Center for European Studies

European Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison stands out as a singular resource for teaching, research, and outreach of European subjects in all fields. Now in its 42nd year, European Studies has garnered the four most prestigious grants in the field, the only US university to achieve this feat. Renewed again in 2008 as one of ten European Union Centers of Excellence in the country, European Studies also holds the DAAD Center for German and European Studies, the French government Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies as well as the federal Title VI Center for European Studies (CES) created in 2000.

CES fully adheres to the UW's 106-year old legacy of the “Wisconsin Idea”—combining research and teaching with public service. Its research, curricular and outreach programs impact the University of Wisconsin-Madison, its 26 sister schools, the K-14 community, the Midwest, and the nation as a whole. Our 245 affiliated faculty in 46 departments and 11 professional schools have created a dynamic interdisciplinary intellectual community; students attend our European courses—in 2008-09 alone, 34,667 students enrolled in 1,563 European Studies courses.

In 2010-2014 CES will augment this national leadership, using Title VI funds to further internationalize our curriculum. CES will build on its base of 932 European area studies courses with the creation of 26 new interdisciplinary courses (9 in professional schools) and grow the undergraduate Certificate in European Studies program, already up from 50 recipients per annum in 2006 to over 125 in 2009, a 275% increase. We will enhance content-based language learning with 16 new Foreign Language across the Curriculum (FLAC) sections, improving depth of teaching of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) with new emphasis on Turkish, Modern Greek, Modern Irish, Finnish and Icelandic. CES will also enhance advanced, third-year offerings in established LCTLs—Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish. CES will continue to enrich the UW library's nationally recognized European collection with targeted purchases in LCTLs, EU resources, and materials related to the themes below.

The CES outreach program takes this learning to the world beyond the university, providing extensive teacher training from elementary through community college levels, events for media, business, and the general public, and national events (e.g. on EU/US transatlantic relations given the rise of China and other developing nations). In 2006-2010, CES held well over 400 such outreach events in all three Title VI mandated areas (K-16, business and media, general public) including 22 K-14 events, and will do so again in 2010-2014. Our 245 affiliated faculty, which includes 35 new hires since 2005, will create interdisciplinary international working groups under the rubric “European Internationalisms” on the themes: (1) the EU and Development Assistance: Human Security, Energy Security; (2) Translating Cultures; (3) Europe and the Islamic Mediterranean; and (4) EU/US Transatlantic Relations: the Pacific Eclipse? Each theme, often co-sponsored with other UW NRCs (LACIS, CREECA), contains 4-6 new courses and FLACs, 2 or more major workshops, conferences and/or symposia, as well as substantial teacher training, and other general public outreach. Specific attention will be devoted to our signature programs, including major outreach projects such as the UW “Inside Islam” web portal which reaches local teachers, national radio to international universities. These plans will substantially improve CES capacity as a unique national resource in European Studies, while meeting pressing national security and economic needs in language and area studies knowledge and expertise.