|The 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Union, and its impact on literature and politics will be examined at the 34th annual Western Pennsylvania Symposium on World Literatures from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 30.
Duquesne University will host the event in the Duquesne Room of the Duquesne Union. Sponsored by a consortium of 15 colleges and universities, the event offers the opportunity to hear speakers of international and national renown for free.
Every year, the symposium has examined issues around the theme of an anniversary of some sort, said Carla E. Lucente, director of the symposium, professor of modern languages and literatures, and director of the international relations program at Duquesne. “This is one of the first anniversary celebrations taking place in the United States on the Treaty of Rome, and it’s just so important because the treaty set the future for all of the European Union.”
“In taking up politics and literature, the conference focuses on questions that will define the future of the EU,” said Charles Rubin, chair of the event and associate professor of political science at Duquesne. “As political and economic integration proceeds, how much should we expect—or want—to see the development of a common European culture as well? What would be the sources, and limits, of that culture?”
Among the speakers and panels discussing these issues are:
The European Union at 50: Perspectives on the Past and the Future, 1 p.m.
Conversation with an Ambassador, 2:15 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion, 3 p.m.
Literature and the European Union Constitution, 4 p.m.
A reception will follow in the Duquesne Union Ballroom at 5 p.m. Cost for the banquet is $25, with reservations due by March 23. For more information or to make reservations, contact email@example.com or 412.396.6415.
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