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YEAR 2:
November DATE, 2012Conference 1:
EU-US Energy: Comparative Energy Public Policies and Technologies
This conference will bring together representatives from European and American academia and industry for a collaborative conference on a variety of energy policies and technologies. We will focus on France as a partner country for a variety of historical, technical, and intellectual reasons. The central thesis is that France and the US both share a similar set of concerns related to the abundance, safety, reliability, and cleanliness of energy. However, we have taken very different approaches to achieving our goals. Consequently, each country has different positive and negative results to share. This conference would seek to share best practices for solutions to the energy problem while educating participants about the problems and solutions and establishing a collaborative relationship with our European peers. Future versions of this conference might focus on other countries (UK, Serbia, etc.) whose energy challenges are different.
Areas of 13 speakers:


  • One representative from GDF Suez (world-leading gas company)

  • One representative from EDF (world-leading electricity utility)

  • One representative from Total Petrochemical (5th largest oil/gas company in the world)

  • One representative from Areva (world-leading nuclear company)

  • Three academics and policymakers from French institutions.

  • Three academics from across the US (Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, Rice, etc.)

  • Three representatives from US industry, labor unions, and environmental groups to the conference. 


March DATE, 2013Conference 2:
Reassessing EU/US Policy on Secession: The Lessons of Yugoslavia and Georgia
Several EU states and EU candidates face secessionist movements, violent or otherwise. It is vital and timely, therefore, to assess the lessons learned from recent US and EU policy on unilateral secession in two countries: the former Yugoslavia and Georgia. In 2008, the US and a large majority of EU states recognized the independence of Kosovo from Serbia. Later that year, Russia and a small handful of allies, but not the US or any EU states, recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia from Georgia. In both cases, most of the international community did not recognize the unilateral secessions, resulting in ambiguous sovereignty that inhibits regional integration, economic growth, and stability. These events also raise dangerous precedents for ongoing secessionist conflicts in EU states, including Spain, and potential EU candidates, including Moldova.
CES proposes a conference of scholars and practitioners from the US and EU, comprising three panels: 1) Serbia/Kosovo; 2) Georgia; 3) US/EU policy lessons learned.

Participants will include (tentative):
UT faculty:

  • Alan J. Kuperman of the LBJ School of Public Affairs

  • Mary C. Neuburger of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES)

  • Zoltan Barany of the Government Department

  • Zachary Elkins of the School of Law


Invited participants:

  • Gerard Gallucci, retired US diplomat

  • Gordon N. Bardos, Columbia University

  • Nicholas Burns, Harvard University

  • Prof. Julie George, Queens College

  • Matthew J. Bryza, US State Department

  • Prof. Cory Welt, Georgetown University

  • Rafael Garranzo, Foreign Ministry of Spain

  • Jason Sorens, University at Buffalo

  • Neophytos G. Loizides, Queens’s University Belfast

  • One additional EU expert from Europe


April DATE, 2013Conference 3:
Comparative Politics of Identity in the European Union
This conference will explore models of identity politics, with a focus on ethnicity, race, and religion, in the EU, as well as in the US. In the broadest sense, the conference will draw on scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines and professionals from both Europe and the US in an effort to examine and compare models of state policy and political engagement as related to issues of identity. More specifically, we will see how widely divergent state policies translate into differing modes of political engagement by ethnic, religious, and other social groupings in these various contexts. Participants will address such questions as: how effective are American, Western or Eastern models or structures of political participation by ethnic or religious groups in ameliorating tensions among majority/minority populations? From the point of view of minority populations, which models have allowed for the greatest latitude in preserving ethnic or religious identities through education, media, etc.? Finally, which state or grass roots models of political involvement tend to provoke minority or majority radicalism or tensions between various constituents? In short, the American melting pot model, as well as model of grass roots political engagement, will provide a point of comparison for the very different models that continue to evolve in the European setting, particularly as it expands East into contexts where historical and contemporary models are quite different.
Participants will include (tentative):
From UT and Austin:

  • Rob Moser, UT Government Department

  • Zoltan Barany, UT Government Department

  • Mary Neuburger, UT History Department

  • Marko Papic, Stratfor

From Europe:



  • Member of the EU Commission, preferably from the office of Viviane Reding, DG Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship.

  • Dr. David Chadwick, University of Kent

  • Wilfried Loth, University of Duisburg

  • Thomas Risse, Freie Universitat Berlin

  • One policy maker from the EU

From the US:



  • Mathias Kaelberer, University of Memphis

  • Benjamin Cohen, UC Santa Barbara

  • Benedict Anderson, Cornell University

  • Two policy makers from the US State Department, yet to be determined.


YEAR 3:
November DATE, 2013Conference 1:
Sexual Citizenship and Human Rights:

What Can the US Learn from the EU and European Law?
This conference will confront several areas of legal dispute in both the US and Europe: (1) extension of marital and adoption rights to non-traditional families, (2) anti-discrimination laws protecting sexual minorities in housing and employment, (3) transgender rights, (4) age of consent and the sexual rights of minors, (5) regulation and protection of sex workers, (6) definition of child pornography, and (7) punishment and treatment of sex offenders. We will bring to UT experts in these areas from various European countries who can speak about the evolving legal situation in Europe and/or sexological, sociological, or criminological research pertaining to European practices that may differ significantly from those in the US. In addition, we will seek the participation of several American scholars who work on these questions.

Participants will include:
We have so far secured the interest of:

  • Noted sexologist Dr. Erwin Haeberle of the Magnus Hirschfeld Institut in Berlin

  • Prominent human rights attorney Dr. Helmut Graupner of Vienna, president of Rechtskommittee Lambda, the leading gay rights organization in Austria

  • Former British MP Peter Tatchell

  • Dr. Laura Agustin of Sweden (recently Visiting Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Geneva in Switzerland)

Overall we anticipate inviting 5 European authorities, and the same number of American counterparts.


March DATE, 2014Conference 2:
Comparing European Union and North-American Approaches

to International Law and Human Rights
The objective of the conference is to bring experts from Europe and the US to discuss the differences and convergences in the approaches to human rights and international legal issues in the legal and political institutions of the EU and the US. The conference will pair scholars from both sides of the Atlantic and discuss their different perspectives on similar themes. It will be tied to a workshop seminar taught at the law school, though the talks will be open to the public.
Possible Topics and Speakers (to be narrowed down when the conference is to take place, based on the availability of the scholar and paired commentators from Europe and the US):
From Europe:

  • Women’s Rights in the EU: Christine Chinkin (London School of Economics)

  • European Harmonization of Private Law: Horatia Muir Watt (University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne)

  • The EU as an International Actor in the Fight against Terrorism: Martin Scheinin (European University Institute, Italy)

  • The Rights of Migrant Workers in the EU: Gregor Noll (Lund University, Sweden)

  • The EU and Refugees: Patricia Tuitt (Birkbeck School of Law, University of London)



From the US:

  • Judging in the EU and US: Mitchel Lasser (Cornell Law School)

  • Governance and Legitimacy in the EU: Joseph Weiler (New York University School of Law)

  • The Limits of Integration in European Governance: David Kennedy (Harvard Law School)

  • European Family Law: Philomila Tsoukala (Georgetown University)

  • European Contract Law in Comparative Perspective: Daniela Caruso (Boston University School of Law)


April DATE, 2014Conference 3:
European Public Sphere: Understanding the Role of Mass Media and Interpersonal Discussion in Shaping Today’s European Citizenship.
This conference seeks to advance the understanding of today’s European citizenship. And it does so in a particular way: it takes up the challenge to explore the role of the mass media and people’s interpersonal discussion habits about politics in explaining civic and political participatory behaviors that foster an European citizenship.
For years researchers have inquired about the mechanisms that elicit today’s EU. There seems to be a consensus in the academic community that points to certain aspects as being central for the advancement of the EU. Social identity features, cultural traits, a strong and deliberative public sphere, and sociopolitical elements have all been theorized to provide a healthier, more cohesive, and more participatory EU. Some authors argue that the key to solidifying the EU is for it to be accepted by the large variety of cultures within the EU as well as it is to promote political engagement among its citizens. In fact, Article 109 of the Treaty on EU addresses this issue and regards particular nations’ cultural legacies as basic pillars in constructing the new Europe as citizens get involved with their governing institutions at all levels. Nevertheless, how Europeans participate and get involved in the political process is largely mediated, and this aspect has been somewhat overlooked. That is, the ways in which European citizens engage in civic and political activities greatly depend on the effects of the mass media and the ways in which citizens discuss important public issues among themselves. Hence, the importance of studying the role of the mass media and how people discuss relevant issues for public life, perhaps generating a European public sphere. The communication mediation model has provided evidence that interpersonal networks of political discussion and informational uses of media result in increased community integration and civic participation. Similarly, communication practices have a direct effect on participatory behaviors, but they also have indirect effects through gains in political knowledge and political efficacy that also result in participation.
Drawing from the expertise provided by academics, professionals, and media experts from the US and the EU, this conference aims to shed light over all these processes as they shape today’s European citizenship.
Participants will include (tentative):
From Europe:

  • Jacob Groshek, Rotterdam University

  • Gumersindo Lafuente, Director El Pais

  • Jose Madariaga, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos I

  • Claes De Vrees, Director AsCOR, Amsterdam University

  • Begoña González Cuesta, IE University at Segovia

  • Marion Demossier, University of Bath at United Kingdom


From the US:

  • Dhavan Shah, University of Wisconsin at Madison

  • Bruce Bimber, University of California at Santa Barbara

  • Markus Thiel, Florida International University

  • Hernando Rojas, University of Wisconsin at Madison

  • Homero Gil de Zúñiga, University of Texas at Austin


Fulfillment of Objectives for Conferences I:
Common threads:


  1. All Conferences will have in common the Information, Dissemination and Measurable Criteria Aspect:




  • The conference will be open to the public. The Center will inform its partner educational institutions in Austin and Central Texas to send their students and faculty. The Center will invite State government officials, business leaders, and non-governmental organizations to the event. Local Austin media will be informed of the event and invited to cover it.

  • The conference lectures will be available online in video format.

  • Participants will be asked to fill out a satisfaction survey that will help the Center improve future conferences. All conferences will be evaluated through continuous feedback and adaptation and monitored by CES’s Outreach Coordinator in consultation with UT’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), which will oversee our measurement and evaluation.

  • Policy-makers from the State Capitol and Governor’s Office will be asked to provide their input on how to improve the conferences to better fit their needs and policy concerns.

  • All conferences will target having 75-100 attendees.

  • All conferences will dovetail with more general curricula courses taught not only in the professional schools but also the humanities. For example, Karen Engle, Director of the Rapoport Center, has structured her conference (see below, Year 3) to dovetail with a workshop in the Law School on Human Rights in the EU.




  1. All Conferences will have in common that they will fulfill Objective 1: “Develop centers of academic excellence in EU studies with a view to broadening and deepening the base of European Union studies, and increasing awareness of the Union’s policies.”




  • Conferences will all fit the description of “academic research conferences devoted to issues of applied EU and EU-US public policies, and also encourage interaction between researchers and practitioners.” All of our conferences will have a heavy emphasis on invited practitioners, business leaders, and policy makers.

  • The conferences will have the effect of increasing the “numbers of university faculty and other scholars, including professional school faculty and graduate students” who will become interested in “conducting research on issues of applied EU and EU-US public policies.” As is evident from the topics we have chosen for our conferences with our partners in the professional schools, the emphasis is squarely on “issues of applied EU and EU-US public policies.”

  • We will aim with the conferences to produce “informed books, articles, and briefing papers devoted to issues of applied EU and EU-US public policies published.” For instance, we have already received confirmation that The Texas Journal of International Law has agreed to publish the main contributions of our conference in year one on “The Euro Crisis.” We will work to disseminate the results of our conferences through other such publications.




  1. All Conferences will have in common that they will fulfill Objective 2: “Promote greater understanding of the EU and EU-US relations among regional outreach constituencies.”




  • By being open to the public and by being advertised with the regional universities and colleges, which will form our core partner institutions, the conferences will create effective outreach in the regional community.

  • The Center will also target business leaders and State officials (who are conveniently located mere blocks away from the Center location and conference facilities) and make sure that they are aware and present at our events.

  • Media will be informed of the Center events and encouraged by facilitating their presence.

  • Speakers from EU institutions and EU member states will be invited to all of the below listed conferences.




  1. All Conferences will have in common that they will fulfill Objective 5:

“Attract additional support for Center activities.”



  • The Center will organize a wide array of policy relevant conferences that will tie into the already well-developed, policy-focused research community within UT.

  • The Center will cooperate with a number of other academic and research units on campus, raising its profile and building strong partnerships.




  1. All Conferences will have a consistent and robust participation by the UT’s academic community, which will be informed of planned events and involved in the planning.


CONFERENCES II (these conferences do not vary year by year)
The Center will organize two sets of conferences related to outreach in business and secondary education.
January 2012/2013/2014 - Conference 1:
Texas EU SUMMIT, 1, 2, & 3: EU Center of Excellence “Connecting Central Texas Businesses to the European Markets”
Texas is the second largest exporting state to the EU. Total Texas export to the EU in 2010 exceeded $26.5 billion. The UK, Germany, and France are the leading FDI sources in Texas. The existing trade relationship between Texas/US and the EU will be highlighted for new-to-export and established firms as well as exposing small businesses to the growing trade opportunities in emerging markets within the EU.
The Texas EU Summit will include plenary sessions led by international trade policy experts and political and business leaders, as well as EU chambers of commerce, which will set the stage for the focused breakout sessions. The focused breakout sessions will provide attendees with the hands-on information that they will need in order to successfully do business with the EU. This will include much information on international marketing and sales, understanding the legal requirements and risks, how to ship products into foreign markets, payment methods and export financing alternatives. There will also be a session focused on investment opportunities and incentives. We project that 150 to 200 small businesses, economic development entities, and government officials from throughout Texas and the EU will attend this event.
Partnering Organizations will include:

 

US Department of Commerce



Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce

Small Business Development Center, The State of Texas

International Business Institute, Austin Community College

German American Chamber of Commerce

French American Chamber of Commerce

Italy American Chamber of Commerce

German Consulate Office in Texas

Italian Consulate office in Texas

French Consulate Office in Texas

Hungarian  Consulate/Swedish  American Chamber of Commerce


Fulfillment of Objectives for Texas Summit:
Information, Dissemination, and Measurable Criteria Aspect:

  • We will involve the local media in these business summits.

  • The Center will use the contacts with local and State business partners that the McCombs School of Business has developed in order to attract a wide audience for these summits.

  • All participants will be asked to fill out a satisfaction survey and offer suggestions on how the summits could be more useful for their needs. All conferences will be evaluated through continuous feedback and adaptation and monitored by CES’s Outreach Coordinator in consultation with UT’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), which will oversee our measurement and evaluation.

Objective 2:

  • These summits will “promote greater understanding of the EU and EU-US relations among regional outreach constituencies,” which in this case is the business community.

  • These summits will provide a venue for trade representatives of the various EU Member States to make the case for increased investment in Europe by the Texas business community.


Objective 5:

  • The summits will continue a long tradition of the McCombs School of Business working closely with the Texas business community in developing strategies for investment.

  • The summits will raise the profile of the Center in the business community, leading to new sources of funding.

All Business workshops will have a consistent and robust participation by the UT’s academic community, especially those from the McCombs School of Business and the UT School of Law.


March and April 2012/2013/2014Conference 2:
Euro Challenge
The Euro Challenge program introduces students of global studies, world history, European studies, and beyond to the field of economics, and offers a unique learning experience that moves them out of the classroom into the real world. For the competition, students research problems and solutions to Europe’s economic challenges. A team of three to five students presents its findings in a competition format in a conference setting.

Overall Goals:

  • Increase students’ knowledge and understanding of the EU and the euro.

  • Promote an understanding of economic challenges facing EU member nations.

  • Support local learning standards related to global studies and economics.

  • Foster economic and financial literacy and understanding of economic policy issues.

  • Develop communication, critical thinking, and cooperative skills.

  • Encourage students to participate in a conference setting and learn to share knowledge in a conference setting.


Fulfillment of Objectives for Euro Challenge:
Objective 2: Promote greater understanding of the EU and EU-US relations among regional outreach constituencies.

  • This event will involve secondary school teachers by allowing them to prepare their students for an exciting and inter-school event.

  • This conference will directly involve high school students and will promote the Center and UT as a viable career path to pursue their interest of global affairs in general and of the EU in particular.



WORKSHOPS ((workshops do not vary year by year)
The Center will organize two sets of workshops.
October 2011, 2012, 2013Workshop 1: “Grants and fellowships for studying in and researching on Europe” – One day workshop for students, faculty, and researchers on obtaining grants and fellowships for research on/in Europe.
Attendees: Entire university community as well as the researchers, faculty, and students from our regional partner universities and colleges in Austin and Central Texas. We are targeting approximately
Fulfillment of Objectives for Workshop 1:
Information, Dissemination and Measurable Criteria Aspect:

  • The Center will conduct a university-wide information campaign to maximize attendance at this event.

  • We will measure the success of our workshop both in terms of numbers of attendance and in terms of satisfaction, measured by a survey voluntarily completed by those attending.

  • Our external evaluator, CTL, will oversee the measurement and evaluation process to determine the efficacy of these workshops and suggest how to improve on them through continuous monitoring and adaptation.

Objective 1:

  • These annual workshops will increase the numbers of doctoral students who focus their dissertation research on EU and EU-US relations by opening up new research grant avenues.

  • The workshops should also increase the number of faculty conducting research on EU issues.


Objective 2:

  • The Center will make sure that participation from regional partner universities and colleges is high by advertising the workshop event year round.


Objective 3:

  • The workshops will “encourage greater synergies with other programs sponsored by the European Commission, including the Jean Monnet Action and other elements of Erasmus Mundus, and the EU-US Higher Education and Vocational Training Agreement.”


Objective 4:

  • By stressing external funding opportunities, the workshops will also foster networking and coordination with other EU Centers of Excellence


Summer 2012, 2013, 2014Workshop 2: “Teaching the EU in Texas High Schools.”
The Center will sponsor annual workshops for secondary school (high school) teachers on how to integrate EU issues in their curriculums. The Center will provide administrative support as well as the venue. We are targeting approximately 30 high school teachers.
Attendees: Secondary school teachers of all disciplines. The workshop will vary from year to year. All high school teachers from Texas are eligible and will be encouraged to attend.
Fulfillment of Objectives for Workshop 2:
Information, Dissemination and Measurable Criteria Aspect:

  • All workshop materials will be available on the internet so that the secondary school teachers can use the information throughout their school year.

  • We will measure the success of these workshops both on the number of participants and on their satisfaction. All participants will be asked to take a voluntary survey indicating the level of satisfaction with the project.

  • Our external evaluator, CTL, will oversee the measurement and evaluation process to determine the efficacy of these workshops and suggest how to improve on them through continuous monitoring and adaptation.

Objective 2: Promote greater understanding of the EU and EU-US relations among regional outreach constituencies.

  • This event will involve secondary school teachers by allowing them to prepare their classes in a way that involves EU issues.

  • The workshops will provide curriculum development exercises.

  • The workshops will provide information materials on the EU.


EU Visit Program
The EU Visit Program, which takes place typically in mid June and will be organized by the designated Network Coordinator, will focus on the dynamic changes taking place in today’s integrating Europe and the future of the transatlantic relationship. Three UT undergraduate students and two Texas high school faculty will be selected to participate in the visit program, and they will join students and faculty from across the US for a four-day visit in Brussels where they will meet both US and EU officials, touring the city and the major EU and international institutions based there. The itinerary will include site visits to the European Commission, NATO headquarters, the US Mission to the EU, and the European Parliament. All UT undergraduate students and faculty in Texas high schools in fields of study related to the EU and contemporary Europe will be eligible to apply to the EU Visit Program. UT undergraduates who can demonstrate in their letter of applications that their senior capstone projects or senior theses will focus on the EU or EU-US relations will receive priority. In this way, the Center aims to strategically tie the EU Visit Program to curricular development and overall undergraduate degree planning focused on Europe.
All UT undergraduate students and Texas high school teachers will be required to submit a “Statement of Purpose,” an approximately two-page statement addressing why it is important for them to study the EU and how a visit to Brussels will enhance the applicant’s undergraduate education or high school teaching practices in the area of contemporary Europe, transatlantic relations, and the EU. All UT undergraduate students must also submit with the application an unofficial UT transcript, as well as official transcripts from any other colleges or universities attended before transferring to UT. Furthermore, all UT undergraduate students must have one academic letter of recommendation from a UT instructor; all Texas high school teachers must have a letter of support from the principal. Applications are due by mid March with notification of results from the EU Center of Excellence committee in April. Our external evaluator, CTL, will oversee the measurement and evaluation process of the program to determine its efficacy and ways to improve on it.
Fulfillment of Objectives for EU Visit Program:
Objective 2: Promote greater understanding of the EU and EU-US relations among regional outreach constituencies and increase awareness of the EU among undergraduates.

  • High school teachers will experience Europe and EU in a manner that will allow them to renovate their classes in light of their observations.

  • The visit will allow secondary school teachers to develop information materials on the EU.

  • The visit will target undergraduate students who focus on the EU in their overall degree plans, as evidenced particularly in plans for final senior capstone projects and/or senior theses, and in a manner that supports curricular development.



EU CENTERS 2011-14

Proposal Narrative Form

4.A.2. Activities: Scholars in Residence and Other Visitors. Indicate all visitors (either specific individuals or ‘profiles’) planned during each academic year for the entire 2011-14 grant period, including the timing of their stay and the likely nature and impact of their activities. Where relevant, indicate the means of selecting visitors via a competitive process. Please also specify how these activities will further the program policy objectives and produce the related outcomes set out in section II of the Call for Proposals, and provide measurable criteria for evaluating their implementation. Attach additional page(s) if necessary.
European Scholar I and II
The Center will work with the Department of Germanic Studies and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts to invite two European scholars each year—one from Germany (in connection with the distinguished DAAD program housed at UT), the other from Sweden (in connection with UT’s commitment to Swedish studies in the broader context of Europe studies)—to teach one course in one semester. Potential topics would be EU human rights, media, government, foreign policy, defense policy, immigration policy, journalism, law, business, and public health.
All courses are regularly evaluated at UT, but, additionally, our external evaluator, CTL, will also oversee the measurement and evaluation process to help determine the efficacy of these new courses implemented for continuous adaptation and improvement.
Fulfillment of Objectives for European Scholars I and II:
Objective 1: This program will lead to the development of new courses and increase the number of faculty and students researching the EU.

Objective 2: We will encourage the visiting scholars to give talks, thus making their expertise available to the wider public and allowing them to establish contacts with the non-academic community of Texas.

Objective 5: The visiting scholar program will allow the Center to become even further embedded in ongoing UT programs by increasing its visibility and value.
Lecture Series
CES plans to hold three lecture series and co-ordinate on a third with the Strauss Center and LBJ. They are as follows: (1) The EU Center of Excellence EU-US Distinguished Business and Politics Lecture Series; (2) The EU Center of Excellence “Europe and Islam Speak” Lecture and Seminar Cultural Exchange Series; (3) The EU Center of Excellence Diplomat Speakers Series; and (4) The EU Center of Excellence Lecture Series in Anthropology.
What follows are details regarding the lecture series and relevant target objectives.
I. EU Center of Excellence EU-US Distinguished Business and Politics Lecture Series
We propose a series of presentations that address contemporary developments in the economies and international relations of the EU and US. The lecture series will bring in a number of speakers to UT. This series will be widely advertised and open to the public as well as our partner educational institutions in Austin and Central Texas. We will work closely with these partners as well as with the Austin’s International Hospitality Council, the Texas Governor Office, The Texas Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade, the Texas House Committee on Border and International Affairs, and the Austin Chamber of Congress to choose the speakers who would most effectively contribute to the policy debate in Texas. We will also contact the Central Texas business community when organizing the series.

Our overarching theme for the lecture series will fall under the title of “Shared Prosperity? The Common Economic Interests of the US and the EU.” The term “shared prosperity” comes from a famous FDR quote and was applied specifically to the US and Europe by Averill Herriman, Truman’s commerce secretary, in the context of the Marshall Plan. The phrase is both historically interesting and also something of a challenge to consider whether it still holds true in the present global economy in the context of the EU and EU-US relations.


We have already identified the first year’s speakers and the topics of their talks for the series. They will be:


  • The Future of the Nuclear Energy Business in Europe and the US

Rex Tillerson Chairman and CEO, Exxon Mobil Corp.


  • Reshoring in the US and Europe: The End of the Outsourcing Era?

Caspar Hunsche, Senior Director, The Supply Chain Council, Inc.


  • Interdependencies in the Global Downturn and the Risks of Protectionism

Pankaj Ghemawat, Professor of Global Strategy, IESE Business School, Barcelona and Author of World 3.0: Global Prosperity and How to Achieve It.
The lecture series events are also highly structured and will be incorporated into our outreach efforts. To this end, each invited speaker will be asked to participate in a series of events, organized as follows:
DAY 1

5:00pm: Public lecture (45 minutes) plus question and answer period (30-minutes) Free to faculty and students. Broadcast of lecture posted on UT-sponsor websites/ University Channel.

6:15pm: 45-minute reception for attendees.

7:15pm: Private dinner and discussion session with invited faculty, university and local VIPs, and corporate sponsors. Discussions off the record. (Max. 20 guests.)



DAY 2

8:00am: (Time flexible) Breakfast meeting in partnership with International Center of Austin for business community and public.


Fulfillment of Objectives for Business and Politics Lecture Series:
Objective 1: The high profile speakers will increase the awareness of EU policies on campus.

Objective 2: The Lecture Series will be open to the public and will thus fulfill most of the expected outcomes under Objective 2. Furthermore, we intend to work closely with our regional educational, business, and institutional partners in order to plan the Lecture Series in a way that is most beneficial to them. Local media will also be invited to participate in covering the speakers and interviewing them.

Objective 5: We will open the Lecture Series to the faculty in a way where they can integrate their class activities around the talks. In that way we will embed the center activities in the ongoing UT programs. The Lecture Series will continue a long tradition of the McCombs School of Business working closely with the Texas business community in developing strategies for investment. Furthermore, the Lecture Series will raise the profile of the Center in the business community, leading to new sources of funding.
Information, Dissemination and Measurable Criteria aspect:

  • We will involve the local media in these lectures.

  • The Center will use the contacts with local and State business partners that the McCombs School of Business has developed in order to attract a wide audience for these lectures, as well as the vast contacts of the LBJ School.

  • All participants will be asked to fill out a satisfaction survey and offer suggestions on how the lectures series could be more useful for their needs.


II. EU Center of Excellence “Europe and Islam Speak” Lecture and Seminar Cultural Exchange Series
Islam has unquestionably “globalized” itself in the last 30 years. Immigration and new technologies of communication such as the Internet have favored the establishment of Muslim communities in Europe and the EU. The consequences of this change are felt strongest in France, the western European country with the highest population of Muslims and with one of Europe’s oldest shared histories with Islam. Today, France’s Muslims number 5-6 million. They have been at the forefront of efforts to rethink Islam and its place in the world, either looking within Europe and the EU for a “Euro-Islam” (the Europeanization of Islam) or to pan-Islamic movements that identify outwards towards the global community of believers (ummah). These in turn have been confronted by both France’s leftist traditions of secularism (laicïté), which see Islam as an existential threat to cherished Republican institutions, and the right-wing’s integralist nationalism that construes Islam as essentially alien to the Catholic France they support. Understanding the historical, sociological, and cultural dimensions of Islam and French national identity is a difficult task, and it is central to a nuanced understanding of Islam in Europe and the EU. As a National Resource Center funded through the US Department of Education, our ongoing institutional affiliation and cooperation between the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris, which began in 2010-11, marks an important link forward for scholarship. It brings together researchers representing many different fields of study in the US and France to clearly identify the core issues at stake in these events and chart their broader historical importance as they relate to the US, Europe, and the EU. We will continue to organize through the exchange three such lectures/seminars over the course of the grant cycle.
Fulfillment of Objectives for the EU/Islam Lecture Series:


Objective 1: The high profile speakers will increase the awareness of EU policies towards Islam on campus.

Objective 2: The Lecture Series will be open to the public and will thus fulfill most of the expected outcomes under Objective 2. Furthermore, we intend to work closely with our regional educational and institutional partners in order to plan the Lecture Series in a way that is most beneficial to them. Local media will also be invited to participate in covering the speakers and interviewing them.

Objective 5: We will open the Lecture Series to the faculty in a way where they can integrate their class activities around the talks. In that way we will embed the center activities in the ongoing UT programs. To this end, we have asked both Dr. Benjamin Bowers, an expert in French and Muslim relations in the History Department, and Dr. Terri Givens, an expert in the EU and Immigration policy in the Government Department, to organize this series to ensure that they dovetail with existing and planned curricula over the three-year grant period.
III. EU Center of Excellence Diplomat Speakers Series
The Center will cooperate with the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs and the Strauss Center to continue to bring high level and senior policy makers and diplomats from Europe to UT. The two institutes will offer their speakers as an “in-kind” contribution to the Center and CES will help them with the selection of speakers.
Fulfillment of Objectives for the Diplomat Lecture:


Objective 1: The high profile speakers will increase the awareness of EU policies on campus.

Objective 2: The Lecture Series will be open to the public and will thus fulfill most of the expected outcomes under Objective 2. Local media will also be invited to participate in covering the speakers and interviewing them.

Objective 5: We will open the Lecture Series to the faculty in a way where they can integrate their class activities around the talks. In that way we will embed the center activities in the ongoing UT programs.
IV. EU Center of Excellence Lecture Series in Anthropology
The Center for European Studies at UT announces the launching of the EU Center of Excellence Lecture Series in Anthropology. The series will enable the Center to invite distinguished anthropologists and intellectuals invested in matters of contemporary European culture and society, and whose work is related to studies of the EU. We are especially interested in individuals whose respective research intersects with other fields, including, but not limited to, globalization and transnational studies.
We aim to start the series with Vincent Crapanzano, Professor of Anthropology and Comparative Literature at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. His research interests include symbolic and interpretive anthropology, ethno-psychology, anthropology and literature, and theories of interpretation. His newest book, The Harkis: The Wound That Never Heals, is a haunting chronicle of betrayal and abandonment, ostracism and exile, racism and humiliation, in which the author examines the story of the Harkis, the quarter of a million Algerian auxiliary troops who fought for the French in Algeria’s war of independence. The focus of Prof. Crapanzano’s lecture, however, will be on the children of the Harkis who, living in France today, still suffer from their parents’ wounds. Many have become activists, lobbying for recognition of their parents’ sacrifices, compensation, and an apology. In examining the offspring of the Harkis, Prof. Crapanzano will show how children bear responsibility for the choices their parents make, how personal identity is shaped by the impersonal forces of history, and how violence insinuates itself into every facet of human life. He will also demonstrate how events of the past have legal resonances in the present and how the matter of the Harkis and their descendants needs to be understood within the broader context of postcolonial migration and identity politics in the EU today.
Fulfillment of Objectives for the Anthropology Lecture Series:


Objective 1: The high profile speakers will increase the awareness of EU policies on campus.

Objective 2: The Lecture Series will be open to the public and will thus fulfill most of the expected outcomes under Objective 2. Furthermore, we intend to work closely with our regional educational and institutional partners in order to plan the Lecture Series in a way that is most beneficial to them. Local media will also be invited to participate in covering the speakers and interviewing them.

Objective 5: We will open the Lecture Series to the faculty in a way where they can integrate their class activities around the talks. In that way we will embed the center activities in the ongoing UT programs. To this end, we are working closely with the new Chair of Anthropology, Dr. Katie Stewart, on this project and have her full support, and we will be integrating these lectures into the activities and classes of the Department of French and Italian.

EU CENTERS 2011-14

Proposal Narrative Form

4.A.3. Activities: Faculty and Student Research Grants. Indicate all faculty and research grants planned during each academic year for the entire 2011-14 grant period, including the likely nature and impact of grant recipients’ activities. All grants in this category must be made by competitive process, and none can be awarded to EU Center staff (see section III of the Call for Proposals). Please also specify how these activities will further the program policy objectives and produce the related outcomes set out in section II of the Call for Proposals, and provide measurable criteria for evaluating their implementation. Attach additional page(s) if necessary.
All research and travel grants will be awarded through a competitive process and will not be open to the EU Center of Excellence staff, the Director, or members of the Executive Board. Furthermore, students working as research assistants for the faculty members sitting on the Executive Board or the Director will also not be able to apply for the research grants.
We hope to evaluate our research grant program by requiring the recipients to produce a report of activities following the conclusion of their grant. The report will be read by the members of the Executive Board and the Director and taken into consideration for the next round of the grants.
The EU center will offer the following 4 grant programs in each of the three years of its program:

  • September 1 – Summer European Court Graduate Travel Stipend: Competition for one stipend of $2,500 for UT School of Law students to take part in the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg.

  • September 1– Summer PhD Research Grant: Competition for two grants of $2,000 each for research on EU Public Policy or EU-US Relations.

  • September 1– Summer Faculty Research Grant: Competition for two grants of $4,000 each for research on EU Public Policy or EU-US Relations.

  • September 1 Summer Business Studies Stipend: Competition for two faculty research grants of $4,000 each with a focus on Business in the EU and Business relations between the EU and US.


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