Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
September 8, 2010

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1. CES News
2. European Lectures and Events
3. Grants, Fellowships and Awards
4. Call for Proposals
5. K-12 Schools & Community Colleges
6. Position Announcement
7. Internships
8. EUSA Corner
9. Other International Studies News

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CES News

CES Fall Speakers Series
Catherine de Vries Friday, September 10, 2010
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: 4th Floor Seminar Room

Professor Catherine de Vries (University of Amsterdam, Political Science) will discuss The Impact of EU Referenda on National Electoral Politics: Evidence from the Dutch Case. Open to the public, light refreshments provided.

Public Lecture by Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic, via Videoconference

Vaclav Klaus, Public Lecture via Videoconference

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | 12:00pm | Peabody 008 | UNC-Chapel Hill
As part of the Transatlantic Leaders Forum, the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, is hosting Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic. President Klaus will present a talk on Europe, the Abating Crisis, its Systemic Consequences and the Need to Re-Formulate the Case for Capitalism. The EU Center of Excellence at UNC invites you to join this lecture on the UNC-CH campus via videoconference.

Václav Klaus has been a major figure in Czech and European politics since the end of the Cold War. He was trained as an economist and served as Professor of Finance at the University of Economics in Prague; Minister of Finance and Vice Chairman of the government for the Czechoslovak Federal Republic; Prime Minister of the Czech Republic; Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies in the Czech parliament; and is serving his second term as President of the Czech Republic. He has published over 20 books on social, political and economic themes.

Václav Klaus

CES Welcomes Visiting Scholar Peter Starke

Dr. Peter Starke is a Research Associate in the Collaborative Research Centre "Transformations of the State" at the University of Bremen.  He earned his PhD (Promotion) in Political Science from the University of Bremen in 2007. His research and teaching focuses on Welfare State Retrenchment, Comparative Social Policy, and Qualitative Methods in Political Science. This fall semester, Dr. Starke is a Visiting Scholar in UNC-CH's Center for European Studies. He is teaching a course on "Varieties of Welfare Capitalism" within the Center's TransAtlantic Masters program.

Peter Starke

The TransAtlantic Masters (TAM) Program Welcomes the Classes of 2010-2012 to Carolina!

TAM Class of 2012

The Center for European Studies is pleased to welcome the 2010-2012 TransAtlantic Masters Class to UNC-CH. There are twenty-one in-coming students this year. Students in both TAM I and TAM II cohorts come from a variety of states, including Arkansas, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Washington, Michigan, Texas, Tennessee and North Carolina. Those who have traveled across the Atlantic to get here this year come from Germany. We also have one Canadian student in the group.  A few other nationalities such as Irish and Swiss are represented by dual nationals. This year’s in-coming TAM students received undergraduate degrees from the following institutions: Indiana University-Bloomington, Macalester College, Boston College, the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Central Arkansas, Michigan State University, the University of Washington-Seattle, Hollins University, Tulane University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, UNC-CH, UNC-A, UNC-Charlotte, the University of Hanover in Germany, the Business and Information Technology School in Iserlohn, Germany, the University of Passau, Germany, and Universität Regensburg, Germany.

The new TAM students have studied and/or worked abroad in Moldova, Pakistan, Ghana, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Thailand, Denmark, Chile, Peru, France, Argentina, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Italy, the UK, Australia, the Dominican Republic, and in other locations. Many of the in-coming students already have substantial work and volunteer experience involving the law, international NGOs, and educational outreach.

North Carolina German Studies Seminar: Romanticism - The Unexamined Life Force of Homeopathy

Map of Germany in Flag FormThursday, September 23, 2010 | 5:00 - 7:00pm | Incubator Room, Institute for the Arts & Humanities, Hyde Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
As part of the North Carolina German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series, Alice Kuzniar (University of Waterloo, Germanic and Slavic Studies) will present a seminar on Romanticism: The Unexamined Life Force of Homeopathy. In conjunction with the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies.

Alice Kuzniar proposes to examine how the Romantic science of homeopathy, founded by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), is grounded in the intellectual and aesthetic cross-currents of the day. Around 1800 scientists, philosophers, and poets alike believed in a life force uniting all of nature. Homeopathy lives on today as an important legacy of this tradition of a harmonic symbiosis with nature. Notwithstanding its popularity, however, its place in the history of ideas has been brushed aside not only by its practitioners but also by literary, cultural, and medical historians; its intellectual, indeed, poetic groundings have been largely forgotten or even ignored. Professor Kuzniar wishes to maintain that to understand Hahnemann via Romantic tenets astir at his time means to underscore the importance of the literary field to this momentous chapter in the history of science and medicine.

Please register with Sarah Summers ( in a timely fashion. Refreshments and drinks will be served after all seminars.

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

New Business Briefs

We are pleased to announce that we have six new business briefs on our Center's website. Business briefings provide concise information about the European Union for businesses and individuals in North Carolina and beyond. The new business briefs examine Europe after the Lisbon Treaty and the European Financial Crisis. Topics include:

European Lectures and Events

Aftermath Art Exhibition: Exploring the Aftermath of War

Aftermath: Lebanon, 1983-1984 and 2006, for Rania Masri, by elin o'Hara slavickSeptember 15 - November 11, 2010 | FedEx Global Education Center | UNC-Chapel Hill

Artist Lecture | November 3, 2010 | 6:00pm | Room 1005

AFTERMATH is an exhibition by artist and Professor elin o'Hara slavick that explores the aftermath of war.  The display on three floors of the FedEx Global Education Center includes a selection of works from "Hiroshima: After Aftermath" and "Protesting Cartography: Places the U.S. Has Bombed."  Both projects examine aerial bombardment through the use of maps, rubbings, photographs (black and white, color and cyanotypes), drawings and paintings.

Slavick has exhibited her work across the U.S. and Europe and in Cuba, Hong Kong, Scotland, England and Canada. She has been a Professor of studio art, theory and practice at UNC-Chapel Hill since 1994. 

This exhibition is sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center with support from the Center for European Studies, Center for Slavic, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, Institute for the Study of the Americas, African Studies Center, Center for Global Initiatives and Parr Center for Ethics.

Right: Lebanon, 1983 - 1984 and 2006, For Rania Masri   30"x22"
elin o’Hara slavick, ink, color pencil, gouache and watercolor on Arches paper

Cleopatra and the East: Documentation and Fantasy in French Orientalist Art

Cleopatra and the Peasant, by Eugene DelacroixOctober 6 - November 7, 2010 | Ackland Art Museum | UNC-Chapel Hill
This fall, the Ackland Art Museum ( will install in the Study Gallery a selection of paintings, prints, and photographs on the theme of Orientalism and Franco-Arabic relations. This installation features Delacroix’s haunting and powerful painting, Cleopatra and the Peasant, and works by seven other French artists including Chassériau, de Clerq, Decamps, Dehodencq, Fromentin, Gros, and de Villeneuve. Compiled with the assistance of Isabella Archer, a graduate student and teaching assistant in the Department of Romance Languages and Literature, the installation examines the tension between documentation and fantasy in the diverse responses to North African, Middle Eastern and Turkish subjects on the part of French artists.

For details, please view the exhibition description (PDF).

Kremerata Baltica with Gidon Kremer, Violin/Leader

Kremerata BalticaMonday, November 8, 2010 | Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
Of all the world's leading violinists, Gidon Kremer is one of the most original and compelling. With more than 100 albums to his name, his unusually extensive repertoire includes standard classical and romantic works, music by 20th-century masters, and contemporary composers of Eastern Europe and Russia. No other soloist of his stature has done as much for living composers in the past 30 years.

The Grammy-winning Kremerata Baltica is the realization of his belief that music can overcome all barriers of language and culture. Performing in the world’s greatest halls, these 27 young musicians were handpicked by Kremer from among the most exceptional talent of the Baltic states, helping to create a cultural bridge between three neighboring countries with strikingly different identities.

For more information, please visit the Carolina Performing Arts website.

Grants, Fellowships and Awards

Fulbright Schuman Program

Schuman FulbrightThe Fulbright-Schuman Program, financed by the U.S. Department of State and the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission, awards grants to citizens of the U.S. and EU Member States to further understanding of the EU and to promote U.S.-EU relations. The Fulbright-Schuman Program is administered by the Commission for Educational Exchange between the U.S., Belgium and Luxembourg.

Grants are awarded to U.S. citizens to study, research or lecture at universities or institutions in EU Member States on the development of the EU, EU policies, and the U.S.-EU transatlantic agenda.

Types of grants:

  • Grants for Professionals in International Education
  • Grants for Pre-doctoral Research or Study

Application deadline for those with no doctoral degree or limited professional experience: LATE OCTOBER.

For more information, please visit

German Chancellor Fellowship: International Fellowship for Prospective Leaders

Alexander von HumboldtThe Alexander von Humboldt Foundation annually awards ten German Chancellor Fellowships to young professionals in the private, public, not-for-profit, cultural and academic sectors who are citizens of the United States. The program sponsors individuals who demonstrate the potential to strengthen ties between Germany and their own country through their profession or studies. 

The German Chancellor Fellowship provides for a stay of one year in Germany for professional development, study, or research.  Applicants design individual projects and decide at which institutions or organizations to pursue them.

A bachelor's degree is required and candidates must have received their degree after September 1, 1998. Successful candidates have come from such fields as government, social and policy sciences, law, journalism, communications, management, finance, economics, architecture, public service, the humanities, the arts, and environmental affairs. Candidates from the life sciences and engineering will be considered if their topics have a compelling social or humanistic dimension.

Prior knowledge of German is not a prerequisite. For more information, please visit

Deadline for 2011-12 awards: October 15, 2010


Call for Proposals

Council for European Studies 18th International Conference

Council for European StudiesJune 21-23, 2011 | Barcelona, Spain
For decades, scholars interested in Europe have concentrated their attention on state comparisons and on the institutionalization of the European Union.  As the second decade of the second millennium gets under way, we can no longer neglect the deep transformations in Europe's society that have followed the joint processes of globalization and European integration. 

For the 2011 conference, the Council for European Studies (CES) welcomes proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions and individual papers on the study of Europe broadly defined. This year, for the second time, we are also entertaining the submission of panel clusters around a theme, giving participants the opportunity to create a mini-symposium within the conference (please no more than 4 panels per theme). Each panel proposal will be reviewed individually by the Program Committee, and each panel belonging to a cluster will be acknowledged as such in the conference program.

We encourage proposals in the widest range of disciplines; in particular, we welcome panels that combine disciplines, nationalities, and generations. The Committee will accept only two submissions per person. Panel proposals need to be submitted stating a chair and a discussant (can be the same person).

For more information, please visit

Deadline: Submit all proposals on the conference website between September 1, 2010 and October 10, 2010

K-12 Schools & Community Colleges

Teaching Resources Highlight: Using EUROPA to Teach the European Union

Hands holding globe with Euro flagTeaching the European Union is an exciting but sometimes overwhelming challenge. Because the EU is a relatively new part of European life, resources for teaching are scarce and may be difficult to find. Few social studies textbooks give much room to the history of European cooperation after World War II, the steps that resulted in the formation of the EU as it exists now.

Fortunately, EUROPA, the official portal site of the EU, provides background and up-to-date information about the EU online. The site offers information about the history, structure, and function of the EU especially (but not exclusively) for citizens of EU countries.

EUROPA is a rich source of information, data, maps, and audiovisual resources on the European Union and its history. How can teachers and students use its resources for exploring the formation, structure, and goals of the EU?

The Using EUROPA to teach the European Union article ( on LEARN NC offers strategies and ideas for including EUROPA in your teaching. Written by Regina Higgins, in cooperation with the UNC Center for European Studies.

Articles and posts relating to contemporary Europe and the European Union on LEARN NC:

LEARN NC (, a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education, finds the most innovative and successful practices in K-12 education and makes them available to the teachers and students of North Carolina — and the world.

Free Switzerland Materials Available

Swiss Flags"Switzerland in Sight" is a 95-page text published by Presence Switzerland which features Switzerland in all its diversity, both in its traditions and as a modern state. Abundantly illustrated, it provides a comprehensive overview of Switzerland's geographical and social texture, its political structure, its economic achievements, and its scientific, educational and cultural aspects. It is designed primarily for high school when ordered in English or, if ordered in German, for high school or college. "Switzerland in Sight" can be ordered in classroom sets of 10 plus a teacher manual which provides ideas for use in the classroom.

The Embassy of Switzerland also offers the following free teaching materials to U.S. High School and College Teachers of German:

All materials are in German unless otherwise noted:
1 set of 10 texts Schweiz in Sicht with Teacher Manual (lesson plan ideas)
1 poster, Die Schweiz in ihrer Vielfalt
1 map
1 DVD Switzerland Update (English)
1 Swiss World postcard
1 CD FolkMusik
1 Jazz

Learn how to obtain these free materials at

Galaxy Theater Tickets

Galaxy CinemaThe Center for European Studies has teamed up with the Galaxy Cinema in Cary, NC, 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.

Playing now:

  • The Girl Who Played with Fire (Swedish with English subtitles). Second installment in the Swedish "Millennium" trilogy based on Stieg Larsson's novels.

Coming soon (

  • Breathless (French with English subtitles).

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


Position Announcement

European Union Specialist: Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech: Sam Nunn School of International AffairsThe Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor whose major research interest is European integration and/or the EU’s external relations. The ideal candidate would also be able to teach courses in International Political Economy and contribute to the mission of the European Union Center of Excellence at Georgia Tech.

Applicants should show promise or evidence of outstanding scholarly achievement.  The Sam Nunn School is multidisciplinary and has growing undergraduate, graduate, and overseas programs, including joint undergraduate degrees with Modern Languages and Economics. The School’s programs focus on understanding the global context of advances in science and technology. The Sam Nunn School has 21 faculty members; more than 400 undergraduate majors and 75 Master’s degree students; and a newly launched selective Ph.D. program in International Affairs, Science, and Technology. Georgia Tech enrolls over 20,000 students and is consistently ranked as one of the top seven public universities in the country. Georgia Tech is located in midtown Atlanta.

For more information, please visit 

Deadline: October 15, 2010



Traineeships at the EU Committee of the Regions

European Union Committee of the RegionsEach year, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) provides a limited number of internships for young citizens, from Europe and elsewhere, offering them the opportunity to acquire work experience in a European institution.

Two types of internships are available: long-term paid traineeships ("stages") or short-term unpaid study periods ("séjours d'étude").

  • Long-terms paid traineeships
    Each year, the CoR offers young university graduates a limited number of five-month traineeships (stages). These training periods involve work experience in one of the Committee of the Regions' services, and run from 16 February until 15 July (spring traineeships) or from 16 September until 15 February (autumn traineeships).
    • Deadline for Spring Traineeship: September 30, 2010
  • Short term unpaid study periods
    The CoR also offers short unpaid study periods (séjours d'étude) within one of its services to persons whose professional, academic or research activities indicate that they would familiarise with the Committee's practical workings and/or policies. The nature of the tasks to be fulfilled by trainees depends largely on the unit to which they are assigned; while some units are more political, others are more administrative.
    • Deadline: There are no fixed deadlines for unpaid study periods.

For both internships, an applicant must be a national of one of the Member States or a State that is a candidate for accession. For more information, please click here.

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.

EUSA Biennial Conference: Call for Papers and Panel Proposals

EUSA: European Union Studies AssociationMarch 3-5, 2011 | Boston, Massachusetts
The European Union Studies Association invites scholars and practitioners engaged in the study of Europe and the European Union to submit panel and paper proposals for its 2011 Twelfth Biennial International Conference. This conference also marks the 22th anniversary of EUSA. The Program Committee plans to promote the broadest possible exchange of theoretical approaches, disciplinary perspectives and research agendas.

For more information, please visit and view the call for papers (PDF):

Deadline: September 30, 2010

Call for Papers: Assessing the External Impact of the Lisbon Treaty within the Asia-Pacific Region

EUSA Asia-PacificFebruary 17-19, 2011 | Bangkok and Rayong, Thailand
The EU Studies Association Asia Pacific is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for its annual Conference. This is a multidisciplinary conference that aims to assess the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the external relations of the EU within the Asia Pacific region. Issues to be addressed include the role of the High Representative, the “coherence” between trade, development and CFSP policies under the Lisbon Treaty, and a comparative assessment of changing perceptions of the EU as a consequence of these reforms.

The conference will be held at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and Purimas Beach Hotel, Rayong. All accepted presenters will have three nights of conference accommodation covered for them. For more information, please visit

Abstract submission deadline: October 8, 2010

Visiting Fellowships in Italian Studies: Collegio Carlo Alberto

Collegio Carlo AlbertoThe Collegio Carlo Alberto in Moncalieri (Italy) is a foundation established in 2004 as a joint initiative of the Compagnia di San Paolo and the University of Torino. Its mission is to foster research and teaching in economics, finance, and political science, and it shares the values and best practices of the international academic community.

Eligible candidates for the Visiting Fellowships in Italian Studies (FIS) are researchers working in American universities and research centers on projects including Italy as a case study, even if framed within a larger comparative study. They are either established scholars who have developed a successful research program after receiving a PhD degree, or PhD students at an advanced stage in their dissertation work. Fellowships are awarded for periods ranging from three to six months.

Further details are available at

Deadline: October 15, 2010

Hannes Androsch Prize 2011: A Global Challenge to our Social Future

Hannes Androsch PrizeThe Hannes Androsch Prize is awarded for a scientifically sound contribution to the following issue: A Global Challenge to our Social Future. The Design of a Social Security System which can Cope with the Dual Threat of Demographic Developments and Financial Market Risk.

The award amounts to € 100,000.

Entries should include a thorough analysis of the social welfare system. They should also provide proposals for an alternative design, which would optimise the magnitude and stability of pensions over time, and confront the double challenge of demographic developments and financial market risk.

Additional information on the Hannes Androsch Prize, sponsored by the Hannes Androsch Foundation at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, is available on the website of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Closing date for entries: January 31, 2011

Other International Studies News

Muslim Self Portraits by Todd DrakeEsse Quam Videri: Muslim Self Portraits at the GEC

Closing Reception Sept. 9 | 7:00pm | UNC FedEx Global Education Center
In response to the stereotyping of Muslims and in recognition that it is human nature to fear what we do not know, community based artist and CGI Artist-in-Residence Todd Drake has worked with Muslims in North Carolina to create self-portraits that share real, rather than seeming, reflections of self to a wider audience. Please join the Center for Global Initiatives on Sept. 9 to celebrate the close of this exhibition and Ramadan in a breaking of the fast feast.

Esse Quam Videri - "To Be Rather Than To Seem" - is the North Carolina state motto. For more information about the project, please visit

Carolina Navigators Training for UNC Students

Hands holding globeSaturday, September 11  |  1:00 PM  |   FedEx Global Education Center, Room 3024
Carolina Navigators enriches the education of both UNC and K-12 students through engaged international learning.  It provides cultural resources and interactive classroom presentations by Carolina students who have international expertise.

To participate in the program, new presenters must attend a training session. The training will cover program logistics as well as tips for preparing engaging and age-appropriate cultural presentations, classroom management techniques, tips from past presenters, and humorous videos of classroom situations for case study.

For more information, please visit

25th International Festival of Raleigh

International Festival of Raleigh

October 1-3, 2010 | Raleigh Convention Center
Bring the whole family for a 3-day celebration of music, food, and culture from around the globe. Watch authentic ethnic dances from over 30 different cultures performed on the Main Stage. Stroll through the many Cultural Exhibits to learn about the rich history and traditions of different cultures. Shop the World Bazaars for crafts and taste your way around the globe with delicious food from the Sidewalk Cafes. Learn about traditional arts, crafts, and cooking from international teachers at the Demonstration Booth. Bring the kids to Sophia's Corner for face-painting, storytelling, games, and other fun activities. For details, please visit



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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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