European Studies 25th Anniversary

Europe’s Futures

A Celebration of 25 Years of European Studies at UW

In 2019, the Center for West European Studies (CWES) and the Jean Monnet EU Center hosted a Silver Anniversary Event Series to celebrate 25 years of the European Studies Program at UW, including a keynote speech by founding CWES Director John Keeler. (See below.)

In partnership with the Seattle Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany, the Center for West European Studies and the Jean Monnet EU Center hosted a talk with Matthew Karnitschnig, Chief Europe Correspondent at Politico, on October 1. Mr. Karnitschnig spoke on “German and European Politics in Times of Disruption.” On November 8, a look back on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall took place at UW called “Wunderbar Together: Zeitzeugen Panel & Discussion”. We were delighted to also welcome Finnish diplomat fmr. Ambassador Jan Store to the University of Washington in partnership with the Department of Scandinavian Studies on November 20. Ambassador Store’s talk, titled “A New Beginning for Europe? The European Union in a Time of Turbulence and Uncertainties,” highlighted future challenges and opportunities for the EU. We also organized “Destination Europe,” an event to promote research and post-doc opportunities in Europe, with the European Union Delegation to the United States on February 13 immediately before the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference, which took place in Seattle.

These and all Center for West European Studies and Jean Monnet EU Center events are made possible in part by a generous grant from the European Union’s Erasmus+ Program,

The Drama of European Integration, the Threat of Disintegration, and the Challenges of Center Management

Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of European Studies at the UW

Keynote Speaker John Keeler, Dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

November 1, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in HUB 145

Reception to follow.

For much of this past decade, the European Union has been in ‘crisis’: from the financial crisis of 2008 to the ongoing migration crisis and the current Brexit drama, the EU has seemed more divided than ever before in its history. However, the EU has also proven to be more resilient than many critics expected.  The Brexit imbroglio, for example, has clearly quieted many of those in other member states who not long ago advocated leaving the Union. Professor John Keeler’s talk will address the drama of integration, the threat of disintegration, as well as the past and future of university-based institution building in the area of European Studies. While there is much to celebrate on the 25th anniversary of the Center for West European Studies and the European Studies Program, we need to acknowledge that the climate for developing European Studies is much more challenging than it was when we launched our programs in the early 1990s.

Thanks to our event sponsors! 

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, the Department of History, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Germanics, the Department of French and Italian Studies, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, the Department of Scandinavian Studies, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, and the Goethe Institut Pop Up Seattle – Wunderbar Together.