The Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host an inaugural “Europe Week at Carolina” from April 18 to 26. This week-long series of free events invites the campus and local community to explore the people, places and politics of contemporary Europe.
Europe Week festivities include traditional panel discussions and lectures, but also a photo exhibition, a food truck rodeo and film screenings. Events will take place on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and local venues.
“Our mandate is to encourage understanding of contemporary Europe, Europeans and the European Union throughout the state of North Carolina, not just within the academic community of UNC-Chapel Hill,” said Alex Holmgren, assistant director of the Center for European Studies. “We want each person who attends our events to come away with a better understanding of the continent, as well as an awareness of our local connections to Europe.”
Europe Week’s events will cover many themes of current interest, including the European origins of Bernie Sanders’ socialism, the refugee crisis and the rise of radical politics on the continent. The film screenings of Son of Saul, the 2016 Academy Award-winning film on the Holocaust, and Almanya: Welcome to Germany showcase how European history weighs on the conscience of contemporary Europeans and impacts current affairs, such as the integration of refugees. The photo exhibition will feature a collection of European images submitted to the Carolina Global Photography Competition and selected by the center’s staff.
For more information and a complete list of events, visit the event website.
Europe Week is sponsored by the UNC Center for European Studies, the Contemporary European Studies Major and the Transatlantic Masters Program. It is made possible by grants from the European Union and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional support provided by UNC Global; UNC College of Arts and Sciences; UNC Curriculum in Global Studies; UNC Program in the Humanities; UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies; UNC Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures; UNC Center for Global Initiatives; UNC Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations; UNC African Studies Center; Back Bar at Top of the Hill; and La Residence.