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Event Highlights: Irish Voices – A Reading & Conversation with Irish Poet Harry Clifton

May 1st, 2017 in Event Highlights.

On Tuesday, April 18th, Irish poet Harry Clifton was the guest speaker at the Center for the Study of Europe, reading from his collection of poems, Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004. Clifton started the conversation by briefly describing different types of Irish poets and the complex emotions arising from the placement of Ireland within the broader interpretation of what it means to ‘be European’. Joking he said, “as an Irish poet you are caught –... Read More

Event Highlights: Which Future for Democracy in a Post-political Age? A Lecture by Chantal Mouffe

April 25th, 2017 in Event Highlights.

On Tuesday, April 11th, the Center for the Study of Europe welcomed Chantal Mouffe, a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. Beginning with an assessment of the present state of democracy, Mouffe described our contemporary period as a “post-democracy” era in modern democracy is a façade of true democratic principles and values, whereby institutions are controlled by privileged elite members of society. She explained that... Read More

Event Highlights: Reconfiguring European States in Crisis – A Lunch Talk by Patrick Le Gales

April 19th, 2017 in Event Highlights.

Patrick Le Galès, a CNRS Research Professor of Sociology and Politics at Sciences Po Paris, spoke at the Center for the Study of Europe on Wednesday April 5th, about his recently co-edited book. “Reconfiguring European States in Crisis” offers a ground-breaking analysis by some of Europe's leading political scientists, examining how the European national state and the European Union state have dealt with two sorts of changes in the last two decades. The central argument of... Read More

Event Highlights: How Will Capitalism End: Reflections on a Failing System – A Lecture by Wolfgang Streeck

April 18th, 2017 in Event Highlights.

Director Emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Wolfgang Streeck gave a lecture at the Center for the Study of Europe on Tuesday, April 4th about his recent book. While his book is about the failings of the contemporary capitalist system and not specifically about the European experience, Streeck began by emphasizing how any discussion of Europe today must embed the subject of the general transformations of global capitalism... Read More

Event Highlights: Make the World Think Again: Reason, Hope, and Faith in an Age of Populism – A Lecture by Tomas Halik

April 12th, 2017 in Event Highlights.

“A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism,” was the dramatic quote Tomas Halik used to begin his lecture on March 28th, a line taken from the opening page of The Communist Manifesto. Halik started the discussion by speaking about the 150 year legacy of communism in Europe and the world, emphasizing how after the non-violent 1989 revolutions many nations were determined “to build a new democratic, just, and free society.” He spoke about... Read More

Event Highlights: Europe in the Age of Popular Nationalism, a Lecture by Erik Jones

February 24th, 2017 in Event Highlights.

- February 10, 2017 - On Friday, February 10th, the Center for the Study of Europe hosted a lecture by Erik Jones, Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Director of European and Eurasian Studies at SAIS Bologna. Jones started by saying, “What is going on right now in Europe is pretty alarming. You feel an acceleration of events.” He then continued with a discussion... Read More

Event Highlights: “Europe, Religion, Integration” a Lecture by Olivier Roy

February 17th, 2017 in Event Highlights.

On Friday, February 3rd, the Center for the Study of Europe hosted a lecture led by Olivier Roy, a Professor of Social and Political Theory at the European University Institute, a Senior Researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, and a professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. The discussion was centered around the intricacies of religious integration in Europe, and Olivier Roy began by dissecting the rising Islamophobia across... Read More

Event Highlights: European Voices: A Reading & Conversation with Lola Lafon

November 3rd, 2016 in Event Highlights. Tagged: , ,

On Thursday October 27th, The Pardee School of Global Studies’ Center for the Study of Europe partnered with the Association Francophone de Boston University to bring French author Lola Lafon to Boston University. The conversation with the author was moderated by AFBU Faculty Advisor Liliane Duséwoir, Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in French and Spanish in BU's Department of Romance Studies. Culturally, Lafon’s background is a mélange of French, Russian, and Polish. She... Read More

Event Highlights: The End of Capitalism with Peter Frase and Richard Seymour

October 24th, 2016 in Event Highlights. Tagged: , , , ,

From the rise of US third party candidate Jill Stein, challenging the two-party system, to Jeremy Corbyn’s ascension in the British Labour party, dealing a huge blow to the Blairite opposition, radical politics has been forced into the mainstream. This event – organized as a conversation on the current state of radical politics and the emerging futures that may result – address the ‘End of Capitalism,’ a subject both Richard Seymour and Peter Frase have... Read More

Event Highlights: European Voices: A Reading & Conversation with Maja Haderlap

October 20th, 2016 in Event Highlights. Tagged: , , ,

On Thursday, October 13, the Pardee School of Global Studies at 121 Bay State Road opened its doors to Austrian-Slovenian author Maja Haderlap, accompanied by her translator, Tess Lewis, to talk about her most recent work, Angel of Oblivion. Born in Austria to a rural, Slovenian-speaking family, Haderlap and her family were in the minority; the majority of Southern Austria spoke German. Angel of Oblivion narrates that disparity, centering around a young protagonist who has... Read More