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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.

Mar 12
Speaker Koenraad van Cleempoel with Berkeley Prof. Elizabeth Honig and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Flemish Scientific Instruments from the Renaissance Period

IES sponsored two lectures featuring Koenraad van Cleempoel, Professor at Hasselt University in Belgium and this semester’s Visiting Pieter Paul Rubens Professor at the UC Berkeley Department of History of Art. As one of the world’s foremost experts on Flemish scientific instruments of the Renaissance period, Van Cleempoel provided an introduction to sixteenth-century mathematical instruments from the famous Louvain School and presented on how Renaissance instrument makers contributed to both the scientific revolution as well as the artistic output of the period.

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Mar 09

Nuno Mathias, Consul-General of Portugal, and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, signing the cooperation agreement on the creation of the Ana Hatherly Chair in Portuguese Studies

Inauguration of the Ana Hatherly Chair in Portuguese Studies

IES inaugurated the Ana Hatherly Chair in Portuguese Studies, sponsored by the Camões Institute. The chair is named after a well-known Portuguese poet and artist, who did her PhD at UC Berkeley under the direction of Prof. Arthur Askin.

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Mar 08

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Ludvig Norman and IES affiliated professor Chris Ansell (Dept. of Political Science)

The Rise of Radical Right-Wing Populism in the EU

On March 8, IES hosted a lecture by Ludvig Norman, Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of Government at Uppsala University and one of IES’ current visiting scholars. In his presentation, Norman offered a Swedish perspective on one of the most serious challenges that the EU currently faces, “the rise of radical right-wing populism”. With such a challenge occupying a central position in the current political landscape of the continent, Norman used his talk as an opportunity to highlight the mainstream political response to counteract this development in Europe.

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Mar 06

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Ruth Jacoby

Europe at a Crossroads

IES hosted a lecture by Ruth Jacoby, a leading Swedish diplomat who served for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and whose posts included Ambassador to Italy and Germany.

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Mar 03

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Paul Blustein

Greece and the Eurozone Crisis

Paul Blustein, a senior fellow at the Centre for Governance Innovation in Waterloo, ON, gave a lecture on the Eurozone crisis that unraveled in the early 2010s. With approximately 25 people in attendance, he presented the key details from his new book, Laid Low, which chronicles the crisis from the perspective of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Feb 28

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Cornelia Schu (Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration)

Germany as a Country of Immigration

IES was pleased to welcome Cornelia Schu, Managing Director of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration, to the Berkeley campus. Her lecture, which centered on Germany’s status as an immigration country, paid close attention to labor migration trends and the most recent refugee influx.

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Feb 28

Azita Raji, former US Ambassador to Sweden, addressing the delegation

Visit Nordic Delegation to IES

IES welcomed a Nordic delegation to Moses Hall, including Azita Raji, former US ambassador to Sweden. The delegation discussed plans to further expand IES’ Nordic Studies Program with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Prof. Mark Sanderberg, Director of the Nordic Studies Program.

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Feb 21
Image for Study of Austria Program

Dr. Markus Schweiger, Executive Director of the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, Dr. Wolfgang Petritsch, Director of the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, and Dr. Roland Hermann, LL.M.


New Program for the Study of Austria

The Institute of European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and the Austrian Marshall Foundation are proud to announce the extension of their cooperation agreement. This will allow us to provide fellowships to a select group of graduate students from the United States and Austria in order to stimulate research in and about the other nation. The agreement also allows for a fruitful cooperation between Austrian universities, research institutes and the University of California.

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Feb 16

Colum Hatchell, Vice Consul of the Consulate General of Ireland, Eric Falci, Director of the Irish Studies Program at IES, and Mark Bevir, Director of the British Studies Program at IES.

The Consequences of Brexit for Ireland

IES’ Irish Studies Program held an event with Colum Hatchell, Vice Consul of the Consulate General of Ireland in San Francisco, and Mark Bevir, Professor of Political Science and Director of the British Studies Program at UC Berkeley, about the possible effects Brexit could have on Ireland and the EU.

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Feb 13
Image of Nyhus for Ibsen event

Henrik Nyhus (University of Oslo)

Henrik Ibsen in American Theaters

On February 13, IES, in cooperation with the UC Berkeley Department of Scandinavian Studies and the Norway House Foundation, organized a presentation by Svein Henrik Nyhus titled “The Peripheral Iconoclast: The Rise of Ibsen in the American Theatre, 1879 – 1914” to an audience of twenty people. Nyhus, who is a researcher at the Centre for Ibsen Studies at the University of Oslo, is currently a visiting scholar in Berkeley’s Department of Scandinavian. During his time at Berkeley, he has been travelling to theatre archives looking for empirical information about early Ibsen performances in the United States.

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