For the 2021-22 academic year, the European Studies Center has announced its annual programmatic theme: “Recovering Europe.” Many of this year’s virtual roundtables will speak to this theme. In the Fall semester, sessions will explore economic and public health issues related to Europe’s recovery from the pandemic. In the Spring semester, sessions will consider different, and often uneven, attempts to reckon with and recover from the enduring legacies of European colonialism. The series will be bookended by sessions devoted to important elections impacting Europe.
As Europe seeks to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, European leaders have implemented digital health passes and vaccine passports. These measures have met comparatively little resistance compared to the U.S., but critics warn of ethical and legal concerns, including data privacy. What does free movement mean in the time of COVID? How might we understand differences in public health policy with regards to vaccine mandates and vaccine passports across Europe and how does that compare to the U.S.?
Audience participation is encouraged.
Peter Baldwin, University of California Los Angeles
Ana Beduschi, University of Exeter
Sarah Chan, University of Edinburgh
Alex John London, Carnegie Mellon University
Moderated by Jae-Jae Spoon, University of Pittsburgh
Miami-Florida Jean Monnet European Center of Excellence, Florida International University; EU Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne
Co-funded with support from the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union