transatlanticWith generous support from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington DC, Rutgers Center for European Studies will host Think Transatlantic: The United States and Germany in the 21st century - a week of activities to be held on the Rutgers campus. Rutgers is one of thirty universities around the country hosting Think Transatlantic campus weeks this year. These events are designed to highlight the importance of the transatlantic partnership between Germany, Europe, and the United States. Rutgers’ Think Transatlantic Campus Week will involve three main activities:

Click here for a PDF of the week's events.

Undergraduate Essay Contest


Undergraduates are invited to submit essays of no more than 2,500 words on the following topic: Will relations between the US and its European allies suffer or be reinforced by a rising China? The winner of the essay contest will receive a cash prize of $400 and two runners up will receive $200. The winner will advance to a national competition against winners from other universities across the US sponsoring Think Transatlantic essay contests, with a chance at a further cash prize, publication of the winning essay in a political magazine and further recognitions from the German Embassy.

  • Deadline for submissions: October 29th. Essays must be uploaded to the Sakai site: The winner and runners up will be recognized at the Roundtable on Transatlantic Relations on November 8 (see below)

Student Debate Face-off: The Future of Transatlantic Relations

Monday, November 5, 6 - 8pm, Red Lion Café, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue

Come watch Rutgers’ two leading speech and debate teams – Rutgers Association of International Relations (RUAIR) and Rutgers Debate Union – go head-to-head debating the future of America’s relations with Europe. The participating teams will receive cash prizes and a chance to compete against other university teams in a national Think Transatlantic debate competition sponsored by the German Embassy. Pizza and drinks will be served.

Roundtable on Transatlantic Relations

Thursday, November 8, 11am-1pm, Alexander Library, SCC 4th Floor, 169 College Avenue

Come participate in a lively roundtable discussion on the state of European-American and German-American relations with a leading German diplomat and three prominent scholars of German and European politics. A light lunch will be served.

Roundtable participants:

  • Busso von Alvensleben, Consul-General of the German Consulate in New York
  • Prof. Wade Jacoby, Director, Center for the Study of Europe, Brigham Young University
  • Prof. Jan-Werner Müller, Princeton University
  • Prof. R. Daniel Kelemen, Director, Center for European Studies, Rutgers University

Contact european [at] with any questions.