Investigative Projects and Texts

Investigative Projects
EPIIC provides unusual opportunities for students to conduct research and investigative journalism projects related to its annual theme, both at home and abroad. The Institute for Global Leadership has supported more than 1,600 students traveling to more than 95 countries since 1986.

Students are able to take advantage of connections forged during the colloquium and symposium to pursue their interests and to create meaningful long term projects. EPIIC will collaborate this year with the Council for European Studies, and students will have the possibility to present their independent research at its annual forum in Philadelphia in April 2016, focusing on “Resilient Europe?”.

Students are encouraged to develop their own topics, such as: religion and secularism in Europe; “frozen conflicts” and potential flashpoints on the borderlands of Europe; dilemmas of inequality, racism, and xenophobia; is there a democratic deficit in Europe; the “blowback” consequences of European colonialism; populism from Podemos to Syriza; seccessionist movements...Catalonia...Scotland, etc.
International Students and EPIIC
Each year, EPIIC invites student delegations from international universities to the symposium week to expand the dialogue for them and for Tufts students. Last year, EPIIC brought more than 45 students from Brazil, China, Iraq, Israel, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, and Ukraine. EPIIC encourages Tufts students to develop research ideas with international students.
In addition to periodicals and papers, texts being considered for the two-semester course include:
Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, from 1453 to the Present, Brendan Simms
Year Zero: A History of 1945, Ian Buruma
1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe, Mary Elise Sarotte
Flash Points: The Emerging Crisis in Europe, George Friedman
Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe? Anthony Giddens
Europe’s Crisis, Europe’s Future, eds. Kemal Dervis and Jacques Mistral
Resilient Liberalism in Europe’s Political Economy, eds. Vivien Schmidt and Mark Thatcher
What does Europe Want? The Union and its Discontents, Slavo Zizek and Srecko Horvat
Echoes of Empire: Memory, Identity and Colonial Legacies, Kalypso Nicolaïdis with Berny Sebe
Dynamics of Memory and Identity in Contemporary Europe, Eric Langenbacher
Xenophobia and Islamophobia in Europe, Raymond Taras
The New Old World: An Indian Journalist Discovers the Changing Face of Europe, Pallavi Aiyar
The French Intifada, The Long War Between France and its Arabs, Andrew Hussy
European Union Foreign Policy in a Changing World, Karen E. Smith