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International Symposium

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

Fall Symposium: November 9-10, 2017
Topic: Cross-border criminality and conflicts

What if the border threatens us? Analysis with regard to transfrontier crime, violence and political conflicts (threat of terrorism?)

This symposium is funded through the Jean Monnet Programme, which promotes knowledge on European integration on a worldwide scale.

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.

Future Symposia Topics



Do borders help to foster intercultural understanding?

March 19-20, 2018

Past Symposia

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?November 7-8, 2016
European vs. American IdentitiesMarch 21-22, 2016
"Border Bridges" - Memories of conflicts & peace in border regionsDecember 7-8, 2015
Comparative Human Rights - United States vs. EuropeMarch 27, 2015
Fear of Integration - Pertience of BordersDecember 8-9, 2014
Borders & GovernanceDecember 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