In This Issue: February 2014
EUCE Brussels Program
FLAS Fellowships Application Deadline
Austrian Studies Conference
Human Rights Speaker Series
TJOGEL Symposium
Turkish Ottomoan Lecture Series
EUCE Brussels Program
Application Deadline: March 21


The European Union Center of Excellence is pleased to offer grants to two Texas high school teachers and three UT Austin undergraduate students to travel to Brussels in the summer of 2014 through the EUCE Brussels Program. The trip is funded through the support of the European Commission and organized by the Network of European Union Centers in the U.S.


All Texas high school teachers are eligible. However, special consideration will be given to those who teach a course or courses that deal with some aspect of the European Union and to those who are involved in the Euro Challenge.


All UT undergraduate students may apply and may be from any discipline. Special consideration will be given to those in a program or major that study some aspect of the European Union.


Funding includes round-trip airfare to/from Brussels, hotel accommodations and some meals.

The 2014 trip will take place in June 2014 with specific dates to be announced later in the spring. (2013 dates were June 16-June 21, 2013.) The agenda is currently being organized but should be similar to previous years.


Applications and supporting materials are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 21, 2014.


For more information and a link to the application, please visit 

FLAS Applications: Deadline February 6

The applications for the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships from European Studies are open to all undergraduate and graduate students at UT.
Summer Fellowships are available for intensive study of a modern European language. The academic year Fellowships are for full-time study and must include a modern European foreign language and an area studies course that primarily focuses on a European topic.
For FAQs about the FLAS Fellowships, please visit the Funding Opportunities page of our website. 
Please view the individual webpages prior to events as times and locations may change.
Annual Conference of the Austrian Studies Association
1914: Preludes and Echoes/Auftakt und Widerhall
February 6-8, 2014 * UT Austin Campus

The 2014 Conference of the Austrian Studies Association will find its focus in the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, the "Great War."


The conference will offer an interdisciplinary view of the culture and society of the Great War in Austria-Hungary and Central Europe, what led up to it, and how it has continued to echo in history, film, art, memorials, textbooks, city planning, literature, memory. Sessions touch on many facets of Central European and Austrian culture in the Great War, including the immediate successor states of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, including not just the war, but its sources, and its later legacies.


For more information please visit the conference web site.


Comparing European & North American
Approaches to Human Rights
A Six-Part Speaker Series


The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas School of Law announces the start to its Spring 2014 colloquium on "Comparing European and North American Approaches to Human Rights." The six-part speaker series begins Monday, Feb. 3, with talks on counter-terrorism by law professors Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, from the University of Minnesota Law School and University of Ulster, and Aziz Rana, from Cornell Law School.

poster for Comparing European and North American Approaches to Human Rights


Each of the six events this spring will feature two speakers, one from Europe and one from North America. They will examine the way in which both regions engage with some of today's most pressing human rights issues.

Feb. 3: "Approaches to Counter-terrorism"

  • Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law, University of Minnesota Law School, and Professor of Law, University of Ulster's Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast
  • Aziz Rana, Associate Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School

Feb. 17: "Approaches to Race, Citizenship and Immigration"

  • Liz Fekete, Executive Director, Institute of Race Relations, London
  • Leti Volpp, Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law in Access to Justice, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

March 3: "Approaches to Religious Freedom and Secularism"

  • Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun, Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences, University Paris Diderot-Paris 7
  • Hilal Elver, Research Professor in Global Studies and Co-director of the Project on Climate Change, Human Security and Democracy, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Richard Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice, Emeritus, Princeton University, and Research Professor, Global and International Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Takes place in the UT Law Eidman Courtroom (CCJ 2.306)

March 24: "Approaches to Employment Discrimination"

  • Laura Carlson, Associate Professor of Law, Stockholm University School of Law
  • Samuel Bagenstos, Professor, University of Michigan School of Law

April 7: "Approaches to Universal Jurisdiction"

  • Juan Garcés, Spanish Attorney, Lead Counsel in criminal case against Augusto Pinochet in Spain
  • Michael Tigar, Emeritus Professor of the Practice of Law, Duke Law School, and Professor Emeritus of Law, Washington College of Law, American University

April 21: "Approaches to Labor Rights"

  • Mitchel Lasser, Jack G. Clarke Professor of Law and Director of Graduate Studies, Cornell Law School
  • Kerry Rittich, Professor, Faculty of Law and the Women's and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto

The colloquium is organized by the Rapoport Center with the support of the Center for European Studies and other co-sponsors, and is funded in part by a grant from the European Union. All talks are free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. Details can be found on the Rapoprt Center's website. Presentations take place at 3:45 p.m. in the law school's Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111) unless noted otherwise.


For more information contact, William Chandler, Rapoport Center, at 512-232-4857 or



9th Annual Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and
Energy Law Symposium
February 13-14, 2014 
Etter-Harbin Alumni Center* UT Austin
Registration: $75 Individual

A two-day symposium on current energy topics featuring presentations by prominent practitioners in the industry.


Featuring Dr. Christian Burgsmueller, Head of Transport, Energy & Environment Section for the EU Delegation.


For more information, please contact  

To register:


Turkish Ottoman Lecture Series
Climate, The Little Ice Age, and Ottoman History 
February 21, 2014 * 3:00 p.m. * MEZ B0.306

The Turkish Ottoman Lecture Series presents Sam White Ph.D.


Current global warming poses important but difficult questions for historians: How has climate changed, and what has is meant for previous societies?  Can we gain insights about climate change vulnerabilities, adaptation, and resilience from the past?  Fortunately, current climatology also offers new ways to reconstruct the weather and climate of previous centuries, offering a powerful tool for historians.  This talk will explore the state of the field and prospects for a climate history of the Ottoman Empire.  Starting with the author's work on drought, rebellion, and political crisis of the late 16th and 17th centuries, it will consider new historical research on the topic, as well as new findings from climatology and their possible implications for the history of the Ottoman Empire and beyond.


Sam White earned his M.A. in Middle East Studies and Modern History from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) in 2002 and his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 2008. He was asst. prof. of environmental history at Oberlin College for five years before joining the history department at OSU in 2013.  Prof. White has taught in many areas of environmental history including both global and American surveys as well as "big history" and topical courses on food, animals, and climate. His research focuses on past climate changes and extreme weather, combining scientific data and historical sources to better reconstruct these episodes and understand their influence on human history.  His first book, The Climate of Rebellion in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2011), explores the far-reaching effects of severe cold and drought in the Middle East during the "Little Ice Age" of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It won the Middle East Studies Association Albert Hourani award, the Turkish Studies Association Fuat Köprülü award, and the British-Kuwaiti Friendship Society prize for the best book in Middle East and Turkish studies. 


Please visit the Department of Middle Eastern Studies for more information.




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