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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 20

Matthew Stenberg (PhD Candidate in Poltiical Science)

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.

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Oct 19

Professor David Oppenheimer (Berkeley Law)

Research Spotlight: Anti-Discrimination Law and the #MeToo Movement

by Nikki Schroeder

IES recently spoke with David Oppenheimer, a clinical professor at Berkeley Law and Director of the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law, to learn more about his recent projects related to the #MeToo movement around the world. 

While his research interests are extensive, Oppenheimer’s primary focus includes comparing how inequality materializes and functions in a variety of social and legal settings in Europe and the United States. He also explores how the application of law can be helpful in addressing the overarching issue of inequality. 

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Oct 15

Ewa Wylężek explains the work of Silesian artist Ireneusz Walczak

Ireneusz Walczak and the Complexities of Silesian Identity

by Samantha Miller 

On Thursday, October 15, Ewa Wylężek was welcomed by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta, for the third event in the Fall 2020 virtual series co-presented by IES and our fellow North American Austria Centers. Dr. Wylężek (Assistant Professor at the University of Silesia in Poland) gave the lecture “Lux et Silesia: Silesian Identity in the Art of Ireneusz Walczak.” 

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Sep 30

Clockwise from top: Mark Bevir, Matt Beech, moderator Jeroen Dewulf, and Terri Bimes

Brexit in Transition

by Viktoriya Carpio and Alex Kaplan

On September 30, in partnership with the Center for British Studies and Anglo-American Law and Policy Program, IES hosted a panel to discuss a range of timely topics pertaining to Brexit. Speakers included Matt Beech, an IES Senior Fellow and founding director of the Center for British Politics at the University of Hull, as well as Mark Bevir, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for British Studies. The event was moderated by IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Terri Bimes, Associate Teaching Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley.

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