Director’s Statement, Fall 2020

Over the past 8 months, three events have changed the world in which we live inexorably.  First, the COVID-19 pandemic swept across Europe and the United States, exposing weaknesses in our globalized economy, altering our way of life, shifting the political calculus of both the forces of democracy and the forces of authoritarianism, and furtherContinue reading “Director’s Statement, Fall 2020”

Welcome to a new year with the Institute for European Studies

Welcome back to a new school year with the Institute for European Studies at Indiana University! We have undergone several changes over the summer and are excited for you to get to know the new EURO. With our new director, Professor Timothy Hellwig of the Political Science department, we have many new events and opportunitiesContinue reading “Welcome to a new year with the Institute for European Studies”

EU Center Recognizes Student Papers on the EU

In order to encourage students to think about the European Union when writing their research papers for college classes, the European Union Center sponsored its first annual EU College Research Paper Competition.  University undergraduates from across Indiana and Ohio were invited to submit papers on EU’s role as an international actor or on the relationshipContinue reading “EU Center Recognizes Student Papers on the EU”

MLA Shows that West European LCTLs Differ in Size

Last week, the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) published Enrollments in Languages Other Than English in United States Institutions of Higher Education.  Despite its less than exciting name, the report actually offered an interesting glimpse into enrollments in foreign language classes at American two and four year colleges, compared to four years ago.  Overall,Continue reading “MLA Shows that West European LCTLs Differ in Size”

IU Shows More DEFA Films

Yesterday, the DEFA film project returned to IU, with the showing of Verriegelte Zeit (Locked-up Time).  Released after the fall of the German Democratic Republic, Locked-up Time is a documentary about filmmaker Sibylle Schoenemann’s arrest by the STASI, East Germany’s secret police, and her subsequent expulsion to West Germany in the 1980s.  In 1990, sheContinue reading “IU Shows More DEFA Films”

Summer Film Series continues

The second and third part of our “Women & Pedro Almodóvar ” event took place at the Public Library on Thursday and Monday evening. I was happy to have a large audience and get people’s reactions about Almodóvar’s work. All about My Mother — the second film of the series– has a wonderful story, whichContinue reading “Summer Film Series continues”

Summer Film Series off to great start

The first event from the “Women & Pedro Almodovar” series – the screening of Broken Embraces– was recently held at the Monroe County Public Library. The event is funded by the Western European Studies Center, and I had a lot of help in organizing it from Eric, Amanda and Brant.  To my surprise, I hadContinue reading “Summer Film Series off to great start”

April is a month of West European film at IU

This Wednesday, the IU Department of French and Italian will begin a film symposium on New Trends in Modern and Contemporary Italian Cinema.  The keynote speaker will be the director Giuseppe Piccioni, who will also talk about four of his films before their showings.  This conference is just one of the many West European filmContinue reading “April is a month of West European film at IU”

Honorary Vice Consul of Italy visits WEST

Last week, WEST MA students and staff had the opportunity to meet with Paola Marri Malacrida Santini, Honorary Vice Counsel of Italy, when she visited the IU campus. Signora Santini spoke about the numerous European business and artistic partnership opportunities for WEST available in Indianapolis, where she is based. As a student of Italy andContinue reading “Honorary Vice Consul of Italy visits WEST”

West European Career Night~ Big Success!

This was my third Career Night while working at WEST and it was by far the one I am most excited about! We had five panelists representing international business, higher education, and government service. Two panelists were recruiters for their field and offered many useful tips for interviewing and resume writing. Others boast 20+ yearContinue reading “West European Career Night~ Big Success!”