• Scholar Emil Kirchner Begins Two-Month Visit to Suffolk


Emil Kirchner, an international leader in the research and teaching of European and German politics, and professor of European Studies at the University of Essex, is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Suffolk University during March and April, 2008.

During his stay, Kirchner is teaching a course on international security, delivering a public lecture and hosting an international conference. His lecture, "The Lisbon Treaty: What Future for Europe?" will be held on Tuesday, March 25 at 1pm in Sawyer 427. The day-long conference, "Changing State Security Cultures: From Deterrence to Prevention,” is scheduled for April 18 in Sawyer 429; the event is open to the public, however seating is limited. Scholars from Canada, France, Italy, Germany, United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Japan and Mexico will present their research progress.

The Jean Monet Professor of European Integration and coordinator of the Jean Monet European Centre of Excellence, Kirchner is widely published in the areas of European security policy, European integration, EU decision-making, German politics, and European interest groups. His most recent publications include EU Security Governance (with James Sperling); Global Security Governance: Competing Perceptions of Security in the Twenty-First Century (edited with James Sperling); and Europe in Change: Committee Governance in the European Union (edited with Thomas Christiansen).

Kirchner received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his outstanding service to Anglo-German relations in teaching, research, and cultural activities.

Kirchner’s visit is the fifth in the spring line-up of Distinguished Visiting Scholars at the College of Arts & Sciences, a program launched in 2005 to bring nationally and internationally renowned scholars, artists, and intellectuals to the Boston campus for stays ranging from one week to a month.

Suffolk’s Distinguished Visiting Scholars contribute to the creative and intellectual vitality of the entire University by teaching courses, leading workshops and roundtables, and delivering public lectures. The scholars also have numerous informal opportunities to interact, consult, and collaborate with members of the Suffolk community during their residency.

Additional information about the program, as well as the schedule of speakers for spring 2008, is available online, at http://www.suffolk.edu/college/385.html.

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