Center for Global & International Studies
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The European Studies Program

The European Studies Program provides a vibrant community for research, teaching, and related activities that explore historical and contemporary European cultures, societies, states, economies, natural resources, and environments. Seeking to serve students, faculty, and staff at the University of Kansas as well as the broader local, regional, national, and international communities, the European Studies Program generates grant activity and develops research, curricular, and outreach projects that support the mission of the University.

Welcome from the Academic Director

Welcome to the new European Studies Program Web site, where you will find information about our co-major and minor, student and faculty accomplishments, funding opportunities, and events.

We are excited to continue our collaboration with the Spencer Museum of Art; the Hall Center for the Humanities; the Lied Center of Kansas; the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; and many other campus and community units on the KU World War I Centennial Commemoration 2014-2018. Our goal is to develop, coordinate, and promote a wide range of programming and educational opportunities that highlight KU faculty and staff, students, and resources and are of interest to the university community, the City of Lawrence, and the State of Kansas as well as at a national and international level.

Nathaniel Wood, Associate Professor of History and Core member of European Studies, officially opened the European Studies commemoration with a fascinating and well-received lecture on April 3, 2014, "All for You, Franz? From the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to Total War." The event was held at the Spencer Museum of Art, in conjunction with an installation of selected works from the museum's deep holdings of graphic arts made during the First World War.

We congratulate Dr. Dale Urie, Senior Lecturer in Humanities & Western Civilization and Core member of European Studies, who this fall will be teaching a First-Year Seminar, "How World War I Changed the World" (HWC 177/EURS 177).

Please count on European Studies to keep you informed of Commemoration plans and all other opportunities and special programs!

I welcome your comments and suggestions ( Thank you for your interest in the European Studies Program.

Lorie A. Vanchena, Academic Director of European Studies

Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures

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