UNE celebrates Europe Day, the 9th of May

Published 08 May 2008

bevilacqua.jpgThe University of New England will be celebrating Europe Day tomorrow (Friday 9 May) with a program of talks, music, film, food and activities reflecting the University’s widely-recognised strengths in the study and teaching of European languages, literatures and cultures.

The program, beginning at 10 am in Lecture Theatre 111 of UNE’s Education Building, will include talks by specialists in the study of French, German and Italian, and by UNE staff members with a European heritage. Speakers will include Professor Kerry Dunne, Emeritus Professor Chris Gossip, Professor Giovanni Andreoni and Associate Professor Jurgen Brohmer (all of UNE) and Annick Bourveau of Alliance francaise in Canberra.

“The activities we have scheduled for the day include presentations on the role of Italy, France and Germany in the European Union, a screening of the much-loved feature film L’Auberge espagnole (2002) at 1.30 pm, and a quiz testing your knowledge about the EU,” said UNE Lecturer in French, Dr Helena Duffy. “You will also have a chance to sample Italian, French and German food and listen to music provided by Vivace!.”

On the 9th of May, 1950, Robert Schuman, the French Foreign Minister at the time, presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe, a structure that would help to maintain peaceful relations on the Continent. The proposal, known as the “Schuman declaration”, is considered as the beginning of the creation of what is known today as the European Union. The 9th of May has thus become one of the European symbols, along with the European flag, the anthem and the single currency (the euro).

“While in Europe the day is an occasion for activities and festivities that bring Europe closer to its citizens and that create a sense of a shared European identity, for us this is a chance to feel closer to Europe,” Dr Duffy said. “So, if you are studying or are thinking of studying European languages at UNE, if you would like to visit, work or study in the European Union, or if you simply want to know more about Europe, come and celebrate Europe Day with us.”

For more information about the day’s events, contact Dr Helena Duffy helena.duffy@une.edu.au, Dr Julia Petzl-Berney jpetzl@une.edu.au or Dr Livio Loi livio.loi@une.edu.au.

THE PHOTOGRAPH displayed here shows the Italian author Alberto Bevilacqua. It expands to include UNE’s Convener of Italian, Brennan Wales, and Alberto Bevilacqua’s wife, Olga. It was taken recently at the Italian Institute of Culture in St Petersburg, Russia, which Mr Wales was visiting to arrange a conference on Italian literature in the world.