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EU 101: Topics and Trends Affecting Europe

Saturday, February 1, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
UT Austin Campus

The Center for European Studies hosted a FREE one-day workshop on the European Union open to all Texas K-12 teachers. The workshop, taught by UT Austin faculty and graduate students, aimed to give teachers a better understanding of some key topics that affect the EU and, in turn, the U.S.

4.75 hours of CPE credit was available.

The workshop was free and included parking at the UT Austin campus and lunch at no charge. Registration required.


10:15 - 10:30 a.m.   Arrival and check-in (Coffee will be served)

10:30 - 12:30 p.m.   
"Teaching the EU" and "The Politics of Immigration in the Eureopan Union"
Dr. Terri Givens
In the first half of her talk, Professor Givens will provide some useful resources to use when teaching about the European Union, including official EU websites, news sources, and some ideas for making it accessible to students. During the second half, she will describe the development of immigration policy at the EU level and the impact on national level of policy, particularly in France and Germany.

12:30 - 1:15 p.m.     Lunch (provided)

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.      
"Understanding EU Foreign Policy: Historical Origins, Present Realities, Future Implications"
John Graeber
This presentation will provide an overview of the origins and development of a common foreign and security policy in the European Union, discuss its current institutions,
activities, and deployments, and assess its future prospects in and relevance for the international system.

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.     
"European Climate Change Policy: Is The Knight’s Shining Armor Getting a Little Tarnished?"
Dr. Michael Mosser
At least in the popular perception, protection of the environment and mitigation of human-caused climate change is one area where Europe arguably leads the world. Europe has, at both the national and European-Union level, committed itself to achieving reductions in carbon emissions far greater than anywhere else in the world. But is all as rosy as the EU would like the world to believe? This talk will examine the complexities of European climate change policy and will demonstrate that there are no easy answers or policy solutions for such a fundamentally difficult issue.


"The Euro from a U.S. Perspective: Introducing the Euro Crisis to American High School Students"
Yanis Varoufakis
Due to a scheduling conflict, Yanis Varoufakis will be unable to attend. However, every teacher who attends will be given a private link to a YouTube video of his presentation.

For questions about this workshop, please contact Sally Dickson at the Center for European Studies at or 512-232-4311.

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