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Visegrad Studies at UNC

The Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies (CSEEES) is launching the UNC-Visegrad Studies program in Fall 2016, made possible by a three-year University Studies Grant from the International Visegrad Fund in Bratislava, Slovakia. With the new program, CSEEES aims to increase awareness and knowledge of the Visegrad region at Carolina, comprised of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

The program’s curriculum privileges the study of languages, cultures, and history of the V4 countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia). The UNC-Visegrad Studies Program is designed to bolster and complement our department’s interdisciplinary major in Central European Studies, on the of the first of its kind in the U.S. It is designed to prepare students for a wide array of careers in the public sector, diplomacy, business, and international education.

Beginning in the fall of 2016, CSEEES will host eighteen scholars from the four Visegrad countries who will give guest lectures in the program’s core courses and participate in workshops, symposia, and cultural events on campus over a three-year period. These scholars constitute an academically wide-ranging group representing the fields of political science, history, sociology, gender studies, philosophy, cultural studies, museum studies, and anthropology. These events will complement the annual Czech Studies Workshop and the center’s newly launched endowed annual lecture on Democratization Processes in Poland and Central Europe. More information about these events can be found on the CSEEES website.