Friday, April 4th, 2014

Populism & Democracy in Contemporary Italy: North League to 5 Stars Movement
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Presenter:
Professor Aide Esu, Distinguished Italian Fulbright Professor, Department of French and Italian
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of French and Italian
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Over twenty years of political transformation, Italian populism reflects the full European panorama, moving from a local-xenophobic movement (Lega Nord) to one-man party (Berlusconi), and even to an anti-politics grass-root movement (5 Stars Movement). Professor Esu will analyze the issues, mobilization, leadership, and popular discourse characterizing these movements in order to highlight some of the key questions related to what appears to be fertile ground in Europe for popular mobilization. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Political Decentralization in Ukraine: If done right, decentralization can be a great solution for Ukraine
Time:
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Presenter:
Tymofiy Mylovanov, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Pittsburgh
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of Economics
Contact:
Anna Talone
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

Political and economic decentralization is the immediate systemic change needed for Ukraine to become a stable and healthy democracy. Democratic regional decentralization would have three important and distinct benefits for Ukraine's nascent democratic institutions.

1. It would be an effective guarantee that important local economic and social decisions are made by the people most affected by these decisions, rather than being dictated by whichever party comes to power in Kiev.

2. It would reduce the stakes in the conflict in national politics and help focus attention not on whether one region will impose its will on another, but on the urgent economic and political problems facing Ukraine.

3. A vibrant local democracy would do much to strengthen Ukraine's national political institutions and provide a forum where new local politicians can prove themselves, gain the trust of the people and get executive experience.

The lecture will discuss the advantages and the costs of decentralization in Ukraine, the challenges with implementing it politically, and will delineate the difference between decentralization and federalization proposed by Russia.

The Four Waves of Modern Terror: An Essay on Generations
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. David C. Rapoport
Location:
3911 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies
Contact Email:
beb38@pitt.edu

Modern terror began in the late 1870s; its distinctive features are its global character, use of explosives, and emergence and recession in the form of waves. We have experienced four waves, the “Anarchist”, “Anti-Colonial”, “New Left” and “Religious”. Each wave contains a large number of independent groups, special purposes, distinctive tactics, and a distinctive geography and has a different impact on the international state system. The overwhelming number of groups in a wave has much shorter lives than a wave does, but if a group does survive the wave it was originally associated with, it absorbs some of the features in the next wave. The first three waves lasted around 40 years or a generation by Biblical standards. If the “Religious Wave” which began in 1979 follows the course of its predecessors it should basically disappear by the 2020’s decade. If history repeats itself, a fifth one will emerge. Lunch will be provided – please RSVP to beb38@pitt.edu

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

German Business Panel
Time:
12:15 pm to 2:30 pm
Presenter:
Jeffrey T. Deane, BKD, LLP; Robert Dehm, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; Joe Peilert, VEKA Holdings; Suzi Pegg, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and International Business Center along with Department of German
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Given the German economy’s central role in the Euro Area, and Germany’s place as a strong business partner with the US and Pennsylvania, many people are interested in the characteristics of the German business model. Our panelists will discuss their experiences attracting German companies to the Pittsburgh region, partnering with them in transatlantic relationships, and tips for successful relationships with German companies and colleagues.

Panelists include: Jeffrey T. Deane, Managing Partner of BKD, LLP; Robert Dehm, of the Economic Department at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; Joe Peilert, President & CEO of VEKA Holdings; and Suzi Pegg, Vice President, Global Marketing, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. Q & A will follow the presentations.

All are welcome! Lunch begins at 12:15pm, with the panel discussion to follow at 1pm.

Monday, March 31st, 2014

McLean Lecture: National Security and Intelligence in the 21st Century
Time:
6:00 pm
Presenter:
Corin R. Stone
Location:
Barco Law Building: Room 109
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of School of Law

Corin R. Stone is the assistant director of national intelligence for policy and strategy in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). In this role, she oversees the formulation and implementation of intelligence community (IC)-wide policy and strategy on the full range of intelligence issues. She also is the ODNI lead for the closure and disposition of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay naval base and provides leadership for ODNI and IC information sharing initiatives. Before joining ODNI, Stone was an attorney adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. She served in Iraq, first as an associate general counsel in the Coalition Provisional Authority and then as the first legal adviser to U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte and the new U.S. embassy in Baghdad. While at the State Department, she also worked as an attorney adviser for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, as the special assistant to Legal Adviser William H. Taft IV, and in the state department’s legal office, where she handled international claims and investment disputes and represented the U.S. government before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and the Hague.

The Impact & Possible Consequences of the European Elections & Career and Internship Possibilities with the EU
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Jean-Luc Robert, First Counselor at the European Parliament’s Liaison Office in Washington DC
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Steve Lund
Contact Email:
slund@pitt.edu

Jean-Luc Robert was previously a political advisor for Justice and Home Affairs and is now the First Counselor at the European Parliament’s Liaison Office in Washington DC in charge of public diplomacy and university outreach. He will present his viewpoints on the issues and risks that surround the upcoming European Parliament elections. With the Euro Area Crisis, anti-EU populism and the rise of far right parties as part of the current political landscape and public debate, the elections have the potential to create significant changes for the EU and European politics. Additionally, Robert will also talk about career opportunities for students interested in eventually working for or with the EU, and internship possibilities for American students.

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Italian Film Festival - First Snowfall (La Prima Neve)
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Building Auditorium
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of French and Italian

Join us for the second film of the Italian Film Festival! Hosted in conjunction with the Department of French and Italian and Italian Film Festival USA, we are pleased to show this Pittsburgh premiere on Pitt's campus!

First Snowfall (La Prima Neve), 7 p.m. March 29, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive. Set in the beautiful Italian Alps, a fatherless 10 year old and an immigrant who just lost his wife prepare for the upcoming winter and learn to listen to each other while healing.

Status of Human Rights in Northern Ireland: State Collusion – Time for Truth
Time:
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Niall Murphy and Kevin R Winters, Members Human Rights Attorneys from Belfast, Northern Ireland
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room G-8
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Irish American Unity Conference
Cost:
Free.
Contact:
Sarah McAuliffe-Bellin
Contact Phone:
412.512.9388
Contact Email:
sarahm1916@comcast.net

Offering a presentation on long-standing human rights violations and governmental stonewalling of inquiries and reforms in Northern Ireland, human rights attorneys will discuss their experiences as well as proposals for human rights reform. Case profiles that will be discussed include the representation of victims and the reopening of inquests in the Claudy atrocity, Kingsmill, Loughlinisland massacres, and the Dublin/Monaghan Bombing, as well as investigations of sanctioned involvement of the security services in these and other high profile cases from the past 40 years. Dr. Tony Novosel, Professor of History, will provide an introduction and background on the history of collusion in Northern Ireland and its effects on both communities. An opportunity for Q & A will follow the presentation.

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Italian Film Festival - Reality
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Building Auditorium
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of French and Italian

Join the Department of French and Italian for the launch of their annual film festival! Held in conjunction with Italian Film Festival USA, we are pleased to showcase new premiere Italian movies in Pittsburgh! This evening we will hold a free Opening Night reception in the Frick Fine Art cloisters. Free and open to the public!

Reality, 7 p.m. March 27, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive. Luciano never misses the chance to perform for his customers in the fish market. At the urging of his family, he auditions for the reality show Big Brother, forever changing his perception of reality.

Sketching Imperial Contours: Mapping Habsburg Borders in the Eighteenth Century
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Madalina Veres, University of Pittsburgh
Location:
History Department Lounge Room 3703, Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies and European Studies Center along with Department of History European Colloquium

The History Department Work-in-Progress Seminar presents Madalina Veres, University of Pittsburgh. Lead discussants Elspeth Martini and Katja Wezel.

NOTE: Text will be circulated three weeks before event. All attending are urged to prepare to take full part in discussion.

The Dining Gaul (And His Phrygian Dishes)
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Shannon Stewart
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Building
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of AIA Pittsburgh Society
Contact Email:
aiapghsociety@gmail.com

Although ancient authors had little interest in recording the details of daily life of the Gauls, excavation and research has generated a large corpus of relevant data especially from Hellenistic houses (333 – 189 BCE) at Gordion, an archaeological site in central Turkey. When considered together, the evidence reveals much about food in its original quotidian context and even more about the residents themselves: what they ate and drank, how it was prepared and served, and how and why these culinary customs changed over time.

Shannon Stewart has excavated in Israel, Cyprus, Turkey and Albania. Her areas of specialization are Hellenistic pottery, the archaeology of domestic life, ”Hellenization,” and Anatolia in the First Millenium BCE.

The View from Ukraine: A Digital Video Conference with the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv
Time:
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Presenter:
Members of the Political, Economic, Defense and Public Affairs divisions of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
Contact:
Anna Talone
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

Pitt students and faculty are invited to join a group of key staff members from the Political, Economic, Defense, and Public Affairs divisions of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv for an “off-the-record” question and answer session about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine:

- Press Attaché - Embassy uses of social media tools and the role of social media throughout Ukraine’s political crisis
- Economic Officer – Economic overview
- Politico-Military Affairs Officer – Political overview
- Energy Attaché – Energy issues effecting Ukrainian sovereignty
- DTRO Attaché – 20 years of Cooperative Threat Reduction assistance in Ukraine

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Croatian Folk Culture in Modern Museums: from Economic to Ethnographic
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Heidi Cook, PhD candidate, History of Art and Architecture
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with History of Art and Architecture
Contact:
Anna Talone
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Croatian folk culture has been and continues to be used as cultural legitimization for both a Croatian nation and the integration of that nation into empires. Using documentation of historical displays of Croatian folk art in Vienna and Zagreb, this research explores the early-20th century transition of these objects from Habsburg museums of applied art to newly founded ethnographic museums after World War I. With this change of location the purpose of these collections changed from promoting the economic products of cottage industry and a unified imperial identity to scientific classification for nationalist projects. However, in the underindustrialized Croatian lands, a Habsburg-influenced economic interest in folk art lingered late into the interwar period.

Pizza and Politics: European Elections for National Parties: Electoral Goals and Candidate Selection in the Parties of Europe
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Andrea Aldrich, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science
Location:
4209 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Cost:
Free.
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Join the European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center for a lunchtime discussion as Andrea Aldrich, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science, presents her research on the national European parties and their relationships with European Elections and Members of the European Parliament. Assuming that political parties have office, vote, and policy seeking goals in any electoral contest, she will argue these goals in European elections are defined by their ability to seize opportunities in national politics and their preferences for European integration. These goals then dictate the choice made for candidate selection for the European Parliament and are able to explain why variation exists among MEPs with respect to their past political experience, party service, European institutional leadership experience, and substantive expertise. In doing so, it highlights the variation in the quality of representation among member states and the impact this has on the quality of representative democracy in the EU. PIZZA WILL BE SERVED.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

EuroChallenge
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Friday, March 21st, 2014 to Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Environment and Energy: Comparison of U.S. and EU Policies
Time:
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Location:
Pittsburgh Athletic Association
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center and International Business Center along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
Cost:
Free, but registration required.
Contact:
Kate Lewis Bowersox
Contact Email:
kal68@pitt.edu

The conference promotes evidence-based policy-making on environment and energy, drawing on policy experiences and research knowledge from the US and the EU. Specifically, the focus will be on the challenge of securing energy for economic growth while ensuring the protection of human health and the environment. The broader conference agenda examines the choice of the energy portfolio of various countries, and how trade-offs should be struck on the benefits and risks of various energy resources. The narrower agenda examines the development of shale gas, its benefits and potential risks, and strategies to mitigate these risks.

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required: http://tinyurl.com/lu2rujr.

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 to Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Carnegie Mellon’s 2014 International Film Festival: "Faces of Work"
Time:
(All day)
Location:
Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Jolanta Lion
Contact Email:
jola@cmu.edu

The eighth edition of the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival is dedicated to the legacy of world-renowned filmmaker, psychologist, and Carnegie Mellon professor, Paul Goodman, and to his professional focus on the human challenges and achievements of diverse groups of workers worldwide. Audiences will have the opportunity to explore "Faces of Work" through Paul's compelling short films along with the Pittsburgh premiere screenings of new, distinctive, and award-winning international films and documentaries from Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Sweden, Romania, Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, France, Egypt, Chad, Iran, India, Japan, Vietnam, China, Canada, and the USA.

The Faces Festival is an annual celebration of international film and its potential to shine a light on the human faces involved in shaping our contemporary social landscape. Audiences are encouraged to explore the numerous complex themes of these films beyond the screenings themselves by participating in audience Q&A sessions with directors, artists, academics, and professionals; by engaging with interactive performances by student artists; and by sampling exotic foods and international cuisine from local eateries.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Iberian Perspectives in the Global Pacific
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Rainer F. Buschmann
Location:
3703 Posvar
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of History; World History Center

The global history of the Pacific made good progress over the last few years.
David Armitage, Alison Bashford, David Igler, and Matt Matsuda have written important
books bridging events occurring both in the island and littoral Pacific. The attempt to
link the island worlds of Oceania with the continental landmasses of Asia and the
Americas has also been at the center of my research.
The “Spanish Lake” refers to a convenient historical shorthand signaling a period,
during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, of increasing European expansion into the
Pacific. Historical investigations have long focused on the economic implications of the
Manila Galleon exchange as the onset of true globalization. However, the Manila
Galleon route linking colonial Latin America with East and Southeast Asia had limited
impact on the island world of Oceania. In my talk, I will argue for an expanded notion of
the “Spanish Lake” that moves well beyond the Manila-Acapulco link.
My seminar will be divided into two interrelated parts. Firstly, I will outline the
Pacific’s comparative framework by reading this ocean against the Atlantic and Indian
worlds. The second part of the presentation will situate my Iberian research into the
emerging global conceptualization of the Pacific.

Roundtable Talk: Ukraine in Crisis
Time:
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:
3911 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with International Security Organization and Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies
Contact Email:
ejm76@pitt.edu

The Cold War “ended” with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Almost 23 years later, the division between Russia and the West has returned to the forefront of U.S. national security concerns. Ukraine, a former Soviet Socialist Republic, is now a flashpoint for conflict. Russia threatens to invade Ukraine to protect the Russian population living there after pro-Western protestors overthrew the pro-Russian Yanukovych regime. Russia’s interests are driving Russian forces to take control of the Crimean peninsula where a Russian Navy base is located. Fearing escalation of the conflict, the West is attempting to find a diplomatic solution.

Please join the International Security Organization and the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies for presentations on the crisis in Ukraine by Dr. Phil Williams, Director of the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, Wesley W. Posvar Chair in International Security Studies and Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Dr. Ryan Grauer, Assistant Professor of International Affairs, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Dr. Ronald Linden, Director of the EU Center of Excellence and the European Studies Center and Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, and Dr. Tymofiy Mylovanov, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Pittsburgh.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided -- Please RSVP to EJM76@pitt.edu

The Cost of Euro Adoption in Poland
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Svitlana Maksymenko, Lecturer, Department of Economics
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of Economics
Contact:
Anna Talone
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

The paper investigates the potential effects of euro adoption on the Polish economy. It analyses how a replacement of the national currency -zloty, and therefore an elimination of a real exchange rate, affects output fluctuations. In the paper, we develop a utility-based theoretical framework to provide a metric for judgment of alternative monetary policies; identify and estimate the sources of aggregate fluctuations; and calibrate the model's structural parameters to Polish economy. Our results show that the real exchange rate did in fact serve as an external shock absorber in Poland in 1990-2012. Its elimination should be interpreted as a cost of euro adoption to the national economy.

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Same-sex Marriage: From Europe to the Global Arena
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Presenter:
David Paternotte
Location:
4500 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program and Department of French and Italian
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

This talk examines this process of global diffusion, highlighting the specific role played by European activists. Given the diversity of countries where same-sex marriage is currently under discussion, structural causes once put forward to explain the emergence of same-sex marriage in Western societies must now be challenged. This talk thus argues that more complex explanations are now necessary, and suggests two new factors that must be taken into account: first, the insertion of same-sex marriage within global politics (which also explains Putin’s resistance to LGBT rights), and, second, the increasingly legal nature of marriage claims compared to earlier claims to civil or domestic partnership. Although debates on same-sex marriage are now global, this talk also discusses Europe’s specific role in the globalization of this debate, as the continent remains the main region where same-sex couples are allowed to marry.
Responses to the lecture will be given by Dr. Helma de Vries-Jordan, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, and Anthony C. Infanti, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh.

The Thorn and The Thistle in Europe's Side? English and Scottish Nationalism and the Future of the EU
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

In this month’s installment of our Conversations on Europe virtual roundtable series, a panel of experts and audiences from European Union Centers across the U.S. will engage in a discussion of the upcoming Scottish referendum on independence from Britain scheduled for September of this year and the possibility of a UK referendum on EU membership that could occur as early as 2016. How likely is Scottish independence? What would be the prospects of an independent Scotland in the European Union? How might the story be complicated by the specter of a British exit (aka “Brexit”) from the EU? How likely is a British yes vote on exit and how might such a vote impact the EU going forward? Presenters include John Curtice, Deputy-Director of Center for Research into Elections and Social Trends and Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde; Neill Nugent, Emeritus Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at Manchester Metropolitan University; and the University of Pittsburgh's Andrew Strathern, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Anthropology and Pamela Stewart, Senior Research Associate and Co-Director of the Cromie Burn Research Unit, Department of Anthropology. Audience participation is welcomed in what promises to be a spirited discussion!

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Taras Shevchenko 200th Anniversary Concert
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Building Auditorium
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Ukrainian Room Committee

The Ukrainian Room Committee and the Nationality Rooms Program proudly present the
Taras Shevchenko 200th Anniversary Concert this Sunday, March 9th at 3 PM in the
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.

Taras Shevchenko, born in 1814, was a Ukrainian poet, writer, artist, folklorist,
and ethnographer. Known for many masterpieces of painting and illustration, his
literary heritage is also regarded to be the foundation of modern Ukrainian
literature and language.

This event, featuring readings of Shevchenko's poetry, displays of his artwork, and
an opera performance, is free and open to the public. Donations are greatly
appreciated.

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Endogenous Form. Goethe's Theory of Art and its Idealist Unfolding
Time:
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Presenter:
David Wellbery
Location:
Cathedral of Learning: 602
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of German

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Hands-On Social Media Workshop: Understanding and Using Virtual Communities in the Classroom and Beyond
Time:
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center and International Business Center along with National Consortium for Teaching about Asia
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jennifer Murawski
Contact Email:
jennm@pitt.edu

Do you consider yourself a very basic user of Facebook? Do you know the difference between Twitter and Tumblr? Have you tried to create a wiki for a class project, or does the very idea keep you up at night? Pitt’s international studies outreach program will host an interactive workshop to help teachers improve their use of social media websites and tools for education and personal use, including:

· Collaborative projects (for example, Wikispaces)
· Blogs and microblogs (for example, Twitter)
· Social news networking sites (for example, Reddit)
· Content communities (for example, YouTube)
· Social networking sites (for example, Facebook)

Participants are highly encouraged (but not required) to bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone to this workshop in order to gain full hands-on experience in setting up user accounts, understanding how these sites can help or hinder educational projects, and explore what other educators have done to successfully add a social media dimension to school or personal projects.

Dinner and parking provided with registration.

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Kafka and the Art of Interpretation
Time:
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Presenter:
David Wellbery
Location:
Cathedral of Learning: 602
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of German
Europe and the Collapse of Yugoslavia: The Role of Non-State Actors and European Diplomacy
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Anna Talone
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

Branislav Radeljic offers a fresh analysis of the role of the European Community in the disintegration of the Yugoslav state. He explores the economic, political and social aspects that eroded the relationship between the two parties. By looking at the EC’s relations with Yugoslavia from the late 1960s, under the presidency of Josip Broz Tito, through to the collapse of the Yugoslav federation in 1992 after the rise of Slobodan Milošević and the beginning of the Yugoslav Wars, starting in 1991, professor Radeljic places emphasis on the role of non-state actors and their capacity to contribute and affect policy-making processes at EC level. Accordingly, he shows how the lack of direction and inadequate political mechanisms within the EC enabled these actors to take centre stage, and how EC paralysis precipitated bloody conflict in the Balkans.

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Women and Deception in Pindar’s Myths
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Arum Park
Location:
Cathedral of Learning: 236
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of Classics

Several of Pindar's victory odes contain mythical digressions that include a deceptive female character: the Hera-cloud in Pythian 2, Coronis in Pythian 3, and Hippolyta in Nemean 5. These figures reflect a deceptive, seductive female archetype established in earlier traditions (cf. Hesiod's Pandora, Semonides 7, Potiphar's wife), but the Pindaric examples are striking for the degree to which they are shaped to suit their particular generic context. As a genre predicated on reciprocity as its fundamental principle, epinician poetry depicts the deceptiveness of female figures as detrimental specifically to relationships based on mutual respect and exchange. These relationships parallel that between the poet and his patron. Pindar¹s adaptation of earlier archetypes demonstrates the influence that literary context can have on depictions of gender and suggests that awareness not only of historical but also of generic context must inform our understanding of gender.

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

French Immersion Institute: Pourquoi apprendre le français au XXIeme siècle
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Jean-Dominique Le Garrec, Honorary Consul of France in Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Friday, February 28th, 2014

A Sage on the Stage? Plato, Socrates, and Attic Comedy
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Jacques A. Bromberg
Location:
Cathedral of Learning: 244B
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of Classics

It has long been observed that there is something comedic in the writings of Plato. Yet Plato’s dialogue with Greek Comedy is not limited to his colorful characters, unusual settings, and witty conversations: it is rather in exposing the pretensions of Athenian public figures that Plato and the writers of Old Comedy have perhaps the most in common. Between around 430 B.C. and the end of the fifth century, a series of intellectuals and educators were parodied on the comic stage, including of course Socrates, the target of what Aristophanes called his "most sophisticated" comedy: Clouds of 423 B.C. But despite this claim, Clouds belongs to a comic tradition about Socrates and his associates that is well attested in the fragmentary works of Aristophanes’ comedian-rivals. An examination of these lost comedies not only enables us to reconstruct a once-popular comic subgenre, but also deepens our understanding of the figure of Socrates and enriches our readings of the Platonic corpus.

Friday, February 28th, 2014 to Saturday, March 1st, 2014

9th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Brussels as Usual?: Politics and Policy in the EU
Time:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location:
Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with European Union Studies Association and U.S. Network of European Union Centers of Excellence
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

In many ways, the EU appears to be in a period of transition: recovering from the financial crisis, continuing to implement the Lisbon Treaty’s provisions, and awaiting a new set of European elections. Have these developments produced change in the EU’s politics and policies, or has it been Brussels as usual? The Organizing Committee of the Ninth Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union welcomes graduate students from around the world to contribute to the theme of the conference, as well as others related to the EU.

In addition to panels at which students will present their work, two roundtables have been organized with help from co-sponsors the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) and the U.S. Network of European Union Centers of Excellence. The first roundtable will focus on the current state of EU studies. Panelists will include Michelle Cini (co-editor of JCMS), Alberta Sbragia (Vice-Provost and Professor of Political Science), and John Keeler (Dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs). Professor Guy Peters (Political Science) will chair. The second roundtable will be discuss the ins and outs of the job search process. Erica Edwards, Executive Director of the EUCE at UNC-Chapel Hill, will chair.

The Keynote Address will be provided by Michelle Cini, University of Bristol. Her talk will be entitled: “Membership 'as usual': why Britain will (probably) stay in the European Union?”

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The Odyssey's Critique of its Audience
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Katherine Kretler
Location:
Cathedral of Learning: 244B
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of Classics

They Odyssey has a dim or ironic view of epic glory. It holds up a mirror for an audience who has come to hear of such glory, and does so in moments that are virtuosic as scripts. We will perform a couple of these moments to better understand how they work on the stage, as opposed to the page. We will then turn to how Plato used one of them in his homage to the power of Homer, thinly disguised as a parody, in his Ion.

Friday, February 21st, 2014 to Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

European Cultural Dis/Union
Time:
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Presenter:
Faculty Organizer: Dr. Randalle Halle
Location:
PAA
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of German
Contact:
kal68@pitt.edu
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Globalization, transnationalism, planetarity designate as much cultural forces as economic and political. However these dynamics do not affect the planet equally; rather regions and areas have distinct profiles. This conference takes as its task the exploration of cultural unification fostered by the EU. The European Union has set as its primary goal the political, economic, and cultural union of Europe. This combination of goals makes the EU unique among the world’s transnational organizations. Indeed, while many organizations have arisen to foster global free trade arrangements or international treaties, nowhere is there an equivalent focus on fostering a common culture. Along with attention to the cultural production compelled by the EU in the current moment, the conference will of necessity attend to the geographic and historical complexities of European cultural unification. Panels and presentations will be open to the public.

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Connectedness in the Islamic World (661-1300 CE)
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Maxim Romanov
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with World History Center, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of History, Department of Linguistics, Department of Religious Studies, University Honors College and Graduate Program for Cultural Studies

Medieval Arabic sources are replete with stories about Muslims traveling far and wide. The abundance of such examples tempts one to believe that these traveling individuals created and maintained the pan-Islamic cultural commonwealth. Yet the Islamic written legacy is so vast that drawing decisive conclusions that traveling was indeed as widespread as our sources suggest is hardly possible. This presentation describes the use of computer-assisted research methods to enable an analysis of 29,000 biographies drawn from the massive 50-volume Taʾrīkh al-islām (“The History of Islam”), written by the Damascene historian al-Dhahabī (d. 748/1348).

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Perspectives on Tourism: Defining the Self and the Other in Interwar Hungary and Socialist Romania
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Andrew Behrendt and Adelina Stefan, Department of History
Location:
History Department Lounge Room 3703, Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of History European Colloquium

The Department of History European Colloquium presents Emanuela Grama, Carnegie Mellon University. Presenters: Andrew Behrendt and Adelina Stefan. Emanuela Grama from Carnegie Mellon University will be the main commentator on their papers and presentations.

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The Most Recent "New Sappho" and Its Indo-European and Greek Resonances
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Edwin D. Floyd
Location:
337 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of Classics

Every few years, important new material concerning Greek lyric poetry comes to light. The most recent is the announcement of some potentially extremely important new fragments of Sappho's poetic oeuvre. Unfortunately, there are also many questions associated with this; cf. Adrian Murdoch's blog, "Bread & Circuses", at this site.
The original posting of the new article was, however, still available (as of Feb. 4) here. *Scoll down the webpage, which is in French for the English text. (That site, dealing with literature "littérature" indeed uses the spelling "actualitte".)
Muddying the waters, beyond the mere question of possible forgery, is another point that seems not to have been mentioned (as of Feb. 4) in online discussion of the newly circulated poem concerning Sappho's brother Charaxos. This is the fact that the poem contains some fairly straightforward (and potentially very important) Indo-European poetic patterning, paralleling what is found in Sappho, fr. 58, published in 2005.

Spy Games: Technology and Trust in the Transatlantic Relationship
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Ami Pedahzur, University of Texas-Austin; Pia Bungarten, Friedrich Ebert Foundation; Annegret Bendiek, German Institute for International and Security Affairs; Anthony Glees, University of Buckingham; David Harris, University of Pittsburgh
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

The Guardian first revealed the NSA's comprehensive surveillance program in early June of last year, working from information from the now-infamous Edward Snowden. Two weeks later, a series of articles exposed NSA and British spying on European and South American officials at a G20 meeting and by the end of the month, Der Spiegel had published details of America’s electronic surveillance and bugging of European Union offices and the embassies of France, Italy, Greece, and others. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was particularly upset over revelations that her personal cellphone had been compromised. European, particularly German, outrage over what has been characterized as U.S. spying on its allies has exposed a number of differences in the European and American approaches to data privacy and protection, national security and surveillance. But have the revelations significantly damaged the transatlantic relationship? At a time when U.S.-European cooperation is becoming more formalized in talks to create a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), have the NSA spy scandals dampened European enthusiasm to work closely with American allies? More generally, how have new technologies changed intelligence gathering practices? And to what extent can comprehensive surveillance programs like PRISM be subject to legal limitations on a national or global scale? The discussion will be moderated by EUCE Director and Professor of Political Science, Ronald Linden. Audience participation is encouraged.

Friday, February 14th, 2014

A Slice of the Feast at Thebes: Paradigm and Form in Homeric Allusion to Myth
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Benjamin Sammons
Location:
Cathedral of Learning: 244B
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of Classics

Twice in the Iliad (4.370-418, 5.800-813), a rousing tale of Tydeus’s embassy to Thebes is told to his son Diomedes. Is it a coincidence that this rather obscure story should constitute Homer’s only extended allusion to the famous war of the “Seven against Thebes”? Does this choice merely reflect the rhetorical needs of Agamemnon and Athena, who seek to stir Diomedes to deeds of valor? I argue that the two passages, taken together, reveal a unitary conception and literary form that go well beyond the rhetorical needs of these speakers. What is really at work in the choice of this episode is the poet’s instinctive habit of seeking out and refashioning “off-center” but highly exemplary episodes within larger traditions.

2014 Language Fair
Time:
1:00 pm to 4:00 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, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Yinzling Linguistics Club
Cost:
Free

This event will take place on Friday, February 14th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room, Ball Room, and Kurtzman Rooms. It is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the variety of language courses, programs, scholarships, and student organizations available to them at Pitt. Last year's language fair was a major success with over 400 students in attendance. We hope to build on this success in 2014.

The integral language requirement of UCIS certificate programs, and study abroad programs provides an excellent opportunity for students to become acquainted with a language as well as the people who speak it.

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Collective Memory, Law and the Eurozone Crisis
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Patrick O'Callaghan, Department of Law, University College Cork
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Professor O’Callaghan explores the role of collective memory in the Eurozone crisis from a lawyer's perspective. The idea of collective memory features prominently in several disciplines but rarely in legal scholarship. He argues that the idea of collective memory can help us to better understand fundamental aspects of the EU Treaty framework and secondary legislation, and may also provide instructive insights about the policy responses to the Eurozone crisis.

Friday, February 7th, 2014

International Career Toolkit Series: Teaching English Abroad
How to Prepare, What to Expect, and Where to Look for Jobs
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Pitt Alumni
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center

This will be an information session for those interested in teaching English abroad on. Pitt Alumni will present on their experiences teaching in France, Chile, and China.

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

International Career Toolkit Series: Careers with the U.S. State Department
Time:
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center

This is an information session for those interested in a career with the U.S. State department. It will cover how to apply, information on their internship program and various career opportunities.

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

How Russian Pop Music 'Soshla s uma': the Legacies of MTV and Eurovision
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Theodora Kelly Trimble, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Anna Talone
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

After the arrival of MTV in the 1990s, Eurovision also influenced trends in Russian popular music. A performance by the Russian band, t.A.T.u., in the song contest in 2003 triggered international controversy and, at the same time, set the model for emerging patterns and trends in the popular music community. Russian popular music and music video aesthetics are still influenced by the performance at Eurovision ten years ago. It is worth examining, therefore, the ways in which the politics of Eurovision still influence Russian popular music and music video aesthetics.

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

That Kind of Party
Literary Euphoria and the Narratives of Celebration
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Eckhart Nickel
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
Contact:
Dr. Stefan Bronner
Contact Email:
sab206@pitt.edu

To read a good book is like going to a great party. You are aesthetically
entertained, meet new and interesting people and, in an ideal world, witness some
real human drama fueled by the side effects of euphoria and excess. When transformed
into literature, parties are one of the most challenging topics of writing. In the
autonomous zone of celebration, world apart from daily life and routines, a writer,
just like any other guest, has to survey multitudes of synchronized social action to
stay on top of things. His task: to enjoy himself and please the reader at the same
time while being ahead of the crowd. Therefore the feast in literature can be read
as a playground to show narrative skills at work. The lecture will discuss the
stylistic and strategic approach towards parties in a few central texts of 20th
century literature from Thomas Mann to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Friday, January 17th, 2014

International Career Toolkit Series: Post-Graduation Community Service
Community Service Opportunities in the US and Abroad
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center

This is an information session for those interested in community service opportunities after graduation in the United States and abroad. There will be representatives and alumni from organizations including PULSE, the Peace Corps, City Year, and Omprakash who will share their experiences and present on how to apply and what to expect.

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Conversations on Europe Videoconference Series: The "Big Bang" 10 Years Later: East Europe and the EU After Expansion
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Dr. Allyson Delnore
Contact Email:
delnore@pitt.edu

The European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center is pleased to present the first Spring 2014 Conversations on Europe Videoconference.
Panelists will discuss the 2004 enlargement, which witnessed the growth of the EU from 15 member states to 25, and assess the impact of that expansion on the entering member states and the institutions of the European Union.
Participants will include Geoffrey Harris (European Parliament Liaison Office), Zoltan Barany (University of Texas), Jacques Rupnik (Sciences Po), Carolyn Ban (GSPIA), and Andrew Konitzer (REES, Political Science). Ron Linden, Director of the EUCE/ESC, will moderate.
Video recordings of previous Conversations on Europe, as well as a copy of the full Spring semester schedule can be found on the EUCE/ESC Website. To learn how to become involved, please email Dr. Allyson Delnore, Associate Director of the Center.

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Remaking the Polis: Asylum, Radical Politics, & (Mis)Recognition in Greece
Time:
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Heath Cabot, Department of Anthropology
Location:
3106 Posvar Hall, Department of Anthropology
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Professor Cabot reflects on how asylum, humanitarian aid and radical migrant politics reconfigure the relationship between rights and political recognition, amid rapidly changing conceptions of citizenship in Greece. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted between 2005 and 2011, Dr. Cabot shows how humanitarian aid encounters provide venues for dialogical forms of negotiation, miscommunication, recognition, and misrecognition between aid workers and clients, as well as for potentially transformative social ties. She is visiting the University of Pittsburgh as a candidate for a position in the Department of Anthropology.

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Vilnius Lessons: Reflections on the First Lithuanian EU Presidency
Time:
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania, Zygimantas Pavilionis
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Ambassador Pavilionis visits the Center to reflect on the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union—the first time the Presidency has been held by a state that emerged from the USSR--and to share his ideas about the future of the EU and Lithuania’s relationship with its fellow EU member states. Refreshments will be served.

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Euro Challenge Orientation
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
European Union Center of Excellence and European Union Studies Association

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Mental Health Policy and Practice in Scotland: New Learnings in the Auld Country
Time:
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Presenter:
GEOFF HUGGINS Head, Division of Mental Health and Protection of Rights, Division of the Scottish Government and RUTH GLASSBOROW Project Director, Directorate of Scrutiny and Assurance, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of Anthropology
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Mental Illness is one of the top public health challenges in Europe as measured by prevalence, burden of disease and disability. It is estimated that mental disorders affect more than a third of the population every year, the most common being depression and anxiety. Featuring experts from Scotland, this presentation aims to describe how the Scottish government is tackling mental health and related issues, as understanding grows and the stigma of mental illness is decreasing.

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Translating “Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody”: Parody, Humor, & Harry Potter
Time:
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Annunziata Ugas, University of Cagliari, Italy
Location:
3504 Cathedral of Learning (University Honors College)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of English and Department of French and Italian
Contact Email:
frit@pitt.edu

Annunziata (Ann) Ugas, a visiting MA-level student from the University of Cagliari in Italy (Sardegna) and Center Associate within the European Union Center of Excellence, has been working on her translation studies while at the University of Pittsburgh. She will offer a talk based on her research. She will discuss the challenges of translating a parodic text (Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody), and Professor Dennis Looney (French & Italian) and Professor Carol Bové (English) will respond to Ann’s presentation.

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 to Friday, December 6th, 2013

Afghanistan: A Regional Way Forward
Time:
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Presenter:
Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Peter Tomsen (GSPIA '64)
Location:
University Club
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), U.S. Institute of Peace, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies
Contact:
Beverly Brizzi
Contact Email:
beb38@pitt.edu

This conference features keynote speaker Ambassador Peter Tomsen (GSPIA ’64), Former U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Author of "The Wars of Afghanistan". An R.S.V.P. is required. To attend, please email Beverly Brizzi by Monday, December 2nd, to confirm your registration.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Model EU - High School
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Pizza and Politics: "Valued Exports: Social Standards in EU and US Trade Agreements"
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Evgeny Postnikov, PhD Candidate in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Location:
4217 WWPH
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Cost:
Free.
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Join the Center as we enjoy pizza and politics during the lunch hour for a discussion offered by Center Library Research Advisor, Evgeny Postnikov. His talk will focus on the bilateral preferential trade agreements (PTAs) of the European Union (EU) and the United States, which are increasingly being used as vehicles for exporting social regulation, such as labor and environmental standards. Despite the similarity in terms of the inclusion of such provisions, design varies greatly between U.S. and EU agreements. Postnikov examines the disparity between both parties’ execution of these PTAs with paired cases of EU-Chile, U.S.-Chile, EU-South Korea, and U.S.-South Korea PTAs, relying on data from interviews with interest groups and policy-makers in Brussels, Washington, Santiago, and Seoul. PIZZA WILL BE SERVED.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Conversations in French: France as a Global Leader
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

February 19, 2013, Newsweek published an article that was provocatively titled “France: Leader of the Free World.” Even more provocatively, the subtitle taunted U.S. leaders with “The French are a decisive, manly superpower. Unlike America.” Gendered rhetoric aside, French foreign policy in recent years has led other powers to take note. Rather than waiting for collective decisions from NATO or the EU and citing historical interests in the region, the French intervened in Libya and the Ivory Coast under President Sarkozy and Mali under President Hollande. As a result, the French have reaffirmed claims to a special role in Africa. Is this a new assertion of Gaullism? Or are claims of French world leadership exaggerated or even undermined by domestic concerns over rising unemployment, growing right-wing nationalism in response to immigration from North and West Africa, and increasing market instability? In the next Conversation on Europe, a panel of experts will be asked to comment on recent developments in French foreign policy and how they relate to domestic and regional concerns. Joining the conversation will be Professor Laird Boswell (History, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Professor Jean-Philippe Mathy (French, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and David Pettersen (French & Italian, University of Pittsburgh). The Conversation will be conducted entirely in French and audience participation will be encouraged. Venez nous joindre pour une discussion qui sera certainement informative et très animée!

Friday, November 15th, 2013

"The (Relative) Decline of the West and the Rise of the Rest"
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Senator Mircea Geoana
Location:
Alcoa Room, Barco Law Building
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and International Week along with The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA)
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Mircea Geoana served as President of the Romanian Senate from 2008 to 2011 and Chairman of the Social Democratic Party from 2005 to 2011. In 2009 he was a candidate for President of the country. He has served as Ambassador to the United States and as Chair in Office of the OSCE. Goeana’s views on foreign policy, transitional economies and globalization have been featured in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Atlantic, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, CNN, BBC, PBS, Bloomberg, TV5 and Fox Business.

Friday, November 15th, 2013 to Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

INTERNATIONAL WEEK, November 11-15, 2013
Discover the World
Time:
(All day)
Location:
WPU and 2400 Sennot Square
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center, International Week, Nationality Rooms and Study Abroad Office

Stay tuned for fun events all week!

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

"A European Literature?"
Time:
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Presenter:
Wlad Godzich
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Humanities Center
Contact Email:
humctr@pitt.edu

Thursday, November 14th, 2013 to Monday, November 18th, 2013

INTERNATIONAL WEEK, November 11-15, 2013
Discover the World
Time:
(All day)
Location:
WPU and 2400 Sennot Square
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center, International Week, Nationality Rooms and Study Abroad Office

Stay tuned for fun events all week!

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 to Sunday, November 17th, 2013

INTERNATIONAL WEEK, November 11-15, 2013
Discover the World
Time:
(All day)
Location:
WPU and 2400 Sennot Square
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center, International Week, Nationality Rooms and Study Abroad Office

Stay tuned for fun events all week!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 to Saturday, November 16th, 2013

INTERNATIONAL WEEK, November 11-15, 2013
Discover the World
Time:
(All day)
Location:
WPU and 2400 Sennot Square
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center, International Week, Nationality Rooms and Study Abroad Office

Stay tuned for fun events all week!

Monday, November 11th, 2013 to Friday, November 15th, 2013

INTERNATIONAL WEEK, November 11-15, 2013
Discover the World
Time:
(All day)
Location:
WPU and 2400 Sennot Square
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center, International Week, Nationality Rooms and Study Abroad Office

Stay tuned for fun events all week!

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

STAGED READING OF "IF THE WHOLE BODY DIES"
Time:
8:00 pm
Presenter:
Robert Skloot
Location:
Charity Randell Theatre/Stephen Foster Memorial
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center

A new play about Raphael Lemkin by Robert Skloot. Followed by Q&A with the author.

Closing Discussion
Time:
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Paul A. Bove
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center

Closing Discussion, Paul A. Bove, Chair

Third Panel Discussion
Time:
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Presenter:
Bruce Robbins, Jonathan Arac, Donald E. Pease
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center

Third Panel Discussion: Bruce Robbins, Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University, “Some of My Best Friends Are Zionists”, Jonathan Arac, Mellon Professor of English and Director of the Humanities Center, University of Pittsburgh “What Can We Learn from Uniqueness?” and Donald E. Pease, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, The Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities, Chair of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, Dartmouth College “Said’s Melville”

Second Panel Discussion
Time:
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Presenter:
QS Tong, RA Judy
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center

Second Panel Discussion: QS Tong, Professor of English, University of Hong Kong “The Question of Tibet and Orientalism”, and RA Judy, Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh “‘Gods always fail’: Said as an Index of Secular Humanism, the Arab Revolution, and Frantz Fanon”, Daniel T. O’Hara, First Term Mellon Professor of English, Temple University “On Late Style? The Question of a New Beginning”

First Panel Discussion
Time:
9:30 am to 10:50 am
Presenter:
Wlad Godzich, Stathis Gourgouris
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center

First Panel Discussion: Wlad Godzich, Distinguished Professor of Literature, UCSC, and Visiting Fellow, the Humanities Center, University of Pittsburgh “The Stateless and the Proper” Stathis Gourgouris, Professor, Institute of Comparative Literature & Society, Classics, Columbia University “The Epistemology of Edward Said”

World On Trial
Time:
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Penn State University Center for Global Studies
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

THIS EVENT IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. THIS WORKSHOP IS INTENDED FOR K-12 EDUCATORS
For K-12 teachers who would like a creative approach to bringing a global issue to the classroom. The pilot episode of World on Trial deals with the 2004 French Law banning the conspicuous display of religious symbols in public schools, most notably affecting the right of young Muslim women to wear traditional head scarves or other forms of cover. Workshop participants will watch the episode and hear from experts on the history of law, the significance of the law and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the curriculum and supplementary materials designed for use with the televised program. Act 48 available

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Reading and questions from the recent fiction of Nuruddin Farah
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Nuruddin Farah
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center
Kristallnacht as Prelude to Genocide
Time:
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Presenter:
ROBERT SKLOOT
Location:
Cathedral of Learning 208B
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center

Testimonies of Kristallnacht read by Pitt students and a lecture by professor Robert Skloot (University of Wisconsin).

“The Late Style of Bandung Humanism”
Time:
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Presenter:
Aamir Mufti
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

“The History of the Novel and Empire in the Works of Edward Said and Georg Lukács”
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Joseph N. Cleary
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center

Monday, November 4th, 2013

International Connections
Time:
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Location:
WPU Kurtzman Room
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center, International Business Center and Study Abroad Office
Contact:
Gina Peirce
Contact Phone:
412-648-2290
Contact Email:
gbpeirce@pitt.edu

College-bound minority students from Brashear High School learned about international studies and career opportunities through a panel session with Pitt study abroad returnees and breakout sessions with UCIS international studies advisors.

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Listening in on Europe
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Hans Martens, The European Policy Centre
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and International Business Center
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Dr. Martens is Chief Executive of The European Policy Centre, a Brussels-based think tank set up to promote European integration. He is the founder of Martens International Consulting, specializing in international consultancy and customized training for a number of major companies, and the author of a number of books and articles on European integration, monetary affairs, and business strategies for the European market. Questioning whether Europe finally has the Euro crises under control, Martens will also present his analysis of the future direction of European integration.

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Boren Awards for International Study Information Session
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Michael Saffle, Boren Fellowship Program Manager
Location:
1228 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center and Study Abroad Office along with University Honors College
Contact:
Judy Zang
Contact Email:
jaz36@pitt.edu

Available for both undergraduates and graduate students, Boren Awards support the study of less-commonly-taught languages through study abroad. Applicants must demonstrate how their proposal and future goals are connected to a broad understanding of national security, and award winners must agree to a one-year government service requirement. The deadline for undergraduate applications in December 2nd.

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