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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.


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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Apr 14
Speaker Christopher Jackson with Deolinda Adao, Executive Director of the EU Center at IES

The Politics of Linguistic Nationalism in Belgium

IES welcomed Christopher Jackson, an instructor at De Anza College, for a lecture on linguistic nationalism in Belgium. Jackson was the recipient of an IES Title VI grant enabling him to participate in a study tour in Brussels last summer, which offered a close-up look at institutions of the EU as well as workshops in how to better integrate the study of Europe into community college pedagogy.

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Apr 13
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Helena Malikova

EU State Aid Investigation into Apple's Tax Arrangement with Ireland

IES was pleased to host a lecture given by Helena Malikova, a member of the European Commission and IES’ EU fellow for the 2016-17 academic year. Throughout her presentation, she offered a thorough overview to the European Commission's investigations into EU State aid rules governing the tax arrangements of companies. In particular, she outlined the Commission's recent decision in the case regarding Apple’s tax arrangement in Ireland.

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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 12

Brexit and its Aftershocks

Matt Beech, Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull and current Visiting Scholar at the Center for British Studies at IES, delivered a presentation entitled “Brexit and its Aftershocks: Reimagining British Politics” to a packed audience of 60 faculty, students, and community members.

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Apr 11

Speaker Gro Eirin Dyrnes with Sirpa Tuomainen, Executive Director of the IES Nordic Studies Program

Lessons for the Norwegian Business Model

IES welcomed Gro Eirin Dyrnes to the Berkeley campus to present her talk, entitled “Why Vikings, Frozen, and Kahoot Are Important for Norway’s Future - And What Norway Can Learn from Silicon Valley.” Dyrnes works for the Bay Area’s branch of Innovation Norway, the Norwegian government’s program that aims to help facilitate the growth of Norwegian businesses both at home and abroad.

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Apr 11

Speaker Alexandra Schamel (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich)

Jean Jacques Rousseau's Julie ou la Nouvelle Héloïse

Alexandra Schamel, lecturer in the Departments of Romance Studies and Comparative Literature at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and current IES visiting scholar, gave a talk on April 11 to an audience of 20 focusing on the liminal status of Rousseau's epistolary novel, Julie ou la Nouvelle Héloïse, between the age of sensibility and early Romanticism in eighteenth-century France. The talk illustrated the difficulties the subject was confronted with in articulating its true feelings in a society of “open eyes and ears”.

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