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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.


Dec 13
Participants in the workshop on Refugee and Migration Law

Refugee and Migration Law Workshop

On December 12 and 13, 2019, IES co-sponsored an international workshop on Refugee and Migration Law, convened at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club. The two-day event brought together legal scholars from institutions across the United States and abroad, and focused on questions of race and ethnicity, borders, refugee protections, and international law.

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Dec 06
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with David Whineray

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with David Whineray

Brexit and the British Election: What Happens Next

by Tianxing Cao and Abigail Mullin

On December 6, the Institute of European Studies and the Center for British Studies were pleased to welcome back visiting scholar David Whineray for a second lecture on Brexit and the general election in the United Kingdom, focused on current sentiments surrounding Brexit and its future within the context of the Parliamentary election on December 12.

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Dec 05
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Jean-Claude Beaujour

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Jean-Claude Beaujour

Perspectives on the "Yellow Vest" Movement

by Tianxing Cao and Davit Gasparyan

On December 5, IES was honored to welcome international business lawyer and activist Jean-Claude Beaujour (Vice-Chair of France-Amériques) for a timely lecture titled “Can the French President Emmanuel Macron Reform the Country After the Yellow Vest Protests?” Beaujour's presentation clarified not only the purpose of the Yellow Vest movement in France, which has gained recognition worldwide, but also the reasons behind why the government has been unsuccessful in addressing and mitigating it.

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Dec 04
Maria Elvira Callapez

Maria Elvira Callapez

Plastic Regulation in the E.U.

On December 4, Maria Elvira Callapez, Research Fellow at Centro Interuniversitário de História da Ciência e Tecnologia, Portugal gave a presentation on the "Regulation and Innovation of Plastic Use in the European Union" at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. Funded with the support of EU Commission's Getting to Know Europe Grant and co-sponsored by the California Chamber of Commerce, her presentation began with the acknowledgement that plastics have been demonized in discussions on climate change and pollution; however, much can be done to reform the ways in which they are used.

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Dec 03
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Christina Zuber

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Christina Zuber

Politics of Migration in European Minority Regions

by Davit Gasparyan

On Tuesday, December 3, the IES was pleased to welcome Christina Isabel Zuber, Assistant Professor of German Politics at the University of Konstanz, for a lecture titled “Past Incentives, Present Choices: Ideational Legacies and the Politics of Migration in European Minority Regions.” Focusing specifically on the regions of Catalonia and South Tyrol, Zuber discussed differing attitudes towards immigration in minority regions and argued that these ideas connect the past with the present outcomes--that historical legacy creates incentives that connect the past with today’s politics of migration.

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Nov 25
Celia Donert (University of Cambridge)

Celia Donert (University of Cambridge)

Women's Rights in 1970s Europe

by Danielle Miller and Victoria Struys

On November 25, the IES, along with the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), and the Working Group for German History and Culture, was pleased to welcome Celia Donert from the University of Cambridge. In her paper, “The Working Women’s Charter: Women’s Rights between Socialist Internationalism and Neoliberalism in 1970s Europe,” Donert explored how proposals for a Working Women’s Charter developed through 1970s Europe.

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Nov 22
Panelists at the Consulate General of Portugal in San Francisco

Panelists at the Consulate General of Portugal in San Francisco

Post-Crisis Financial Policy in the E.U.

On November 22, IES and the EU Center were pleased to sponsor a presentation on "Post-Crisis Financial Management and Policy Implementation in the European Union" hosted by the Consulate General of Portugal in San Francisco. The Consul General of Spain in San Francisco, Francisco Tejada Lozano, and the Consul General of Portugal, Maria João Lopes Cardoso, discussed the impact of the 2008 economic crisis in the Iberian Peninsula. Teresa Fernandes, from the trade agency of Portugal (AICEP), drew a detailed scenario of that period and showed how Portugal as well as Spain emerged from the crisis and recovered economically.

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Nov 21
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Kira Thurman

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Kira Thurman

Race and German Music in Interwar Europe

by Ellen Harper and Victoria Struys

On November 21, the Institute of European Studies was pleased to welcome Kira Thurman (Associate Professor of History and Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan) for her lecture “Singing Schubert, Hearing Race: Black Concert Singers and the German Lied in Interwar Central Europe.” In this fascinating presentation, Thurman explained how classical music has been imagined as a universal language and what happens when non-white singers and musicians begin to speak that language.

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Nov 19
From left: David Faulds, Bernadette Murphy, and David Kessler discuss "Van Gogh's Ear"

From left: David Faulds, Bernadette Murphy, and David Kessler discuss "Van Gogh's Ear" (Photo by Peg Skorpinski)

The Mystery of Van Gogh's Ear

by Danielle Miller and Abigail Mullin

On November 19th, IES and the Bancroft Library were pleased to welcome historian and author Bernadette Murphy for a lecture on Vincent van Gogh's time in Arles, France. Based on her discovery of an important archival document at the Bancroft Library, Murphy’s talk uncovered aspects of the mystery surrounding the night of the artist’s self-harm, when he famously cut off his own ear.

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Nov 15
From left: Graduate student Derek O'Leary, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, Deolinda Adao (Executive Director, EU Center), Kristian Åtland, and Andreas Raspotnik

From left: Graduate student Derek O'Leary, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, Deolinda Adao (Executive Director, EU Center), Kristian Åtland, and Andreas Raspotnik

Europe and the Arctic: Science, Security, and Governance

by Danielle Miller and Greyson Young

On November 15, 2019, in collaboration with The Arctic Institute, the Norwegian Consulate General of San Francisco, Norway’s High North Center for Business and Governance, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), IES welcomed Dr. Kristian Åtland of the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment and Dr. Andreas Raspotnik of the High North Center to discuss EU policy toward the Arctic. Their talk, titled “Europe and the Arctic: Ground Zero for Climate Change?”, assessed the interdisciplinary nature of Arctic affairs.

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