Hope College will host a panel discussion on the impact of Brexit on the United Kingdom, European Union and United States which will take place at Hope College on Monday, March 13, at 4 p.m. in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The panel will feature Dr. Iannis Carras of the IES Abroad European Union Center, Dr. Christian Schnee of the IES Abroad London Center, and Dr. Stephen Smith of Department of Economics and Business at Hope.  The event is a collaboration of IES Abroad and the Fried Center for Global Engagement at Hope.

Dr. Iannis Carras, a European and a citizen of Great Britain and Greece, is a social and economic historian of the European 18th and 19th centuries. His research focuses on Central and Eastern Europe. He has published work on the history of the Enlightenment, on migration, and on trade and trading communities. He has taught courses in history and political science at the Universities of Freiburg, Athens, Thessaloniki and Corfu, and has held a number of research positions. He is currently teaching European politics at the IES European Union Centre in Freiburg and at University College, Freiburg University. He holds degrees from Oxford University, Johns Hopkins University and Athens University. He writes about contemporary political and cultural issues in the press, and has also been active in European politics and civil society groups.

Dr. Christian Schnee works as a lecturer in political science and public relations and authored half a dozen books about British and German history. He studied at universities in England, Scotland and the United States and subsequently was hired by Germany’s governing party CDU - initially as press officer and later promoted at the age of 28 to become the country’s youngest director of government communications in the city state Hamburg. After time as head of international media relations in the run-up to the 2006 FIFA Football World Cup and a further two years as departmental head of one of Europe’s largest political think tanks, he returned to academia. He wrote monographs about municipal history, the first German language biography of King George I and a volume analysing reputation management of British politicians. Schnee has guest-lectured and taught classes to candidates for political office and students of political science in Germany, Italy, the Ukraine, The Czech Republic, Greece and Macedonia.

Dr. Stephen L. S. Smith, a specialist in international economics and economic development, is a professor of economics at Hope.  He previously taught at Middlebury College and at Gordon College, and in the fall of 2016 served his second stint as a visiting scholar at the U.S. International Trade Commission, this time with the Research Division of the ITC’s Office of Economics.  He publishes widely in professional journals and is active in the Association of Christian Economists, whose journal, Faith & Economics, he edited for many years.  A partner with American Enterprise Institute’s Values & Capitalism program since 2010, he co-authored “Economic Growth: Unleashing the Potential of Human Flourishing” (with Edd Noell and Bruce Webb), issued in the program’s mini-book series.  He has also taught in the Values & Capitalism Summer Honors Program at AEI, most recently leading the seminar in International Economic Development.  He earned his doctorate in economics at Stanford University, and his bachelor’s degree at Williams College.

The Martha Miller Center for Global Communication is located at 257 Columbia Ave., at the corner of Columbia Avenue and 10th Street.