Friday, January 31, 2020

Announcing the EU Center's 18th Annual European Union Day Celebrations on February 20-21, 2020

Consul General Wolfgang Moessinger
We’re excited to announce the schedule of events for our 18th annual European Union Day celebrations on February 20-21, 2020. 

The keynote address will be given by Wolfgang Moessinger, Consul General of Germany in the U.S. Midwest, at 10:30am on Friday, February 21, in the Levis Faculty Center. CG Moessinger’s address is titled “’The New Cold War’: Liberal Democracy vs. Authoritarianism — Why the EU is Today More Important Than Ever Before.” Drawing on his previous experience as Consul General for Germany in Eastern Ukraine, CG Moessinger will discuss the need for international cooperation in promoting liberal democracies. He will elaborate on the history of liberal democracies, beginning with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and of German re-unification, and explore the current threats to democratic governments. Finally, he will explain why the European Union serves as a model of peaceful international collaboration.

Angie Estes
CG Moessinger’s keynote will be preceded by a EU Day of Art on Thursday, February 20. The Jupiter Quartet will give an invitation-only performance at 12:15pm in the ACES Library Heritage Room, and at 4pm, award-winning poet Angie Estes will give a reading of her work in the Illini Union Bookstore Author’s Corner. The poetry reading is open to the public, and there will be an opportunity for Q&A afterwards. Estes is the author of six poetry collections, including Enchantée (winner of the 2015 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award) and Tryst (a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize).

The EU Day of Art events are co-sponsored by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the Center for Advanced Studies, and ACES - International Programs. 

EU Day 2020 Schedule of Events 

February 20, 2020 | EU Day of Art
11:30 am – Reception prior to Jupiter Quartet performance
12:15 pm – Jupiter Quartet performance (INVITATION ONLY)
Heritage Room, Funk ACES Library, 1101 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801 (map)
4:00 pm – Poetry Reading by Angie Estes
Illini Union Bookstore, Author’s Corner, 809 S Wright St, Champaign, IL 61820 (map)
February 21, 2020
10:00 am – Welcome Reception
10:30 am – Keynote by Wolfgang Moessinger, Consul General of Germany in the Midwest
Levis Faculty Center, Third Floor, 919 W Illinois Street, Urbana, IL 61801 (map)


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