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?
Wind, Water, Sun: Clean Energy in Europe
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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.
Nationalism and Secessionism in Spain, Italy, and Beyond
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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.
European Integration Through Study Abroad? 30 Years of the Erasmus Program
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
What is the power of study abroad for forging new identities? We looked at the EU’s billion-dollar student and scholar exchange program called ERASMUS, which has reshaped higher education in Europe. With what results? How successful has the program been for the Europeanization of Europe’s college-aged youth? And what impact will Brexit have on the program?
Virtual Briefing: The Transatlantic Relationship After the First 100 Days
The Jean Monnet European Union Centers of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh and Florida International University joined together with the European Union Studies association to assemble a panel of experts to explore the state of transatlantic relations after the first one hundred days of the Trump Presidency.
Portuguese Identity: Iberia, Europe, and the World
Portuguese speakers from a variety of disciplinary perspectives entered into a wide-ranging discussion of Portuguese identity today. From literature to material culture; from its imperial past to its present as a member state on the European periphery, our experts discussed em português the forces shaping Portuguese identity.
The Dutch Bellweather: What is the Forecast For a “Nexit” or “Frexit?”
After the Brexit referendum in the UK and Trump’s election in the U.S. in 2016, political observers wonder what is in store for 2017. Join us to discuss the results of the March 15, 2017 elections in the Netherlands and the forecast for next month’s elections in France. How is populism fairing in Europe? What does Geert Wilder’s showing in the Netherlands suggest for Marine Le Pen’s prospects to become the next French president? Given the Euroscepticism expressed by both candidates and their popularity in recent polls, how likely is a Netherlands or French exit from the EU?
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Join the ESC for a moderated “virtual roundtable” on the issues facing transgender men and women in Western and Eastern Europe today. This event will be co-sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and moderated by the GSWS Director, Todd Reeser.
Calling Foul: Electoral Interference in the US and Europe
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Have we entered a new age of cyber-sabotage? In this session of Conversations on Europe, our expert panel explored episodes of foreign state interference in electoral politics in Europe and the U.S. past and present. From state-sponsored hacking to Wikileaks, what do we know about who is calling the shots? How have disinformation campaigns been used to meddle in domestic politics in countries throughout eastern and western Europe, and to what effect?
The Northern Irish Peace Process Today
Pitt faculty member, Dr. Tony Novosel, interviews peace activist Mary Montague about the current status of the Northern Ireland Peace Process and how it might be impacted by last June’s Brexit vote. Conversations on Europe: Teachable Moments are a K-16 teaching resource provided by the European Studies Center. The University of Pittsburgh holds the right to this video. It is available solely for use in educational settings.