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Center for Policy Studies

Public Affairs Discussion Group

EUROPE, the EU, and the EURO

Elliot Posner, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University

Friday January 21, 2011
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Inamori Center
Case Western Reserve University

What does the current crisis mean for the future of the common currency and the European Union? Since the 1992 signing in Maastricht of the Treaty on European Union, European integration has further penetrated everyday life of the region's citizens and has extended to a wider number of countries. Among its most important legacies, the treaty created a common currency, the euro, that prevents participating nations from addressing economic challenges by manipulating their currencies and gives countries with sounder economies (say, Germany) more of a stake in those with less healthy finances (say, Greece). The crisis makes the potential costs of this arrangement all too obvious and has prompted some observers to predict the demise of the eurozone and even the half-century-old European integration project.

Professor Posner, an expert on the politics of EU financial markets and regulation, will join us to discuss his perspective on the crisis and European reactions to it.

On Fridays a few spaces are available for visitors with mobility concerns. Parking options for visitors from beyond campus include the Severance Hall parking garage on East Boulevard, the small lot on Adelbert Road just uphill from Euclid Ave, and other lots on campus.

More About Our Guest....

Elliot Posner's book, The Origins of Europe's New Stock Markets (Harvard University Press, 2009), explores the causes of Europe's emergence as a global financial power and addresses classic and new questions about the origins of markets and their relationship to politics and bureaucracy. He is currently conducting research on multilateral efforts to coordinate supervision of financial activity, the European Union's role in shaping international regulations and European reactions to the financial crisis. His work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in the European Journal of International Relations, Journal of European Public Policy, International Organization, the Review of International Political Economy, World Politics and edited volumes.

Before earning a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (2002), Elliot Posner received degrees from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University (M.A.) and Brown University (B.A.). He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, where he taught English and math to eighth and ninth graders.

As the department's internship coordinator, he oversees the Wellman Hill Political Science Internship Grants Program.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

January 28: Martha Woodmansee, Professor of English and Law: Intellectual Property and the Commerce in Ideas.

February 4: Marixa Lasso, Associate Professor of History: BICENTENNIALS in LATIN AMERICA: What the History of Latin America's First Constitutions Can Teach Obama's America.

February 11: Special Inamori Center Event

February 18: Iwan Alexander, Faculty Director, Great Lakes Energy Institute: News from the Great Lakes Energy Institute

February 25: Gene Matthews, Director of Facilities Services, CWRU: "Case Recycles," and How That Works.

March 4: Shirley M. Moore, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing: Even After a Heart Attack - The Challenge of Encouraging Healthy Behavior

March 11: No Session, Spring Break

March 18: Special Inamori Center Event

March 25: Mark Votruba, Associate Professor of Economics: The Social Effects of Economic Dislocation

April 1: Jacqueline Lipton, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Law, Technology and the Arts: Privacy and Online Social Networks.

April 8: Special Inamori Center Event

April 15: Mark Naymik, Reporter, Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio's Budget Battle

April 22: Jon Groetzinger, Visiting Professor of Law and Director, China Legal Programs: Developing the Legal Profession in China.

The Friday Lunch discussions are held on the lower (ground) level of Crawford Hall. Visitors with mobility issues may find it easiest to take advantage of special arrangements we have made. On most Fridays, a few parking spaces in the V.I.P. lot in between Crawford Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel are held for participants in the lunch discussion. Overflow parking is also available in the Severance Hall parking garage on East Boulevard.

Visitors then can avoid walking up the hill to the first floor of Crawford by entering the building on the ground level, through the garage area under the building. The further door on the left in that garage will be left unlocked during the period before the Friday lunch. On occasion, parking will be unavailable because of other university events.

For more information about these and other Center for Policy Studies programs, please see

January 17, 2011

Upcoming Events

Exploring the Current Debate over Patenting Life

January 28, 2011, 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Moot Court Room, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 11075 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio> Sponsored by the Center for Law, Technology & the Arts at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and JOLTI (Journal of Law, Technology & the Internet)

This symposium will consider how other disciplines, including bioethics and economics, might help to inform the development of laws to address the ongoing legal debate about patents on potentially therapeutic biomedical technologies, including gene patents.

Symposium panel guests will include Craig Allen Nard, Tom J.E. and Bette Lou Walker Professor of Law and Founding Director, Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts, Case Western Reserve University School of Law; Bratislov Stankovic, Robert and Barbara Luciano Professor of Law, Loyola University, Chicago School of Law; Joseph Jankowski, PhD, Associate Vice President, Technology Management, Technology Transfer Office, Case Western Reserve University School of Law; Arthur I. Caplan, Professor of Biology and Director, Skeletal Research Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law; Robert Cook-Deegan, MD, Center for Genome Ethics, Law & Policy; Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy; Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University; and Rebecca S. Eisenberg, Robert and Barbara Luciano Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School.

Multiculturalism & Integration: Germany Debates

January 27, 2011, 4:00 p.m., Baker-Nord Room, Clark Hall, Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, Ohio, Sponsored by the Max Kade Center German Studies, Case Western Reserve University. Parking: Visitor Central Garage, located below Severance Hall, entrance off East Blvd. Metered parking available on Bellflower Road.

Since the release on August 30, 2010 of the book by Thilo Sarrazin, Deutschland schafft sich ab. Wie wir unser Land aufs Spiel setzen (Deutsche Verlags Anstalt) Germany Does Away with Itself: How We Are Putting our Country at Risk), which argues that Muslims are unassimilable in Germany, a lively and loud debate has filled German opinion pages and airwaves. Chancellor Angela Merkel only compounded matters when in her speech to the youth wing of her Christian Democratic Union CDU), she asserted that Germany's postwar efforts to build a multicultural society have "utterly failed."

To help the Case Western Reserve and Cleveland communities understand better the stakes of these seemingly distant debates, the Max Kade Center for German Studies of the College of Arts & Sciences presents two leading scholars of the subject, Prof. Marc Howard of the Department of Government at Georgetown University, and Prof. Yasemin Yildiz of the Department of German at the University of Illinois.

Yasemin Yildiz is Assistant Professor of German at the University of Illinois. She specializes in 20th and 21st century German literature and culture with research interests in literary multilingualism, minority discourses (especially Turkish-German and German-Jewish), transnational studies, and gender studies. Her book The Postmonolingual Condition: Writing beyond the Mother Tongue is forthcoming from Fordham University Press. Marc Morjé Howard is Professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. His research and teaching interests address a variety of topics related to democracy and democratization, including civil society, immigration and citizenship, hybrid regimes, rightwing extremism, and public opinion.

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