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

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1. CES News
2. Grants and Fellowships
3. Seminars and Workshops
4. EUSA Corner
5. Other International Studies news

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CES News

European Week:
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

Together since 1957

March 26-30 declared “European Week” to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, establishing the European Community.

Video-Roundtable: Fifty Years of Transformation: The EU's Triumphs and Future Challenges

Wednesday, March 28, 2007
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Peabody Hall, room 008-F

As part of European Week, a video-roundtable discussion with participants from the EUCE at Madison, Wisconsin and at Chapel Hill. This event is open to the public.

UNC Professor Liesbet Hooghe will present the lecture Europe's Blues: Soul-Searching after the Rejection of the Constitution. UNC EUCE Director John Stephens will speak on European Social Models. From the EUCE in Madison, Wisconsin, Professor Myra Marx Ferree will give a talk entitled Gender and Social Inclusion in an Expanded EU, and EUCE Director Jonathan Zeitlin will speak on The New Architecture of EU Governance.

Video-Conference: Classroom Connections with Ambassador John Bruton

Thursday, March 29, 2007
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Peabody Hall, room 008

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome signing, we are pleased to announce a "Classroom Connections" videoconference with guest speaker Ambassador John Bruton, head of the European Commission Delegation to the United States.

Undergraduate students in classes at EUCE Network schools will connect via video to hear Amb. Bruton speak and participate in Q+A.  This event is open to the public.

Global Music

Global Music Show: Pan Asian Pop

Friday, March 30, 2007 | 5-6pm | WXYC 89.3 FM 
WXYC's Joseph Palis will welcome Dan Gold, Assistant Director for Asia in the UNC Study Abroad Office for the next Global Music show. They will discuss Pan Asian Pop.

Grants and Fellowships

Indiana University EU Center Summer Language Fellowships

Indiana UniversityThe European Union Center of Excellence at Indiana University is pleased to announce SUMMER LANGUAGE FELLOWSHIPS for study of less-commonly-taught EU or EU-candidate languages at Indiana University. Eligible languages include Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Hungarian, Macedonian, Polish, and Romanian.

These fellowships are part of our EU Center's program activities and are aimed primarily at graduate students with an interest in issues of applied EU and transatlantic public policy and those desiring language training before embarking on field research or a professional internship in the EU. These fellowships are open to any student currently enrolled in a graduate program at a U.S. college or university and, unlike Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) and Social Science Research Council (SSRC) fellowships, they are available to any graduate student regardless of citizenship or resident status.

ALL participants pay IN-STATE TUITION. Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Awards funding is also available for qualified applicants. The following languages are funded by the American Council of Learned Societies and are TUITION-FREE for graduate students specializing in any field related to these languages: Croatian, Macedonian, and Romanian.

Students interested in studying Dutch should open the informational flyer (PDF) and consult the website of the 2007 Summer Dutch Institute:

Students interested in studying Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Macedonian, Polish, or Romanian should consult the website of the 2007 Summer Workshop in Slavic and East European Languages (SWSEEL):

For more information, please see the EU Center's language fellowship website or feel free to contact EU Center assistant director Jeff Pennington.

Deadline: March 23, 2007

Policy-Connect Collaborative Research Grants

International Research and Exchanges BoardUS Dept. of State's Title VIII Program
The International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) is pleased to announce the 2007 Policy-Connect Collaborative Research Grants competition. IREX's Policy-Connect program seeks to attract, select, and support advanced research by US experts in policy-relevant subject areas related to Southeast Europe and Eurasia, facilitate collaboration among and between US and international scholars, and disseminate knowledge about Europe and Eurasia to a wide network of constituents in the United States and abroad.

This year applications will be accepted for research on the following topics and regions:

  • Eurasia & Southeast Europe: ethnic and religious conflict, transition economics, access to information, youth and women's issues, and citizen participation in politics and civil society.
  • Cross-regional: Post-Soviet relations between Eurasia and the Middle East/North Africa and/or South Asia.

Eligible Countries of Research Focus:

  • Eurasia: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
  • Southeast Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro.
  • Cross-regional: Countries of Eurasia (see above) and Algeria, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen.

Applications and supporting materials for Policy-Connect Collaborative Research Grants are available on the IREX website.

Deadline: April 1, 2007

Graduate Student Fellowship Program of the Council for European Studies

Established 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.

By funding young scholar's first major research projects in Europe, the Fellowship Program encourages these scholars to develop the skills required to research, analyze, and teach European studies. Fellowships provide students with unique opportunities to conduct extensive library research, field-site investigations, and interviews with policymakers and government leaders and foster original and noteworthy research that crosses disciplinary, national, and cultural boundaries.

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

Deadline: April 1, 2007

Funding Opportunities for Undergraduate International Research Projects and Internships

The Center for Global Initiatives (formerly UCIS) is pleased to offer the following funding opportunities to undergraduates with internationally focused summer research projects or internships.  Please review each website listing for specific application instructions and materials.

  • C.V. Starr Scholarship
    Offers financial support to students with internationally focused research or work projects.  Students must prove financial need.
    Deadline:  March 23, 2007
  • International Internship Award
    Offers financial support to students who have secured an internationally focused internship.
    Deadline: March 30, 2007
  • Honors Thesis Research Award
    Supports the research of undergraduate students who are working on an Honors Thesis that has an international dimension.
    Deadline: check web

Pittfilm Travel to Collections Grant

University of PittsburghThe University of Pittsburgh's Slavic and East European video and DVD collection is the leading collection outside of the Russian Federation, with a holding of more than 6,000 items, including extensive holdings in Russian, Slovak, and Central Asian cinema. Online information about the Pitt collection, which is non-circulating, is available here.

Supported by Pitt's Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Russian and East European Studies Center (REES), the Slavic Department, and the Film Studies Program, the 2007-2008 Pittfilm Travel to Collections Grant solicits applications from scholars with developed research projects that would benefit from on-site access to this collection. The selection committee would look favorably on those applications that include a research presentation as a public lecture.

Travel awards are $1,200 each, intended to defray costs of domestic airfare, two nights' lodging, and a modest per diem for three days. Two scholars will be chosen in the 2007-2008 competition, one for each semester of next academic year.

Interested scholars should send an electronic copy of a one-page, single-spaced project description (including preferred dates and a list of anticipated research materials in the Pitt collection) to Prof. Vladimir Padunov with the Subject Heading "Pittfilm Travel-to-Collections Grant."

Deadline: April 1, 2007

Seminars and Workshops

Jean Monnet International Summer Seminars in Italy: Integrating Europe in a Changing World

In order to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Rome Treaty, the Rome Jean Monnet International Summer Seminar, which has by now reached its 4th edition, join forces and doubles!

The University of Rome Tor Vergata and the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen propose three stimulating Seminars, spreading over one month, dedicated to the exploration of the changing nature of the European Community/Union, in an ever-changing world. The seminars will take place in Florence, Bolzano-Bozen and Rome, thus students will be able to enjoy Italy's cultural and geographical diversity while, at the same time, profiting from the intellectual stimulation
of over 40 world class speakers.

  • Seminar 1: Decision-Making, Negotiations, and Lobbying in the European Union
    • Florence | June 18 - 22, 2007
  • Seminar 2: The Economic and Monetary Constitution of the European Union
    • Bolzano-Bozen | June 25 - 30, 2007
  • Seminar 3: Integrating Europe in a Changing World: assessing domestic integration and the EU's role in the world
    • Rome | July 2 - 13, 2007

For full details, please visit the Summer Seminar website.

Deadline: March 31, 2007

Studienforum Berlin Faculty Seminar: Sources of and Limits to German Power in a Wider Europe

Studienforum BerlinJune 29 - July 10, 2007 | Berlin, Germany and Riga, Latvia
In 2007, Germany will set the agenda for European and for global affairs: It will simultaneously assume the presidency of the European Union for the first half of the year and also will preside over the G8 group for the entire year. This rare coincidence prompted us to set up a seminar on "Sources of and Limits to German Power in a Wider Europe" to provide authentic, up-to-date, and in-depth information on political, economic, social and cultural issues.

The seminar participants will spend three days in Riga, Latvia, to investigate views from a small new EU member country, that has long been under German influence and suffered from German occupation in WWII, to observe closely the political and economic rebirth of a former Soviet
republic within the European Union, and to explore threat perceptions regarding Germany and Russia. Our cooperation partner is the Centre for European and Transition Studies at the University of Latvia.

In addition to lectures there will be opportunities to meet with representatives of political parties, business associations and trade unions both in Germany's and in Latvia's capitals. The program includes a trip to Potsdam as well as guided tours through Berlin and Riga.

The seminar is intended for college and university faculty in the social sciences, European studies, German studies and related areas. It will be conducted in English by German and Latvian academics and representatives from the various institutions.

For full details, please visit the Studienforum Berlin website.

Deadline: April 15, 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

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.

Call for Papers: Joint Conference of the Czech Association of European Studies and the Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration

Prague, Czech RepublicSeptember 2-3, 2007 | Charles University, Prague
Integrating with the European Union: Accession, Association and Neighborhood Policy
The aim of the conference is to point to the interconnectedness of the enlargement process and the process of accommodation of the neighboring countries of the EU in new forms of co-operation and policies. Economic, social and, to a certain extent, political integration is something that is taking place at various degrees both within the European Union – among old and new members – and between the EU and third countries, in particular with associated and neighbouring countries. The experience of the Czech Republic going from the status of a non-market economy, to a transition economy and associated neighbouring country and then to a full-member of the Union, and the accompanying legislative and economic integration processes involved, is of great interest to other countries currently at less-progressive stages of integration with the EU, such as Israel.

By bringing together scholars of EU integration and EU policies from Israel and the Czech Republic, the conference organizers hope to promote exchange of ideas and experiences and mutual intellectual stimulation on the conference topics. To that effect, the programme will seek to stimulate bilateral discussions on the various presentations and possible joint Czech-Israeli research projects among interested participants. For more information, please view the call for proposals.

Deadline: April 1, 2007

Other International Studies news

Conference on "Human Rights, an Endangered Concept: The United Nations & the Advancement of Human Rights"

United NationsSaturday, April 14, 2007 | NC State University, McKimmon Center
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was approved by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Eleanor Roosevelt, who headed the international committee that drafted it, called it “a magna carta for all mankind.” The rights defined by the Declaration have become a standard for human behavior. But they have also been much abused ever since they were drafted. We therefore believe it is time to review those rights, the contributions of the United Nations to advancing them, and their relevance for the 21st century. For this reason our Chapters are sponsoring this Conference on Advancing Human Rights.

The opening keynote speaker will be David Forsythe, Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Nebraska.  There will be eight breakout sessions, four in the morning and four in the afternoon, on such topics as women's rights, workers' economic rights, migrants' and refugees' rights, religious freedom, children's rights, political rights (voting, trial by jury, free speech, humane treatment of prisoners, etc), and rights of racial and ethnic minorities and how other nations have coped with wars on terror. Luncheon will be on site. The closing plenary session speaker will be Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, International Affairs Fellow in Residence with the Council on Foreign Relations.

For a full program and registration information, please click here.

Registration Deadline: April 5, 2007

Gilman International Scholarship

Benjamin A. Gilman International ScholarshipThe Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad for up to one academic year. The program aims to diversify the kinds of student who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. The program serves students who have been under-represented in study abroad which includes but is not limited to: students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, students attending minority-serving institutions, and students with disabilities. The Gilman Program seeks to assist students from a diverse range and type of two-year and four-year public and private institutions from all 50 states.

A limited number of $3000 Critical Need Language Supplements are available for students studying a critical need language for a total possible award of $8000. A list of eligible languages and additional details can be found on the Gilman website at

Deadline: April 3, 2007

Navigating the Global American South Conference: Global Health and Regional Solutions

Global American South: Global Health and Regional SolutionsApril 19-20, 2007 | Research Triangle Park, NC
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to announce the 2007 Navigating the Global American South conference with a focus on public health. Over the day and a half conference, we will explore regional approaches to public health and ask what experiences translate between the American South and other world regions.

Late Registration: $95 professional rate, available until April 13th
Student Registration: $25, available until April 13th

The conference is sponsored by UNC's Center for Global Initiatives, Center for the Study of the American South, and Office of Global Health, and by Quintiles Transnational Corp.

For more information and to register, please visit


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