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September 2017

Quo Vadis Europe? The German Elections 2017 and their Significance for the Future of the EU

September 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

On September 24, 2017, German voters are electing a new parliament. Will Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is running for the fourth time, continue to head a coalition government, or will a center left coalition under the leadership of the social democrats win enough votes to govern? Will the right-wing party AfD enter national parliament? And if so, what does this mean for the future of European politics? The outcome of the Dutch and French elections in spring 2017 reduced anxieties about a right-wing shift in major European capitals, yet our understanding of European affairs and the solutions for potential crises remain more intangible. With Brexit negotiations on a rocky path and rising tensions in transatlantic relations, the future of Europe will depend on the preferences and politics of the new German government. The presentation will address the outcome of the 2017 elections and the future direction of Germany’s role in Europe. Christiane Lemke is a professor of political science at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. She received her Ph.D. from the Free University in Berlin and went on to earn her Habilitation venia legendi in Political Science from the same institution. She has been Visiting Krupp Chair at Harvard University, DAAD Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Suffolk University. She served as Leibniz University Hannover's director of the Jean Monnet European Center of Excellence from 2007-2011. In addition, while on leave from Leibniz University Hannover from 2006 to 2007, she served as Director of State Parliament in Lower Saxony, Germany. From 2010-2014 she was the holder of the Max Weber Chair in German and European Studies at NYU. Professor Lemke’s academic areas of expertise include: European Politics,…

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Kaffeestunde

September 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 2, 2018

A weekly casual meeting in the Dey Hall German department. Anyone wishing to practice speaking German is welcome! Kaffeestunde is held every Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:00pm in the German department Reading Room: Dey 413. Come join us! For more information, contact Nathan Drapela. View poster here.

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Попойка

September 29 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30pm on Friday, repeating until May 4, 2018

A weekly casual meeting in room 413 of Dey Hall. All people wishing to practice speaking Russian are welcome! Попойка is held every Friday from 3:30 until 4:30pm. Refreshments are provided. Come join us! For more information, contact Natasha Chernysheva. View the poster here.

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German Club Conversation Hour

September 29 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Friday, repeating until May 4, 2018

Conversation Hour: Fridays at 5:00pm at Linda’s Bar & Grill except on the first Friday of every month, when it will be held at TRU Deli & Wine Bar. Look for the German flag!

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October 2017

Beginning German Group

October 2 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Monday, repeating until May 2, 2018

The UNC German Club is now hosting Beginning German Group. This is in addition to our regular Friday conversation hours and is geared towards those just beginning to learn German who would benefit from having a more learning geared experience.No German experience is necessary. It will take place on Mondays at 5:30 in the 4th Floor Dey Reading Room. The meetings are intended to deal more with conversational German, though what is actually discussed and learned will reflect the interests and skills of those who attend regularly.

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Hungary’s Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century

October 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Hungary’s national borders continually shifted as a result of various treaties, wars, and geopolitical alignments. There are now significant Hungarian-speaking communities in Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine, and most notably Romania, its biggest neighbor to the east. This lecture aims to introduce the place and role of Hungarian foreign policy and diplomatic relations on the tumultuous stage of European politics and conflicts. It will shed light on the reasons for why the country’s foreign policy remained one of limited possibilities but strong determinations, particularly in relation to its immediate neighbors and within the European Union at large. Árpád Hornjak is Associate Professor of History at the University of Pecs and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. He also holds a teaching appointment at Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, Croatia. His research interests focus on different facets of the 19th and the 20th century Balkan history, particularly the Hungarian-Yugoslav diplomatic relations. He is the author of Hungarian-Yugoslav Relations,1918–1927 (Columbia UP, 2013). This talk is made possible by a University Studies Grant from the International Visegrad Fund.

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Kaffeestunde

October 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 2, 2018

A weekly casual meeting in the Dey Hall German department. Anyone wishing to practice speaking German is welcome! Kaffeestunde is held every Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:00pm in the German department Reading Room: Dey 413. Come join us! For more information, contact Nathan Drapela. View poster here.

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Re-Electing President Putin: Protest, Elections, and Regime Stability in Russia

October 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A year ahead of the March 2018 presidential elections, the Kremlin is engaging in two risky strategies. First, it projects that President Putin would win re-election with seventy percent of the vote and seventy percent turnout, a very high bar even in controlled elections. Second, in collaboration with the Moscow Mayor, President Putin launched a massive reconstruction project that would relocate twenty percent of city residents. The rapid implementation of the vague policy abrogated property rights and sparked a new “Anti-Demolition” movement. This talk will address the roots of the Kremlin’s election strategy in relation to the popular challenges in the previous election cycle, in which Russians protested at the ballot box and on the streets to demand electoral accountability. In the face of the same conditions that led to the “For Free Elections” movement–economic crisis, softening regime support, and growing protest movements around corruption, taxes, and lack of property protections—this analysis will look at how the regime is relying on the Moscow Reconstruction Project to divide the opposition and demonstrate responsiveness to citizens’ demands, shore up core support, and marginalize Alexei Navalny’s anti-corruption movement. Regina Smyth is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Russian Studies Workshop at Indiana University. She received her PhD from Duke University in 1997. Her primary research interest is in the dynamics of state-society relations in transitional and electoral authoritarian regimes, with a special focus on post-Soviet Russia. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, International Research and Exchanges Board, the National Security Education Program, and the Smith Richardson Foundation among many others. This talk is co-sponsored by the UNC Department of Political Science

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Попойка

October 6 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30pm on Friday, repeating until May 4, 2018

A weekly casual meeting in room 413 of Dey Hall. All people wishing to practice speaking Russian are welcome! Попойка is held every Friday from 3:30 until 4:30pm. Refreshments are provided. Come join us! For more information, contact Natasha Chernysheva. View the poster here.

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German Club Conversation Hour

October 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Friday, repeating until May 4, 2018

Conversation Hour: Fridays at 5:00pm at Linda’s Bar & Grill except on the first Friday of every month, when it will be held at TRU Deli & Wine Bar. Look for the German flag!

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