The European Union | Newberry

The European Union

Friday, October 20, 2017

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Dr. Erik Tillman, DePaul University
Full. Waitlist only.
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Established in 1951 as a common market for coal and steel among six countries, the European Union today has (for now) 28 member states, an elected parliament, and a common currency used in 19 of those states. It is widely credited for helping to secure postwar peace and prosperity in Western Europe and later in guiding the democratization of Mediterranean and post-communist Europe in the 1980s and 1990s. Today, though, it faces numerous challenges: Brexit, the rise of nationalist and authoritarian political movements, the lingering effects of the financial crisis, relations with Russia, and the conflicts and refugee crises in neighboring regions. In this seminar, we will examine the historical development of the EU to understand how it functions today and how its design contributes to these contemporary challenges.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 6, 2017. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.