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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 02

Mapping and Managing Floods in Europe

by Anna Serra-Llobet and David Powers

Floods are the most common natural disaster both in Europe and in the United States, and the damage they cause will increase with climate change and current trends of urbanization in floodplains. Since the EU Floods Directive was implemented in 2007, there has been tremendous innovation in Flood Risk Management across Europe. This European Law has brought together all the Member States to create an unprecedented transnational framework to manage flood risk across administrative boundaries.

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Nov 20

Matthew Stenberg (PhD Candidate in Poltiical Science)

Research Spotlight: Matthew Stenberg on European Politics

by Alex Kaplan

IES URAP student Alex Kaplan spoke with Ph.D. Candidate Matthew Stenberg to discuss his research interests in democracy and democratic institutions, urban and subnational politics, European multi-level governance and the European Union, post-Socialism, administrative capacity, and Central Europe.

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Nov 18

A Reading with Mike McCormack

by Nikki Schroeder

Acclaimed Irish novelist Mike McCormack joined the Irish Studies Program for a reading of his award-winning novel Solar Bones and shared his insights into the genre of science fiction and the writing process. Irish Studies Director Catherine Flynn moderated the lively conversation and Q&A.

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Nov 18

Research Spotlight: G. Mathias Kondolf on River Management and Restoration

by Samantha Miller and William Roddy

The IES recently interviewed G. Mathias Kondolf, Professor in the College of Environmental Design and recipient of a 2019 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) grant for the project River Management and Restoration in Germany and the US: Germany as Model. Kondolf is also a member of the Executive Committee for the Center of Portugese Studies. He spoke with us about international water politics and ecological implications, as well as the importance of comparative research in the context of his ongoing DAAD research and workshops.

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Nov 02

Professor Gerald Steinacher (University of Nebraska)

The Identity Crisis of South Tyrol

by Samantha Miller and Nikki Schroeder

To conclude the Austrian Studies Fall 2020 event series on “Austrian Identities,” co-presented by the North American Austria Centers, Professor Gerald Steinacher (University of Nebraska) delivered a lecture on the South Tyrol and its complex identity, history, and relation to Europe. Himself a native of Tyrol, Steinacher framed his presentation with a reference to a song composed by Gail Climenti in 1989: “Amore Mio.” Though the song’s mixture of languages was a sign of hope for unity, political tensions in South Tyrol revealed the region’s division along ethnolinguistic lines. 

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Oct 30

Clockwise from top: URAP students Ayne Aguilos, Samantha Miller, and lecturer Lotta Weckström

Research Spotlight: Lotta Weckström on Finnish Identity

Lotta Weckström is a lecturer in Berkeley’s Department of Scandinavian and an area studies program affiliate for the Institute of European Studies. Since 2007, Dr. Weckstrom has taught coursework at Berkeley in Finnish language, culture, and history. IES URAP students had the privilege of speaking with Professor Weckström about her work with IES, past research, and her current beginning and intermediate Finnish courses.


How did you get connected to IES? What kind of collaborative opportunities have you had with and through the Institute?

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Oct 29

Historical Understandings of Racism and Public Health

by Kim Pape and William Roddy

On October 29, in cooperation with the German Historical Institute and the German Historical Association, the IES was pleased to host the second of two panels on “Racism in History and Context.” This fascinating conversation, titled “Rethinking Health and Power During Times of Crisis,” was moderated by Elisabeth Engel (GHI Washington) & Leti Volpp (UC Berkeley), and panelists included Manuela Boatcă, (University of Freiburg), Teresa Koloma Beck (Bundeswehr University Munich), Monica Muñoz Martinez (UT Austin), and Kathryn Olivarius (Stanford). 

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Oct 28

Professor Eileen Ryan (Temple University)

Staging Colonization: Blackness in Fascist Italy

by Davit Gasparyan and Nikki Schroeder

On Wednesday, October 28, the IES was pleased to welcome Eileen Ryan, Professor of History at Temple University, who presented a lecture titled “Exhibiting Blackness in Fascist Italy.” The event, hosted in partnership with the Italian Studies department and the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies, was presented to introduce Ryan’s new book project, “Black Italy.”

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Oct 21

#blackIrish: Notes on an Evolving Ireland

by Ayne Aguilos and Nikki Schroeder

On Wednesday, October 21, the IES Irish Studies Program welcomed sociologist Kimberly DaCosta (NYU Gallatin) to speak about emergent public discussion among those who identify as Black and Irish, and how these conversations help illuminate contemporary racial dynamics in Ireland and the United States. Professor Catherine Flynn (Director of Irish Studies) organized the event and moderated the conversation.

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Oct 19

The Righteous Murderers: A Conversation with Author Ingo Schulze

by Evan Gong and Kim Pape

On October 19, the IES was honored to welcome the German author Ingo Schulze for a reading from his latest novel, Die rechtschaffenen Mörder (The Righteous Murderers). This virtual event, organized by the German Historical Institute Washington DC (GHI) and its Pacific Regional Office, was followed by a moderated discussion with historian Richard F. Wetzell (GHI) and UC Berkeley professor of German Lilla Balint.

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