Upcoming Events

Cosponsored with Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations at Pomona College

Environmental & Climate Policy in the European Union

Dr. Jürgen Salay
Policy Officer, DG Climate Action, European Union Commission
2017-18 EU Fellow, University of Washington

Thursday, October 19, 12:15 pm
Oldenborg Dining Hall, South Side, Pomona College

Dr. Salay will provide background to EU environmental and climate policy as well as present current key issues. He will discuss challenges for the future, including international cooperation with countries outside the EU.

Jürgen Salay is an expert on European climate policy with close to 20 years of professional experience in preparing, negotiating and implementing climate legislation on national and European Union (EU) level. He has worked extensively in the field of international and EU climate policy, including on EU policies and measures, the European Emissions Trading Scheme and climate co-operation with Russia and Eastern Europe. From 1999 to 2009, Salay represented the EU in international climate negotiations. Salay works as a civil servant for the European Commission where he is monitoring the implementation EU Member States’ obligations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020. In 2016 he wrote a report evaluating the implementation of EU climate legislation in its Member States. Salay joined the European Commission in 2003 after four years as senior advisor with the Swedish National Energy Agency. Before becoming a civil servant he was a researcher and advisor on Eastern Europe affairs focusing on energy and environment. Salay holds a PhD in Environmental and Energy Systems Studies from Lund University, Sweden, a Master’s degree in Energy and Resources from University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Economic History and East European Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden. He speaks English, German, Russian and Swedish and has a working knowledge of Dutch, French, Hungarian and Polish.

Dining hall access does require a meal purchase: 5C students swipe in and 7C faculty/staff sign in; community members may attend at Oldenborg’s discretion and incur a charge.


Cosponsored by Study Abroad and Global Education (SAGE), Scripps College; Office of Study Abroad & International Programs, Pitzer College; Study Abroad Office, Pomona College

European Reflections:
Study Abroad Student Panel with Special Keynote Presentation by James Kirchick

Thursday, November 2, 5:00 pm
Buffet Dinner
Hampton Room, 2nd Floor, Malott Commons, Scripps College

Interested in events unfolding in Europe or thinking about studying abroad? Join the European Union Center for a program highlighting student experiences in Europe. James Kirchick will kick-off the dinner with a keynote presentation, followed by a panel of students returning from studying in Europe. Panelists will share their personal experiences, discuss what it was like to be in Europe during such an eventful time, and answer your questions.

James Kirchick will discuss his latest book, The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age. In this book, he shows us the shallow disingenuousness of the leaders who pushed for “Brexit;” examines how the vast migrant wave has emboldened right-wing political parties; explores the rising anti-Semitism that causes Jewish schools and synagogues in France and Germany to resemble armed bunkers; and describes how Russian imperial ambitions are destabilizing nations from Estonia to Ukraine. Kirchick is a visiting fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe and Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution.

Student Panel:

France & Belgium- Ashleigh Jones, Scripps College
Denmark – Jackie Chang, Pomona College
Greece – Madison Orozco, Pomona College
The Netherlands – Victoria Hernandez, Pitzer College
France – Celine Hylton-Dei, Pitzer College

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP requested to: eucenter@scrippscollege.edu.


Disarray in Europe

John Emerson
Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany
Vice Chairman, Capital Group International

Tuesday, November 7, 12:15pm
Vita Nova 100, Scripps College

 Ambassador Emerson will discuss the implications of the recent German federal elections, what Brexit means for Germany and the European Union,  and trans-Atlantic relations in the age of Presidents Trump and Putin.

John Emerson is a global relationship manager and vice chairman of Capital Group International, Inc. He has 16 years of industry experience, all with Capital Group. He was most recently the United States ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2015, John was awarded the State Department’s Susan M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service, which is given annually to one non-career ambassador. Prior to accepting the ambassador posting, John was president of Private Client Services for the Capital Group Companies. Before joining Capital, he was deputy assistant to President Clinton where he coordinated his economic conferences, served as the president’s liaison to the nation’s governors, and led the administration’s efforts to obtain congressional approval of the GATT Uruguay Round Agreement and the extension of China’s MFN trading status. Before that, John served as Los Angeles Chief Deputy City Attorney, and was a partner in the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg, and Phillips. Additionally, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on his Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. He holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from Hamilton College, a juris doctorate degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Hamilton College. John is based in Los Angeles.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please feel free to bring your own lunch. If you wish to purchase a lunch, the Malott Commons Dining Hall opens at 11:15 A.M. Doors open to Vita Nova at Noon.


The Ripley Series:
Film Screenings, Dinner & Wine

All showings: 6:00 pm, Humanities 203, Scripps College
Join us for dinner and viewing of three versions of Patrica Highsmith’s ‘Ripley’ novels.
Dinner and wine provided.

American Version – “The Talented Mr. Ripley”
post-screening discussion with Lori Anne Ferrell, Department of English CGU

Italo-French Version -“Plein Soleil (Purple Noon)”
post-screening discussion with Sabrina Ovan, Department of Italian and Italian Studies, Scripps College

German Version – “Der amerikanische Freund (The American Friend)”
post-screening discussion with Marc Katz, German Studies, Scripps College

  The Politics of Crisis in Europe

Dr. Mai’a K. Davis Cross
Edward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University
Senior Researcher, ARENA Centre for European Studies in Oslo, Norway

Book Talk and Raffle!

Thursday, November 16, 4:15 pm
Hampton Room, 2nd Floor Malott Commons, Scripps College


Dr. Cross will discuss her latest book, the Politics of Crisis in Europe which explores the resilience of the integration project in the face of ‘repeated shocks, by some perceived to threaten the EU’s very existence’. This densely argued book examines the effect on the EU of the 2003 Iraq crisis, the 2005 constitutional crisis and the 2010–12 eurozone crisis. Dr. Cross asks why the EU has not gone into reverse during a time of economic stagnation, policy failures and a ringing lack of popular endorsement. How can it be that European integration has continued to deepen against the odds?

Dr. Cross is an expert on European Union politics, especially foreign and security policy, epistemic communities, crises, diplomacy, and public diplomacy. She holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University, and a bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard University.


This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Past Events Fall 2017


(Ex) Change Within Europe
The EU Citizen Studying Abroad

Dr. Arianne M. Schulz
University of California, Riverside

Wednesday, September 27, 12:15 pm
Hampton Room, 2nd Floor, Malott Commons, Scripps College

In this presentation, Dr. Schulz will analyze the idea of cultural citizenship in the purview of the Erasmus+ Program and the reality of its manifestation in German culture and society. The focus is the EU-sponsored Erasmus+Program, created 30 years ago to develop and transfer a common sense of community and European cultural identity through study exchange throughout the EU. The longstanding goal of participation in the Erasmus+Program is that current and former Erasmus+ students will be catalysts and sustaining members of this shared European identity. But how do European university students, who each bring their own individual notions of nationalism and cultural citizenship, experience this program in Germany? This discussion will probe the larger questions of how are Erasmus+ students practicing citizenship in Germany and EU, and how does the German university foster transformative notions of cultural or political European citizenship?

Dr. Arianne Schulz’s research interests include cultural citizenship, higher education, globalization, and European identity. In her doctoral work she analyzed cultural citizenship and European identity in Germany, especially in the university and the European Union’s Erasmus+ Study Exchange Program. Funding awards for her research includes the German Academic Exchange Service, The California State University Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Fellowship, UCR Graduate Division, The Center for Ideas and Society, and UCR Department of Anthropology.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please feel free to bring your own lunch. If you wish to purchase a lunch, the Malott Commons Dining Hall opens at 11:15 A.M. Doors open to the Hampton Room at Noon.