Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 25 to Tuesday, January 31

LinkIn and Networking Workshops
Time:
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
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 and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Tim An
Contact Email:
ysa@pitt.edu

Want to improve career placement skills in networking, communication, and resume writing? Come attend these events sponsored by the Career Development and Placement Assistance Office.

Tuesday, January 24, Government Resume Workshop presented by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 1 p.m. in 224 WPU
Wednesday, January 25: Elevator Pitch Workshop at 11 a.m.-12p.m., in 224 WPU with snacks
Thursday, January 26: LinkedIn Profile Workshop at 10 a.m. in 224 WPU with Donuts
Thursday, January 26: LinkedIn Networking Workshop at 11 a.m. in 224 WPU with snack
Thursday, January 26: Practice networking from 4-6 p.m., Kurtzman Room, WPU, Hors d’oeuvres and Refreshments, prizes
Monday, January 30, Elevator Speech and LinkedIn, 2 pm 224, WPU
Tuesday, January 31, Networking Workshop (including Elevator Pitch) at noon in 224 WPU

Students attending the International Career Toolkit Series: 2017 Washington DC trip MUST attend and participate in two of the following workshops.

Monday, January 30

History as Politics: Coming to Terms with the Past in Post-Soviet Latvia
Geschichte als Politikum: Lettland und die Aufarbeitung nach der Diktatur
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Katja Wezel, DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History
Location:
3703 Posvar Hall, History Department Lounge
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of History

History as Politics: Coming to Terms with the Past in Post-Soviet Latvia (Geschichte als Politikum: Lettland und die Aufarbeitung nach der Diktatur) explores post-Communist Latvia, a restored independent state, which emerged from the ashes of the Soviet Union facing a range of challenges. The Soviet period had transformed the region, leaving sizeable Russian-speaking minorities in the Baltic states. As Latvia sought membership in the European Union and NATO, its treatment of national minorities came into the spotlight, viewed as inter-ethnic conflict by international observers. However, the book argues that at the core of the conflict were not so much ethnic tensions but instead diverging historical perceptions. Free speech and post-Soviet democratization unleashed conflicting historical narratives from the different ethnic groups, resulting in fierce debates about World War II and its aftermath.

The discussion of this book will be in English, and will feature commentary by:
John Connelly, University of California, Berkeley
Randall Halle, University of Pittsburgh

Reception to follow.

Monday, February 6 to Friday, February 17

‘The Great War in Great Outlines’
Exhibition
Time:
(All day)
Location:
Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Join us for an exhibition sponsored by the Belgium Embassy entitled ‘The Great War in Great Outlines.'

Tuesday, February 21

Conversations on Europe: Transgender Europe
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Various
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Ashley DiGregorio
Contact Email:
aad87@pitt.edu

Friday, February 24 to Saturday, February 25

2017 Undergraduate Model EU
Time:
6:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
Duquesne University
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and 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 will be given to the most effective delegations and best individual position papers.

This year's competition will host universities from across the region and will take place on Duquesne University’s campus.

To register your school now to go: http://tinyurl.com/2017-UMEU.

Wednesday, March 8

2017 Euro Challenge Competition
Time:
8:30 am to 2:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

The Euro Challenge is a national competition for cash prizes where 9th and 10th grade high school students test their knowledge and understanding of the European economy and the Euro, the currency shared by many of the 28 countries of the European Union.

Thursday, March 16 to Saturday, March 18

A Diversity of (European) Identities: From the Subnational to the Supranational
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and European Union Studies Association along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
Contact:
Allyson Delnore
Contact Phone:
4126487405
Contact Email:
adelnore@pitt.edu

This two-day conference will bring together scholars from across sub-fields to discuss identity in the European context. We will focus on the development, transformation, transmission, expression, and politicization of three types of identity – subnational, national, and European – and how these identities overlap with each other. Panels will be organized around these three identities and focus on one of the thematic areas. As an interdisiciplinary conference, participants will be drawn from across the humanities, social sciences, and professional fields. Participants will come from across the disciplines at Pitt, other universities in the region, universities in the US and in Europe. Confirmed keynote speakers include Monserrat Guibernau (Sociology, University of Cambridge) and Matthew Goodwin (Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, UK).

Tuesday, March 21

Conversations on Europe- The Dutch Bellweather: What is the Forecast for a "Nexit" or "Frexit"?
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Various
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Ashley DiGregorio
Contact Email:
aad87@pitt.edu

Thursday, March 30 to Saturday, April 1

Faculty Research Workshop: Marriage Equality in Advanced Industrialized Democracies
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Helma de Vries-Jordan, University of Pittsburgh - Bradford (faculty organizer)
Location:
TBA
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost and European Union
Contact:
Allyson Delnore
Contact Phone:
624-5404
Contact Email:
adelnore@pitt.edu

Marriage equality movements in advanced industrialized democracies have been remarkably successful in achieving policy change. From 2001 to 2016, marriage equality has been achieved in nearly two dozen states. Since many of these victories occurred in Europe, North America, and Oceania, it is timely to organize a conference in which scholars and participants can explore how marriage equality is impacting the future of LGBTQ rights. The pathways to marriage equality have been incredibly varied, including legislation, litigation, and referendums. Moreover, marriage equality has been achieved across a broad range of institutional climates, from parliamentary to presidential systems and from federal to unitary states. The increasingly transnational networks of activists working to advance marriage equality may have contributed to the policy diffusion of marriage equality. Despite the extension of marriage equality, the LGBTQ community continues to experience discrimination and harassment, and in some states, legal protections regarding non-discrimination, parenting, or gender recognition are inadequate.

The faculty research workshop on marriage equality in advanced industrialized democracies will be held from March 30th to April 1st, 2017, at the University of Pittsburgh. This international conference is organized by Professor Helma de Vries-Jordan, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Law, under the leadership of the European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence. The workshop integrates social movements scholarship concerning marriage equality, other LGBTQ rights, and gender equality, placing them in comparative and international perspective. The conference will bring together some of the leading scholars in this field, presenting papers and engaging in dialogue about future directions for scholarship, with the goal of promoting collaborations between scholars and interactions amongst conference participants which will include faculty, students, and community members.

The conference will examine the factors that have influenced marriage equality movements and relevant LGBTQ rights policy-making, both in states with marriage equality and in states with ongoing campaigns. Causal factors that may be explored include dynamics in the political opportunity structure, identity-based versus strategic framing of issues, diffusion of norms regarding LGBTQ rights, and networking of activists. We will explore a number of central debates regarding the impact of marriage equality on the future of LGBTQ rights and regarding the transnational social movements working to advance gender and sexual equality. Questions will include: How has marriage equality impacted or been influenced by progress on other LGBTQ rights issues, or has marriage equality contributed to backlash or delays in achieving other rights? How have marriage equality movements’ level of inclusiveness regarding sexual and gender minorities impacted their advocacy and post-marriage equality policy outcomes? Finally, how portable are the strategies, frames, resources, and networks of activists across borders, and how has cooperation or conflict between activists across borders influenced these movements?

Friday, April 7

European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium 2017
Time:
(All day)
Location:
Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and International Business Center along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
Contact:
Gina Peirce
Contact Phone:
4126482290
Contact Email:
gbpeirce@pitt.edu

The Undergraduate Research Symposium (formerly "Europe: East and West") is an annual event since 2002 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 are grouped into panels according to their research topics and will give 10- to 15-minute presentations to a panel of faculty and graduate students. Presentations are open to the public.

Tuesday, April 11

Conversations on Europe- Portuguese Identity: Iberia, Europe, and the World (In Portuguese)
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Various
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Ashley DiGregorio
Contact Email:
aad87@pitt.edu

Friday, April 28

UCIS Graduation Ceremony
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
Ballroom A, University Club
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center

Wednesday, May 3

Conversations on Europe: Transatlantic Relations After the First 100 Days
Time:
12:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence