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Entries prior to the Fall 2016 semester represent a small portion of events held. For a full list of events, see each semester's newsletter.


May 10

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with Belgian entrepeneurs at the Berkeley Campanile. 

Belgian Entrepreneurs Visit Berkeley

On May 10, IES welcomed a group of seventy entrepreneurs of middle-sized and large companies from Belgium to the Berkeley campus, including KBC Bank, Soudal, and Ganda. The visit was part of a five-day tour of the Bay Area organized by the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce (BelCham). 

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May 04

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and speaker Barry Eichengreen (UC Berkeley, Economics & Political Science)

Reflections on the Euro

To conclude its spring program, and in cooperation with the Clausen Center for International Business and Policy, IES welcomed Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science at UC Berkeley and leading expert on the Euro economy, for a lecture providing a retrospective on the euro crisis and the viable way forward for the Eurozone.

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May 04

Elena Kempf (PhD candidate, History) and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Questioning the Evidence on the Integration of Immigrants in Europe

On May 4, 2017, Matrix Social Sciences organized an Open House. In the context of this celebration, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and his assistant Elena Kemp (Dept. of History) presented the IES-Matrix Program entitled “Questioning the Evidence on the Integration of Immigrants in Europe”. This Matrix Theme Team is exploring how these various types of data are used to support (or challenge) the integration of various immigrant populations and their descendants in Europe.

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May 01

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Ralf Fuecks

The Future of Western Democracies

Ralf Fuecks, President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, gave an enlightening lecture on April 1 about the fate of liberal democracies in the modern era. In 1989, Fukuyama’s “end of history” theory stimulated euphoric sentiments towards the triumph of liberalism and capitalism; this prophecy never materialized, though, as authoritarian regimes continued to thrive across the world. According to Fuecks, however, there is still a lack of theory to assess this unexpected development.

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Apr 27

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and speaker Isabel Richter (Univ. Bremen)

European Travelers to India and the Transformation of Religion in the 1960s

Isabel Richter, Professor at the University of Bremen and the incoming DAAD Professor in Berkeley, gave a lecture entitled “Spiritual Seekers, Pilgrims and Psychonauts: Travelers to India and the Transformation of Religion in the Long 1960s.” The lecture served as an introduction to her research that will be presented in her next book and included information from her recent interviews with contemporary sources.

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Apr 21
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Emmanuel Comte

The French 2017 Presidential Campaign

On April 21, two days before the first round of the French elections, Emmanuel Comte, a lecturer in European history at UC Berkeley, provided a comprehensive overview to the background of France’s political problems, contextualizing the positions of the then four frontrunners of the election within this framework: Emmanuel Macron, François Fillon, Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

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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 19

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with Speaker Carlos Reis (Univ. of Coimbra)

The Concept of Character in Literature

Carlos Reis, a world-renowned Professor of Portuguese Literature from the University of Coimbra and the inaugural Gulbenkian Visiting Professor of Portuguese Studies at UC Berkeley, stopped by Moses Hall to give a lecture exploring the ways in which the function of the character has evolved in literary productions over time.

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Apr 18
Speaker Dirk Moses (Univ. of Sydney)

The Language of Transgression before and after the Holocaust

IES was honored to host Dirk Moses, Professor of Modern History at the University of Sydney and a leading historian in the field of comparative genocide studies, for a lecture on the language of transgression as compared between the pre- and post-Holocaust periods. The western tradition of legalizing language dealing with transgression, he claimed, narrows its possibilities, especially in discussing the Holocaust.

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Apr 14
Poets and Discussants at the IES Artistic Production and Cultural Studies Workshop

Artistic Production and Cultural Studies Workshop

IES hosted a workshop on artistic production and cultural studies featuring four poets – Adriana Lisboa, Ana Luisa Amaral, Claudia Schvartz, and Luisa Futoransky. Throughout the event, the four writers came together to discuss the role of language and how translation alters the inherent cultural significance.

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