Lessons from Europe
- Lectures and Conferences
December 3, 2010 Friday
Green Energy Alternatives
A conference hosted by the Center for European Studies at Rutgers
Scholarly Communications Center
Alexander Library, Rutgers University
169 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Green Energy Alternatives is a conference to explore the role of renewable energy in minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. Experts from government and private industry in both countries will compare the German and American experiences in this area and discuss the outlook for further development of renewable energy resources. Download a PDF of the conference summary here.
November 29, 2010 Monday
Green Energy Alternatives: The Great Student Debate
Graduate Student Lounge
College Avenue Campus
Watch the Rutgers Debate Union and the Rutgers Association of International Relations go head to head in a formal debate hosted by the Center for European Studies and sponsored by the Federal Republic of Germany's Transatlantic Climate Bridge program.
The first round of the tourney will debate the question of the reduction of CO2 emissions - is it ever useful for a country like Germany to unilaterally cut its own emissions if its actions put it at a competitive economic disadvantage? The elimination round will focus on government support for renewable energy - is it better for the government to PAY a guaranteed price for energy produced from renewables, or instead to TAX carbon energy production at a higher rate and leave the technology choice to be determined by market forces?
November 19, 2010 Friday
Responding to the Great Recession: Labor Market Policies in Europe and the United States
An event co-hosted by the Center for European Studies at Rutgers and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
The event will bring together academics, policymakers, and journalists to compare and contrast strategies for helping workers and communities survive economic dislocations, with a special emphasis on European models of "flexicurity" — a strategy that strives to combine labor market flexibility with income security and an active labor market policy — and whether there are elements of such systems that can or should be adapted to help U.S. workers.
November 11, 2010 Monday
Negotiating Multiculturalism: Islam, Religious Radicalism, and Turkish `Guest Worker' Integration in West German Society during the 1970s and 1980s
Jennifer Miller, Assistant Professor of Historical Studies
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
Center for European Studies
102 Nichol Avenue
CES Conference Room A
Jennifer Miller is a historian of modern Germany and Turkey who graduated from the Rutgers-New Brunswick Department of History in 2008.
- Lectures and Conferences
Lessons from Europe
The Center for European Studies at Rutgers is proud to launch Lessons from Europe, a two-year program of events exploring what US policy-makers and citizens can learn from the experiences of European democracies in addressing our common 21st century policy challenges.
Faced with an unaffordable health care system that leaves millions uninsured, a mounting climate crisis, failing schools, a fractured social safety net, high unemployment and growing deficits, many US citizens and policy makers are searching for new approaches to public policy. To understand which policies are likely to work and which are not, we can look to our own history and to the wealth of ideas circulating in our own public sphere – among political parties, think tanks, academics, state and local governments and everyday citizens. But we can – and we should – also look abroad. In particular, the varied experiences of European democracies can provide us with great insight. Like the US, the member states of the European Union (EU) are advanced, liberal democracies. Our European allies face many of the same 21st century policy challenges that we do. They too must address issues surrounding increasing international economic competition, rising economic inequality, rising health care and pension costs, school reform, climate change, large scale immigration, financial market regulation, and work-life balance, to name but a few common challenges. Do the economically advanced democracies of the European Union offer us viable models for reform?
To explore these questions, the Lessons from Europe program will host a series of visiting speakers and organize conferences and colloquia exploring particular political issues. Also, Professor R. Daniel Kelemen, Director of the Center for European Studies, is teaching an SAS Signature Course on Social Policy and Politics: Lessons from Europe. The Lessons from Europe website will gather a range of articles and materials on European models of public policy in areas ranging from health, to education, to environment, to financial market regulation.
- SAS Signature Course
The Politics of Immigration in Europe
Woodrow Wilson School of Politics
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