Migrant Experience in Germany (in german)
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
What has been described in the media as a migration crisis in Europe is being characterized by many aid workers as a reception crisis. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has taken the lead among European heads of state in advocating for a safe and effective process of resettling migrants. Taking Germany as an example, a panel of experts discusses the migrant experience in that country. What are the legal processes for applying for asylum or settling as an economic migrant? What is the pathway to citizenship? What has been the public response? How does Germany's experience compare with other European countries? Randall Halle, Chair of the German Department, moderates the discussion, conducted entirely in German by native-level speakers.
Black Lives Matter: The Movement in Europe
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
In Europe, the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. has struck a chord with some. Issues of procedural inequalities and police violence have been made more public in Black Lives Matter marches in cities throughout Europe. Howdoes the movement in Europe differ from its American inspiration? Howdo issues of ethnicity and religion inform understandings of race in Europe? And what has been the response of authorities? Join our panel of experts for an in-depth exploration of this timely topic.
An Uncertain Future: US Elections and Transatlantic Relations
Thursday, October 20, 2016
In this installment of Conversations on Europe, a panel of experts from both sides of the Atlantic examines the potential impact of impending elections in both the U.S. and Europe and explores significant transnational trends in electoral politics, including the rise of populism and the polarization of the electorate as well as the increasing importance of issues related to immigration, the economy, and trade. How might the US elections in November 2016 impact European politics and the transatlantic relationship? What electoral contests in Europe are likely to have the greatest impact on the U.S.?
Free Trade or Protectionism? Isolationism amidst globalization
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
In this installment of the European Studies Center's award-winning series of virtual roundtables, a panel of experts discusses the mid-2016 political and popular debates over free trade and trade agreements in the US and Europe. Why have NAFTA and TPP become such political hot potatoes in the 2016 election cycle? What accounts for popular hostility to TTIP in Germany and other European nations? How did trade deals impact the Brexit vote and what impact will that vote have on on-going and future trade negotiations?
The Burkini Controversy
Friday, September 16, 2016
September 16, 2016 - Allyson Delnore of the European Studies Center and Jeanette Jouili of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh discuss the so-called "Burkini controversy" that emerged in France in the summer of 2016, in which mayors in some French cities and towns attempted to ban the wearing of modest, full-body swimwear at public beaches.
Brexit and the UK Referendum - What Does it All Mean?
Dr. Jae-Jae Spoon of the University of Pittsburgh talks about the "Brexit" and its ramifications in terms that will help teachers introduce the topic into their classroom discussions.
Virtual Briefing: Brexit Update
On June 23rd, voters in the UK went to the polls and voted by a slim margin to leave the EU. The political and economic repercussions were immediate. When will the dust settle? And what will Europe - and the UK - look like when it does?
The Continent is Cut Off! British Referendum on the EU
This June citizens in the United Kingdom will vote on that country’s place in Europe. At a time of rising Euroscepticism there and across Europe, Great Britain will decide if it is better off facing the range of challenges to the European project—economic growth, migration, terrorism, conflict on its borders—by itself or as part of the EU.
Virtual Briefing: EU-US Privacy Shield Update
“Safe Harbor” is gone, replaced by a new US-EU Privacy Shield agreement.
What does this means for US businesses and protection of personal data?
Whose Legacy? Museums and National Heritage Debates
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Our panel of experts discuss the ethical and legal questions museums in the Europe and North America face in the on-going debates over art repatriation, conservation, and national vs. universal heritage.