Schedule of Events
The 2014 schedule for Getting to Know Europe is packed with stimulating talks, events, and projects, most of which are open to the public. Listed below are several highlights, but please be sure to click the link above for a complete listing of events, which includes film screenings, festivals, and visits by foreign dignitaries and scholars.
Model European Union Competition
Santa Fe College’s Global Society Club will launch a competition among local area high school students to help them learn more about the European Union and how it functions. The competition is designed to make students more aware of the European Union’s institutions and how the different interests of member states affect the decision making process. The semester-long project will culminate in a mock debate between the different high school groups and a joint UF-Santa Fe advisory panel will determine the winners. An awards ceremony will be held at the university at the end of the Spring 2014 semester.
“Neighbors” is the title of a series of programs that engages teachers and students alike to explore not only the ties that connect Floridians to Europe, but also to explore the changing nature of our societies. The series includes two exhibitions, one created by Eastside High School students with the gracious assistance of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, and another created by two European photographers, Maria Kapajeva (Estonia) and Tomasz Zerek (Poland). Kapajeva and Zerek will also be conducting workshops with the high school students to help them better understand the art of portraiture.
Events open to the public:
- Photography exhibits at the Harn Museum of Art, January 14, 2014 – May 5, 2014, “Getting to Know Europe: A Study in Gender Roles – He, She, Me”
– works by Maria Kapajeva (Estonia) and Tomasz Zerek (Poland)
- January 15, 2014, 3:45pm, the Harn, Gallery Talk
– Tomasz Zerek and UF Visiting Lecturer of Polish Studies, Jack Hutchens
- January 16, 2014, 4:00pm, the Harn, Gallery Talk
– Maria Kapajeva and UF Professor of Russian Literature, Galina Rylkova
- May 11, 2014, 3:00pm, the Thomas Center, Opening Reception, “Getting to Know Your Neighbors,” Eastside High School Oral History Project with opening remarks by UF Professor of History Paul Ortiz
– As part of the program, with the common guidance of a UF CES affiliate oral historian and oral historians from the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at UF, and educators in public schools, students will complete a combined oral history and visual art project. Students will be encouraged to connect with Floridians who have ties to Europe and learn about their lives. Their oral histories will be recorded on videos, photographs, and paintings, which will be exhibited in the Thomas Center galleries.
Fall 2013-Spring 2014, University of Florida
Undergraduate students will launch the EU Club that brings college students and high school students together to learn more about the European Union. University of Florida EU Club reaches out to the Gainesville HS community by organizing movie screenings, scavenger hunts, and coaching high school students to model the European Union’s institutions and their functioning. This event is not open to public, though many parents and grandparents will surely hear about it at the dinner table!
Fall 2013-May 2014 Neighbors
Fall 2013-May 2014 Neighbors is the title of a series of programs that engages teachers and students alike to explore the ties that connect Floridians to Europe. The series includes two exhibitions, one of Eastside high school students and one of two European artists. It also includes a lecture series by UF historian Sheryl Kroen, and several workshops on oral history and visual arts designed for high school students in the Gainesville area.
Events open to the public:
- Art Exhibits: Maria Kapajeva & Tomas Zerek
January-February 2014 at the Harn Museum of Fine Arts
Exhibitions by the artists Maria Kapajeva, from Estonia and Tomas Zerek from Poland.
- Exhibition of the Eastside High School Students’ Work: Mixed Media
March-May 2014 Thomas Center
As part of the program, with the common guidance of a UF Center of European Studies affiliate oral historian and educators in public schools, students will engage with a combined oral history and visual art project. Students will be encouraged to connect with Floridians who have ties to Europe and learn about their lives. Their findings of oral history on videos, photographs, paintings, etc. will be exhibited in the Thomas Center galleries.
Salzburg Marionette Theatre
November 2013 at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The legendary Salzburg Marionettes arrive at Gainesville again in November 2013 and CES is happy to collaborate with the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the School Board of Alachua County (SBAC) to bring disadvantaged elementary school students to see the performance and to a special meeting with the artists.
Talk: “European Cultural Policy: Building an Identity”
May 9, 2013 at 1:00pm at the Alachua Library Headquarters (300 E University Ave.)
Come hear Katalin Rac, former artistic director of TRAFÓ – House of Contemporary Arts in Budapest, Hungary, examine the ways in which the European Union envisions the role of culture. During the past decade, culture became an important representational tool of European integration. This talk honors Europe Day. Poster | more info]
Right to Know Conference
April 5, 2013 April 5, 2013 from 8:30am-5:15pm in 219 Dauer Hall and the University Auditorium, Friends of Music Room.
The overarching question for the conference is: How do we reconcile the competing priorities of privacy and transparency, particularly in transitional countries emerging from a post-totalitarian past?
The conference will be subdivided into three panels, the first on the legal questions, the second on media, and the third on archive issues.
The legal panel will present a comparative framework for the conference. The presenters will be Mark Fenster, (College of Law, University of Florida), whose work is on the US concept of transparency and the development of rights “to information” and “to know,” and Jon Mills, (College of Law, University of Florida), who has advocated for greater privacy in the US and Florida legislature. He also is a student of Polish privacy laws.
The archive panel will be our third panel. One paper on Hungary, one on Romania, and concluding with a look forward in another direction, with a paper by Lyrissa Lidsky (College of Law, University of Florida), on cyberlaw.
This makes up a full and intense day of presentations and debates on this timely subject. The conference is organized by Dr. Alice Freifeld and the Center for European Studies and is supported in part by The European Delegation to the United Sates Getting to Know Europe grant, The Graham Center, Levin College of Law, The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, the Raymond and Miriam Ehrlich Eminent Scholar Chair, and the University of Florida. [more info]
March 23, 2013 from 11:00am-4:00pm – Bo Diddley Community Plaza
Viva Europe is organized by CES with the help of various sponsors around the theme, “Get Your Nands on Europe,” and it brings the tastes, the sounds, the looks, and the spirit of the many European cultures to the Gainesville public. Visitors may enjoy dance, music, performances, language lessons, lots of food, and more.
Public Talk: “Modernism and the Dance of Death:
Be Modern! Be Frightening!”
March 16, 2013, 6:45pm at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Western Foyer
Speaker: Dr. Peter Bergmann (Department of History and CES, University of Florida)
Partners: Dance Alive National Ballet, Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
The Center for European Studies at the University of Florida is proud to open its year-and-a-half-long series “Getting To Know Europe” with the public talk “Be Modern! Be Frightening!” Dr. Peter Bergmann of the Department of History introduces the audience to the historical debate surrounding modernism.
This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s and Vaclav Nijinsky’s revolutionary ballet, The Rite of Spring, which freed ballet from its Victorian moorings, including the old morality, affectations, or a maudlin love story. In its place Nijinsky’s virgin is sacrificed to the harvest in a “dance of death” that eerily anticipated the mass death that began in the trenches of World War I the following year.
Dr. Bergmann is an intellectual historian, his talk will reflect on how modernism at the beginning of the twentieth century foreshadowed the fascistic turn in European culture.
Performance by Dance Alive National Ballet will follow from 7:30pm at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Museum Nights at the Harn:
“Printmaking in the Age of Rembrandt”
March 14, 2013, 6:00pm-9:00pm Harn Museum
Enjoy a celebration of the arts, cultures and languages of Europe, including Europe-quiz show, poetry, music, minuet dancing, visiting a Paris café, and other cultural activities. Performances, art activities and tours centered around the exhibition “Printmaking in the Age of Rembrandt” will be offered.