Center for German and European Studies

Apr 20
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Speaker Max Gruenig

Urban Sustainability in Germany

Max Gruenig, President of the Ecologic Institute US, came to IES to present on his organization’s work relating to the construction post-carbon cities worldwide. Throughout the lecture, he provided an overview to the historical background of this transatlantic project as well as to some the current areas – in particular urban mobility, water management, and energy-efficient buildings – in which it primarily focuses.

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Apr 13
Speaker Molly Loberg (California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo)

Consumer Culture and Street Politics in Berlin

Molly Loberg, Associate Professor of History at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, gave a lecture on consumer culture and street politics in Berlin between 1914-1945. The lecture centered on the contents of Loberg’s book, The Struggle for the Streets of Berlin, where she cites three important factors to consider when identifying sites of consumption: chronology, space, and perception.

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Apr 03
Speaker Jonathan Long (Durham Univ.) and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Photography, Publics, and Weimar Republic Pacifism

IES welcomed Jonathan Long, Professor of German and Digital Culture at the University of Durham (UK), for a lecture on pacifism in the Weimar Republic. To begin, Long discussed Ernst Friedrich’s photobook entitled Krieg dem Krieg (War Against War!).

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Mar 24

Dr. Thomas Seidel and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Reform of the UN Security Council

IES welcomed German diplomat Thomas Seidel to the Berkeley campus for a lecture detailing the various reforms the United Nations’ Security Council is currently undergoing. Seidel outlined the main areas of conflict with regard to proposed changes to the UN, including the regional rivalry between the neighbors of permanent members.

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Mar 17

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Tim Brown

The History of the Green Movement in East and West Germany

IES and welcomed Timothy Scott Brown, Professor of History at Northeastern University and currently Senior Fellow at IES, for a lecture on the rise of green politics and ecologism in West and East Germany during the Cold War.

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Mar 16

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Anja Mirh

Transitional Justice in Germany, Turkey and Spain

Anja Mihr, Program Director of the Humboldt-Viadrina Center on Governance through Human Rights, gave a lecture to an audience of twenty at IES on transitional justice and regime consolidation in Europe during the 20th century, focusing more specifically on the contexts of Turkey during the late 20th and early 21st centuries, post-Franco Spain, and post-World War II Germany.

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Feb 28

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Cornelia Schu (Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration)

Germany as a Country of Immigration

IES was pleased to welcome Cornelia Schu, Managing Director of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration, to the Berkeley campus. Her lecture, which centered on Germany’s status as an immigration country, paid close attention to labor migration trends and the most recent refugee influx.

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Jan 30
FSU Jena Berkeley delegation

Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee addressing the Jena and Berkeley delegations (UC Berkeley photo by Brittany Hosea-Small)

Strengthening the Jena-Berkeley Partnership

IES welcomed a delegation from the city of Jena, Germany, and its Friedrich Schiller University to the Berkeley campus. Based on a longstanding partnership between the sister cities of Berkeley and Jena, a fruitful cooperation between the universities has developed over the last two decades.

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Dec 14
Workshop participants in conversation

Participants at the workshop “Jews, Germans, and other Europeans”

Jewish Identity in Europe

From December 14-16, Berkeley’s Center for Jewish Studies hosted a workshop for a group of twenty PhD students entitled “Jews, Germans, and other Europeans: Modern Encounters.”

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Dec 06
group photo of IES-Der Kreis graduate student workshop

Participants at the IES-Der Kreis graduate student workshop

Graduate Student Workshop on Modern German Histories

On December 6, Der Kreis, a graduate student working group sponsored by IES, organized a workshop on “Modern German Histories.”

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