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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.

May 14

Irish Studies Program Director Eric Falci with John O'Brennan

Ireland, the UK, and Brexit

by Danielle Miller

On May 14, the Irish Studies Program at IES was pleased to welcome Maynooth University professor John O'Brennan for a lecture titled “Requiem for a Shared Interdependent Past: Brexit and the Deterioration in UK-Irish Relations,” co-sponsored by the Center for British Studies, the Department of Political Science, and the Anglo-American Studies Program.

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May 02

Andrea Westermann (Research Fellow & Head of Office, GHI West) with Annette Lützel

Integrating Asylum-seekers in Germany

by Sophia Kownatski

On Thursday, May 2, Annette Lützel (practitioner-in-residence at GHI West) spoke to a group of 20 to reflect on her experience as a psychologist and social worker in Germany, in a lecture titled “Asylum and Integration Policies in Germany – from the 1990s to 2015.” Lützel spoke not only from an academic perspective, but also from her experience in assisting asylum seekers through the years, offering personal insights on the the legal troubles and trauma that accompany an asylum seeker’s journey.

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May 01

IES Grantees 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Grantees!

IES is pleased to announce this year’s grant winners. Students from across departments have received awards for study and exchange at our partner universities in Europe, as well as dissertation and research support. Awardees are listed below:

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Apr 29

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Senior Fellow Spero Paravantes

Greek Interstate Relations and the ‘Macedonia’ Name Agreement

by Davit Gasparyan and Alison Spencer

On Thursday April 29, the IES was honored to welcome Dr. Spero Paravantes, an IES Senior Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Luxembourg. Paravantes gave an fascinating lecture entitled “Building Bridges or a Bridge Too Far? The ‘Macedonia’ Name Agreement and the Past, Present and Future of Greek Interstate Relations.” As suggested by the title, the lecture centered on the issue of the Macedonian name and its history, and the future prospects of Greek-North Macedonian relations.

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Apr 26

Participants in the 2019 EU Ambassadors Undergraduate Conference

EU Ambassadors Undergraduate Conference: Climate Change and the EU

by Alison Spencer

On April 26, the European Union Center, housed at IES, was pleased to sponsor the EU Ambassadors Undergraduate Conference. The focus of this year's conference was the effects of climate change in the European Union. Undergraduate students Harini Boienipelly, Joaquin A. Moncada, and Sara Zaat each presented their research to the audience and the jury composed of members of the IES program.

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Apr 25

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with Senior Fellow Matt Beech

A Heterodox Approach to Brexit

by Davit Gasparyan

On April 25, the IES in cooperation with the Anglo-American Studies Program and the Center for British Studies was honored to welcome Dr. Matt Beech for an engaging lecture entitled “So what are we to make of Brexit?” Matt Beech is an IES Senior Fellow and founding director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull. His lecture concerning the topic of Brexit and the UK’s political future was attended by over 40 students, faculty, and community members.

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Apr 24
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Senior Fellow Matt Beech in Sacramento

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Senior Fellow Matt Beech in Sacramento

Understanding Brexit

On April 24, 2019, IES was honored to welcome Matt Beech to the California Chamber of Commerce in Sacramento for an engaging lecture on Brexit. Beech is an IES Senior Fellow and founding director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull in the UK.

Beech spoke to nearly 100 guests at the California Chamber International Luncheon Forum in Sacramento. In this lecture, funded by the European Commission's "Getting to Know Europe" grant (2017–2019), Beech analyzed the potential implications for the United States and, specifically, trade in California, resulting from Britain’s potential withdrawal from the EU.

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Apr 24

Eric Falci, Director of the Irish Studies Program, and Renée Tosser

Loyalist Bonfires in Northern Ireland

by Ella Smith and Alison Spencer

On April 24, the Irish Studies Program at IES welcomed Renée Tosser, Assistant Professor of Irish Civilization at Université de la Réunion in France, for a lecture on “Political Imagery and Bonfires in Northern Ireland.” Her talk to an audience of 25 was accompanied by photographs from her exhibition on bonfires entitled "King Billy’s Towers," shown in Ireland and North America in 2016. 

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Apr 24

GHI Tandem Fellows Florian Wagner (left) and Nick Underwood

Migration from the Margins in Jewish Europe and Africa

On April 24, IES and GHI-West presented a dual lecture on the history of migration with tandem fellows Nick Underwood (PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder) and Florian Wagner (Assistant Professor of Contemporary History, University of Erfurt, Germany). Their research centers around Jewish return migration and repatriation tendencies in France and Ethiopia.

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Apr 23

Far-Right Intellectual Counterculture in Germany

by Sophia Kownatzki

On Tuesday April 23, IES together with GHI West welcomed Eliah Bures, a former graduate student at Berkeley’s Department of History who currently is a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Berkeley, for a lecture entitled "Beachhead or Refugium? The Rise and Dilemma of Germany's Far-right Intellectual Counterculture." In his talk, he traced the development of the right-wing intellectual counterculture since World War II, particularly highlighting the influences of Ernst Junger and Carl Schmitt on radical conservatism.

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