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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Sep 12

Left to right: Armindo Palma Jacinto (Mayor of Idanha-a-Nova); Hanna Gronkiewicz (Mayor of Warsaw); IES Director Jeroen Dewulf; Célia Blauel (Deputy Mayor of Paris); Sudha Shetty (Assistant Dean for International Partnerships and Alliances, Goldman School of Public Policy)

EU Mayors' Perspectives on Climate Change

by Ani Hakobyan and Zakaria Gati


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Jun 18

Participants in the 2018 Moral Economies Workshop

2018 Moral Economies Workshop in Berlin

On June 19-20, 2018, ten UC Berkeley graduate students and ten students from the Max Planck IMPRS Moral Economies program met at Harnack-Haus in Dahlem to provide feedback on each others' work, supervised by professors Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann, Ute Frevert, Vanessa Ogle, and Lisa Herzog. The workshop opened each morning with a discussion led by two of the professors, and Professor Vanessa Ogle delivered a keynote speech on  "Immoral Economies: Tax Havens and Tax Avoidance, 1920s-1980s" on Tuesday evening.

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Apr 10

Speaker Alexander Graser with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Managing Poverty in Post-Unification Germany

On April 10th, Alexander Graser, Chair of Public Law and Politics at the University of Regensburg, visited IES to present a lecture titled, "Managing Marginalization: Poverty Politics in Post-Unification Germany." Professor Graser prefaced his talk by noting that poverty has become more of a topic in Germany, the self-perceived “motherland of social welfare,” than it used to be. Graser took this diagnosis as the starting point for his lecture and reviewed Germany’s poverty politics over the last 25 years.

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Apr 04

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with visiting scholar Maria Polugodina

Border Persistence in East Prussia

On April 4th, IES Visiting Scholar Maria Polugodina delivered a lecture titled, “Eastern Prussia 2.0: Persistent Regions, Rising Nations,” to an enthusiastic crowd of 20 students and Berkeley community members in Moses Hall. She began by stating her motivation for her research: she seeks to research how culture and institutions influence economic development, as well as to examine the growing literature on cultural and economic persistence after borders. She then dove into the historical background of the rise and fall of eastern Prussia, stating that the German population has been present in the region since the early 13th century.

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Mar 06

Left to right: IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Dana Beldiman (Honorary Consul General of Romania), Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens (Consul General of France), Maria João Lopes Cardoso (Consul General of Portugal), Felipe Costa (Portuguese Trade and Investment Commissioner), and Hans-Ulrich Suedbeck (Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany).

International Careers in the EU

On March 6, IES kicked off its EU HUB WEST events series with a panel discussion on building international careers in the European Union. "CONNECT: Exploring Global Careers in the EU" took place at the World Affairs headquarters in downtown San Francisco, bringing together over 60 attendees including members of the World Affairs Council Young Professionals Network and recent Cal alumni. Offering a unique opportunity to gain career insights from European diplomats, the event featured the Consuls General of France, Portugal, Germany and Romania, who discussed different avenues for exploring professional opportunities overseas.

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Feb 27
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Senior Fellow Matthew Specter

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Senior Fellow Matthew Specter

Hans Morgenthau and Cold War Realism

On February 27th, Matthew Specter, IES Senior Fellow and Visiting Scholar in Political Science, gave a lecture entitled “Historicizing the Realist Imagination: Hans Morgenthau in the Early Cold War.” During this lecture, Specter introduced the Realist school of thought and Morgenthau’s influence and involvement in it during his life, as well as various interpretations of Morgenthau’s work in contemporary international relations.

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Feb 14
Henry Thomson with IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome

Henry Thomson with IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome

Food, Policy, and Power

On February 14th, Henry Thomson gave a presentation in Moses Hall entitled “Food and Power: Regime Type, Agricultural Policy and Political Stability.” Thomson is Assistant Professor at the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University, and his research focuses on the political economy of authoritarianism and democratization. His expertise and interest in the field led him to investigate the impact of authoritarian regimes on agriculture, which he shared with a passionate crowd of students and faculty members.

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Feb 12
Max Gruenig, President of the United States Ecologic Institute, and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Max Gruenig, President of the United States Ecologic Institute, and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

The Future of EU Climate Leadership

Max Gruenig visited the Institute on February 12, 2018 to give a talk titled “EU Climate Leadership Post Paris” to an audience of 16 students and community members. As President of the United States Ecologic Institute, Gruenig briefly presented on the Ecologic Institute’s functions and its current major project: Energy Future Exchange (EFEX), which seeks to create transatlantic dialogue for civil society on climate change, and to foster connections between the United States and the European Union in regards to climate action.

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