Apr 16

Niko Switek (University of Washington)

Angela Merkel's Legacy in Germany

by Sophia Kownatzki

On Tuesday, April 16, Niko Switek (DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Washington) gave a talk to a group of 20 at IES on “Deceptive Stability? Germany in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Last Term.” In his lecture, Switek discussed Chancellor Merkel’s tenure, from the perspective of her as a stabilizing force, to the view of her as a villain whose refugee policy has led to turbulence both in the public and within her conservative party.

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Apr 12

IES Senior Fellow Carla Shapreau with Director Jeroen Dewulf

Musical Material Culture during the Third Reich

by Julia Zimring

On April 12, the Institute of European Studies welcomed Senior Fellow Carla Shapreau, a lecturer at the Berkeley School of Law. Her presentation, titled “From Enigma to Virtual Splendor - The Nazi-Era Theft and Restitution of Guillaume de Machaut’s Extraordinary Medieval Manuscript, the Ferrell-Vogüé,” traced the fascinating history of this cultural artifact from its creation in the 14th century to its modern-day whereabouts.

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Apr 09

Fatima El-Tayeb (UC San Diego)

Artistic Responses to Europe’s Refugee Crisis

by Julia Zimring

On April 9, Fatima El-Tayeb, professor of Literature and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego, shared her work with an audience of 25 at the Institute of European Studies. Her presentation, entitled “Europe’s “Refugee Crisis” and the Colonial Archive: Is Art Universal?,” explored the connections between Germany’s colonial legacy, the current refugee crisis, and the idea of the “universal museum.”

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Feb 28

Stefan Ludwig-Hoffmann (Department of History, UC Berkeley) with Kiran Klaus Patel

Project Europe

by Evan Gong

On February 28, IES was delighted to welcome Professor Kiran Klaus Patel of Maastricht University, who delivered a captivating lecture on his upcoming book, Project Europe: A New History of the European Union. Patel offered the audience a rich historical analysis of concrete effects and results of European integration since 1945, as well as what Europeans can learn from the past to gain better insight into present-day challenges.

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Dec 03

Comparing California and Germany: New Research on Electricity, Transportation and Carbon Markets

On December 3, 2018, UC Berkeley faculty affiliated with IES/CGES organized a DAAD sponsored workshop titled, “Comparing California and Germany: New Research on Electricity, Transportation and Carbon Markets.” The workshop took place at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Davis and comprised three sessions. The theme of the first session was a comparison between California and Germany of the integration of renewable resources in electricity markets, the introduction of electric vehicles, and how they may relate by coordinating the new sources of electricity supply and demand, and how they affect overall carbon emissions in the jurisdictions.

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Nov 27

Left to right: Andrew Shanken, Jenny Wüstenberg, Jeroen Dewulf, Alberto Sanchez Sanchez, and Valentina Rozas-Krause

Memory and Democracy in Germany

by Alberto Sanchez Sanchez

On November 27, DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor in Politics at York University Jenny Wüstenberg came to Berkeley to discuss her research on memorials and memory practices in Germany. During her talk, “Memory and Democracy: Civil and 'Uncivil' Activism for Remembrance in Germany and Beyond,” Professor Wüstenberg examined how grassroots actors have engaged with German institutions in order to shape public mnemonic space. She situated the discussion within the larger global debate on how to confront racist, colonial, or genocidal pasts and the ways history challenges contemporary democratic governance. The respondent to Professor Wüstenberg’s lecture was Andrew Shanken, Professor of Architecture at the College of Environmental Design.

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Oct 24

Bernd Fischer (Practitioner-in-Residence at GHI West) with GHI Program Coordinator Heike Friedman

Refugees in German Higher Education

by Ani Hakobyan and Davit Gasparyan

On October 24th, 2018, IES and GHI West were pleased to welcome Bernd Fischer (Deputy Head of Division at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) for a lecture on on the integration of refugees in German institutions of higher education. He began his lecture by noting that he was a practitioner and not a researcher and that his presentation was based on what he himself had seen and worked on.

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Oct 17

David Miliband (President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee) addresses the audience at Alumni House



Oct 04

Left to right: Caroline Simard, Kellie McElhaney, and Ruth Cotter discuss the gender pay gap



Oct 04

Peter Dabrock (German Ethics Council) addresses the audience at the Berkeley School of Law

Big Data, Ethics, and Individual Freedom

By Maddi Erdall & Ani Hakobyan

On October 4, 2018, the Berkeley Institute of European Studies, the Miller Institute for Global Challenges & the Law, the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, and the School of Information hosted Peter Dabrock (Chair of the German Ethics Council) for a lecture on “Freedom and Ethics in the Era of Big Data” for an audience of 80 people. As a Protestant theologian and Chair of Systematic Theology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Dabrock was able to provide a unique take on this controversial topic.

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