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Fall 2014 Highlights A Cemetary
The First World War Centenary

In August 2014, the world marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. In commemoration of this watershed moment in world history, the Institute of European Studies organizes a series of lectures.

  • Tuesday, September 16
    100 Years Later: What Effect Remains from the First World War on the European-American Relationship?

    Panel Discussion with distinguished author Adam Hochschild, historian Andrea Sinn, and film director Eva Knopf. Moderation: Monika Bauerlein, editor-in-chief of Mother Jones Magazine.
    Organized in cooperation with the Goethe Institute and the UC Berkeley Department of German.

    370 Dwinelle Hall (Level G), 6-7.30 PM, followed by a reception.

  • Wednesday-Thursday, September 24-25
    Zweig in the World: Rethinking Weltliteratur and Cosmopolitanism with Stefan Zweig

    International conference on the Austrian Jewish author Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) with Klemens Renoldner, Rüdiger Görner, Norbert Wolf, Daniela Strigl, Arturo Larcati, Gilad Sharvit, Gregor Thuswaldner, Deniz Göktürk, Arnhilt Höfle, Jeroen Dewulf, and Ashwin Manthripragada.

    370 Dwinelle Hall (Level G), 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

    Organized in cooperation with the UC Berkeley Department of German, the Stefan Zweig Centre at Salzburg University, the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Center for Jewish Studies, the Goethe-Institut in San Francisco, and the Consulate General of Austria in California.

  • Thursday, November 13
    Imperial Germany’s Peculiar War, 1914-1918

    2014 Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Lecture by Roger Chickering (History Department, Georgetown University)

    201 Moses Hall, 6-7 PM, followed by a reception.

Spring Newsletter Now Online
IES is pleased to announce and profile our newly appointed Director in our Spring Newsletter. Learn about our events and publications, bake some delicious cookies, and stay tuned for upcoming Europe-related cultural events in the Bay Area this summer / fall. Please click here to read more.

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IES Annual Report
Our Annual Report for three years of IES activity (2010-13) is now available via .pdf. If you'd like to learn more about IES' active support of Europe-related scholarship at the University of California, the report provides an overview of the essential role IES playsboth at Berkeley and throughout the entire UC university network. Students, grantees, visiting scholars, conferences, publications, and research initiatives are all highlighted therein. Enjoy!

Durer Apocalypse

Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Annual Lecture
Christian Eschatology and the Nazi Final Solution

Professor John Connelly, Department of History, UC Berkeley, gave the second Annual Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Annual Lecture on November 12, 2013 at the Alumni House on the Cal campus. He discussed the theology of the "End Times" and how that played into Jewish persecution at the hands of the Nazis. An audience of seventy-five interested Berkeley and community members attended, along with guest of honor, Mrs. Norma Feldman. Current IES Director John Efron introduced Prof. Connelly, and fond memories of former IES Director Gerald Feldman were recalled throughout the activities.

Explained Professor Connelly, “Eschatology—an obscure branch of theology dealing with the end of time—would seem irrelevant to the fate of the Jews in Nazi occupied Europe. Yet eschatological ideas formed the core of a view that made Christians believe that Jews were destined to suffer to the end of time, supported by a theology built over centuries whose conclusions seemed ineluctable. My talk explored how thinkers at the margins of the Church, working in the shadow of the Holocaust, replaced those ideas with a revolutionary new vision that became Church teaching in 1965.”

Questions followed his talk, as did an informal reception in Alumni House.

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The Future of the Euro: Lessons from History

At a time when the recent economic upheaval of Cyprus, Greece, and Spain has been in the news, IES was pleased to host a conference considering the history and future of the Euro in April.

Cosponsored by IES, the EU Center of Excellence, the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, and the Austrian National Bank, it was held at the University of California, Berkeley at the Faculty Club. Prominent economists and historians from Berkeley, the US, and abroad discussed this topical issue in front of a large, interested audience and press.

The Conference focused on the following questions: Will the Euro survive? Should it? Will the current crisis lead to the banking, fiscal, and political union ultimately required for monetary union and envisioned when the euro was created? Or will current efforts to stabilize the monetary union with only limited moves in the direction of banking, fiscal and political union suffice to save the Euro? Is there danger that pressure for deeper integration will b only worsen the “democratic deficit problem” and create a backlash against the larger European project?

Videos of the presentations are now available at Cal's youtube site. For background information about the Conference, including program information, please go here.

This event was sponsored in part by the European Union.

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