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The official Opening of the 2010-2011 Academic Year of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) will be held on Monday, 6 September. Taking ‘Europe' as its central theme, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, chairman of the European Parliament's Green Party, will feature as the keynote speaker.

The official Opening of the 2010-2011 Academic Year of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) will be held from 15:00 on Monday, 6 September. Taking ‘Europe' as its central theme, this year's event will feature Daniel Cohn-Bendit, chairman of the European Parliament's Green Party, as the keynote speaker. In his address, Cohn-Bendit will explore how ‘The European Dream' has evolved over the past few decades. As a leader of the international student movement in the late 1960s, he will focus in particular on the role that universities have played in the development of Europe.

‘The End of Europe’

In the second part of the programme, three UvA professors will consider ‘The End of Europe' through the lens of their respective disciplines. Professor of Eastern European Studies Michael Kemper will examine whether we have reached the limits of European expansion and will analyse various dimensions of European expansion and integration.

Deirdre Curtin, professor of European Law and director of the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance, will follow with a look at legislative and administrative aspects of ‘Europe'.

Concluding this part of the programme is Claes de Vreese, professor of Communication Science and director of the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, who will examine why many people in the Netherlands and other countries are so ambivalent about the notion of ‘Europe'. Is this the end, or can the tide still be turned?

Dutch universities in the European context

Karel van der Toorn, president of the Executive Board of the UvA, will close the afternoon with a discussion of the European context of Dutch higher education. What factors distinguish American and European universities? How are the Dutch universities to fulfil the high social and political expectations set for them?

Rounding out the event will be an entertaining intermezzo featuring cabaret artist Freek de Jonge. The Opening of the Academic Year will take place in the University's main Auditorium, located at Singel 411 in Amsterdam. The event will be followed by a reception in the foyer of the Maagdenhuis commencing at 16:30.