Feb 01
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and speaker Hélène Yèche (Univ. of Poitiers)

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and speaker Hélène Yèche (Univ. of Poitiers)

Minorities and Globalization: The Case of the Sorbians in Germany

On February 1st, IES Visiting Scholar from the Université de Poitiers in France, Professor Hélène Yèche, gave a compelling lecture to fifteen community members and students. The lecture focused on cultural revival in an age of globalization that has been apparent among the Sorbian people of Lusatia, Germany. The Sorbian people are a small, Slavic group who are indigenous to Lusatia. In lower Lusatia, the people are known as Lower Sorbs or Wends and have a strong affiliation with the Protestant Church. In upper Lusatia, people are known as Upper Sorbs or Sorbs and have a strong affiliation with the Catholic Church.

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Jan 25
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome and speaker Celine Teney (Univ. of Bremen)

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome and speaker Celine Teney (Univ. of Bremen)

Immigration of Highly Skilled Workers in the EU: The Case of Physicians in Germany

On January 25th, the Institute of European Studies, along with GHI West—the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C.—hosted Professor Céline Teney of the University of Bremen, Germany. Teney presented her research on non-German European Union workers in Germany in a lecture titled “Immigration of European Highly Skilled Workers to Germany: Intra-EU Brain Circulation or Brain Drain/Gain?” The presentation focused on guest worker immigrants (specifically physicians) to Germany between 1960 and 1990, a period followed by the diversification of immigrants coming to Europe. Teney emphasized that the EU is an “unique migration space” for three reasons.

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Nov 30
Participants of the "Intelligent Tools" conference

Participants of the "Intelligent Tools" conference

Working, Earning and Learning in the Age of Intelligent Tools

Professor John Zysman, in partnership with the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), hosted a two-day conference co-sponsored by IES/CGES on November 30 and December 1, 2017. This interdisciplinary and international event united a group of nearly 80 researchers across the fields of engineering, data science, economics, sociology, and political science, to explore current challenges in the age of intelligent tools and increasing automation of manufacturing and services, and to address strategies for working, earning, and learning in order to support healthy socioeconomic and human development in the future.

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Nov 29
IES director Jeroen Dewulf and speaker Spero Paravantes (Univ. Luxembourg)

IES director Jeroen Dewulf and speaker Spero Paravantes (Univ. Luxembourg)

German Post-World War Reparations

On November 29, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf welcomed Spero Simeon Z. Paravantes from Luxembourg University to the IES lecture series. Paravantes presented a lecture entitled, “‘To Pay or Not to Pay’”: WWI and WWII Reparations and their Impact on European (Dis)Integration”. The focus of the lecture was Germany’s relationship with Greece and Poland, who have demanded reparations from Germany in compensation of their time under German occupation during World War II. The recent financial and political crises in Europe have once again sparked the topic of German reparations to its formerly-occupied territories.

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Nov 13
UC Berkeley Vice Provost Tsu-Jae King Liu and Regensburg President Udo Hebel signing the MoU, with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Ulf Brunnbauer, Director of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, assisting at the signing ceremony.

UC Berkeley Vice Provost Tsu-Jae King Liu and Regensburg President Udo Hebel signing the MoU, with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Ulf Brunnbauer, Director of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, assisting at the signing ceremony.

Regensburg MOU Signing

On November 13, 2017, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf welcomed Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel, President of the University of Regensburg, Germany, to the Berkeley campus. He was accompanied by Prof. Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer, Director of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies and Chair of Southeast and East European History at the University of Regensburg. The visit included a signing ceremony with Vice Provost Tsu-Jae King Liu of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Regensburg and UC Berkeley. Building on the MoU, IES and the University of Regensburg decided to establish a cooperation agreement with a focus on the exchange of doctoral students.

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Nov 01
GHI Deputy Director Alex Jansen, GHI-West Head of Office Andrea Westermann, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, GHI Director Simone Lässig, UC Berkeley Executive Vice-Chancellor Paul Alivisatos, GHI-West Research Fellow Albert Manke

GHI Deputy Director Alex Jansen, GHI-West Head of Office Andrea Westermann, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, GHI Director Simone Lässig, UC Berkeley Executive Vice-Chancellor Paul Alivisatos, GHI-West Research Fellow Albert Manke

Inauguration of GHI-West

Speaker Armin Nassehi

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Oct 20
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome and speaker Jan Philip Burgard

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome and speaker Jan Philip Burgard

America and Germany - Old Friends or New Rivals?

On Friday, October 20th, the Institute of European Studies and the American Council on Germany welcomed Jan Philip Burgard, Deputy Bureau Chief of the German TV Network ARD to Moses Hall to give a lecture entitled, “America and Germany - Old Friends or New Rivals?” With an audience of twenty UC Berkeley students, staff, and community members, Burgard spoke about the relationship between Germany and the United States and the impact of the US presidential elections, the recent federal German elections, and the overall international atmosphere regarding Europe’s role in that relationship.

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Oct 13
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome and speaker Patrick Keller

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome and speaker Patrick Keller

Germany's New Administration: Key Tasks and Problems

On Friday, October 13, 2017, the Institute of European Studies, in cooperation with the American Council on Germany San Francisco Eric M. Warburg Chapter, welcomed Patrick Keller to Moses Hall, along with twenty members of the community. Dr. Keller is the Coordinator of Foreign and Security Policy at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, in Berlin, and an author, whose essays have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines. In his talk, Dr. Keller addressed some of the tasks and issues the recently elected German federal parliament has to face in German domestic politics, transatlantic security policy, the future of the EU, and international relations.

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Sep 27
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome

The 2017 Federal Elections in Germany

On September 27, 2017, the Institute of European Studies held a discussion of the German Federal Elections that took place on the 24th of September. IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Associate Director Akasemi Newsome analyzed the German election results and discussed questions about what the election results mean for Germany and the European Union. The Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU), won the German elections and re-elected Angela Merkel for her fourth term as Chancellor.

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Sep 19

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and speaker Chunjie Zhang (Univ. Davis)

Transculturality and German Discourse in the Age of European Colonialism

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017 the Institute of European Studies welcomed Professor Chunjie Zhang from UC Davis for a lecture titled “Transculturality and German Discourse in the Age of European Colonialism” based off her book on the same name. Fifteen students and members of the community attended the event. The lecture started with Zhang explaining the meaning behind a map of the Dutch presence in Nagasaki, Japan, taken from a German newspaper in 1726. This example illustrated Zhang’s theme that she coins “transculturality”. In her book, Zhang details how the German culture pursued transcontinental relations in a way that was different than other European countries.

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