Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 18

Performance -- Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards Somme
Written by Mr. Frank McGuinness and directed by Mr. Matt Torney
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Stephen Foster Memorial (4301 Forbes Avenue)
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence
Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theatre
All adult tickets are $25 ($11 discount off of regular adult ticket), Pitt student tickets are $18.
(412) 561-6000

How strong is the bond between men united by the call to arms? Eight young Irishmen, thrown together for army training during the Great War, must move beyond the troubles between Protestant and Catholic as they prepare for the Battle of the Somme. Frank McGuinness' lyrical play captures the fierce friendship and loyalty among men who must face the wickedness and wastefulness of war. The effects of WWI, launched almost 100 years ago to the day, still haunt our headlines. This is a timeless story, appropriate for ages 12+.

The EUCE/ESC is pleased to announce that PICT has a special ticket offer: EUCE night is Thursday, September 18 at 8pm. All adult tickets are $25 ($11 discount off of regular adult ticket). You can make your purchase online and enter code UNION25 to receive your $25 price for September 18, or you can call the PICT Classic Theatre at (412) 561-6000 to secure your seats. Just mention the UNION25 discount when calling. If you are a Pitt student, you always receive the $18 student price for any PICT show.

Tuesday, September 23

Alicia Henderson (University of Edinburgh), Guy Peters (University of Pittsburgh), and André Lecours (University of Ottawa)
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4217 Posvar Hall
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence

“Should Scotland be an independent country?” In a referendum scheduled for September 18th, voters in that country will have an opportunity to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on that very question. On Tuesday, Sepetember 23rd, the EUCE at Pitt will devote the first session of its award-winning Conversations on Europe virtual roundtable series to a discussion of the results of the referendum. What is the future of the Scottish National Party? How will this effect UK politics? What are the implications of the results for other nationalist movements in Europe and North America? Are there useful comparisons to be drawn between the 2014 Scottish Referendum and the 1995 Québeqois referendum? Please join us at noon in 4217 Posvar Hall for what promises to be a lively discussion. Ron Linden, Director of the EUCE and Professor of Political Science, will moderate.

Thursday, September 25

Presentation -- Berlin Now: The City in the Years since 1989
Peter Schneider
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
3431 Posvar Hall
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence
Department of German, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

25 Years- Fall of the Berlin Wall

Thursday, October 9

Symposium -- (Re)Imagining and (Re)Interpreting Spaces, Symbols and Sites The Baltic Region from the 19th to the 21st Century
(All day)
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence
and the European Colloquium, The Humanities Center, The World History Center

For those unfamiliar with the turbulent Baltic history, historical maps from this region can be confusing. For centuries the area reclaimed by the titular nations of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, was shaped by different national and ethnic groups. Several national groups besides Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians have strong historical ties to this region, most notably Russians, (Baltic) Germans, Jews and Poles. Many Baltic cities have changed their name or their spelling more than once on the region’s maps. Names might be as different as the one for the Estonian capital of Tallinn/Reval, or simply differ in writing, as it is the case with the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, Vilno, Vilna, Vilne.

This symposium will examine the (re)mapping of Baltic landscapes and city spaces with the aim of identifying incentives for the transformation of public sites. While it is obvious that different national groups have put their stamps on the public sites of this region, it is often less clear whether the incentive for the (re)interpretation of a space or symbol was primarily a national one. One of the memorials in the Latvian capital of Riga, the monument for Janis Rainis may serve as such an example. While there can be little doubt that Rainis is remembered by Latvians as the national poet, the poet’s monument in the center of Riga was built during the Soviet era, and its purpose at that time was to commemorate Rainis first and foremost as a member of the Socialist Workers’ Party fighting for the cause of socialism during the 1905 Revolution. It was the latter symbol, which was why Russians chose Rainis’ monument as their site for protests against the school reform in 2003 and 2004 implemented to make Latvian the primary language of instruction in minority schools.

This symposium addresses processes of imagining and reimagining sites of memory and compares the interpretation of contested spaces and symbols. Papers focus on the area of today’s Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Starting with the early 19th century and covering debates up to very recent ones, the workshop explores public disputes in history and politics in the Baltic region. Special emphasis will be given to examining intersections of identities covering the political, the cultural, the social, the economic, the national as well as the transnational sphere. In a year such as 2014, full of anniversaries commemorating events, which had enormous impact on this region – from the beginning of World War I in 1914 to the tremendous changes brought about by the Eastern European Revolutions of 1989 – speakers will address the question of how key dates have impacted the (re)imagination of public spaces in this region.

The symposium will start with a keynote on Thursday, October 9th, 2014. The panels will take place on Friday, October 10, 2014. While the morning panels will concentrate on the 19th and early 20th century, the afternoon symposium will focus on recent trends in (re)interpreting public spaces in the late 20th and early 21st century, as well as the impact of the European Union as a player in the region following the EU accession of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 2004.

All those interested are welcome to participate. If you plan to participate in the symposium on Friday, please send a short email to Kathy Gibson kag36@pitt.edu.