screening of Denis Côté’s Curling

Monday, February 11, 2013 | 7 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

The Tournées Festival is a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses. This Monday's movie is set in a bleak, rural town in Quebec, and focuses on the odd, touching relationship between Jean-François and his 12-year-old daughter, Julyvonne. Julyvonne, confined to the house by her pathologically overprotective father, keeps herself occupied by reading and, occasionally, by talking to the corpses she finds in the woods near her home. After the arrival of Isabelle, their relationship will take another direction

Presented by the Department of Romance Languages at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tournées Film Festival
Screening of Bruno Dumont Hadewijch

Thursday, February 14, 2013 | 7 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

The Tournées Festival is a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses. This Friday's movie is about 20-year-old Céline, who is expelled from a nunnery for her over-zealous faith. She returns to the secular world where she meets rebellious teenager Yassine and his older brother, Nassir, whose religious fervour mirror’s Céline’s own. Hadewijch explores the relentless pursuit of faith in both Christianity and Islam—and what drives certain believers to acts of extreme violence.

Presented by the Department of Romance Languages at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"The US in World Affairs" Lecture Series
Melvyn Leffler analyzes the US-Iraq war

Lecture: "George W. Bush & Saddam Hussein: Why Did the US Go to War Against Iraq in March 2003?"

Monday, February 18, 2013 | 4 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Hamilton Hall, Rm 569

Prof. Melvyn Leffler (University of Virginia) is currently working on a book about George W. Bush and American foreign policy and writes essays on the cold war, political economy, and national security.

“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.

Public Lecture
Henk Overbeek discusses "The Eurozone debt crisis and the future of European integration project"

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | 12 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, Rm 3009

Lunch will be provided.

Prof Overbeek (VU University Amsterdam) is interested in issues of governance in a globalizing world. His approach can be characterized as transnational historical materialism. In recent years, he has done research on asylum and migration issues in a European context, on political economy of unemployment and labor market restructuring in Europe, and on issues of globalization, corporate governance, and business taxation. His future work will focus on the impact of the economic crisis on the global order.

Tournées Film Festival
Screening of Le Havre

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | 7 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

The Tournées Festival is a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses. A wonderful celebration of France’s national motto—liberty, equality, fraternity—Le Havre is also something of a paean to World War II Resistance dramas. Le Havre centers on Marcel Marx, a once-famous Parisian writer now making his living shining shoes in the northern port town of the title. Marcel divides his time between drinking with his neighbors at the local bar and caring for his ill wife, Arletty. But he soon serves a much nobler purpose when he comes to the aid of Idrissa, a young illegal immigrant from Gabon.

Presented by the Department of Romance Languages at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ambassadors Forum
Former ambassador of Hungary speaks at UNC

Thursday, February 21, 2013 | 5:30 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

András Simonyi, former Hungarian ambassador to the US, will visit UNC and deliver remarks on "Hungary, Transatlantic Relations, and the European Union." Following his remarks, the ambassador will participate in a roundtable discussion with UNC faculty members. Ambassador Simonyi has had career in multilateral and bilateral diplomacy, international non-governmental and governmental organizations, as well as in the private sector. From 1995 until 1999, he headed the Hungarian Liaison Office to NATO in Brussels where he was a key player in preparing Hungarian membership in NATO and was a member of the delegation to negotiate Hungary's accession to the Alliance. In 2002, he became ambassador to the US until 2007. Since Jan. 2012, he has been the managing director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Simonyi’s visit to UNC is in conjunction with the Ambassadors Forum organized by the Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professorship, the Center for European Studies and the Department of History.

Spring 2013 Duke-UNC Consortium Middle East Conference
ReOrienting the Veil

Friday, February 22 - Saturday, February 23, 2013| UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

The 2013 Duke-UNC Consortium Conference focuses on Muslim women’s veiling practices in transnational contexts. The one and a half day conference is a forum for an interdisciplinary discussion of the cultural, religious, historical and political meanings of the Muslim headscarf. It is addressed to the NC scholarly communities, to undergraduate and graduate students as well as to NC K-12 and community college teachers and the public at large. This conference will provide NC K-12 teachers an opportunity for professional development and continuing education credits.

The goal of this conference is to provide a scholarly forum where nationally and internationally renowned scholars and artists will present their most recent research on veiling in the Middle East, in Europe and the USA. Each presentation will be followed by a response from a local faculty and a Q&A. The relatively small scale of the conference will offer plenty of time and space for discussion, as well as opportunities to learn about veiling from uncommon perspectives (fashion, art, poetry). The conference will also feature an exhibit of Todd Drake's Self Portraits of Muslim-Americans.

To learn more about the conference, please visit veil.unc.edu/conference.

Tournées Film Festival
Screening of L'Heure d'Été

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | 7 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

The Tournées Festival is a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses. After the globe-spanning settings of his last three films, Olivier Assayas returns home for the mournful Summer Hours, examining a bourgeois French family trying to negotiate the past, present, and future. Assayas’s sincere, complex concern about cultural amnesia—the eroding of a nation’s heritage by the demands of the international economy—is rendered so deftly that the theme becomes one of larger, less class-specific importance.

Presented by the Department of Romance Languages at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

NC German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series
Workshop looks at Green politics in Germany

In March 1983, the West German Greens became the first new party to enter the Bundestag since the early days of the Federal Republic. This workshop, which will take place on the thirtieth anniversary of the Greens’ March 1983 entrance into the West German parliament, will use that occasion as an opportunity to raise new questions about the democratic visions and achievements of the Greens and their predecessors in the New Social Movements. For more information, please visit website.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 | Duke University, The John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies

4:30 pm: Graduate Reading Seminar with Belinda Davis (Rutgers University)

7:00 pm: Keynote address by Andrei S. Markovits (University of Michigan) - "Reflections on the German Left thirty years beyond the Greens' Entrance into the Bundestag'

Friday, March 1, 2013 | UNC Chapel Hill, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall

9 am - 4 pm: Panel presentations on "New Social Movements, Public Participation, and the Emergence of Green Politics" and "Out of the Streets and into the Bundestag: Participatory Democracy in Parliament"

4:30 pm: Roundtable on "The Green Challenge: Constructing Participatory Democracy for Post-Industrial Society"

The NCGS Series is sponsored by Carolina Seminars; Duke University: Center for European Studies, Department of Germanic Languages & Literature, Department of History; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Center for European Studies, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages & Literatures, Department of History, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, The Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies.