This page announces program deadlines, upcoming events, and special TAM activities. Additionally, this page serves as a portal to the annual TransAtlantic Perspectives online journal, authored by TAM students and edited by Sarah Hutchison.
TAM graduates gathered with administrators, professors and site directors June 14 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the TAM program. The party took place at Winston House, UNC's London property on Bedford Square. Site representatives from Amsterdam, Bath, Berlin, Bremen, Madrid, Paris, and Siena, a current TAM student, and alumni from the classes of 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2013 attended the party.
UNC Professor John Stephens delivered remarks and read a congratulatory letter sent by Dr. Ronald P. Strauss, UNC-CH's Executive Vice Provost and Chief International Officer. Professor Paul Corner from the University of Siena spoke about TAM I's origins, and Professor Henk Overbeek talked about the history of TAM II. All assembled toasted to TAM's continued success and happy birthday!
Professor John Stephens makes remarks and reads those from Dr. Ronald Strauss
TAM graduates from the class of 2006 enjoy the company at Winston House
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TAM program celebrates milestone anniversaries
2013 marks the 15th anniversary of UNC-CH’s TransAtlantic Masters (TAM) program. At the same time our program’s newer track (TAM II), focused on European governance, turns five. The Center for European Studies is proud to host TAM, a highly successful and innovative program of graduate instruction that affords MA students the opportunity to study the transatlantic partnership on both sides of the Atlantic. Our 5th and 15th anniversaries give us the opportunity to marvel at the accomplishments of our graduates and to think of new ways to attract top applicants and best serve our students.
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New TAM graduates celebrate in Chapel Hill
The TransAtlantic Masters Program graduated 17 students at UNC in May. Each degree-holder is part of TAM's fifteenth graduating class.
About half of the class of 2013 returned to Chapel Hill to take part in commencement festivities. Professor John Stephens and his wife, Professor Evelyne Huber, hosted a reception at their home on the evening of May 11. Eight TAM graduates celebrated their recent academic and professional accomplishments with assembled program administrators, family and friends. The next day, a few of the TAM graduates donned their robes and took part in UNC's commencement ceremony. TAM wishes each of our new graduates a hearty congratulations!
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Class of 2014 TAM student awarded prestigious fellowship
TAM II student Megan Poole recently received a DACOR Bacon House Foundation Fellowship to fund her second year in TAM. She is the first student from Carolina to earn this prestigious award designed specifically for second-year MA students who are US nationals with an interest in foreign service.
Next year Megan plans to study at the VU University, Amsterdam. She received her BA in Peace, War, and Defense and Political Science, graduating with Highest Honors and Distinction from UNC-Chapel Hill in May 2011. She then moved to Seoul, Korea, to teach English at a private academy. Previously, Megan worked as a policy researcher for UNC’s Public Policy Clinic. In addition, Megan studied abroad in the Czech Republic and traveled extensively through Europe and Asia. This summer Megan will intern in Washington, DC, in the Political Section of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.
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TAM students travel to New York for events and site visits
TAM II students spent four days in April in New York, taking part in the second annual international graduate student workshop with colleagues from NYU and the University of Hannover, Germany. The first evening students attended a TAM alumni dinner and met up with TAM graduates who live and work in the city. The next day, the students made four site visits to Human Rights Watch, the Delegation of the European Union to the UN (pictured below), the Danish Consulate and Freedom House. They attended NYU's 2013 Max Weber Chair Conference called "Powerhouse at the Crossroads: Germany Before the Elections 2013."
This trip was made possible by generous funding from the DAAD and the EU. We would like to extend a special thank you to the TAM grads who made the site visits at their places of employment possible. We also thank Professor Christiane Lemke, the 2010-13 holder of the Max Weber Chair in German and European Studies at NYU, professor of political science at Leibniz University Hannover, and director of the Jean Monnet European Center of Excellence, who made this opportunity possible.
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As a result of donations from TAM graduates, we were recently able to offer a tuition scholarship to one of our international students. The recipient of these funds is a Swedish national named Johan Hassel. As a TAM II student Johan will go on to study in Barcelona after his year at UNC-CH. This summer he graduated from Lund University with a degree in business administration and political science. He has recently served as secretary general of the International Union of Socialist Youth and as a member of the Advisory Committee on Youth for the Council of Europe. In addition, he worked as project manager for Middle East at the Olof Palme International Centre 2008. In 2006 he was political advisor to the campaign headquarters of the Swedish Social Democratic Party. From 2004 to 2006 Johan was Deputy Chief of Medical Unit in the Swedish Armed Forces, and from 2002 to 2003 he was Chief of Medical Team KFOR, Kosovo, in the Swedish Armed Forces. In addition to Swedish and English, Johan speaks some German and Spanish.
I recently sat down with Johan to ask him about how he found out about TAM, how he likes the program so far and how he feels knowing he is the first TAM student to receive funding as a result of alumni generosity.
Watch a video of his responses:
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TransAtlantic Perspectives is an online journal produced by TAM with articles contributed by students. The latest edition: Issue XI: Summer Experiences (Fall 2012).