Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
October 8, 2008

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1. CES News
2. Lectures and Events
3. European Values Study
4. Call for Proposals
5. Seminars and Workshops
6. K-12 Schools
7. EUSA Corner

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CES News

CES Fall Speakers Series

Graeme RobertsonFriday, October 10, 2008
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Public lecture by Graeme Robertson of the UNC Political Science department. Part of the fall 2008 CES Friday Speaker Series, open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Milada VachudovaFriday, October 24, 2008
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Milada Vachudova (UNC Political Science department) will present a public lecture entitled Democratization and EU Leverage in the Post-Communist World. Part of the fall 2008 CES Friday Speaker Series, open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum Conference

October 15-17, 2008 | FedEx Global Education Center
The Fall 2008 conference on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) is entitled Frankly Speaking: Challenges in Integrating Languages and Cultures into a Post-Secondary Curriculum. This conference provides an opportunity for faculty, graduate instructors, and administrators to share expertise in building and managing post-secondary CLAC programs.  A special focus this year will be on the implications of the May 2007 MLA Foreign Language Report ( on CLAC initiatives nationwide.

The keynote addresses will be given by Michael Geisler and Carol A. Klee.

You may register for the 2008 CLAC Conference via the UNC Friday Center. Online registration is available, as well as options for phone, fax, and mail registration. On-site registration will be available on Wednesday, October 15, from noon–5:30 pm, and Thursday, October 16, from 8 am–12:30 pm.

Please visit the CLAC conference website for more information.


Lectures and Events

Tom ConleyMapping Impulse of Classical Cinema

Thursday, October 23, 2008 | 3:30 pm | Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC Campus
Professor Tom Conley (Harvard University, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Visual and Environmental Studies)
will present a lecture entitled The Mapping Impulse of Classical Cinema. Cosponsored by the Center for European Studies.


Carolina Critical Thought Reading Group: Roberto Esposito on Biopolitics

Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy, by Roberto EspositoFriday, October 24, 2008 | 4pm - 6pm | Institute for the Arts and Humanities, 2nd Floor Seminar Room
In conjunction with the newly established Carolina Lectures in Critical Thought, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities will host a monthly reading group for any and all faculty members and students at Carolina interested in fostering interdisciplinary exchange and dialogue.

The focal point of this year's reading group will be Italian political philosopher Roberto Esposito's newly translated book Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy (University of Minnesota Press, 2008). In Bíos Esposito builds upon two decades of his highly regarded scholarship in order to argue that the modern individual, with all of its civil and political rights as well as its moral powers, strives to attain immunity from the contagion of the extraindividual, namely, the community. 

A theoretically rich and yet remarkably accessible piece of research, Esposito's book will be of immediate scholarly interest to many faculty and students throughout the College of Arts and Sciences. A work that engages the ideas of Deleuze, Foucault, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Arendt, among others, Bios will also be of interest to anyone interested in contemporary posthumanist debates. The reading group will be equally of interest to anyone interested in forging new interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration at Carolina. We will read two introductory essays about Esposito and his work.

A detailed schedule and reading list can be found at the lecture series website: Readings are available either online through the lecture series website or through the Ram's Head Bookstore.

Faculty and graduate students interested in participating in the reading group should notify organizers of their interest in participating so ample space is available everyone:

European Values Study

European Values Study

European Values StudyCurious minds want to know: "What exactly do Europeans believe?" It's an important and interesting question, and the directors and researchers in charge of the European Values Study (EVS) have been looking into this subject since the early 1980s. Based in the Netherlands, the EVS concerns itself with asking Europeans about religion and morality, politics, work and leisure, and relationships. On their homepage, visitors can learn about their work by clicking on the "Organization" area. After learning a bit about their organizational structure, visitors will want to look at previous and current surveys. These are located along the left-hand side of the homepage, and they include surveys from 1981, 1990, 1999, and 2000. While visitors do not have access to the raw data on the site, they can look at the questionnaires and read publications based on this research. However, visitors do have access to the World Values Survey (WVS) data, which is available in the "Values Survey, 1981-2004" section.

Call for Proposals

EUSA Conference Teaching Workshops: Extended Deadline

European Union Studies AssociationThe European Union Studies Association invites proposals for teaching workshops on Europe and the European Union in connection with its 2009 Eleventh Biennial International Conference in Los Angeles.

The teaching workshops are scheduled for Thursday, 23 April 2009 from 8:30 to 12:30am and Saturday, 25 April 2009 from 2 to 6 pm. Workshops may be planned for two hours or four hours and may be offered on one or both days.

The purpose of these workshops is to provide participants with tools, methods, materials, sources and approaches to teaching the European Union. We encourage teaching workshops designed to attract broad and/or diverse audiences including high school, community college, and university teachers (undergraduate and graduate levels).

Applications for teaching workshops should be sent to in PDF format. Please view the call for proposals (PDF) for details.

Deadline: October 31, 2008

Seminars and Workshops

Model NATO at Pittsburgh

North Atlantic Treaty OrganizationNovember 13-14, 2008 | University of Pittsburgh, Oakland Campus
The European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh would like to invite faculty and undergraduate students to participate in the third annual Model NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). There are limited travel grants available.

The Model NATO is a simulation of a North Atlantic Council (NAC) meeting. Undergraduate students will play the role of national ambassadors to NATO from one or more of the 26 member states and resolve issues facing the Alliance. The actual agenda will be determined by the delegates themselves during the first session of the simulation.

Participants should have some prior knowledge of NATO, acquired through courses, independent research, or previous Model NATO experience. The level of debate at the conference will be determined by the depth of knowledge the students possess on issues concerning the Alliance. Thus, it will be beneficial if all participants are on a fairly equal level regarding the history, organizational structure, and roles of NATO as well as current debates within it.

Each member state delegation will include at least one delegate (a permanent ambassador to NATO). In addition, each delegate may be accompanied by an additional student, playing the role of a political attaché. 

To help cover costs, a $50 registration fee will be charged to each school (not each delegation) attending the conference.  To register for the conference, please email Kristen Flanagan at no later than Monday, October 13, 2008 with the following information:

  • Approximate number of students you wish to send
  • Country preferences, if any (see below)
  • Name, email, phone number, and mailing address of the faculty member who will help the students prepare for and attend the conference
We believe that the Model NATO enhances students' understanding of classroom learning and gives them a real sense of the challenges involved in the decision-making process of the Alliance.  The University of Pittsburgh's Model NATO conference is only the second such simulation in the United States—and the only one outside of Washington, DC.  We hope that you will participate in this unique opportunity for undergraduate students. 

For more information, please view the conference invitation (PDF) and the Model NATO website.

K-12 Schools

Euro Challenge Competition

Euro Challenge

The Euro Challenge is an exciting educational opportunity for high school students (grades 9 and 10) to learn about the European Union (EU) and the euro. Student teams make presentations answering specific questions about the European economy as a whole and the single currency, the euro. They also pick one member country of the euro area, examine an economic problem at the country level, and identify policies for responding to that problem.

Euro Challenge Expands with New Website and Facebook Page

The Euro Challenge competition is poised to expand greatly in 2009, with up to 100 teams expected to compete in regional rounds and the final round in New York City for cash awards and an exciting trip to Washington D.C., made possible by The Moody's Foundation.

We are pleased to announce that this significant increase in participation will be met with extended support through our new website at and a Euro Challenge Facebook page, which are now up and running.

Euro Challenge Goals

  • Increase students' knowledge and understanding of the European Union and the euro
  • Promote an understanding of economic challenges facing European Union member nations
  • Support local learning standards related to global studies and economics
  • Foster economic and financial literacy and understanding of economic policy issues
  • Develop communication, critical thinking and cooperative skills

Euro Challenge in North Carolina: Orientation Session and Free Trip to Brussels!

Brussels, BelgiumUNC will host an orientation session for teachers from North Carolina schools participating in the Euro Challenge on November 10, 2008. Teachers enlisting a team in the Euro Challenge will be eligible for one of three spots to travel to Brussels in summer 2009, travel and accommodations paid, on a program organized by the European Commission.

For more information and to register, visit For details for NC schools, visit Open the registration form here (DOC).

Contact the Delegation of the European Commission at or Gali Beeri at the UNC EUCE with any questions.


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.

Position Announcement: Professor of European Studies at the University of Sydney

University of SydneyThe University of Sydney's Faculty of Arts has a proud history and tradition of intellectual rigour. It offers one of the most comprehensive and diverse program of courses and degree options in humanities and social science studies in the Asia Pacific, in a vibrant research and teaching environment. The Faculty consists of a Faculty office and four Schools. It is currently ranked fifteenth in the world for Arts/Humanities groupings in the Times Higher Education Supplement World Rankings.

Applications are invited for the position of Professor (Level E) in an area of European Intercultural Studies within the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sydney. The applicant should have an outstanding record of publication, postgraduate research supervision and grant success in French, German, Italian, Modern Greek, or Spanish language and culture. It is essential that the applicant have native or near-native fluency in one or more of these languages.

For a complete Information Pack and to apply please contact: Nicola Robertson, Recruitment Consultant at or telephone +61 2 9351 3324.

Closing Date: October 29, 2008



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Gali Beeri
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Center for European Studies/EU Center of Excellence
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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