The Finnish Education Model: What Can We Learn?
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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.
25 Years of the European Single Market
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Europe’s single most ambitious project for the economic integration of goods, capital, services and labor celebrates 25 years.
Peace in Europe: 100 Year Anniversary of Armistice Day
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
We mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the day fighting ceased in World War I.
100 Years of Women's Suffrage: Women in Europe Today
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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?
The Italian Government and Elections
Jae-Jae Spoon of the European Studies Center and Gemma Marolda of the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh discuss the Italian electoral process.
Virtual Briefing: EuroForum on City Networks and the Pittsburgh-Glasgow Project
Faced with a number of complex challenges on a global scale, Pittsburgh city officials have cultivated networks of cities around the world to exchange best practices and experiences in the pursuit of policy-making that works. Thanks to the support of a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Grant from the European Union, the ESC highlights one such partnership in Europe and explores the ways that European and American cities work together to address today's "wicked problems."
Universalism in France
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Kathy Ayers of the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh and Sara Nyobe, Robert Morris University's 2018 Rooney International Visiting Scholar, discuss multiculturalism in France and her research on issues of identity in the workplace.
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.
May 1968: Legacies of Protest in France
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
‘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.
European Cities in the 21st Century
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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?