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International Symposium

Presented at G.I.V.E. - The Global Institute for core Values and Education

Fall Symposium: Nov. 5-6, 2018

The Identity Crisis of Europe : Euroscepticism in Border Regions

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This symposium is funded by the EU Commission and is a Jean Monnet project.

As an integral part of the semester abroad, students will participate in an international symposium. The symposium is presented at G.I.V.E. - The Global Institute for core Values and Education - located at the Château de Pourtalès in Strasbourg, France.

Over the course of two days, they will interact with other students, take part in panel discussions, and listen to different presentations on interesting topics from European professors, business leaders, politicians, and academics.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn more about Europe, to broaden their perspectives on important cross-cultural and crossborder topics, and to foster cultural understanding and communication skills during their semester abroad.

There is no additional cost for the trip or the symposium since it is already included in the semester program fees.


  • Transportation to and from Strasbourg, France
  • 1 night at a hotel in Strasbourg incl. breakfast
  • Visit to the European Parliament or the Council of Europe
  • Participation in the International Symposium "Castle Talks"
  • Certificate of participation

In collaboration with the Institut de Science Politique (IEP) of the Université de Strasbourg.

Castle Talks on Cross-Border Cooperation


Castle Talks Symposium Fall 2018

The Identity Crisis of Europe : Euroscepticism in Border Regions

November 5-6, 2018

Future Castle Talks 

The crisis of Europe without borders: The re-questioning of Schengen and its consequences for European border regions

March 18 - 19, 2019

Crisis of peace? The scars of history: reconciliation in border regions

Nov. 4 - 5, 2019

The migration crisis, a humanitarian challenge for border regions  

 Spring 2020
Past Castle Talks 

Conflict and Cooperation at EU Borders
Eastern borders: Do borders help to foster intercultural understanding?

March 19-20, 2018

Conflict and Cooperation at EU Borders: European borders as sources
of conflict: What if the border threatens us?

November 9-10, 2017

European Integration: What if the border comes back in the European Union? Analysis with regard to the threat to European Integration

March 20-21, 2017
Conflict and Cooperation at EU Borders: Open or Closed Borders:Nov. 7-9, 2016
European vs. American IdentitiesMarch 21-22, 2016
"Border Bridges" - Memories of conflicts & peace in border regionsDec. 7-8, 2015
Comparative Human Rights - United States vs. EuropeMarch 27, 2015
Fear of Integration - Pertience of BordersDec. 8-9, 2014
Borders & GovernanceDec. 3, 2013

Wrap-up and reflections of the Fall 2016 Castle Talk Symposium from Brian Sutera
"[...] This symposium was a very rewarding experience that encouraged us, as students, to research and present our synopsis and suggestions of the recent refugee crisis facing the European Union borders." READ MORE »

Pictures from the Fall Symposium 2016

Pictures from past symposia