Current Events 2015-6

April 26, 2016, 3-4:30 pm, 509 O’Brian Hall (Baldy Center)

Jean Monnet Distinguished Lecture

Professor Nancy Foner, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center: “Fear, Anxiety, and Immigration: Barriers and Belonging in the United States and Western Europe”


After more than fifty years of large-scale immigration, the U.S. and Western European countries have been dramatically transformed by the huge inflows that have altered the composition of their populations in profound ways and created remarkable — new — ethnic, racial, and religious diversity. Why have fears and anxieties about immigrant origin populations and their incorporation taken different forms on the two sides of the Atlantic — with the religious divide more central in Europe and race and legal status especially pronounced barriers in the U.S.? How can we account for the fact that the U.S. frames national identities in a way that is more inclusive of immigrants and their children than Western European countries do?

Nancy Foner is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has written extensively on immigration issues, with her current work focusing on comparing immigrant minorities in the United States and Europe, the immigrant experience in various American gateway cities, and immigration today with earlier periods in the United States. The author or editor of eighteen books, the most recent are Strangers No More: Immigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe, co-authored with Richard Alba (Princeton University Press, 2015) and Fear, Anxiety, and National Identity: Immigration and Belonging in North America and Western Europe, edited with Patrick Simon (Russell Sage Foundation, 2015). Among her many honors, she received the 2010 Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association and in 2011 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

*This talk is funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Commission. It is co-sponsored by the Jean Monnet Chair, The Center for European Studies (CEUS), and the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy.

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Current Events  2014-5

APRIL 2015 EVENTS: Circulation and European Identity: Past and Present Experiences



Wednesday, April 1st

“Love, Convictions and Politics in France and Beyond”

Dr. Anne Muxel, CEVIPOF (Centre for Political Research, CNRS/SciencesPo Paris)

Noon to 2 p.m.

509 O’Brian Hall (The Baldy Center)

*UB Co-sponsors:  OVPRED, Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy


Little is known about the way in which politics intervenes in
inter-personal relations and permeates personal and everyday
conversations. The focus of this talk is on the way in which politics is
refracted in the intimate circle, including romantic love, marriage,
family and friendship. These different types of relations are examined
in a series of cases describing the impact of agreement or disagreement
about politics on the bond of affection between individuals. In what way
do differences of opinion, ideological opposition, or different types
of voting behavior, trouble personal relationships based on feeling?
The talk will also offer an in-depth vision of how politics is perceived
in France and reveals the attitudes of French people towards the
current political landscape that surrounds them.

Wednesday, April 15th

“Cultural Mobility, Music, and Holocaust Commemoration: Arnold Schoenberg’s

‘A Survivor from Warsaw’ in Postwar Europe”

Dr. Joy Calico, Vanderbilt University

[*Rescheduled from November]

Noon to 2 p.m.

509 O’Brian Hall (The Baldy Center)

*UB Co-sponsors:  OVPRED,
German and Austrian Graduate Group, Baldy Center for Law and Social
Policy, and Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage



CONFERENCE: Circulation and European Identity

April 24, 2015

A SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines Conference

*UB Co-sponsors: OVPRED, Humanities Institute, Graduate Group for German and Austrian Studies, Department of Anthropology


8:15am to 4:30pm

Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Amherst (near North Campus, University at Buffalo)

Keynote Speaker: Ángel Viñas, Professor Emeritus of Economics and History, Complutense University of Madrid

“The EU Challenged: Populism and Nationalism in Today´s European Union”

6 to 7pm

Screening Room, Center for the Arts (North Campus, University at Buffalo)

Conference Website


2014-5 First Tuesday Sherry Talks

Tuesday, Sept. 2nd 

Park Hall 280 5 p.m.

Speaker: John Abromeit, Associate Professor, History and Social Studies Education, Buffalo State College

Title of talk:

“Transformations of Populism in Western Europe: The Ideology of Producers and Parasites from the French Revolution to Fascism.”

Dr. Abromeit is author of Max Horkheimer and the Foundations of the Frankfurt School (Cambridge UP, 2011)


Tuesday, October 7th

Park Hall 280  5 p.m.

Speaker: Liana Vardi, Professor of History, University at Buffalo

Title of talk:

“Teaching French History in 2014”.

Prof. Vardi’s most recent book is The Physiocrats and the World of the Enlightenment (Cambridge UP 2012). She also edits the blog, “Film and Fiction for French Historians: A Cultural Bulletin”


Tuesday, November 11th [note this is the 2nd Tuesday in November)

Park Hall 280  4 pm.

Speaker: Brendan Burchell, Professor of Sociology, University of Cambridge

Title of talk: “Changing Contours of European Employment:

Gender, Job Quality, Well-Being and the Life Course”

ABSTRACT: Policy debates on equality and employment in Europe are strongly gendered, as the EU strives to reduce gender differences in pay, job quality and employment opportunities.  Gender differences arise over the life course. This is key to understanding how men’s employment chances diverge from women’s over time and essential for the development of policies to reduce gender inequalities.  For instance, as women become restricted to jobs with ‘better’ working hours, their pay falls behind men’s pay.  More surprisingly, wellbeing increases over the life course for both man and women in northern European countries, but decreases over the life course for Mediterranean countries.

Brendan J. Burchell is a Reader at the Faculty of Human, Social, and Political Science at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge. He was Head of the Department of Sociology from October 2012 to October 2014.