CSE Hosts Karsten Voigt for Lecture, Panel, Class Visits

The Center for the Study of Europe (CSE), an affiliated regional center at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, hosted former member of the German Bundestag and Coordinator of German-North American Cooperation at the Foreign Office of Germany Karsten D. Voigt for a series of lectures, panel discussion and class visits from March 19-22, 2019. 

Voigt also served as Vice-President (1992-1994) and then President (1994-1996) of the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO, a member of the German Bundestag (from 1976-1998) where he served as Foreign Policy Speaker of the Socialdemocratic Fraction (1983-1998), and for many years served as Chairman of the German-Soviet and later the German-Russian parliamentary group.

Voigt is currently a board member of Aspen Germany and a Senior Associate Fellow and member of the presidium of the German Council on Foreign Policy.

On March 20, 2019, Voigt delivered a lecture hosted by the Center for the Study of Europe entitled “German Political Culture: Changes and New Challenges.”

Voigt spoke as part of a March 21, 2019 panel with Pardee School Professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA) Thomas Berger and Pardee School Professor of the Practice of International Relations Joseph Wippl entitled “International Migration and Diaspora in World Politics.”

While being hosted by the Center for the Study of Europe, Voigt also visited several classes to speak to Pardee School students in smaller groups on a range of topics including intelligence issues, North Atlantic and European security issues, and the holocaust.

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.