Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
February 21, 2007

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1. CES News
2. Grants and Fellowships
3. Call for Proposals
4. Seminars and Workshops
5. Position Openings
6. EUSA Corner
7. ECPR News

8. Other International Studies news

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CES News

Getting to Know Europe: Local Communities and the European Union

Robin McMahonWe warmly congratulate Robin McMahon, a Chapel Hill/Carrboro schools French teacher, for being one of a small handful of successful recipients of an award from the European Commission. Robin heard about the competition at one of our teacher workshops, so we proudly claim her!

Her award for 51,000 euros will implement the project Getting to Know Europe: North Carolina, Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools, Smith Middle School and the European Union: The opportunity for local communities to obtain first-hand knowledge of Europe and the European Union. Robin will take a group of middle school students to Brussels and Paris this March. Her project also involves competitions engaging K-12 educators across the state of North Carolina, local business and government, and producing a related video program.

To find out more information about additional selected proposals, please open this document.

Lecture: Challenges of Ethnic Diversity in France

Alec HargreavesThursday, March 1, 2007
2:00 pm
Toy Lounge, Dey Hall

Dr. Alec Hargreaves, eminent scholar of Modern Languages & Linguistics at Florida State University and specialist in French immigration issues, will present a lecture entitled From Missed to Equal Opportunities: Challenges of Ethnic Diversity in France. Sponsored by the Center for European Studies.

Languages Across the Curriculum Instructional Workshop (please note location change)

Languages Across the CurriculumWednesday, March 7, 2007
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Seminar Room, Coates Building, 223 E. Franklin Street

This professional development workshop features a brief background on the Languages Across the Curriculum program at UNC-CH and provides a forum for experienced LAC TAs to share ideas and instructional resources. Workshop topics will include:

  • Maximizing Connections between LAC Sections and English-language Recitations
  • Selecting Creative Texts for Use in LAC Discussion Sections
  • Classroom Activities to Facilitate Comprehension and Inspire Discussion

Participation in this workshop is recommended for graduate students who wish to apply for upcoming LAC TA positions. [For information on available positions for Fall 2007, go to] The workshop is designed to assist graduate students in strengthening their teaching portfolios and becoming more competitive candidates in the academic job market. Faculty and graduate students from languages/literatures, social sciences, and humanities departments are especially encouraged to attend.

Registration is required. For more information and registration instructions, email or visit the LAC website.

Call for Languages Across the Curriculum TAs
Got LAC? Apply Now!

UNC's Languages Across the Curriculum Program is currently seeking experienced bilingual TAs to lead the following Fall 2007 LAC discussion sections:

  • LAC discussion section in French for HIST 159 [17]: 20th-Century Europe
  • LAC discussion section in German for HIST 159 [17]: 20th-Century Europe
  • LAC discussion section in Spanish for POLI 238 [56]: Contemporary Latin American Politics

Preference will given to TAs who have attended a LAC workshop (see above). For more information, please visit the LAC website.

Deadline: March 9, 2007

Grants and Fellowships

Global Health Faculty Research Partnership Grants

UNC School of Public HeatlhThe UNC Partnership in Global Health, a Fogarty-funded program of the Office of Global Health in the UNC School of Public Health, is pleased to announce the second round of funding for the (GHP) program Global Health Faculty Research Partnership Grants. All UNC-Chapel Hill faculty are eligible to apply.

Designed to foster the development of multidisciplinary research projects and partnerships in global health, grants will be made to UNC-Chapel Hill faculty for international travel to establish or maintain research relationships with colleagues in other countries. GHP grant funds cannot be used to support data collection, other actual research activity, or attendance at meetings and conferences. Approximately 10-15 grants will be made in amounts up to $5,000.

For more information and to see past awards please click here.

Deadline: March 1, 2007

Graduate Student Fellowship Program of the Council for European Studies

The Council for European Studies at Columbia UniversityEstablished in 1971, the CES Fellowship Program has played a crucial role in the early stages of many experts' careers. The Program serves as the leading source for pre-dissertation fellowships that fund young scholars' first major research projects in Europe.

For full details and application information, please visit the Council for European Studies website.

Deadline: April 1, 2007

Call for Proposals

German Marshall Fund: Call for Proposals for Policy Research Conferences

The German Marshall Fund of the United States: Strengthening Transatlantic CooperationThe German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) announces a call for proposals for a new program of academic policy research conferences. The aim of this program is to support a series of transatlantic research-driven conferences of scholars and policymakers working on policy areas that will be selected and change on a yearly basis. This year, GMF will consider proposals in three areas: the rise of China as a transatlantic issue, energy security, and economic policy.

GMF will award a total of six grantees up to $25,000 for conferences to be held in the 2007-2008 academic year. American and European university-based scholars from any discipline may apply. Conference proposals should include scholars from the United States and Europe, and preference will be given to those proposals with a comparative and interdisciplinary approach. Proposals will be evaluated on their intellectual merits, transatlantic cooperation, engagement with the policy community, and potential policy impact through publications or other means.

For more information, please visit the German Marshall Fund webpage and open the call for proposals (PDF).

Deadline: March 1, 2007

2007 Student Essay Contest - Call for Submissions

The Atlantic Council of the United StatesThe Atlantic Council of the United States will hold a national student essay contest in the spring of 2007. Sponsored by the Daimler Chrysler Corporation Fund, contest will offer undergraduate students the opportunity to write on Partnerships and Rivalries in the EU and NATO: The Challenges of Pursuing the US Foreign Policy Agenda.

The first-place winner will receive a $500 prize and will be flown to Washington to attend the annual Christopher Makins Lecture in late May/early June 2007. Named for the former president of the Council, the lecture will feature a major address by a high-ranking expert in the field of international relations.  The second-place winner will receive a $250 prize.

Interested students should submit a 1,000-1,500 word essay, as well as a cover sheet containing their name, full contact information (including email), and university. Students should identify one or several key issues and discuss how the U.S. foreign policy agenda can be pursued in the complex transatlantic environment.

A promotional poster for the Essay Contest may be downloaded here.  If you have any questions, please contact Brooke R. Heaton, Assistant Director of Education, at 202-778-4954;, or consult the ACUS website:

Deadline: April 16, 2007, 17:00 EST

Seminars and Workshops

EU Visitors Program

The European Union Visitors Program (EUVP) invites young, promising leaders from countries outside the European Union to visit Europe to gain a first-hand appreciation of the EU's goals, policies and peoples and to increase mutual understanding between professionals from non-EU countries and their EU counterparts.

The EUVP is jointly sponsored and administered by the European Parliament and the European Commission. An EUVP visit consists of an individual 5- to 8-day program of meetings with EU officials at the EU institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg and/or Luxembourg. All programs are coordinated and arranged by the EUVP Secretariat rather than by individual participants. Travel and per diem costs are covered by the EUVP.

The program seeks candidates who will not only benefit professionally from the EUVP experience, but also have the potential to become long-term EU information multipliers. For more information, please visit the EUVP webpage. If you would like more information on the EUVP please contact the EUVP Coordinator, Sue Tucker.

Deadline: March 1, 2007

EU Studies Summer Program

Students on the 2006 EU Studies Summer ProgramJuly 16 - August 10, 2007 | Brussels, Belgium
The EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels offers US students the opportunity to study the emergence of a united Europe in its dynamic heart. Running from July 16 to August 10, the program will consist of two courses plus an EU simulation for a total of 12 quarter credits (or 8 semester credits). The Program is co-administered by the European Commission-sponsored EU Center of Excellence at the University of Washington (Seattle), the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), and is hosted by the Universiti Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). The four-week program features lectures and seminars by leading experts on the EU from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as site visits to major EU institutions and organizations involved in European integration. In addition, the program is supplemented by cultural and social events in and around the city, as well as a field trip to Luxembourg.
Brussels' central location allows students to easily explore the area's rich history and culture at their own pace. The city is famous for its excellent dining, and the program will start and end with group dinners. Field trip costs and both welcome and farewell dinners are included in the program fee. Discover the new Europe through the EU Studies Program in Brussels!

For more information, please visit

Deadline: March 30, 2007

Position Openings

North Carolina in the World: Research Assistant

Purpose: The purpose of the position is to gather, organize, and present data to measure the progress toward the objectives of the NC in the World Action plan.

Supervision: The position will report to the Director of Programs, Center for International Understanding, and work cooperatively with NCIW staff.

Responsibilities: The position will include but not be limited to the following:

  1. Working with NCIW staff to define how progress toward each NCIW objective is to be measured.
  2. Gathering baseline data on the objectives based on measures and sources as defined by employee and NCIW staff.
  3. Gathering data for subsequent years.
  4. Designing formats for presenting the data in easily comprehensible form for policymakers and educators
  5. Developing procedures for regularly collecting and storing data on progress toward objectives
  6. Recommending additional data sources and developing them when time and resources permit
  7. Analyzing data and recommending program changes based on data

Characteristics of the Successful Applicant: Knowledgeable about education in NC, familiar with international resources for educators, thorough, attentive to detail, experienced in data gathering, self-starter, strong written and oral communication skills. Experience as an NC teacher preferred.

Nature of the Position: This is a temporary, part-time position funding for which is available through June 30, 2007.

Internship in Marketing with Invest in Germany
Invest in Germany Invest in Germany is the investment promotion agency (IPA) and marketing agency for Germany. Its mandate is to pinpoint investment opportunities in Germany for international investors, creating jobs in the country and value for our clients. For more information, please visit

Candidate Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in communication, marketing, journalism, politics, or a related field
  • Strong writing and editing skills—must be able to read critically and compose coherent and dense copy
  • Experience in journalism, marketing, or communications
  • Native speaker of English who can also speak German fluently. Though Invest in Germany does not discriminate on the basis of nationality, a strong level of comfort with American English is required.

The internship is paid. Compensation will be commensurate with candidate's experience. For more information on the internship, please open the job posting.

EUSA Corner
Following are meetings and announcements from the European Union Studies Association, of which the UNC-CH Center for European Studies is a sustaining member.

Research Fellowships on Contemporary Greece

London School of Economics and Political ScienceHellenic Observatory, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
The Observatory promotes research, teaching and public debate on contemporary Greek politics, economy and society. It is currently expanding. As a result of external funding, we are pleased to announce the following fellowships for 2007-8:

  • National Bank of Greece Senior Research Fellow / Research Fellow in Contemporary Greek Studies
  • Ministry of Economy and Finance Senior Research Fellow / Research Fellow on the Political Economy of Greece's Relations within South East Europe
  • A. C. Laskarides Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

For more information on the positions, please visit the LSE research vacancy webpage.

For information on the Observatory, see
Informal enquiries may be made to: Professor Kevin Featherstone at the Observatory.

Deadline: March 1, 2007

European Spring Institute in Prague

Prague, Czech RepublicApril 10-16, 2007 | Prague, Czech Republic
Prague's Centre for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku - CPVP) and INstrategy - Institute for European and National Strategies have teamed up to organize the sixth institute On the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels (ESI2007).

The European Spring Institute 2007 is a seven-day academic program designed to bring together 30 undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their spring holidays in the unique academic and cultural environment.

The program provides students with an exciting opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the current EU politics through exchange of ideas with academics, policy practitioners and fellow students from different cultural environments. The ESI2007 combines intensive academic courses with cultural, social and recreational opportunities.

For full information, please visit

Early Bird Application Deadline: February 28, 2007
Final Deadline: March 7, 2007

Workshop on US/EU Law Subjects

Law and The European Union Thursday, March 8, 2007 | 10am - 3pm | Orlando, Florida
The Miami EU Center is extending an invitation to additional participants for this law workshop. Specialists, practitioners or scholars, with expertise on topics #3 and #4 are encouraged to contact Joaquin Roy, EU Center Director, University of Miami, (305) 284-3266.


  1. Problems/challenges encountered in getting visas for European workers in the travel industry in the United States.
  2. The initiative of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who just assumed the EU presidency, of examining regulatory measures to facilitate trade and investment flows between the EU and US
  3. Disagreement about the protection of data demanded by the United States of travelers and the corresponding resistance expressed by the EU and Member States.
  4. Reciprocal visa waiver travel (up to 90 days). Citizens from 12 EU Member States (Greece, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Malta and Cyprus ) are still subject to the visa obligation when traveling to the United States. This creates some tensions with the EU Common Visa Policy.
  5. The rights of travelers: the availability of private remedies; and the ability of US travelers to take advantage of rights offered by EC legislation (i.e., the extraterritoriality of EC tourism law)

Following are meetings and announcements from the European Consortium for Political Research. To sign up for their email bulletin, click here.

European Spring/Summer Schools and Short Courses in Political and Social Science

Each year the ECPR compiles a directory of international summer schools and short courses in political and social sciences. It can be viewed online here.

The Center for European Studies also has hard copy informational brochures available. Please email Ruth Mitchell-Pitts at to obtain one.

4th ECPR General Conference

September 6-8, 2007 | Pisa, Italy
Registration now open! Please see the registration page for further information about how to register and fees.

Deadline for section, panel, and paper proposals: March 1, 2007

Other International Studies news

Global Music

Global Music Show: Abdullah Ibrahim & South African Jazz

Friday, February 23, 2007 | 5-6pm | WXYC 89.3 FM 
WXYC's Tim Carless will welcome Christopher Lee, Assistant Professor of History for the next Global Music show. They will discuss Abdullah Ibrahim and South African Jazz.


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