The Château de Pourtalès has been for centuries a place where the decision-takers of Europe in the 19th and 20th century came together to brainstorm, develop new ideas and create new models for a united Europe without borders and frontiers.
If you are enrolled in one of our semester programs, you are invited to our European Study Center in Strasbourg, France and take part in our 2-day International Symposium.
You will listen to presentations from keynote speakers, attend dynamic panel discussions, and can actively participate in dialogues with other students, scholars, politicians, and business leaders from Europe.
Topics vary from semester to semester, but will generally focus on Cross-Border Cooperation and Cross-Cultural Relations topics between North America and Europe.
The symposium is an extra opportunity for you to learn something new, to broaden your perspectives on important subjects, and to foster cultural understanding and communication during your semester abroad.
There is no additional cost for the trip or the symposium since it is already included in your semester program fees.
Although the common languages of the symposium is English and French, many participants will speak or present in different native languages.
Castle Talks on Cross-Border Cooperation
|Previous Castle Talks:|
|European Immigration and COVID-19 Impact?||Nov. 16, 2020|
|Peace and stability in Europe: With or without Nato?||Oct. 21, 2020|
|Crisis of peace? The scars of history: reconciliation in border regions||Nov. 18-19, 2019|
|The crisis of Europe without borders:|
The re-questioning of Schengen and its consequences for European border regions
|March 18-19, 2019|
|The Identity Crisis of Europe : Euroscepticism in Border Regions||November 5-6, 2018|
|Conflict and Cooperation at EU Borders|
Eastern borders: Do borders help to foster intercultural understanding?
|March 19-20, 2018|
|Conflict and Cooperation at EU Borders: European borders as sources|
of conflict: What if the border threatens us?
|November 9-10, 2017|
|European Integration: What if the border comes back in the European Union? Analysis with regard to the threat to European Integration||March 20-21, 2017|
|Conflict and Cooperation at EU Borders: Open or Closed Borders:||Nov. 7-9, 2016|
|European vs. American Identities||March 21-22, 2016|
|“Border Bridges” – Memories of conflicts & peace in border regions||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|