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Getting to Know Europe


Getting to Know Europe: Local Communities and the European Union

Getting to Know Europe (GTKE) is a program funded by the European Union under objective four of the Partnership Instrument. GTKE promotes greater knowledge and understanding, within local and regional communities in the United States, of the European Union, its international role, its policies, its culture, and the value and the significance of the EU-US transatlantic partnership.

The European Commission is supporting the following institutions for projects submitted for the 2015-2017 competition and will be implemented from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2017.

Proposals were evaluated according to the applicants’ technical and economic capacity to undertake the proposed project and the award criteria established in the competition Call for Proposals. The 16 projects listed below were consequently selected for award out of 35 proposals received.

Recipient Institution Project Description
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill UNC will undertake activities in three areas: classroom, campus, and community. UNC will create “Teaching the EU” toolkits and run training seminars for K-12 teachers in North Carolina. On campus, they will organise a speakers’ series, debate forums, and a European film festival. In their community, UNC will create the Europe Eats culinary competition and food fair as well as a photo exhibition and bring together the Honorary Consuls of the EU member states for a summit.
University of Pittsburgh Pitt’s activities will include an annual Europe Day Festival for the community, Virtual Teacher Workshops for K-12 teachers in the region, the Bridge to Transatlantic Leadership program for undergraduate students, as well as coordinating a study tour to Brussels for undergraduate students and K-12 teachers from Pittsburgh and around the United States.
Bay Area Economic Institute BACEI will research and produce a report on the relationship between Europe and the Bay Area in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation. They will interview key stakeholders in the EU-Bay Area economic relationship and hold several public forums to discuss the results of their research.
Ecologic Institute Ecologic will organise visits by representatives from 6 cities in the EU (Copenhagen, Barcelona, Turin, Malmo, Milan, and Lisbon) to 6 cities in the US (Denver, Minneapolis, Houston, Las Vegas, Memphis, and Detroit) to exchange best practice in the field of urban sustainable development – particularly on energy efficient buildings, urban mobility, and water management. The visits will include workshops, public forums, and site visits.
University of California, Berkeley UC Berkeley will develop a cadre of 100+ student ambassadors to do unique and deliberate peer-to-peer engagement on the EU. Berkeley will also organise public lectures, workshops for community college instructors, an annual Europe Day celebration, and other programs to engage minority and underprivileged students in the community.
Atlantic Council (Global Business and Economics Program) The Atlantic Council will organise four high-level events across the United States with local stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the following themes key to the EU’s economic agenda for growth: digital single market (San Francisco), manufacturing (Chicago), energy (Houston), and financial services (New York). The project will also involve a biannual briefing paper and weekly newsletter.
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Centre The AFI Silver Theater will grow participation and visibility for the annual AFI-EU Film Showcase, bringing in more students, doing more events with EU actors/filmmakers, and adding to visibility efforts. The Film Showcase will feature the latest high quality films from all of the 28 EU Member States each year.
EU Studies Association EUSA will organize an annual meeting of Jean Monnet Centers and Chairs to discuss best practices, coordinate outreach efforts/initiatives, as well as a public-facing event at the EU Studies Association biennial conference in Miami, FL in 2017. EUSA will also develop a new website to promote the activities being undertaken by the Jean Monnet grantees in the United States.
University of Florida Florida will organise a wide range of cultural events such as a graffiti wall competition and film festival, an oral history project on historic EU ties to Florida, an annual Europe Day festival, and a program on EU approaches to conflict resolution featuring Northern Ireland and the Balkans. It will also commission a survey on awareness and understanding of the EU across Florida.
New Jersey Institute of Technology NJIT will organise forums on topics of mutual interest and concern that bring together the EU and US business community, policy workshops for local, state, and federal officials, as well as EU Cultural Days for the general public in New Jersey and southeast Pennsylvania.
Friends of the Goethe Institut Southern California Friends of the Goethe Southern California will bring 3 contemporary dance and performance art pieces from across Europe to 9 cities in the US (focusing on the West Coast). Performances will reflect the themes of European cooperation and integration, and will also be accompanied by lectures and master classes.
Columbia University Columbia’s European Institute will organise a high-level speakers’ series in New York City across the range of EU-US policy agenda, targeting not just students, but also business, policy, and civil society stakeholders. Topics will include EU foreign policy, the Eurozone, data protection, and more.
University of Denver The University of Denver will work with a strong network of universities in Colorado and across the Mountain West region to deliver speakers’ series and forums on EU policy and EU-US relations. Denver will also raise the visibility of the EU and engage with the community through board memberships with World Trade Center Denver and other institutions.
University of Illinois Illinois will organise annual EU Day and “EU on the Road” activities in both Champaign-Urbana and Peoria, IL, the Transatlantic Educators Dialogue program for primary/secondary school teachers, the regional EuroChallenge competition, and several public events on TTIP, and a study tour to Washington, DC to visit relevant US institutions that work with the EU.
Boston University Boston University will curate a series of events with European artists, writers, and poets (“European Voices”) and with European media, academics, and policymakers (“Interferences”) on topics fundamental to the future of the EU-US relationship.
Chapman University Chapman University’s grant project will focus on EU’s strength and policies in creative and cultural industries. Specific activities include a high-profile conference, three residencies for visiting European artists or experts, exhibitions on urban regeneration, and the establishment of an incubator for ongoing collaborations between EU and US creative/cultural enterprises.