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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 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 28

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with the delegation from Uppsala University.

Visit Delegation from Uppsala University, Sweden

IES welcomed today a delegation from Uppsala University to Moses Hall. Uppsala University is the oldest university in Sweden and all of the Nordic countries, founded in 1477. It ranks among the best universities in Northern Europe in international rankings.

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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 24
Speaker Ismo Söderling

The History of Finnish Immigration to North America

With the support from the Finlandia Foundation, IES welcomed Ismo Söderling, former Director of the Institute of Migration in Turku, to give a lecture on the history of Finnish migration to North America. The first wave of Finnish immigration, Söderling surmised, came primarily from Sweden from the late-1500s to the 1800s. These migrants, who worked as farmers, were originally invited by the Kings of Sweden to cultivate land and subsequently became known as “Forest Finns.” The next wave of migrants also originated within Swedish territory.

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Mar 22

Em. Prof. Richard Herr and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

The European Enlightenment and the Development of the Ideal of the Homogeneous Society

Richard Herr, Professor Em. in UC Berkeley’s Department of History, gave a lecture at IES illustrating how, during the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, individual countries attempted to create uniform populations not only as a means of preserving loyalties in the event of wartime, but also as a way of embracing Enlightenment ideals of democracy and community.

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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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Mar 16

 Veronica Salovaara (Univ. of Helsinki) during her presentation at IES

The Nordic Educational System

As part of its Nordic Studies Program, IES invited two scholars who specialize in distinct sects of Nordic education to offer insight into the education systems in Finland and Denmark. The first presenter, Veronica Salovaara (Univ. of Helsinki) began her talk by describing Finland’s comparatively strong educational system. Jeppe Bundsgaard (Aarhus University) spoke about the Danish integration of technology into educational pedagogy.

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Mar 14
Speaker Paul Betts (Oxford University)

Eastern Europe and Decolonization during the Cold War

IES’ Center for German and European Studies (CGES) was pleased to welcome Paul Betts, Professor of Modern European History at St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, for a lecture entitled “Red Globalism: The ‘Other’ Europe, Decolonization and African Heritage.” The contents of his lecture comprise part of a four-year project spearheaded by Betts and nine other scholars that focuses on how the fields of anthropology, architecture, and art helped to connect socialist countries in different regions of the world.

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Mar 13
Speaker Jeroen Dewulf, Director of UC Berkeley's Dutch Studies Program

Rapid Response – the Upcoming Elections in the Netherlands

To precede the elections that took place in the Netherlands on March 15, Jeroen Dewulf, Director of Berkeley’s Dutch Studies Program, gave a presentation to an audience of 25 detailing the political landscape of the country, Geert Wilders’ success in the polls, and his own predictions for the outcome of these elections.

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