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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.

  • The list of upcoming topics and links to register are available on the AY20-21 Schedule 

The series is intended to present a broad range of views and opinions about topics relevant to Europe. The views expressed are those of the presenters and cannot be taken to represent the views or opinions of the U.S. Government nor the European Union.

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40 Years of Democracy in Spain

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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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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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Olavi Arens, Georgia Southern University

Pierre Bouchat, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Robert Hayden, University of Pittsburgh

Isabel Hull, Cornell University

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100 Years of Women's Suffrage: Women in Europe Today

It's been 100 years since some women in Europe were first given the right to vote. How have women advanced since then, and what obstacles do they still face?

 

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Melanie Hughes, University of Pittsburgh

Mona Lena Krook, Rutgers University

Karen Offren, Independent Scholar

June Purvis, University of Portsmouth

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Elections in Italy: A Next Wave for Populists?

Vi invitiamo a discutere con noi delle recenti elezioni in Italia, e delle loro possibili immediate conseguenze. Prenderemo in considerazione i risultati, e il modo in cui le varie coalizioni si sono sviluppate durante la campagna elettorale. Questa discussione a videoconferenza sarà condotta in italiano, e vi offrirà l’opportunità di fare esercizio di lingua. È possibile partecipare di persona o a distanza.

 

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Marco Cucculelli, Universitá Politecnica delle Marche

Aide Esu, University of Cagliari

Raffaella Patimo, Universitádi Bari

Francesca Ragno, University of Pittsburgh

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May 1968: Legacies of Protest in France

‘May 1968’ is synonymous with the unrest that unfolded in Paris and beyond between students, trade unions, the police and the government over four long weeks. The events culminated in parliamentary elections later that summer, in which the Gaullists won an even bigger majority than they had previously held, and the resignation of President De Gaulle the following year and his replacement by another Gaullist leader. Yet even though it seemed as though nothing had changed, politics, policy, and society in France were arguably never the same again.

 

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Daniel Gordon, Edge Hill University

Giuseppina Mecchia, University of Pittsburgh

Salar Mohandesi, Bowdoin College              

Chris Reynolds, The Nottingham Trent University

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European Cities in the 21st Century

How are European cities employing strategies for resiliency in the face of climate change? What are the considerations in governance of education and housing to promote social justice? How is technology being employed to create Smart cities with better transportation networks and energy grids? And how have European cities built networks within the European Union to share best practices and fund urban redevelopment?

 

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Marco Bontje, University of Amsterdam

Alistair Cole, Sciences Po Lyon

Katrina Kelly, University of Pittsburgh

Ali Madanipour, Newcastle University

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Wind, Water, Sun: Clean Energy in Europe

Did you know that the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive sets rules for the EU to achieve a target of 20% renewables for final energy consumption by 2020? And that EU member states have already agreed on a new renewable energy target of at least 27% of final energy consumption in the EU as a whole by 2030? At the same time, the European Commission has set goals for a clean energy transition that mark a major step towards the creation of a European Energy Union.

 

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Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, University of Pittsburgh

Jonas Meckling, UC Berkeley

Espen Moe, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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Nationalism and Secessionism in Spain, Italy, and Beyond

Catalonia declares independence from Spain. Northern Italian regions vote on increasing autonomy from Rome. And these are just the latest secessionist and independence movements making news in Europe. Our panel of experts discussed nationalism and secessionism and potential implications for the European Union.

 

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Sergi Pardos-Prado, University of Oxford

Gianluca Passarelli, Sapienza University

Simon Toubeau, University of Nottingham

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