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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.


Nov 08
From left: Danielle Callegari, Elaine Chukan Brown, and Fabrizia Lanza

From left: Danielle Callegari, Elaine Chukan Brown, and Fabrizia Lanza

Foodways and Culture in California and Europe

by Evan Gong

Tariff threats, climate change, and immigation policy were among the topics discussed in “Food, Wine, and Culture: Foodways in California and the E.U.,” a panel discussion sponsored by the Institute of European Studies, the European Union Center, and the Department of Italian Studies. The event, funded by a European Commission “Getting to Know Europe” grant (2017-19), featured wine journalist Elaine Chukan Brown, educator and activist and Fabrizia Lanza, and Berkeley lecturer Danielle Callegari, who analyzed the economic viability of food systems within the context of current political challenges in the EU and the United States.

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Nov 07
From left: Sir Christopher Clark, Norma Feldman, and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

From left: Sir Christopher Clark, Norma Feldman, and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Annual Feldman Lecture: The Times of Power

by Tianxing Cao, Ellen Harper, and Danielle Miller

On Thursday, November 7th, over 60 students, faculty, and community members convened at the Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley to attend the Annual Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Lecture, a highly anticipated event honoring the life and work of former IES Director Gerald D. Feldman. This year, IES was pleased to host Sir Christopher Clark, Regius Professor of History at the University of Cambridge, for an exciting lecture exploring temporality and power in history from the perspective of Prussia, and how this shapes our current understanding of politics and power.

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Oct 29
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Senior Fellow Ludvig Norman

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Senior Fellow Ludvig Norman

Redefining Democracy in Post-Crisis Europe

by Davit Gasparyan and Rikke From

On October 29, the Institute of European Studies was pleased to welcome Ludvig Norman, Associate Senior Lecturer in Political Science at Stockholm University and IES Senior Fellow, for his lecture titled “Redefining Political Space in post-crisis Europe: Is there hope for EU democracy?” The insightful lecture revolved around the rise of populism and what one could call “anti-system” parties and the EU’s dilemma in dealing with this rise while trying to maintain its democratic order and image.

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Oct 21
Katja Petrowskaja, author of Maybe Esther, in conversation with Sven Spieker (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Katja Petrowskaja, author of Maybe Esther, in conversation with Sven Spieker (University of California, Santa Barbara)

"Maybe Esther": Storytelling and the Unpredictability of the Past

by Abigail Mullin

On October 21, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, in cooperation with the Institute of European Studies and the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, were pleased to host the Third Annual Bucerius Lecture, sponsored by by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. This year’s lecture featured a conversation with Katja Petrowskaja, author of Maybe Esther, and Sven Spieker, professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Oct 17
Edith Sheffer

Edith Sheffer

Using Comedy to Examine the Rise of Nazism

by Charlotte Campbell, Ellen Harper, and Yeeun Moon 

On Thursday, October 17, the Institute of European Studies and the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute were pleased to host historian and IES Senior Fellow Edith Sheffer, for a lecture entitled “Nazism: A Dark Comedy in Liechtenstein.” In her lecture, Sheffer discussed what we can gain from applying a comic lens to national socialism, specifically examining the case of Liechtenstein during World War II.

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Oct 17
Douglas Hyde book presentation

From left: Brian Ó Conchubhair (University of Notre Dame), Irish Studies Program director Catherine Flynn, and Cuan Ó Seireadáin (Douglas Hyde Foundation) before the bust of Benjamin Ide Wheeler, in UC Berkeley's Wheeler Hall

Douglas Hyde's American Journey

On Thursday, October 17, the Irish Studies Program was pleased to mark the release of Douglas Hyde: My American Journey, with a visit from the editors of Douglas Hyde's newly published diary and travelogue. Hyde, who would become Ireland’s first president (1938-45), spent eight months traveling across the United States from 1905 to 1906 to raise funds for the Gaelic League. First published in Irish in 1937, the comprehensive new edition and translation of Hyde’s writings sheds light on his work and on the Irish diaspora at the turn of the 20th century.

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Oct 15
Dr. Nina Verheyen (Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities KWI, Germany)

Dr. Nina Verheyen (Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities KWI, Germany)

On the Concept of "Leistung" in 19th Century Germany

by Abigail Mullin

On October 15th, the Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, and the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington were pleased to welcome Dr. Nina Verheyen from Germany’s Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI). Introduced by Professor Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann, Verheyen discussed the concept of “Leistung” and work performance in 19th century Germany.

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Oct 03
From left: Harsha Ram, Diego Pirillo, and Paolo Mancosu

From left: Harsha Ram, Diego Pirillo, and Paolo Mancosu

New Investigations on Boris Pasternak and the Doctor Zhivago Saga

by Rikke From and Greyson Young

On Thursday, October 3, IES and ISEES were pleased to welcome Professor Paolo Mancosu for a lecture based on his breakthrough study of Russian Nobel laureate Boris Pasternak. Mancosu’s lecture, titled “Moscow Has Ears Everywhere: Olga Ivinskaya and the loss of Pasternak’s 'Will',” centered on Soviet resistance to Pasternak for engaging with Western writers and publishers in order to secure the publication of his 1955 novel Doctor Zhivago, which was primarily distributed in Western Europe.

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Oct 01
Andrea Westermann (GHI) with speaker Lutz Raphael and Rainer Gruhlich (DHG, German Research Foundation)

Andrea Westermann (GHI) with speaker Lutz Raphael and Rainer Gruhlich (DHG, German Research Foundation)

Patterns of German Democracy in the 20th Century

by Evan Gong and Greyson Young

On Tuesday, October 1, the IES, in cooperation with the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute, welcomed Lutz Raphael for his lecture entitled “From Revolution to Routine? Patterns of German Democracy in the 20th Century.” Raphael is a professor of Recent and Modern History at the University of Trier (Germany) and was awarded the Leibniz Prize in 2013.

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Sep 26
Irish Studies Program Director Catherine Flynn with Robert O'Driscoll (Consul General of Ireland in San Francisco)

Irish Studies Program Director Catherine Flynn with Robert O'Driscoll (Consul General of Ireland in San Francisco)

James Joyce's Parisian Influences

by Julia Nelsen

On September 26, Irish Studies Program director Catherine Flynn celebrated the release of her new book “James Joyce and the Matter of Paris” before an enthusiastic crowd at City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco. In conversation with Berkeley English professor Kent Puckett, Flynn discussed the importance and influence of the French capital across Joyce's work.

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