Ambassador Kirn Visits North Carolina
On Friday, April 13, 2012, the Ambassador of Slovenia to the U.S. Roman Kirn, visited Chapel Hill, NC, where he held a public lecture at The Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina. The lecture presented Slovenia and the E.U. in the Global World Twenty Years after its independence was proclaimed.
Ambassador Kirn also participated in the panel discussion titled The European Union and the Arts, where he discussed the role of E.U. enlargement in the culture and the arts in Slovenia. The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Erica E. Edwards, Executive Director of the Center for European Studies. The Center, which advances understanding of the social, political, and economic events that shape contemporary Europe, in particular the European integration project, earned the European Union Center of Excellence grant for the 2011â€“ 2014 period.
Following the round table, the panelists: Ambassador Kirn; Federico Luisetti, an Assoc. Professor of Italian Studies at the UNC; Lorenzo Salvagni, a Graduate Teaching Fellow in Italian Studies at the UNC as well as professional pianist and composer; and Kim Sargeant, a General Manager of the E.U. Youth Orchestra, attended the performance of the European Union Youth Orchestra at the UNC's Memorial Hall. This, the first concert on EUYO's tour in the U.S. featured Carolina Choir and members of UNC Music faculty, performing together with the E.U. orchestra members, Beethoven's Choral Fantasy.