The European Refugee Crisis: A Roundtable Discussion

European Refugee Crisis Roundtable

This discussion of the European refugee crisis is sponsored by the University of Oklahoma European Union Center and features Rebecca Cruise, Ellen Elias-Bursac, and Mitchell P. Smith, moderated by WLT editor in chief Daniel Simon. Refreshments will be provided.

  • Rebecca Cruise, Assistant Professor, Department of International & Area Studies and Assistant Dean, OU’s College of International Studies, “Looking for Lampedusa: The Refugee Crisis in Italy”
  • Ellen Elias-Bursac, author of Translating Evidence and Interpreting Testimony at a War Crimes Tribunal: Working in a Tug-of-War (2015), “Croatia and the Refugee Crisis”
  • Mitchell P. Smith, Professor and Chair, Department of International & Area Studies and Associate Dean, OU’s College of International Studies, “Europe’s Refugees: An Existential Crisis for the European Union?”

Rebecca Cruise is assistant dean for OU’s College of International Studies and an assistant professor in the Department of International & Area Studies, where she teaches courses on activism as well as international terrorism, security studies, and comparative politics. The author of numerous articles and co-author of a book on international maritime security policy, Dr. Cruise is a regular contributor to World Views on KGOU, the university’s NPR affiliate. After receiving a BA from the University of Portland, Dr. Cruise earned her PhD from OU’s Department of Political Science in 2011.

Ellen Elias-Bursać has been translating novels and nonfiction by Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian writers since the 1980s. ALTA’s National Translation Award was given to her translation of David Albahari’s novel Götz and Meyer in 2006. She has co-authored a textbook for the study of Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian with Ronelle Alexander (now in its second edition), is a recipient of an NEA translation grant (2010), and was a fellow at the Banff International Literary Translation Centre (2011). Her book Translating Evidence and Interpreting Testimony at a War Crimes Tribunal: Working in a Tug-of-War was given the Mary Zirin Prize in 2015.

Mitchell P. Smith is associate dean of academic affairs for OU’s College of International Studies and holds the Max & Heidi Berry Chair in the Department of International & Area Studies. His work focuses on comparative and international political economy, with a particular emphasis on European integration. He is also the director of OU’s European Union Center. A graduate of Berkeley and Princeton, he has held fellowships in Brussels and Florence as well as a Fulbright Fellowship in European Union Affairs. Dr. Smith is the author of numerous articles and several books, most recently Protecting Public and Planet: Environmental and Health Regulation in the United States and the European Union.

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