Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
April 17, 2008

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1. CES News
2. Lectures and Events
3. New European Integration Resource
4. Seminars and Workshops
5. K-12 Schools
6. EUSA Corner
7. Other International Studies News

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CES News

Euro-Arabic-Francophonie Film Festival

Friday, April 18, 2008 | FedEx Global Education Center
They Call Me Muslim (Diana Ferrero) 7:45 9:00PM
Bled Number One (Rabah Ameur-Zaimache) 9:00 11:00PM

Saturday, April 19, 2008 | FedEx Global Education Center
Where Fig Trees Grow (Yasmina Yahiaoui) 7:30 9:30 PM
Voisins, Voisines (Malik Chibane) 9:30 11:00 PM

Join us for this groundbreaking and exciting program of Maghrebi-French cinema: an emerging trend reflecting upon the legacy of colonialism and the challenges of integration and assimilation of immigrant populations in France. This exciting program premiered at ArteEast's 2007 CinemaEast Film Festival in New York. This is a North Carolina premiere!  A Touring Exhibition, curated by Carrie Tarr and organized by ArteEast (  Hosted by the Center for European Studies. 

These films will be shown as part of the conference on Franco/Arabic Cultures Today: Developments, Dialogues, and Challenges.
For more information, please view the conference website. Conference organized by Sahar Amer (Dept. of Asian Studies, UNC) and Martine Antle (Dept. of Romance Languages, UNC) in conjunction with the Center for European Studies.

Business & Media Briefs Updated

We are pleased to announce that many of the briefs in our Business Briefs and Media Briefs sections have been updated. Business briefings provide concise information about the European Union for businesses in North Carolina and beyond. Updated business briefs examine Europe as a trading partner, doing business in Europe, security issues in the EU, and more.

Media briefings provide information on special topics relevant to the European Union. Updated media briefs address issues such as Europe's Iran diplomacy, Turkey's quest for EU membership, and Europe's role in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

LAC Professional Development Workshop

LAC Workshop Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | 2:00 - 4:00pm | FedEx Global Education Center Room 4003
Registration required; Complimentary refreshments will be served

This professional development workshop is designed to assist UNC LAC TAs in marketing their teaching experience for the academic job search, while providing general advice for graduate students seeking to highlight their interdisciplinary and/or international teaching experience when entering the job market. The discussion panel will include:

Ryan Carlin, 2008 Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science
Dr. Martine Antle, Professor of French

Participation in this workshop series is recommended for graduate students who wish to apply for upcoming LAC TA positions. To see positions available for Fall 2008, visit Faculty and graduate students from languages/literatures, social sciences, and humanities
departments are especially encouraged to attend.

Registration is required. To register, email the following information to

  • Your name
  • Home department
  • Stage of graduate/professional Career
  • Foreign language(s) in which you are fluent
  • Field(s) of research or professional interest

To learn more, email or visit

This workshop is sponsored by UNC's Center for European Studies, Center for Global Initiatives, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, and the African Studies Center, and is made possible by Title VI grants from the US Department of Education.

New Funding Proposals for EU Grant: Deadline Approaching!

The European Union Center of Excellence at Chapel Hill will be re-applying for funding as a continuing center for 2008-2011. We invite all UNC faculty and graduate students with a primary focus on the EU to submit a proposal for research working groups, research projects, or other research or teaching projects directly related to the EU or transatlantic studies. All proposals must be submitted electronically (preferably from a UNC email account to avoid the spam filter) to by April 30th, 2008. A CES committee will consider which projects best fit the grant proposal and the appropriate level of funding.

Chapel-Hill Carrboro High School Students Advance in Euro Challenge Competition

A team of local high school students competed in the preliminary round of the Euro Challenge on April 4. The Euro Challenge is a competition for 9th and 10th grade students to demonstrate their knowledge of the Euro currency. Emer O'Reilly, Helena Archer, and Nathalie Reilly were successful in their presentation, and will advance to the semi-final round of the competition in New York City at the end of this month.

The Euro Challenge is a program launched and supported by the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States in Washington, D.C., with the support of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The European Union Center of Excellence at UNC coordinated the expansion of this program to the North Carolina region.

For more information, please visit the Euro Challenge website and see the article in the Daily Tar Heel. We wish Emer, Helena, and Nathalie the best of luck in the upcoming competition in New York!


Lectures and Events

Lecture on Disability Rights & Wrongs in Postsocialist Eastern Europe

DisabilityFriday, April 18 | 1:00-2:00 pm | UNC School of Public Health | McGavran-Greenberg 2301
Dr. Sarah Phillips, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Indiana, will present a lecture entitled Making it Real: Disability Rights and Wrongs in Postsocialist Eastern Europe. Dr. Phillips has been conducting anthropological research in Ukraine since 1995. Her research interests include the effects of socialist collapse on people's lives, especially in terms of gender formations, health, social inequalities and social justice, and changing citizen-state relations. Dr. Phillips' work has research applications beyond Eastern Europe, especially as she seeks to extend understandings of civil society processes and changing citizenship regimes in contexts of political and social change. Her recent research has focused on women, social activism and civil society, and the Ukrainian disability rights movement.

Event sponsored by Student Congress, SPH Office of Student Activities, Medical Anthropology

NC Turkish Festival

NC Turkish FestivalSaturday, April 19 | 11am - 7pm | NC State Fairgrounds Expo Center
This year's NC Turkish Festival will feature a number of folk dance groups, art and craft exhibits, Turkish calligraphy, Turkish food, and much more.

For more information, please visit

Triad Highland Games

Highland GamesFriday - Saturday, May 2-3, 2008 | Bryant Park, Greensboro
The Triad Highland Games strives to bring Scottish culture to the Triad community. Attractions include bagpipes, dancing, Clans, Scottish heavy athletics, sword demonstrations, Gaelic, wrestling, military appreciation, pipe bands, living history, sheep dogs, and much more each May. Visit: to find out more!


New European Integration Resource

New Digital Library

Those interested in the European Union might like to know of the existence of a new digital library:

The subject of this collection of documents is European integration from 1945 to the present time. This digital library contains historic documents, with original interviews on European integration. It is a source for images (including political cartoons), over a thousand video clips, 3,000 press "clippings", statistical information, and much more.

Seminars and Workshops

Summer School on Cultural Dimensions of Politics in Europe

PragueJuly 2-9, 2008 | Prague, Czech Republic
The founder of the European Spring/Summer Institute and the Summer School on Crime, Law and Psychology, the Prague's Centre for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku - CPVP), has teamed up with professors from Poland, USA and UK to launch a Summer School on Cultural Dimensions of Politics in Europe 2008.

The Summer School "Cultural Dimensions of Politics in Europe" is a week long academic program designed to bring together 30 undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds (political science, sociology, media studies, anthropology and cultural studies, behavioural sciences, gender studies) from all parts of the world to enjoy their summer holidays in the unique academic and cultural environment.

The program is designed for those who are interested in and would like to learn more about the cultural aspects of political institutions and processes. The program is aimed at drawing closer attention to the cultural dimensions of political institutions and processes in Europe (e.g. policy making, political communication, migration and citizenship in the EU).

We invite you to visit our website to discover all the details about the CDPE 2008. The website contains updated information about the Summer School, application process and on-line application.

Early Bird Application Deadline: April 30, 2008
Final Deadline: May 15, 2008

European Summer Institute: Lobbying in Brussels

European Summer InstituteJuly 2-9, 2008 | 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 seventh institute On the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels (ESI2008).

The European Summer Institute 2008 is a seven-day academic program designed to bring together 30 undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their summer 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 ESI2008 combines intensive academic courses with cultural, social and recreational opportunities.

We invite you to visit our new website to discover all the details about the ESI2008. The website contains updated information about the academic content, practicalities and application process.

Early Bird Application Deadline: April 30, 2008
Final Deadline: May 15, 2008

K-12 Schools

Global Updates from World View

Explore resources to help celebrate Earth Day (April 22) in World Viewthis issue of Global Updates. Students everywhere are taking part in this event, and we encourage you to use this opportunity to look at environments around the planet and the impact of your actions on others in the world and their impact on you.

In combating climate change, the European Union leads the way. Read about the European Union's response to the current environmental challenges world-wide, including alternative energy sources, climate change, emissions of greenhouse gases, and more.

To see previous Global Updates from World View, please visit the archive.

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 Paper Proposals: ACES Cases on European Economic Issues

American Consortium on EU StudiesThe American Consortium on EU Studies (ACES), which is the European Union Center of Excellence in Washington, DC, is issuing a request for proposals for manuscripts to
be considered for inclusion in the 2008 round of its working paper series, "ACES Cases on European Economic Issues."

Three papers will be published on the ACES website in September 2008. An honorarium of $1000 will be awarded for each paper.


  • A proposal must address an issue related to economic aspects of European Integration, or to the performance of the European economy.
  • A proposal must take the format of a case study.
  • Interested parties may submit either a manuscript or a proposal.
    • In either instance, an abstract not to exceed 200 words should be submitted.
    • Parties submitting a proposal rather than a finished manuscript should also submit an outline.
    • A preference will be given to submissions in the form of finished manuscripts.
  • Any manuscript submitted must be previously unpublished.
  • Any manuscript must be no longer than 10,000 words in total.
  • Interested parties should also submit a CV.

Please send proposals and all support material to:

Submissions on paper are also accepted. Please send them to: Prof. Stephen J. Silvia, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016-8071, USA

If you have any inquires, please contact Stephen Silvia via e-mail or at 202.885.2462.

Deadline: April 30, 2008

Call for Papers: Rocky Mountain European Scholars Consortium

The University of Arizona European Study GroupOctober 10-11, 2008 | University of Arizona | Tucson, Arizona
The European Study Group at the University of Arizona is pleased to host the fifth annual, multi-disciplinary conference of the Rocky Mountain European Scholars Consortium. The conference aims to provide a challenging forum for the examination and evaluation of the shifting shape and meaning of Europe. Scholars from various disciplines are invited to share their work and to interact with colleagues from throughout the Intermountain West and other areas of the world.

This year's conference theme is "Intercultural Dialogue" in its broadest dimension. 500 word abstracts of individual papers (including each paper prepared for panels) and 500 word descriptions of panels, forums, and workshops must be submitted electronically at by midnight, May 1, 2008.

For details, please view the call for papers (DOC).

Deadline: May 1, 2008

Other International Studies News

World Music Concert

World Music ConcertSaturday, April 19 | FedEx Global Education Center Atrium
Experience magnificent sounds from Indonesia, Cuba and Ghana!  Travel the world through the performances of Gamelan Nyai Saraswati, a set of instruments from the Central Javanese court tradition, Charanga Carolina, UNC's ensemble specializing in Cuban danzón and New York-style salsa music, and Otseden, UNC's Ghanaian drumming group. Enjoy a hands-on Ghanaian drumming workshop, gamelan workshop and salsa lessons in addition to the performances. The workshops and lessons are open to the public, and no previous experience is necessary.  Sponsored by the Carolina Seminar Program and Department of Music.


Ghanaian Drumming Workshop


Gamelan Workshop


Salsa Lessons by UNC Ballroom Dance Team


Charanga Carolina (with salsa dancing)


Otseden, Ghanaian Drumming


Gamelan Nyai Saraswati, performance is in memory of Ibu Indra Hendrati, wife of Midiyanto S. Putro

Addressing the Hard Questions: Community Series on Immigration Issues

United We Stand TooApril 20, 2008: Education, Health Care, Social Services and Immigration

  • 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm | Discussion
    Irene Godínez, Advocacy Director of El Pueblo, will lead a discussion on the impact of immigration on our schools, looking at issues such as low test scores, high dropout rates and gangs in the schools and the community
  • 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm Film: La Vida no es Facil
    Run time: 36 minutes. The video maker's son, Torin Martinez, will present this film. After the film students from Pa’lante will talk about their personal experiences with US education.

April 27, 2008: Politics and Immigration

  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Discussion and actions
    The following Tuesday will be the NC primary election. Are there some actions and activities that participants can agree to work on in NC? Local political scientists, politicians, and representatives from community organizations will be available for discussion.

For more information, visit

This series is sponsored by CHICLE (The Chapel Hill Institute for Cultural and Language Studies) and ISA (Institute for the Study of the Americas - UNC-CH). Cosponsors: ACLU-NC, CALDO, Chapel Hill/Carrboro CITCA, El Centro Latino, El Pueblo Inc., Institute for Southern Studies, NC Council of Churches, NC Justice Center, Pa’lante, Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF), UNC School of Law Immigration/Human Rights Clinic. Funding Provided by: The UNC Center for Global Initiatives

Global Women's Health: Focus on Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine Luncheon Series

12:00-1:30 p.m. | Room 4003, UNC FedEx Global Education Center
Global HealthThe UNC Women's Center and the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies (CSEEES) invite you to join us for multi-disciplinary dialogue as distinguished scholars explore the state of women's health in the former Soviet Union.

April 23, 2008, Oleh Wolowyna, Independent Researcher and Natalia Levchuk, Sr. Demographer, Institute for Demography and Social Research, Ukraine "Health and Mortality Patterns of Women in Ukraine"

Lunch generously provided by the UNC Women's Center. Contact CSEEES Associate Director, Jacqueline M. Olich, with any questions at

Belly Dancing and Dabka Lessons

Belly Dancing & Dabka LessonsThursday, April 24 | FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005
Belly Dancing, 7pm
Dabka, 8pm

Please join the UNC FedEx Global Education Center in collaboration with the Arab Student Organization for a fun-filled evening of Belly Dance and Dabka lessons. Women are invited to learn traditional Arabic belly dancing from 7-8pm and everyone is invited to learn Dabka from 8-9pm.  Dabka, a fun group dance, is the national dance of Lebanon, Jordon, Syria and Palestine. Dress comfortably and come ready for a fun workout!  Light refreshments will be served.

Global Music Show: Ukraine

Friday, April 25, 2008 | 5-6pm | WXYC 89.3 FM 
WXYC's Josh Parshall will welcome Maryne Kapustina for the next Global Music show. They will discuss contemporary music in Ukraine.

Global Music



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Gali Beeri
International Education Program Coordinator
Center for European Studies/EU Center of Excellence
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3449
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