Year of Global Europe


In recognition of Pitt’s Year of Pitt Global (AY 2018-19), the European Studies Center is organizing a series of visitors, symposia, conferences, videoconferences, and pop-up courses around the theme: Global Europe

Defining Global Europe:
Throughout the year, the ESC will offer and support interdisciplinary programming that addresses Europe’s place in the world: past, present, and future.  We encourage faculty and graduate students to interpret the theme of “Global Europe” broadly and to be creative in imagining possible projects. Global Europe invites comparative and trans-regional approaches to understanding the nations of Europe, their impact on the wider world, and the impact of non-European peoples and ideas on the peoples and ideas of Europe. Global Europe encourages an understanding of Europe as porously bounded and as a collection of diverse cultures and regions. Thematic topics relevant to Global Europe could explore issues including, but not limited to, the arts, culture, health, education, law, knowledge building and exchange, discovery and invention, war and peacebuilding, politics, economics, demography and society, and/or foreign policy.


2018-19 Program for Year of Global Europe (updated regularly - to apply for funding, click here)


Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 12:00 PM

  • Did Prussia Have an Atlantic History? The Partitions of Poland-  Lithuania, French Guiana, and Climates in the Caribbean, 1760s-1790s with Bernhard Stuck, University of St. Andrews
    3703 Posvar Hall (History Department Lounge)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 4:00 PM

  • Food, Gender, and Media in Italy featuring Fabio Parasecoli, New York University

​          Cathedral of Learning

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

  • Wake Up! Mixing Identities and Music with DJ Ipek
    538 William Pitt Union

 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Conversations on Europe: World's Fairs & International Expositions

          4217 Posvar Hall

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

  • Diamante Trio with Lilly Abreu

​          Heinz Chapel

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Jean Monnet Lecture Series: Mixing It: Multinational, Multi-ethnic Britain in the Second World War with Wendy Webster, University of Huddersfield

​          3911 Posvar Hall

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Featured Speaker: Jon McCourt, Civil Rights & Community Activist

​           Cathedral of Learning, G24

Friday, November 9, 2018 - Saturday, November 10, 2018

  • Jean Monnet Symposium - Comparative European Governance: A Symposium in Honor of Alberta Sbragia

​          Various locations

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Jean Monnet Lecture Series: Peace in Europe and the World? 100 Year Anniversary of Armistice Day

​          4217 Posvar Hall

smileyAnnouncing a new Spring one-credit pop-up course!

  • Topics in Fiction: Readings in Contemporary Novels 

ENGWRT 1097-1100 (32099)

Cathedral 501; 7 Wednesdays during Spring Semester (6-7:30PM)

Taught by Shannon Reed, this course has a low-key, book club feeel as students gather to discuss five novels written by contemporary European authors.  

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Jean Monnet Lecture Series: The Finnish Education Model: What Can We Learn?

​          4217 Posvar Hall

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Jean Monnet Lecture Series: Brexit: A Europe Without the UK

​          4217 Posvar Hall

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

  • International Day of Francophonie 
  • Representations of Disaster Conference


Call for Proposals:
There are two ways to participate in creating programming.

  1. As a part of the broader Year of Pitt Global, the Office of the Provost is offering to provide matching funding of up to $5,000 for approved projects.  To complement these funds, the European Studies Center is pleased to be able to provide small grants that can be used toward the portion of the funds needed to access Provost Matching funds.  ESC funds must be used in conjunction with other support to meet the 50:50 matching funds offered by the Office of the Provost.  Award amounts will vary based upon the project proposed and relevance to the overall theme of Global Europe.

    Faculty with projects that include Europe in relation to the Year of Pitt Global are encouraged to contact ESC Director Jae-Jae Spoon ( and/or Associate Director Allyson Delnore ( with your idea to explore the ways in which the ESC can best contribute.  Proposals for Year of Pitt Global funding will be accepted after 1 July 2018.  After consulting with us, a one-page write up of the ESC’s proposed role in the larger proposal to the Year of Pitt Global should be submitted at least (10) days prior to your planned submission date for Provost funding. 
  2. The ESC also invites Affiliated Faculty to submit proposals for activities related to the theme of “Global Europe” that are not being submitted for Year of Pitt Global matching funds. There is no deadline for these proposals, ideas will be considered at any time during the 2018-19 academic year for activities that will be carried out during that same academic year.  Please contact Dr. Spoon or Dr. Delnore at any time with a one-page narrative description of your project with a proposed budget including other units that may be able to provide support should be submitted for consideration to Drs. Spoon and Delnore.

In particular, the Center has funding for and is seeking proposals for:

  • Visitors and Campus Lectures and Symposia
  • Student-driven events around the theme
  • “Pop-up courses” (one-credit) related to the theme (in any department/discipline; funding will provide supplemental, course overload pay). “Pop-up” courses allow students and faculty to explore emerging or newsworthy topics in an academic setting, but through a variety of flexible formats to suit different schedules.
  • Film screenings, readings, or art exhibits
  • Faculty-directed student research projects allowing Pitt undergraduates to pursue original research on topics related to the theme.