Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

How to Prepare for Graduate School
A Workshop of the International Career Toolkit Series
Time:
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Presenter:
Jonathan Harris, Anna-Maria Wallis Karnes, Patrick Cornell
Location:
WWPH 4217
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center, International Business Center and Study Abroad Office
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Sarah Angel Markwardt
Contact Email:
saa133@pitt.edu

Are you considering graduate school?

Join us at the workshop:
How to Prepare for Graduate School
Thursday, Oct. 2nd / 3pm / WWPH 4217

This workshop will cover the ins and outs of choosing a good program, completing an impressive application, establishing communication with an advisor, as well as advice from Professor Jonathan Harris and current PhD and Master's candidates.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Improvisation and the Orphic Revival in Quattrocento Florence
Time:
5:30 pm
Presenter:
James Coleman
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Humanities Center

James Coleman holds a Ph.D. in Italian from Yale University, and a B.A. in
Classics, also from Yale. He has published research on Italian literature from
the Trecento to the Settecento. His published work includes essays on
Giovanni Boccaccio's De Canaria, Angelo Poliziano and Quattrocento
Florentine humanism, Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, and the thought of
Giambattista Vico. He has forthcoming work on the humanist forger Laudivio
Zacchia, the first vernacular commentary on Lucretius's De rerum natura,
and the Renaissance reception of Boccaccio's Genealogia. He is currently
completing a book manuscript entitled Orphic Poetry in Renaissance Italy.

From All Walks of Life: Revisiting the German-Speaking Presence in Yucátan (1865-1914)
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Alma Durán-Merk, Author and Journalist
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Studies Association along with University of Augsburg and Germany
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Dr. Durán-Merk comes to us as a result of Pitt’s long-standing researcher exchange agreement with Universität Augsburg in Germany, where she is a research associate at the Institute for European Ethnology and Folklore. Her primary areas of interest include migration research, visual anthropology, the anthropology of consumption, and media studies, particularly regarding relations between German and Latin American cultures. Before moving to Germany, Dr. Durán-Merk worked for several years as a television producer and writer in Monterrey, Mexico and the U.S.

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Securitizing Energy in Turkey and the EU: Cheap Talk or New Policies?”
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Basak Alpan, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration/Centre for European Studies, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Studies Association
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Dr. Alpan, a visiting scholar in the Center’s International Research Scholar Exchange Scheme, will discuss how energy emerges as a practical security concept and is represented in policy discourses in Europe and Turkey. Ever since the end of Cold War and since 9/11 in particular, the concept of ‘security’ has experienced a profound conceptual change. This talk will examine the securitization of ‘energy’ within the EU and Turkey and its impact on from a comparative perspective.

Friday, September 26th, 2014

International Business: Alumni and Professionals Panel
International Career Toolkit Series
Time:
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Presenter:
David Brand, Melissa Amler, Timothy Kraus
Location:
WWPH 4217
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center and International Business Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Sarah Angel Markwardt
Contact Phone:
724-562-6466
Contact Email:
saa133@pitt.edu

University of Pittsburgh Alumni and local international business professionals will present about employment options and important skill development for those interested in careers in international business.

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Berlin Now: The City in the Years since 1989
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Presenter:
Mr. Peter Schneider, Author and Journalist
Location:
3431 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Department of German, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences and Film Studies Program and the World History Center
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the EUCE/ESC and the Department of German are pleased to present a group of events to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall. Author of the book “Berlin Now: The City After the Wall”, Peter Schneider, who moved to Berlin in 1962 and witnessed the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, visits the University of Pittsburgh to share his experiences as keen observer of Berlin. His novel Der Mauerspringer (The Wall Jumper) was first published in 1983, and has become a classic. In it he describes life in the shadow of the Wall. His new book, Berlin Now: The City after the Wall (translated by Sophie Schlondorff) is a collection of perceptive and witty essays about modern Berlin.

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The evolution of Albanian foreign policy since the end of Communism and prospects for the future
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Agata Biernat, PhD Student, University of Nicolaus Copernicus, Poland
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

For many decades Albania remained a little known country not only for ordinary people in Europe or in the United States but also for different political analysts. One of the reason was that after World War II, it became a Stalinist state under Enver Hoxha, a communist dictator, and remained staunchly isolationist until its transition to democracy after 1990. With the collapse of communism Albania found itself facing a new security environment, including changing geopolitical situation in the Balkan region, so came with a new idea for international relations and began seeking closer ties and diplomatic relations with the West. That kind of diplomacy, oriented towards western countries, was supposed to be a solution to problems inherited from the past. At the same time this small Balkan country has striven to normalize ties especially with its neighbors. Regional cooperation was defined by Albanian government as an element that will boost and strengthen regional security. During these last two decades the main goal of Albanian foreign policy remains the same, which is the Euro-Atlantic integration, close relations with the United States and full membership in the European Union. However, Albania already reached the goal of the NATO membership on 1 April 2009 and also become an official candidate to join the European Union (June 2014).

The main aim of this lecture is to analyze the Albanian foreign policy since 1991 and show how it has evolved over time. To achieve this, I will focus on both domestic and international factors that influence Albanian foreign policy. The crucial part of the presentation will be an examination of current Albanian diplomacy under new government lead by Prime Minister Edi Rama, the leader of the Socialist Party.

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Conversations on Europe: The Scottish Referendum: Results & Implications
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Ailsa Henderson (University of Edinburgh), Guy Peters (University of Pittsburgh), and André Lecours (University of Ottawa)
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

“Should Scotland be an independent country?” In a referendum scheduled for September 18th, voters in that country will have an opportunity to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on that very question. On Tuesday, Sepetember 23rd, the EUCE at Pitt will devote the first session of its award-winning Conversations on Europe virtual roundtable series to a discussion of the results of the referendum. What is the future of the Scottish National Party? How will this effect UK politics? What are the implications of the results for other nationalist movements in Europe and North America? Are there useful comparisons to be drawn between the 2014 Scottish Referendum and the 1995 Québeqois referendum? Please join us at noon in 4217 Posvar Hall for what promises to be a lively discussion. Ron Linden, Director of the EUCE and Professor of Political Science, will moderate.

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards Somme
Time:
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Presenter:
Written by Mr. Frank McGuinness and directed by Mr. Matt Torney
Location:
Stephen Foster Memorial (4301 Forbes Avenue)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre
Cost:
All adult tickets are $25 ($11 discount off of regular adult ticket), Pitt student tickets are $18.
Contact Phone:
(412) 561-6000

How strong is the bond between men united by the call to arms? Eight young Irishmen, thrown together for army training during the Great War, must move beyond the troubles between Protestant and Catholic as they prepare for the Battle of the Somme. Frank McGuinness' lyrical play captures the fierce friendship and loyalty among men who must face the wickedness and wastefulness of war. The effects of WWI, launched almost 100 years ago to the day, still haunt our headlines. This is a timeless story, appropriate for ages 12+.

The EUCE/ESC is pleased to announce that PICT has a special ticket offer: EUCE night is Thursday, September 18 at 8pm. All adult tickets are $25 ($11 discount off of regular adult ticket). You can make your purchase online and enter code UNION25 to receive your $25 price for September 18, or you can call the PICT Classic Theatre at (412) 561-6000 to secure your seats. Just mention the UNION25 discount when calling. If you are a Pitt student, you always receive the $18 student price for any PICT show.

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Covering a Changing Europe: Reflections on the New Journalism
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Laurent Sierro, Journalist with the Swiss National New Agency & Transatlantic Media Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Mr. Laurent Sierro has covered events in East and West Europe and the Middle East for ten years, most recently for the Swiss National News Agency. He will lead a discussion on the how changes in Europe and the nature of reporting have affected modern journalism.

Monday, September 15th, 2014

DAAD Information Session
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Katja Wezel, DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Dr. Katja Wezel, DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor

Students interested in study, research, or an internship experience in Germany will have the opportunity to begin investigating the numerous funding opportunities through the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). These grants are available to all US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents AND Foreign nationals if they have been full-time students at an accredited US or Canadian University for more than one year at the time of application. German language prerequisites vary--from none to proficient--depending on the DAAD award, applicant’s field, and plan in Germany. Grants range from Graduate Study Scholarships to Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates, Young Academics, and Scientists; and from Undergraduate Scholarships for research or internships to Science and Engineering-based internships. For more information, please direct questions re: graduate DAAD awards to Stephen Lund, slund@pitt.edu, and re: undergraduate DAAD awards to Shannon Mischler, sjm130@pitt.edu. Additional information can be found on the DAAD WEBSITE.

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Yiddish Art Songs and Poems
Time:
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Presenter:
Alexei Belousov and Ruth Levin
Location:
Bellefield Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of Music, Jewish Studies Program, Department of German and International Research Network City for the Cultures of Peace

Ruth Levin's concert is devoted to Yiddish art songs and poems written by Jewish poets from the Bukowina, Poland, Romania, and Russia. For the past ten years, Levin worked together with Alexei Belousov, a Russian-Jewish classical guitar concert artist in order to create a special program.

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Neotolia Concert
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Museum
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Nationality Rooms
Cost:
$25 per person, $10 for students
Contact:
Kyle Marc Bishop
Contact Phone:
412-624-6150
Contact Email:
KMB247@pitt.edu

The Turkish Nationality Room Committee is hosting a concert featuring the group NEOTOLIA, which will begin with a meet and greet reception with refreshments at 6 pm, followed by the concert at 6:30 pm. The proceeds of the concert will help fund the Turkish Room Summer Study Abroad Scholarship. Tickets are $25 per person, $10 for students, and additional donations to the scholarship fund will be accepted. To reserve seats, please send a check made payable to the University of Pittsburgh to the following address: Nationality Rooms Program/ ATTN: Turkish Room Committee/ 1209 Cathedral of Learning/ Pittsburgh, PA 15260. There will be seats available the night of the performance, but please consider making your reservations before the concert. For more information, please visit the Turkish Nationality Room facebook page.

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Der Geteilte Himmel/Divided Heaven
Time:
5:30 pm
Location:
324 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of German

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the German Department and the EUCE have organized a film and lecture series.

The first film, Der Geteilte Himmel/Divided Heaven (1963), will be held on September 11th at 5:30pm in room 324 of the Cathedral of Learning. The film will be introduced by Prof. Halle

Pizza will be provided at the film events.

The Divided Heaven
(Der geteilte Himmel)
Director: Konrad Wolf, b/w, 113 min., 1963/64

East Germany in 1961, just before the construction of the Berlin Wall. After suffering a nervous breakdown, Rita Seidel returns to her village from the city of Halle to find peace and quiet. She recalls the past years, her love for chemist Manfred Herrfurth, her work in a railway car factory and her studies to become a teacher. There were problems with political opportunists and ideological hardliners in the factory and at university. Rita’s love affair came to an end after Manfred, bitter that uncompromising supervisors had rejected his new chemical process, fled the city for West Berlin without Rita, who chose not to join him. THE DIVIDED HEAVEN, created just a few years after the Wall was constructed, is one of the bravest movies ever to be made in the GDR – not only because of its unusual dramaturgy, but also because it seeks responsibility for conflicts in one’s own country and not with the “class enemy”.

THE EU’S NORMATIVE POWER: HUMAN RIGHTS IN KAZAKHSTAN
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Işık Kuşçu, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Middle East Technical University, and Visiting Scholar through the International Research Scholar Exchange Scheme
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

For the last decade there has been wide debate on European Union (EU) as a normative power actor in international politics. Visiting scholar Işık Kuşçu contributes to this debate by analyzing the impact of the EU in Kazakhstan in the field of human rights. As one of the former Soviet republics in Central Asia, Kazakhstan has emerged as an actor with a desire to win the recognition of the West as a modern, progressive power in the region. While the EU`s engagement in Central Asia does not have a long history, it considers Kazakhstan an important partner in the region. EU-Kazakhstan relations evolved around different issue areas, the promotion of human rights in Kazakhstan being one of them. This talk will examine EU policy towards Kazakhstan on human rights, as reflected in official documents, discourse used by representatives of civil society organizations, and Kazakhstani media with a focus on the impact of such policies on the country`s human rights record.

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Career Perspectives: International Risk Management
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Jason Dury, International Security and Crisis Management Leader
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center

Jason Dury is an International Security and Crisis Management leader with experience in counterterrorism, counterintelligence, Insider Threat and Corporate Espionage awareness among other areas. With over 20 years of experience, he has served in the US Intelligence Community, worked for Fortune 500® companies, and as a consultant to corporations and individuals around the world. He has successfully developed key security programs for employee travel safety, investigations, and corporate information protection to enable success in the complex international business arena. This includes kidnap and ransom management, anti-abduction and personal protection training, country risk briefs, business intelligence and due diligence, and merger and acquisition support.

Friday, September 5th, 2014

EUCE/ESC Fall Welcome Reception
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Mark your calendars! The EUCE/ESC invites students, faculty, and friends of the Center to join us at our opening reception in 4130 Posvar Hall. Learn about this year’s full schedule of events, new courses, faculty and students, and meet this year’s visitors while enjoying some light refreshments.

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Jean Monnet Symposium. At the Nexus of Geopolitics: Turkey Today and in the Future
Time:
8:00 am to 9:30 am
Presenter:
Dr. Yakup Atila Eralp, Director of the EU Center, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Location:
Rivers Club | 301 Grant Street | Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
Cost:
WAC members: $25 | Non-members: $50
Contact Phone:
412-281-7970

Dr. Yakup Atila Eralp is the Director of the EU Center, Middle East Technical University, and is visiting the University of Pittsburgh as a part of the International Research Exchange Scheme. This talk is sponsored by the EUCE/ESC as the 2014 Jean Monnet Symposium with thanks to the World Affairs Council for co-sponsorship.

Please advise in advance of any dietary restrictions.
To register, visit www.worldpittsburgh.org or call 412-281-7970. No-shows and cancellations after May 12, 2014 will be charged.

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Europe's Watershed Moment: What the conflict in Ukraine Means for Europe, the U.S., and Relations with Russia
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:45 pm
Presenter:
Constanze Stelzenmüller, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the U.S.
Location:
Rivers Club, 301 Grant Street
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and American Council on Germany
Cost:
Free, with EUCE sponsorship (must confirm availability in advance)
Contact:
Kate Bowersox
Contact Email:
kal68@pitt.edu

The EUCE will host a table for faculty interested in learning more about how the conflict in Ukraine impacts European and American relations with Russia. The event should provide information useful for future research and teaching about transatlantic relations. To participate, please contact Kate Bowersox at kal68@pitt.edu.

Monday, April 28th, 2014

European Presidential Debate
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Presenter:
European Candidates
Location:
4209 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.eu

Join the EUCE/ESC for a live/virtual viewing party as candidates Jean-Claude Juncker (European People's Party), Martin Schulz (Party of European Socialists), Guy Verhofstadt (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party), and Ska Keller (European Green Party) debate key issues for the presidency of the European Commission. Topics will include unemployment, education, and youth engagement in politics. The event will be held in front of an audience of 700 young people from across Europe and broadcasted live worldwide in 13 languages. American students can submit questions in advance at www.youngvoters.eu.

You too can be a part of the action at the premier U.S.-based virtual viewing party.
We’ll be live tweeting, so if you can’t join in person, join us on-line!

Join us in 4209 Posvar Hall for snacks and to watch the debate.
Or, watch online: www.eudebate2014.eu & www.euronews.com
Follow us on Twitter @EuceEsc
Tweet with us: #EUdeb8watch

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

French Immersion
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

“Weak Nationalism—Is it a Useful Category?”
Time:
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Presenter:
Maria Todorova, Professor of History, University of Illinois
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of Sociology, Cultural Studies Program; Humanities Center; and the Departments of Communication, English, Department of German, History and Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Contact Email:
cultural@pitt.edu

This lecture will close the Cultural Studies Common Seminar Colloquium on “Cultural Dis/Union” and will be presented by Maria Todorova, Professor of History at the University of Illinois. An introduction will be provided by Professor Rajani Sudan, Associate Professor of English, Southern Methodist University; responses will be offered by Professor B. Venkat Mani, Associate Professor of German, University of Wisconsin and Professor Robert Hayden, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies. The discussion will be led by Nancy Condee, Professor of Slavic and Film Studies and Director of the Global Studies Center.

A Parliament Against Itself? The Far Right in the Upcoming European Parliament Elections
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

From May 22 to May 25, voters in 28 members countries of the European Union will elect some 751 members of a newly empowered European Parliament. Since the Treaty of Lisbon came into effect, the EP has gained “co-decision” rights in many policy areas, including agriculture, energy policy, immigration and EU funds. The EP must approve the budget and most visibly, the European Parliament has gained the right to endorse (or not) the members states’ nominee to be President of the European Commission. The Parliament also must give its approval to the Commission as a whole.
But it is the European Parliament’s role as a sounding board of public opinion—on the EU as well as on national governments—that will get the most attention this time. Across Europe—most recently in France—populist, nationalist and Eurosceptic parties have gained in elections, within mainstream parties and in public favor. If this trend is reflected in these “European” elections, the European Parliament may find itself with a significant number of members who are hostile to the goals and aims of the European project.

Audience participation is encouraged. Presenters include Catherine De Vries, University of Oxford; Kostantinos Kourtikakis, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne; Will Daniel, Francis Marion University; Borbala Goncz, Corvinus University of Budapest.

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 to Friday, May 16th, 2014

Finding Europe in Pittsburgh
Time:
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Mr. Steve Lund
Contact Email:
slund@pitt.edu

Pittsburgh is a city with deep cultural and historical ties to Europe, and those connections have contributed to the dynamic city culture and style that residents enjoy today. The European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh is sponsoring a photo contest, “Finding Europe in Pittsburgh,” that showcases the many European influences in our city.

Students (both graduates and undergraduates) are invited to submit photos that showcase some aspect of Europe in the city of Pittsburgh. Possible subjects include food, architecture, festivals, sports, art, people, or anything that speaks of Europe. Feel free to get creative! Winning photos will be announced on Facebook and published in our newsletter. Submit photos to Steve Lund at slund@pitt.edu, along with your name, the photo’s title, and a brief description of the photo’s subject. First prize is $250.00, second prize is $150.00, and third prize is $100.00.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Videoconference about the State and Prospects of the Eurozone
Time:
3:00 pm to 3:45 pm
Presenter:
Mr. Ben Carliner, Senior Economist at the Delegation of the European Union to the USA
Location:
3431 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center and International Business Center along with The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Mr. Carliner, an American economist working for the EU Delegation in Washington, D.C., will join the Pitt community via videoconference from the EU Delegation in Washington to offer a talk focused on the E.U. and the future of economic regionalism. He will also answer questions about the nature of the Eurozone crisis, its resolution and its implications for the future of the EU.

Monday, April 14th, 2014

How Europe went to War in 1914
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Christopher Clark, Professor in Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and Author of The Sleepwalkers (2013)
Location:
Alcoa Room, Barco Law Building
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with European Colloquium of the Department of History
Cost:
Free, but registration appreciated.
Contact:
Kathy Gibson
Contact Email:
kag36@pitt.edu

Christopher Clark will talk about his most recent, prize-winning book The Sleepwalkers and explain the fascinating story of how political mismanagement in Europe led to the outbreak of World War I. A reception with light refreshments will follow the talk. Please RSVP to Kathy Gibson at kag36@pitt.edu if you are planning to attend the lecture.

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Italian Film Festival - Long Live Freedom (Viva la Libertà)
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of French and Italian

Join the Department of French and Italian and Italian Film Festival USA for the closing night of the Italian Film Festival. Then join us for a complimentary Closing Night reception afterwards in the FFA cloisters! Free and open to the public!

Long Live Freedom (Viva la Libertà), 7 p.m. April 12, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive. The leader of the most notorious political opposition party mysteriously disappears. His wife and assistant turn to his identical twin brother, who has recently been released from a psychiatric hospital. Will anyone notice the switch?

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Italian Film Festival - The Venice Syndrome (Teorema Venezia)
Time:
9:00 pm
Location:
Posvar Hall 1700
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of French and Italian

Join the Department of French and Italian and Italian Film Festival USA for a Pittsburgh film premiere!

The Venice Syndrome (Teorema Venezia), 9 p.m. April 11, 1700 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet St. Venice, the world’s most beautiful city, is invaded every day by 50,000 tourists. There are only 48,000 residents, and there are fewer every year as the city becomes nearly uninhabitable. The film shows what remains of Venetian life in a requiem for a grand city.

Europe: East and West; Undergraduate Research Symposium
Time:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Presenter:
Selected undergraduate students
Location:
William Pitt Union, Rooms 548, 527 and 837
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and International Business Center
Contact:
Gina Peirce
Contact Phone:
412-648-2290
Contact Email:
gbpeirce@pitt.edu

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event since 2002 designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or other countries of the former Soviet Union. The Symposium is held on the University of Pittsburgh-Oakland campus.

After the initial submission of papers, selected participants were grouped into panels according to their research topics. At the symposium, participants give a 10- to 15-minute presentations based on their research to a panel of faculty and graduate students. The presentations are open to the public.

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Italian Film Festival - The Women Workers’ War
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Cathedral of Learning G-24
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of French and Italian

Join the Department of French and Italian and Italian Film Festival USA for our exciting next installment of our annual film festival!

The Women Workers’ War, 7 p.m. April 10, Room 24, Ground Floor, Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave. A documentary recounting the story of two women: one who leads the longest factory sit-in by women in Italy and another who operates a factory that encourages cultural growth among the workers. This screening will feature a special appearance by director Massimo Ferrari.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Celtic Interactions with Indigenous People and Slaves in the British Empire: “Critics” or “Agents” of Imperialism?
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Presenter:
Peter Karsten
Location:
Posvar 3703 - History Department Lounge
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of History

The History Department Work-in-Progress Seminar presents Peter Karsten, University of Pittsburgh. Lead discussants Van Beck Hall and Bernie Hagerty.

NOTE: Text will be circulated three weeks before event. All attending are urged to prepare to take full part in discussion.

Eating in Gezi, Devoured by Gezi: Food and Resistance in 2013 Istanbul Gezi Park Protests
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
Presenter:
Cengiz Haksöz, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Studies Association and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free.
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Food may be a marker of identity, metaphor for social change, and means of resistance. Gezi Park events started after brutal interventions were made by police against Gezi Park occupiers on May 29, 2013, quickly escalating into one of the greatest civil protests in Turkish history, and spreading to other parts of the country. During the events, protesters responded to misinformation from mass media and accusations of the government in a variety of creative ways. Drawing from in-situ observations, news and social media, Haksöz will focus on food as one of these creative responses of the protesters to the government and its mass media, and will analyze how food has been used by the protesters as an ideology, and for solidarity and resistance. PIZZA WILL BE SERVED!

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

From Central Europe to the U.S.: A Slovak Family in the Building of its Proud Nation
Time:
2:00 pm
Presenter:
John Palka, Author, My Slovakia My Family
Location:
1700 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Pitt Student Slovak Club and Slovak Studies Program

Prof. John Palka's lecture will be based on his book that, while historical in essence, is refreshingly contemporary in its account of the past that his ancestors helped to shape. It contains vivid portraits of courage and love of freedom and country that will resonate with modern Slovak-Americans, it will connect them with the boarder story of their ancestors.

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Italian Film Festival - The Best Offer (La Migliore Offerta)
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Carnegie Museum of Art Theatre
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of French and Italian

Join the Department of French and Italian and Italian Film Festival USA as we show our fourth Pittsburgh premiere film! La migliore offerta tells the story of a genius art expert - come enjoy it at the Carnegie Museum of Art's theater!

The Best Offer (La Migliore Offerta), 7 p.m. April 5, Carnegie Museum of Art Theatre, 4400 Forbes Ave. A world-renowned antiques auctioneer, who leads a solitary life, is appointed to oversee the sale of a beautiful heiress’ art collection and is soon engulfed by a passion that rocks his bland existence.

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Italian Film Festival - Balancing Act (Gli Equilibristi)
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Building Auditorium
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of French and Italian

Join the Department of French and Italian and Italian Film Festival USA for the third film in the annual film festival!

Balancing Act (Gli Equilibristi), 7 p.m. April 4, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive. Giulio leads a seemingly idyllic life with his wife and two children, but after making a critical error that unravels everything, he is forced to discover the thin line between well-being and poverty.

Triumphs and Frustrations: Hungarian dissidents & their Western friends, 1973-2004
Time:
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Presenter:
Victoria Harms
Location:
Posvar 3703 - History Department Lounge
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of History

University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Student Symposium
Presents:

Victoria Harms
University of Pittsburgh

Triumphs and Frustrations: Hungarian dissidents & their Western friends, 1973-2004

Populism & Democracy in Contemporary Italy: North League to 5 Stars Movement
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Presenter:
Professor Aide Esu, Distinguished Italian Fulbright Professor, Department of French and Italian
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of French and Italian
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Over twenty years of political transformation, Italian populism reflects the full European panorama, moving from a local-xenophobic movement (Lega Nord) to one-man party (Berlusconi), and even to an anti-politics grass-root movement (5 Stars Movement). Professor Esu will analyze the issues, mobilization, leadership, and popular discourse characterizing these movements in order to highlight some of the key questions related to what appears to be fertile ground in Europe for popular mobilization. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Political Decentralization in Ukraine: If done right, decentralization can be a great solution for Ukraine
Time:
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Presenter:
Tymofiy Mylovanov, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Pittsburgh
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of Economics
Contact:
Anna Talone
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

Political and economic decentralization is the immediate systemic change needed for Ukraine to become a stable and healthy democracy. Democratic regional decentralization would have three important and distinct benefits for Ukraine's nascent democratic institutions.

1. It would be an effective guarantee that important local economic and social decisions are made by the people most affected by these decisions, rather than being dictated by whichever party comes to power in Kiev.

2. It would reduce the stakes in the conflict in national politics and help focus attention not on whether one region will impose its will on another, but on the urgent economic and political problems facing Ukraine.

3. A vibrant local democracy would do much to strengthen Ukraine's national political institutions and provide a forum where new local politicians can prove themselves, gain the trust of the people and get executive experience.

The lecture will discuss the advantages and the costs of decentralization in Ukraine, the challenges with implementing it politically, and will delineate the difference between decentralization and federalization proposed by Russia.

The Four Waves of Modern Terror: An Essay on Generations
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. David C. Rapoport
Location:
3911 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies
Contact Email:
beb38@pitt.edu

Modern terror began in the late 1870s; its distinctive features are its global character, use of explosives, and emergence and recession in the form of waves. We have experienced four waves, the “Anarchist”, “Anti-Colonial”, “New Left” and “Religious”. Each wave contains a large number of independent groups, special purposes, distinctive tactics, and a distinctive geography and has a different impact on the international state system. The overwhelming number of groups in a wave has much shorter lives than a wave does, but if a group does survive the wave it was originally associated with, it absorbs some of the features in the next wave. The first three waves lasted around 40 years or a generation by Biblical standards. If the “Religious Wave” which began in 1979 follows the course of its predecessors it should basically disappear by the 2020’s decade. If history repeats itself, a fifth one will emerge. Lunch will be provided – please RSVP to beb38@pitt.edu

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

German Business Panel
Time:
12:15 pm to 2:30 pm
Presenter:
Jeffrey T. Deane, BKD, LLP; Robert Dehm, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; Joe Peilert, VEKA Holdings; Suzi Pegg, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and International Business Center along with Department of German
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Given the German economy’s central role in the Euro Area, and Germany’s place as a strong business partner with the US and Pennsylvania, many people are interested in the characteristics of the German business model. Our panelists will discuss their experiences attracting German companies to the Pittsburgh region, partnering with them in transatlantic relationships, and tips for successful relationships with German companies and colleagues.

Panelists include: Jeffrey T. Deane, Managing Partner of BKD, LLP; Robert Dehm, of the Economic Department at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; Joe Peilert, President & CEO of VEKA Holdings; and Suzi Pegg, Vice President, Global Marketing, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. Q & A will follow the presentations.

All are welcome! Lunch begins at 12:15pm, with the panel discussion to follow at 1pm.

Monday, March 31st, 2014

McLean Lecture: National Security and Intelligence in the 21st Century
Time:
6:00 pm
Presenter:
Corin R. Stone
Location:
Barco Law Building: Room 109
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of School of Law

Corin R. Stone is the assistant director of national intelligence for policy and strategy in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). In this role, she oversees the formulation and implementation of intelligence community (IC)-wide policy and strategy on the full range of intelligence issues. She also is the ODNI lead for the closure and disposition of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay naval base and provides leadership for ODNI and IC information sharing initiatives. Before joining ODNI, Stone was an attorney adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. She served in Iraq, first as an associate general counsel in the Coalition Provisional Authority and then as the first legal adviser to U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte and the new U.S. embassy in Baghdad. While at the State Department, she also worked as an attorney adviser for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, as the special assistant to Legal Adviser William H. Taft IV, and in the state department’s legal office, where she handled international claims and investment disputes and represented the U.S. government before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and the Hague.

The Impact & Possible Consequences of the European Elections & Career and Internship Possibilities with the EU
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Jean-Luc Robert, First Counselor at the European Parliament’s Liaison Office in Washington DC
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Steve Lund
Contact Email:
slund@pitt.edu

Jean-Luc Robert was previously a political advisor for Justice and Home Affairs and is now the First Counselor at the European Parliament’s Liaison Office in Washington DC in charge of public diplomacy and university outreach. He will present his viewpoints on the issues and risks that surround the upcoming European Parliament elections. With the Euro Area Crisis, anti-EU populism and the rise of far right parties as part of the current political landscape and public debate, the elections have the potential to create significant changes for the EU and European politics. Additionally, Robert will also talk about career opportunities for students interested in eventually working for or with the EU, and internship possibilities for American students.

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Italian Film Festival - First Snowfall (La Prima Neve)
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Building Auditorium
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of French and Italian

Join us for the second film of the Italian Film Festival! Hosted in conjunction with the Department of French and Italian and Italian Film Festival USA, we are pleased to show this Pittsburgh premiere on Pitt's campus!

First Snowfall (La Prima Neve), 7 p.m. March 29, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive. Set in the beautiful Italian Alps, a fatherless 10 year old and an immigrant who just lost his wife prepare for the upcoming winter and learn to listen to each other while healing.

Status of Human Rights in Northern Ireland: State Collusion – Time for Truth
Time:
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Niall Murphy and Kevin R Winters, Members Human Rights Attorneys from Belfast, Northern Ireland
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room G-8
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Irish American Unity Conference
Cost:
Free.
Contact:
Sarah McAuliffe-Bellin
Contact Phone:
412.512.9388
Contact Email:
sarahm1916@comcast.net

Offering a presentation on long-standing human rights violations and governmental stonewalling of inquiries and reforms in Northern Ireland, human rights attorneys will discuss their experiences as well as proposals for human rights reform. Case profiles that will be discussed include the representation of victims and the reopening of inquests in the Claudy atrocity, Kingsmill, Loughlinisland massacres, and the Dublin/Monaghan Bombing, as well as investigations of sanctioned involvement of the security services in these and other high profile cases from the past 40 years. Dr. Tony Novosel, Professor of History, will provide an introduction and background on the history of collusion in Northern Ireland and its effects on both communities. An opportunity for Q & A will follow the presentation.

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Italian Film Festival - Reality
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Building Auditorium
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of French and Italian

Join the Department of French and Italian for the launch of their annual film festival! Held in conjunction with Italian Film Festival USA, we are pleased to showcase new premiere Italian movies in Pittsburgh! This evening we will hold a free Opening Night reception in the Frick Fine Art cloisters. Free and open to the public!

Reality, 7 p.m. March 27, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive. Luciano never misses the chance to perform for his customers in the fish market. At the urging of his family, he auditions for the reality show Big Brother, forever changing his perception of reality.

Sketching Imperial Contours: Mapping Habsburg Borders in the Eighteenth Century
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Madalina Veres, University of Pittsburgh
Location:
History Department Lounge Room 3703, Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and European Studies Center along with Department of History European Colloquium

The History Department Work-in-Progress Seminar presents Madalina Veres, University of Pittsburgh. Lead discussants Elspeth Martini and Katja Wezel.

NOTE: Text will be circulated three weeks before event. All attending are urged to prepare to take full part in discussion.

The Dining Gaul (And His Phrygian Dishes)
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Shannon Stewart
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Building
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of AIA Pittsburgh Society
Contact Email:
aiapghsociety@gmail.com

Although ancient authors had little interest in recording the details of daily life of the Gauls, excavation and research has generated a large corpus of relevant data especially from Hellenistic houses (333 – 189 BCE) at Gordion, an archaeological site in central Turkey. When considered together, the evidence reveals much about food in its original quotidian context and even more about the residents themselves: what they ate and drank, how it was prepared and served, and how and why these culinary customs changed over time.

Shannon Stewart has excavated in Israel, Cyprus, Turkey and Albania. Her areas of specialization are Hellenistic pottery, the archaeology of domestic life, ”Hellenization,” and Anatolia in the First Millenium BCE.

The View from Ukraine: A Digital Video Conference with the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv
Time:
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Presenter:
Members of the Political, Economic, Defense and Public Affairs divisions of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
Contact:
Anna Talone
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

Pitt students and faculty are invited to join a group of key staff members from the Political, Economic, Defense, and Public Affairs divisions of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv for an “off-the-record” question and answer session about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine:

- Press Attaché - Embassy uses of social media tools and the role of social media throughout Ukraine’s political crisis
- Economic Officer – Economic overview
- Politico-Military Affairs Officer – Political overview
- Energy Attaché – Energy issues effecting Ukrainian sovereignty
- DTRO Attaché – 20 years of Cooperative Threat Reduction assistance in Ukraine

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Croatian Folk Culture in Modern Museums: from Economic to Ethnographic
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Heidi Cook, PhD candidate, History of Art and Architecture
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with History of Art and Architecture
Contact:
Anna Talone
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Croatian folk culture has been and continues to be used as cultural legitimization for both a Croatian nation and the integration of that nation into empires. Using documentation of historical displays of Croatian folk art in Vienna and Zagreb, this research explores the early-20th century transition of these objects from Habsburg museums of applied art to newly founded ethnographic museums after World War I. With this change of location the purpose of these collections changed from promoting the economic products of cottage industry and a unified imperial identity to scientific classification for nationalist projects. However, in the underindustrialized Croatian lands, a Habsburg-influenced economic interest in folk art lingered late into the interwar period.

Pizza and Politics: European Elections for National Parties: Electoral Goals and Candidate Selection in the Parties of Europe
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Andrea Aldrich, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science
Location:
4209 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Cost:
Free.
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Join the European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center for a lunchtime discussion as Andrea Aldrich, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science, presents her research on the national European parties and their relationships with European Elections and Members of the European Parliament. Assuming that political parties have office, vote, and policy seeking goals in any electoral contest, she will argue these goals in European elections are defined by their ability to seize opportunities in national politics and their preferences for European integration. These goals then dictate the choice made for candidate selection for the European Parliament and are able to explain why variation exists among MEPs with respect to their past political experience, party service, European institutional leadership experience, and substantive expertise. In doing so, it highlights the variation in the quality of representation among member states and the impact this has on the quality of representative democracy in the EU. PIZZA WILL BE SERVED.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

EuroChallenge
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Friday, March 21st, 2014 to Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Environment and Energy: Comparison of U.S. and EU Policies
Time:
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Location:
Pittsburgh Athletic Association
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center and International Business Center along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
Cost:
Free, but registration required.
Contact:
Kate Lewis Bowersox
Contact Email:
kal68@pitt.edu

The conference promotes evidence-based policy-making on environment and energy, drawing on policy experiences and research knowledge from the US and the EU. Specifically, the focus will be on the challenge of securing energy for economic growth while ensuring the protection of human health and the environment. The broader conference agenda examines the choice of the energy portfolio of various countries, and how trade-offs should be struck on the benefits and risks of various energy resources. The narrower agenda examines the development of shale gas, its benefits and potential risks, and strategies to mitigate these risks.

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required: http://tinyurl.com/lu2rujr.

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 to Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Carnegie Mellon’s 2014 International Film Festival: "Faces of Work"
Time:
(All day)
Location:
Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Jolanta Lion
Contact Email:
jola@cmu.edu

The eighth edition of the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival is dedicated to the legacy of world-renowned filmmaker, psychologist, and Carnegie Mellon professor, Paul Goodman, and to his professional focus on the human challenges and achievements of diverse groups of workers worldwide. Audiences will have the opportunity to explore "Faces of Work" through Paul's compelling short films along with the Pittsburgh premiere screenings of new, distinctive, and award-winning international films and documentaries from Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Sweden, Romania, Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, France, Egypt, Chad, Iran, India, Japan, Vietnam, China, Canada, and the USA.

The Faces Festival is an annual celebration of international film and its potential to shine a light on the human faces involved in shaping our contemporary social landscape. Audiences are encouraged to explore the numerous complex themes of these films beyond the screenings themselves by participating in audience Q&A sessions with directors, artists, academics, and professionals; by engaging with interactive performances by student artists; and by sampling exotic foods and international cuisine from local eateries.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Iberian Perspectives in the Global Pacific
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Rainer F. Buschmann
Location:
3703 Posvar
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of History; World History Center

The global history of the Pacific made good progress over the last few years.
David Armitage, Alison Bashford, David Igler, and Matt Matsuda have written important
books bridging events occurring both in the island and littoral Pacific. The attempt to
link the island worlds of Oceania with the continental landmasses of Asia and the
Americas has also been at the center of my research.
The “Spanish Lake” refers to a convenient historical shorthand signaling a period,
during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, of increasing European expansion into the
Pacific. Historical investigations have long focused on the economic implications of the
Manila Galleon exchange as the onset of true globalization. However, the Manila
Galleon route linking colonial Latin America with East and Southeast Asia had limited
impact on the island world of Oceania. In my talk, I will argue for an expanded notion of
the “Spanish Lake” that moves well beyond the Manila-Acapulco link.
My seminar will be divided into two interrelated parts. Firstly, I will outline the
Pacific’s comparative framework by reading this ocean against the Atlantic and Indian
worlds. The second part of the presentation will situate my Iberian research into the
emerging global conceptualization of the Pacific.

Roundtable Talk: Ukraine in Crisis
Time:
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:
3911 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with International Security Organization and Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies
Contact Email:
ejm76@pitt.edu

The Cold War “ended” with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Almost 23 years later, the division between Russia and the West has returned to the forefront of U.S. national security concerns. Ukraine, a former Soviet Socialist Republic, is now a flashpoint for conflict. Russia threatens to invade Ukraine to protect the Russian population living there after pro-Western protestors overthrew the pro-Russian Yanukovych regime. Russia’s interests are driving Russian forces to take control of the Crimean peninsula where a Russian Navy base is located. Fearing escalation of the conflict, the West is attempting to find a diplomatic solution.

Please join the International Security Organization and the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies for presentations on the crisis in Ukraine by Dr. Phil Williams, Director of the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, Wesley W. Posvar Chair in International Security Studies and Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Dr. Ryan Grauer, Assistant Professor of International Affairs, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Dr. Ronald Linden, Director of the EU Center of Excellence and the European Studies Center and Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, and Dr. Tymofiy Mylovanov, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Pittsburgh.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided -- Please RSVP to EJM76@pitt.edu

The Cost of Euro Adoption in Poland
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Svitlana Maksymenko, Lecturer, Department of Economics
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of Economics
Contact:
Anna Talone
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

The paper investigates the potential effects of euro adoption on the Polish economy. It analyses how a replacement of the national currency -zloty, and therefore an elimination of a real exchange rate, affects output fluctuations. In the paper, we develop a utility-based theoretical framework to provide a metric for judgment of alternative monetary policies; identify and estimate the sources of aggregate fluctuations; and calibrate the model's structural parameters to Polish economy. Our results show that the real exchange rate did in fact serve as an external shock absorber in Poland in 1990-2012. Its elimination should be interpreted as a cost of euro adoption to the national economy.

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Same-sex Marriage: From Europe to the Global Arena
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Presenter:
David Paternotte
Location:
4500 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program and Department of French and Italian
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

This talk examines this process of global diffusion, highlighting the specific role played by European activists. Given the diversity of countries where same-sex marriage is currently under discussion, structural causes once put forward to explain the emergence of same-sex marriage in Western societies must now be challenged. This talk thus argues that more complex explanations are now necessary, and suggests two new factors that must be taken into account: first, the insertion of same-sex marriage within global politics (which also explains Putin’s resistance to LGBT rights), and, second, the increasingly legal nature of marriage claims compared to earlier claims to civil or domestic partnership. Although debates on same-sex marriage are now global, this talk also discusses Europe’s specific role in the globalization of this debate, as the continent remains the main region where same-sex couples are allowed to marry.
Responses to the lecture will be given by Dr. Helma de Vries-Jordan, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, and Anthony C. Infanti, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh.

The Thorn and The Thistle in Europe's Side? English and Scottish Nationalism and the Future of the EU
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

In this month’s installment of our Conversations on Europe virtual roundtable series, a panel of experts and audiences from European Union Centers across the U.S. will engage in a discussion of the upcoming Scottish referendum on independence from Britain scheduled for September of this year and the possibility of a UK referendum on EU membership that could occur as early as 2016. How likely is Scottish independence? What would be the prospects of an independent Scotland in the European Union? How might the story be complicated by the specter of a British exit (aka “Brexit”) from the EU? How likely is a British yes vote on exit and how might such a vote impact the EU going forward? Presenters include John Curtice, Deputy-Director of Center for Research into Elections and Social Trends and Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde; Neill Nugent, Emeritus Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at Manchester Metropolitan University; and the University of Pittsburgh's Andrew Strathern, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Anthropology and Pamela Stewart, Senior Research Associate and Co-Director of the Cromie Burn Research Unit, Department of Anthropology. Audience participation is welcomed in what promises to be a spirited discussion!

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Taras Shevchenko 200th Anniversary Concert
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Building Auditorium
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Ukrainian Room Committee

The Ukrainian Room Committee and the Nationality Rooms Program proudly present the
Taras Shevchenko 200th Anniversary Concert this Sunday, March 9th at 3 PM in the
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.

Taras Shevchenko, born in 1814, was a Ukrainian poet, writer, artist, folklorist,
and ethnographer. Known for many masterpieces of painting and illustration, his
literary heritage is also regarded to be the foundation of modern Ukrainian
literature and language.

This event, featuring readings of Shevchenko's poetry, displays of his artwork, and
an opera performance, is free and open to the public. Donations are greatly
appreciated.

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Endogenous Form. Goethe's Theory of Art and its Idealist Unfolding
Time:
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Presenter:
David Wellbery
Location:
Cathedral of Learning: 602
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of German

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Hands-On Social Media Workshop: Understanding and Using Virtual Communities in the Classroom and Beyond
Time:
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center and International Business Center along with National Consortium for Teaching about Asia
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jennifer Murawski
Contact Email:
jennm@pitt.edu

Do you consider yourself a very basic user of Facebook? Do you know the difference between Twitter and Tumblr? Have you tried to create a wiki for a class project, or does the very idea keep you up at night? Pitt’s international studies outreach program will host an interactive workshop to help teachers improve their use of social media websites and tools for education and personal use, including:

· Collaborative projects (for example, Wikispaces)
· Blogs and microblogs (for example, Twitter)
· Social news networking sites (for example, Reddit)
· Content communities (for example, YouTube)
· Social networking sites (for example, Facebook)

Participants are highly encouraged (but not required) to bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone to this workshop in order to gain full hands-on experience in setting up user accounts, understanding how these sites can help or hinder educational projects, and explore what other educators have done to successfully add a social media dimension to school or personal projects.

Dinner and parking provided with registration.

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Kafka and the Art of Interpretation
Time:
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Presenter:
David Wellbery
Location:
Cathedral of Learning: 602
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of German
Europe and the Collapse of Yugoslavia: The Role of Non-State Actors and European Diplomacy
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Anna Talone
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

Branislav Radeljic offers a fresh analysis of the role of the European Community in the disintegration of the Yugoslav state. He explores the economic, political and social aspects that eroded the relationship between the two parties. By looking at the EC’s relations with Yugoslavia from the late 1960s, under the presidency of Josip Broz Tito, through to the collapse of the Yugoslav federation in 1992 after the rise of Slobodan Milošević and the beginning of the Yugoslav Wars, starting in 1991, professor Radeljic places emphasis on the role of non-state actors and their capacity to contribute and affect policy-making processes at EC level. Accordingly, he shows how the lack of direction and inadequate political mechanisms within the EC enabled these actors to take centre stage, and how EC paralysis precipitated bloody conflict in the Balkans.

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Women and Deception in Pindar’s Myths
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Arum Park
Location:
Cathedral of Learning: 236
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of Classics

Several of Pindar's victory odes contain mythical digressions that include a deceptive female character: the Hera-cloud in Pythian 2, Coronis in Pythian 3, and Hippolyta in Nemean 5. These figures reflect a deceptive, seductive female archetype established in earlier traditions (cf. Hesiod's Pandora, Semonides 7, Potiphar's wife), but the Pindaric examples are striking for the degree to which they are shaped to suit their particular generic context. As a genre predicated on reciprocity as its fundamental principle, epinician poetry depicts the deceptiveness of female figures as detrimental specifically to relationships based on mutual respect and exchange. These relationships parallel that between the poet and his patron. Pindar¹s adaptation of earlier archetypes demonstrates the influence that literary context can have on depictions of gender and suggests that awareness not only of historical but also of generic context must inform our understanding of gender.

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

French Immersion Institute: Pourquoi apprendre le français au XXIeme siècle
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Jean-Dominique Le Garrec, Honorary Consul of France in Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Friday, February 28th, 2014

A Sage on the Stage? Plato, Socrates, and Attic Comedy
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Jacques A. Bromberg
Location:
Cathedral of Learning: 244B
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of Classics

It has long been observed that there is something comedic in the writings of Plato. Yet Plato’s dialogue with Greek Comedy is not limited to his colorful characters, unusual settings, and witty conversations: it is rather in exposing the pretensions of Athenian public figures that Plato and the writers of Old Comedy have perhaps the most in common. Between around 430 B.C. and the end of the fifth century, a series of intellectuals and educators were parodied on the comic stage, including of course Socrates, the target of what Aristophanes called his "most sophisticated" comedy: Clouds of 423 B.C. But despite this claim, Clouds belongs to a comic tradition about Socrates and his associates that is well attested in the fragmentary works of Aristophanes’ comedian-rivals. An examination of these lost comedies not only enables us to reconstruct a once-popular comic subgenre, but also deepens our understanding of the figure of Socrates and enriches our readings of the Platonic corpus.

Friday, February 28th, 2014 to Saturday, March 1st, 2014

9th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Brussels as Usual?: Politics and Policy in the EU
Time:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location:
Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with European Union Studies Association and U.S. Network of European Union Centers of Excellence
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

In many ways, the EU appears to be in a period of transition: recovering from the financial crisis, continuing to implement the Lisbon Treaty’s provisions, and awaiting a new set of European elections. Have these developments produced change in the EU’s politics and policies, or has it been Brussels as usual? The Organizing Committee of the Ninth Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union welcomes graduate students from around the world to contribute to the theme of the conference, as well as others related to the EU.

In addition to panels at which students will present their work, two roundtables have been organized with help from co-sponsors the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) and the U.S. Network of European Union Centers of Excellence. The first roundtable will focus on the current state of EU studies. Panelists will include Michelle Cini (co-editor of JCMS), Alberta Sbragia (Vice-Provost and Professor of Political Science), and John Keeler (Dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs). Professor Guy Peters (Political Science) will chair. The second roundtable will be discuss the ins and outs of the job search process. Erica Edwards, Executive Director of the EUCE at UNC-Chapel Hill, will chair.

The Keynote Address will be provided by Michelle Cini, University of Bristol. Her talk will be entitled: “Membership 'as usual': why Britain will (probably) stay in the European Union?”

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The Odyssey's Critique of its Audience
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Katherine Kretler
Location:
Cathedral of Learning: 244B
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of Classics

They Odyssey has a dim or ironic view of epic glory. It holds up a mirror for an audience who has come to hear of such glory, and does so in moments that are virtuosic as scripts. We will perform a couple of these moments to better understand how they work on the stage, as opposed to the page. We will then turn to how Plato used one of them in his homage to the power of Homer, thinly disguised as a parody, in his Ion.

Friday, February 21st, 2014 to Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

European Cultural Dis/Union
Time:
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Presenter:
Faculty Organizer: Dr. Randalle Halle
Location:
PAA
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of German
Contact:
kal68@pitt.edu
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Globalization, transnationalism, planetarity designate as much cultural forces as economic and political. However these dynamics do not affect the planet equally; rather regions and areas have distinct profiles. This conference takes as its task the exploration of cultural unification fostered by the EU. The European Union has set as its primary goal the political, economic, and cultural union of Europe. This combination of goals makes the EU unique among the world’s transnational organizations. Indeed, while many organizations have arisen to foster global free trade arrangements or international treaties, nowhere is there an equivalent focus on fostering a common culture. Along with attention to the cultural production compelled by the EU in the current moment, the conference will of necessity attend to the geographic and historical complexities of European cultural unification. Panels and presentations will be open to the public.

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Connectedness in the Islamic World (661-1300 CE)
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Maxim Romanov
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with World History Center, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of History, Department of Linguistics, Department of Religious Studies, University Honors College and Graduate Program for Cultural Studies

Medieval Arabic sources are replete with stories about Muslims traveling far and wide. The abundance of such examples tempts one to believe that these traveling individuals created and maintained the pan-Islamic cultural commonwealth. Yet the Islamic written legacy is so vast that drawing decisive conclusions that traveling was indeed as widespread as our sources suggest is hardly possible. This presentation describes the use of computer-assisted research methods to enable an analysis of 29,000 biographies drawn from the massive 50-volume Taʾrīkh al-islām (“The History of Islam”), written by the Damascene historian al-Dhahabī (d. 748/1348).

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Perspectives on Tourism: Defining the Self and the Other in Interwar Hungary and Socialist Romania
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Andrew Behrendt and Adelina Stefan, Department of History
Location:
History Department Lounge Room 3703, Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of History European Colloquium

The Department of History European Colloquium presents Emanuela Grama, Carnegie Mellon University. Presenters: Andrew Behrendt and Adelina Stefan. Emanuela Grama from Carnegie Mellon University will be the main commentator on their papers and presentations.

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The Most Recent "New Sappho" and Its Indo-European and Greek Resonances
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Edwin D. Floyd
Location:
337 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of Classics

Every few years, important new material concerning Greek lyric poetry comes to light. The most recent is the announcement of some potentially extremely important new fragments of Sappho's poetic oeuvre. Unfortunately, there are also many questions associated with this; cf. Adrian Murdoch's blog, "Bread & Circuses", at this site.
The original posting of the new article was, however, still available (as of Feb. 4) here. *Scoll down the webpage, which is in French for the English text. (That site, dealing with literature "littérature" indeed uses the spelling "actualitte".)
Muddying the waters, beyond the mere question of possible forgery, is another point that seems not to have been mentioned (as of Feb. 4) in online discussion of the newly circulated poem concerning Sappho's brother Charaxos. This is the fact that the poem contains some fairly straightforward (and potentially very important) Indo-European poetic patterning, paralleling what is found in Sappho, fr. 58, published in 2005.

Spy Games: Technology and Trust in the Transatlantic Relationship
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Ami Pedahzur, University of Texas-Austin; Pia Bungarten, Friedrich Ebert Foundation; Annegret Bendiek, German Institute for International and Security Affairs; Anthony Glees, University of Buckingham; David Harris, University of Pittsburgh
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

The Guardian first revealed the NSA's comprehensive surveillance program in early June of last year, working from information from the now-infamous Edward Snowden. Two weeks later, a series of articles exposed NSA and British spying on European and South American officials at a G20 meeting and by the end of the month, Der Spiegel had published details of America’s electronic surveillance and bugging of European Union offices and the embassies of France, Italy, Greece, and others. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was particularly upset over revelations that her personal cellphone had been compromised. European, particularly German, outrage over what has been characterized as U.S. spying on its allies has exposed a number of differences in the European and American approaches to data privacy and protection, national security and surveillance. But have the revelations significantly damaged the transatlantic relationship? At a time when U.S.-European cooperation is becoming more formalized in talks to create a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), have the NSA spy scandals dampened European enthusiasm to work closely with American allies? More generally, how have new technologies changed intelligence gathering practices? And to what extent can comprehensive surveillance programs like PRISM be subject to legal limitations on a national or global scale? The discussion will be moderated by EUCE Director and Professor of Political Science, Ronald Linden. Audience participation is encouraged.

Friday, February 14th, 2014

A Slice of the Feast at Thebes: Paradigm and Form in Homeric Allusion to Myth
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Benjamin Sammons
Location:
Cathedral of Learning: 244B
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of Classics

Twice in the Iliad (4.370-418, 5.800-813), a rousing tale of Tydeus’s embassy to Thebes is told to his son Diomedes. Is it a coincidence that this rather obscure story should constitute Homer’s only extended allusion to the famous war of the “Seven against Thebes”? Does this choice merely reflect the rhetorical needs of Agamemnon and Athena, who seek to stir Diomedes to deeds of valor? I argue that the two passages, taken together, reveal a unitary conception and literary form that go well beyond the rhetorical needs of these speakers. What is really at work in the choice of this episode is the poet’s instinctive habit of seeking out and refashioning “off-center” but highly exemplary episodes within larger traditions.

2014 Language Fair
Time:
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location:
William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Yinzling Linguistics Club
Cost:
Free

This event will take place on Friday, February 14th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room, Ball Room, and Kurtzman Rooms. It is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the variety of language courses, programs, scholarships, and student organizations available to them at Pitt. Last year's language fair was a major success with over 400 students in attendance. We hope to build on this success in 2014.

The integral language requirement of UCIS certificate programs, and study abroad programs provides an excellent opportunity for students to become acquainted with a language as well as the people who speak it.

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