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Want to learn about Europe? You’re in luck

Europe Week
From left to right, Katie Lindner, Joanneke Elliott, Sara Elliott, Maura Kitchens, and Beth Mueller, all event organizers of Europe Week at UNC. Photo by Grant Peet.

The Center for European Studies is hosting Europe Week at Carolina, a week dedicated to appreciating and celebrating European culture, from April 6 to 12. 

This is the fourth annual event, sponsored by the European Union delegation to the U.S. through a grant called "Getting to Know Europe."

The Center for European Studies is one of seven centers in the Global Education Center devoted to expanding interest, knowledge and understanding of Europe, said Katie Shanahan Lindner, executive director of the Center for European Studies. 

“The UNC community is very active in global issues and pursuing a global mindset and we, our center, is one piece of that puzzle,” Lindner said. “So we contribute to the community and allow students to come to find out more about Europe."

Doing so can inspire students to talk more about issues they are interested in, possibly leading to participation in a transatlantic study abroad program, Lindner said. 

This week, they are hosting a series of events centered around celebrating European culture, from film screenings to book readings, Lindner said. Each day has a different event with a specific focus and theme. 

To allow participants to best engage with the material, Europe Week is filled with unique events that deal with contemporary topics that are crucial to understanding Europe today, said senior Maura Kitchens, a contemporary European studies major. 

Events so far included a Brexit Panel and Ackland Museum visit and will culminate with a Closing Reception, open to the public on Friday at the FedEx Global Education Center. 

“The purpose of Europe Week is for us to reach all of our constituents," Lindner said. "So, students, community members, teachers, high school students, faculty, staff, local government and all sorts of society organization to foster the dialogue on Europe."

Event organizers hope to bring different students and faculty members together to continue talking about issues relevant in Europe. 

“Europe Week is great because it allows students from the entire student body to participate in these conversations, and probably learn a little bit more or gain a new perspective or a nuanced perspective to some of these things that are going on in the news,” Kitchens said. “You see a lot of on social media, but you don't necessarily know the nitty gritty details.” 

Students have voiced their excitement for the events as well. 

"As a world traveler, I feel that people being immersed in different cultures and being knowledgeable about them is essential in today's society,” junior Drew Fisher said. “If there's one thing I love about UNC, it's their focus on diversity. This event should be a hit."


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