27th annual European Studies Conference held at UNO this week


By Kacie Gerard

Starting Oct. 10 and continuing Oct. 11, the 27th annual European Studies Conference brings together individuals diverse in disciplines who are united in their interest in Europe.

The conference events are held in the Milo Bail Student Center. Anthony Jung, European Studies Conference coordinator, said the main topic of the conference is Europe today, in the past and in the future.

The conference began Thursday evening with a reception held jointly with the Third World Studies Conference. The informal reception was held in the W.H. Thompson Alumni House, located on the west side of the campus.

The reception began at 5:30 p.m. with a special guest speaker, the Turkish Ambassador to the U.S., Faruk Logoglu. Immediately following the reception there was a no-host dinner. Logoglu addressed the audience during the dinner.

Friday’s program consists of a full day of activities, ending with an ethnic dinner at the Bohemian Caf.

According to the conference’s Web site, the interdisciplinary panels, workshops and performances bring perspectives and insights that have all earned the conference a reputation for high academic quality.

Jung expects over 50 participants.

“Some are coming from abroad as far as Poland,” he says.

Jung likes having the conference on campus because he believes it makes it readily available not only to students but to other people in the community.

“This is our 27th year; it has become a tradition,” he said.

Jung encourages students, faculty and families to attend and enjoy the conference.

Those driving to the conference are urged to park in the south campus lot.

“It is very stimulating,” he said. “You can pick and choose whatever you want to hear.”

For more information, check out the conference Web site at www.unomaha.edu/esc.

European Studies Conference Events:

Friday, October 11

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration Crimson Room

9-10:15 a.m. Session One

Panel 1: Elections in Europe Omaha Room

Panel 2: Literature and Issues of Identity Council Room

Panel 3: Focus on History Jenkins Room

Panel 4: Issues of Philosophy State Room

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Session Two

Panel 5: Europe in 2002: Issues and Challenges Omaha Room

Panel 6: Beyond Nationalism? Council Room

Panel 7: Languages and Learning Jenkins Room

Panel 8: German Literature State Room

noon – 1:45 p.m. Conference Lunch Dodge Room

(Cost of conference lunch is included in presenter/chair registration fee.)

2 – 3:15 p.m. Session Three

Panel 9: Current Issues Concerning the European Union Omaha Room

Panel 10: Hitler, Nazism and Dictatorship Council Room

Panel 11: Economics and Finance Jenkins Room

Panel 12: Issues of French Literature and Culture State Room

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Session Four

Panel 13: European Responses to September 11 Omaha Room

Panel 14: Focus on Central Europe Council Room

Panel 15: Minorities and Affirmative Action Jenkins Room

Panel 16: Austria and Austrians State Room

7:30 p.m. Ethnic Dinner Bohemian Cafe

(Transportation will be provided.)