Conversations and Commentaries on Europe: Video Resources

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ESC has online video offerings for select items from its extensive programming.  These resources are meant to ehance transatlantic conversations happening and enrich understandings of Europe here in the United States.

Resources can be used as classroom aids, out-of-classroom assignments, or as background for research papers.  Please provide proper citation of any of the resources used (examples below). Please let us know how you are using the videos! Send a message to europeanstudies@pitt.edu with your stories. 

You can also watch our collection on the UCIS YouTube Channel.

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Cultural Diversity and Inclusive Community Building in Germany

In celebration of German Campus Week, this video focuses on the topic of cultural diversity in Germany and how the European nation has aimed to create inclusive community building. The virtual roundtable discusses successes, failures, and the future of Germany’s diverse communities.

PANELISTS:

  • Rahsaan Maxwell
    University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
     
  • Danny Choi
    University of Pittsburgh
     
  • Kai Unzicker
    Bertelsmann Stiftung
     

MODERATOR:

  • Jae-Jae Spoon
    Director of the European Studies Center, Univeristy of Pittsburgh
Virtual Briefing: Race and Racism in the Early Modern Period in the Mediterranean Region

Event to launch the Medterranean Studies Certificates at Pitt.

70 Years of Creating Europe: United in Diversity?

In this first installment of the ESC's 2020-2021 series of virtual roundtables, we used the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration as a springboard to discuss diversity within the EU. Our panel of experts traced the origin and current meaning of the EU's motto, "United in Diversity," exploring both its goals and its limitations.

PANELISTS:

  • Androula Vassiliou
    Former European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, and Youth
     
  • Johan Fornäs
    Professor Emeritus of Media and Communication Studies, Södertörn University
     
  • Susannah Eckersley
    Senior Lecturer in Media, Culture, and Heritage, Newcastle University
     
  • Michal Friedman
    Jack Buncher Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies, Carnegie Mellon University

MODERATOR:

  • Jae-Jae Spoon
    Director of the European Studies Center, Univeristy of Pittsburgh

RESOURCES:

Dr John Fornäs 

Dr Susannah Eckersley 

Dr Michal Friedman 

ADDITIONAL READINGS:

ADDITIONAL PODCASTS AND VIDEOS:

European Studies Center Zoom Graduation 2020

The European Studies Center congratulates our 2020 certificate students!

Zeinab Abbas; Transatlantic Studies, West European Studies

Kari Anderson; West European Studies

Katherine Andrews; West European Studies

Keya Bartolomeo; Related Concentration in European and Eurasian Studies

Solookhuu Bat-Erdene; European Union Studies

Adelyne Bejjani; Transatlantic Studies, West European Studies

Madaleine Biache; European Union Studies

Tyler Bokan; West European Studies

Abigail Bultemeier; West European Studies

Gabriela Cadahia-Frankel; Transatlantic Studies, West European Studies

Gina D'Incau; West European Studies

Jennifer Dowdy; Transatlantic Studies

Melanie du Bois de Vroylande; European Union Studies, Related Concentration in European and Eurasian Studies

Alexander Giorgetti; West European Studies

Efrain Guirola; West European Studies

Joanna Harlacher; West European Studies

Madison Heebner; West European Studies

Artan Hoxha; West European Studies

Wanyan Ma; Related Concentration in European and Eurasian Studies

Varun Mandi; Related Concentration in European and Eurasian Studies

Daria Masalaitis; West European Studies

Aspen Narvarte; European Union Studies, West European Studies

Thayjas Patil; Related Concentration in European and Eurasian Studies

Luke Persin; Transatlantic Studies, West European Studies

Pranitha Pothuri; Related Concentration in European and Eurasian Studies

Alexis Reilly; West European Studies

Samantha Robertson; West European Studies

Hailey Roh; Related Concentration in European and Eurasian Studies

Thomas Schrembeck; Related Concentration in European and Eurasian Studies

Taylor Snisky; Related Concentration in European and Eurasian Studies

Claire Stacey; Transatlantic Studies

Hannah Wilgenbusch; West European Studies

Lauren Yocum; Transatlantic Studies

Julia Zenkevich; West European Studies

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

Additional Books and Articles

Podcasts and Videos

 

 

 

 

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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Relevant Publications from the Panelists

Brian Kwoba, University of Memphis

Kirk Savage, University of Pittsburgh

Jennifer Sessions, University of Virginia

Katja Wezel, University of Göttingen

Additional Books and Articles

Podcasts and Videos

 

 

 

 

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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Relevant Publications from the Panelists

Pablo Fernandez-Vazquez, University of Pittsburgh

Timothy G. McMahon, Marquette University

Anand Menon, King’s College London

Additional Books and Articles

Podcasts and Videos

 

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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Relevant Publications from the Panelists

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

Additional Books and Articles

Podcasts and Videos

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

Additional Books and Articles

Podcasts and Videos

 

 

 

EP Elections: What's At Stake?

Conversations on Europe

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Relevant Publications from the Panelists

Andrea S. Aldrich, Yale University

Catherine de Vries, Free University Amsterdam

Matthijs Rooduijn, University of Amsterdam

Additional Books and Articles

Podcasts and Videos