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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.


Mar 06

Panelists at the 2020 IES Undergraduate Research Conference

2020 Undergraduate Research Conference: European Identities

Friday, March 6 marked the 2020 IES Undergraduate Conference in European Studies. Organized by the Institute's team of Undergraduate Research Apprentices, this year’s conference brought together students and scholars to share their research and exchange knowledge on the theme of “European Identities: Past, Present, Future.” The conference featured presentations by eleven Berkeley undergraduates representing a wide range of academic disciplines—political science, history, anthropology, literature and cultural studies, and more.

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Mar 04

From left: Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité, Barbo Osher, and Stephen Small

Navigating Afro-Swedish Identity: A Drop of Midnight

by Rikke From and Abigail Mullin

On March 4, IES and the Nordic Studies Program were pleased to present a discussion with the Afro-Swedish hip-hop artist and writer Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité about the English translation of his memoir A Drop of Midnight. Diakité, who has recently adapted his memoir into a spoken word play to be performed in Harlem, New York, presented a portion of his life story through monologues, poetry, and music. The event, introduced by Barbro Osher (Honorary Consul General of Sweden in San Francisco), attracted an audience of over 60 guests from across the Berkeley campus and Bay Area.

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Mar 04

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Tobias Schulze-Cleven

Reshaping Higher Education in Germany and the US

by Melina Kompella and Nikki Schroeder

On March 4, the Institute was delighted to welcome Tobias Schulze-Cleven (Cal Alum and Associate Professor at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations), who delivered a lecture on “Disruption through Regulation: Reshaping Higher Education in the United States and Germany.” Schulze-Cleven, an expert on comparative employment relations across wealthy democracies, explained how regulatory strategies in both the United States and Germany are being utilized to redefine higher education systems, while also highlighting convergences and divergences between the two educational structures.

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Mar 03

Kristian Åtland with ISEEES Executive Director Jeff Pennington

The Donbas Deadlock: "Minsk II" at Five Years

by Tor Froeytvedt Dahl and Davit Gasparyan

On March 3, the Institute of European Studies was pleased to welcome Kristian Åtland, who presented his research on Ukraine and the ongoing deadlock in the Donbas area five years following the signing of the Minsk II agreement. Åtland is a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (Forsvarets Forskningsinstitutt) and is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Feb 27

From left: IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, EU Ambassador to the US Stavros Lambrinidis, Professor Katerina Linos, and CA Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis

California, the EU and the Future of the Transatlantic Relationship

by Evan Gong

On February 27, the Institute of European Studies was honored to host a panel discussion with Stavros Lambrinidis, the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, and Eleni Kounalakis, the current Lieutenant Governor of California and former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary (2010-2013). Moderated by IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Berkeley Law Professor Katerina Linos, this timely conversation focused on the social, political, and economic challenges currently facing the EU, as well as opportunities for closer cooperation between California and Europe.

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Feb 26

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with Paul Welfens

US Populism and Economic Conflicts in the Trump Era

by Melina Kompella and Victoria Struys

On February 26, the Institute of European Studies was pleased to welcome Paul Welfens, director of the European Institute for International Economic Relations at the University of Wuppertal. In his lecture, Welfens focused on populist tendencies that emerged in the US with the Trump election, arguing that this structural form of populism could pose long-term problems.

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Feb 25

Participants in the scholarly meeting on wood supply chain management

Symposium on Wood Supply Chain Management in Austria and California

On February 25, the Institute of European Studies hosted a liaison meeting of experts on wood supply chain management at the University of California, Berkeley with generous support from the Austrian Ministry of Science and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation. The meeting was organized by Christoph Kogler, a current visiting scholar at the Institute of European Studies. The discussion involved a diverse group of researchers from the Department of Industrial Engineering, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Haas Business School, Berkeley Forests, and the Institute of Transportation Studies. Visiting scholars from the European Commission were also invited.

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Feb 19

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome and Marianne Riddervold

The Ukraine Crisis and EU Foreign Policy

by Tor Froeytvedt Dahl and Nikki Schroeder

On February 19th, the IES welcomed Marianne Riddervold, an IES senior fellow who is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences and a researcher at Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs (NUPI). Riddervold presented research on EU foreign policy and transatlantic relations surrounding the Ukraine crisis that started with the Euromaidan movement of 2013, and culminated in Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

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Feb 18

Andrea Westermann (Research Fellow & Head of Office, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute) with Steven Press

The German Diamond Trade in Colonial Africa

by Ellen Harper

On February 18, the Institute of European Studies welcomed Dr. Steven Press, Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University and an affiliate of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Center for African Studies, and Stanford Law School’s Center for Law and History. In his lecture titled “Revisiting the Economics of German Overseas Imperialism, 1884-1918,” Press challenged the conventional perception of the economics of German colonialism in the former colony of German South West Africa (present-day Namibia), arguing that its diamond mining industry can be seen as a microcosm of the reality of German imperialism.

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Feb 12

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Philip Trein

Solidarity and Crisis Politics in the EU

by Victoria Struys, Tor Froeytvedt Dahl, and Samantha Renee Hebri  

On February 12, the Institute of European Studies was pleased to welcome Philipp Trein, a Senior Researcher in Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Lausanne and Senior Fellow at IES, for his lecture titled “Solidarity and Crisis Politics in the EU”. Focusing on EU crisis policies and politics and how they unfolded in the EU, Trein compared those policies to other federal states and explored the possibility of solidarity among member states in periods of crisis.

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