Wednesday, April 23
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave.
Free. Registration recommended; call 612-871-4907

Join European experts and policy makers at the American Swedish Institute to discuss the 2014 European Union Parliament elections, the current status of the EU, the role of the parliament in the EU, and key European and national issues facing voters across the pond. The evening is part lecture, part expert round table, and part Q&A, so come prepared to participate.

European Parliamentary Election Panelists:

Panelists include;
Jean-Luc Robert of the European Parliament Liaison Office with the US Congress will speak about the parliament's role in EU decision-making and about the main issues in the May elections.

Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow at Johns Hopkins' Center for Transatlantic Relations will examine the role of the radical right in the elections.

Mary T Curtin, the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Policy Diplomat in Residence, will offer an American perspective on the EU and the Parliament.

Sponsored by the Finlandia Foundation-Twin Cities, the Institute for Global Studies and European Studies Consortium at the University of Minnesota and The Minnesota International Center .

Thursday, April 10
St, Anthony Main Theatre
Part of The Film Society of Mpls/St. Paul International Film Festival
Introduction by Alejandro Baer, Director CHGS

For tickets and information please click here.

Inspired by real events that haunt Poland's past, Wladyslaw Pasikowski (who wrote the screenplay for Andrzej Wajda's Katyn) turns in a hard-hitting allegory on the anti-Semitism that still raises its ugly head in his home country. Franek and Jozek are brothers who are reunited after 20 years in order to take care of the family farm. Franek, recently returned from the US, discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community for threatening to uncover a dark secret. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a horrifying gothic tale. Upon its release in Poland, Aftermath received acclaim, but also generated intense controversy.


The Last of the Unjust
Sunday, April 13
1 p.m.
St Anthony Main Theatre
Part of The Film Society of Mpls/St. Paul International Film Festival
Introduction by Bruno Chaoaut, Chair, Department of French & Italian, former director CHGS.

For tickets and information please click here.

Claude Lanzmann returns to a series of interviews he made in 1975 with Benjamin Murmelstein, the last President of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadt ghetto. Murmelstein was largely demonized after the war, accused of collaborating with the Nazis, with his survival being the proof. These interviews, however, tell a different story--one of a pragmatic man who fought not only for his own survival but also the survival of every Jew he could possibly help. A powerful addendum to Lanzmann's masterpiece Shoah, The Last of the Unjust employs an unadorned style for an incredibly complicated historical narrative that continues to be defined today.
Sponsored by the European Studies Consortium, Institute for Global Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, The Center for Jewish Studies, the Department of French & Italian, and The Film Society of Mpls/St. Paul.

Beyond Iberian Colonialism: One Day Conference

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"Beyond Iberian Colonialisms: Spanish Arabs and the Fate of the Western Sahara"
Friday, April 4
9:00 a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Nolte 125
For more info please click here.

Key note speaker: Aminatou Haidar, "Saharawi Women and Peaceful Resistance"
Nolte 125

Film Screening of Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony (Hijos de las nubes, la última colonia)(2012)
6:15 p.m.
St. Anthony Main Theater
As part of the Mpls/ST. Paul Film Society's International Film Fest
For tickets and more information click here.

K-16 Educator Workshop
Saturday, April 5
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
125 Nolte
For more information please click here.

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This conference will illuminate and draw together the histories of Iberian colonialisms with the present realities of African immigration and cultural production. International scholars, poets and speakers will explore why contemporary poets from the Western Sahara write poetry in Spanish, what the conflict between contemporary Moroccan policy and human rights of Saharans has to do with Spain's colonial past, and why contemporary Iberian and American artists have rallied behind the Saharan cause.

Key note speaker Aminatou Haidar is a Saharawi human rights activist, an advocate of the independence of Western Sahara, and president of the Collective of Saharawi Human Rights Defenders (CODESA). Known as "Saharawi Gandhi" for her nonviolent protests, she was imprisoned from 1987 to 1991 and from 2005 to 2006 on charges related to her independence advocacy. In 2009, she attracted international attention when she staged a hunger strike after being denied re-entry into Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara. Haidar has won several international human rights awards for her work, including the 2008 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and the 2009 Civil Courage Prize. In 2012 she was nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize.

Sponsored by: Iberian Studies, the Institute for Global Studies, European Studies Consortium, The Imagine Grant Special Events Fund, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, African Studies Initiative, The Human Rights Program, Gender Women Sexuality Studies.

New deadline for applications April 15, 2014

Funds still available!

The European Studies Consortium is able to provide funds for travel to University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus faculty. These grants are for projects that further development of new curricular content or the building of partnerships in Western, Central or Eastern Europe. Grants will be made on a competitive basis. Successful applications will receive up to $1000 in travel support. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the competition by email.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

Projects that internationalize or expand opportunities to integrate foreign languages into the curriculum. Funding to be used for the collection of materials to update courses on Europe or European cultures, or for the collection of curricular resources that would allow students to utilize their foreign language skills in area studies courses.

Travel to develop collaborative research and (or) curriculum for sustainable partnerships with European institutions or colleagues.

For application and complete details please click here.

A lecture by Bernt Schnettler
Professor and Chair for Sociology of Culture and Religion, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Tuesday, March 25
Room 710 Social Sciences
Lunch provided by reservation


In the late 1960s, the 'new' sociology of knowledge opened up a path of stimulating academic collaboration between European and American currents of thought. Roughly half a century later, the 'New' Sociology of Knowledge has evolved in different directions. Professor Schnettler will focus on the vibrant debate in Europe. Special attention will be paid to the recent development of three cognate approaches: The Theory of Communicative Genres, the Social Constructionist Approach to Discourse Analysis (SKAD) and Sociological Hermeneutics, now jointly developing a research program under the programmatic title "Communicative Constructionism."

To reserve lunch email

Sponsored by: The European Studies Consortium and the Department of Sociology

Europe in the News

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The European Studies Consortium was founded to promote and support inquiry into Europe related issues, engaging scholars and students across disciplinary and collegiate borders. Based on this inquiry we have established a Europe in the News page on our website. This page will give links to articles from credible international media resources on current events affecting Europe today. From the UK to the Ukraine and all points in between we will be monitoring and posting the latest news on a weekly basis. The page also has links to European news sources to track events by country.

Currently we are watching the situation in the Ukraine very closely and will be featuring articles as events unfold.

To access the page please click here.

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FLAS Nomination Form now Available Online

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The new FLAS nomination form is now available to all designated department personnel to upload student-required information to compete in the 2014-2015 FLAS competition.

The new system eliminates duplicate paperwork and makes the process flow easier between the nominators and the FLAS coordinator.

The form is available by clicking here or by utilizing this link

Quick Tips:

It is best to collect all of the information before uploading the information.

Uploaded documents (unofficial transcripts, student's 1-2 page statements, letter of recommendation, department nomination letter) can be in a word document or PDF.

Important: Where it states to put in the UMN Internet ID that you do not put in the full email address. This will stall the nomination form.

Students no longer need to get a statement from a LCTL instructor. They need only provide the instructor's name, Internet ID (x500) and email address. If the LCTL instructor does not have a University Internet ID please use the Non-University LCTL Instructor form provided by clicking FLAS Non-University LCTL Form.pdf. Once completed it can be uploaded with the other documents.

If you have any questions about the nomination process please visit the FLAS website by clicking here or contact Jodi Elowitz, FLAS Coordinator at 612-624-6527 or

The Center of Austrian Studies is able to offer four Summer 2014 Research Grants of $4,000. Applications are welcome from all disciplines with connection to Austrian/Central European Studies

Students should email the following as Word documents to Klaas van der Sanden ( by 4:30 p.m., February 28, 2014.

1. A two-page proposal describing the scholarly work to be undertaken during the summer. The work must be related directly to your progress towards degree completion.
2. A statement of academic progress, listing:
a. Year of entrance into the graduate program
b. Actual or projected dates of Ph.D. prelims, prospectus meeting, and Ph.D. defense, as appropriate;
c. Remaining degree requirements to be completed with a schedule for completion
3. Transcript
4. Letter of Recommendation by the Applicant's advisor

For More Information, contact:
Klaas van der Sanden
Center for Austrian Studies
For selection criteria and eligibility please visit

Office hours have been established to aid students and department personnel in navigating the nominating procedures for FLAS. Beginning Thursday, November 14, hours will be available between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Walk-ins are welcome; appointments are encouraged. Please email Jodi Elowitz at to set up an appointment. Hours will take place in room 248 Social Sciences Building.

2014-2015 Fellowship in European and International Studies, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) competition is open to undergraduate, graduate and professional students to promote the study of modern foreign languages and in particular less-commonly-taught languages in European and International studies.

Summer Fellowships provide a $2500 living stipend and $5000 towards tuitions and fees for undergrads, graduate and professional students. Academic Year Fellowships provide undergraduates with a $5000 living stipend and $10,000 towards tuition and fees. A $15,000 living stipend and $18,000 towards tuition and fees is available for graduate and professional students.

Eligibility, information and complete details for both international and European competitions are available online by clicking here.

A new online procedure for handling nominations is being put into place and will be announced soon. 2014-2015 Academic Year FLAS awards will be contingent on available funding from the U.S. Department of Education.