September 07, 2012

In this newsletter:

Join us for these Exciting CES-Sponsored Events
More Europe-Related Events at UNC
National/International Conferences, Seminars, & Lectures
Call for Proposals
Calls for Applications
Resources for K-12 Educators
Other International Studies Events


Join us for these Exciting CES-Sponsored Events

"Conversations on Europe" Speaker Series

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Cartoon Source: original artwork by Cheah Sin Ann

Lecture: "Tiger in a Cage: Ireland and the New European Economy"

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 | 12 - 1:30 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Graham Memorial Hall Room 039

The "Conversations on Europe" speaker series features some of the country's top experts on the European Union. The series links presenters and participants via videoconferencing across several sites. This month, Stephen Kinsella (University of Limerick), James Donnelly (University of Wisconsin-Madison), journalist Vincent Brown (Irish Times), Klaus Larres (UNC-Chapel Hill), Niamh Hardiman (University College Dublin), and James Lamb (President of the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh) comment on Ireland's financial crisis. Audiences at all sites will be able to ask questions of the experts. This event is open to the public.

Please see flyer for more details.


2012 CES Fall Speaker Series
Beyond the Euro Crisis

Gary MarksLecture: “Why is Governance Multilevel?”

Friday, September 14, 2012 | 12 - 1:30 pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Conference Room 4003

Gary Marks, Chair in Multilevel Governance, Free University of Amsterdam and UNC-CH Burton Craige Distinguished Professor of Political Science. Marks is best known for developing the concept of multilevel governance in relation to the European Union. He was the founding Director of the Center for European Studies and the European Union Center for Excellence at UNC-CH, which he led from 1994 to 2006. Over the past few years he has worked on a variety of projects dealing with European political parties, regional authority, and Europe and its empires.

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Lecture: "Skills challenges in Europe - food for thought from NC community colleges"

Friday, September 28, 2012 | 12 - 1:30 pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Conference Room 4003

Returning visiting EU Fellow Risto Raivio gives lecture on skills challenges in Europe. He is currently the Head of the Vocational Education and Training Policy Sector of the European Commission's DG for Education and Culture. In the past, Raivio has lectured on European civil society organizations and the EU's initiatives in fostering vocational training and life-long learning.

Download the full schedule as PDF.


The Duke-UNC "Gender, War and Culture" Series

ariana vigilLecture: "WAR NARRATIVES: Gender, War, and Activism in Contemporary U.S. Latina/o Cultural Production"

Friday, September 14, 2012 | 4 - 6 pm | Duke University, East Campus, Carr Building, Boyd Seminar Room

This lecture by Ariana Vigil explores how Latina/os have responded to U.S. militarism in the 20th and 21st centuries by analyzing the memoir Road from Ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Sergeant Camilo Mejíia. It illustrates how Mejía, a Nicaraguan-American veteran and activist, uses his narrative to locate violence within traditionally patriarchal and oppressive institutions - including the family, the military, and the state - as well as within "everyday" acts and practices.

Ariana E. Vigil is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is the author of several articles on transnational Latina/o texts including "Transnational Community in Demetria Martínez's Mother Tongue" (Meridians 2010).  This talk is part of a book-length project entitled Ni Aquí Ni Allá: Military Intervention, Domestic Violence and Latina/o Literature (1979 - 2005).

For more information on this event and the "Gender, War and Culture" Series, please visit website.

Event co-conveners: UNC Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Duke and UNC History Departments, Triangle Institute for Security Studies, UNC Center for European Studies and UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities


EURO Major Meeting & Welcome Reception

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm | Global Education Center 4003

The EURO Major program will hold a reception for current and prospective majors. Information will be provided about funding, study abroad, and internship opportunities, as well as graduate programs and career opportunities. Come meet fellow majors, recent alumni, and EURO faculty!

RSVP by Monday, September 24th to Tanya Kinsella at


More Europe-Related Events at UNC

Public Lecture: Paul Readman Discusses British Mountaineering

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | 3:30 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, Hamilton Hall, Room 569

Paul Readman, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at King's College London, will present his paper "Reassessing British Mountaineering in the Age of Imperialism: Masculinity, Modernity and the Natural World, c.1870-1914." The paper argues that the motivations of British alpinists, even in the age of high imperialism, cannot be reduced to interpretations that emphasize masculine and imperialistic factors above all others. For many, mountaineering had little to do with conquest, domination and assertive machismo, and much more to do with a respectful worship of beauty in nature, and a still-persisting appreciation of the mountain sublime.

Sponsored by the UNC History Department and the Steering Committee of the UNC-King's College, London Partnership.


National/International Conferences, Seminars, & Lectures

FIU School of International and Public Affairs
"Vaclav Havel's Legacy of Freedom Celebrating Vaclav Havel's Visit to FIU Ten Years Later"

Thursday, September 13, 2012 | 3 - 5 pm | FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Miami, Florida

Vaclav Havel changed history as an advocate of freedom and universal human rights. A playwright, essayist, poet, dissident, and politician, Havel became a symbol of the civic opposition to the communist government in Czechoslovakia. After the Prague "Velvet Revolution" that toppled the communist regime, Havel became president of Czechoslovakia, and later the first president of the Czech Republic. Ten years ago, on September 21, 2002, President Vaclav Havel came to FIU and delivered memorable remarks about freedom and in support of a peaceful transition to democracy in Cuba. Join FIU as former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright remembers this remarkable statesman and humanitarian.

For more information, click here.


2012 European Law Conference
"Taking Article 11 TFEU Seriously: The Significance of EU Treaty Law for the Regulation of European Companies"

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 | University of Oslo, Norway

Does EU Treaty Law require a greening of European companies? Discussions of the significance of the EU Treaties for business usually deal with free movement, freedom of establishment and the level playing field. However, the Treaties also set out important environmental objectives, principles and rules for the EU. The European Law Conference 2012 in Oslo discusses the significance of Article 11 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which sets out a duty to integrate environmental protection requirements in all policies and activities of the EU. The European Court of Justice has shown that this is more than a political declaration and has legal substance. But what does it mean, taken seriously, for company law, reporting, corporate governance and for public procurement and insurance?

Join us for the European Law Conference 2012 and find out! No registration fee; lunch and reception for all participants included. See website for more information.


The 2012 Cultural Bridges in Germany Conference
"Multiculturalism, the 2012 Global Debate: Strengthening Intercultural Relations through the Arts, Sports, Politics and the Economy"

November 6-9, 2012 | Berlin, Germany

Cultural Diplomacy can serve as a bridge between people of different cultures. The 2012 Cultural Bridges in Germany Conference will therefore focus on the potential for Cultural Diplomacy to further promote and strengthen multicultural relations both in Germany and worldwide. The application of these new practices of multicultural dialogue and exchange will be analyzed during the Conference and will offer a wide diversity of perspectives on the issue of cultural bridges in Germany and internationally. The Conference will consist of a series of simultaneous sessions of lectures, panel discussions, interactive roundtable discussions, seminars, group visits, excursion and cultural activities.

The Conference will be held parallel to the "23rd Anniversary to the fall of the Berlin Wall" and the participants will be able to participate in the official ceremony and events which will be a unique opportunity to learn more about the history and contemporary context of German unity.

Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics & scholars, economists, journalists, artists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students as well as other interested individuals from across the world.

To learn more about the conference and reserve a position in the conference, please click HERE.


Call for Proposals

2013 ECPR General Conference

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September 4 - 7, 2012 | Sciences Po Bordeaux, France

The ECPR's General Conference is a key date in the political science calendar. The 2011 event saw over 2,300 political scientists converge in Reykjavik to attend panels and a full plenary programme, the highlight of which was the keynote lecture delivered by the President of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grímsson.

The structure of the event involves an academic programme with sections and panels. The programme is intended to be very broad, covering all the main areas of political science, political theory, international relations, and European studies. The list of sections are now available on the ECPR website. The call for panels is now open, and the closing date is 5 October 2012

To propose a Panel please read the Panel Chair Guidelines on the ECPR website and complete the online proposal form available here. Please note that you will need a MyECPR account in order to propose a Panel. It only takes a minute to complete.

Proposal Deadline: October 5, 2012


Calls for Applications

Two Research Assistants/PhD Students at University of Lucerne

The Department of Political Science at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland, is looking for two research assistants/PhD students starting December 1, 2012. The research assistants will participate in two research projects on power shifts in global economic regulation, financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS).

One position (3 years, SNF) deals with the eventual decline of EU and US influence on international trade regulation vis-à-vis emerging powers. The second position (2 years, SNIS) analyses whether and how Brazil, China, India and Mexico are conveying their growing economic weight into regulatory influence.

An MA in political science/international relations or adjacent discipline is required, with a background in international trade and/or foreign economic policies of one or more of the countries mentioned. The research assistants will have the opportunity to join a team of highly motivated international scholars and practitioners. Competitive salary and additional training and research opportunities are provided.

For more information on the positions and how to apply, please see flyer.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2012


Faculty Applications for 2013 Fulbright German Studies Seminar

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) is now accepting applications for the 2013 Fulbright German Studies Seminar. The topic is "Berlin: Where Cultures Meet and Challenges Abound" and the application deadline is October 15, 2012.
Eligible candidates are scholars and professionals from U.S. universities, colleges, and community colleges who hold a Ph.D., or equivalent professional degree, and perform their teaching and research within the broader context of German and European Studies. Candidates must demonstrate substantial professional accomplishments and recognized professional standing. Candidates with full-time teaching appointments are preferred, but adjunct faculty are welcome to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The seminar will be held in English and will take place June 10 - 19, 2013. More information about this award can be found online at
Please contact Tanya Janes, Senior Program Officer, at or (202) 686-6258 or Anna Valiante, Program Coordinator, at or (202) 686-4026 with any questions.  

Application Deadline: October 15, 2012.


German Chancellor Fellowship Program

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's German Chancellor Fellowship allows you to conduct an independent project at a host institution, in cooperation with a host in Germany you have selected, for one year. The project should involve original exploration of a topic or issue, or research in your respective field of interest. Projects should be of relevance to modern societies, have a long-term and visible impact, and help to advance your career and professional development. Through your experience in Germany, you will acquire greater knowledge of your fields, gain new international experience, and strengthen your intercultural competence - all essential qualities for future professional leaders.

Applicants must 1) have a Bachelor's or comparable academic degree, completed less than twelve years prior to the starting date of the fellowship; and 2) be citizen of the United States, the Russian Federation or the People's Republic of China. Candidates from all professions and disciplines are eligible to apply. Candidates should also demonstrate leadership potential and have strong English or German skills.

For more information about the program and the application process, please visit the Humboldt Foundation website. You may also contact the foundation at

Application Deadline: October 15, 2012

Resources for K-12 Educators

Register Now for the Euro Challenge 2013 Competition!

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Welcome to the Euro Challenge 2012 – 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 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:

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:

Register for the Euro Challenge competition online at For more information about the competition in the North Carolina/Southeast region, contact Anna Brigevich at or 919-843-9853.

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


Other International Studies Events

Global Music Show

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | 9 - 10 pm | 89.3 FM | Listen online at

The Global Music Show is a monthly radio program in collaboration with WXYC and UNC's Area Studies Centers that intersperses world regional music with dialogue shared by relevant expert guest-scholars from UNC Chapel Hill. This month's episode is sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.

Listen to past broadcasts of the Global Music Show here.



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Anna Brigevich
International Education Program Coordinator
Center for European Studies/EU Center of Excellence
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3449
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