April 22, 2004

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Contact: Michael Mosser, Graduate School and International Programs, (785) 864-6161.

KU to host two-day program examining European Union expansion April 26-27

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas will host a two-day program April 26 and 27 to examine the practical aspects of conducting business with the European Union when it expands its membership by 10 nations next month.

The program, "Europe at the Crossroads: What EU Enlargement Means for You," will be April 26 at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park and April 27 at the Kansas Union.

On May 1, the EU will expand from 15 member nations to 25, the largest expansion in its history. The new nations will join a well-established and growing political union of nearly 400 million people and a gross domestic product larger than that of the United States.

The Edwards Campus portion of the program will run from 4 to 6 p.m. April 26 in room 208. The program, "What Does EU Enlargement Mean for Your Business?" will feature noted Kansas City international business leaders sharing their strategies for success and the pitfalls to avoid in dealing with the EU expansion.

Peter Horvath of the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C., will be the speaker for the Lawrence part of the program beginning at 1 p.m. April 27 in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union. Following his remarks, speakers from a wide range of academic disciplines will participate in a roundtable discussion at 3 p.m. in Alderson Auditorium of the union. This event will give the audience a general overview of the impact of the EU on various aspects of European life, including politics, economics, history and culture, and how each of them will contribute to the EU expansion.

Following the roundtable, the audience will move to two consecutive breakout sessions. The first session will address the complex and ever-changing nature of "European" citizenship, while the second will closely examine the effects of expansion on select European countries.

The program will conclude with an evening presentation by Thomas Swick, noted travel author and travel editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Max Kade Center, 1134 W. 11th St. in Lawrence. Swick, author of "A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania with a Maverick Traveler," will read from his book and talk about his recent ravels throughout Western, Central and Eastern Europe.

Swick also will sign books at Oread Books, level 2 in the Kansas Union, from 2 to 3 p.m. April 27.

All sessions are free and open to the public. A complete schedule is online at http://www.international.ku.edu.

The program is sponsored by the KU Office of International Programs, Center for International Business Education Research, Hall Center for the Humanities, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Center for European Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, the Greater Kansas City World Trade Center and the International Relations Council.

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