The mission of the Center for the Study of Europe is to promote understanding of Europe through its cultural heritage, its political, economic, and religious histories, its art, literature, music, and philosophy, as well as through its recent emergence as a new kind of international form through the European Union (EU). Operationally, the Center will provide a focal point and institutional support for the study of Europe across Boston University through coordination of teaching missions, support of research, community-building among faculty and students, and outreach beyond the university.
All Boston University faculty involved in the study of Europe through research or teaching, regardless of the school or college in which their appointments are based, are welcome to affiliate with the Center for the Study of Europe. They will be appointed for five-year terms, renewable simply by request to the Director.
Join us for a conversation on "Soft Power in Eastern Europe: The Role of Cultural Diplomacy" with Ambassador John Beyerle. Russia and its sphere of influence have long been the focus of American public diplomacy, and remain a relative bastion of such efforts today, when funding elsewhere have been slashed. In recent years, Russia has also been trying its hand at 'Soft Power,' and yet Joseph Nye--who coined the term in... [ More ]
Join us on Thursday, November 21, for an evening of conversation with Dubravka Ugresic, one of Europe’s most distinctive novelists and essayists. From her early postmodernist excursions, to her elegiac reckonings in fiction and the essay with the disintegration of her Yugoslav homeland and the fall of the Berlin Wall, through to her more recent writings on popular and literary culture, [ More ]
Join us on Wednesday, November 6, for a reading and conversation with Polish author Grażyna Plebanek and a celebration of the publication by New Europe Books of Illegal Liasons (Nielegalne związki, 2010). A passionate novel of unstoppable physical obsession amongst a group of Brussels eurocrats, Illegal Liaisons offers a fascinating insight into the first Polish generation that is truly ‘free’, but struggle to know where the boundaries of... [ More ]
Join us this fall for lunch and conversation with European Studies faculty colleagues Alya Guseva, Peter Rand, Rachel Black, and Joe Rezek. The lunch talks are open to BU faculty, staff, visiting researchers, and graduate students and to colleagues from other universities by invitation. Seating is limited, so please register in advance for the talks you plan to attend. If you have a research topic that you would like to... [ More ]
Join us on Wednesday, November 20, for Russian Voices: Readings and Conversations with contemporary Russian poets Polina Barskova, Anna Glazova, and Maria Stepanova. This event celebrates the release by Zephyr Press of Relocations, a new anthology of Russian poetry, and brings together the three poets whose works are collected in the book and two of their English language translators: Catherine Ciepiela and Sibelan Forrester. Also participating are local poet Katia... [ More ]