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Socialist Internationalism: Cold War Legacies
April 11-12, 2014
223 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley

This workshop explores the social and cultural legacies of Cold War Socialist internationalism. Recent scholarship has focused on the ties between so-called Second and Third World countries since the 1950s and their prominence in international organizations, but little attention has been paid to its effects on the everyday life of people(s) around the globe. What intimate connections evolved out of development projects, cultural exchanges, political or labor migrations, international co-­operations and economic aid programs during the Cold War? How did internationalism influence the social history of State Socialism and vice versa: What has been the impact of the ideology and practice of Socialist global solidarity in Africa, Latin America or Asia? For more information, see the Workshop website.

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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!

Report on the Loss of French Musical Property in WWII
Carla Shapreau, a research associate with IES and lecturer at Berkeley Law, has conducted research on musical instruments and ancillary materials such as musical manuscripts and rare books expropriated by the Nazis. Her work deals with a valuable part of cultural patrimony which is often forgotten about or overlooked in the wider debate about art theft preceeding and during World War II. To learn more, please go to our escholarship site where you can view her report on this topic stemming from research recently conducted in France and underwritten by the France Berkeley Fund.

University of Cologne

IES Announces University of Cologne Exchange and Fellowships
IES is proud to announce the establishment of the Berkeley-Cologne Fund between the University of California and University of Cologne to support scholarly collaboration and exchanges between the two universities. The Fund encourages and supports original research of the highest quality and new collaborations.

Financial support is provided for Berkeley scholars seeking to visit Cologne and German scholars seeking to visit Berkeley. Berkeley-Cologne Graduate Student Fellowships and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship are offered annually. Please see our grants section for complete information on eligibility and application procedures.

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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.

Transatlantic Mass Migration as a Travel Business 1900-1914
Issues Then, Implications Now

In November, independent, Zurich-based historian Drew Keeling discussed his research and book on historic migration between the US and Europe, highlighting the back-and-forth exchange of immigrants and the business aspects of the transport. His talk was illustrated with etchings, charts, maps, newapapers, and statistics from the period, and drew parallels with contemporary questions of immigration in the United States today.

Keeling states, "Human migration across the early 20th century North Atlantic was largely unimpeded by legal barriers, and thus offers historical insight into deeper underlying factors shaping enduring, voluntary and economically-motivated long distance mass relocation. A complex multinational travel business, the common denominator of this ethnically diverse movement prior to the First World War, neither significantly caused, nor was mainly caused by, the massive back-and-forth trans-oceanic transfer of the millions of self-selected and self-limited European emigrants from whom about one third of contemporary Americans are descended."

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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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