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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.


Oct 30

The Odd Spring of May '68

by Julia Nelsen

On October 30, the French Studies Program together with the French Department was pleased to host a screening of the recent documentary by Dominique Beaux, Mai 68: un étrange printemps. Presented in conjunction with a selection of previously unpublished photographs by Philippe Gras, on display in Dwinelle Hall, the film was part of an international traveling exhibition sponsored by the Institut Français to mark the fiftieth anniversary of May 1968.

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Oct 25

Marina Romani (UC Berkeley / San Francisco Opera) with IES Program Manager Julia Nelsen

Political and Operatic Mythologies in Contemporary Italy

by Maddi Erdall and Zakaria Gati

On October 25, 2018, IES was pleased to welcome Dr. Marina Romani (Lecturer at UC Berkeley and Contributing Writer for the San Francisco Opera) for a talk entitled “Political and Operatic Mythologies in Contemporary Italy: Lega Nord’s ‘Va Pensiero.’” Co-sponsored by the Department of Music and the Department of Italian Studies, Romani’s lecture analyzed Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s famous operatic chorus, “Va Pensiero,” in the current political context of the far-right Italian party, Lega Nord.

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Oct 24

Bernd Fischer (Practitioner-in-Residence at GHI West) with GHI Program Coordinator Heike Friedman

Refugees in German Higher Education

by Ani Hakobyan and Davit Gasparyan

On October 24th, 2018, IES and GHI West were pleased to welcome Bernd Fischer (Deputy Head of Division at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) for a lecture on on the integration of refugees in German institutions of higher education. He began his lecture by noting that he was a practitioner and not a researcher and that his presentation was based on what he himself had seen and worked on.

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Oct 17

David Miliband (President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee) addresses the audience at Alumni House



Oct 16

EU Commissioner Moreno Bertoldi speaks to students and faculty at IES (Photo credit: JRumans Photography)

EU Economics Commission Visits IES

by Zakaria Gati

On October 16th, the European Union Center of IES was pleased to host a meeting with two distinguished members of the European Commission’s Department of Economic and Financial Affairs, Minister Counselor Moreno Bertoldi and Senior Advisor Antoine Begasse. Speaking to an invited audience of 25 faculty and graduate students from IES and the Department of Economics, the EU commissioners discussed the resilience of the Eurozone ten years after the great economic depression, and presented the economic activities of the EU more generally.

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Oct 11

Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Muldoon visits Irish Studies at IES



Oct 10

Timothy Scott Brown (Northeastern University / IES Senior Fellow)

Fascism Then and Now

by Julia Zimring

On October 10, Timothy Scott Brown (Professor of History at Northeastern University and Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies) delivered a lecture titled “Fascism Then and Now: Some Theoretical and Practical Reflections.” Brown, who has written on a variety of topics such as West Germany, media, counterculture, and subversive politics, drew on both historical and current examples to help define the concept of fascism. Following his lecture, Brown and the audience of 30 engaged in an stimulating discussion.

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Oct 09

Martina Kessel (Bielefeld University) with Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (Department of History, UC Berkeley)

Performing Germanness: Laughter and Violence in Nazi Germany

by Lillie Vogt

On October 9th, IES and GHI-West were pleased to host Martina Kessel (Professor of Modern German History at Bielefeld University) for a lecture on the significance of humor as an identity practice during the time of National Socialism in Germany. Addressed to an audience of 40 students, faculty and community members, the lecture was centered around Kessel’s forthcoming book titled Gewalt und Gelächter. “Deutschsein” 1914-1945 (Laughter and Violence. ‘Being German’ 1914-1945).

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Oct 04

Left to right: Caroline Simard, Kellie McElhaney, and Ruth Cotter discuss the gender pay gap



Oct 04

Peter Dabrock (German Ethics Council) addresses the audience at the Berkeley School of Law

Big Data, Ethics, and Individual Freedom

By Maddi Erdall & Ani Hakobyan

On October 4, 2018, the Berkeley Institute of European Studies, the Miller Institute for Global Challenges & the Law, the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, and the School of Information hosted Peter Dabrock (Chair of the German Ethics Council) for a lecture on “Freedom and Ethics in the Era of Big Data” for an audience of 80 people. As a Protestant theologian and Chair of Systematic Theology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Dabrock was able to provide a unique take on this controversial topic.

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