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All our latest news on events and programmes can be viewed below. Also every month, the Europaeum sends out a digest of recent news and upcoming events. Click here to read the latest e-Bulletin. To sign up to our email bulletins to receive regular updates in your inbox each month, simply email us to subscribe.

Spring school on Religion, Conflict, Secularism and Tolerance (April 20-22th)

Martin LutherMartin LutherSeveral new big name speakers have been confirmed for our well known History Spring School - which this year picks up from the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's seismic intervention in Wittneberg which broke Europe in two culturally, economically, socially, and politically. Professor Peter Pulzer, the former Gladstone Professor of Politics, expert on Austrian politics in the 1930s, will discuss The Jewish Question in European History while Dr Lucy Wooding, a leading Oxford historian of the Reformation, will discuss how the Reformation impacted early Modern Europe, Applications are still invited. Please see the full poster here and the draft programme here.

25th anniversary leaflet

The Europaeum will be marking the 25th anniversary of its foundation this year, having worked with coming on to 5,000 Europaeum university students and more than 1,000 academics over the past 25 years in various workshops, summer schools, conferences, research and teaching projects. We have recently published a special new leaflet giving a brief historical overview, remembering all the donors that have helped make it possible, as well as recalling our members, the range of our activities, and the trustees and others that have supported and participated in our work. Please click below to enjoy the online version. Copies are being distributed at all our events over the year.

Europaeum seminar : Policy-making in Brussels

The Europaeum is organising its tenth annual seminar on Policy-Making inside Europe ? in Brussels from June 18-20th. This three-day programme of talks, with discussions, interviews, and special visits from top European policy-makers in Brussels, is again being organised with our associate member the Institute of Political Studies, Catholica University of Portugal (IEP-UCP). The event will start on Monday 6th March, and include visits to a Permanent Representation to the EU and the European Parliament, working group discussions and lunches, and a gala dinner in the European Parliament special guest dining room. Please see the poster here and the programme here.

International Graduate Debate - Lisbon (June 26th - 28th)

The Palacio HotelThe Palacio HotelOnce again the Europaeum will be facilitating our usual lively international debate led by Europaeum graduates as part of the next - 25th Estoril Forum on June 26th  - 28th near Lisbon, organised by our colleagues at the Institute of Political Studies IEP at the Catholica University, before an audience of some 150 participants.  The Europaeum is one of a number of leading partners working with the IEP, this year the conference focusing on the theme Defending the Western Tradition of Liberty under Law. Keynote speakers will include Professor Jose Manuel Barroso, who led the European Union for eight years, is now a trustee for the Europaeum, and teaches at the Catholica; Jacques Rupnik from Sciences Po and the College de Bruges, who has collaborated with the Europaeum through our Vaclav Havel Dialogue Project;

Europaeum graduates to investigate self-reliance of refugees and German Jews going to Palestine

This year's Europaeum Oxford-Geneva Study Bursaries have been won by two young scholars who will respectively be researching encounters between Yekkes and Arabs in British Mandate Palestine, and the self-reliance of the refugees. These bursaries, now worth €1000 each, have been awarded annually since 2001, and are designed specifically to encourage links between Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Oxford and for young scholars to widen their international links. Read the entire Press Notice here.

Deadline approaches for Prague Workshop : Crisis in European Values ?

The final deadline approaches for our major workshop on What does it mean to be a "good" European ? The question recurs as Europe grapples with a series of simultaneous crises - refugees, multi-culturalism, uneven economic development, and bailing out neighbours at a time of low economic growth. On top of these comes the new politics of Post-Truth and alternative facts, of prejudice, and the rise of populism, nationalism and jingoism. Do we respond with walls OR Willkommenskultur ? These are tests for each of us - and for communities, regions, and nations. We have a host of major speakers for this workshop in Prague, hosted with our partners from Charles University including Aleksander Smolar of the Stefan Batory Foundation, Tomas Halik, winner of the Templeton Prize for religious ethics, Peter Balazs, former European Commissioner, Tomas Sedlacek, author of the prize-winning The Economics of Good and Evil .

Europaeum Lecture : Illiberal democracy and Post-Truth politics (February 17th)

Aleksander SmolarAleksander Smolar ALEKSANDER SMOLAR, the well-known journalist and commentator, will be giving the keynote Europaeum Lecture in Prague on February 17th at 17.45 on the theme of Illiberal democracy and Post-Truth politics : counter-revolution in Poland today ?  He was a well-known member of anti-communist opposition, founder and editor of the political quarterly Annex, and spokesman for a number of activist groups. After 1989, he served as an advisor to Tadeusz Mazowiecki and Hanna Suchocka. He is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and has many awards including the Sakharov Prize for lifetime achievement (2009). We are pleased to have Professor PÉTER BALÁZS, now professor at the Central European University in Budapest, and a former member of the European Commission and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary to give a Hungarian perspective too, alongside leading Czech commentator to give Czech perspectives. All welcome, Full details on this poster here.

Europaeum Lecture series : What next - after Brexit ? (February 23rd)

Will HuttonWill HuttonThe next special Europaeum Lecture in our regular series will be given by Will Hutton, a noted economic commentator, currently Principal of Hertford College, Oxford University, and Chair of the Oxford Europaeum Group. Mr Hutton, who has a regular influential column  in The Observer newspaper (where he was once Editor), will be discussing What Next - after Brexit ? In recent columns, Mr Hutton has written on the consequences for international trade that loom after the Brexit and Trump votes in the UK and US, and now he could add the Renzi referendum vote in Italy (see link here). He has also previously discussed the costs and benefits of globalization (see link here). After beginning his career as a stockbroker and investment analyst, he moved to the BBC as a producer and reporter. He has been Economics Editor of the BBC's flagship Newsnight programme (1983-88), Editor-in-Chief of the European Business Channel (1988-90), and Economics Editor at the Guardian (1990-96), winning several media awards. He is currently Chair of the Big Innovation Centre Innovation Board.

Austria elects liberal Green President

Norbert HoferNorbert HoferNorbert Hofer, the 'far Right' Freedom Party candidate - who participated in a lively Europaeum panel debate on Can Europe's Politicians can solve Europe's migration crisis ? (for more see here), has lost his bid for the Austrian presidency. The recent election was won by Independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen, former leader of the Green Party, who has promised to be an 'open-minded, liberal-minded and above all a pro-European federal president'.  Mr van der Bellen won 53% of the re-run election. votes. The debate was mounted in the spirit of academic freedom that marks the Europaeum's approach. There was a strong student protest, but expressed in an agreed statement read out at the meeting and a silent protest of posters, with a noisy protest of many hundreds outside the hall. The event was widely covered and may have helped alert Austrians as to how Mr Hofer's election might have been seen internationally. Mr Hofer for his part has called on all Austrians 'regardless of how we cast our ballots' now to work together for the good of the country.

US Presidential Election special : Turning points ?

Tags: With American voters poised to choose their 45th President in what has been deemed the most volcanic and decisive campaigns in decades, it may be worthwhile to ponder how such elections – from time to time – are considered turning points or watershed moments in the history of US politics. This 58th election – according to some polls – remains finely balanced, with very high stakes. Either way, history is set to be made. A previous Europaeum Lecture, by journalist, broadcaster, and academic Godfrey Hodgson, looked closely at the impact such events can have. In that lecture, he examined the presidential election as “a device for national introspection”, drawing particularly on the elections of 1876, 1912, 1968, and 2004. At each of these, Hodgson contended, America stood at a crossroads – something few could deny applies equally to 2016. Please read The Other American Presidential Election: Choosing a President and Psychoanalyzing a Nation, delivered at the Campus den Haag at Leiden University in 2004,here. Godfrey Hodgson studied History at Oxford and Pennsylvania, before joining The Observer and The Sunday Times in Washington.

Patten speaks on the future of China-Europe relations

Lord (Chris) PattenLord (Chris) PattenLord (Chris) Patten - Europaeum Trustee, Chancellor of Oxford University, former Chairman of the BBC Trust, former European Commissioner on External Relations, former MP and Conservative Party stalwart, and author - recently gave the Europaeum an interview expressing views on several key issues to do with China, drawing on his critical role as the last Governor of Hong Kong (1992-97). This interview prepared as a key contribution to our discussions in our recent summer school on China and Europe - Challenges for the Future(see below), conducted by Dr Nick Bunnin from the Oxford Chinese Studies Institute and an active memer of the Oxford Euroapeum Board.  Themes covered included ageing, demographics, governance, questions of legitimacy, and relations between China and Europe. Please see the interview here. (We apologize for the quality of the interview, which was recorded with roadworks outside and with a simple handheld camera.)

Jenkins Scholarship Scheme: 10th Anniversary Celebrations

Lord Patten and Paul FlatherLord Patten and Paul FlatherThe Europaeum has recently had a series of videos made to document the wonderful celebrations held in November 2013, on the 10th Anniversary of the Jenkins Scholarship Scheme. The videos, edited by Europaeum interns Alexandra Müllerová and Harry Eagles, include speeches given on the day by Lord (Chris) Patten, Baroness (Shirley) Williams, and Jenkins Scholars Sarah Hegenbart and Michal Bobek (whose speech was read by Enrico Prodi in his absence). The videos also give a brief history of the Jenkins Scholarship Scheme, and a portrait of Roy Jenkins himself. The video project is part of a new fundraising drive, which aims to find the means to extend this very successful and productive scheme. To view the videos, see here. You can also read more about the Jenkins Scholarships here.

Europaeum Lecture on : The Case for Humanitarian Economics

Gilles CarbonnierGilles CarbonnierOn 15th November we will be hosting Professor Gilles Carbonnier for a Europaeum Lecture on The Case for Humanitarian Economics: Recalibrating Civil War and Disaster, held at the Old Library in All Souls College, Oxford (tbc) and co-hosted with the Refugee Studies Centre. Professor Carbonnier is Professor of Development Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, where he is also Director of Studies. The lecture will be chaired by Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill, Emeritus Professor of International Refugee Law at All Souls, and the discussant will be Alexander Betts, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre and Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford. Professor Carbonnier's talk will centre on some of his major research and teaching interests, in particular the political economy of war, terrorism, and humanitarianism.

Europaeum issues Statement after Brexit

Tags: The Europaeum is convinced it will have a greater role in building bridges across Europe, and to deliver the vision of founder George Weidenfeld, following the recent UK vote to leave the European Union. The association has now issued a statement (see link here) affirming its future role. We urge the new British Government led by Prime Minister Theresa May to protect the UK science research budget - worth c £66 million to Oxford from EU sources last year - and to ensure that the UK remains part of the Erasmus scheme and also engaged in the Horizon 2020 programme objectives. Meanwhile the Europaeum has pledged to maintain its support for the University consortium Oxford Debates on the UK and EU, or EUK@OX, it helped found to allow full discussions around the nature of the Brexit arrangements to continue. More information on this will be posted as it emerges.