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Welcome to 2021-2022 letter from Director Sabine Lang

October 20, 2021



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October 5, 2021

Dear Euro Students, Fellow Faculty, and dear Friends of Europe,

I would like to welcome you to an exciting academic year 2021-2022, for European affairs and for our European Studies program at JSIS. We are off to a great start on Tuesday, October 5, with a panel on Germany after Merkel in which we assess the transition following the German elections into a ‘post-Merkel era’ and what that means for Germany and Europe. We will do this with Prof. Joyce Mushaben (Georgetown), Prof. Christiane Lemke (UNC Chapel Hill), and Acting Assistant Prof. Sarah Lohmann (UW), and are happy to have the Goethe Pop Up Seattle and the Department of German Studies as our partners for this event. Another crucial time for Europe will be in May, when France will hold a major election and we will keep you informed about this election as well.

Our parade of fall activities continues on October 29, when we will partner with Goethe Pop Up Seattle and the Elliott Bay Book Company to welcome historian Timothy Snyder and artist Nora Krug for a virtual discussion about the new graphic edition of Snyder’s book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century featuring illustrations by Krug. Paul Constant will moderate the talk. And on November 10, we will welcome Rebecca Donner for a reading from her book All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: the True Story of An American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler, again in partnership with Goethe Pop Up Seattle, the Elliott Bay Book Company, and also the Department of German Studies.

For undergraduate students at universities up and down the West Coast and across the Western U.S., we will organize another ‘Model EU’ in March 2022 here at UW. At this exciting simulation co-led by CWES and the EU-funded Jean Monnet Center, students representing EU Member States grapple with challenging issues in the format of a European Council summit, making deals and new friends as they negotiate and bargain.

The European Studies Program welcomes its new majors. If you have questions about the program or your course of study, please stop by Joni Mart’s office in the Jackson School’s Office of Academic Services or email us.

Last, but not least: As we enter the new academic year, I am hoping that many of you will come by our CWES office on the second floor of the Jackson School (THO 203 A) and say hi to CWES Managing Director Phil Lyon and Program & Outreach Coordinator Susanna Haley. Phil has lived in many parts of Europe, knows the continent through his Ph.D. work, and is looking forward to working with you on European affairs. Susanna is a recent graduate of European Studies at UW, and works on coordination and details for the events and projects happening at CWES.

As transatlantic relations are strained and Europe itself is facing major challenges, I’d like you to keep one thing in mind: Despite all setbacks, Europe and the EU are amazing experiments in peaceful conflict resolution as well as economic and political cooperation. We at CWES and the European Studies Program believe that learning about Europe is fun, fascinating, and good for all our futures.

Please be in touch if you have questions about the European Studies program or our Center activities.

All best and have a successful year!

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Sabine Lang

Director, Center for West European Studies/Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

Chair, European Studies Program