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Thursday, February 11

Property Rights: A Major Driver in EU/US Differences in Drilling for Shale Gas, and a Relatively Unexplored Factor Underlying Broader EU/US Environmental Policy
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Bernard Goldstein, Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Public Health
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Lunch reserved for pre-registered participants, to register please click on the website below.
Contact Email:
europeanstudies@pitt.edu

As a follow-up to research undertaken as a part of EU-GLOBAL, an EU-funded International Researcher and Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) Grant Pitt received along with four partners in the U.S. and Europe, Dr. Bernard Goldstein, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health, will present his work on the method of shale gas extraction known as “fracking”.

Dr. Goldstein will present a manuscript summarizing studies performed while a visiting professor at the University of Cologne Department of Political Science and European Affairs. While initially focusing on the role of property rights in the differing rate of shale gas development, he found evidence of increasing and broadening concern among the US conservatives, but not the EU right wing, that environmental sustainability and related issues are an attack on US property rights, and that this emerging difference is likely to further heighten EU/US disparities on environmental issues. He will also present preliminary evidence that there are EU/US differences in the formation and role of boundary organizations, such as the Center for Sustainable Shale Development.

The paper is now available for download here: http://tinyurl.com/jlc89qm. Dr. John Keeler, Dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, will offer remarks and moderate the question and answer session.

Lunch will be available for pre-registered attendees. Please register by noon February 10, 2016 at: http://tinyurl.com/z5bznaw.

Tuesday, February 16

Conversations on Europe: Whose Legacy? Museums and National Heritage Debates
Time:
12:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Kate Bowersox
Contact Email:
kal68@pitt.edu

In this month’s virtual roundtable Conversation on Europe, our panel of experts will discuss the ethical and legal questions museums in the Europe and North America face in the on-going debates over art repatriation, conservation, and national vs. universal heritage. Please join us in person or remotely for what promises to be a wide-ranging examination of the topic from the various perspectives of museum curation, art history, anthropology, archeology, and law. Audience participation is encouraged. For more information or to participate remotely, contact kal68@pitt.edu.

Panelists:

Dr. Erin Peters, Joint Lecturer in Curatorial Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Neil Brodie, Senior Research Fellow at the Scottish Center for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow.

Dr. Susan R. Frankenberg, Program Coordinator, Museum Studies of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Sophie Vigneron, Senior Lecturer, Kent Law School, University of Kent

Dr. Allyson Delnore, Associate Director of the European Studies Center, will moderate this discussion.

Friday, February 26 to Saturday, February 27

Eleventh Annual Graduate Student Conference On The European Union
The EU for Whom? Democracy and Demography in a Shifting Europe
Time:
12:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Location:
University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence and European Union Studies Association
Contact Email:
europeanstudies@pitt.edu

The world is watching as a determined Europe strives to remain united and bridge the democratic deficit. Eurosceptic parties and secessionist referenda are gaining ground within and amongst the member states. As refugee talks become mired in discussion on infrastructure and resources, there lies a deep disagreement on European identity. Is this the same debate that member states have been having for years? Or is this the beginning of a new set of challenges? The Organizing Committee of the Eleventh Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union welcomes submissions from all disciplines and topics including, but not limited to, EU politics, governance, economics, history, security studies, institutions and behavior studies, as well as policy, enlargement, immigration, development, trade, and foreign policy. Papers addressing the theme of the conference will receive special consideration.

The keynote address will be given by Dr. Mai'a Cross, Assistant Professor from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Undergraduate Model EU
Time:
6:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

The undergraduate Model European Union is an annual event that gives students a chance to learn about the workings of the European Union through preparation for and participation in a hands-on two day simulation. Model EU enhances students’ understanding of the issues and challenges facing the 28 member nations of the EU. Awards are given to the most effective delegations and best individual position papers.

This year's competition will host universities from across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois and will take place at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg campus.

Thursday, March 3

The Politics of Shale Gas and Anti-fracking Movements in France and the United Kingdom
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. John Keeler, Dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence along with GSPIA Shale Gas Governance Center
Contact Email:
europeanstudies@pitt.edu

Dr. Keeler will be presenting his research on shale gas and the issue of “fracking” in France and Britain. This event will be co-sponsored by the GSPIA Shale Gas Governance Center. Lunch will be served for pre-registered participants. To RSVP, go to: http://tinyurl.com/zucnh6b.

Saturday, March 5

French Immersion Workshop
Time:
8:30 am
Presenter:
Bonnie Adair-Hauck
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

This Institute offers area secondary school French teachers an opportunity to maintain or improve their language skills, to develop deeper understanding of French culture and its global influence, and to share relevant teaching strategies. The French Immersion Institute hosts three Saturday workshops through the year and an intensive, weeklong workshop beginning in the summer of 2016.

Thursday, March 10

Euro Challenge 2016
Time:
9:00 am
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

The Euro Challenge is a national competition for 9th and 10th grade high school students to test their knowledge and understanding of the European economy and the euro, the currency shared by many of the 28 European Union member nations. Teams of up to five students take on the role of international policymakers to explore real world economic issues and possible solutions and recommendations to those issues.

Students who win the regional competition at the University of Pittsburgh have the opportunity to advance to the national competition in New York City where the tops teams are awarded cash prizes.

Wednesday, March 23

Conversations on Teaching Europe
Teaching European History and Culture Through Art
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

For the European Studies Center's second installment of Conversations on Teaching Europe, we will connect experts and local K-12 teachers via videoconference to discuss strategies and techniques that infuse information about European cultures, people and history as well as contemporary issues into curricula. For this particular webinar, we will discuss the use of European art and architecture in classroom lessons with a faculty expert and two local K-12 teachers.

Friday, April 1

Europe: East and West
Undergraduate Research Symposium
Time:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Presenter:
Selected undergraduate students
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence and International Business Center
Contact:
Gina Peirce
Contact Phone:
412-648-2290
Contact Email:
gbpeirce@pitt.edu

The Europe: East and West Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or other countries of the former Soviet Union. Selected participants give 10- to 15-minute presentations based on their research to panels of faculty and graduate students. The presentations are open to the public.

Saturday, April 9

Teacher Forum on Internationalizing the K-12 Classroom
Enter your project or lesson(s) and show us how you engage students in global awareness, inspire cross-cultural competence, and prepare students for the 21st century.
Time:
8:30 am
Location:
William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center and International Business Center along with The National Consortium for Teaching About Asia
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

The University Center for International Studies will host a Teacher Forum on Internationalizing the K-12 Classroom on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the William Pitt Union on the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus.

The forum will provide educators, either as an individual participant or as a team of two, with the opportunity to present a project or lesson with a regional or global focus that they have used in the classroom. The project or lesson should focus on one or more of the following items: build understanding and awareness of other cultures, analyze multiple perspectives, communicate effectively across diverse groups, or take action on an international or global issue. Teams consisting of an in-service and a pre-service teacher are particularly encouraged to attend.

Educators will participate in a carousel poster presentation competition in the morning session. During this time educators will have the opportunity to learn from one another’s lessons, while also engaging in a judged competition. Each team will be allowed two to three minutes to present their lesson to a set of judges.

Following the morning presentations, educators will participate in a number of workshops that focus on internationalizing the K-12 classroom led by University of Pittsburgh faculty as well as highly qualified teachers from the region.

At the end of the day, all participants will gather together for the awards ceremony. One winner will be selected from each division – elementary, middle, and high school. Each winner will be awarded $500.00.

Saturday, April 23

French Immersion Workshop
Time:
8:30 am
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

This Institute offers area secondary school French teachers an opportunity to maintain or improve their language skills, to develop deeper understanding of French culture and its global influence, and to share relevant teaching strategies. The French Immersion Institute hosts three Saturday workshops through the year and an intensive, weeklong workshop beginning in the summer of 2016.

Saturday, May 21

Acid Rain in the European Environment: A Classroom Simulation
Blending the Humanities and STEM Education: A Curriculum Development Workshop for Secondary Teachers
Time:
9:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence along with Reacting to the Past - Barnard College
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

Saturday, June 18 to Saturday, June 25

Brussels Study Tour
Time:
12:00 pm
Location:
Brussels, Belgium
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence along with University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Miami/Florida International University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Washington and University of Denver
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

What is the Brussels Study Tour?
Each summer the University of Pittsburgh's European Studies Center (ESC) plans a five-day trip to Brussels, Belgium to learn about the European Union in collaboration with university partners from across the nation. ESC is pleased to offer grants for teachers to learn more about the European Union – how it is organized, what it does, and how non-EU institutions work with the EU.

Who can apply for a travel grant?
The European Studies Center is coordinating both a regional and national search for K-12 applicants. Therefore, K-12 teachers from the Western Pennsylvania region or from across the nation can apply for a travel grant to participate in the Brussels Study Tour.

How do I apply?
For more information on the five-day Brussels Study Tour, please visit our Center's website.