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Group Title: CES Gazette
Title: CES Gazette ; vol. 5 no. 3
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
    Academic programs reach new heights
        Page 2
        Page 3
    Jean Monnet Programs host four scholars
        Page 4
    Brussels to Gainesville: some impressions
        Page 5
        Page 6
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Academic Programs

Reach New Heights

This fall will mark our fifth anniversary. Here's an
update on the status of our academic programs.
We oversee several degree programs for undergraduate
students as well as a certificate program in Modern
European Studies for graduate students. The oldest of the
undergraduate offerings is the European Union Studies
Program (EUSP), which was formally established in
June 2001 as a certificate program. The minor degree
in European Union studies was introduced in 2004.
The EUSP is a fully interdisciplinary program with the
number and breadth of courses constantly growing.
The program's curriculum includes over 45 EU-related
courses. Spring 2008 was the most successful in terms
of the number of students graduating with the EUSP
degree: 8 students graduated with the EUSP minor and
6 students received our Certificate. To date, 26 students
graduated with the EUSP minor, another two have
already fulfilled all the requirements and will graduate in
the upcoming academic year.
The East-Central European Studies Program
(ECES) was established in Spring 2007 with the minor
and certificate introduced concurrently. Like the EUSP,
the ECES program is interdisciplinary and incorporates
51 area studies courses from 10 different departments.
Despite its nascence, the program has already graduated

8 students with the minor and 6
with the certificate. In addition, two
students are eligible to receive the
minor in the upcoming academic year.
Spring 2008 marked the
beginning of the newest addition to
the Interdisciplinary Studies program
in the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences. The Modern European
Studies concentration within the
interdisciplinary undergraduate Major
(IDS-MES) has been established to
provide students with the opportunity
to study the geographic region of
Europe from an interdisciplinary
perspective that incorporates area and
language studies. As the success of
both the EUSP and ECES programs
underscore, there is a high demand
for Europe-related courses. The
opportunity the IDS-MES provides
for students to fully concentrate their
studies in this area should insure
that this new major will emulate
the successes of our minors in terms

of high student enrollment and
the growing number of graduating
Graduate students at both the
master's and doctoral levels have the
opportunity to study a broad variety
of European topics and approaches
from a number of different disciplines
thanks to the Graduate Certificate in
Modern European Studies formally
established in Fall 2006. Nineteen
graduate students are currently
participating in the program.
In addition to the new and
continuing degree and certificate
programs, CES faculty and grant
recipients have been very prolific in
developing new courses and enhancing
existing ones to incorporate substantial
European content. Since the formal
creation of the CES in 2003, 101
new and 34 enhanced Europe-
related courses have enriched UF's

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Volume 5, Issue 3 Summer 2008
DIRECTOR Amie Kreppel
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The CES Gazette is published each semester to provide information to faculty, students,
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Coming Events

Exploring the "Other" Europe: European Identity in Transition
Here is our upcoming series of lectures at the Institute of Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Oak Hammock
retirement residence this fall. The talks are only open to members of the ILR. For information on joining,
contact smccrea@oakhammock.org.
October 7 The Ghost of a Timeless Legacy: October 28 Europe and the Cl
Greece and European Identity Multiculturalism
Dr. Tom Kostopoulos Dr. Esther Romeyn
Center for European Studies and Center for European Stui
Department of Classics

October 14 Return to Europe: Poland's Cultural
Debates and EU Membership
Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc
Center for European Studies

October 21 Migration and Turkish-German Cinema
Dr. Barbara Mennel
Germanic and Slavic Studies, Film and Media
Studies, and Department ofEnglish

November 18

November 25

Migration in Europe: The Silenced
Dr. Maria Stoilkova
Center for European Studies and
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The Crumbling of Christendom:
Understanding Europe's New
Religious Diversity
Dr. Andrea Sterk and Dr. Howard Louthan
Department ofHistory

December 2 Along with the other four Title VI funded centers on campus, we
are producing a teacher workshop to highlight holiday celebrations
in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and around the world.

Recent Events

In early April, CES with the Polish
Student Association and the Polish
Cultural Institute sponsored a series
of short documentary films that were
part of an innovative experiment in
international understanding called
Russia-Poland: New Gaze. Films were
introduced by Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc
and Russian faculty Galina Rylkova.
Following the films, mingling at the
reception was accompanied by Regina
Kozhina playing accordion.
The EU Club traveled to
Hawthorne School for their annual
International Day. Club members spoke
to classes about the culture and customs

of selected European countries. They
then enjoyed a lunch prepared for them
by the students.
For the CES Brown Bag series,
Matthew Loving presented his research
on "The Evolution of European
Information Resources: A theoretical
analysis and practical approach to
online resources in Europe."
Our Turkish Fulbright Can
Sakirgil passed out postcards
advertising CES Turkish classes. He
was joined by members of the Turkish
Student Association who had a table
display with a bright red banner set up
in Turlington Plaza.

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Jean Monnet Programs

Host Four Scholars

The CES brought four EU scholars and practitioners to UF in April.

Two of them, Patrick Crowley, an international economist and Professor of economics at Texas A&M University; and
Daniel Halberstam, director of the European Legal Studies Program at the University of Michigan Law School were
funded by the Jean Monnet Chair.

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE) funded Former Member of European Parliament Gordon Adam and Paul
Turner who serves as the UK Government Seconded National Expert to the European Commission, Directorate General
for External Relations-Afghanistan Unit. Our Center is the only designated JMCE in the US.

The four gave talks and lectured in classes. In addition, Gordon and Turner met with the EU Club and with UF faculty.

Gordon Adam (picuredonthecover) wrote us about his trip to Gainesville:

am now an honorary "Gator."
The word seemed to be all
over Gainesville. It was a puzzle
until it was explained to me that
it was a shortened form of the
word alligator, which inhabit
the swamps of Florida and are
even reputed to be found in the
large lake on campus. Gator is
the name given to the students
and in particular their highly
successful athletic teams. The
football stadium seats over
In addition to two formal
lectures, I took part in class
seminars on democratization and
economic policy. I also spoke at
an evening meeting of the EU
Club, which a group of keen
students had formed earlier in
the year. They bombarded me
with questions and some have
since followed up with email
messages. I cannot pretend that
I was able to answer all of these
questions in depth, but I was
left in no doubt of their deep

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interest in European affairs. The
frequency with which the issue
of Turkish membership was
raised took me rather by surprise.
Questions on the development
of democracy, the role of trade
unions, and party political
organization in the European
Parliament also stand out in my
Other departments had
picked up on my visit to the
campus, and I had a dozen or
so meetings with staff members
in the College of Engineering,
the Department of Political
Science, Florida Institute for
Sustainable Energy, the Public
Utility Research Center, and the
Industrial Assessment Center.
Many of these discussions
centered on energy issues. I
was surprised not only at the
interest in EU policies, but in
the contacts that many of the
staff had in the member states,
their universities, and with the

The university is active
over the whole range of energy
issues, and the US approach
to societal needs, with its
emphasis on energy efficiency
and environmentally sustainable
technologies, is similar to that of
the EU.
The university houses one
of the 26 energy management
centers in the US. This carries
out free energy audits for SMEs
(small and medium enterprise).
This is financed by the state
and has been operating for 17
years. A group of students will
spend a period in the summer
in Chile carrying out energy
audits and advising and training
in energy management. There is
also a project in the Caribbean
examining the link between
GDP and energy consumption.
University of Florida is
huge, with over 50,000 students,
and occupies a vast campus,
which dominates the town of
Gainesville. In student numbers

it ranks fourth in the USA. Even
in my few days I could not be
unaware of the excitement and
energy of the student population,
and of the depth of interest in
what is happening in Europe.
Bringing Europe to Florida is
part of the mandate of the CES,
and I hope that my visit helped
to raise the visibility of the
Center's work. Distance limits
the amount of personal contact,
but it should be possible for
members and former members,
to have some contact with
visiting groups. The creation of
a virtual centre for discussion of
common issues amongst students
and staff of the university with
members, former members,
and the Commission could be
a way forward, and a means
of supporting the work of the
Transatlantic Economic Council.
The Atlantic may be a time and
physical barrier, which the email
and the Internet can overcome.

Paul Turner wrote some of his impressions of Gainesville and UF when he arrived

back home in Brussels.

Brussels to Gainesville: Some Impressions

Firstly, physical surroundings
in the US and Europe are
so vastly different in many
aspects. Gainesville, a town of
some 150,000, people seemed
so much smaller than European
towns of half the size. There's
no big town square with a
cathedral in the middle as is so
familiar in European towns and
cities. A cliche, I know, but it
affects one's perceptions of the
environment you are in. And
yet, converse to this, the actual
size of the university campus
in Gainesville, the sheer scale
of the facilities and numbers of
students simply staggered me.
The university campus has a
football stadium bigger than any
professional football stadium

in England, Germany, Italy
or anywhere else you care to
mention. Forget Old Trafford in
Manchester, the new Wembley
stadium in London, or the
Olympic stadium in Munich....
So, one impression I was
left with is simply the differences
in perceptions of place in the US
and Europe. This did strike me
as I was privileged to spend a
week in the town and campus in
And what of the students?
Well, I have to say, my first
lecture was to a group from the
EU Club on a Monday evening
at 7:00 p.m. You would be very
hard pressed to get a group of
European students to stay on
after hours to have some bore

coming to talk to them on the
EU. How motivated you guys
were! A full house and some
good questions too.
My next few days, I was
similarly confronted with
well motivated and informed
students. Were you hand-
picked to impress me?! Seriously
though, it gave me a lot of hope
that some of the misconceptions
that some Americans and
Europeans have had of each
other-perhaps especially
in recent years with political
differences-will be eased in the
future. It is really encouraging
to see a cadre of US students
knowledgeable and motivated on
matters European. I hope some
of you will actually be able to
put this knowledge to good use
in future careers. Indeed, I was

left wondering how much the
average European student really
knows about the US. Yes, they
know what they want to know,
the cliches and stereotypes, the
Michael Moore films, etc. But
actually in terms of how the
US works, the constitution, the
system of government and so on,
I really believe there is a void of
knowledge in Europe when it
comes to the US.
I hope perhaps to come
back one day. Certainly my few
days on your sunny campus were
an enlightening experience and
one I won't forget. I am sure
I will see some of you again,
be this in Brussels or again in

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Fall 2008 commemorates the fifth anniversary of CES. Our celebratory plans include the release
of a cookbook! An open house in our new conference room may also include a cook-off!
We are inviting CES faculty, affiliated faculty, staff, students, and
other campus experts to contribute European recipes with seasonal and
traditional themes accompanied with cultural facts, traditions
and their memories of preparing these dishes for
inclusion in our book. We plan on publishing
the recipe titles and ingredient lists in both "
English and the dominant language of the C 01
country of origin. C00 (
To contribute, please contact Gail Keeler
at 352-392-8902 x211 or gkeeler@ces.ufl.edu to
receive a contributor form to complete. You may
also download this form at www.ces.ufl.edu/doc/
CES_Cookbook_Recipes_FillInForm.pdf and
return it to the CES office.
We still need recipes from Turkey, Estonia,
Belgium, France, Croatia, Latvia, and Germany,
among others.

Faculty, Staff & Student News
Congratulations to CES' Dr. Maria Stoilkova
and her student Katiuska Lourenco for being
selected as a University Scholar Program
faculty/scholar member this year. This is
the fourth year in a row the CES has had a
successful application. Katiuska will receive a
$2,500 stipend. Her research will focus on the
perception and introduction of Romanians on
the Spanish and Portuguese labor markets.
Georgia Bianchi, a CES graduate
assistant and Sociology graduate student, has
advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in Spring 2008.
Georgia has also received dissertation research
funding from both the CES (in the form of
a travel grant) as well as from the O. Ruth
McQuown Award. She will travel to Italy to
conduct research for her dissertation, which
focuses on second-generation children of
immigrants in Italy. Her research touches on
the interactions between citizenship, race and
gender, and discrimination.
Dr. Petia Kostadinova (right) served as a
graduation monitor for the college ceremonies


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in May. She helped with crowd control and
provided information to parents and students.
Magda Giurcanu, a CES graduate
assistant with a focus on East-Central
European Politics, has been awarded a
Clogg Scholarship and a Dauer Fellowship

UF Students Decide:

Croatia to Join the S

European Union in 2010
On April 23, 2008, the European Parliament,
represented by a group of UF students voted
(446 to 221) to admit the Republic of Croatia
to the European Union (EU), starting on
January 1, 2010.
This was the outcome of an EU
Enlargement simulation conducted, as part of the
European Union Enlargement class offered at UF.
The course, team taught by CES Director
Amie Kreppel and Asst. Director Petia
Kostadinova, is sponsored by the Jean Monnet
Program of the European Commission and
focuses on the intersection between East
European and European Union politics.
During the simulation, students were divided
in several groups; team Croatia was led by the
Chief Negotiator and included the Minister of
the Economy and the Minister of Agriculture;
the European Commission was represented by
the Commissioners for Enlargement, Internal
Market, Agriculture, and Regional Policy. Also
represented in the simulation were the Councils
of Agriculture, Labor Ministers, and Foreign
Ministers, as well as five political groups in the
European Parliament. By giving the students
the opportunity to think like EU leaders,
they experienced first hand the intricacies and
challenges of EU enlargement.
The class will be offered again in Fall 2008
when the CES will also direct an internal Model
EU practice simulation. The EU club will assist
with the Model EU.

to participate in the 2008 ICPSR Summer
Program in Quantitative Methods of Social
Research. These scholarships cover the
Program Scholar fees and related expenses
to attend the eight-week Summer Program
courses in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Our Turkish Fulbright scholar, Can
Sakirgil, has completed his year of study and
teaching here and has returned to Turkey.
Soon we will meet his replacement, Cem
Balcikanli, who will teach beginning Turkish
language classes.

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