Working closely with Wisconsin’s academic community, the Madison Warburg Chapter helps engage the German-American community and those interested in transatlantic relations through policy discussions and lectures. The Chapter organizes events in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for German and European Studies (one of six German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Centers of Excellence in the United States).
Typically, the Chapter offers two to three lectures each year, which are co-sponsored by other UW-Madison campus departments and research units, local philanthropic groups, foreign affairs agencies, the Madison-Freiburg Sister City Project and Wisconsin-Hessen Society, the Max Kade Institute, the Goethe Institut-Chicago, and German heritage groups. Discussions generally take place in the afternoon to allow for students and business professionals to attend.
In recent years, the Chapter has hosted events with speakers such as Hans Kundnani, Senior Transatlantic Fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States; Ambassador Thomas Matussek, Former Senior German Diplomat and Senior Advisor at Flint Global in Berlin; Torsten Schimanski, Director of Open Enrollment Training for the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP); and Eckart von Unger, Senior Manager at the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Topics discussed at Chapter events range from transatlantic relations to politics to strategies to meet the skills gap.
About the Chapter Director
Executive Director of the European Studies Alliance
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Elizabeth Covington is Executive Director of the European Studies Alliance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she writes grants for and administers three independent centers with combined budgets of $1.2 million per annum. The European Studies Alliance is part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of International Studies and International Institute, one of the leading international studies specialized units in the United States. Dr. Covington works closely with at least 100 faculty among the 245 faculty affiliated with European Studies, in disciplines ranging from German to Industrial Systems Engineering to Life Sciences Communication, and beyond. She also collaborates with diverse off-campus constituencies – in the local region, nationally, and internationally, especially those in business and international education (German Academic Exchange Service, Madison Committee on Foreign Relations, Global European Union Centers of Excellence, German-American Chamber of Commerce).
She earned a doctorate in Modern European History from UCLA and an advanced degree from the University of Paris, and has been teaching history, French, English, and International Studies at the university level since 1987. She has won fellowships and awards from the DAAD and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. She currently teaches “From Europe to EU,” an honors seminar which traces European integration from 1945 through the current eurozone crisis, and has taught several courses on comparative German and U.S. environmental and consumer policy. She does some comparative research on EU/U.S. consumer organizations and their relationship to civil society in her free time.