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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.


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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Sep 13
From left: Jeroen Dewulf, José Manuel Barroso, and Maurice Obstfeld

From left: Jeroen Dewulf, José Manuel Barroso, and Maurice Obstfeld (photo by Hagit Caspi)

A Conversation with Former EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso

by Danielle Miller

On September 13, the Institute of European Studies and the Clausen Center were honored to host former Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-2004) and former President of the EU Commission (2004-2014) José Manuel Durão Barroso for a forum on the UC Berkeley campus. The conversation drew an audience of 100 and was moderated by IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Berkeley Professor of Economics Maurice Obstfeld.

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Sep 12
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with David Whineray

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with David Whineray

Transatlantic Relations and Brexit

by Danielle Miller

On September 12, the Institute of European Studies, Center for British Studies, and Anglo-American Studies Program were pleased to welcome Visiting Scholar and Carnegie Fellow David Whineray for his lecture entitled “US, UK, EU: Brexit, Trump, Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations.”  

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Sep 09
Some of the participants in the graduate student conference “Understanding the Countryside. Rural Europe in a Post-Global World.”

Some of the participants in the graduate student conference “Understanding the Countryside. Rural Europe in a Post-Global World.”

IES Graduate Conference: Understanding the Countryside

by Charlotte Campbell and Evan Gong

On Monday, September 9, the Institute of European Studies (IES) and the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES) hosted the graduate student conference “Understanding the Countryside: Rural Europe in a Post-Global World” at the International House. This multidisciplinary event was organized by Alberto Sanchez Sanchez (PhD candidate in Architecture, UC Berkeley) and brought together over 30 graduate students in fields as varied as anthropology, architecture, ecology, international studies, landscape architecture, and political science.

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Sep 04
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and David Wineroither

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and David Wineroither

The Legacy of Hans Kelsen in Austrian Democracy

by Davit Gasparyan and Evan Gong

On September 4, IES welcomed back David M. Wineroither, a senior research fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to its Austrian Studies Program. During his talk, “Zero Sum Politics? Austrian Government and Challenges to the Kelsenian Vision of Democracy,” Winerother outlined the post-WWII democratic framework established in Austria based on the ideas of Hans Kelsen, a prominent Austrian intellectual who was once a Berkeley professor.

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Sep 03
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Senior Fellow Matt Beech

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Senior Fellow Matt Beech

Reflections on Brexit and the Future of Europe

by Davit Gasparyan

On Tuesday 9/3, IES hosted Matt Beech, the Founding Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull, and Senior Fellow at the UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies. His lecture, “Boris, Brexit and Europe: An Interpretation,” focused on the current situation of Brexit and British prime minister Boris Johnson’s role in foreign and domestic negotiations.

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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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