GC hosts 6th Annual Student Conference for Euorpean Studies Certificate

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GC hosts 6th Annual Student Conference for Euorpean Studies Certificate

The University System of Georgia (USG) 6th Annual European Studies Certificate Student Conference will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Georgia College in the old train depot, adjacent to the Centennial Center.

This year’s topic is “The European Union in a Time of Crisis.”

Fifteen students from Georgia College and Valdosta State University will present research on the European Union (EU) and Balkan nations; post-Brexit assessment of the EU; Finland and Ukranian Refugees; LGBTQ Rights and the EU; the U.S. Federalist Papers and the EU; and more.

GC History Professor William Risch will be the 12:30 p.m. luncheon speaker, covering “The End of Europe As We Know It? Russia, the EU, and the War in Ukraine.” In recent years, the EU has confronted one crisis after another including the Euro and sovereign debt; immigration; Brexit; the threat of authoritarianism in Hungary and Poland; the growing influence of China; the Polish border crisis; and successive waves of the Covid pandemic. Now, Europe is at war.

Risch is author of a book on Ukrainian nationalism, “The Ukrainian West:  Culture and the Fate of Empire in Soviet Lviv.” His second book on the Ukraine crisis, “One Step from Madness:  Power and Disillusionment in Ukraine's Euromaidan Revolution,” is almost complete.

A student participant of the 2019 conference said, “Getting involved and building connections with professors and fellow students has been the aspect of college that has stuck with me beyond graduation, and I’m incredibly grateful I could participate in the EU Studies conference.”

This conference is made possible with the support of the department of Government and Sociology at Georgia College, the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech and the department of Political Science at Valdosta State. The conference is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

For more information, please contact Dr. Hank Edmondson at hank.edmondson@gcsu.edu or Dr. Michael Baun at mbaun@valdosta.edu.

Updated: 2022-03-28
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