Conversations and Commentaries on Europe: Video Resources

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 with your stories. 

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    European Studies Center. "Title of Video." University of Pittsburgh, Date it was posted, URL.
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    [European Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh]. (Year, Month Day it was posted). Title of the Video [Video file]. Retrieved from URL.
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NATO: A Hammer in Search of a Nail
A Spring 2013 installment of "Conversations on Europe". With its post-Cold War role in Europe behind it, an end to its role in Afghanistan planned for 2014, and new challenges in the Arab world, NATO is at yet another turning point in searching for a new role. Participants include Marina Skordeli, Director of the Jean Monnet Center at The University of Athens; Taylor Seybolt, Assistant Professor at The University of Pittsburgh; Ryan Hendrickson, Professor of Political Science, Eastern Illinois University; and Gulnur Aybet, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Kent.
The Next Member State: Croatia's Path to the European Union
A Spring 2013 installment of "Conversations on Europe". The EUCE/ESC and REES bring together experts via videoconference to discuss Croatia's prospects and challenges as it seeks EU membership. Panelists include: Nataša Beširević (University of Zagreb, visiting scholar at U Cal Berkeley), Laura Hastings (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Robert M. Hayden (University of Pittsburgh), Dominik Tolksdorf (Johns Hopkins University). Moderated by Andrew Konitzer (University of Pittsburgh)
Interview with Pitt's EUCE/ESC Director, Ron Linden
Dr. Ronald Linden, Director of the EU Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh talks about the strengths, resources, and opportunities his center has to offer to students who would like to study European Affairs.
The End of Soft Power? The EU and the Middle East
The EUCE/ESC brings experts together via remote connection to discuss the range and level of European influence in the Middle East. Europe has, until recently, been an attractive model for countries in democratization, because of the non-threatening, non-military way Europe—and the EU in particular—attracted adherents. Almost two years after the Arab Spring, does Europe retain any influence, any ability to influence events? Panelists will include: Mohammed Bamyeh; Tal Sadeh; Urfan Khaliq; Beverly Crawford; and Eva-Maria Maggi. Moderated by Ronald Linden, Director, EUCE/ESC
Tiger in a Cage: Ireland and the New European Economy
The EUCE/ESC brings together experts via videoconference to discuss how the once dominant Irish sector has grappled with the European economic downturn. Panelists include: James Lamb (Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh), Stephen Kinsella (University of Limerick), James S. Donnelly (Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Klaus Larres (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Vincent Browne (the Irish Times and TV3 Ireland), Niamh Hardiman (University College Dublin), Ron Linden (University of Pittsburgh), and the Hon. Daniel M. Rooney (U.S. Ambassador to Ireland)
A New Germany in a New EU
The University of Pittsburgh's European Union Center of Excellence hosts a number of experts in a "virtual seminar" to discuss Germany's role as the EU copes with the global economic crisis in 2012. Speakers include Steven Sokol, President of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh; Ronald Linden, Director of the University of Pittsburgh EUCE; Gary Marks, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Sabina Hake, University of Texas, Austin; and Alex Privitera, American Institute on Contemporary German Studies.
The UK and the EU: Stepping Out of the Circle
Lecture by Michael Shackleton, former head of he European Parliament Information Office in London and currently Special Professor in European Institutions at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Germany, Europe, and the Euro Crisis
Lecture at the University of Pittsburgh delivered by Werner Sonne, Senior Correspondent for ARD German TV and Berlin Bureau Chief for ARD's morning show, "Morgenmagazin".
Redirecting Technological Progress: Green, Profitable, Sustainable
The inaugural lecture of the Burkart Holzner Lecture Series. Ernst von Weizsäcker, former dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, speaks about historical technological developments, their impact on society and the environment, and possible ways to channel technology toward a sustainable future.
The Honorable Jean-Claude Juncker, April 2008
Lecture by Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, on the occasion of receiving an honorary degree from the University of Pittsburgh in April 2008.