Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
November 4, 2009

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1. CES News
2. Events and Courses
3. Grants and Fellowships
4. Calls for Proposals
5. Seminars and Workshops
6. K-12 Schools & Community Colleges
7. Position Announcement
8. EUSA Corner
9. Other International Studies News

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CES News

CES Fall Speakers Series

Ronald Rindfuss

Friday, November 6, 2009
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: Room 2008-10

Ronald Rindfuss, Robert Paul Ziff Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill, will present a lecture on Institutional Factors Affecting Low Fertility. Open to the public, light refreshments provided.

Olivier Rozenberg

Friday, November 13, 2009
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: Room 2008-10

Olivier Rozenberg (Department of Political Science, Sciences Po) will present a lecture on The influence of the European Parliament and the indifference of its voters: a spurious correlation? Open to the public, light refreshments provided.

U.S. Department of State
Friday, November 20, 2009
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Bill Lucas, Director of the Office of European Union and Regional Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, will present a lecture. Open to the public, light refreshments provided.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Grants Information Sessions

Tuesday, November 17 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Wednesday, November 18 | 11:30am - 12:30pm
The application deadline for 2010-2011 is January 29, 2010 for both academic-year and summer awards. Fall 2009 open information sessions will be held in the FedEx Global Education Center, Room 3009.

Each year, the US Department of Education awards Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) funding to Area Studies Centers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. FLAS funds are awarded in a competitive process open to graduate and, beginning in 2010, to undergraduate students to pursue foreign language and area studies for professional purposes. FLAS funds are intended to support high-level second language acquisition among US professionals. For details, please visit

European Healthcare Policy and Politics

Global HealthFriday, November 20, 2009 | 8:00am - 4:30pm | Rhodes Conference Room, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
As any observer of recent healthcare reform debates in the U.S. can attest, Europe has probably never gotten so much attention for its healthcare policy. Unfortunately, much of the public debate on this topic has been ill informed, based on caricature and divorced from the real strengths and real weaknesses of European healthcare. While hardly free of problems, there are many lessons we can learn from how Europe organizes healthcare. Moreover, the history and politics of European healthcare can teach us a great deal as well. The conference aims to inform scholarly and public debate on healthcare politics and policy as well as deepen our understanding of contemporary Europe.

The conference will feature the following guests:

  • Sigrun Olafsdottir, Boston University, Sociology: "Successful Health Care Systems? Variations in and Determinants of Public Attitudes in 33 Nations"
  • Julia Lynch, University of Pennsylvania, Political Science: "On Death and Taxes: The Politics of Regional Health Inequalities in Europe"
  • Mauricio Pabon, Harvard University, Public Health: "Wealth and Health in Europe and the United States: Are wealthy Americans healthier than poor Europeans?"
  • Paul Dutton, Northern Arizona University, History: "Voices from the Past: Health Care Reform in France and the U.S. Debate"
  • Kieke Okma, New York University, Healthcare Management: "European Healthcare Reform"

For more information, visit RSVP to Sharon Peters at by noon on Monday, November 16.

Cosponsored by the UNC Center for European Studies and the Duke Center for European Studies.

North Carolina German Studies Seminar: The Concept of "Otherness"

Map of Germany in Flag FormSunday, November 15, 2009 | 6:00 - 8:00pm | Institute for the Arts & Humanities, Hyde Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
As part of the North Carolina German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series, Claudia A. Becker (NC Central University, Department of Modern Foreign Languages, German Studies) will present a seminar on The Concept of 'Otherness' in The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald and Heimat by Edgar Reitz.

This presentation will compare and contrast the processes that are involved in deciphering the literary and filmic representations and conceptualizations of images of 'otherness' in the four portraits of "Verschollene", i.e. 'individuals that one has not heard from/of for a longer time' in The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald and the characters that are perceived as 'they' rather than 'we' within the literary microcosms that are constructed by the respective narrators ("Geschichtenerzähler"). Further, an attempt will be made to analyze the reasons and describe the linguistic components in terms of word choices made to depict those individuals who do not belong any more and/or have been excluded by their peer group/s.

Introduction and moderation by Richard Langston (UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of Germanic Languages and Literature). Please register with Philipp Stelzel ( in a timely fashion. Refreshments will be served at 6pm; the seminar will begin at 6:30pm.

For more information, please visit Cosponsored by the Center for European Studies.

New Book Release: Joint and Double Degree Programs: An Emerging Model for Transatlantic Exchange

Joint and Double Degree Programs: An Emerging Model for Transatlantic ExchangeIn recent years, developments in the United States and Europe have created new opportunities for collaboration in higher education. Transatlantic degree programs such as dual diplomas, joint degrees, and consortia have gained prominence in this field.

This report from the Institute of International Education ( features practical recommendations and detailed strategies for developing and delivering joint and double degree programs from higher education administrators and practitioners on both sides of the Atlantic.

We are pleased to announce that our own Sarah Hutchison, Associate Director of the Transatlantic Masters Program, contributed a chapter to this volume, entitled Beyond Funding: Sustainability and the TransAtlantic Masters (TAM) Program. For more information, please visit

Languages Across the Curriculum: Call for TAs

Languages Across the CurriculumUNC's Languages Across the Curriculum Program currently seeks TAs to teach the following Spring 2010 discussion sections:

  • FRENCH LAC section for POLI 239: Introduction to European Government
  • GERMAN LAC section for GERM 257: Society and Culture of Post-War Germany (HIST 257 / POLI 257 / SOCI 257)
  • GERMAN LAC section for POLI 239: Introduction to European Government
  • SPANISH LAC section for HIST 143: Latin America Since Independence
  • SPANISH LAC section for INTS 210: Global Issues in the 20th Century (ANTH 210 / GEOG 210 / HIST 210 / POLI 210)

Candidates should be native speakers or possess advanced proficiency in the target language, and demonstrate relevant teaching experience at the postsecondary level. Advanced graduate students with interdisciplinary interests are especially encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to applicants who have attended a LAC pedagogy workshop and/or intend to pursue the Graduate Certificate in LAC Instruction.

For details, please visit

Deadline: November 6, 2009


Events and Courses

Fall of the Wall 20th Anniversary Celebration

20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin WallMonday, November 9, 2009 | 5:30 - 7:00pm | Toy Lounge, 4th floor of Dey Hall | UNC-Chapel Hill
Please join the German Club and the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures in our Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. We have invited a panel of guests to share their experiences and reflections on the Wall. We hope to engage in perspectives of both the former East and West. We will also be sharing visual and cultural exhibits relating to the Fall of the Wall. Light refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please contact Alexandra Molella,, the German Club Vice President. View the publicity flyer (PDF):

UNC Course: French and Francophone Representations of the Americas

Air France PosterFrench 280 | Literature in Translation | Spring 2010, MWF 2:00-2:50pm | Instructor: Sarah Peters,
From the early explorer Jacques Cartier to President Sarkozy, French-speaking people have defined themselves through and against their images of the Americas. In this course, we will examine French and Francophone representations of American landscapes, politics, histories, and peoples from the Renaissance through the present day. The course will begin with a close look at French explorations of the “New World” and encounters with the American “Other.” Next we will consider several literary journeys across America, from Alexis de Tocqueville’s seminal Democracy in America, to French-Canadian author Jacques Poulin’s variation on the “road trip” novel. We will make stops in several American cities to consider American urbanity and popular culture from the perspective of French intellectuals including Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Jean-Luc Godard. Finally, we will consider the opposition between authenticity and artificiality in American culture, as viewed through French and Francophone eyes. How do French-speaking authors attempt to locate the “real” America in the land of Hollywood and Disneyland? How do American archetypes, such as the outlaw, the hardboiled detective, and the femme fatale, contribute to mythologies of America? In what ways do French and Francophone writers and filmmakers reinforce or subvert American stereotypes in an effort to understand America’s racial and ethnic diversity? What do French appropriations of American myths, archetypes, and stereotypes say about Franco-American relations, and what do they ultimately reveal about French views of their own culture and character?

All texts for the course will be available in English translation, and the class will be conducted in English. Prior knowledge of French or French literature is not required. French language students may earn credit toward the French major/minor by completing a portion of their readings and written work in French.

International Folk Dance Lessons

Folk DanceThursday, November 5, 2009 | 7:00 - 8:00pm | Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC Chapel Hill
Teachers from the Chapel Hill International Folk Dance Club (CHIFDC), which has been in the area for 45 years, will teach a selection of dances from Russia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Turkey, Israel, South Africa, England, Sweden and the US.

Hosted by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies and the Chapel Hill International Folk Dance Club.

Grants and Fellowships

Freie Universität Berlin: Doctoral Grants for North American Studies

Graduate School of North American StudiesThe Graduate School of the John F. Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies invites applications for the academic year 2010/2011. Six academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences collaborate in offering a structured curriculum. The doctoral program is interdisciplinary in its approach and focuses on those social transformations impacting the United States and Canada at the beginning of the 21st century. Areas of emphasis include domestic and foreign policy, economic development, ethnic identity and relations, as well as recent transformations in media, art, literature, culture, and religion. The language of instruction is English.

Applicants interested in pursuing a doctorate with an emphasis in North American Studies must have a completed degree (M.A. or the equivalent) with above average marks in one of the following disciplines: American Cultural Studies, American Literature, History, Political Science, Sociology and Economics. Grants are awarded for a maximum of three years.

For details, please visit

Deadline: January 31, 2009

Calls for Proposals

Call for Papers: Eleventh Annual Czech Studies Workshop

Prague, Czech RepublicApril 9-10, 2010 | UNC-Chapel Hill
The Eleventh Annual Czech Studies Workshop welcomes papers on Czech topics, broadly defined, in all disciplines. Slovak topics will also be considered. In the past our interdisciplinary conference has drawn participants from colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Areas of interest have been: anthropology, architecture, art, economics, education, film, geography, history, Jewish studies, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, society, sociology, and theater. Work in progress is appropriate for our workshop format. Junior faculty and advanced graduate students are particularly encouraged to participate.

Applications should include: Name, Full address, Institutional affiliation, Daytime telephone, Email address, Paper title, Paper abstract of approximately 250 words, Curriculum vitae. Please email these application materials to or mail your applications to: Chad Bryant, Department of History, CB #3195, Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195.

For more information, contact Chad Bryant at

The 2010 Czech Studies Workshop is supported by funding from the Center for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; the Center for European Studies; the Office of International Affairs; the Department of History; the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies; the Music Department; and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature as well as the Department of History at North Carolina State University and the Czechoslovak Studies Association.

Deadline: January 8, 2010

Seattle, WashingtonRegion, State, Nation, Community: New Research in Scandinavian and Baltic Studies

April 22 – 24, 2010 | Seattle, Washington
The Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study ( and the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies ( welcome papers, panels, and roundtable presentations for the first joint conference of Scandinavian and Baltic Studies in the United States. The conference aims to highlight and foster academic inquiry that draws comparisons between Scandinavia (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland) and the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania). Papers that examine stateless peoples and those left outside of the Scandinavian/Baltic approach, but sharing the same geographic space, are equally welcome. Papers and panels devoted to individual states are also welcome. Contributions are encouraged from disciplines including (but not limited to): anthropology, architecture, communication, cultural studies, demography, economics, education, environment, ethnic relations, film studies, fine arts, gender studies, geography, history, international relations, law, linguistics, literature, memory, political science, psychology, public health, religion, sociology, tourism, and advancing Baltic and Scandinavian studies. Presentations are not to exceed 20 minutes in length.

For more information, please visit

Deadline: December 11, 2009

8th International Conference on Politics & International Affairs

Acropolis of Athens, GreenceJune 21-24, 2010 | Athens, Greece
The Politics Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (AT.IN.E.R.) organizes its 8th annual international conference on Politics and International Affairs. The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars and students of Politics and International Affairs and other related disciplines.

You may participate as panel organizer, presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer. Papers (in English) from all areas of politics and international affairs are welcome. For details, please visit

Deadline: December 21, 2009


Seminars and Workshops

International Workshop - EU-ASEAN Relations in the 21st Century: Towards a "Strategic Partnership"?

Monash UniversityNovember 26-27, 2009 | Monash University | Melbourne, Australia
When the European Economic Community (EEC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed their first agreement in 1973, it was a step charged with symbolic importance – the EEC became ASEAN’s first dialogue partner. Since then, the EU and ASEAN have come a long way to appreciate each other as key partners. Yet, despite a well-established economic cooperation spanning almost five decades and countless joint declarations characterizing the partnership as “underpinned by [the] commitment to shared values”, the EU-ASEAN relationship is only very slowly moving from a consultative to a substantive footing.

Crucially, the EU and ASEAN have largely failed to understand each other’s position and appreciate differences in their respective strategic objectives and outlook on global affairs. This has had its effect on the partners’ on-going relationship and has hindered the move away from the talking shop to more concrete cooperation.

What, then, are the sources of this gap in perceptions between policymakers on both sides? How can the two groupings enhance their understanding of each other’s positions to bridge this perception gap? To what extent do ASEAN and the EU agree on what role the latter should play as a security actor in Southeast Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region over the next decade? Can the EU’s recent accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) be interpreted as its readiness to move the EU-ASEAN relationship into the ‘strategic partnership’ category?

This international conference, organized by the Monash European and EU Centre and Monash Asia Institute, will bring together a large number of practitioners of international relations with academics based in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Southeast Asia. The result will be a unique and valuable interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange of views on the nature of EU-ASEAN relations with an emphasis on their potential impact on Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

For details, please visit

Model EU

Model European Union

February 19-20, 2010 | Washington and Jefferson College Campus | Washington, PA

On behalf of Washington and Jefferson College and the European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh, we would like to invite faculty advisors and undergraduate students to participate in the tenth annual Model European Union.

The Model European Union is a simulation of a combination of European Council summits. Undergraduate students play the role of heads of state of the member states and accession states of the EU to debate and resolve issues facing the EU.

The upcoming Model EU will simulate the 2007 IGC, which took place during the Portuguese Presidency of the EU. This year’s simulation will consist of one meeting of the heads of government of all 27 Member States. The major agenda topics addressed at the conference will be: 1) Changes to QMV; 2) Modifications to the European Parliament; 3) the Role of National Parliaments; 4) the Appointment of the President of the European Council and the High Representative; 5) the Competition Policy; and 6) Globalization.

Participants should have some prior knowledge of the European Union acquired through courses, independent research with a professor, or previous Model EU experience. The level of debate at the conference will be determined by the depth of knowledge the students possess on issues concerning the European Union. Thus, it will be beneficial if all participants are on a fairly equal plane regarding the institutions and current debates in the EU.

To register for the conference, please email Sandra Hall at For more information and registration details, please view the invitation for participants (PDF):

Registration Deadline: Friday, December 11, 2009


K-12 Schools & Community Colleges

Euro Challenge Competition

Euro Challenge

Welcome to the Euro Challenge 2010 – an exciting educational opportunity for high school students (grades 9 & 10) to learn about the European Union (EU) – the largest trading partner of the US – and its single currency, the euro. The competition is also an excellent opportunity for NC teachers, as teachers enlisting a team in the Euro Challenge are eligible to win a free trip to Brussels next summer. Now in its fifth year, the Euro Challenge is designed to appeal to students with a background in global studies, economics, world history/geography or European studies.

The competition aims to:

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

The Competition

Each team of 3-5 students must make a 15-minute presentation describing the current economic situation in the euro area and analyzing a specific economic challenge in a country of their choice. Teams then answer questions from a distinguished panel of judges. Preliminary rounds are held in each of the participating regions, and the regional winners advance to the semifinal and final rounds held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Cash prizes for the top teams are generously provided by The Moody's Foundation.

Check out for training videos, research materials, and web resources.

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

UNC will host an orientation session for teachers from North Carolina schools participating in the Euro Challenge on December 10 (details forthcoming). You must sign up for the orientation session by November 30: email Gali Beeri to register. Teachers enlisting a team in the Euro Challenge are eligible for one of two spots to travel to Brussels in summer 2010, travel and accommodations paid, on a program organized by the European Commission.

How to Register?

To register for the Euro Challenge 2010, please complete and send in the registration form (DOC). For more information about the competition in the North Carolina region, contact Gali Beeri at or 919.843.9852.

Registration Deadline: December 11, 2009

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

The Euro Challenge is a program of the Delegation of the European Commission to the U.S.

Galaxy Theater Tickets

Galaxy CinemaThe Center for European Studies has teamed up with the Galaxy Cinema in Cary, which specializes in independent films, international films, and documentaries. K-12 Educators and Community College faculty interested in expanding their knowledge of Europe through films can request free tickets to Galaxy Cinema films from the Center. Tickets are available only for films related to Europe that are not part of a film festival or event. To request a ticket, please contact the Center for European Studies' Outreach Coordinator with the following information: name, school, school mailing address, title of film, and date you need the ticket.

If you are requesting multiple tickets for a group of teachers at your school, please include in your request the names of all the teachers who will be attending.

For movies and show times, please visit the Galaxy Cinema website:

Global Updates from World View: Celebrate International Education Week

World ViewInternational Education Week (IEW), started in 2000, celebrates international education and international exchange. Students must learn about the world and collaborate with peers worldwide. It is also time for us to learn from those foreign nationals coming to study in the US and for more Americans to study abroad to learn from our peers worldwide. IEW promotes international understanding and builds support for international educational exchange, better preparing Americans to live, work, collaborate, and compete in a global environment. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Coincidentally, it is also Geography Awareness Week!

This month’s Global Updates highlights ways to celebrate International Education Week (November 16-20, 2009). To see previous Global Updates from World View, please visit the archive.


Position Announcement

Researcher: Centre for Political Research at Sciences Po

Sciences PoCEVIPOF is a Sciences Po research centre. It is a centre of excellence for the analysis of political thought and political ideas, voting behaviour, political attitudes and behaviour and political and social forces.

The successful applicant’s research will be relative to one of the following domains:

  • analysis of voting behaviour, analysis of political attitudes and behaviour (experience in quantitative data analysis will be a plus)
  • political philosophy, political thought and the history of political ideas

Whatever the domain, the successful applicant will be expected to demonstrate a real ability to work at the crossroads of different disciplines within the human and social sciences.

For details, please view the position announcement:

Deadline: November 20, 2009

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: European Integration: Past, Present, and Future

International Migration Research CentreApril 30 - May 1, 2010 | Wilfrid Laurier University
Post-war European integration started 60 years ago with the establishment of the Council of Europe. Forty years later the Berlin Wall fell and Europe is rapidly becoming ‘whole’ again. Great strides are made in the economic and political spheres, in particular through the expansion of the European Union (EU). However, labour mobility is still somewhat constrained, as are social, political and defence integration efforts. The interdisciplinary conference will look at the development of European integration and its future, focusing on economic, regional and migration issues.

Topics include:

  • The outlook for future European integration
  • Migration policies in Europe and elsewhere: comparisons, assessments, and future
  • The Lisbon Treaty: what next?
  • The new EU geographic and environmental challenges

Please send a 500 word abstract to Organized by The International Migration Research Centre, WLU (, the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis in Canada (, and the Viessmann European Research Centre (

Deadline: December 1, 2009

Other International Studies News

Dambisa MoyoDead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 | 5:30pm | Koury Auditorium, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC Chapel Hill
Zambia native and Harvard- and Oxford-educated economist Dambisa Moyo says Africa is worse off from the $1 trillion in aid given by wealthy nations over the last 50 years. She visits UNC to tell why and argue for more innovative ways to promote economic growth in developing nations. Public lecture, with reception to follow.

Seating is limited. RSVP to For details, visit Co-sponsored by the UNC Center for International Business Education and Research.

PassportUNC Passport Drive

  • Tuesday, November 17 | 10:00am - 3:00pm | FedEx Global Education Center 4003
  • Wednesday, November 18 | 10:00am - 3:00pm | FedEx Global Education Center 4003

Go global - get your passport! One-stop passport shopping for students, faculty and staff! Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be on campus to accept passport and renewal applications and to answer questions.

You can have your passport photo taken at the event for $7 courtesy of UNC One Card, or before the event at the UNC One Card Office. To find out required materials and fees, please visit Note: The State Dept. will only accept checks/money orders to pay for passport applications. UNC One Card Office will only accept cash or OneCards to pay for photos.

Away and Back Again: Community Recycle Art Project

MandalaNovember 16 - December 18, 2009 | FedEx Global Education Center, Peacock Atrium
Opening Reception | Thursday, November 19 | 7:00pm
Join us as we utilize recycled detritus - trash - to create beautiful artwork! With the help of Durham recycle artist Bryant Holsenbeck, campus and community members are encouraged to participate in the creation of a large mandala, an intricate geometric artform, on the floor of the FedEx Global Education Center Peacock Atrium. Made from bottle caps and other items collected by the Global Cup Café (housed within the Global Education Center) and the artist, the mandala will be a large, visible representation of items recycled and those destined for the landfill. Also on display will be window art made by UNC students reflecting their experiences while abroad for service and research projects.

Participate in this Project - Join us in the Peacock Atrium of the FedEx Global Education Center to participate in the creation of the mandala!

  • Monday, November 16 from 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 17 from 10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, November 18 from 10:00am - 4:00pm

The opening reception on Thursday, November 19th at 7PM will include remarks from the artist. Participating students will also discuss their observations of sustainable practices in the countries they visited and will explain how these practices can be implemented in the U.S. A faculty member from UNC who addresses environmental and global issues will also speak. Learn more at

Sponsored by the Office of International affairs, African Studies Center, APPLES Service-Learning Program, Campus Y, Institute for the Environment, Center for Global Initiatives, Study Abroad Office and Carolina Asia Center.



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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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