EU Week to bring an in-depth look into politics

By Masha Stul

The University’s European Union Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary by providing students and community members with the opportunity to learn about pressing issues not only from academic experts, but high level European Union officials as well. The symposiums, panel discussions and receptions to be held in various locations around campus Monday through Thursday will cover topics such as the current financial situation, post-election politics and security, energy and climate change, said Sebnem Ozkan, outreach coordinator of the European Union Center.The University’s European Union Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary by providing students and community members with the opportunity to learn about pressing issues not only from academic experts, but high level European Union officials as well.

The symposiums, panel discussions and receptions to be held in various locations around campus Monday through Thursday will cover topics such as the current financial situation, post-election politics and security, energy and climate change, said Sebnem Ozkan, outreach coordinator of the European Union Center. The events will be open to the public.

Ozkan added that Monday will be one of the highlights of the week in terms of panelist profiles. The consuls general of Austria, Czech Republic, Ireland, Netherlands as well as Ambassador Pierre Vimont of France will share their insider perspectives.

“This year’s EU week is more timely than ever,” said Lynnea Johnson, associate director of the University’s Center for International Business Education and Research which is co-sponsoring Tuesday’s symposium. Johnson has attended the annual European Union week four times.

“The exchange rate is very important,” she added. “How far is our dollar is going to go in Europe? It’s going to be important to students studying abroad and traveling in Europe.”

Rather than focusing on economics and politics, the “Taste of Europe” at Bevier Cafe, which Ozkan said is the “fun” part of the week, will cater to those interested in food and culture.

‘European Union Week’ events

“The Future of the European Union”

When: Monday at 2 p.m.

Where: Alice Campbell Alumni Center

What: Discussion of the EU’s future followed by keynote address by Ambassador Pierre Vimont of France at 4:30 p.m.

“The Euro, the Dollar, and the Global Financial Crisis”

When: Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Where: Alice Campbell Alumni Center

What: Discussion of the global financial situation followed by a reception

“Taste of Europe”

When: Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Bevier Hall

What: Presentation of European dishes