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The events for the 2018-21 Jean Monnet Center of Excellence encompass workshops, round tables, conferences, and lectures. Each event includes EU scholars, offering a broad range of perspectives from the EU and US on topics including integration, Brexit, environment, intersectionality, populism, labor rights, and global supply chains. More information, including links and readings, will be added as events occur.

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Lecture Series: The European Alternative

February 21, 2019

September 29, 2020

Note: This event was originally scheduled for March 17, 2020, and was rescheduled for September 29, 2020.

April 15, 2021

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Workshop and Panel: Democracy, European Integration and the Populist Turn

October 3-4, 2019

October 3 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Populism, Nationalism, and Democratic Backsliding | Prof. Dr. Milada Vachudova
October 4 | 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm


Populism in Europe- can democracy and European integration weather the storm? | Dr. Milada Anna Vachudova, Dr. Maria Snegovaya, Dr. Grigore Pop-Eleches, Dr. Dominika Kruwzewska, Dr. Anna Grzymala-Busse.
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Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union

October 9–November 6, 2020

Note: The events of this conference were held virtually.

October 9
Queer Refugees/Queering Refugee Studies | Elif Sarı, Sima Shaksari, Fadi Saleh, Begüm Başdaş, Suad Jabr.

October 16
Midnight Traveler: Uncertain Journeys to and through the EU | Emelie Mahdavian, Lily Herbert, Nadia Yaqub, Christian Wilhelm.

October 23
Racialization of Refugees in the EU | Nathan Swanson, Dalia Abdelhady, Priscilla Layne, Betül Aykaç.

October 30
Refugees and the “Crisis” of States: Rethinking Border Regimes and the State Technologies in the EU | Martina Tazzioli, Banu Gökarıksel, Devran Koray Öcal, Betül Aykaç, Kirsi P Kallio, Jouni Häkli, Karen Culcasi.

November 6
Learning, Teaching, and Community-Building with Refugees | Christian Wilhelm, Patricia Ehrkamp, Diya Abdo, Sandy Marshall, Meagan Clawar, Lizzie Russler.

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Environmentalism, Fantasy and Intersectionality: A Comparison Between the US and the EU

November 5-6, 2020

Note: This event was originally planned for March 26-27, 2020, but was rescheduled to November 5-6, 2020. This event was held virtually.

November 5

Panel 1
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Ethics and Living with Environmental Challenges

Panel 2
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rebuilding in a Post-apocalyptic Era


November 6

Panel 3
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Race, Class and Future Inequalities

Panel 4
3:00 pm – 4:00pm

Pedagogical Approaches to Sci-fi and Intersectionality

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European Union Supply Chains and Trade: Improving Worker Rights?

May 4, 2021

Speakers: Genevieve LaBaron, Lisa Lechner, Layna Mosley, Andreas Rühmkorf, Peter Young.

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#JMintheUS Lecture Series

Fall 2020–Spring 2022

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Contemporary European Studies and TransAtlantic Masters Program: EURO-TAM Alumni Panel

April 5, 2022

Panelists: Jonathan Buechner, Amber Cassady, Erinn Crider.