• Listen to panel discussions
  • Meet and interact with important European politicians and leaders
  • Students prepare and present during the symposium
  • Interact with other students from France and Germany
  • You will receive a certificate of participation

“Castle Talks” International Symposium

“Castle Talks” Schedule:SPRING 2016 Symposium

Topic Dates
What if the border comes back in the European Union? Analysis with regard to the threat to European Integration March 20-21, 2017
What if the border threatens us? Analysis with regard to transfrontier crime, violence and political conflicts (threat of terrorism?) November 9-10, 2017
Do borders help to foster intercultural understanding ? March 19- 20, 2018
Past Symposia
Conflict and Cooperation at EU Borders: Open or Closed Borders Nov. 7-8, 2016
European vs. American Identities March 21-22, 2016
The Border: Source of Conflict or a Place of Reconciliation? Dec. 7-8, 2015
Comparative Human Rights – United States vs. Europe March 27, 2015
Fear of Integration – Pertience of Borders Dec. 8-9, 2014
Borders & Governance Dec. 3, 2013

“Castle Talks” is an exciting opportunity for study abroad students! ESC semester students are invited to take part in the signature 2-day International Symposium presented at the G.I.V.E. Institute (The Global Institute for Values and Education) which is located at the Château de Pourtalès. As an integral part of your semester abroad, you will participate in the “Castle Talks” international symposium. Over the course of two days, you will interact with other students, take part in panel discussions, and listen to different presentations on interesting topics from European professors, business leaders, politicians, and academics. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn more about Europe, to broaden your perspectives on important cross-cultural and crossborder topics, and to foster cultural understanding and communication skills during your semester abroad. A Certificate of Participation is presented to students who participate in the symposium. * Although the common languages of the symposium is English and French, many participants will speak and/or present in different native languages.