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EI Director Adam Tooze Featured in London Review of Books and Prospect

1/24/2017

European Institute Director and Columbia University Professor of History, Adam Tooze, was recently featured in the London Review of Books for his assessment and critique of Wolfgang Streeck’s book, How Will Capitalism End?. He also was published in Prospect Magazine for producing an article on the birth of the American Century.

In his piece for Prospect, Tooze writes about the wistfulness that historians may feel for the 20th century. He discusses the present challenge of assessing the global reaction to the trend of “power…unmitigated by pretensions to moral leadership, a power that makes no apology for its own self-interest and that promises to treat others in the same spirit.”

To read his book review in London Review of Books, please view here: http://www.lrb.co.uk/…/n01/adam-t…/a-general-logic-of-crisis

To read his article featured in Prospect, please view here:

http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/1917-year-shook-the-world-russian-revolution-united-states

Victoria de Grazia Awarded 2017-2018 Alliance Joint Projects Grant

1/24/2017

Columbia University Professor of History, Victoria de Grazia, was recently honored with a 2017-18 Alliance Joint Projects grant for her project on “De-Provincializing Soft Power: A Global-Historical Approach, 1990-2015.”

This project analyzes Brazil’s concepts and practices of cultural power, as a result of the US and European experiences of soft power, and also compares them with the occurrences in Turkey and China. This is the ultimate stage of a three-year project, which commenced in the fall of 2014.

To read the full details of Professor de Grazia’s award, please view here: http://alliance.columbia.edu/de-provincializing-soft-power-global-historical-approach-1990-2015-0

Die Zeit Online publishes article by EI Director Adam Tooze

1/17/2017

European Institute Director Adam Tooze was recently published in Die Zeit for his article on the international ramifications of the upcoming Trump administration.

In his piece, Tooze examines the different perspectives regarding American hegemony and explores the potential implications for Europe. In particular, Tooze discusses the effects that America’s changing position as a dominant superpower could have on the Federal Republic of Germany.

To read the full article, please view here:http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2017-01/usa-hegemony-donald-trump-rise-leadership-europe/seite-2

The MA in Modern European Studies is now accepting applications!
12/21/16

Study European History, Politics, and Society at the European Institute! The MA in Modern European Studies is now accepting applications through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.

Click here for more details on the program, and how to apply.

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Ambassador Pierre Vimont to teach new course on Diplomacy in Practice
12/21/16

The European Institute is inviting Ambassador Pierre Vimont to teach a new course on diplomacy at Columbia in the spring 2017 semester.

Pierre Vimont is a Senior Associate at Carnegie Europe, and was until last year the Executive Secretary General of the newly-created European External Action Service. Before that, he was the French Ambassador to the United States, and also served as the Permanent Representative of France to the European Union and as the chief of staff of the French Foreign minister.

Ambassador Vimont will teach a seminar on “Diplomacy in Practice: the EU & the World” at the School of International and Public Affairs.

The course will introduce students to the practice of modern diplomacy through case studies of global or regional crises and the EU’s response to them. Students will learn how foreign policy is devised and implemented from the perspective of a professional diplomat.

The course will start with an introduction of the EU institutions involved in foreign affairs. Each class will then focus on a specific case study: the EU’s strategic partnerships, the migration crisis, the conflict in Ukraine, the Iran nuclear agreement, the Middle East, and Brexit. In each case, students will explore the interplay between the various instruments of foreign policy, including crisis management, trade, financial aid, humanitarian assistance, and public diplomacy.

EI Visiting Scholar Vasileios Trigkas comments on President Obama’s upcoming visit to Greece
11/14/16

On the eve of President’s Obama trip to Greece, European Institute scholar Vasileios Trigkas (Tsinghua University) comments on his trip on our Facebook page. 

European Institute Director Adam Tooze on PBS NewsHour
11/10/16

Adam Tooze, European Institute Director and Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History spoke with PBS’s Paul Solman about Donald Trump’s economic proposals. According to Adam Tooze, these proposals represent a “deliberate, forceful reassertion of an image of American industrialism that we have inherited from the 20th century.”

Video of the full interview is available on PBS at: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/trumps-economic-proposals-offer-vision-past/. 

Professor Martha C. Howell Awarded Huntington Library Fellowship
10/19/16

Professor Martha C. Howell has been invited as a distinguished fellow in residence at the Huntington Library for 2017-2018.

The Huntington, located in southern California, is one of the world’s greatest cultural, research and educational centers. The Huntington Library is one of the most expansive research libraries in the United States and offers accomplished scholars access to a wealth of information in their fields of specialization.

Martha Howell, Miriam Champion Professor of History, specializes in social, economic, legal and women’s history in northern Europe during the late medieval and early modern centuries.  She is the recipient of fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, Fulbright, ACLS, Guggenheim and other European foundations. She is currently working on the culture of credit in northern Europe during the late medieval and early modern centuries.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Project Fellowships Call for Applications
10/5/16

As part of its Initiative on Cultural Power in International Relations, the European Institute announces the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Research Project Fellowships.

Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty served as a key part of the American cultural strategy to win the “hearts and minds” of people during the Cold War. Engaging hundreds of exiles to report on events taking place behind the Iron Curtain, RFE/RL reached millions of listeners throughout Eastern, Central Europe, and Russia with news about political uprisings, party coups, environmental disasters, as well as everyday life. The RFE/RL Research Project focuses on the history of Radio Free Europe, and Radio Liberty, and may also include other projects during the Cold War related to cultural diplomacy.

The European Institute’s RFE/RL Research Project will offer up to six Columbia students the opportunity to conduct original archival research on the history of culture and the Cold War. Those interested in public diplomacy, journalistic history, the Cold War, and the evolution of modern Europe will find abundant resources for productive investigations at archives they will visit with the group.

Fellows work as a unit when in the archives and are expected to demonstrate both independent thought and scholarly collaboration. The goal of the project is for fellows to present their research at a conference at Columbia in Spring 2018, and publish peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles.

The deadline to apply is October 21st, 2016. To view more information and the application itself, please visit our Funding page.

EI Visiting Scholar, Vasilis Trigkas, at Beijing panel discussion on Sino-Hellenic Cooperation
10/4/16

Vasilis Trigkas, an Onassis Visiting Scholar at the European Institute, participated in a panel discussion on the New Maritime Silk Road and Sino-Hellenic Cooperation at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center in Beijing. He discussed the impact of COSCO’s acquisition of Piraeus port for Greece and the rising commercial significance of the “Orient – European shipping root” which will perhaps outcompete the Pacific root due to the asymmetric technical capacity between the Suez and the Panama canal. This disruptive change and China’s commitment to Maritime Logistical investments, Mr Trigkas insisted, comes as a Deus ex Machina for the Mediterranean Economy.

Other participants of the event included Mr. Panos Laskaridis (President Elect of the European Shipowners Association), Mr. Leonidas Rokanas (Ambassador of Greece in China), Prof Shi Zhiqin (Tsinghua University), Dr. Song Xiaomin (European Department of CASS) and Mr. Emannuel Stanzos (Economic Attaché of Greece in Beijing).

Memorial service for Professor Fritz Stern on September 30th at 2 pm
9/28/16

Columbia University invites you to celebrate the life of Professor Fritz Stern, University Professor Emeritus and Former Provost, Columbia University in the City of New York.

The service will take place at 2 pm St. Paul’s Chapel, 1160 Amsterdam Avenue at 117th Street, Columbia University in the City of New York. Reception to follow at 3:30 p.m. in the Presidential Ballroom, Faculty House at 64 Morningside Drive.  Please reply to cuevents@columbia.edu.

Federica Mogherini speaking as part of the European Institute lecture series on September 23rd at 1pm

9/15/16
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, will present the new global strategy for foreign and security policy, just published by the EU, on Friday, September 23rd at 1pm at Columbia University’s Italian Academy.

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Bernard Harcourt, EI Affiliated Faculty and Law Professor, Featured in New Yorker Article on decade-long appeals process for death row inmate
9/14/16
The European Institute’s affiliated faculty member, Bernard Harcourt, Professor at the Columbia Law School, is highlighted in a recent New Yorker article about his struggle to secure a life without parole sentence for his client Doyle Lee Hamm.

Click here to read the article.

RFE Fellowship Students Currently Visiting Stanford’s Hoover Institution
8/24/16
The European Institute’s RFE fellowship students are concluding their year of research around the world on Radio Free Europe right now at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Click here to find out more!

European Institute Professor Victoria Phillips Featured in Columbia Spectator
4/29/16
Dr. Victoria Phillips, European Institute Professor, is profiled in today’s Columbia Spectator, giving advice to students shaped from her long and varied career experience.

Click here to read the article.

Columbia Professor of History Martha Howell featured in The New York Review of Books
4/1/16
Columbia Professor of History Martha Howell featured in The New York Review of Books upcoming issue, discussing Greg Steinmetz’s The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger.

Click here to read the article.

EI welcomes back Professor Abram de Swaan, visiting Queen Wilhelmina Professor, for Fall 2016 course on Mass Annihilation
4/1/16
The European Institute welcomes back Professor Abram de Swaan, visiting Queen Wilhelmina Professor, who will be teaching a course in the Fall 2016 semester on Mass Annihilation. Professor De Swaan is Emeritus Distinguished Research professor (University Professor) for Social Science at the University of Amsterdam and held the chair of sociology from 1973 until 2001. He was co-founder and dean of the Amsterdam School for Social Research (1987-1997) and afterwards its chairman until 2010.

He will be teaching the course Mass Annihilation in the 20th Century (HIST W4364). This seminar will explore the ‘dark side of Europe’: the succession of genocidal episodes perpetrated during the long twentieth century by Europeans against others and against one another. More information about the course can be found on Columbia’s Directory of Classes.

EI Director Adam Tooze answers 5 Questions for Columbia News
2/25/16
European Institute Director and Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Professor of History Adam Tooze shares with Columbia’s The Record 5 answers about the most pressing economic and political issues facing Europe.

To read the entire article, please click here.

Columbia Students Currently Researching at the Eisenhower Archives as part of European Institute Fellowship
1/14/16
Students granted a fellowship from the European Institute are currently researching in the RFE archives at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, KS. This field trip is part of the project on the history of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty led by Professor Victoria Phillips. The group will also visit the Open Society Archives in Budapest in the Spring and the Hoover Institution Archives in the Summer.

To view photos posted to our Facebook page, please click here.

EI Now Accepting Applications for the M.A. in Modern European Studies
1/8/16
Columbia’s M.A. program in Modern European Studies is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. Housed within the European Institute, this program offers unique opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of European history, politics, and society while also developing their research, writing, and presentation skills.

Students design their own rigorous, interdisciplinary programs of study. They can choose courses related to modern European topics in Arts and Sciences, the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and the Law School. The degree is designed for students going on to graduate and professional schools and to careers in business, government, law, and the nonprofit sector. The program can be completed in 12 months but part-time study is also possible.

For more information, please visit europe.columbia.edu/study

Watch Adam Tooze, Director of the European Institute, speak at “Les Rendez-vous de l’Histoire” in Blois
11/19/2015
EI Director and Professor of History Adam Tooze speaks at “Les Rendez-vous de l’Histoire” in Blois (video in French).

Click here for the video.

Watch Adam Tooze, Director of the European Institute, present his new book “The Deluge.”
11/19/2015
EI Director and Professor of History Adam Tooze presents his new book “The Deluge.”

Click here for the video.

EI Director Adam Tooze Reviews The Age of Catastrophe: A History of the West 1914-45 in the London Review of Books
11/10/2015
EI Director and Professor of History Adam Tooze reviews The Age of Catastrophe: A History of the West 1914-45 by Heinrich August Winkler, translated by Stewart Spencer, in next week’s London Review of Books.

Click here for the review.

Professor Susan Pedersen Awarded Prestigious International History Prize
11/5/2015
Historian and European Institute Affiliated Faculty Member Susan Pedersen received the 2015 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature for The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire. The prize is the world’s most lucrative international award for a nonfiction book that has a “profound literary, social and academic impact.”

Click here for more information.

Professor Martha Howell Elected to Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium
10/30/2015
History Professor and European Institute Affiliated Faculty Member Martha Howell was elected foreign member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (RFABSA).

Council for European Studies Announces Undergraduate Paper Prize
10/23/2015
The European Studies Undergraduate Paper Prize is designed to encourage interest in the field of European Studies by rewarding talented undergraduates who have conducted original research in the field. Thus, the European Studies Undergraduate Paper Prize is given for the best advanced research paper written in English on any subject in European Studies as part of an undergraduate university degree program.

Two prizes will be awarded in 2016, one for a paper in the Humanities and one for a paper in the Social Sciences. A multi-disciplinary selection committee appointed by the Council’s Executive Committee will choose the winners. Each prize winner will receive a check for $500, along with public recognition in the European Studies Newsletter and on the Council’s social media sites. In addition, those prize winners who are interested in attending the CES conference may request one conference registration waiver for any conference in the three years following their award.

Click here for more information.

EI Director Adam Tooze Discusses Book on New York Military Affairs Podcast
10/13/2015
European Institute director and Professor of History Adam Tooze discussed his book, The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi War Economy  on the New York Military Affairs podcast last month.

EI Professor David Stark Publishes Op-Ed “We The People Of Europe”
8/18/2015
David Stark, Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs and a member of the European Institute’s Faculty Committee, has published an syndicated op-ed titled “We The People Of Europe.” Co-authored with Laszlo Bruszt, Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, the theme of the piece centers around lessons for the European Union from the United States in the 1780s.

EI Welcomes Queen Wilhelmina Visiting Professor, Abram De Swaan
7/24/2015
The European Institute is excited to welcome Professor Abram De Swaan, who will be the Queen Wilhelmina Visiting Professor of Dutch Studies in the Department of History. Professor De Swaan is Emeritus Distinguished Research professor (University Professor) for Social Science at the University of Amsterdam and held the chair of sociology from 1973 until 2001. He was co-founder and dean of the Amsterdam School for Social Research (1987-1997) and afterwards its chairman until 2010. He will be teaching the course Mass Annihilation in the 20th Century (HIST W4364). More information about the course can be found on Columbia’s Directory of Classes.

Four EI Affiliated Faculty Release New Books
7/8/2015
Andreas Huyssen, Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature, published Miniature Metropolis: Literature in an Age of Photography and Film (Harvard University Press); Isabela Mares, Professor of Political Science, published From Open Secrets to Secret Ballots: Democratic Electoral Reforms and Voter Autonomy (Cambridge University Press); Reinhold Martin, Associate Professor of Architecture, published Mediators: Aesthetics, Politics, and the City (University of Minnesota Press); and Susan Pedersen, James P. Shenton Professor of the Core Curriculum, published The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (Oxford University Press). Congratulations to our affiliated faculty with new publications!

Adam Tooze is Incoming Director of the European Institute
5/27/2015
We are pleased to announce that Adam Tooze, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History, will become the Director of the European Institute on July 1, 2015. Professor Tooze will be joining Columbia this summer, coming from Yale University, and teaching modern German history, twentieth century economic history, social theory and the philosophy of history. View the full announcement here.

EI Announces Winners of Summer Fellowships for Undergraduate Students
5/19/2015
As part of its Initiative on Cultural Power in International Relations, a program aimed at encouraging the study of cultural cooperation, public diplomacy, and communications, the European Institute has awarded 14 summer fellowships to undergraduate students for research, language study, or internships in Europe. More information about the grant winners can be found on the undergraduate student funding page.

EI Announces Summer Fellowships for Undergraduate Students
3/12/2015
As part of its Initiative on Cultural Power in International Relations (a program aimed at encouraging the study of cultural cooperation, public diplomacy, and communications), the European Institute announces summer fellowships of up to $3,000 for research, language study, or internships in Europe. Application information can be found on our undergraduate student funding page.

EI Congratulates February 2015 Graduates of the Modern European Studies MA
2/11/2015
The EI congratulates the three graduates of the Modern European Studies MA program who completed their degrees in February 2015. Information on their MA theses can be found on our thesis page.

Faculty Affiliate Tarik Amar Publishes Article in Time
2/11/2015
Professor Tarik Amar (History) has published an article titled, “Another Conflict in Ukraine: Differing Versions of History” in Time. To view the article, click here.

European Institute Faculty Affiliates Win Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award
2/11/2015
Two European Institute-affiliated faculty members were awarded this year’s Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award. The award was created in 2005 by Columbia Trustee Emeritus, Gerry Lenfest, (LAW’58, HON’09), to honor exceptional faculty in the Arts and Sciences. The awards are given annually to recognize unusual merit across a range of activities including scholarship, University citizenship, and professional involvement, with primary emphasis on teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. The European Institute congratulates Professor Stathis Gourgouris (Classics) and Professor Dorothea von Mücke (Germanic Languages)!

General Deadline to Apply for the Modern European Studies MA Program is March 16, 2015
2/4/2015
For more information about the program, see the Modern European Studies MA page on our website.

EI Wins President’s Global Innovation Fund Grant
6/25/2014
The EI has secured a grant from the President’s Global Innovation Fund. The project, “De-Provincializing Soft Power: A Global-Historical Approach,” will be led by EI Director and Moore Collegiate Professor of History, Victoria de Grazia. The proposal was one of 13 to be awarded by the Office of the President, out of 53 total applications from across the university. The award announcement can be found here.

EI Congratulates New MAs in Modern European Studies
5/20/14
The EI congratulates the fourteen graduates of the Modern European Studies MA program who completed their degrees in 2013-14. Information on their MA theses can be found on our thesis page.

Faculty Affiliate Peter Bearman Named Member of the National Academy of Sciences
5/2/2014
EI faculty affiliate and faculty committee member Peter Bearman, Jonathan R. Cole Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Sociology, has been named a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Election to NAS, in recognition of “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research,” is considered one of the highest honors a scientist or engineer can receive.

Faculty Affiliate Deborah Coen Awarded Fellowships from Guggenheim Foundation, ACLS, and Cullman Center
4/23/2014
EI faculty affiliate Deborah Coen, Associate Professor of History at Barnard College, has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Prof. Coen’s research centers on the history of the physical and earth sciences and the cultural history of central Europe.

EI Intern Samuel Walker Named 2014 Columbia College Salutatorian
4/22/2014
EI intern Samuel Walker has been named the Columbia College Salutatorian for the 2013-14 graduating class. Sam is a Comparative Literature and Society major who specializes in French and German literature. During the spring 2014 semester, he organized a film series with Julie Slotnick (CC ’14) on European and national identities.

2014 EI Master’s Travel Grants Awarded
4/15/2014
Six Columbia University Master’s students have been awarded EI travel grants for unpaid internships or thesis research in Europe during summer 2014.

The 2014 European Institute Lecture Features David Miliband, President of the International Rescue Committee
3/5/2014
Join EI on April 7, 2014 for the 2014 European Institute Lecture with David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. From 2007 to 2010, Miliband served as the youngest U.K. Foreign Secretary in three decades, driving advancements in human rights and representing the United Kingdom throughout the world.

EI Announces MA Research and Internship Grants
1/28/14
The EI announces travel grants for Columbia Master’s students pursuing research or unpaid internships in Europe in summer 2014. Students in any terminal master’s-level program may apply. Applications are due March 10, 2014.

Faculty Affiliate Susan Pedersen to Give Ford Lectures at University of Oxford
1/9/2014
EI faculty affiliate Susan Pedersen, James P. Shenton Professor of the Core Curriculum, has been selected to give the Ford Lectures in British History at the University of Oxford. The series of six lectures is titled “Internationalism and Empire: British Dilemmas, 1919-1939.”

EI Announces Grants for Collaborative Research and Course Development
10/28/13
The EI announces faculty grants for collaborative research projects and developing new courses on Europe. Deadlines for applications are Jan. 27 (collaborative research) and Jan. 15 (course development).

Faculty Affiliate David Stark to Receive Honorary Doctorate
10/28/13
EI faculty affiliate David Stark, Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, has been selected to receive an honorary doctorate from the École normale superieure-Cachan. It will be bestowed at a ceremony in Cachan on Nov. 22.

Faculty Affiliate Vangelis Calotychos Wins Edmund Keeley Book Prize
10/23/13
EI faculty affiliate Vangelis Calotychos, Professor of Modern Greek Literature & Culture, has been awarded the 2012-2013 Edmund Keeley Book Prize for his publication, The Balkan Prospect: Identity, Culture, and Politics in Greece after 1989 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). More information can be found here.

Faculty Affiliate Matthew Connelly Testifies Before Congress
9/10/13
EI faculty affiliate Matthew Connelly, Professor of History, has testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs on the spread of sex-selective abortion worldwide. You can read his written statement here.

Faculty Affiliate Sheri Berman Publishes NYT Op-Ed
8/10/13
Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science at Barnard and a member of the EI faculty steering committee, has published an op-ed in the New York Times on the lessons of the 1848 European revolutions for the current uprising in Egypt.

EI Director Adam Tooze Featured in London Review of Books and Prospect

1/24/2017

European Institute Director and Columbia University Professor of History, Adam Tooze, was recently featured in the London Review of Books for his assessment and critique of Wolfgang Streeck’s book, How Will Capitalism End?. He also was published in Prospect Magazine for producing an article on the birth of the American Century.

In his piece for Prospect, Tooze writes about the wistfulness that historians may feel for the 20th century. He discusses the present challenge of assessing the global reaction to the trend of “power…unmitigated by pretensions to moral leadership, a power that makes no apology for its own self-interest and that promises to treat others in the same spirit.”

To read his book review in London Review of Books, please view here: http://www.lrb.co.uk/…/n01/adam-t…/a-general-logic-of-crisis

To read his article featured in Prospect, please view here:

http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/1917-year-shook-the-world-russian-revolution-united-states

Victoria de Grazia Awarded 2017-2018 Alliance Joint Projects Grant

1/24/2017

Columbia University Professor of History, Victoria de Grazia, was recently honored with a 2017-18 Alliance Joint Projects grant for her project on “De-Provincializing Soft Power: A Global-Historical Approach, 1990-2015.”

This project analyzes Brazil’s concepts and practices of cultural power, as a result of the US and European experiences of soft power, and also compares them with the occurrences in Turkey and China. This is the ultimate stage of a three-year project, which commenced in the fall of 2014.

To read the full details of Professor de Grazia’s award, please view here: http://alliance.columbia.edu/de-provincializing-soft-power-global-historical-approach-1990-2015-0

Die Zeit Online publishes article by EI Director Adam Tooze

1/17/2017

European Institute Director Adam Tooze was recently published in Die Zeit for his article on the international ramifications of the upcoming Trump administration.

In his piece, Tooze examines the different perspectives regarding American hegemony and explores the potential implications for Europe. In particular, Tooze discusses the effects that America’s changing position as a dominant superpower could have on the Federal Republic of Germany.

To read the full article, please view here:http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2017-01/usa-hegemony-donald-trump-rise-leadership-europe/seite-2

The MA in Modern European Studies is now accepting applications!
12/21/16

Study European History, Politics, and Society at the European Institute! The MA in Modern European Studies is now accepting applications through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.

Click here for more details on the program, and how to apply.

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Ambassador Pierre Vimont to teach new course on Diplomacy in Practice
12/21/16

The European Institute is inviting Ambassador Pierre Vimont to teach a new course on diplomacy at Columbia in the spring 2017 semester.

Pierre Vimont is a Senior Associate at Carnegie Europe, and was until last year the Executive Secretary General of the newly-created European External Action Service. Before that, he was the French Ambassador to the United States, and also served as the Permanent Representative of France to the European Union and as the chief of staff of the French Foreign minister.

Ambassador Vimont will teach a seminar on “Diplomacy in Practice: the EU & the World” at the School of International and Public Affairs.

The course will introduce students to the practice of modern diplomacy through case studies of global or regional crises and the EU’s response to them. Students will learn how foreign policy is devised and implemented from the perspective of a professional diplomat.

The course will start with an introduction of the EU institutions involved in foreign affairs. Each class will then focus on a specific case study: the EU’s strategic partnerships, the migration crisis, the conflict in Ukraine, the Iran nuclear agreement, the Middle East, and Brexit. In each case, students will explore the interplay between the various instruments of foreign policy, including crisis management, trade, financial aid, humanitarian assistance, and public diplomacy.

EI Visiting Scholar Vasileios Trigkas comments on President Obama’s upcoming visit to Greece
11/14/16

On the eve of President’s Obama trip to Greece, European Institute scholar Vasileios Trigkas (Tsinghua University) comments on his trip on our Facebook page. 

European Institute Director Adam Tooze on PBS NewsHour
11/10/16

Adam Tooze, European Institute Director and Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History spoke with PBS’s Paul Solman about Donald Trump’s economic proposals. According to Adam Tooze, these proposals represent a “deliberate, forceful reassertion of an image of American industrialism that we have inherited from the 20th century.”

Video of the full interview is available on PBS at: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/trumps-economic-proposals-offer-vision-past/. 

Professor Martha C. Howell Awarded Huntington Library Fellowship
10/19/16

Professor Martha C. Howell has been invited as a distinguished fellow in residence at the Huntington Library for 2017-2018.

The Huntington, located in southern California, is one of the world’s greatest cultural, research and educational centers. The Huntington Library is one of the most expansive research libraries in the United States and offers accomplished scholars access to a wealth of information in their fields of specialization.

Martha Howell, Miriam Champion Professor of History, specializes in social, economic, legal and women’s history in northern Europe during the late medieval and early modern centuries.  She is the recipient of fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, Fulbright, ACLS, Guggenheim and other European foundations. She is currently working on the culture of credit in northern Europe during the late medieval and early modern centuries.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Project Fellowships Call for Applications
10/5/16

As part of its Initiative on Cultural Power in International Relations, the European Institute announces the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Research Project Fellowships.

Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty served as a key part of the American cultural strategy to win the “hearts and minds” of people during the Cold War. Engaging hundreds of exiles to report on events taking place behind the Iron Curtain, RFE/RL reached millions of listeners throughout Eastern, Central Europe, and Russia with news about political uprisings, party coups, environmental disasters, as well as everyday life. The RFE/RL Research Project focuses on the history of Radio Free Europe, and Radio Liberty, and may also include other projects during the Cold War related to cultural diplomacy.

The European Institute’s RFE/RL Research Project will offer up to six Columbia students the opportunity to conduct original archival research on the history of culture and the Cold War. Those interested in public diplomacy, journalistic history, the Cold War, and the evolution of modern Europe will find abundant resources for productive investigations at archives they will visit with the group.

Fellows work as a unit when in the archives and are expected to demonstrate both independent thought and scholarly collaboration. The goal of the project is for fellows to present their research at a conference at Columbia in Spring 2018, and publish peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles.

The deadline to apply is October 21st, 2016. To view more information and the application itself, please visit our Funding page.

EI Visiting Scholar, Vasilis Trigkas, at Beijing panel discussion on Sino-Hellenic Cooperation
10/4/16

Vasilis Trigkas, an Onassis Visiting Scholar at the European Institute, participated in a panel discussion on the New Maritime Silk Road and Sino-Hellenic Cooperation at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center in Beijing. He discussed the impact of COSCO’s acquisition of Piraeus port for Greece and the rising commercial significance of the “Orient – European shipping root” which will perhaps outcompete the Pacific root due to the asymmetric technical capacity between the Suez and the Panama canal. This disruptive change and China’s commitment to Maritime Logistical investments, Mr Trigkas insisted, comes as a Deus ex Machina for the Mediterranean Economy.

Other participants of the event included Mr. Panos Laskaridis (President Elect of the European Shipowners Association), Mr. Leonidas Rokanas (Ambassador of Greece in China), Prof Shi Zhiqin (Tsinghua University), Dr. Song Xiaomin (European Department of CASS) and Mr. Emannuel Stanzos (Economic Attaché of Greece in Beijing).

Memorial service for Professor Fritz Stern on September 30th at 2 pm
9/28/16

Columbia University invites you to celebrate the life of Professor Fritz Stern, University Professor Emeritus and Former Provost, Columbia University in the City of New York.

The service will take place at 2 pm St. Paul’s Chapel, 1160 Amsterdam Avenue at 117th Street, Columbia University in the City of New York. Reception to follow at 3:30 p.m. in the Presidential Ballroom, Faculty House at 64 Morningside Drive.  Please reply to cuevents@columbia.edu.

Federica Mogherini speaking as part of the European Institute lecture series on September 23rd at 1pm

9/15/16
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, will present the new global strategy for foreign and security policy, just published by the EU, on Friday, September 23rd at 1pm at Columbia University’s Italian Academy.

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Bernard Harcourt, EI Affiliated Faculty and Law Professor, Featured in New Yorker Article on decade-long appeals process for death row inmate
9/14/16
The European Institute’s affiliated faculty member, Bernard Harcourt, Professor at the Columbia Law School, is highlighted in a recent New Yorker article about his struggle to secure a life without parole sentence for his client Doyle Lee Hamm.

Click here to read the article.

RFE Fellowship Students Currently Visiting Stanford’s Hoover Institution
8/24/16
The European Institute’s RFE fellowship students are concluding their year of research around the world on Radio Free Europe right now at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

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European Institute Professor Victoria Phillips Featured in Columbia Spectator
4/29/16
Dr. Victoria Phillips, European Institute Professor, is profiled in today’s Columbia Spectator, giving advice to students shaped from her long and varied career experience.

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Columbia Professor of History Martha Howell featured in The New York Review of Books
4/1/16
Columbia Professor of History Martha Howell featured in The New York Review of Books upcoming issue, discussing Greg Steinmetz’s The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger.

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EI welcomes back Professor Abram de Swaan, visiting Queen Wilhelmina Professor, for Fall 2016 course on Mass Annihilation
4/1/16
The European Institute welcomes back Professor Abram de Swaan, visiting Queen Wilhelmina Professor, who will be teaching a course in the Fall 2016 semester on Mass Annihilation. Professor De Swaan is Emeritus Distinguished Research professor (University Professor) for Social Science at the University of Amsterdam and held the chair of sociology from 1973 until 2001. He was co-founder and dean of the Amsterdam School for Social Research (1987-1997) and afterwards its chairman until 2010.

He will be teaching the course Mass Annihilation in the 20th Century (HIST W4364). This seminar will explore the ‘dark side of Europe’: the succession of genocidal episodes perpetrated during the long twentieth century by Europeans against others and against one another. More information about the course can be found on Columbia’s Directory of Classes.

EI Director Adam Tooze answers 5 Questions for Columbia News
2/25/16
European Institute Director and Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Professor of History Adam Tooze shares with Columbia’s The Record 5 answers about the most pressing economic and political issues facing Europe.

To read the entire article, please click here.

Columbia Students Currently Researching at the Eisenhower Archives as part of European Institute Fellowship
1/14/16
Students granted a fellowship from the European Institute are currently researching in the RFE archives at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, KS. This field trip is part of the project on the history of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty led by Professor Victoria Phillips. The group will also visit the Open Society Archives in Budapest in the Spring and the Hoover Institution Archives in the Summer.

To view photos posted to our Facebook page, please click here.

EI Now Accepting Applications for the M.A. in Modern European Studies
1/8/16
Columbia’s M.A. program in Modern European Studies is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. Housed within the European Institute, this program offers unique opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of European history, politics, and society while also developing their research, writing, and presentation skills.

Students design their own rigorous, interdisciplinary programs of study. They can choose courses related to modern European topics in Arts and Sciences, the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and the Law School. The degree is designed for students going on to graduate and professional schools and to careers in business, government, law, and the nonprofit sector. The program can be completed in 12 months but part-time study is also possible.

For more information, please visit europe.columbia.edu/study

Watch Adam Tooze, Director of the European Institute, speak at “Les Rendez-vous de l’Histoire” in Blois
11/19/2015
EI Director and Professor of History Adam Tooze speaks at “Les Rendez-vous de l’Histoire” in Blois (video in French).

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Watch Adam Tooze, Director of the European Institute, present his new book “The Deluge.”
11/19/2015
EI Director and Professor of History Adam Tooze presents his new book “The Deluge.”

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EI Director Adam Tooze Reviews The Age of Catastrophe: A History of the West 1914-45 in the London Review of Books
11/10/2015
EI Director and Professor of History Adam Tooze reviews The Age of Catastrophe: A History of the West 1914-45 by Heinrich August Winkler, translated by Stewart Spencer, in next week’s London Review of Books.

Click here for the review.

Professor Susan Pedersen Awarded Prestigious International History Prize
11/5/2015
Historian and European Institute Affiliated Faculty Member Susan Pedersen received the 2015 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature for The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire. The prize is the world’s most lucrative international award for a nonfiction book that has a “profound literary, social and academic impact.”

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Professor Martha Howell Elected to Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium
10/30/2015
History Professor and European Institute Affiliated Faculty Member Martha Howell was elected foreign member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (RFABSA).

Council for European Studies Announces Undergraduate Paper Prize
10/23/2015
The European Studies Undergraduate Paper Prize is designed to encourage interest in the field of European Studies by rewarding talented undergraduates who have conducted original research in the field. Thus, the European Studies Undergraduate Paper Prize is given for the best advanced research paper written in English on any subject in European Studies as part of an undergraduate university degree program.

Two prizes will be awarded in 2016, one for a paper in the Humanities and one for a paper in the Social Sciences. A multi-disciplinary selection committee appointed by the Council’s Executive Committee will choose the winners. Each prize winner will receive a check for $500, along with public recognition in the European Studies Newsletter and on the Council’s social media sites. In addition, those prize winners who are interested in attending the CES conference may request one conference registration waiver for any conference in the three years following their award.

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EI Director Adam Tooze Discusses Book on New York Military Affairs Podcast
10/13/2015
European Institute director and Professor of History Adam Tooze discussed his book, The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi War Economy  on the New York Military Affairs podcast last month.

EI Professor David Stark Publishes Op-Ed “We The People Of Europe”
8/18/2015
David Stark, Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs and a member of the European Institute’s Faculty Committee, has published an syndicated op-ed titled “We The People Of Europe.” Co-authored with Laszlo Bruszt, Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, the theme of the piece centers around lessons for the European Union from the United States in the 1780s.

EI Welcomes Queen Wilhelmina Visiting Professor, Abram De Swaan
7/24/2015
The European Institute is excited to welcome Professor Abram De Swaan, who will be the Queen Wilhelmina Visiting Professor of Dutch Studies in the Department of History. Professor De Swaan is Emeritus Distinguished Research professor (University Professor) for Social Science at the University of Amsterdam and held the chair of sociology from 1973 until 2001. He was co-founder and dean of the Amsterdam School for Social Research (1987-1997) and afterwards its chairman until 2010. He will be teaching the course Mass Annihilation in the 20th Century (HIST W4364). More information about the course can be found on Columbia’s Directory of Classes.

Four EI Affiliated Faculty Release New Books
7/8/2015
Andreas Huyssen, Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature, published Miniature Metropolis: Literature in an Age of Photography and Film (Harvard University Press); Isabela Mares, Professor of Political Science, published From Open Secrets to Secret Ballots: Democratic Electoral Reforms and Voter Autonomy (Cambridge University Press); Reinhold Martin, Associate Professor of Architecture, published Mediators: Aesthetics, Politics, and the City (University of Minnesota Press); and Susan Pedersen, James P. Shenton Professor of the Core Curriculum, published The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (Oxford University Press). Congratulations to our affiliated faculty with new publications!

Adam Tooze is Incoming Director of the European Institute
5/27/2015
We are pleased to announce that Adam Tooze, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History, will become the Director of the European Institute on July 1, 2015. Professor Tooze will be joining Columbia this summer, coming from Yale University, and teaching modern German history, twentieth century economic history, social theory and the philosophy of history. View the full announcement here.

EI Announces Winners of Summer Fellowships for Undergraduate Students
5/19/2015
As part of its Initiative on Cultural Power in International Relations, a program aimed at encouraging the study of cultural cooperation, public diplomacy, and communications, the European Institute has awarded 14 summer fellowships to undergraduate students for research, language study, or internships in Europe. More information about the grant winners can be found on the undergraduate student funding page.

EI Announces Summer Fellowships for Undergraduate Students
3/12/2015
As part of its Initiative on Cultural Power in International Relations (a program aimed at encouraging the study of cultural cooperation, public diplomacy, and communications), the European Institute announces summer fellowships of up to $3,000 for research, language study, or internships in Europe. Application information can be found on our undergraduate student funding page.

EI Congratulates February 2015 Graduates of the Modern European Studies MA
2/11/2015
The EI congratulates the three graduates of the Modern European Studies MA program who completed their degrees in February 2015. Information on their MA theses can be found on our thesis page.

Faculty Affiliate Tarik Amar Publishes Article in Time
2/11/2015
Professor Tarik Amar (History) has published an article titled, “Another Conflict in Ukraine: Differing Versions of History” in Time. To view the article, click here.

European Institute Faculty Affiliates Win Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award
2/11/2015
Two European Institute-affiliated faculty members were awarded this year’s Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award. The award was created in 2005 by Columbia Trustee Emeritus, Gerry Lenfest, (LAW’58, HON’09), to honor exceptional faculty in the Arts and Sciences. The awards are given annually to recognize unusual merit across a range of activities including scholarship, University citizenship, and professional involvement, with primary emphasis on teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. The European Institute congratulates Professor Stathis Gourgouris (Classics) and Professor Dorothea von Mücke (Germanic Languages)!

General Deadline to Apply for the Modern European Studies MA Program is March 16, 2015
2/4/2015
For more information about the program, see the Modern European Studies MA page on our website.

EI Wins President’s Global Innovation Fund Grant
6/25/2014
The EI has secured a grant from the President’s Global Innovation Fund. The project, “De-Provincializing Soft Power: A Global-Historical Approach,” will be led by EI Director and Moore Collegiate Professor of History, Victoria de Grazia. The proposal was one of 13 to be awarded by the Office of the President, out of 53 total applications from across the university. The award announcement can be found here.

EI Congratulates New MAs in Modern European Studies
5/20/14
The EI congratulates the fourteen graduates of the Modern European Studies MA program who completed their degrees in 2013-14. Information on their MA theses can be found on our thesis page.

Faculty Affiliate Peter Bearman Named Member of the National Academy of Sciences
5/2/2014
EI faculty affiliate and faculty committee member Peter Bearman, Jonathan R. Cole Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Sociology, has been named a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Election to NAS, in recognition of “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research,” is considered one of the highest honors a scientist or engineer can receive.

Faculty Affiliate Deborah Coen Awarded Fellowships from Guggenheim Foundation, ACLS, and Cullman Center
4/23/2014
EI faculty affiliate Deborah Coen, Associate Professor of History at Barnard College, has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Prof. Coen’s research centers on the history of the physical and earth sciences and the cultural history of central Europe.

EI Intern Samuel Walker Named 2014 Columbia College Salutatorian
4/22/2014
EI intern Samuel Walker has been named the Columbia College Salutatorian for the 2013-14 graduating class. Sam is a Comparative Literature and Society major who specializes in French and German literature. During the spring 2014 semester, he organized a film series with Julie Slotnick (CC ’14) on European and national identities.

2014 EI Master’s Travel Grants Awarded
4/15/2014
Six Columbia University Master’s students have been awarded EI travel grants for unpaid internships or thesis research in Europe during summer 2014.

The 2014 European Institute Lecture Features David Miliband, President of the International Rescue Committee
3/5/2014
Join EI on April 7, 2014 for the 2014 European Institute Lecture with David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. From 2007 to 2010, Miliband served as the youngest U.K. Foreign Secretary in three decades, driving advancements in human rights and representing the United Kingdom throughout the world.

EI Announces MA Research and Internship Grants
1/28/14
The EI announces travel grants for Columbia Master’s students pursuing research or unpaid internships in Europe in summer 2014. Students in any terminal master’s-level program may apply. Applications are due March 10, 2014.

Faculty Affiliate Susan Pedersen to Give Ford Lectures at University of Oxford
1/9/2014
EI faculty affiliate Susan Pedersen, James P. Shenton Professor of the Core Curriculum, has been selected to give the Ford Lectures in British History at the University of Oxford. The series of six lectures is titled “Internationalism and Empire: British Dilemmas, 1919-1939.”

EI Announces Grants for Collaborative Research and Course Development
10/28/13
The EI announces faculty grants for collaborative research projects and developing new courses on Europe. Deadlines for applications are Jan. 27 (collaborative research) and Jan. 15 (course development).

Faculty Affiliate David Stark to Receive Honorary Doctorate
10/28/13
EI faculty affiliate David Stark, Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, has been selected to receive an honorary doctorate from the École normale superieure-Cachan. It will be bestowed at a ceremony in Cachan on Nov. 22.

Faculty Affiliate Vangelis Calotychos Wins Edmund Keeley Book Prize
10/23/13
EI faculty affiliate Vangelis Calotychos, Professor of Modern Greek Literature & Culture, has been awarded the 2012-2013 Edmund Keeley Book Prize for his publication, The Balkan Prospect: Identity, Culture, and Politics in Greece after 1989 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). More information can be found here.

Faculty Affiliate Matthew Connelly Testifies Before Congress
9/10/13
EI faculty affiliate Matthew Connelly, Professor of History, has testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs on the spread of sex-selective abortion worldwide. You can read his written statement here.

Faculty Affiliate Sheri Berman Publishes NYT Op-Ed
8/10/13
Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science at Barnard and a member of the EI faculty steering committee, has published an op-ed in the New York Times on the lessons of the 1848 European revolutions for the current uprising in Egypt.

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