Outreach Activities



Past Workshops and Events

16-17 March 2014
Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies Conference: "We Shall Overcome: Civil Rights for All"

Middleton, WI

28 March 2014
Conference: Gender and Generations
Florida International University

16-20 June 2014
Summer Teacher Workshop

Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St.

A schedule of the event can be found here.

For all full list of all EUCE Events, see our events page.


Teaching Resources:

EU Lesson Plans: A modular series of 10 European Union lesson plans designed to support History and Social Studies curricula at the high school level (and can be adapted to Middle School). Each lesson can be used either as a stand-alone unit or as part of the series. Developed by educators, the lesson plans are continually updated to reflect new developments in the European Union and are accompanied by PowerPoint presentations. Download the promotional flyer. The lesson plans are available at www.eurunion.org.

Simulation Modules: These modules, created by the UW-Madison EUCE, are intended for use in grades 6-12. On each simulation website you will find materials for holding an in-class simulation of the EU policy-making process. Material is geared towards middle and high-school levels, but may well be used at the college level as a general introduction to the EU.

For more Teaching Resources, clickhere.

Euro Challenge:

The Euro Challenge is an exciting educational opportunity for high school students to learn about the European Union (EU) and the euro. Student teams of three to five students are asked to make presentations answering specific questions about the European economy and the single currency, the euro. They are also asked to pick one member country of the "euro area" (the 17 EU member countries that have adopted the euro so far), to examine an economic problem at the country level, and to identify policies for responding to that problem.

For more on the Euro Challenge, click here.

Summer Brussels Trip for Teachers:

Since the summer of 2009 the Delegation of the European Commission to the U.S. has been running an annual educational trip for K-12 teachers to Brussels. The UW-Madison’s European Union Center of Excellence has participated in this outstanding educational opportunity each year by inviting Wisconsin high school teachers to travel to Belgium. Each year our Wisconsin teachers join a group of secondary school teachers, university students, and other EUCE network staff from across the U.S. for the week long program which includes visits to the European Commission, the European Parliament, the US Mission and NATO.

For testimonials and more information, click here.

For information about this and other Europe-related workshops for K-12 teachers, see the website of the Center for European Studies

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Graduate Student Speakers Bureau. An important EUCE community outreach initiative sends graduate students out to public libraries, high schools, and regional educational conferences and other community forums for public discussions of current events in the EU. Topics have included the history and structure of the EU; EU/U.S. relations; and Turkey’s potential entrance into the EU. Please contact the Outreach Coordinator if your group is interested in this service!

Collaboration with Business, Service, and Interest Groups. EUCE affiliates regularly transmit information about current and emerging transatlantic foreign policy and other significant international issues to a broad community audience. Among our most important partners is the Chicago Council on Global Affairs , one of the largest independent, non-profit international affairs organizations in the Midwest with a membership of over 7,000. We also collaborate with a wide variety of local and regional governmental and business associations, including the Madison Committee on Foreign Relations, the Madison International Trade Association, and various local chapters of Rotary International. Outreach events feature prominent policy makers and allow local participants the opportunity to engage in candid discussion of important business, foreign policy, and international topics.

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Understanding the evolving architecture of EU governance is especially significant for US scholars, policymakers, businesses, and citizens in light of the growing influence on transatlantic relations of the EU’s internal governance structures and regulatory practices.

Innovative forms of EU governance such as the Open Method of Coordination [OMC] have begun to attract widespread attention from academics and policymakers in other parts of the world as a promising tool for enhancing implementation of national commitments within international organizations, deepening policy coordination within regional trading blocs, and improving multi-level governance within federal systems like that of the United States.

The EUCE maintains and continuously updates the online OMC Bibliography, a resource which is widely consulted and cited by scholars, students, policymakers, and practitioners across both Europe and the United States.

As part of the Center's ongoing mission to promote academic and policy dialogue about EU issues, and in pursuit of the EUCE theme The New Architecture of EU Governance, this forum makes available recent published and forthcoming work on the OMC to researchers, policy makers, and other qualified users. The forum is password protected; those interested in subscribing are welcome to contact the editor.

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