'Conversations On Europe' Videoconferences

Conversations On Europe connects top experts from around the United States and Europe to discuss contemporary issues facing Europe and the Transatlantic relationship. Using both personal and institutional videoconference technology, panelists take questions and interact with audiences at Pitt and at remote sites in the US and Europe. Conversations On Europe is free and open to the public. All sessions will be held from 12-1:30 PM (EST) in Posvar Hall, Room 4217, unless otherwise stated.  A complete library of video resources to enhance transatlantic conversations is also now available.  In addition, you can veiw the full Playlist for Conversations on Europe on the Pitt Global Channel of YouTube. Please note, however, that the supplemental materials are only available by clicking on the topics listed below.

 

Borders and Contested Memory in Northern Ireland

Conversations on Europe: Discussion explores borders and contested memory in Northern Ireland. Our panel of experts explores the conflict over territory and identity in Northern Ireland and how that has played out at the border and in other spaces. We will discuss what has changed since the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement and what may happen as a result of Brexit and the recent elections in the Republic of Ireland.

 

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Relevant Publications from the Panelists

Jonathan Blake, RAND

Katy Hayward, Queen's University Belfast

Jennifer Keating, Carnegie Mellon University

Connal Parr, Northumbria University

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Monuments and Contested Memory in Europe

Conversations on Europe: A discussion on contested monuments in the U.S. and Europe - some which have generated lots of public  notice, while others may be less familiar. Our panel of experts consider and compare recent controversies over Confederate and Communist statues, colonial monuments, and memorials to WWII and the Holocaust. What is the role of public art in creating a shared history and whose history is being displayed?

 

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Brian Kwoba, University of Memphis

Kirk Savage, University of Pittsburgh

Jennifer Sessions, University of Virginia

Katja Wezel, University of Göttingen

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An Update on Brexit

The British withdrawal from the EU deadline is scheduled for January 31, 2020, but after so many postponements and delays, it is anyone's guess whether or not that will happen.
 

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Pablo Fernandez-Vazquez, University of Pittsburgh

Timothy G. McMahon, Marquette University

Anand Menon, King’s College London

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Democratic Backsliding: Poland and Hungary

Conversations on Europe: Discussion about how Poland and Hungary transitioned to democracy nearly 30 years ago and the evidence that the actions of their leaders are working to erode democracy in their respective countries.

PANELISTS: Iza Ding, University of Pittsburgh Zsolt Enyedi, Central European University Milada Vachudova, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Anna Grzymala-Busse, Stanford University

 

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Iza Deng, University of Pittsburgh

Zsolt Enyedi, Central European University

Anna Grzymala-Busse, Stanford University

Milada Vachudova, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Germany Since 1989: Do Differences Persist After Reunification?

Conversations on Europe: Discussion of the legacies of the two Germanies that existed between 1949 and 1990, thirty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

PANELISTS:

Hope M. Harrison, George Washington University

Jonathan Olsen, Texas Woman's University

Jan Musekamp, University of Pittsburgh

Consul General David Gill, German Consulate General New York

 

Relevant Publications from the Panelists

Hope M. Harrison, George Washington University

Jonathan Olsen, Texas Woman's University

Jan Musekamp, University of Pittsburgh

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EP Elections: What's At Stake?

Conversations on Europe

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Andrea S. Aldrich, Yale University

Catherine de Vries, Free University Amsterdam

Matthijs Rooduijn, University of Amsterdam

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40 Years of Democracy in Spain

Conversations on Europe

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Pablo Fernandez-Vazquez, University of Pittsburgh

Carolyn Dudek, Hofstra University

Robert M. Fishman, Carlos III University

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The Finnish Education Model: What Can We Learn?

Finland’s education system consistently ranks high in the OECD’s annual Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) study, prompting U.S. educators and education reformers to ask “What can the U.S. learn from Finland?” The ESC invited education experts to discuss this question and explore issues impacting student achievement in both countries.

 

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Relevant Publications from the Panelists

Anneli Rautiainen, Finnish National Agency for Education

Jyri Linden, University of Tampere

Cassie Faye Quigley, University of Pittsburgh

Tim Walker, Taught by Finland Blog

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25 Years of the European Single Market

Europe’s single most ambitious project for the economic integration of goods, capital, services, and labor celebrates 25 years.

 

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Jude Hays, University of Pittsburgh

Erica Owen, University of Pittsburgh

Waltraud Schelkle, London School of Economics

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Peace in Europe: 100 Year Anniversary of Armistice Day

We mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the day fighting ceased in World War I.

 

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Relevant Publications from the Panelists

Olavi Arens, Georgia Southern University

Pierre Bouchat, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Robert Hayden, University of Pittsburgh

Isabel Hull, Cornell University

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