The Nanovic Institute for European Studies was proud to welcome a delegation of Labour and Conservative Members of Parliament of the United Kingdom during a brief visit to campus on May 28, 2019. Organized by the British Consulate in Chicago, Dr. Lisa Cameron, MP, Stephen Metcalfe, MP, David Morris, MP, and Ian Murray, MP, visited both Notre Dame and the City of South Bend to learn how new technologies and financing models have been used to upgrade infrastructure and create smart, accessible cities. The delegation was joined by Brian Donoghue, Director of Civic Innovation for the City of South Bend, Monica Caro, Senior Associate Director of the Nanovic Institute, and Catherine Wilson, Senior Counselor & Protocol Officer of Notre Dame International, who provided the MPs with a brief tour of the historic parts of Notre Dame's campus. Ray Offenheiser, Director of the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development and Keough School Distinguished Professor of the Practice, joined the group for lunch to share insights about how automation may affect the workforce and education in the future, which was particularly appreciated by the visitors.
The Nanovic Institute remains grateful for the opportunity to welcome the group and looks forward to continuing collaborations with the British Consulate in Chicago, which hosted the visit. The Institute was particularly glad to welcome Deputy Consul General Maria Rennie to campus for the first time, along with Erick Thomas, Head of Politics, Press & Public Affairs for the Consulate.
The Nanovic Institute for European Studies, created in 1992, is a teaching and research institute of the Keough School of Global Affairs. It serves as an integrated, interdisciplinary home for students and faculty to explore the evolving ideas, cultures, beliefs and institutions that shape Europe today.
Playing a key role in the internationalization of Notre Dame, the institute sponsors the scholarly and professional work of more than 100 undergraduates and graduate students every year and administers an undergraduate minor in European studies.