Public Events

   

CES sponsors and cosponsors a wide range of public talks, exhibits, performances and other activities through which audiences may appreciate the cultural riches of Europe. For a list of upcoming events please see the events calendar on our website.

UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS

Fred Gardaphé, "Remember to 'Fuggetaboutit': The Italian American Gangster in Fact and Fiction" April 14, 2014. Fred Gardaphé is Distinguished Professor of English and Italian American Studies at Queens College/CUNY and the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. Sponsored by CES and Department of French and Italian.

Patricia Gaborik, "Mussolini, Man of Theatre" April 18, 2014. Patricia Gaborik is a theatre historian and playwright based in Rome, Italy. Sponsored by the Center for European Studies and the Department of French and Italian.

Daniel Maximin, "Geopolitics of the Caribbean: Francophone Writers in Dialogues with their Anglophone and Hispanophone Counterparts" April 28, 2014. Daniel Maximin is a Guadaloupean poet, novelist and essayist. Co-sponsored by the Center for Interdisciplinary French Studiese, LACIS, and CES with generous support from la Maison Française.

Henrik Bohlin, "From Equal Access to Marketization: Swedish Higher Education Reform since 1993" May 9, 2014. Henrik Bohlin is a professor at Södertön University College in Sweden. Co-sponsored by Scandinavian Studies, the Center for European Studies, Educational Policy Studies, the School of Education Global Education Committee and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

RECENT PUBLIC EVENTS

Victoria Thompson, "The Parisian Royal Plaza as Revolutionary Public Space" April 10, 2014. Victoria Thompson is Associate Professor at Arizona State University. Co-sponsored by CES and the Department of History.

Jacques Bidet, "A Critical History of Socio-Political Modernity: Marx, Foucault, and the Project of Human Emancipation" April 8, 2014. Jacques Bidet is Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris X-Nanterre. Funding courtesy of the Kemper Knapp Bequest Fund, University Lectures Committee, Goldberg Center, Geography Department, Department of European Languages and Literature, Department of History, Center for European Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities and the Havens Center.

George Ross, "What Might the Eurozone Crisis Mean for the Future of the European Union" March 31, 2014. Ad personam Chaire Jean Monnet at the University of Montreal-McGill Center for Excellence on the European Union, Canada. Sponsored by CES and EUCE.

Emine Sevgi Özdamar, "An Afternoon with DAAD Poetics Chair Emine Sevgi Özdamar" March 13, 2014. Turkish-German author, DAAD writer in residence at NYU/ Deutsches Haus in Spring 2014. Co-sponsored by CES, CGES and the Department of German.

Rafaela Dancygier, "Why are Immigrants Underrepresented in Politics? Evidence from Sweden". March 6, 2014. Rafaela Dancygier is Assistant Professor of Politics and Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. This Lecture is part of the Comparative Politics Colloquium. Sponsored by CES, EUCE and the Political Science Department.

Luis Nuno Rodrigues, "Europe and the transition to democracy in Portugal: an assessment 40 years later." February 20, 2014.
Sponsored by CES, EUCE, LACIS and co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. 

Public lecture with Orhan Pamuk. December 2, 2013. Orhan Pamuk is a Turkish novelist, screenwriter, academic and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. Sponsored by Center for the Humanities and Distinguished Lecture Series.

Abdellah Taia, "R/Evolutions: Queer Changes in the Arab World" November 22, 2013. Sponsored by CES, co-sponsored by the Department of French and Italian, the Lectures Committee, Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies and the African Studies Program.

Videoconference: "Conversations on Europe: France as a Global Leader" November 21, 2013. Hosted by the European Union Center of Excellence (University of Wisconsin), Middle East Studies Program (University of Wisconsin), EUCE (University of Pittsburgh) and European Studies Center (University of Pittsburgh).

Ambassador Vale de Almeida, "TTIP: Taking the EU-US Partnership to the Next Level" November 19, 2013.
Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, who heads the European Union delegation to the United States, gave a free, public lecture on “TTIP: Taking the EU-US Partnership to the Next Level,” on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.
Described as the largest trade agreement of all time, the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) is currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. Sponsored by EUCE, co-sponsored by the Division of International Studies.

Consul General Aidan Cronin (Republic of Ireland), "Building Momentum-- Ireland, the EU and the US" November 15, 2013.

Aidan Cronin is the Consul General in Chicago from the Republic of Ireland. In this lecture he discussed economic developments in Ireland as well as positive and ongoing developments in the Ireland-US and EU-US relationships. Co-sponsored by the EUCE, Celtic Studies, and the Office of the President of the University of Wisconsin System.

Ambassador Ian Kelly, "The US, Russia, and the East-West Divide" November 12, 2013.
Ian Kelly is the State Department's Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest. This event was co-sponsored by CREECA, CGES, the American Council on Germany, the Russian Flagship, and the Division of International Studies.

CGES Environmental Futures film festival: Tales from Planet Earth.

November 1-3, 2013.

Fourth annual free festival of environmental film. The theme for this year was "Futures," exploring environmental visions of the future -- both hopeful and cautionary, current and historical, documentary and narrative -- and the ways our actions knowingly and inadvertently contribute to different future directions for the planet. For more information: http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/tales/wifilm.html Sponsored by CGES, Cinematheque and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Videoconference: "Does Turkey have a European Future?"
October 22, 2013.

Hosted by the European Union Center of Excellence (University of Wisconsin), Middle East Studies Program (University of Wisconsin), EUCE (University of Pittsburgh) and European Studies Center (University of Pittsburgh).


Videoconference: "The German Elections: Outcomes and Impacts" September 26, 2013.
Videoconference with the University of Pittsburgh as part of the Virtual Roundtable Series, "Conversations on Europe." Sponsored by CES and EUCE (UW-Madison) and EUCE and European Studies Center (University of Pittsburgh).

To view the video conference, click here.

 Madison Capital
Wisconsin Film Festival Film Screening and World Cinema Day, "Le tableu" (The Painting),(Director: Jean-Francois Laguionie, France, 2011)  April 11, 2013.
In an artist's studio the subjects of seemingly forgotten paintings live out their lives within strict social orders. "Allduns" rule over "halfsies" and "sketchies" until a few of them fall out of the painting to discover worlds beyond the frame. Introduction and post-film discussion led by French cinema expert Kelley Conway, Professor of Communication Arts. World Cinema Day is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Film Festival and the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium.
Le tableau

Dr. Helena Kane Finn, "Public Diplomacy: Not All Cocktails and Laughter," October 18, 2012. 

This talk was part of the event "Careers in the Diplomatic Corps." Dr. Helena Kane Finn Dr. Helena Kane Finn has been Vice President and Director of Programs at the American Council on Germany since September 2010. A career diplomat of the Department of State, she served as Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin (2007-2010) and as Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv (2003-2007). She has been the Cyrus Vance Fellow in Diplomatic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (2002-2003). This event was sponsored by the Madison Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany and the Center for German and European Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Co-sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence and the Center for European Studies. For Badger Herald article, click here. 

Global Education Summit February 24, 2012
The Global Education Summit aimed to bring together advocates from the business and education communities, as well as others, to explore concrete ways to collectively advance and promote international education in Wisconsin schools and communities. 

Film Screening: Four Adventures of Reinette & Mirabelle (4 Aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle) February 10, 2012 (Director: Eric Rohmer, France, 1987)
In four episodes, Rohmer tells of a young woman from the country who befriends a city girl and moves in with her in Paris. Eschewing plot and allowing his talented and charming cast to improvise, Rohmer nonetheless makes a strong impresion with his attention to detail and characters.
4 Adventures

 

Symposium: "The Role of Public and Private Regulation in Detecting and Responding to Foodborne Disease Outbreaks" November 21, 2011. This event is co-sponsored by European Union Center of Excellence, Center for European Studies, Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy, Center for Human Performance and Risk Analysis, Food Research Institute, and the Renk Endowed Laboratory for Food Safety.

Managing Import Safety, a collaborative project funded by the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE), examines market, regulatory, and hybrid approaches to preventing and detecting economic adulteration and accidental contamination of the food supply.  In this final event, our multidisciplinary project team proposes to evaluate and compare the current systems for detecting and responding to foodborne outbreaks in the U.S. and the European Union.  In the context of recent, produce-related foodborne outbreaks in the EU and the US, we will examine and compare the respective approaches, assessing challenges in surveillance, detection, trace-back and identification of a contaminated food item.  Finally, we will consider lessons learned from recent outbreaks by examining issues of public health, responsibilities of industry, and comparisons of regulatory frameworks.

 

Lake Mendota and Sailboats

The 2011 International Meeting of The American Conference for Irish Studies:  March 30 - April 2, 2011.  The conference welcomes papers on all topics and aspects of Irish studies, including history, literature, language, culture, and arts, and encourages paper submissions considering the notions of the “global” and the “local” in Irish Studies.
While the recent “Celtic Tiger” boom and bust made glaringly apparent the impact of globalization on Irish history and culture in contemporary times, the tension between global and local perspectives has informed Irish and Irish diaspora cultures for centuries. This tension also informs Irish Studies research, which has increasingly adopted interdisciplinary approaches to examine the Irish experience in the context of wider cultural, theoretical and geographical networks. The 2011 conference invites members to consider the impact of these approaches on Irish Studies research, as well as on the concept of Irish Studies as an academic field.

The Strange Case of Angelica

 

Film Showing:  The Strange Case of Angelica (O Estranho Caso de Angélica, 2010).  Friday, January 28 2011.  7:00pm.  This film takes place in 1950's Portugal, in the city of Porto.  A young photographer is hired by the wealthy parents of a recently deceased girl to take her deathbed pictures.  To his surprise, the young girl still appears alive and animate in his pictures.  He immediately falls in love, causing him hardship and struggle as he contemplates his own mortality.

Wisconsin Film Festival Screening and World Cinema Day: Football Under Cover April 3, 2009
(Germany, 2008: in German, Persian and English with English subtitles) Fooball Under Cover is a film that documents the efforts of both the Iranian and German teams to cross cultural and national borders to play the match of a lifetime. After watching the film, students met one of the directors, David Assmann, from Berlin, Germany. For full decription of the event, click here. 

Listen to David Assmann on WPR's "Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders" with Jean Feraca.

Listen to David Assmann on WPR's "To the Best of our Knowledge" (Program: Iran After The Revolution).

Listen to David Assmann on WORT's "8 O'Clock Buzz" (Friday, April 3, 2009).

Wisconsin Film Festival Screening and World Cinema Day: Football Under Cover April 3, 2009
(Germany, 2008: in German, Persian and English with English subtitles) Fooball Under Cover is a film that documents the efforts of both the Iranian and German teams to cross cultural and national borders to play the match of a lifetime. After watching the film, students met one of the directors, David Assmann, from Berlin, Germany. For full decription of the event, click here. 

Listen to David Assmann on WPR's "Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders" with Jean Feraca.

Listen to David Assmann on WPR's "To the Best of our Knowledge" (Program: Iran After The Revolution).

Listen to David Assmann on WORT's "8 O'Clock Buzz" (Friday, April 3, 2009).