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Tuesday, May 3 to Wednesday, May 4

Designing Effective Climate Policy
16th Annual Policy Conference
8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Twentieth Century Club, Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence

Broad international treaties attempting to tackle climate change have had limited effects at best, leading a handful of countries and jurisdictions to experiment with alternative strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This conference will study (1) the effectiveness of these various strategies, (2) whether they are politically viable, and (3) whether they can be scaled up. Academics and practitioners will compare and contrast experiences in both Europe and the United States in the hopes of designing more effective climate policy on both sides of the Atlantic.

The aim of the conference is to study (1) the effectiveness of these various strategies, (2) whether they are politically viable in the long run, and (3) whether they can be scaled up. Academic researchers and practitioners will present, and contrast the experiences in Europe and the United States.
The Keynote address will be given by Gernot Wagner, Senior Economist at the Environmental Defense Fund, co-author of Climate Shock, which was short-listed by the Financial Times as book of the year.
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Saturday, May 7

Europe Day Festival
12:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center

On May 7, 2016 the European Studies Center at Pitt's University Center for International Studies will be hosting its first ever Europe Day Festival! The festival, which will run from 12:00 PM – 7:30 PM in and around Posvar Hall (230 S. Bouquet Street), will be a celebration of European culture, cuisine, and heritage. Local artisans and vendors will create a dynamic marketplace and performances of regional song and dance will be presented on the main stage. Artistic demonstrations, music and children’s activities will take place throughout the day.

For more information please visit www.ucis.pitt.edu/eurofest.

Saturday, May 21

Reacting to the Past Workshop: An Interdisciplinary Classroom Simulation
9:00 am
Dr. David Henderson and Dr. Susan Henderson with Reacting to the Past
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Reacting to the Past - Barnard College
Kathy Ayers
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Participate in a classroom simulation that relives negotiations on air pollution and acid rain among European nations between 1979-1989.

The international simulation "Acid Rain in the European Environment" incorporates social studies, chemistry, and English content. Students engage in analyzing primary source documents as well as scientific data and graphs.

As a participant in this workshop, you'll learn about the science behind acid rain while understanding the historical context of the negotiations to take back to your classroom. Social studies, science, math and language arts teachers are strongly encouraged to register!

Workshop details:
-Breakfast and lunch will be served
-Parking will be provided
-Teachers will earn Act 48 hours
-Participants will be free classroom resources and materials

Please visit http://tinyurl.com/RTTPworkshop to register now!