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Founded in 1998 with the assistance of the European Commission, the European Union Center of California serves to advance public understanding of European integration and transatlantic relations through education, research, and outreach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12th Claremont-UC Undergraduate Conference on the European Union

 

Thursday and Friday, April 10-11, 2014, Humanities Building, Scripps College

The European Union Center of California announces it 12th annual Claremont-University of California Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union. This is the oldest and largest academic conference in the United States dedicated to undergraduate research on European Union topics.

The primary purpose of this conference is to enhance undergraduate training in and knowledge of the European Union and US-European relations. In addition, the aim of the conference is to allow students with expertise in different areas to interact with each other as well as with faculty, foster intercampus cooperation, and recognize the excellent work achieved by students. Envisioned as an intercampus undergraduate seminar, the participating campuses simultaneously offer courses on the  issues relevant in Europe today, integrating the conference with the student’s curriculum to encourage student initiated research and presentations.

Having completed individual projects, students from each participating institution and their faculty mentors gather for an interactive conference focusing on European issues and student research. Students will present and discuss their research in a panel format, each panel being composed of three to five students. Each presentation  will be followed by questions and a discussion moderated by a faculty member. The public is welcome to attend these conference sessions. Please see the next two pages for panel sessions, times and locations.

This conference is hosted by the European Union Center of California, Scripps College. Special thanks go out to our co-sponsors: The Institute of European Studies at the University of California at Berkeley; European Union Center of Excellence at UC Berkeley; Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at UC Berkeley; BYU Center for the Study of Europe, the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at BYU, European Union Center of Excellence of Seattle at the University of Washington, and Colorado European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Colorado.

PANEL SESSIONS

Session 1 · Thursday · 7:30 – 9:00 PM

Panel 1 · Crisis in Ukraine

Location: Humanities 204

Discussant: Jennifer Taw  (Claremont McKenna College)

The New Ukraine: An EU or Eurasian Union Institution?, Raphael Alterman, Pitzer College


Unrest in Ukraine, Dylan Arya, Pitzer College


Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Usage of Natural Gas and Transit Pipelines as Economic Leverage over the Ukraine, Lillian Waters, University of Colorado at Boulder


Ukraine and the European Union: An Analysis of Euromaidan, Andrew Zahurancec, Mercyhurst University

Panel 2 ·  Economic Interdependence

Location: Humanities 203

Discussant: Patricia Dillon (Scripps College)

European Integration and Anti-Money Laundering Cooperation, Allison Blauvelt, American University

The Effects of Foreign Direct Investment and Income Inequality in the European Union, Thomas Flaherty, UCLA

Delayed Development or Expedited Expansion? The Mutual Benefit of German and Austrian Foreign Direct Investment in the CEE Member States During their Accession to the Schengen Area, Romy Franks, Brigham Young University

Germany and the EU: Fixing the Economy? Or Becoming a Hegemon?, Jacob Dorfman, Pitzer College

Panel 3 ·  EU-US Transatlantic Relationship

Location: Humanities 120

Discussant: Wade Jacoby (Brigham Young University)

Investigating the Origins of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Kassandra Taira, UC Riverside

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact Advisory Board and Civil Society Dialogues: New Policy Levers for Interest Groups or Empty Gestures?, Nathaniel Arrington, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

GMO Regulation and Labeling in the US and the EU: Analyzing a divergence in policy, Caroline Dittmann, UC Berkeley

Ecological Modernization and Sustainable Development: A Transatlantic Analysis of Environmental Policy at the Federal Level, Jane Culkin, University of Colorado at Boulder

An Economic Analysis of Entrepreneurship in Europe, Anthea Weixel, Claremont McKenna College

 

Session 2 · Friday · 8:45 – 10:30 AM

 

Panel 4 ·  Security & Intervention

Location: Humanities 202

Discussant: Cameron Munter (Pomona College)

‘Why is France in Mali?’ And Other Constructivist Love Stories, Kailas Menon, Claremont McKenna College

The Emerging Cyber Challenges to Europe, Cody Stueve, United States Naval Academy

Path to a Global Strategy: How the European Union will Secure its Influence in the Middle East, Sophie Hubbell, Yasamine Firoozi, University of Washington

Perceptions and Strategic Concerns of Gender in Terrorism, Eliana Rudee, Scripps College

 

Panel 5 ·  Political Parties & Ideologies

Location: Humanities 120

Discussant: Christine Arnold (Maastricht University)

Political Ideologies and Ideologies of Europeans, Chance Kawar, Pitzer College

Why Didn’t Anarchism Take Root in Transylvania, Richard Bruner, Brigham Young University

“Independence in Europe” after the Europe of the Regions: Policy Inertia in Minority Nationalist Parties, Judith Sijstermans, UC Berkeley

Drifting Right: Status of Far-Right Movements in Europe and their Implications for Democracy, Ethan Redrup, Mercyhurst University

 

Panel 6 ·  Energy & Climate Change

Location: Humanities 103

Discussant:  Tom Ilgen (Pitzer College)

Emissions Trading System: International Political Environment of Failure, Megan Tokunaga, Pomona College

Extreme Temperatures in the City of Light, Natan Reddy, UC Berkeley

Leveling the Playing Field in the EU’s Photovoltaic Market, Caleb Samson, Pitzer College

The Politics and Future of Cap-and-Trade: Lessons from the European Union, Alice Chang, Claremont McKenna College

 

Session 3 ·  Friday · 10:45 AM – 12:30 PM

 

Panel 7 · Governance & Institutions

Location: Humanities 120

Discussant: Sarah Lambert (EU Fellow, European Union Canter of Excellence, University of

Colorado-Boulder)

Going Mobile: Political Careers and Institutional Power in the European Commission, Zachary Arace, Case Western Reserve University

Political Restructuring of the European Union, Melanie Bello, Claremont McKenna College

European Union Response to Governmental Reversion in Member States, Drew Lewis, Oakland University

What Lisbon means for the future of Policy-Making in the EU, Bijan Mehryar, UC San Diego

What factors can explain the entrepreneurship of the Delors’ commission compared to later commission led by Thorn?, Aizhan Kakenova, Nazarbayev University

 

Panel 8 · Welfare State & Aid Flows

Location: Humanities 105

Discussant: Irene Sacristan-Sanchez (EU Commission on Behalf of the EU Center of Excellence, University of Washington)

Religiosity and Individual Support for Welfare Spending, John Adams, University of Colorado at Boulder

Structural Funding in East Germany: A Case Study, Caitlin Carnes, UC Berkeley

Aid Flows in Times of Financial Crisis: A Special Look at the Scandinavian Countries, Elin Andersson, University of Texas at Arlington

The Italian Health Care System: An Economic and Structural Analysis, Margaret Pettibone, Pitzer College

 

Panel 9 · Human Rights & Transitional Justice

Location: Humanities 104

Discussant: Heidi Haddad (Pomona College)

An Increasingly Difficult European Entry for Syrian Refugees, Malek Debbas, Pitzer College

Colonial Guilt? An Analysis of Belgium’s Relationship to the Congolese Refugee Crisis, Anahita Vasudevan, Ailen Vega, UC Berkeley

The Institutional Limits of the European Union in Humanitarian Intervention: The Case of Darfur, Dana Parke, Oakland University

Reconciliation and the Rule of Law: The Changing Role of International Criminal Tribunals in the Peacebuilding Process, Oriana LaVilla, Scripps College

 

Panel 10 · European Identity

Location: Humanities 202

Discussant: Branislav Radeljic (University of East London)

Failure to Communicate: The Complications of a Multi-lingual European Union, Nancy Williams, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Enlargement of the European Union and European Identity: Post-National or Post-Material?, Bagnur Karbozova, Nazarbayev University

Feuds Of A Thousand Years: Explaining Europe Via The World System, Hans Hubbard, UC San Diego

Pride Came after the Fall: Levels of Nationalism in East and West Germany after Reunification, Bryonna Bowen, Audrey Thompson, Brigham Young University

 

Session 4 ·  Friday ·  2:15 – 4:00 PM

 

Panel 11 · Debt Crisis & the Future of the EU Economy

Location: Humanities 204

Discussant: Cristina Waggonner (Pitzer College)

No Light in the Tunnel: Spain’s Economic Inaction, Taylor Shippen, Brigham Young University

Lithuania and Eurozone Integration at a Critical Economic Time, Jessica Klascius, University of Southern California

The Ninety Percent Rule, Michael Williamson, Christopher Newport University

Behavioral Components of the European Debt Crisis, Megan Lindgren, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Political Hindrances in Solving the European Sovereign Debt Crisis, Chandler Fairbanks, Christopher Newport University

 

Panel 12 ·  Separatist Movements & Euroscepticism

Location: Humanities 105

Discussant: Elizabeth Crighton (Pomona College)

Amical Divorces: How the European Union has created an outlet for formerly violent European separatist movements to redefine independence, David Eichert, Brigham Young University

Full Devotion: The Gateway to Scotland’s International Future, Cate Partain, University of Southern California

The Economic Impact of the EU on the Subnational Separatist Sentiment, Anjelka Pantovic, University of Colorado at Boulder

More than Angry White Men: What Statistical Analysis Can Tell Us About Euroscepticism, Dustin Ellis, Lewis-Clark State College

‘Their’ Brussels, ‘Our’ Netherlands: A Rise in Euroscepticism in the Netherlands? A Comparative Study of the Party for Freedom and the Socialist Party Election Campaigns from 2006-2012, Sofie Oosterhuis, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University College Roosevelt

 

Panel 13 ·  Immigration

Location: Humanities 203

Discussant: Michael Reinprecht (EU Fellow, University of Southern California)

Assimilation or Acculturation? The Experiences of Muslim Immigrants in Germany and What it Means for Turkish Ascension, Auzzie Sheard IV, Pomona College

Constructing Fortress Europe: Third-Country Nationals as Unwelcome Guests, Robertus Anders, American University

Islam and the EU: Immigration, Secularism, and Prejudice, Chloe Zagrodsky, Claremont McKenna College

European Supranationalization: An Immigrant’s Nightmare or ‘Business as Usual?, Paige Issacson, University of San Francisco

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“A Place to Stand”

A Film by Anna Ferens

Screening, Q&A

 April 11, 2014, 4:15-6:00 PM, Humanities Auditorium

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This documentary by noted Polish filmmaker, Anna Ferens, examines the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe and the role of the European Parliament in the process of political transformation of Europe during the years 1980-1990. This film also celebrates the tenth anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Union in 2004.

 

Based on unpublished archival materials and interviews with members of the European Parliament, the film also features extensive interviews with a number of democracy activists throughout the Eastern Block. Ms. Ferens’s film also highlights over fifty resolutions passed by the European Parliament during the seminal decade that began with the rise of the Solidarity movement in Poland in 1980.

Recently screened in Brussels for the leaders of the European Parliament, the film was introduced by Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament from 2007-2009 and current Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation as well as member of the Reconciliation of European Histories Group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This documentary by noted Polish filmmaker, Anna Ferens, examines the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe and the role of the European Parliament in the process of political transformation of Europe during the years 1980-1990. This film also celebrates the tenth anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Union in 2004.

 

Based on unpublished archival materials and interviews with members of the European Parliament, the film also features extensive interviews with a number of democracy activists throughout the Eastern Block. Ms. Ferens’s film also highlights over fifty resolutions passed by the European Parliament during the seminal decade that began with the rise of the Solidarity movement in Poland in 1980.

 

Recently screened in Brussels for the leaders of the European Parliament, the film was introduced by Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament from 2007-2009 and current Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation as well as member of the Reconciliation of European Histories Group.

 

 

 

 

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