Year of Global Europe


In recognition of Pitt’s Year of Pitt Global (AY 2018-19), the European Studies Center organized a series of visitors, symposia, conferences, videoconferences, and pop-up courses around the theme: Global Europe

Defining Global Europe:
Throughout the year, the ESC will offer and support interdisciplinary programming that addresses Europe’s place in the world: past, present, and future.  We encourage faculty and graduate students to interpret the theme of “Global Europe” broadly and to be creative in imagining possible projects. Global Europe invites comparative and trans-regional approaches to understanding the nations of Europe, their impact on the wider world, and the impact of non-European peoples and ideas on the peoples and ideas of Europe. Global Europe encourages an understanding of Europe as porously bounded and as a collection of diverse cultures and regions. Thematic topics relevant to Global Europe could explore issues including, but not limited to, the arts, culture, health, education, law, knowledge building and exchange, discovery and invention, war and peacebuilding, politics, economics, demography and society, and/or foreign policy.


2018-19 Program for Year of Global Europe 

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

  • Euro Fest at the University of Pittsburgh - kick off the Year of Global Europe with a celebration of all things European in the 'burgh!

Posvar Quad

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 12:00 PM

  • Did Prussia Have an Atlantic History? The Partitions of Poland-  Lithuania, French Guiana, and Climates in the Caribbean, 1760s-1790s with Bernhard Stuck, University of St. Andrews
    3703 Posvar Hall (History Department Lounge)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 4:00 PM

  • Food, Gender, and Media in Italy featuring Fabio Parasecoli, New York University
    ​Cathedral of Learning

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

  • Wake Up! Mixing Identities and Music with DJ Ipek
    538 William Pitt Union

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

  • Diamante Trio with Lilly Abreu
    Heinz Chapel

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Jean Monnet Lecture Series: Mixing It: Multinational, Multi-ethnic Britain in the Second World War with Wendy Webster, University of Huddersfield
    3911 Posvar Hall

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Featured Speaker: Jon McCourt, Civil Rights & Community Activist
    Cathedral of Learning, G24

Friday, November 9, 2018 - Saturday, November 10, 2018

  • Jean Monnet Symposium - Comparative European Governance: A Symposium in Honor of Alberta Sbragia
    Various locations

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Conversations on Europe Virtual Briefing: Peace in Europe and the World? 100 Year Anniversary of Armistice Day
    4217 Posvar Hall

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

  • Working Together: Ethnic Diversity in the European Workplace and Social Trust

          4217 Posvar Hall

Friday, December 7, 2018 

  • High School Model EU Simulation

smileyAnnouncing TWO new Spring one-credit pop-up course!

  • Topics in Fiction: Readings in Contemporary Novels 
    ENGWRT 1097-1100 (32099)
    Cathedral 501; 7 Wednesdays during Spring Semester - Jan 9 &23, Feb 6 & 20, March 6 & 20, April 3 (6-7:30PM)
    Taught by Shannon Reed, this course has a low-key, book club feeel as students gather to discuss five novels written by contemporary European authors.  

  • Antisemitism Then and Now: Perspectives after Tree of Life
    JS 1649 (32480)
    1502 Posvar Hall; Wednesdays January 23-April 24, 2019 (12-12:50PM)
    With lectures by various faculty and guest lecturers, this course will provide a broader perspective on this historical roots of antisemitism and how it has manifested over time.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Conversations on Europe Virtual Briefing: The Finnish Education Model: What Can We Learn?
    4217 Posvar Hall

February 15, 2019 - at Bowling Green University, Ohio

  • Undergraduate Model EU Simulation

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 12 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Conversations on Europe Virtual Briefing: World's Fair & International Expositions
    4217 Posvar Hall

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Jean Monnet Lecture Series: "Women in American Soccer and European Football: Different Roads to Shared Glory" with Andrew Markovitz, University of Michigan
    4130 Posvar Hall

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 6:00 PM

  • Zaffiro Trio: A Concert of Music of France, Italy, and Germany

Friday, March 8, 2019 - Saturday, March 9, 2019

  • Representations of Disaster Conference - The Department of French & Italian presents “Representations of Disaster,” an interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference featuring research on disaster narratives through literature, media and the arts. (Program)

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Conversations on Europe: Brexit: A Europe Without the UK  **Cancelled**
    4217 Posvar Hall

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

  • Migrations of Culture Undergraduate Student Conference

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

  • Glass Half Empty: Architecture and the European Imagination

602 Cathedral of Learning

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - Friday, April 5, 2019

  • Empire and its Aftermath: Transhispanic Dialogues on Diaspora

April 19-21, 2019

  • United States Premier of On Trial, Directed by Nicholas Barilar, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Theatre Arts 







Call for Proposals:
The ESC is no longer accepting proposals for the Year of Global Europe.

There are two ways to participate in creating programming.

  1. As a part of the broader Year of Pitt Global, the Office of the Provost is offering to provide matching funding of up to $5,000 for approved projects.  To complement these funds, the European Studies Center is pleased to be able to provide small grants that can be used toward the portion of the funds needed to access Provost Matching funds.  ESC funds must be used in conjunction with other support to meet the 50:50 matching funds offered by the Office of the Provost.  Award amounts will vary based upon the project proposed and relevance to the overall theme of Global Europe.

    Faculty with projects that include Europe in relation to the Year of Pitt Global are encouraged to contact ESC Director Jae-Jae Spoon ( and/or Associate Director Allyson Delnore ( with your idea to explore the ways in which the ESC can best contribute.  Proposals for Year of Pitt Global funding will be accepted after 1 July 2018.  After consulting with us, a one-page write up of the ESC’s proposed role in the larger proposal to the Year of Pitt Global should be submitted at least (10) days prior to your planned submission date for Provost funding. 
  2. The ESC also invites Affiliated Faculty to submit proposals for activities related to the theme of “Global Europe” that are not being submitted for Year of Pitt Global matching funds. There is no deadline for these proposals, ideas will be considered at any time during the 2018-19 academic year for activities that will be carried out during that same academic year.  Please contact Dr. Spoon or Dr. Delnore at any time with a one-page narrative description of your project with a proposed budget including other units that may be able to provide support should be submitted for consideration to Drs. Spoon and Delnore.

In particular, the Center has funding for and is seeking proposals for:

  • Visitors and Campus Lectures and Symposia
  • Student-driven events around the theme
  • “Pop-up courses” (one-credit) related to the theme (in any department/discipline; funding will provide supplemental, course overload pay). “Pop-up” courses allow students and faculty to explore emerging or newsworthy topics in an academic setting, but through a variety of flexible formats to suit different schedules.
  • Film screenings, readings, or art exhibits
  • Faculty-directed student research projects allowing Pitt undergraduates to pursue original research on topics related to the theme.