Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
November 5, 2008

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This week we have:
1. CES News
2. Lectures and Events
3. Seminars and Workshops
4. K-12 Schools
5. EUSA Corner
6. Other International Studies News

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CES News

CES Award Competition

The Center for European Studies and the European Union Center of Excellence are pleased to announce several competitions for funding for UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and graduate students.

The deadline for all proposals listed below is Friday, January 30, 2009. Read on...

CES Fall Speakers Series

Michael BauerFriday, November 7, 2008
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: Room 2008/2010

Michael Bauer (University of Konstanz) will present a public lecture entitled The Politics of EU Annulment Proceedings. Part of the fall 2008 CES Friday Speaker Series, open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Pablo BeramendiFriday, November 21, 2008
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: Room 2008/2010

Pablo Beramendi (Duke University Department of Political Science) will present a lecture entitled Distributive Conflict and Institutional Stability in Europe. Part of the fall 2008 CES Friday Speaker Series, open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Ghost Stories: Traces of the Holocaust in Paris

David CaronPublic Lecture | Friday, November 14 | 3:30pm - 5pm | Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC
Professor David Caron (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) will give a lecture entitled Ghost Stories: Traces of the Holocaust in Paris. Professor Caron is a specialist in Holocaust and Jewish and gay identities in France. He will speak in particular about the Marais neighborhood in Paris.

Graduate Seminar | Thursday, November 13 | 3:30pm - 4:45pm | 201 Dey Hall, UNC
Graduate seminar on Le Marais et la question de la visibilité with Professor Caron (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor), a specialist in Holocaust and Jewish and gay identities in France.

Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages, Center for European Studies, Center for Jewish Studies and the Board on Sexuality Studies

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Awards Open Information Sessions

  • Tuesday, November 18 | 3-4 pm | FedEx Global Education Center, room 1009
  • Friday, November 21 | 3-4 pm | FedEx Global Education Center, room 4003

FLAS funds are awarded in a competitive process open to graduate students to pursue foreign language and area studies for professional purposes. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an open meeting, held every Fall, where representatives of all the Area Studies Centers with FLAS funding will be present.

For more information about FLAS awards, click here.

Spring 2009 LAC Courses

Languages Across the CurriculumThe Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) program is delighted to offer the following LAC sections during the Spring 2009 semester.

  • ARABIC combined discussion section open to students taking any of the following courses:
    • RELI 181: Later Islamic Civilization and Modern Muslim Cultures
    • HIST 276: The Modern Middle East
    • AFRI 101: Introduction to African Civilization
    • AFRI 524: North-East Africa
  • FRENCH discussion section for POLI 239: Introduction to European Government
  • FRENCH discussion section for INTS 210: Global Issues in the 20th Century
  • GERMAN discussion section for POLI 239: Introduction to European Government
  • GERMAN discussion section for GERM 257: Society and Culture of Postwar Germany
  • SPANISH discussion section for POLI 239: Introduction to European Government
  • SPANISH discussion section for INTS 210: Global Issues in the 20th Century
  • SPANISH discussion section for ECON 101: Introduction to Economics
  • SWAHILI combined discussion section open to students taking either of the following courses:
    • AFRI 101: Introduction to African Civilization
    • AFRI 523: Central Africa: The Politics of Development
  • TURKISH combined discussion section open to students taking either of the following courses:
    • RELI 181: Later Islamic Civilization and Modern Muslim Cultures
    • HIST 276: The Modern Middle East

For more information, including instructions on how to enroll, visit or email


Lectures and Events

Warsaw Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Poland

Warsaw PhilharmonicTuesday, November 11 | 7:30pm | Wait Chapel, Wake Forest Campus, Winston-Salem
The Warsaw Philharmonic, a 110 instrument ensemble which has a history going back more than 100 years, was reformed after World War II, during which more than half its players perished. Designated the Polish National Orchestra in 1955, the Warsaw Philharmonic is justly world renowned. This performance will feature Valentina Lisitsa, piano soloist. Professor David Levy of Music and Romanticist scholar, will be giving the pre-performance talk at 6:40pm in the Balcony Room of Wait Chapel.

Tickets for the performance can be purchased by calling the Wake Forest University box office and are available for $20 general admission (seniors and non-WFU students $17; children under 12 are $5; group discounts available). University Theatre Box Office 336.758.5295

Please see our website for further details.

UNC Get-A-Passport Drive

Tuesday, November 18 | 10am - 3pm | Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center
Wednesday, November 19 | 10am - 3pm | Room 1505, Carolina Union

PassportAs part of International Education Week, one-stop passport shopping for students, faculty and staff! Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be on campus for two days to accept applications and payment and to answer questions.

Get your passport photos on site for $10! To find out required materials and fees, please visit View the publicity flyer (PDF).

Research Triangle Seminar in the History of the Military, War, and Society

Friday, November 21, 2008 | 4-6pm | Duke University, East Campus, 229 Carr Building
John Lynn (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign) will present a seminar on Gauging Women's Participation in Early Modern European Armies: Demonstrable Certainties, Reasonable Inferences, and Sheer Speculations.

Large numbers of women accompanied early modern European armies on campaign, particularly before 1650. Their presence helped to set the logistical parameters of armies, they partnered with men in pillage, and they performed useful gendered functions in camp. However, if we are to explain why so many women ventured on campaign, the thin character of the evidence requires that we go beyond what can be conclusively documented. How great are these interpretive leaps, and how justified are they?

The seminar starts at 4:15 pm. Refreshments will be served before the seminar. Co-sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. A pre-circulated paper is available a week in advance at (Friederike Bruehoefener). For more information see the website:

Seminars and Workshops

World View Community College Symposium: Globalization and Global Health Issues

November 12-13, 2008 | Friday Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
Join us as we explore how we are connected to the world through the lens of global health. It's difficult to understand globalization in our interconnected world without a solid grounding in global health issues. This program's goals are to provide that background, inspire educators to integrate these issues in their daily instruction, and give them the resources to do so. This program is designed for faculty and administrators in all disciplines, and is suitable for K-12 educators.

Leading scholars from Duke University, North Carolina State, and UNC at Chapel Hill will address the major issues of global health in an age of globalization. Small group sessions will focus on a range of global health topics. College-based teams will meet with a faculty advisor to develop a global initiative plan. Please refer to the program (PDF) for session titles; find the registration form here (PDF).

Cost: $150 per person. $500 for a Team of 4 individuals from the same college (save $100). $125 for each additional Team member.

Visit the symposium website at for more information. Please visit for details.

Visualizing Human Rights

Visualizing Human Rights
November 15, 2008 | FedEx Global Education Center, UNC Chapel Hill
Every day ordinary people at home and abroad struggle to maintain their human dignity in the face of hunger, lack of adequate housing and health care, and the repressive and neglectful actions and omissions of their governments. What do these human rights abuses look like? How do they feel? How are human rights and wrongs experienced in personal terms, and what difference do they make to our lives?

In an unconventional forum, “Visualizing Human Rights” brings together painters, photographers, writers, poets, film makers, and printmakers to put a human face on human rights in an effort to reach beyond traditional academic approaches. Dick Gordon from WUNC's "The Story" will lead the opening segment.

Registration is free and required as space is limited. Please go to: to register. Deadline: November 10, 2008

EU-US Workshop on Internationalization of Research and Graduate Studies: Travel Funding Available

EU/US Research and Education WorkshopNovember 17-18, 2008 | Atlanta, GA
In an increasingly globalized economy, science and technology careers extend beyond national boundaries. Universities and research institutes worldwide are addressing these developments by setting up exchange programs, double and/or joint degrees, and foreign campuses. Several EU-U.S. co-operation ventures promote the training and mobility of researchers and are likely to be further developed.

The workshop aims at addressing issues relating to the internationalization of research and higher education. The objectives are: to achieve a common understanding of the current situation and the main trends; to identify key obstacles to increasing transatlantic mobility of students are researchers; to identify ways and means for strengthening the exchange of scientists and engineers between the EU and the U.S. in quantitative as well as qualitative terms.

The National Science Foundation is supporting travel for a limited number of participants to attend this workshop. We are seeking requests for participant support costs to enable participation of representatives from institutions that may not otherwise be able to attend the workshop.  

To be considered for the funding, the applicant is asked to provide the following to Dr. Mary Lynn Realff, Georgia Tech, at their name and role at their institution, the role of their institution in international education and research, their purpose for wanting to attend the workshop, the anticipated outcomes and impacts for them and their institution, and
identification of need.

Please visit for more information.

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 December 15, 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.

World View Symposium: Globalization and Global Health Issues

Now open to K-12 educators! Please read the above section for more information.

North Carolina In the News

North Carolina in the WorldRead about educators from Indonesia visiting North Carolina schools in the latest edition of North Carolina in the World News. To see previous editions of the newsletter, 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.

Post Doctoral Research Fellow: ESRC Centre for Competition Policy

Centre for Competition PolicyThe Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Centre for Competition Policy seeks a Post Doctoral Fellow with demonstrated research potential, who wishes to develop an academic career in this 3 year post doctoral research training post.

The Centre is a focus of research into Competition and Regulation across a range of disciplines, and welcomes applications in the area of competition or regulation policy from within the Economics, Competition Law, Political Science and/or Business disciplines. Applications for this post are particularly welcome from candidates with a background in Political Science. Post doctoral fellows are expected to both contribute to the Centre's research individually, and develop joint research with other Centre members. Details of the current research programme and the Centre members and their interests are given in the further particulars and on the CCP website at

Further particulars and an application form can be obtained from the University's web page at: or by e-mail at

Closing Date: 12 noon on November 14, 2008.

Postdoctoral Research Associate at Jacobs University Bremen

Jacobs UniversityApplications are invited for the post of a Postdoctoral Research Associate in a project on international tax policy in the OECD and the EU. The project is part of a large-scale collaborative research project on the transformation of the state in advanced Western societies, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The starting date is 1st December 2008. The contract ends 31st December 2010. Should funding by the DFG be provided, the contract may be prolonged until 2014.

The ideal candidate holds a PhD in political science or economics, has a background in the political economy of European integration, and has an interest in tax issues. Expertise in quantitative techniques is an asset. He or she will contribute to data collection and analysis of tax policy in the EU and the OECD, and publish research results in national and international journals.

Further information about the project and the Collaborative Research Centre can be found at:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Professor Philipp Genschel (

Applications should be submitted to the following address: Jacobs University Bremen, Irina Wiegand, Campus Ring 1, 28759 Bremen, Germany

Deadline: November 15, 2008


Other International Studies News

South Asian Film Festival

Wednesday, November 5 | 7pm | Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
An American student and disciple of Mahatma Gandhi witnesses Hindu-Muslim riots first hand in this film screening of Parzania: Heaven and Hell on Earth.
By Rahul Dholakia (India, 2007), Hindi-Urdu with English subtitles.

Part of the South Asian Film Festival.

Latin American Film Festival

Thursday, November 6 | 7pm | Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill

Bajo el Tacaná. La Otra Frontera.
During three weeks in the village of Soconusco, Chiapas, on the border between Guatemala and Mexico, a group of researchers document and interview a group of women migrants on their way to the north. In Bajo el Tacaná. La Otra Frontera. texts, testimonials, and images work together, but they do not form a totality. They are also fragments that speak for themselves; each element has its own individual meaning.

Brother Towns / Pueblos Hermanos
This film chronicles the human interchange over the last quarter century between two towns: Jacaltenango, Guatemala and Jupiter, Florida. During the Guatemalan violence of the 1980s refugees began heading north to save their lives. The film raises many questions about the new immigrants in small communities across the country. It underlines the challenges in the U.S. as well as the tremendous pressures on Guatemalan families, whose members must decide whether to leave to provide for them or stay behind to keep the family together. Director will introduce the movie. 

Part of the Latin American Film Festival. Organized by the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University.

First Carolina Seminar: Russia and Its Empires, East and West

David SirokyWednesday, November 12 | 5:30 p.m. | UNC FedEx Global Education Center, room 4003 Please join us at our first Carolina Seminar on "Russia and Its Empires, East and West." Our presenter will be David Siroky, who is completing his doctoral dissertation in political science at Duke University. His research examines the problem of violent secessionist conflict and aims to address an important debate about the conditions under which secession is a peaceful solution to ethnic conflict. The chapter that he will present for seminar participants to discuss will focus on the case of Kosovo in comparative Balkan perspective.

Please contact Sandi Payne Greene at for a copy of the paper.

Eng & Chang Exhibit: Thailand and North Carolina Connections

November 8-13, 2008 | Peacock Atrium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
An exhibit of the famous Siamese Twins who settled in North Carolina in the early 19th century. Exhibit includes photos, documents and artifacts from the North Carolina Collection and on loan from descendants of the Bunker family. Sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center in recognition of the 175th Anniversary of Thai-U.S. Diplomatic Relations.

CES Award Competition

For all competitions below please send the required documents from a UNC email account to All CES grantees are asked to submit a brief (one page) report on the funded project at the end of the grant period. Proposals are evaluated by the Steering Committee of the Center in early March and decisions announced by mid-March.

Deadline for all awards listed below: January 30, 2009

Faculty Curriculum Development Awards

Courses developed under this program should be offered during the academic year following the summer of the award. After this first offering, the courses should be regularly scheduled in departmental course offerings. Students who will benefit particularly from the new courses are majors in the Center for European Studies' newly approved major in Contemporary European Studies.

  • European Union Center of Excellence awards
    We will make one award to UNC-CH faculty to develop new European Union courses or tracks in existing courses. The definition of EU tracks is broad; it may include special readings and research assignments integrated into the main class, or special sections of a class focused on the EU. Awards for full EU courses will be for $4500 and $2000 for EU tracks.
  • National Resource Center (Title VI) awards
    One curriculum development award will be made for courses relevant to the study of modern Western Europe. Courses in any discipline may be funded in this category. Awards will be $4500.

To submit a curriculum development proposal please send:

  1. your curriculum vita,
  2. the proposed course syllabus, and a cover letter describing the course relevance to contemporary European Studies or European Union studies, and where the course will fit in your departmental offerings (include any pre-requisites) and in the new General Education undergraduate curriculum.
  3. A letter from your chair approving the project and agreeing to offer the course during the next academic year and on a continuing basis.

Faculty Research Travel Awards

We will make approximately four awards for faculty research travel in the US or Europe related to a project on contemporary European or EU Studies. Proposals will be evaluated by a CES committee. Please send a cover letter including a short (one page) summary of the paper/project, an estimated budget including other sources of funding, and a curriculum vita. Priority will be given to faculty applicants without endowed research accounts.

***Please note: all transatlantic travel awards are contingent upon the faculty member submitting the necessary information (dates and purpose of travel, flight numbers on American carrier) to CES a minimum of 45 days in advance of travel. CES must in turn file a Travel Approval Request (TARS) with the U.S. Department of Education and approval for use of travel funds must be received at least 30 days prior to departure. All boarding passes and receipts must be submitted at the end of the travel period.

  • Grants for Research Travel in the US to present papers on contemporary Europe. Domestic travel grants are $650.
  • Grants for Travel to Europe related to research and publication on contemporary Europe. Summer research travel grants are for $2000.

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

CES has several sources of funding for graduate students in contemporary European Studies:

  • European Union Center of Excellence Summer Research Fellowships
    Two awards will be made to UNC-CH graduate students to conduct dissertation research on the EU in Europe during summer 2009. Awards are in the amount of Euro 4000. Proposals should include a 5-page (max) synopsis of the research project including a timetable and a budget, and should attach a letter of support from the dissertation advisor.
  • Graduate Student Research Travel
    Three awards will be made to graduate students to present papers in the US or Europe on some aspect of the European Union. Awards for travel in the US are $750 and for travel to Europe $1500. Applicants should send a brief (one page) cover letter summarizing the project and other sources of funding, and should attach a letter of support from the dissertation advisor.

    Please note: all transatlantic travel awards are contingent upon the graduate student submitting the necessary information (dates and purpose of travel, flight numbers on American carrier) to CES a minimum of 45 days in advance of travel. All boarding passes and receipts must be submitted at the end of the travel period.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants
    Academic year and summer awards designed to assist graduate and professional students to study a West European language to proficiency. The awards include tuition and fees plus a stipend. More information on the FLAS competition and application forms can be found in the FLAS section of the UNC Area Studies Centers website and on the Center for European Studies site.

New: European Union Center of Excellence Competition for Undergraduate Travel

Two awards will be made to UNC undergraduate students in the amount of Euro 2000 for participation summer 2009 in a new program organized by the European Commission. Students from 11 EU Centers of Excellence will join a 3-4 day study tour of EU institutions in Brussels. Each award would include funds for travel, accommodation and per diems. Priority will be given to students having declared a major in Contemporary European Studies (EURO).



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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
919-962-2494 (fax)
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