Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
May 9, 2012


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

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CES News

Newsletter Update

As our spring semester has come to a close, our newsletter is entering a monthly publication phase for the summer. Look forward to our biweekly schedule resuming in late August with the start of the fall semester.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer!

Child playing with starfish in EU flag formation

Figures formed by the flags of the EUCelebrate Europe Day

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 |  4:00 - 7:00pm | Smith Middle School | Chapel Hill, NC
Come celebrate Europe Day at Smith Middle school.  Events are free and open to the public; they will begin at 4pm in the auditorium and cafeteria and will last until 7pm.

  • 4:00 - 5:00pm | Euro Mania
    Begin the event by cheering for your middle school's Euro Mania Jeopardy team in the auditorium or create EU jewelry, play a European game, learn salutations in a European language or learn about Smith's Belgian exchange program. 
  • 5:00 - 7:00pm | Free European Foods
    Free European foods and treats offered by area restaurants such as Provence, Parlez-Vous Crepe and Mediterranean Deli will be available for the first 200 attendees. Learn how our traveling students connected with European culture by reading their poster displays along the main hall. Pizza will also be for sale.
  • 5:30 - 6:00pm | Walk for Unity
    The theme of the EU is “United in Diversity”. Carry a banner and walk to celebrate our diversity and unity.
  • 6:00 - 6:15pm | EU Birthday Cake
    Enjoy complimentary cake as you listen to Smith students’ travel exchange stories.

  • 6:20 - 7:00pm | Keynote Speakers
    Bob Patton - French Legion of Honor recipient will share heroic stories of liberation along the Siegfried line during WWII
    Erica Edwards - UNC Center for European Studies Executive Director will introduce the European Union and its critical role in creating a peaceful and a more secure Europe.

This event is funded by the “Getting to Know Europe” grant. For more information please see the Europe Day Flyer (PDF).

Euro Challenge News

Euro ChallengeThe UNC Center for European Studies is pleased to congratulate our regional Euro Challenge competition winner, East Chapel Hill High School, and second place Carrboro High School, for their performance at last week's national semi-final round of the Euro Challenge competition in New York City, alongside 23 other teams from around the nation. And congratulations to this year’s winning team: Ridgefield High School from Connecticut!

The Euro Challenge is a unique and exciting educational opportunity for high school students from across the United States to learn about the European Union – the largest economic partner of the U.S. – and the economies that share its single currency, the euro. Participants showcase their knowledge of everything from ballooning government deficits to rising unemployment, and make policy recommendations to solve these and other challenges confronting countries.

“This is a great opportunity for local students to showcase their knowledge of global politics and economics—and to offer solutions to very real and pressing issues,” said John Stephens, director of the UNC Center for European Studies and Distinguished Professor of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences.

All teams performed well in the semi-final round and enjoyed their time in the Big Apple. They seemed particularly impressed to be at the New York Federal Reserve and enjoyed the views from the 20th floor of Moody's, overlooking Ground Zero, at the Award and Recognition Ceremony, where the EU Ambassador, João Vale de Almeida, offered remarks and engaged with the students and teachers.

To find out more about the Euro Challenge competition, please see the recent press releases:


European News, Lectures and Events

EU2012: Year of Intercultural DialogueEU and China Launch People-to-People Dialogue

The European Union and China are taking their cooperation to a new level with the launch of a "people-to-people" dialogue covering education, culture, youth, research and multilingualism. Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Liu Yandong, Chinese State Councillor, signed a joint declaration in which the EU and China commit to strengthening contacts and exchanges between their peoples in order to deepen understanding and trust.

Read more on the Europa website.


Grants, Fellowships and Awards

Summer Research Scholar Program: European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE) at the University of Pittsburgh

European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE) at the University of PittsburghThrough its Summer Research Scholar Program, the European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE) at the University of Pittsburgh seeks to facilitate and further research on aspects of European integration and the European Union.  The EUCE offers short-term (1-4 weeks) research grants to post-doctoral and senior scholars to be in residence at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Applicants for the Summer Research Scholar’s Program should be pursuing a research project on any aspect of European integration or the European Union.  Proposals should emphasize how the time in residence at the University of Pittsburgh will advance the applicant’s research project. 

Selected Scholars will reside in Pittsburgh for periods of one to four weeks between June 1, 2012 and August 15, 2012.  The EUCE will cover the costs of accommodation, a modest per diem, and round-trip travel.  The EUCE will arrange for scholars to meet with faculty with similar interests and provide access to the unique and comprehensive archive collection of the Delegation of the European Union to the U.S. that is housed at the University of Pittsburgh (http://aei.pitt.edu/).

Grant Applications should be sent to euce@pitt.edu, subject line: “Summer Research Scholar Program” and should include:

  • A cover letter explaining why and for how long the researcher wants to work in Pittsburgh;
  • A description of the research to be undertaken which specifically addresses the research project’s relevance to European integration and the European Union; and
  • A current C.V.

This project is funded by the European Union.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2012

Call for Nominations: Marshall Memorial Fellowship

Marshall Memorial FellowshipThe International Affairs Council (IAC) is the North Carolina partner with the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. to administer the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a unique opportunity for emerging leaders from the United States and Europe to explore institutions, politics, and culture on the other side of the Atlantic. American and European Fellows each visit five cities during the 24-day program. They meet formally and informally with a range of policymakers, prominent community members, and local MMF alumni. During the trip, each Fellow also has the opportunity to explore his or her individual professional interests beyond the group programs, which focus on a range of domestic and international policy areas. We are looking for emerging leaders from across North Carolina, ages 28 - 40.

For details, visit www.gmfus.org/grants-fellowships/fellowship-programs/marshall-memorial-fellowship. To request a nomination form, contact Todd Culpepper at tculpepper(at)iacnc(dot)org.

Nomination Deadline: June 1, 2012


Call for Proposals

The Bologna Reform and Beyond: Globalizing Education in the 21st Century

European Union Center: University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignOctober 19-20, 2012 | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The goal of this conference is to generate dialogue about the global and transnational implications of the fundamental principles laid down in the Bologna Declaration of 1999, and the new European guidelines and standards on higher education. This conference will:

  • Explore the global and transnational implications and significance of the Bologna Process
  • Engage community members in constructive dialogue about the effects that reforms inspired by the Bologna Process are having on national and local educational policies, standards, and guidelines 
  • Discuss the transforming nature and role of education in the 21st Century.

Themes for panel discussions will be organized around selected submissions and may respond to questions such as: 

  • "How is the Bologna Reform influencing American educational policy?"
  • "How is globalization transforming K-12 and higher education?"
  • "Is it possible for neoliberal policies to advance the objectives of human rights education and issues of equity?"

Abstracts of 150 words or less may be submitted to Margaret Fitzpatrick (fitzpa11@illinois.edu) and Gabriela Walker (gwalker4@illinois.edu) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Accepted papers may also be considered for publication in a designated issue of the new Journal of Global Studies in Education.

Abstract Submission Deadline: June 1, 2012


Seminars and Programs

Prague Summer Schools 2012

Prague Summer SchoolsThe Prague's Center for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku - CPVP) is pleased to announce the forthcoming Prague Summer Schools 2012 on the following topics:

  • European Summer Institute on the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels
  • Summer School on Crime, Law and Psychology
  • Summer School on European Union: Interests versus Culture?
  • Summer School on China: A World Superpower - Myth or Reality?

Where? Summer Schools will take place in Prague, Czech Republic

When? June 30 – July 7, 2012

Why? The Prague Summer Schools are seven-day academic programs designed to bring together undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their summer holidays in the unique academic and cultural environment.

For details, please visit www.praguesummerschools.org.

Final Deadline: May 15, 2011


K-12 Schools & Community Colleges

CES K-12 Summer Workshops on the EU and NC's New Standards: Deadline Fast Approaching!

The New NC Essential Standards: Incorporating the European Union

Two Location Options
Chapel Hill
Charlotte area (Waxhaw)
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012

European Union flag with flowers

Join your colleagues for a 1-day workshop designed to help North Carolina K-12 teachers better understand our interconnected world by learning more about the European Union. This workshop will include presentations on the European Union and transatlantic relations, along with sessions on how to incorporate the EU into the new NC Essential Standards. Teachers will also learn about resources that use technology to enhance content and better integrate the EU into the school’s curriculum. One CEU will be awarded for completion of the program.

Session Highlights
  • EU Overview
  • US and Europe: Transatlantic Relations
  • EU Classroom Resources
  • The EU and the NC Essential Standards

Sponsored by: UNC Center for European Studies and EU Center of Excellence.

Registration Deadline: May 15 (registration fee $40)

For more information and to register, please visit http://www.unc.edu/depts/europe/teachingresources/2012eu-workshop.htm. You can register online, or fill out the paper registration form (PDF).

 

Position Announcement

International Education Program Coordinator at UNC's Center for European Studies

A note from newsletter author Gali Beeri:
After much consideration, I will be leaving my position with the Center for European Studies in July to join my spouse in a move to New York City, where he will be starting a graduate school program. It's bittersweet, as I have really enjoyed my time in Chapel Hill with the Center - I'm sad to be leaving, and also excited for what's to come. Rest assured, the CES newsletters will keep arriving in your inbox on a regular basis!

The UNC Center for European Studies announces a position opening for the Center's International Education Program Coordinator. The Coordinator will be responsible for the following: Program management to include overall leadership and coordination for initiating and managing European Studies outreach programs to K- 12 schools, coordinating international education programs run in collaboration with other centers, coordinating state-wide initiatives in international education, managing all aspects of conference planning, recruiting faculty participants for European education workshops, and for developing on-line teaching modules; Public Relations to include promoting European Studies and collaborative international education programs to the K- 12 teaching community and general public and participating in International and European Studies educational conferences and professional development opportunities where appropriate; The coordinator will also be responsible for the bi-weekly newsletter, writing web-updates on European Studies outreach programs, researching and assisting in the development of grants to identify additional funding sources for the education outreach programs.

A graduate degree in Education or the social sciences preferred. Undergraduate degree required. Candidates should have second language proficiency in a European language. Candidates must have 1-2 years experience in international education (teaching or programs); strong academic background with interdisciplinary training; excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills; ability to work independently on long-term and short-term projects, and work or travel experience abroad preferred.

For more information, please see https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/3867

Application Deadline: June 8, 2012


Internships

EU Delegation to the US Internships in Washington, DC

European Union and StudentsThrough our intensive internship program, the Delegation of the European Union in Washington offers a unique opportunity for dynamic individuals to engage in the work of one of the EU’s largest and most active diplomatic missions.

By interning with the EU Delegation, students and recent graduates develop a comprehensive understanding of the transatlantic relationship. At the same time, our interns hone important skills by serving as full-time members of the Delegation team and acquiring practical experience in a specialized area of the Delegation’s work.

For more information, visit www.eurunion.org/eu/Delegation/Washington-Delegation-Internships.html

Application Deadline for Fall Semester Internships (September – December): May 15


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.

Doctoral School on Latin American, European and Comparative Regionalism

UNU-CRIS: United Nationsl University - Comparative Regional Integration StudiesJuly 30 - August 3, 2012 | Quito, Ecuador
Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar Sede Ecuador – United Nations University-Comparative Regional Integration Studies UNU-CRIS in collaboration with Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo BID -  Observatorio de las Relaciones Unión Europea-América Latina OBREAL – LATN Red Latinoamericana de Política Comercial present the Doctoral School on Latin American, European and Comparative Regionalism.

The aim of the Doctoral School is to bring together a group of PhD and other young researchers for a series of lectures by leading senior academics in the field of Latin American, European and Comparative Regionalism and to discuss their research projects in tutorial sessions. The targeted public are (mainly) doctoral students from all social science sub-disciplines in various stages of their research projects dealing with Latin American Regionalism or Comparative Regionalism. The Doctoral School seeks to establish a new network of researchers dealing with regionalism, based at universities all over the Latin American continent and beyond.

The Doctoral School is bi-lingual (English-Spanish).

Programme: Lectures will be delivered in the mornings, while tutorial sessions and visits to regional organizations will be programmed in the afternoon sessions. A touristic side-programme is also foreseen.

Application: Candidates should submit a motivation letter, a detailed Curriculum Vitae and an outline of their planned or ongoing research project preferably to: mlevi@uasb.edu.ec and sdewilde@cris.unu.edu

For more information, please see the call for applications (PDF) and the website.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2012

Master's Program in Political Science - The Internationalization of Politics: VU University Amsterdam

VU University AmsterdamThe Master’s in Political Science is a one-year, full-time programme that is taught entirely in English. The Master’s programme is worth 60 credits. Your programme will start with a broad, common base before you go on to choose your own specialization. The schedule mixes extensive courses with more intensive ones and individual tutorials.

THE PROGRAMME CONSISTS OF

  • Two general courses on theories and approaches
  • Two courses on selected issues
  • One course on research philosophy and design
  • Thematic workshops
  • Master’s thesis

As part of the programme, you will opt for one of three specializations that focus on different aspects of global politics:

  • Comparative and European Politics
  • Global Environmental Governance
  • International Relations and Transnational Governance

For more information, please visit the MA Program website.

Call for Papers: Political Economy of International Organizations

The Political Economy of International OrganizationsFebruary 7-9, 2013 | Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany
Submissions are invited for the sixth annual conference on the political economy of international organizations. The conference brings together economists and political scientists to address political-economy issues related to international organizations such as the World Trade Organization, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the European Union, and also other international organizations that have as yet received less attention in the academic literature.

Both empirical and theoretical papers will be considered. Please submit full papers to conference@peio.me. This year’s special issue of the Review of International Organizations will be focusing on The Political Economy of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, edited by Peter Egger (ETH Zurich) and Marcelo Olarreaga (University of Geneva). Please indicate in your submission to the conference whether you are interested in also submitting to the special issue.

For more information, visit http://www.peio.me/

Paper Submission Deadline: September 30, 2012

Sport & EU 2012 Conference Registration Open

Sport&EUJune 21-22, 2012 | Lausanne
This year, the conference is organised by the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, IDHEAP. The theme of the conference, ‘Towards a networked governance of sport’ promises to deliver high quality academic debates on the reality of sport just a few days before the inaugural ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Sport&EU travels for the second time to continental Europe and Lausanne, the olympic city, promises to be the perfect host for our annual showcase event. The proximity of many international sport governing bodies ensures an enriching debate between academic and practitioners in issues pertaining to EU sports policy and law.

The local organisers have managed to keep conference fees at a very reasonable level in comparison with similar events hosted in Switzerland. So please, recognise their effort and join us in Lausanne. Moreover, following Sport&EU’s traditional policy, we have secured preferential registration and accommodation rates for PhD student. We encourage PG students to join our debates in Lausanne this summer.

For full information on the conference programme, registration fees, travelling and accommodation, please visit our website at http://www.sportandeu.com/events/sporteu-conferences/sporteu-conference-2012/

Video of JCMS 50th Anniversary Lecture by Jacques Delors

The JCMS 50th Anniversary Lecture, given by M. Jacques Delors, took place at Sciences Po, Paris on 16 April 2012. If you would like to watch a video of his lecture (in French) you can now find the link at: www.uaces.org/delors. We will be publishing a version of the lecture (in English) in a future issue of JCMS.

 

Other International Studies News

UNC Global Events

Visit UNC Global's events calendar to find out about international events on campus: http://global.unc.edu/index.php?option=com_mellocal&Itemid=36

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