of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill
August 29, 2007
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Message from John Stephens, CES Director
I would like to welcome everyone back for the new academic year. In March of this year, we moved into our suite of offices on the third floor of the new FedEx Global Education Center. We look forward to our first full academic year in the new facilities. The Center for European Studies, the five other area centers, the Curriculum in International Studies, and the Center for Global Initiatives (formerly the University Center for International Studies) are all housed under the same roof for the first time. This will facilitate interaction and cooperation among the programs. The first cooperative venture will be a cultural event with a global theme every Thursday evening in the GEC. The Center for European Studies fall calendar of events is quickly filling up and we already have more than fifteen events scheduled. The events of the next few weeks are listed in this newsletter, and more can be found at our online calendar.
Our instructional programs in European Studies continue to gain strength. The TransAtlantic Masters Program (TAM) marks its first full decade of operation this year. It has been so successful that it continues to be imitated by other institutions. This will be our second year for the new undergraduate major in Contemporary European Studies which is attracting more and more interest among the students. Given the rigorous curriculum, we are confident that it will attract the best UNC undergraduates and promote undergraduate interest in European Studies. Our Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) program is expanding its course offerings and, as of fall 2007, we offer a new Graduate Certificate to document LAC pedagogical training for UNC graduate students. UNC's LAC program is increasingly recognized as the model for language across the curriculum at research universities.
The TransAtlantic Masters (TAM) Program welcomes the class of 2008 to Carolina!
The Center for European Studies is pleased to welcome the 2007-2008 TransAtlantic Masters Class to UNC-CH. The class of 2008 is the tenth in-coming TAM cohort. This year's group of twenty-one students is comprised of US nationals from such states as Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Vermont, Colorado, New Jersey, Georgia and Arkansas. Many of them have international family ties and/or have lived outside the country for extended periods – in such locations as Russia, Spain, the Czech Republic, and Indonesia. As a group, the class of ‘08 has received undergraduate degrees from Rutgers University, Wheaton College, Yale University, UNC-CH, Purdue, The American University of Paris and UT-Austin as well as other institutions. They have studied abroad or worked in Greece, Spain, Germany, Slovakia, France, and in other locations. Many of the incoming students already have substantial work experience in international fields. This semester, TAM students will again have the chance to participate in social and academic events with the Rotary World Peace Scholars and the Humphrey Fellows – two groups of international professionals also engaged in campus programs. The annual trip to DC will take place in October.
Open House & Info Sessions at the Global Education Center
Thursday, September 6, 2007 | 11am - 3pm | FedEx Global Education Center, UNC Campus
Come to the Open House of the Global Education Center where you’ll be able to sample coffees (from the Global Cup Café) and goodies from countries all over the world! Plus, pick up brochures about international units and programs on campus, and speak with department representatives.
Thursday, September 6, 2007 | 11am - 5pm | FedEx Global Education Center, room 4003
Please view this flyer for more detailed information.
CES Fall Speakers Series
Friday, September 7, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Perspectives on Romanian Culture: Panel Discussion
Thursday, August 30 | 5:30 pm | Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University
Appalachian Highland Games
September 8, 2007 | Andrews Recreation Park, NC
Fulbright US Student Program Information Sessions
Begin your preparation for a Fulbright!
View complete application instructions in this general information PDF.
Also, plan on attending a Fulbright Information Session and learn how to make a competitive proposal.
The sessions are scheduled for:
The Fulbright US Student Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Grants (in duration of 9-12 months) are available in 140 countries worldwide. Please determine your eligibility before applying.
Campus Deadline: Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Junior NATO Manfred Wörner Essay Award
To honour the memory of Manfred Wörner, the late North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Secretary General, and in particular the role he played in transforming the Alliance at the end of the Cold War, the NATO Allies agreed to create an annual essay-writing competition. The Junior NATO Manfred Wörner Essay Award is open to academics, researchers and writers from both NATO and Partner countries, aged between 20 and 35. A prize of € 5000 will be awarded to the individual who submits the best essay on a topic of relevance to the Alliance. The essay should not exceed 5000 words and should be suitable for widespread dissemination, including in NATO publications. For submission details, please visit the NATO website.
Deadline: August 31, 2007
Whither the Franco-German Engine?
February 28, 2008 | College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium
France and Germany historically have served as the engines of European integration. Since the Mitterrand-Kohl years, however, this tandem has been considerably less active due to different political priorities of their respective governments and the integration fatigue that has recently plagued Europe. This conference seeks to deepen our understanding of the Franco-German relationship in different policy fields within the EU as well as improve our theoretical understanding of political leadership inside an enlarged EU. Thus topics will include specific policy areas (e.g. cooperation in security and economics) as well as larger institutional questions, such as the ability of France and Germany to be influential in an EU comprised of 27+ nations and the types of alliances likely to form.
We invite proposals from academics and practitioners who study this view from both institutional perspectives as well as more policy-oriented views. Papers can be in either English or French. Please send an abstract (max. 1 page) to Professor Michele Chang. The organizers will reserve and cover accommodation for academic presenters as well as cover their travel costs after prior approval up to a certain level. The event is open to the public. Please direct inquiries to email@example.com.
Deadline: September 21, 2007
NATO and Global Partners: A comprehensive approach to rebuilding Afghanistan and other challenges
October 31 - November 2, 2007 | Ottawa, Canada
To Apply: Students must submit a cover letter, resume, and a brief (500-600 words) essay on the topic “What is the greatest security challenge to the transatlantic community and how can we overcome it?“
Faculty should submit a CV.
Deadline: Applications must be received by September 21, 2007.
Palermo Atlantic Forum: New Perspectives of Security and Cooperation in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Asia
October 4-7, 2007 | Palermo, Italy
Deadline: September 9, 2007
Danish Partnership: Global Learning Opportunity
North Carolina in the World (NCIW), a statewide international education initiative of the Center for International Understanding, is accepting applications from NC schools interested in partnerships with schools in Denmark. These partnerships will provide students with the opportunity to learn with and not just about people of other cultures, and to develop special skills to succeed in a global environment. For more information, please view the partnership announcement.
Internships with the Delegation of the European Commission
The Delegation of the European Commission offers a variety of internship positions at its office in Washington, DC. The New York Delegation, too, offers internship positions. Please contact that Delegation directly for more information on opportunities there. (For information on EU internships in Europe, click here.)
Internships are intended to provide college and university students and recent graduates with the opportunity to acquire considerable knowledge of the European Union, its institutions, activities, laws, statistics and relations with the US. Internship applicants may be of any nationality.
For details, please visit the Delegation website.
Deadline for the Spring Semester: September 15, 2007
Postdoctoral Position: Democratic Representation in the EU
VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Deadline: September 17, 2007
When Artistic Expression Becomes a Livelihood: The stories and handiwork of Indian and Kenyan craftswomen
The new FedEx Global Education Center is hosting the art exhibition "When Artistic Expression Becomes a Livelihood - The stories and handiwork of Indian and Kenyan Craftswomen" until September 20th. Stop by the Global Education Center located at the corner of Pittsboro and McCauley Streets Monday through Friday, 8am-9:30pm and Saturday 8am-5pm to view the artwork. For more information contact Laura Griest at (919) 962.0318 or firstname.lastname@example.org. See the promotional flyer here.
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