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 provides 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.

Featured News

  • Remembering the Great War (1914-1918): A Centenary Symposium & Concert (12/11/14)

    October 9, 2014

    The Center for the Study of Europe and the International History Institute at Boston University present: Remembering the Great War (1914-1918) Boston University Castle • 225 Bay State Road 1 to 1:15 | Introduction 1:15 to 2:45 | Panel I - WAR AND DIPLOMACY Erik Goldstein - Professor of History and International Relations | “The Middle East: Roots of Current Crises” Bill Keylor - Professor of History and International Relations | “Why Did it Last... [ More ]

  • The Mother: A Cantata for Ferguson (11/19/14)

    October 9, 2014

    The Mother: A Cantata for Ferguson Based on Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler’s “The Mother” Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 8 PM Marsh Chapel at Boston University "They believe it will soon be over if they weaken the weakest. But one day soon, change will come." What does political opera mean to us today? Do works of the historical avant-garde still resonate? The Mother: A Cantata for Ferguson interweaves Brecht/Eisler’s revolutionary cantata with new texts written... [ More ]

  • Call to Fellows: Balkan Summer School on Religion and Public Life The Paissiy Hilendarski University of Plovdiv (7/26/15 – 8/8/15)

    October 1, 2014

    The 2015 Balkan Summer School on Religion and Public Life (BSSRPL) will be devoted to the theme Conversion and the Boundaries of Community. As with previous schools, it proceeds from the idea that religion and other forms of collective belonging are central for the life of both individuals and society, and that our religious communities are often those to which we devote our greatest loyalties. In our diverse but increasingly... [ More ]

  • Vivien Schmidt Awarded EU Research Fellowship

    July 17, 2014

    Center Director Vivien Schmidt was recently awarded a research fellowship by the European Commission, Directorate General of Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN). The award involves producing a paper entitled “The Political Economy of the European Monetary Union: Rebuilding Trust and Support for Economic Integration.” In addition to writing a long research paper for publication in DG ECFIN’s paper series, Schmidt will participate in three workshops over the course of a... [ More ]

  • Metropolis: Cities of Europe

    July 8, 2014

    Today our friends at the European Commission Delegation in Washington DC launched a new EU geography game called Metropolis: Cities of Europe. The game was developed by the delegation as a fun and interactive tool for raising U.S. awareness about European history, geography, and culture. Each player has to answer 14 questions and each correct answer is a city in one of the EU's 28 Member States. Once players think... [ More ]

  • European Voices in Translation Festival Highlights

    July 1, 2014

    European Voices in Translation: László Krasznahorkai and George Szirtes (with James Wood) On May 10, 2014, we hosted our first ever European Voices Festival with a focus on European Voices in translation. Funded by a grant from the European Commission Delegation in Washington, DC, the festival was organized as a celebration of “Europe Day.” Headlining the event was Hungarian author Laszlo Krasznahorkai, in a “reading and conversation” event his translator George... [ More ]