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“Castle Talks” International Symposium

The Global Institute for core Values and Education (G.I.V.E.)

is housed at the Château de Pourtalès in Strasbourg. The Château de Pourtalès has been for centuries a place where the decision-takers of Europe in the 19th and 20th century came together to brainstorm, develop new ideas and create new models for a united Europe without borders and frontiers.

If you are enrolled in one of our semester programs, you are invited to travel to our European Study Center in Strasbourg, France and take part in our 2-day International Symposium.

You will listen to presentations from keynote speakers, attend dynamic panel discussions, and can actively participate in dialogues with other students, scholars, politicians, and business leaders from Europe.

Topics vary from semester to semester, but will generally focus on Cross-Border Cooperation and Cross-Cultural Relations topics between North America and Europe.

The symposium is an extra opportunity for you to learn something new, to broaden your perspectives on important subjects, and to foster cultural understanding and communication during your semester abroad.

There is no additional cost for the trip or the symposium since it is already included in your semester program fees.

  • Roundtrip transportation to Strasbourg
  • 1 night lodging in shared rooms. Breakfasts are included.
  • Field trips to the European institutions
  • Invitation to participate in the symposium, including a light lunch.
  • Evening reception and dinner the evening before the symposium
  • Certificate of Participation at the end of the symposium

Although the common languages of the symposium is English and French, many participants will speak or present in different native languages.


Future Symposia Topics


Cross-border criminality and conflicts

What if the border threatens us? Analysis with regard to transfrontier crime, violence and political conflicts (threat of terrorism?)

November 9-10, 2017


Do borders help to foster intercultural understanding ?

March 19-20, 2018

Past Symposia


European Integration: What if the border comes back in the European Union? Analysis with regard to the threat to European Integration

March 20-21, 2017
Download the Agenda: Conflict and Cooperation at EU Borders: Open or Closed Borders:Nov. 7-9, 2016
European vs. American IdentitiesMarch 21-22, 2016
"Border Bridges" - Memories of conflicts & peace in border regionsDec. 7-8, 2015
Comparative Human Rights - United States vs. EuropeMarch 27, 2015
Fear of Integration - Pertience of BordersDec. 8-9, 2014
Borders & GovernanceDec. 3, 2013

Impressions from the November 2016 "Castle Talks" Symposium

Castle Talks Nov. 2016