IPE Symposium 2019 poster

2019 Annual Symposium

October 25, 2019

The Euro at 20: Past, Present and Future

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the euro. From post-war beginnings through a half century of peace and into the challenges of today, the euro has been a symbol of the European Union’s efforts to foster international cooperation and shared economic prosperity.

What are the challenges involved in maintaining a currency union without a full political and fiscal union, and how has Europe addressed them? How did the euro weather the economic tensions of the Great Recession? How will it survive Europe’s current political crisis of legitimacy and populist backlash?

12:45 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Amy Yuen, Program Director, International Politics and Economics, Middlebury College
 
1:00–2:00 p.m. “The Euro as the Center of a Clash of Cultures”
Harold James, Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies and Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University
 
2:15–3:15 p.m. “2008, Populism and Brexit: Governing the Euro Area through the recent Global Crises”
Thierry Warin, Professor of Data Science for International Finance at SKEMA Business School (Raleigh, NC) and Director of the SKEMA Global Lab in Augmented Intelligence
 
3:30–4:30 p.m. “Europe’s (euro) Crisis of Legitimacy and the Populist Backlash”
Vivian Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science in the Pardee School at Boston University
 
4:30–5:00 p.m. Q & A with all speakers

Speaker Recordings

Harold James

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Thierry Warin

2008, Populism and Brexit: Governing the Euro Area through the recent Global Crises

Vivian Schmidt

Europe’s (euro) Crisis of Legitimacy and the Populist Backlash

Speakers

Harold James is Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies and Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University. He studies economic and financial history and modern European history, including the history of the European monetary union. He was a Fellow of Peterhouse for eight years before joining Princeton University in 1986. In 2004, he was awarded the Helmut Schmidt Prize for Economic History, and in 2005 the Ludwig Erhard Prize for writing about economics. His recent books include Making the European Monetary Union (2012) and The Euro and the Battle of Ideas (2016).

Thierry Warin is Professor of Data Science for International Finance at SKEMA Business School (Raleigh, NC) and Director of the SKEMA Global Lab in Augmented Intelligence. He is Principal Investigator of the Social Data Science Lab at CIRANO (Canada) and also Researcher at CERIUM-CEUE (University of Montreal). His research is mainly on international economics and finance topics, with a particular focus on European economic integration. His methodology of choice is Data Science, with a particular focus on high-power computing-based Econometrics and Ensemble methods. Professor Warin formerly taught Economics of the European Union here at Middlebury College.

Vivien A. Schmidt is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science in the Pardee School at Boston University. She is the author or editor of twelve books, including the forthcoming Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone and Democracy in Europe, named by the European Parliament as one of the ‘100 Books on Europe to Remember.’ Recent awards include decoration as Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor, the European Union Studies Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for her current project on the “Rhetoric of Discontent: A transatlantic comparison of the rise of populism.”

Sponsors

  • Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs
  • Office of the Dean of Faculty
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Economics
  • International Politics and Economics Program

Organizers and Contacts

  • Amy Yuen, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Middlebury International Politics and Economics
  • Obie Porteous, Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Kristina Sargent, Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Gary Winslett, Assistant Professor of Economics