20 April 2016   2:30 - 4:00 pm
The Political Economy
of Higher Education Tuition Fees and Subsidies
Julian Garritzmann
Ctr. for European Studies
102 Nichol Ave., DC


The Poetry of Exile
Serhiy Zhadan

Thursday, 14 April 2016, 2:10 - 4:10 pm
Bildner Center for Jewish Studies
Rm. 107 12 College Avenue
College Avenue Campus

Serhiy ZhadanCities in eastern Europe, like most European cities, are often older than the political units to which they ostensibly belong: Unlike those in western Europe, the cities in the borderlands between Russia, Poland, Ukraine, and the Balkans continue to be pucks in the moving political machinations of the region’s governing states. Along with their populations, these cities have shared the experience of exile, displacement, and re-invention. Serhiy Zhadan, Ukrainian poet and novelist, will read his poems in their original language and English translation, and discuss them with students and the public.

SERHIY ZHADAN, born in Luhansk Region, today the scene of the crisis in Ukraine, now lives in Kharkiv. He is the most popular writer of the post-independence generation in Ukraine.


A Tale of Two Uprising - Student experiences in Poland

Center Director Nancy Sinkoff is leading a "Global Field Experience" in Poland from May 12 - May 21.  Students are contributing blog posts and photographs every day at https://ataleoftwouprisings.wordpress.com/

You are invited to join the Center for European Studies for

David Ohannessian
and the Armenian Ceramics of Jerusalem

Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Lower Dodge Gallery, Zimmerli Art Museum
College Avenue Campus

In the early twentieth century, David Ohannessian (1884-1953) revived the sixteenth-century techniques of Ottoman painted tiles, and restored and created monumental works throughout the Middle East and in Europe. In 1916, during the Armenian Genocide, Ohannessian was arrested, sentenced to death, and deported into the Syrian desert of Deir Zor. He and his young family nearly succumbed to typhus and starvation, but emerged from the desert and entered into the community of refugees in Aleppo. In late 1918, British diplomat Mark Sykes encountered Ohannessian there and connected the artist with the new Military Governor of Jerusalem, Ronald Storrs, who was seeking a ceramist to restore the tiling of the Dome of the Rock. In early 1919, Ohannessian traveled to Palestine, where he re-established his art, adapting it to the local materials. His work left a permanent aesthetic imprint on the city of Jerusalem.

Sato Moughalian (http://www.perspectivesensemble.com/index.php), a professional flutist and David Ohannessian’s granddaughter, will present a talk drawn from her biography-in-progress of the artist. It will trace the migration of this art from the historic ceramics center of Kutahya in the waning years of the Ottoman Empire to its new and now enduring home in Jerusalem. Sarolta Takács, Professor of History and Director, Modern Greek Studies Program, Rutgers-NB and Tuna Artun, Assistant Professor of History, Rutgers-NB, will respond.

Co-sponsors:  The Armenian Studies Program, The Department of Art History, The Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, The Center for Middle East Studies

Image of fountain at St. Andrews Church, Jerusalem


Join the Ukrainian Students Club for a screening and discussion of "Freedom or Death," a documentary about the conflict in Ukraine that began in 2013 and continues today.

2 December 2015 - The Cultural Origins of Youth Unemployment in Europe

Radha Jagannathan (Professor of Statistics, Urban Planning and Policy Development, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy) and Michael J. Camasso (Professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences) presented an overview of their comparative research project on youth unemployment in several different European states.  Their research is part of CUPESSE, "Cultural Pathways to Economic Self-Sufficiency and Entrepreneurship," a very large EU-funded consortium working on the issue.  

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Cultural Origins of Youth Unemployment
in Europe

Radha Jagannathan
Rutgers - Bloustein School
Michael J. Camasso
Rutgers - SEBS

Center for European Studies
102 Nichol Avenue, Douglass Campus

Program announcement


Please join the Center for European Studies for 
"The Cold War at Camp Kilmer:  Hungarian '56ers, Cubans,
and US Refugee Policy in New Jersey"

Wednesday, March 2, 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Scholarly Communication Room, Alexander Library, College Avenue Campus
169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ  08901

Join the Center for European Studies for this day-long event commemorating the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, the same year as Rutgers’ transformation into a state university, as well as the university’s 250th year. The European Studies event will compare the experience of the Hungarians who passed through Camp Kilmer with that of other Cold War refugee communities, particularly that of Cubans, as Tracy Voorhees, Rutgers graduate and member of the Board of Governors, headed relief efforts for both groups.

The former United States Army camp was located in Piscataway and Edison adjacent to Rutgers current-day Livingston Campus. During the Cold War after the failed 1956 Hungarian Revolution, some 30,000 refugees were resettled at Camp Kilmer. Many settled afterwards in New Brunswick.

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Postcard of Camp Kilmer

20 October - 11 November 2015 - Embassy of Germany Campus Week

Each year the German Embassy supports student-led activities at various American campuses that advance the understanding of Germany and its partnership with the US.  This years activities included a formal debate between the Rutgers Association of International Relations (the winning team) and the Rutgers Debate Union; 3 student discussions nights at the Departments of History and German, and an academic roundtable on "The Contested Unity of Modern Germany."  Click on the logo for more information.

30 October 2015 - Teach Europe 2016

The Center's annual continuing education program for local teachers, Teach Europe, was held on October 30, 2015.  42 teachers attended the event. It consists of an opening talk highlighting a particular Rutgers resource available to New Jersey teachers; two concurrent workshops, one centered on literature/language and one on the social sciences; and a concluding lunchtime talk and discussion on the current state of Europe and the European Union.

16 October 2015 - Africa, Europe, and the Mediterranean Migration Crisis

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On October 16, 2015, the SAS Department of Italian and Centers for African and European Studies organized a one day multidisciplinary and multimedia symposium with the support of the Rutgers GAIA Centers, the School of Arts and Sciences, and every unit involved in modern African, European, and Middle Eastern Studies.  The symposium addressed the ongoing enormous migration crisis bringing refugees across European borders.  The symposium included both academic and artistic explorations of the crisis from a variety of perspectives.

The full symposium website, including the program and speaker links,  may be found at:

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