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Linfield accounting professor to discuss European Union

A Linfield College business professor will kick off the spring semester faculty lecture series. Rich Emery, professor of accounting, will present “The European Union Turns Sixty” Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

Emery’s talk will focus on the European Union (EU) since its inception and the issues it is currently facing. He will look at some historic and major events including enlargement from six members to the current 27. He will also discuss some important successes which, in addition to enlargement, include the Single Market and the Economic and Monetary Union.

According to Emery, the EU is currently faced with three issues – the relationship between the EU institutions and national governments; future enlargement, particularly of Turkey; and the recession.

“All this is important because the EU represents the largest market in the world,” Emery said.

Emery has presented numerous papers about the EU at the University of Nebraska, Omaha’s European Studies Conference. He has led Linfield’s January Term course on the EU eight times, most recently in January 2009. He and students spent a week at the University of Limerick in Ireland, followed by 10 days in Luxembourg and 10 days in Brussels with day trips to Frankfurt, Trier and Bruges, as well as weekend trips to Munich, Paris and Amsterdam.

Emery holds a bachelor’s from Lewis and Clark College, and MBAs from Eastern New Mexico University and Golden Gate University. He is a CPA.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.