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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.


Feb 11

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with Zachary Shore

Policies of Vengeance in the Postwar Period

by Tianxing Cao, Evan Gong and Alexandra von Minden

On February 11, IES was delighted to welcome senior fellow Zachary Shore (Professor of History at the Naval Postgraduate School). In his lecture, entitled “From Vengeance to Virtue: The Problem of Postwar Germany,” Shore explored the context and reasoning surrounding the U.S. treatment of its perceived enemies during and after World War II.

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Feb 10

From left: Jean-Eric Paquet, visiting scholar Ewa Ptaszynska, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, and Mary Kavanagh (Minister-Counsellor for Research and Innovation, European Union Delegation to the US)

Europe and the Green New Deal

by Davit Gasparyan and Victoria Struys

On February 10, the Institute of European Studies was pleased to welcome Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General of Research and Innovation of the European Commission, for a lecture entitled “Europe’s Green New Deal: Fueled by Innovation.” In this fascinating presentation, Paquet focused on the desire of the European Union to innovate with sustainability initiatives and ultimately be the first continent to be climate-neutral by 2050.

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Feb 05

Celebrating the Languages of Berkeley

by Evan Gong and Abigail Mullin

On February 5th, IES was pleased to take part in a reception hosted by the UC Berkeley Library and the Berkeley Language Center to complement their online exhibition “The Languages of Berkeley.” The event showcased the diversity of languages taught and spoken at Berkeley and featured brief readings by professors and students representing several departments across campus.

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Feb 05

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Professors Caitlin Rosenthal and Tyler Stovall

Liberalism, Capitalism, and European Powers in the Transatlantic Slave Trade

by Rikke From, Davit Gasparyan and Greyson Young

In the spirit of the recent campus initiative marking 400 years since the arrival of enslaved Africans to the English colonies in North America, IES hosted a panel discussion on  “Capitalism and Freedom: Perspectives on Slavery and its Ties to Economic and Political Liberalism in Europe.” The discussion featured professors Caitlin Rosenthal (History, UC Berkeley) and Tyler Stovall (Dean of the Humanities at UC Santa Cruz). 

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Jan 30

Finnish Research on Social-Emotional Education

by Ellen Harper and Evan Gong

On January 30, the Nordic Studies Program at IES was pleased to welcome Finnish researchers Inka-Kristiina Hanhivaara (Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Sofia University) and Mervi Pänkäläinen (Founder and CEO of Mightifier), who delivered a presentation entitled: “Social-Emotional Skills in the Digital Age.” 

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Dec 13
Participants in the workshop on Refugee and Migration Law

Refugee and Migration Law Workshop

On December 12 and 13, 2019, IES co-sponsored an international workshop on Refugee and Migration Law, convened at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club. The two-day event brought together legal scholars from institutions across the United States and abroad, and focused on questions of race and ethnicity, borders, refugee protections, and international law.

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Dec 06
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with David Whineray

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with David Whineray

Brexit and the British Election: What Happens Next

by Tianxing Cao and Abigail Mullin

On December 6, the Institute of European Studies and the Center for British Studies were pleased to welcome back visiting scholar David Whineray for a second lecture on Brexit and the general election in the United Kingdom, focused on current sentiments surrounding Brexit and its future within the context of the Parliamentary election on December 12.

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Dec 05
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Jean-Claude Beaujour

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Jean-Claude Beaujour

Perspectives on the "Yellow Vest" Movement

by Tianxing Cao and Davit Gasparyan

On December 5, IES was honored to welcome international business lawyer and activist Jean-Claude Beaujour (Vice-Chair of France-Amériques) for a timely lecture titled “Can the French President Emmanuel Macron Reform the Country After the Yellow Vest Protests?” Beaujour's presentation clarified not only the purpose of the Yellow Vest movement in France, which has gained recognition worldwide, but also the reasons behind why the government has been unsuccessful in addressing and mitigating it.

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Dec 04
Maria Elvira Callapez

Maria Elvira Callapez

Plastic Regulation in the E.U.

On December 4, Maria Elvira Callapez, Research Fellow at Centro Interuniversitário de História da Ciência e Tecnologia, Portugal gave a presentation on the "Regulation and Innovation of Plastic Use in the European Union" at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. Funded with the support of EU Commission's Getting to Know Europe Grant and co-sponsored by the California Chamber of Commerce, her presentation began with the acknowledgement that plastics have been demonized in discussions on climate change and pollution; however, much can be done to reform the ways in which they are used.

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Dec 03
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Christina Zuber

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Christina Zuber

Politics of Migration in European Minority Regions

by Davit Gasparyan

On Tuesday, December 3, the IES was pleased to welcome Christina Isabel Zuber, Assistant Professor of German Politics at the University of Konstanz, for a lecture titled “Past Incentives, Present Choices: Ideational Legacies and the Politics of Migration in European Minority Regions.” Focusing specifically on the regions of Catalonia and South Tyrol, Zuber discussed differing attitudes towards immigration in minority regions and argued that these ideas connect the past with the present outcomes--that historical legacy creates incentives that connect the past with today’s politics of migration.

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