Institute for European Studies eNews: The IES Newsletter Vol. 8 Issue 1 Winter 2008
Features   Bulletins

Berlin, Symphony of a City PosterGerman Visual Film Culture Presented to California High School Teachers
Noga Wizansky is IES’s new Assistant Director of Center for Western European Studies. She holds an interdisciplany PhD from Berkeley specializing in visual representation in early twentieth-century Germany. Recently she spoke to high school teachers at IAS’ 2007 ORIAS Summer Institute about a seminal German silent film from the 1920's. What follows is a substantially abbreviated version of her interesting and thought-provoking analysis. Noga's presentation is a good example of how IES remains vital in fostering pertinent and up-to-date scholarship about Europe to a broad public throughout the state of California. Read more ...

Two Euro Coin ImageSupport IES
IES counts on donor support to help fund our scholarships and to help us secure stable funding for new, innovative initiatives bringing, for example, prominent European authors and creative folk (artists, public intellectuals, filmmakers, etc.) to Berkeley for public lectures, seminars, and conferences. Gifts can be made in the form of cash, securities, real estate, or pledges. They can also be left to IES from one's estate through a will or trust. All gifts also count towards UC Berkeley's overall fundraising goals, keeping it competitive with the very best universities worldwide. Won't you consider a gift today? Read more ...

Gerald D. Feldman: In Memorial

Gerald D. Feldman Portrait, photo by Norma Feldman
Former IES Director Gerald Feldman, photo by Norma von Ragenfeld-Feldman

Gerald D. Feldman, professor emeritus of the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley, and long-time director of IES, died on October 31 at his home in Berkeley at the age of 70.

About Professor Feldman
Gerald Feldman was a preeminent political historian and a leading authority on the political, social, and economic history of Germany in the twentieth century.  He was greatly admired by his colleagues here and in Germany, where he was a frequent visitor, for the breadth and depth of his scholarship.  “He was a master of the first half (of the twentieth century) of the German political economy,” said Martin Jay, a UC Berkeley history professor and former chair of the department. “He was very much a real historian’s historian.  He had a tremendous respect for the archives and getting the truth revealed.” Read more ...

Two German Foreign Ministers Visit Berkeley
IES had the unusual honor of hosting two Foreign Ministers of Germany in a period of less than six months this past year.

Joscka Fischer introduced by John Efron, photo copyright 2007 by Eric Gillet
Joschka Fischer introduced by IES Director
John Efron
photo by Eric Gillet

Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer
In April popular Former Foreign Minister of Germany (1998-2005) and Green Party member Joschka Fischer spoke on “The Future of the Middle East: What’s at Stake for America and Europe?” in a talk sponsored by IES. To an overflowing audience in Stephens Hall, Ambassador Fischer was introduced by IES Director Prof. John Efron and discussed his views of the current situation in the Middle East. He commended efforts by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others in the US government to break the bilateral diplomatic silence between the US and its adversaries by speaking directly with players in the region (such as Syria). Read more ...

Lotta Weckstrom Portrait
Visiting Scholar Lotta Weckström
from Finland, photo by Gilad Mishne

IES Visiting Scholars Embody the "New European"
Two IES Visiting Scholars this year embody what might be termed the “New European” – people who manage peripatetic, multi-lingual, and supra-national lives which embody the very changing nature of Europe in the post-War period. On a micro-scale their own biographies represent the changes which Europe has undergone through the growing strength and interdependence of the EU, and its continued expansion. Read more ...

UC Berkeley, UC San Diego & UC System — Entering Graduate Fellowships in Modern European Studies
The Center for German and European Studies announces the availability of fellowships in the amount of $10,000 ($5,000 each semester), Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 for outstanding entering graduate students who demonstrate an interest in modern European studies. The sponsoring unit must agree to provide tuition and fee waivers for students who are selected. The Center will also provide a matching grant of $5,000 for a third semester (Fall 2009), provided that the nominating department continues the tuition and fee waiver support and agrees to provide an additional $5,000 to the student. The department’s contribution can come in the form of a GSI or GSR appointment. The student’s graduate advisor is required to write a brief narrative report on their progress each semester. For more information, see the following link:

Featured Recipe
Rustic Apple Cranberry Tart
In honor of European Old World settlers in the New, in this newsletter we feature a delicious recipe made with North American fruits the Pilgrims themselves would have enjoyed (with the exception, perhaps, of the orange). The tangy-sweet melange of flavors is extraordinary and very satisfying, while the recipe is literally easy as pie. Read more...


European Music
Cal Performances

Cal Performances in Zellerbach Hall on campus hosts several musical events this Spring with a European focus: Early Music such as Europa Galante and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Takács String Quartet and Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and 20th century French paino music interpreted by Christopher Taylor.


Marie Antoinette Painting

Marie Antoinette at the Petit Trianon

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present an exhibit examining Austiran-born French Queen Marie Antoinette at her Versailles retreat. The Petit Trianon was one of the few places where she could express herself and her taste. Through the decorative arts, paintings and sculpture that adorned the Petit Trianon, visitors glimpse the true style of the queen and see how it played a role in the history of France. Marie-Antoinette and the Petit Trianon at Versailles also looks behind the myths that surrounded the queen to her true personality and role as tastemaker.
Nov 2007 - Feb 2008


Liverpool Celebration

City of Culture

What do LIverpool, Bilbao, Turin, Turku, and Antwerp have in common? They are oft overlooked smaller or "second-tier" European cities with great culture, striking historic and contemporary architecture, and a thriving street life who are getting the focus they merit. In 2008, for instance, Liverpool has been named Europe's City of Culture -- it's not just home of the Beatles any longer !
Learn more...



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IES 2006-07 Annual Report
Our new Annual Report enumerates IES' accomplishments, events, Country Program activities, fellowship recipients, visiting scholars, student support, etc. It is available for downloading online. We recommend a high-speed internet connection for easiest downloading. Download a .pdf copy here.