Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
November 17, 2010


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This week we have:
1. CES News
2. European News, Lectures and Events
3. Grants, Fellowships and Awards
4. Seminars, Workshops and Programs
5. K-12 Schools & Community Colleges
6. EUSA Corner
7. Other International Studies News

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CES News

CES Fall Speakers Series

David Brady

Friday, December 3, 2010
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center: Room 4003

David Brady, professor of Sociology at Duke University and Director of the Duke Center for European Studies, will present a public lecture. Light refreshments provided.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Grants for Graduate, Professional, and Undergraduate Students

FLAS fellowships fund the study of Less Commonly Taught Languages and area studies coursework. This program provides academic year and summer fellowships to assist graduate students and advanced undergraduates in foreign language and area studies.

The availability of FLAS grant awards are different during the Academic Year and the Summer depending on whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student:

  • Academic Year:
    • Graduate applications accepted for all languages.
    • Undergraduate applications accepted for Dutch, Italian, Portuguese (Iberian), and Turkish.
  • Summer:
    • Graduate applications accepted for all languages.
    • Undergraduate applications accepted for Dutch, Modern Greek, Italian, Portuguese (Iberian), and Turkish.

For details, please visit www.unc.edu/depts/europe/research_funding/funding-flas.html. More information on the FLAS competition including answers to frequently asked questions can be found in the FLAS section of the UNC Area Studies Centers website.

To apply, please visit our online FLAS application. New users will be required to create an account. The previous year's application is available as an example of what information and materials are required in the application process: MS Word | PDF

Deadline: January 28, 2011

TransAtlantic Masters Program (TAM)

TAM: TransAtlantic Masters ProgramThe TransAtlantic Masters Program (TAM) has trained graduate students interested in contemporary Europe and the transatlantic relationship since 1998. Offered by way of partnerships between world-renowned universities in the United States and Europe, TAM is a unique and intensive MA-degree program based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Our ten European partner institutions are located in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and the UK. TAM applicants have usually majored in a relevant subject area such as Political Science, History, International Relations, European Studies, or Economics. Successful applicants have often studied abroad and/or interned or worked in an international setting.

TAM students benefit from small classes taught by world-renown experts. Courses begin each August on the UNC campus, focusing on comparative politics of industrial societies, comparative social policy, democratization, the European Union, and multilevel governance. TAM graduates pursue international careers in administration, diplomacy, business, policy-making, consulting, teaching, and research.

For more information, please see http://www.unc.edu/depts/tam. TAM’s partner universities: Sciences Po, Paris University of Bath, UK Carlos III University, Madrid Charles University, Prague Humboldt and Free Universities, Berlin University of Siena, Italy VU University, Amsterdam University of Bremen, Germany Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

Application Deadline: February 1, 2011

North Carolina German Studies Workshop: German Reunification, 20 Years Later

Thursday, November 18, 2010 | 4:00 - 7:30pm | Hyde Hall, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, UNC-Chapel Hill

German flag atop the ReichstagAs a product of the peaceful revolution, which overthrew communism in 1989, the accession of the German Democratic Republic to the Federal Republic of Germany in October 1990 restored a German national state within an integrating European Union. Since this surprising development was accompanied with many historical anxieties as well as current concerns about the potential dominance of Germany over Europe, it is important to ask what consequences the reunification of the two German states has had during the last two decades: How has the unification process actually worked out for the participating East Germans and how has the emerging Berlin Republic used its economic, political and military influence? At the same time, the overcoming of German and European division has also rendered the framework of Cold War interpretations obsolete, posing the question of how to narrate the course of German history in the twentieth century from the perspective of this new caesura.

Keynote Speaker: Paul Nolte. Nolte is a professor at the Department of History at the Free University of Berlin and during the academic year 2010-11 Visiting professor at the UNC History Department. He is one of the leading German historians of his generation. He is best known as a public intellectual who has been arguing for a reform of the welfare state and for a new sense of civic responsibility.

Round Table: The Consequences of the Reunification for Germany and Europe. A discussion with Robert M. Jenkins (UNC), Richard Langston (UNC), Christiane Lemke (Leibniz Universität, NYU), Holger Moroff (UNC), and Paul Nolte (Free University, Berlin).

Refreshments and drinks will be served. Please register with Sarah Summers (ses278@email.unc.edu) in a timely fashion. For more information see: http://www.unc.edu/ncgs

In conjunction with the UNC Center for European Studies, and the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies. Sponsored by Carolina Seminars, the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and the Departments of Germanic Languages and Literatures and History at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill.


European News, Lectures and Events

International Education Week 2010

International Education WeekNovember 15-19, 2010
Explore your world during International Education Week (November 15-19) through the many programs and events hosted at UNC, including musical performances, lectures, art and photography exhibitions, film screenings and even a networking night for students interested in international careers.

International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.  Click here for more information.

University of Michigan Distinguished Lecture on Europe: Available Online

University of Michigan Center for European Studies/European Union Center (CES-EUC)Desmond Dinan of George Mason University presented the EUC Annual Distinguished Lecture on Europe: An Imperfect Union: Understanding European Integration. Listen to or watch the lecture online:

The University of Michigan Center for European Studies/European Union Center (CES-EUC) posts its lectures from the Conversations on Europe series online in both audio and video format. For more information, visit http://www.ii.umich.edu/ces-euc/events/multimedia

Furst Forum Lectures

Lilian R. Furst

The Lilian R. Furst Forum in Comparative Literature is a lecture series organized in 2005 as a graduate student initiative, with financial support from the Department of English & Comparative Literature.

Thursday, December 2, 2010
Michael Rulon, (English and Comparative Literature)
"Healing the Wounds of War in Women's Writing of the Algerian Revolution."

All Furst Forums will take place at 4:00 pm in Donovan lounge, Greenlaw Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill, and refreshments will be served. For more information please visit the Furst Forum website (http://englishcomplit.unc.edu/complit/furst)

Holocaust Cinema in Eastern Europe

Holocaust Cinema in Eastern Europe The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UNC cordially invites you to a season of outstanding films by Polish, Czech, Slovak and Hungarian directors focusing on the Holocaust. Screened mostly in new prints, all with English subtitles (one is English-speaking). For more info contact Peter Sherwood (421 Dey Hall, or email peter_sherwood@unc.edu).

TUESDAYS | 6:00 PM | 402 DEY HALL | UNC CAMPUS

  • November 30, 2010
    Lajos Koltai’s Sorstalanság: Fatelessness (Hungary, 2005)

See the full schedule for the semester here (PDF).


Grants, Fellowships and Awards

Boren Awards for International Study: Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Boren Awards for International StudyThe applications for the 2011-2012 National Security Education Program’s David L. Boren Scholarships for undergraduate students and Fellowships for graduate students are now available at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad. Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for language study and international research. Please contact the Boren Awards staff at boren@iie.org or 1-800-618-NSEP with any questions.

Application Deadline for the Boren Fellowship: February 1, 2011
Application Deadline for the Boren Scholarship: February 10, 2011.


Seminars, Workshops and Programs

Undergraduate Student Research Conference on the European Union

European Union Center of CaliforniaApril 7-8, 2011 | Scripps College | Claremont, CA
The primary purpose of this 9th annual Claremont-UC conference is to enhance undergraduate training in and knowledge of the European Union and US-European relations.

In addition, the aim of the conference is to allow US students with expertise in different areas to interact with each other as well as with faculty, foster intercampus cooperation, and recognize the excellent work achieved by students. Envisioned as an intercampus undergraduate seminar, the participating campuses simultaneously offer courses on the issues relevant in Europe today, integrating the conference with the student's curriculum to encourage student initiated research and presentations.

There are no conference fees for non-UC and non-Claremont Colleges students and campuses. The Center will cover hotel room + tax for 2 nights and conference meals for accepted participants. Participants are responsible for travel.

http://eucenter.scrippscollege.edu/events/conference.php

Application and Abstract Submission Deadline: February 14, 2011

Short-Term Exchange for NGO Leaders

International Affairs Council (IAC)The International Affairs Council (IAC) is partnering with AED in Washington, DC, and the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, on a unique professional exchange project funded by the U.S. Department of State. The project – Young Armenia/Young Turkey/Young America: Social and Economic Challenges for Future Leaders: Grassroots Development in a Modern Democracy – will bring together 18 non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders each from Armenia, Turkey and North Carolina, USA, to create joint community-based projects that will deepen ties between the three countries, build NGO capacity and civil society, and positively impact the citizenry.

IAC is looking for 18 NGO leaders in North Carolina to participate in the four-week program, which will launch in mid-Feb 2011. The program includes travel to Washington, DC, Turkey, and Armenia. All expenses are paid.

NGO leaders in NC who fit the following criteria may apply:

  • 21 – 35 years-old
  • Responsible for leadership, donor relations, finance, volunteer coordination, communication and outreach, and program development

Those working for NGOs focused on women and leadership, the environment, and job skills for youth will be given priority but others are welcome to apply. Women and minorities are particularly urged to apply.

For more information and to receive an application, please contact Todd Culpepper at tculpepper(at)iacnc(dot)org

The application deadline is November 30, so get in touch soon!

Undergraduate Model EU

Model EU

February 18-19, 2011 | University of Pittsburgh
The European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh invite students to participate in the 2011 Undergraduate Model EU to be held in Pittsburgh. The Model European Union is an annual event for undergraduate students. The main purpose of the Model EU is to give college students the chance to learn about the workings of the European Union through a hands-on simulation. Playing the roles of presidents and prime ministers along with the Commission President and foreign ministers, the students spend 24-hours engaged in intense negotiations over conflicting visions of the future of the EU. The objective is to simulate a specific European Council meeting, typically one that took place within the last year. The Model EU should not be thought of merely as a historical simulation that replicates the outcome of the actual event; rather, students are encouraged to devise a possible alternative solution based on the same initial conditions and constraints.

Please see the working agenda (PDF). Small travel/transportation awards may be available. Please confirm your institution's participation in the Undergraduate Model EU and let Timothy Thompson (tst@pitt.edu) know of any country preferences as soon as possible. 

http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/euce/outreach/ModelEU/index.html

Deadline for requesting participation: December 3, 2010


K-12 Schools & Community Colleges

Euro Challenge Competition

Euro Challenge

Welcome to the Euro Challenge 2011 – 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 be awarded a free trip to Brussels next summer. The program introduces students of global studies, world history, European studies and beyond to the field of economics, and offers a unique learning experience that moves them out of the classroom into the real world.

For the competition, students research problems and solutions to Europe's economic challenges. A team of three to five students presents its findings in a competition format. The best teams from each region travel to New York City to compete in the national finals at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Conditional on an annual grant, winning teams can win cash prizes and a trip to Washington generously offered by The Moody's Foundation.

The competition requires no previous knowledge of economics or Europe, and students and teachers can access an array of educational resources and training materials on the Euro Challenge website: http://www.euro-challenge.org/.

The North Carolina European Union Center of Excellence is proud to offer an online "textbook" intended as an introduction to economics for teachers and students in high school grades and up. Explore the Euro Economics website here: www.unc.edu/depts/europe/euroeconomics/

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 in January (details forthcoming). Teachers enlisting a team in the Euro Challenge are eligible for one of two spots to travel to Brussels in summer 2011, travel and accommodations paid, on a program organized by the European Commission.

How to Register?

Register for the Euro Challenge competition online at www.euro-challenge.org/registration.html. For more information about the competition in the North Carolina region, contact Gali Beeri at gali@unc.edu or 919.843.9852.

For details for NC schools, visit www.unc.edu/depts/europe/academicprograms/eurochallenge.html.

The Euro Challenge is a program of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America.

Teaching Resources Highlight: New European Union Lesson Plans

Students and the EUThis modular series of ten EU lesson plans was prepared by the European Union Delegation to the United States. The lessons are designed to support History and Social Sciences curricula in the United States for grades 9-12 and can be adapted for middle school students.

Developed by educators, the lessons can be used as stand-alone units or as a series. Each lesson (in PDF format) is accompanied by a PowerPoint with additional information to support the presentation. These lessons will be updated periodically to correlate with new developments in the European Union.

Visit http://eurunion.org/lessonplans to find out more.

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 Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Swedish with English subtitles).

Coming soon (www.mygalaxycinema.com/comingsoon.php):

  • Breathless (French with English subtitles).

For movies and show times, please visit the Galaxy Cinema website: http://www.mygalaxycinema.com/nowplaying.php.

Global Updates from World View

World ViewThe latest issue of Global Updates discusses technology in a global age: connecting students to the world. There is much debate surrounding the use of technology in teaching.  If used effectively, integrating technology and Web 2.0 tools can engage the learner and help connect your students to the world.  Twenty-first century students are learning about the world and with the world.  As World View witnessed last month and last week at our two global education symposia, North Carolina educators are integrating technology in daily instruction and are making connections with the world.

This month’s Global Update features several technology tools for helping your students engage in global learning. We've also included a special section on games. Several speakers indicated at our two symposia that educators should not underestimate the power of gaming in the 21st century classroom. Read more at www.unc.edu/world/Global_Updates_2010/Nov_Dec/Nov_10.htm.

To see previous Global Updates from World View, please visit the archive at www.unc.edu/world/Global_Updates.shtml.


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: European Politics Instructors, University of Victoria

University of VictoriaThe Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria seeks Sessional Instructors for Winter Session 2011/12. The Department is seeking qualified instructors across the range of fields in the department, and especially in International Relations and in European Politics.

In all appointments, preference will be given to those with a completed or nearly complete PhD in Political Science and a combination of expertise and experience appropriate to the courses concerned. F
or more information, please see the full job announcement (PDF).

Deadline: Monday, November 22, 2010

Call for Papers: Preferences in the European Union and Beyond, ECPR Joint Sessions

ECPR: European Consortium for Political ResearchThe ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops in 2011 will be held at the University of St Gallen in Switzerland from April 12-17. We invite abstract submissions for the workshop "Preferences in the European Union and Beyond. Analyzing the Dimensionality of Policy Areas."

Preferences are a central component of political analysis. While a lot of research on the European Union (EU) has focused on the analysis of institutions, in recent years we observe a revived interest in preferences. Our workshop analytically studies member state preferences on the policy area level and the factors which are responsible for forming these preferences. We thus take a middle ground between the issue‐by‐issue approach and the aggregate level of decision‐making. One aim will be to analyze the dimensionality of different policy areas in view of developing a better understanding of the heterogeneities of international and EU policy making. We therefore invite papers that either deal a) with theories of preference formation in specific policy areas dealt with at the European or international level, b) empirical analyses of policy preferences in specific policy areas, and c) methodological questions concerning the measurement and analysis of preferences.

If you are interested, please send an abstract of about 300 words to bailers@ethz.ch or dirk.leuffen@eup.gess.ethz.ch.

For further information please visit: www.ecprnet.eu/joint_sessions/st_gallen/documents/outlines/16.pdf.

Deadline: December 1, 2010

Call for Papers: Comparative Perspectives on the Substance of EU Democracy Promotion

Centre for EU Studies, Ghent University, BelgiumFriday, June 24, 2011 | Centre for EU Studies, Ghent University, Belgium
Democracy promotion in third countries has been on the EU’s agenda since the early 1990s. Over the past 20 years, EU democracy promotion activities have been substantiated through a ‘learning by doing’ process. In parallel with the development of the EU’s democracy promotion policy, a vast academic literature has emerged on the topic. While many studies have focused on the impact and effectiveness of EU democracy promotion in third countries, others have dealt with the EU as a democracy promoter itself and, in particular, with its democracy promotion instruments and strategies. Attention is now also being paid to the democratic substance that the EU promotes. Scholars focusing on the issue of democratic substance aim at disaggregating the content of the EU’s democracy promotion activities into single aspects such as support for elections, the promotion of civil rights, rule of law, good governance and support to the development of civil society etc.

For more information, please see the call for papers (PDF).

Abstract Submission Deadline: December 3, 2010

Position Announcement: Full Professor in Comparative Politics, University of Pittsburgh

University of PittsburghThe Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh is conducting a search for a senior scholar qualified for an appointment as a Full Professor in Comparative Politics with an emphasis on European politics, pending budgetary approval.  This search replaces that advertised at the Assistant Professor level in September. We are interested in scholars who have a broad range of interests in European politics.  These interests could include regional specializations within Europe and/or the European Union.  Beyond the Department, the individual would be expected to serve a term as director of the European Union and European Studies Centers with the University Center for International Studies.  

Please send a curriculum vitae and a statement of research and teaching interests to: Chair, Comparative European Politics Search, Department of Political Science, 4600 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, 230 S. Bouquet St., Pittsburgh, PA 15260.  Review of applications will begin on November 15 will continue until the position is filled.  The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women and members of minority groups under-represented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.

Call for Papers: Global Constitutionalism - World of Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law

Balance scalesGlobal Constitutionalism – World of Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law (GlobCon) seeks to promote a deeper understanding on the foundations, limitations and principles of political order and their dynamics over time on a global scale. The journal is interested in work that refers to constitutionalism as a template for empirical, conceptual or normative research on past, present and future political and legal practices, within and beyond the state.

GlobCon invites submissions from scholars of International Law, Political Science, International Relations, Comparative Constitutional Law, Comparative Politics, Political Theory and Philosophy for its first issue to be published in January 2012. GlobCon is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that seeks to develop interdisciplinary discourse about global constitutionalism. It welcomes submissions on a wide range of topics related to constitutionalism, human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

For more information, please see the full call for papers (PDF): www.wiso.uni-hamburg.de/fileadmin/sowi/politik/governance/GlobCon_CfP.pdf


Other International Studies News

UNC Passport Drive

Go Global! Passport Drive Thursday, November 18, 2010 | 10am-3pm | FedEx Global Education Center, 4th floor
Take advantage of this easy one-stop shopping, on-campus opportunity to apply for or renew your U.S. passport!
Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be on hand for two days to accept passport applications (available at the event), and students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to attend.

You can have passport photos taken at the event for $7 by UNC One Card, or before the event at the UNC One Card Office. You are encouraged to get your photos before the event to avoid waiting.

For more information, please visit http://global.unc.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=698&Itemid=94

Global Music Show
Global Music Show Wednesday, November 24, 2010 | 9:00 - 10:00pm | Listen online at http://wxyc.org, 89.3FM

Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, both of the UNC-CH Department of Asian Studies and co-hosts of WKNC's Geet Bazaar, present this month's episode of the Global Music show (www.unc.edu/areastudies/publicprograms/global-music.html), sponsored by the NC Center for South Asian Studies.

 

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