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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 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 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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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 10
Speaker Eva Hausteiner (Univ. Bonn) and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Federations and the Expulsion of Member States

On April 10, Eva Marlene Hausteiner gave a presentation to an audience of 15 on the ability of federations to expel “rogue” member states. Hausteiner currently works as a postdoctoral lecturer and researcher at the University of Bonn, with research interests focusing on intellectual history and the history of international political thought. She has also spent the past year studying federalism as a fellow at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies.

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Apr 06
The winners of the Brussels trip, awarded at the Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union: John Gleb (UC Berkeley) and Kim Gabbitas (Univ. of Utah).

UC Berkeley Undergraduate Awarded Top Conference Paper at the Claremont-UC Conference on the European Union

Each year, IES supports the Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union, held at Scripps College. The conference, whose primary goal is to enhance undergraduate knowledge of the European Union and transatlantic relations, allows students from all US institutions with expertise in different fields to interact with each other while networking with international faculty, fostering intercampus cooperation, and recognizing the excellent worked achieved by students at the undergraduate level.

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Apr 05

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Dirk Rupnow

Austria and Migration

IES hosted a lecture by Dirk Rupnow, Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck and current Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professor at Stanford University. His talk, which focused on the current refugee crisis in Austria and Germany, centered on the notion that “crisis” is an imperfect word to describe the situation.

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Apr 04

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, Keynote Speaker Dr. Jackson Janes, and IES Senior Fellow Zachary Shore

Inaugural IES Fundraising Gala

On April 4, IES hosted its inaugural fundraising gala. The event was held at the Claremont Hotel and featured a keynote address entitled "The Rise of Populismin Europe and the US: Is Democracy at Risk?" given by Dr. Jackson Janes, President of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC.

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