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For the 1998-1999 academic year, CEP Poland supported eight Visiting Faculty Fellows and ten Eastern Scholars. They taught courses in law, economics, English philology, public administration, history, Canadian studies, political science, and sociology, and introduced new and innovative teaching methods at nine universities across Poland. Many of the courses taught by CEP Fellows had not been taught before at Polish universities. In addition, the Poland group was active in organizing a number of events for both students and faculty.

Several projects focused on the development of public administration education. In December 1998, CEP Poland organized a public administration conference to discuss administrative reform in the region. Hosted by Gdansk University and co-financed by the US Embassy and the Regional Assembly of Local Authorities, the conference attracted over thirty students and faculty, along with members of local government. The event was instrumental in helping to establish a public administration program at Gdansk University. Visiting Faculty Fellow Joe Grubbs supervised applied research projects in which the students also gained practical experience in public management. He set up a relationship between Grand Valley State University and Gdansk University which includes exchanges. Other activities focused on Poland’s role as part of the Baltic Sea region. An environmental conference, organized by Joost Platje, Visiting Faculty Fellow in Wroclaw and Opole, and the Scandinavian Studies Department at Gdansk University, was held in April 1999. The conference brought together scholars from the Baltic Sea states to discuss environmental issues in the region. The Nordic Council of Ministers helped finance the event.

Susan Pearce, a third year Visiting Faculty Fellow in Sociology at Gdansk University, organized an international conference, “Cultural Transformations and Civil Society,” which focused on cultural change in the region since 1989. Hosted by Krakow University, the conference brought together thirty lecturers from the region to discuss issues of culture in societies undergoing transformation. Proceedings of the conference have been prepared as a CEP publication. In addition, Susan arranged a variety of student field trips, such as one to the Polish parliament in Warsaw and to local news media organizations and started a local gender study group.

Korinna Georghiades, Visiting Faculty Fellow in Katowice, conducted an Internet workshop and a seminar on resumé preparation and interview techniques. She also arranged guest lectures and workshops at Silesian University by other CEP Fellows and colleagues from England.

With the active involvement of CEP law lecturers in Warsaw, the British Centre for English and European Law organized its annual Central and East European Moot Court Competition in May 1999. Forty student teams came to Krakow, where they argued a case on European Union law before a mock tribunal simulating the European Court of Justice. The participants represented many of the countries in which CEP works and the majority of teams were coached by CEP Fellows. The competition was judged by lawyers, law professors and judges, including a former justice from the European Court.

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