15th Annual Policy Conference

Organized by Professor Michael Kenney (GSPIA)

April 9-10, 2015

Twentieth Century Club


'Conversations On Europe' Videoconferences


Winner of the National 2014 EUCE Outstanding Activity Award

Thank you for your participation in this year's Conversations on Europe series!



Image courtesy of the European Commission

EUCE Wins Two Awards


EUCE's virtual roundtable series, Conversations on Europe, was awarded the 2014 EUCE Outstanding Outreach Activity Award in May 2014. In March, Prof. Carolyn Ban, a Center faculty affiliate, won the Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship for her book.

EUCE/ESC Fellowship & Grant Competitions



Exploring the EU and European Studies

The European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center are constituent units of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS), identified by the United States Council on Learning as one of the exemplary international studies programs in the United States.  The EUCE/ESC has responsibility for coordinating and developing scholarship, teaching, and community events related to Europe.  The Centers do so in cooperation with academic departments, schools, and research units throughout the University.  The Centers support development of new courses, sponsor lectures, symposia, and conferences with international participants, offer faculty and graduate student grants, and provide an intellectual community for students and faculty studying all aspects of contemporary and historical Europe.

Understanding the hopes and problems of the Europe and the European Union in the twenty-first century requires an awareness of the achievements and disasters that Europe has undergone in earlier centuries.  It also requires an appreciation of how identities and cultures were established, how collective memory developed, and how history has shaped current political and economic issues in European Integration.  Contemporary Europe can be best understood by exploring how history, culture, law, politics, and economics intersect.  Two centers at the University of Pittsburgh, the EUROPEAN UNION CENTER OF EXCELLENCE and the EUROPEAN STUDIES CENTER encourage such interdisciplinary thinking--forming the EUCE/ESC.

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