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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 16
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Manfred Weber, Chairman of the EPP in the European Parliament with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Meeting with the Chairman of the European People’s Party

IES had the honor of welcoming Manfred Weber, Chairman of the European People’s Party Group in the European Parliament, to the Berkeley campus. The EPP is the largest group within the European Parliament and unites all center-right parties, including Angela Merkel’s CDU and Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz.

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Mar 07
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Germany and The Refugee Crisis

IES welcomed Christoph von Marschall, one of Germany’s most famous journalists who currently works for Der Tagesspiegel, to Moses Hall on March 7. His talk, entitled “The Crisis of ‘Made in Germany’ – and How Germany can Recover,” discussed the way in which various crises in Germany and the EU have challenged German self-assuredness.

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Feb 10
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Marco Doria, Mayor of the city of Genoa, and IES Executive Director Akasemi Newsome

The Past and Present of the Italian Economy

In a lecture entitled “Facing New Challenges: The Past and Present of the Italian Economy,” Marco Doria, Mayor of Genoa and Researcher at the University of Genoa, recounted an economic history of Italy from the turn of the nineteenth century to the present. Doria explained that industrialization in the nineteenth century significantly altered the country’s percentage of domestic sector shares of Gross National Product.

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Dec 04
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Catalan journalist Andrea Missé and Ana Redondo, UC Berkeley's Catalan Language instructor

The Catalan Independence Movement

Andreu Missé, journalist and editor-in-chief of the magazine Alternativas Económicas, visited the Berkeley campus on December 4 to give a lecture on Catalonia and the “disconnection process” from Spain. Starting with the nineteenth century and working his way to the present-day situation, Missé discussed both the historical and economic origins of such desires for separation and how they have evolved over time.

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Nov 23
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IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, Ukrainian Activist Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, and Nick Bilogorskiy, President of Nova Ukraine

How Can Ukraine Become a Prosperous Country in Europe?

IES welcomed a presentation by Sviatoslav Vakarchuk entitled “How Can Ukraine Become a Prosperous Country in Europe?” Vakarchuk is a Ukrainian civic activist and famous musician who was given the mandate of the People’s Deputy of Ukraine for the parliamentary elections in 2005 and subsequently became a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Expression and Information.

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Nov 13
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Paul Ziemiak, President of the Junge Union

Meeting between IES Students and the Junge Union

IES was pleased to welcome a delegation of the Junge Union to the Berkeley campus that was co-organized with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. The Junge Union, or Youth Union, is the youth version of the CDU, the political party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for members between the ages of 14 and 35.

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Nov 12
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Professor Zatlin speaking in the Bancroft Hotel

Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Lecture: Music and Work

This year’s Feldman Lecture speaker was Jonathan Zatlin, Associate Professor of History at Boston University and former PhD student of Professor Feldman. His lecture, entitled “The Ruse of Retirement: Eichmann, Theresienstadt, and the Elderly,” highlighted the ways in which Eichmann used retirement to take advantage of elderly Jewish populations during the Nazi regime.

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Nov 06
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EU Delegation at Twin Peaks, San Francisco, CA.

Visit EU Delegation to IES

Multiple members of a Visit EU delegation attended a lunch and panel at the Faculty Club to talk about economics of their respective countries, trade policies, the roles of the EU countries in maintaining a global connection, the current refugee crisis, and much more.

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Oct 26
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President Higgins with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Eric Falci, Director of IES' Irish Studies Program

Visit of Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

On October 26, IES organized the visit of Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, to the Berkeley campus. During his keynote address President Higgins encouraged students to take responsibility to share the lessons and skills they learn at one of the world’s top public research universities to tackle the worsening human rights problems of world hunger and poverty.

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Sep 25
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IES affiliated faculty members Deniz Göktürk, CGES Director Beverly Crawford, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Turkish visiting scholars Atila Eralp, Dilaver Arikan Açar, Sengül Yildiz, Ilhan Can Özen and Özgehan Senyuva from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara and the Yasar University in Izmir.

Workshop on Turkey: Facing Challenges in Multiple Contexts

IES hosted a panel discussion entitled “Turkey: Facing Challenges in Multiple Contexts (Domestic, Regional, European, and Global).” The panel consisted of professors from Turkey’s leading universities, namely the Middle Eastern Technical University (METU) and Yasar University.

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