Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
July 11, 2012


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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. Internships
7. EUSA Corner
8. Other International Studies News

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CES News

Bidding Farewell

It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement that I send out the final newsletter in my tenure at the Center for European Studies. It's hard to leave my position at UNC-Chapel Hill after so many gratifying and productive years, and yet I'm looking forward to upcoming opportunities as I relocate to New York City. Thank you for all of your support and feedback on the CES newsletter over the last eight years. And please welcome my successor warmly when you receive the next newsletter in August!

Fondly,
Gali

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European News, Lectures and Events

European Council Meeting on Economic Policy

EurosEU Heads of State and Governments gathered in Brussels (June 28-29) for a Summit that focused in particular on economic policy. 

Heads of State or Government: 

  • decided on a "Compact for Growth and Jobs" - action to be taken by the European Union and Member States to relaunch growth, investment and employment, and make Europe more competitive;
  • endorsed country-specific recommendations to guide Member States' policies and budgets;
  • emphasized the role that the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) should play in strengthening growth and employment. 

President Herman Van Rompuy presented the report "Towards a Genuine Economic and Monetary Union" (PDF).

Read more on the website of the European Union Delegation to the US.


Grants, Fellowships and Awards

Fulbright Schuman Program: Grants for Postdoctoral Research, University Lecturing, and Pre-doctoral Research or Studying

Fulbright Schuman ProgramSeventeen awards for U.S. professionals, including professionals in training (decision-makers, policy-makers, individuals in industry, the media, politics, academia and public administration) for an average duration of four months will be made available for study, research or lecturing on the organization of the European Union, particularly on the process of institution building within the EU, a social process of immense significance in law and political economy, as well as US-EU relations. U.S. citizens are expected to carry out their projects in at least two Member States of the EU.

All candidates must have at least two years of work-related or relevant experience beyond the Bachelor’s degree.

Grants are for a minimum of three months, maximum one academic year, with preference being given to projects of four months duration. Grants are tenable in universities, independent research centers, and vocational training/professional institutions providing training at the post-secondary level.

One award for lecturing on transatlantic relations at the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium. The College of Europe offers a Master’s program in European affairs to a select group of graduates from all European countries and North America. Fluency in French is desirable, but not required.

Please note that these grants are limited to projects dealing with U.S.-EU relations or EU affairs.

More details at www.fulbrightschuman.eu/grants-for-us-citizens/, and complete information from the website of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars: www.iie.org/cies

Deadline: August 1, 2012

Winners of EUCE Outreach Activity Award, Larry Neal Prize for EU Scholarship

Network of European Union Centers of ExcellenceThe EUCE Outreach Activity Award
The University of Pittsburgh has been awarded the EUCE Outstanding Outreach Activity Award for its 2011 Model European Union program for high school students. In December 2011, more than 100 students in grades 9-12 from nine Pittsburgh-area schools participated in the University‘s day-long Model EU simulation. The event provides students with an opportunity to learn about the workings of the European Union through role-playing activities. Students assume the roles of presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers and engage in intense negotiations over controversial issues facing the EU.

Timothy Thompson (Associate Director) and Steve Lund (Assistant Director) from the University of Pittsburgh's EU Center of Excellence accepted the EUCE Outreach Activity Award in a ceremony as part of the 11th Annual EU Day at the University of Illinois on March 29, 2012.

The EUCE Outstanding Outreach Activity Award was initiated by EU Center Staff at Illinois to increase the awareness of excellent outreach projects conducted by the ten EU Centers of Excellence located throughout the United States. The Illinois EUCE wishes to thank the selection committee: Maciej Pisarski, Deputy Chief of Mission, Polish Embassy; Thomas Schnöll, Consul General of Austria in Chicago; and members of the EU Delegation to the US.

You can read more about the award and Pitt's winning activity on the Illinois EUCE's blog here.

The Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship
Professor Katerina Linos is the 2011 recipient of the Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship, for her article “Diffusion through Democracy,” published in the American Journal of Political Science (55.3). The Larry Neal Prize was initiated by the EU Center at Illinois to recognize excellent research conducted by affiliated faculty of the ten EU Centers of Excellence located throughout the United States. The prize is named in honor of Professor Emeritus of Economics Larry Neal, the founding director of the European Union Center at the University of Illinois.

Professor Linos’ article was nominated by the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Linos is an Assistant Professor of Law at Berkeley and holds degrees in Law (J.D.) and Political Science (Ph.D.) from Harvard University. As part of her award, the EU Center has invited Dr. Linos to give a public lecture at the University of Illinois on her award-winning article. The lecture will take place on October 5, 2012.

You can read more about the award, Professor Linos, and her winning article on the Illinois EUCE's blog here.


Seminars, Workshops and Programs

Opportunities in the Field of Cultural Diplomacy: Young Leaders Conferences

Cultural Diplomacy in EuropeThe Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) is currently accepting applications for the 2012 Young Leaders' Forums on cultural diplomacy.

For the complete 2012 ICD Calendar of events please click here.

GSSPS - University of Milan: Call for PhD Program Applications

University of MilanThe University of Milan is pleased to announce the Call for application, based on qualifications and interviews, for admission to the Graduate School in Social and Political Sciences (GSSPS) for the following Ph.D. Programs:

  • Ph.D. in Labour Studies – Coordinator: Prof. Lorenzo Bordogna
  • Ph.D. in Political Studies – Acting Coordinator Prof. Francesco Zucchini
  • Ph.D. in Sociology – Coordinator: Prof. Luisa Leonini

The call is now available in Italian and in English here http://www.unimi.it/ricerca/dottorati/56986.htm .

Read more about the GSSPS by downloading the 2012 School brochure (PDF)

More information at http://www.graduateschool.unimi.it/call_2012_13.html.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2012

Association for Students and Teachers of Color in Slavic Studies (STC) Seeking New Members

The Association for Students and Teachers of Color in Slavic Studies (STC) is an affiliate organization of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), which is dedicated to better connecting and expanding the network of minority scholars working in the profession. STC is committed to improving general understanding of the unique challenges faced by students and educators of color studying, teaching, and conducting research in and about the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The Association seeks to serve as a platform for discussions of race and ethnicity in the region. Its first annual meeting was held at the ASEEES conference in Washington in November 2011, and the second annual meeting is planned for November 16, 2012 at the ASEEES conference in New Orleans.

In the meantime, STC’s officers are starting a few projects this summer and welcome the help of anyone who would like to get involved. The group plans to send out a short summer newsletter that will include, among other things, information on various funding sources. They will also be working on the group website and starting a group blog. If you are familiar with setting up websites or maintaining a blog and would like to help, or if you have ideas as to what should be included in the newsletter, please contact the group officers. You can connect with STC at the following sites:

Facebook Page | ASEEES page (with contact information for group officers) | Subscribe to Google listserv

We hope to hear from you, and to see you in New Orleans!


K-12 Schools & Community Colleges

Teaching Resources Highlight: Flags of the European Union

Flags of the European UnionAt our meetings with educators across the state and country, teachers often share with us how much their students enjoy flags. We have developed a flyer showing the flags of all the countries who are members of the European Union. The 17 countries that use the euro currency are marked by the euro symbol, with Estonia being the latest addition to the countries in the eurozone (as of January 1, 2011).

Please take a look at the flyer, available for download here (PDF), and share it with your students. This resource could be used alongside the lesson plan on The Geography of Europe (PDF and PPT), one in a series of 10 plans from the European Union Delegation to the US.

Euro Challenge Competition 2012: Videos of Winning Teams' Presentations

Euro ChallengeWatch the Vimeo channel of the Euro Challenge competition to see the top three teams give their presentations at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York!

Students from Montclair High School (Montclair, NJ) placed third in the 2012 Euro Challenge competition and presented on Coping with a Housing Market Slowdown in the case of Ireland. Click here for the video of the third place presentation.

Students from Hunter College High School (New York, NY) placed second in the 2012 Euro Challenge competition. They presented on the topic of Living with a Single Monetary Policy in the case of Greece. Click here for the video of the runner up presentation.

Students from Ridgefield High School, CT, presented on high debts and deficits in Italy and were the winners of the 2012 Euro Challenge Competition. Congratulations again! Click here for the video of the winning presentation.

Teacher Trainings with the NC Civic Education Consortium

NC Civic Education ConsortiumChallenges to Democracy
July 16 – 18, 2012
Hosted at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Government

Lee Hamilton said regarding American democracy, “Our democracy is not a product but a continual process. It is preserved not by monuments but deeds. Sometimes it needs refining; sometimes it needs amending; sometimes it needs defending. Always, it needs improving.” The Program in the Humanities & Human Values at UNC-Chapel Hill & the NC Civic Education Consortium are offering teachers the opportunity to analyze our democracy via a unique, three day exploration of the theme “Challenges to Democracy.” Through assorted lectures led by renowned professors and historians, participants will investigate the ways in which democracy has struggled and changed throughout various time periods

Join us for a scholarly retreat at UNC-Chapel Hill, after which teachers will leave with heightened content knowledge and practical, engaging lessons for implementation in the middle and high school classroom. Check out the tentative agenda to learn more about the engaging topics and presenters here (PDF). To access the registration information, please click here (PDF).

2012 Local Government Seminar: What Does Local Government Do and How Do I get My Students to Care?
August 9 & 10, 2012
Hosted by the City of Durham & Sponsored by the NC City & County Management Association

Participants in this seminar will learn first-hand the role of local government in North Carolina and then explore pedagogical strategies for teaching young people about how local government in North Carolina works. Highlights of the Seminar will include: meeting with elected and appointed local government officials, attending a Durham Bulls baseball game, and MUCH MORE! For more information and to register, click here (PDF).

For more information about all upcoming trainings, visit http://humanities.unc.edu/civics/upcoming-trainings/

NC Civic Education Consortium Revised Database of K-12 Resources

With the introduction of North Carolina’s new Essential Standards for Social Studies, the Consortium has realigned all of our lesson plans and revised our database to provide easier access to our materials. Find out more at http://humanities.unc.edu/civics/cec-news/#database

Summer Seminars at the UNC Program in the Humanities

World community at the UNC Program in the HumanitiesRegister now to secure a spot in a general seminar offered by the Program in the Humanities. Teachers receive a 50% discount off tuition and are entered in a drawing to receive a travel scholarship as a part of the Daisy Edmister Fund. Seminars are one or two-day events, Friday evening and Saturday morning or all day Saturday. Receive credit for 10 contact hours of continuing education. While these programs are designed for a general audience and do not include pedagogical training or lesson plans, these seminars are still an excellent way for teachers to expand their content knowledge in various topics.

Topics and dates are:

For more information about these opportunities and to register, visit http://humanities.unc.edu/, or call 919-962-1544, or email human@unc.edu. Register today to secure a seat!

Global Updates from World View: Political Systems Around the World

World View Nation state governments often are broadly categorized: democracy, autocracy, communist. However, no two political systems are exactly alike. They may differ in distribution of power and electoral processes, and there are a variety of cultural factors that determine how constituents view freedom and participate in the political process. As students explore cultures, read current events, and investigate global issues, it is important they understand varieties of governance. This month's Global Update provides links to maps and data sets, country specific information, lesson plans, and resources for teaching about political systems around the world.

To read more, and to find out about educational opportunities, read the latest issue of Global Updates.

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


Internships

Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternships

Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS)Announced by Secretary Clinton at the 2009 New York University commencement speech, the Virtual Student Foreign Service is part of a growing effort by the State Department to harness technology and a commitment to global service among young people to facilitate new forms of diplomatic engagement. Working from college and university campuses in the United States and throughout the world, eInterns (American students working virtually) are partnered with our U.S. diplomatic posts overseas and State Department domestic offices to conduct digital diplomacy that reflects the realities of our networked world. This introductory video provides an overview of the VSFS program.

Interested U.S. citizen college and graduate/post-graduate students can apply to upcoming VSFS eInternship positions to work virtually with State Department domestic offices and U.S. Missions overseas during the fall 2012 through spring 2013 academic year. Applications are available on www.usajobs.gov.

For more information, please visit www.state.gov/vsfs/.

Application Deadline: July 20, 2012


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: 50th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty: The Franco-German Alliance and European Integration, Engine or Directorate?

Europe in FormationThe scientific quarterly journal L'Europe en formation invites would-be contributors to submit papers for consideration in a forthcoming thematic issue on “the 50th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty: The Franco-German Alliance and European Integration, Engine or Directorate?”, to be published in Winter 2012.

50 years ago, French President Charles de Gaulle and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer concluded the Elysée Treaty on Franco-German friendship. The treaty can be considered as the beginning of a unique partnership between two major Western democracies, who have played since then a seminal role in the process of European integration: The exclusiveness of the French-German alliance has, on one hand, created a strong potential for political leadership. However, on the other hand, it has also given reason for distrust on the part of the other member states.

L'Europe en formation devotes, on the occasion of the Elysée treaty's anniversary, a special issue to Franco-German relations, in order to take stock of their historic significance and current challenges.

Read the full call for papers (PDF).

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2012

JCMS 50th Anniversary Best Article Award

JCMS: Journal of Common Market StudiesAs part of JCMS' 50th Anniversary celebrations, the JCMS editors have established an award for the best articles in the Journal over the past 50 years. Our eminent jury – Drew Scott (Chair), Liesbet Hooghe and Helen Wallace – have had the difficult job of compiling a shortlist of 25 articles, 5 in each decade of JCMS' existence, which we now put to a public vote. This process will turn our shortlist into a winners' list of the five 'best' articles, to be announced at the UACES Annual Conference, in Passau, 3-5 September 2012.

Wiley-Blackwell have created a free-to-all 'virtual issue' for the duration of the competition. All shortlisted articles can be read at www.uaces.org/gold.

To cast your votes, please go to www.uaces.org/vote.

Voting Deadline: August 24, 2012

 

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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