January 10, 2013

In this newsletter:

Sustainability Symposium: "Water and Energy in the Crosshairs"
CES Events and News
LAC Courses Offered this Semester
Apply for CES Funding - Deadline Jan 31
Conferences and Calls for Papers
Resources for K-12 Educators

UNC’s Global Sustainability Symposium presents “Water and Energy in the Crosshairs”

IcelandIceland's Blue Lagoon Spa, located on a lava field and fed by water output by the nearby geothermal power plant. Iceland is a leader in the renewable energy sector.

This third in a four-part series on global sustainability brings together local and global experts to explore key issues related to water and energy in an inter-disciplinary and community gathering. Beyond education, the symposium aims to present possible solutions with examples of best practices, to stimulate a productive discussion, and to enrich the network of those interested and informed about issues like climate change and water.

Event: Keynote address by Christian Parenti, author of Tropics of Chaos: Climate Change and the Geography of Violence

Thursday, February 7, 2013 | 5 - 8 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

Christian ParentiChristian Parenti is a professor of sustainable development at the School for International Training, Graduate Institute, a visiting scholar at the at the CUNY Grad Center, and a contributing editor at The Nation. He is the author of four books, the most recent being Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (Nation Books, July 2011).

Climate change is unleashing cascades of extreme weather which directly and indirectly fuel unrest and violence across ever-larger parts of the Global South. Drawing on his recently published Tropic of Chaos professor Christian Parenti will show how environmental crisis is already converging with and exacerbating the socially destabilizing legacies of cold war militarism and neoliberal economics. At the same time, many governments and militaries in the Global North are preparing for the political effects of climate disruption, domestically with greater surveillance and police power, and internationally with programs of permanent open-ended counterinsurgency.

Author book-signing and a reception will follow the keynote address. This event is free and open to the public; no registration needed.

Event: Panel presentations, discussion, and closing keynote

Friday, February 8, 2013 | 8 am - 4 pm | Kenan Center, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-Chapel Hill

The morning of Friday, February 8th will feature two expert panels. The first will address energy-water supply-side issues, led by speakers with expertise in specific world regions (e.g., Brazil, China, Europe, Africa and the US). During the second panel. business leaders from energy- and water-intensive industries (PepsiCo, Burt's Bees and Trucost) will speak about their companies’ water and energy sustainability efforts. In the afternoon, Michael Mehling and Dale Medearis will give a joint presentation on Germany’s renewable energy policies and their applicability to the US. Closing keynote speaker Ted Howes will explore the most effective behaviors individuals can adopt as a consumers, business leaders, policy makers, students, educators, and politically active citizens.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Please register by January 31.

For more information on the event and on how to register, please visit the Sustainability Symposium website: http://areastudies.unc.edu/sustainability-symposium/. For questions, please email Anna Brigevich at brigevich@unc.edu.

This symposium is a cross-disciplinary collaboration between the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Center for international Business Education and Research and UNC’s Center for European StudiesCenter for Slavic, Eurasian & East European StudiesAfrican Studies Center and Institute for the Environment supported with funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the European Union. 

CES Events and News

North Carolina German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series
Seminar: "Internment Camps and the Politics of Denazification"

Sunday, January 20, 2013 | 5 - 7 pm | UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall

Kristen Dolan, a doctoral candidate in the History Department at UNC-Chapel Hill, will speak about the politics and policies of denazification in post-WW II American occupied Germany. In 1945, American authorities interned a wide array of Nazi Party-affiliated Germans. A year later, the Americans concluded that successful reorientation would require increased German participation. Dolan's talk shows that from the outset the Germans authorities sought to distance themselves from the Third Reich while mediating between American guidance, public expectations, and their own vision of democracy. As society transformed, both Americans and Germans increasingly viewed civilian internment as an obstacle to moving forward.

For more information about the event, please see flyer and visit the NCGS website.

In cooperation with the Research Triangle Seminar Series of the History of Military, War and Society; sponsored by Carolina Seminars, The Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies, the Duke and UNC Centers for European Studies, the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and the Duke and UNC Departments of Germanic Languages and Literatures and History.

"Conversations on Europe" Speaker Series
"The Next Member State: Croatia's Path to the European Union"

Croatian anti-EU bannerPhoto Credit: REUTERS/Nikola Solic. Eurosceptic banner protesting Croatia's joining the EU. Croatia is set to become the 28th EU member on July 1, 2013.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | 12 - 1:30 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, TBD

Join us in the new year for another installment of our videoconferencing series that brings together participants at several remote sites to discuss Europe-related issues. In this conversation, we will use Croatia's impending accession to the EU as a starting point for a discussion of the history and politics in the Southern Balkans, the Europeanization process, and enlargement.

You can view previous Conversations videos here. Past topics have included the Eurozone crisis, Germany's new role in the EU, Ireland's debt crisis, and the EU in the Middle East.

The Duke-UNC "Gender, War and Culture" Series
Gender, War and Violence: Remembering the 1990s Balkan War

Dubravka ZarkovEvents with Dubravka Zarkov, Associate Professor of Gender, Conflict and Development at the International Institute of Social Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and author of The Body of War: Media, Ethnicity and Gender in the Break-up of Yugoslavia (2007) and Gender, Conflict, Development (2008). Join us for a two-day symposium on the Balkan wars. Day one (January 24, 2013) will feature the screening of Angelina Jolie's "In the Land of Blood and Honey" and will be followed by a podium discussion of the movie. On day two (January 25, 2013), Zarkov will participate in a luncheon reading seminar in the afternoon and will deliver a public lecture in the evening.

Please see flyer for a full listing of the symposium activities. For the reading see http://gwc.web.unc.edu/. Registration for the reading seminar is required. Please register with Friederike Bruehoefener (fbruehoe@email.unc.edu) by January 20, 2013.

CO-CONVENERS: UNC-Chapel Hill: College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, Center for European Studies, Center for Global Initiatives, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense, Department of History, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Research Triangle Seminar Series on the History of Military, War and Society, Triangle Institute for Security Studies and West Triangle Chapter of the United Nations Association.

Ambassadors Forum
Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Discusses the Balkans

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

Philip ReekerPhilip T. Reeker, deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs and former U.S. ambassador to Macedonia, will visit the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. During his visit, he will give a talk on "The Balkans: from War and 'Ethnic Cleansing' to Democratization and Integration into Europe." His remarks will consider the complex history and politics of this volatile region from the Bosnian war in the early 1990s to the promising developments of the present.

A career foreign service officer, Ambassador Reeker assumed his current position on August 8, 2011. He supervises the office of South-Central European Affairs and is responsible for U.S. relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Reeker served as U.S. ambassador to Macedonia from September 2008 until August 2011. In 2003, he received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy and traveled domestically and internationally as the "Spokesman at Large" for the State Department, giving talks and interviews on U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy from 2003 to 2004.

Event Contacts:  Klaus Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor, Department of History, larres@email.unc.edu, 919.962.8079. Erica Edwards, executive director, Center for European Studies, eedwards@unc.edu, 919.962.6765. Media Contact: Katie Bowler Young, director of global relations, UNC Global, kbowler@unc.edu, 919.962.4504.

Tournées Film Festival at UNC

February 6 - 27, 2013| 7 pm | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

The Tournées Festival is a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses. The Festival is a great opportunity to introduce French and Francophone culture to the undergraduate community at UNC. Tournées will be showing a variety of movies that will please all students from different disciplines, and at a range of French proficiency levels (all movies are presented with English subtitles). Bref, du cinéma pour tous les goûts!

Feb 6: La Princesse de Montpensier
Feb 11: Curling
Feb 14: Hadewijch
Feb 19: Le Havre
Feb 27: L'Heure d'Été

Please see flyer for further information about the films. Refreshments will be served before the film screenings.

Presented by the Department of French and Francophone Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill. Support for the Tournées Festival is provided by Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States / Centre National de la Cinématographie et l’Image Animée CampusFrance / Florence Gould Foundation / highbrow entertainment.

North Carolina German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series
Workshop: "Creating Participatory Democracy: Green Politics in Germany since 1983"

Green march to protest nuclearpowerPhoto Credit: Spiegel Online. The Green party leadership marches to protest nuclear power in 2010.

In March 1983, the West German Greens became the first new party to enter the Bundestag since the early days of the Federal Republic. This workshop, which will take place on the thirtieth anniversary of the Greens’ March 1983 entrance into the West German parliament, will use that occasion as an opportunity to raise new questions about the democratic visions and achievements of the Greens and their predecessors in the New Social Movements. Specifically, we will ask how Green politics challenged West German democratic praxis and question whether the Greens’ understanding of democracy changed when they entered parliament in 1983.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 | Duke University, The John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies

4:30 pm: Graduate Reading Seminar with Belinda Davis (Rutgers University)

7:00 pm: Keynote address by Andrei S. Markovits (University of Michigan) - "Reflections on the German Left thirty years beyond the Greens' Entrance into the Budestag'

Friday, March 1, 2013 | UNC Chapel Hill, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall

9 am - 4 pm: Panel presentations on "New Social Movements, Public Participation, and the Emergence of Green Politics" and "Out of the Streets and into the Bundestag: Participatory Democracy in Parliament"

4:30 pm: Roundtable on "The Green Challenge: Constructing Participatory Democracy for Post-Industrial Society"

To register for the workshop, please contact Stephen Milder (smilder@unc.edu) by February 15, 2013. For more information on this event and the NCGS Series, please visit: http://www.unc.edu/ncgs and see program flyer.

The NCGS Series is sponsored by Carolina Seminars; Duke University: Center for European Studies, Department of Germanic Languages & Literature, Department of History; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Center for European Studies, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages & Literatures, Department of History, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, The Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies.

LAC Courses Offered this Semester

Enroll in a spring 2013 Languages Across the Curriculum course!

AFRI 101: Introduction to African Civilization
Swahili supplementary discussion section – Mo 10:00-10:50AM

BUSI 499 sec 014:  Business Topics in Latin America
Spanish seminar  TuTh 12:30-1:45PM (starts 3/18/12)

Combined discussion section in Arabic (W 5:00-5:50PM) for:
ASIA 435: Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa
ASIA 452: Muslim Women and Veiling: Transnational Perspectives
HIST 276: The Modern Middle East (ASIA 276)
RELI 181: Later Islamic Civilization and Modern Muslim Cultures (ASIA 181)

ENST 201: Introduction to Environment and Society
Spanish recitation – Mo 5:00-5:50PM

GERM 257: Society and Culture of Postwar Germany (HIST 257, POLI 257, SOCI 257)
German supplementary discussion – Time TBA

POLI 239: Introduction to European Politics
French recitation – Fr 1:00-1:50PM

For more info, visit the UNC Area Studies website at: http://areastudies.unc.edu/lac/undergrad.
To enroll, email the LAC Program Coordinator at lac@unc.edu.

Apply for CES Funding

Foreign Language and Area Studies Awards

Each year, the US Department of Education awards Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) funding to Area Studies Centers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. FLAS funds are awarded in a competitive process open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students to pursue foreign language and area studies for professional purposes. FLAS funds are intended to support high-level second language acquisition among US professionals. UNC Area Studies Centers offer over 30 academic year and more than 22 summer FLAS fellowships each year providing more than $1 million annually in graduate student support. For details, please visit the FLAS website http://areastudies.unc.edu/flas/

Application Deadline: January 31, 2013, for both academic-year and summer awards.

CES Research Awards Competition

For all competitions please send the required documents from a UNC email account to europe@unc.edu. All CES grantees are asked to submit a brief (one page) report on the funded project at the end of the grant period. Proposals are evaluated by the Steering Committee of the Center in early March and decisions announced by mid-March.

Faculty Funding Opportunities
Unless otherwise indicated, the deadline for all faculty awards listed herein is April 1, 2013. For details, visit www.unc.edu/depts/europe/research_funding/fundingfaculty.htm

  • Faculty Curriculum Development Awards
    Faculty awards are available to develop new undergraduate or graduate European courses or to substantially revise existing courses to include significant European content.
  • Faculty Travel Awards
    The Center for European Studies offers a limited number of travel awards to UNC-Chapel Hill faculty to present research on contemporary Europe or EU studies at domestic and international conferences.
  • Faculty and Graduate Student Joint Projects
    One to two awards will be made to teams of graduate students and faculty working on joint projects on European topics leading to publication.

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities
Unless otherwise indicated, the deadline for all grad student awards listed herein is January 31, 2013. For details, visit www.unc.edu/depts/europe/research_funding/fundinggrad.htm

  • European Union Center of Excellence Summer Research Fellowships
    CES will offer two awards to UNC-CH graduate students to conduct pre-dissertation research on the EU or on a comparative European topic (i.e. involving more than one European country) in Europe during summer 2012.
  • Graduate Student Research Travel
    CES offers a limited number of travel awards to UNC-CH graduate students to present research on the EU or on a comparative European topic (i.e. involving more than one European country) at domestic and international conferences.
  • Faculty and Graduate Student Joint Projects
    One to two awards will be made to teams of graduate students and faculty working on joint projects on European topics leading to publication.

Undergraduate Student Funding Opportunities
For details, visit www.unc.edu/depts/europe/research_funding/fundingundergrad.htm

  • Undergraduate Student Research Travel
    CES will offer two travel awards to UNC-CH undergraduate students to present research on the EU or on a comparative European topic (i.e. involving more than one European country) at domestic conferences. The deadline is on-going throughout the academic year while funds are available.
  • European Union Center of Excellence Competition for Undergraduate Travel
    Two awards will be made to UNC undergraduate students for participation in a summer program organized by the European Commission. Students from EU Centers of Excellence across the US will join a four day study tour of EU institutions in Brussels.

Conferences and Calls for Papers

UACES 43rd Annual Conference

September 2 - 4, 2013 | University of Leeds, the UK

The UACES welcomes panel and paper proposals dealing with all areas of contemporary European Studies and from across academic disciplines including law, economics, geography, history, sociology, public policy and politics. Proposals from established academics, practitioners and well-prepared doctoral students are all encouraged. The UACES provides an independent forum for informed debate and discussion of European affairs. It is directly involved in promoting research and teaching in European Studies as well as bringing together academics with practitioners active in European affairs.

For more information about the conference and on how to submit a paper proposal, please visit website.

Proposal Deadline: January 18, 2013

XV World Economy Meeting
Shifting Wealth in the World Economy

June 5 - 7, 2013 | University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain

The World Economy Society is now inviting proposals for paper and poster presentations at the annual World Economy Meeting. The over-riding theme of the meeting is Shifting Wealth in the World Economy. Proposals are encouraged on all areas of the world economy. Abstracts should include paper title, author name and affiliation, email, keywords, JEL codes and should not exceed 100 words. Abstracts can be submitted in English or Spanish. Detailed instructions on how to submit your abstract are available on line at the official congress website. Please submit your abstracts by clicking HERE.We encourage submissions from both senior and junior scholars as well as non-academics around the world.

Proposal Deadline: January 30, 2013

"Regional Integration and EU - Latin America/Caribbean Relations" Seminar

Friday, March 1, 2013 | University of Miami, European Union Center

The goal of the seminar is to evaluate the current state of the field in the context of the EU-CELAC summit to be held in Santiago, Chile. The seminar is geared towards academics and practitioners from the US and Europe. Requirements for active participation: a paper of a length of 4,000-6,000 words, in draft form, by January 31 (only subject to editing). Final submission of the paper is due by March 5. Papers will be published in Spanish in an edited volume on May 9, 2013 (Europe Day). However, seminar discussion may be in English. For previous models of the seminar, please visit http://www.as.miami.edu/eucenter/publications/books.

For information, please contact Joaquín Roy, jroy@miami.edu/phone or 305-284-3266.

Paper Submission Deadline: January 31, 2013

Resources for K-12 Educators

Congratulations to Chapel-Hill-Carrboro City Schools!

The Delegation of the European Union to the USA awarded its fourth “Getting to Know Europe” grant to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.  The award is 55,000 euros or about $67,000, which will help fund teachers and students from lower-income families to participate in Smith Middle School's European Exchange this spring.  This award also supports community events such as Europe Day, the Euro-zone during Global Connections, and the parade of European nations for the Walk for Education, as well as EU professional development. BIOMERIEUX, A local French company in Durham, is partnering with the EU by awarding $21,000 to support these unique international experiences for teachers and students. Please visit Robin McMahon's website to learn more about the European Exchange and Europe Day.

News about Euro Challenge Competition

It is not too late to register your school for the Euro Challenge regional competition, to be held March 22 (date subject to change) at UNC-Chapel Hill. To learn more about the Euro Challenge competition please visit website.

Student and Teacher Orientation: To help students better prepare for the Euro Challenge, please join us in late January for a free orientation. Students and teachers will learn about the rules of the competition, receive a primer on the economy of the European Union, and get a chance to ask questions about their presentations.

Please contact Anna Brigevich with any questions.

Youth Leadership Program in Central Europe, Summer 2013

Teachers, do you know a high school sophomore or junior who is a student leader? If so, please make them aware of this exciting opportunity:

The Youth Leadership Program offers young student leaders in North Carolina an extraordinary opportunity to meet student peers from Central Europe on their summer visit to Raleigh, then to travel to Central Europe for reciprocal exchange!  Students will connect with young leaders from Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Hungary, while learning about new cultures and developing their leadership skills. The Youth Leadership Program for Central Europe is administered by the International Affairs Council (Raleigh/Research Triangle, NC), in collaboration with key partner organizations in DC.

Read the YLPCE flyer, watch the video, and get details and application.

Questions?  Please contact Ellie Gamache, Youth Leadership Program Coordinator, International Affairs Council (Raleigh/Research Triangle, NC) [ylpce2013@iacnc.org; 919-838-9191]. 


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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
919-962-2494 (fax)
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