The high school 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 daylong simulation. Playing the roles of presidents and prime ministers, students spend a day engaged in intense negotiations over conflicting issues about the EU. 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.
Wednesday, December 2
Welfare systems are going through a process of major change. These changes risk undermining the very nature of and philosophy behind the welfare systems of all developed countries. Every country has developed a specific social security system linked to its economic system. Recent important changes have reopened the debate about the classification of welfare regimes and researchers have explored the differences between the philosophies undergirding policies throughout Europe. In most of the European countries, policy-making has followed autonomous and independent paths. These processes have produced heterogeneous regional welfare systems, relative to the policies (health, social security, elderly, etc.) and to the territories specific to that region. In Italy, a cross-sectional analysis of regional systems shows that there is differentiation in governance models not only between regions, but also at the regional level. The presentation will focus on the relative reform proposed by the Italian Parliament in October 2015 and its potential implications on economic and social policies more broadly.
Please join K&L Gates and co-sponsors, the Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy, the University of Pittsburgh European Studies Center, and the German American Chambers of Commerce as former European Parliament member and current Brussels K&L Gates partner, Ignasi Guardans discusses the state of U.S. and EU economic and commercial ties. The likely impact of the pending Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations on economic growth, trade and consumer privacy also will be addressed. More than thirteen million jobs currently are supported by transatlantic trade and investment and the future possibilities are significant but rapidly changing.
Thursday, December 3
The European Treaties were drafted for a navigation in good weather conditions, not for what we are living through". This simple image summarizes a general perception in Europe: financial tensions among members, dramatic security threats, immigration out of control, nationalism, Brexit... Are those only huge political concerns, or existential challenges for the EU? Is the European Project in danger?
Friday, December 4
ALL MAJORS WELCOME!
In the fourth installment of our International Career Toolkit Series, we will discuss teaching English abroad and how to prepare for it. Teaching English abroad in public schools, private, schools, universities, and private companies is a great way to immerse yourself in different cultures while gaining valuable experience that will make you stand out when applying to graduate school or jobs. You do not need to be an English or Education major to teach English abroad! Our panelists include invited guests: Pitt alum and current graduate student Crystal Christophe who taught English in South Korea and Oman; Lee Ann Bryan of the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council who taught English at a private school in Slovakia, and in Pittsburgh through Literacy AmeriCorps; Pitt student Michelle Grant who taught English in Spain; and others! Come hear their stories and get ready to teach abroad!
Friday, December 11
The UN Climate Change Conference (COP 21 / CMP 11) taking place in Paris November 30-December 11, 2015 seeks to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2⁰C. This will not be an easy goal to reach, as many scientists say the gases we have already emitted into the atmosphere will inevitably lead to a 2 degree increase. Expectations are high on all sides – with optimists and pessimists alike touting this as our last chance to avert catastrophe. This month’s session of our Conversations on Europe series of virtual roundtables will assemble a panel of experts to provide their views of what was accomplished and what was lost in the negotiations. Are the dire prognostications reasonable? And what are the next steps? Audience participation is encouraged. For more information or to participate remotely, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audience participation is encouraged. For more information or to participate remotely, contact email@example.com.
Michaël Aklin, Assistant Professor, Political Science
Wil Burns, Co-Executive Director, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, American University
Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, Research Fellow, European Energy Policy, Jacques Delors Institute
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