Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 21

Panel Discussion -- 'Conversations On Europe' Videoconference: 1914 Revisited? The EU-US Russian Triangle
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4217 Posvar Hall
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence

The centenary anniversary of the Great War has invited numerous commentators to make comparisons between the events leading up to the outbreak of war in 1914 and the current Ukrainian Crisis. This session of the EUCE’s virtual roundtable series asks experts to comment on these comparisons. Can we learn anything about effective conflict prevention from that earlier period? Or are such comparisons too facile, and deceptive? Public participation is welcome.

Panelists will include:
Mark Steinberg, Historian of 19th century Russia at the University of Illinois and co-editor of a new book series at Yale University Press, "Eurasia Past and Present"
Carol Saivetz, Research associate at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and a research affiliate at the Security Studies Program at MIT
Gregor Thum, Historian of Central and Eastern Europe at the University of Pittsburgh and author of "Uprooted: How Breslau Became Wrocław during the Century of Expulsions"
Frank Furedi, Sociologist and author of "First World War: Still No End in Sight"
Andrew Konitzer, Acting Director at the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh

Friday, October 24

Lecture -- Sustainability Policies in the US and Europe: A Comparison of Sources and Outcomes
Professor Michaël Aklin, Assistant Professor of Political Science
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
4217 Posvar Hall
European Studies Center, European Union Studies Association
and the Office of the Provost of the University, Department of Political Science, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

Is Germany the new California? Is Texas the new Denmark? Historically, the political leadership on sustainable development has shifted back and forth between the U.S. and Europe. Nowhere is this as evident as in the promotion of renewable energy. Where do we stand now? Dr. Aklin will explore the sources of renewable energy policies both across continents and vertically within the European Union and the U.S.

Tuesday, October 28

Lecture -- The Triumph of Morality: A Tribute to the Righteous of Greece
Dr. Yolanda Avram-Willis with special guest, Dr. Michael Naragon
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
McConomy Auditorium | University Center, Carnegie Mellon University Campus
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center

Dr. Avram-Willis is a survivor of the Holocaust in Greece.
A light reception and mini-exhibit will follow the lecture.

On October 28, 1940, the cry “OHI” (No!) resounded across all of Greece as the beginning of the Greek people’s bold resistance to the Axis ultimatum to join or be destroyed. The ensuing Nazi occupation of Greece between 1941-1944 ravaged the country and disemboweled entire villages and towns. Even though most of Greece’s Jews were murdered in the Nazi “Final Solution”, Hitler’s savagery was dealt a humiliation as Greek Christians hid, transferred, and otherwise protected as many Greek Jews as possible. From the National Resistance to Archbishop Damaskinos, regional bishops, clergy, civic leaders, and simple families, nowhere else in Nazi-occupied Southern Europe was there so much effort in protecting and saving Jews from the inhumanity of the Nazi regime and its philosophy.

On October 28th, 2014, the Greek-American and Jewish Communities of Western Pennsylvania will come together to remember and to offer a tribute to the Righteous of Greece. The story of Greek Christians protecting and saving Greek Jews remains a largely unexplored aspect of the period’s history and stands in sharp contrast to the darkness of that epoch. It is a story of morality, love, respect, sacrifice, and ultimately an expression of the humanity that binds people together.

For more information, contact info@pahellenicfoundation.org.

Thursday, October 30

Lecture -- Political Competence & Voting Behavior in Elections to the European Parliament
Professor Nick Clark, Susquehanna University
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
4130 Posvar Hall
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence

Dr. Clark’s research focuses on European politics, the European Union, and comparative political behavior. More specifically, his research agenda seeks to empirically assess theoretical claims about the quality of democratic citizenship and governance in multi-level political systems such as the European Union. His lecture will highlight the state of the public’s knowledge about the European Union and how that knowledge influences voting behavior in European elections.

Lecture -- Afropean: Narratives of the 21st Century
Alain Mabanckou (UCLA) and Dominic Thomas (UCLA)
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
602 Cathedral of Learning
African Studies Program, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center
Department of French and Italian and Africana Studies, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Humanities Center

The colloquium aims to draw out the multiple meanings of "Afropean" at the intersection of aesthetic and political forms of expression of the African diaspora. Responses will be given by John Walsh, Department of French and Italian.

Tuesday, December 2

Workshop -- High School Model EU
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence

The EUCE/ESC will be hosting the 2014 High School Model EU, which allows students the opportunity to participate in a simulation of a recent European Council meeting. For more information, please contact EUCE/ESC Assistant Director for External Affairs, Kate Bowersox, at kal68@pitt.edu.

Friday, March 27

Conference -- Graduate Student Conference: Still United? The EU through Enlargement, Crisis, and Transformation
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence

In 2005 Mark Leonard postulated, "Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century.” Ten years later, the EU has seen the rejection of European Treaty, stalled enlargement, the inability of European soft power to affect the Arab spring, a weak response to Russian dismantling of Georgia and Ukraine, and the Eurozone crisis. The rise of nationalist parties threatens the very integrity of the Union. In contrast, the ECB has responded to the crisis with concerted action, Croatia joined the Union as the 28th member, and the final institutional changes of the Lisbon Treaty are taking effect. After such a tumultuous decade, is there still cause for optimism regarding the European project? The Organizing Committee of the Tenth 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.


Abstracts should be 250-300 words in length. Preference will be given to abstracts that clearly specify the research design of the paper, including its theoretical approach and methods. Abstracts must be submitted on-line at http://www.eustudies.org/. Please also upload a current CV with your submission. Participation is limited to authors enrolled in degree-granting graduate or professional programs at the time of the conference. Housing is provided for accepted conference participants

The University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh houses one of the largest and most complete archives of primary and secondary documents on the European Union, dating back to the beginnings of the European Coal and Steel Community. Conference presenters are given access to the archive for research during their stay.