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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 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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Oct 06

Ambassador Wolfgang Petritsch (President of the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation)

Identity Politics and Armed Civil Conflict in the Former Yugoslavia

By Davit Gasparyan, Evan Gong, and Victoria Struys

On October 6, the IES was pleased to welcome Ambassador Wolfgang Petritsch, who delivered a lecture on identity politics and armed conflict in the aftermath of the fall of Yugoslavia. The event was part of the “Austrian Identities” virtual series co-organized by the Austrian Studies Program and the North American Austria Centers as well as the UC Berkeley Institute of Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies. 

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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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Sep 23

IES Commemorates 30 Years with Virtual Celebration

by Kim Pape

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 marked the date of the virtual program put on by the Institute of European Studies to celebrate thirty years as a presence on UC Berkeley’s campus. Although the in-person festivities have been postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the virtual gathering boasted the attendance of over one hundred speakers, students, faculty, and alumni. 

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Sep 21

From top: Tara Zahra (University of Chicago) and Howard Louthan (Director, Center for Austrian Studies, University of Minnesota)

Degobalization and Fantasies of Autarky in Interwar Austria

by William Roddy

On September 21, the IES Austrian Studies Program was pleased to co-sponsor the first in its Fall 2020 joint lecture series on “Austrian Identities,” organized in cooperation with the three other North American Austria Centers. Hosted by the Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota, the 36th Annual Kann Memorial Lecture by Professor Tara Zahra (University of Chicago) was titled "Against the World: The Collapse of Empire and the Deglobalization of Interwar Austria." 

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Sep 15

Rethinking Memory and Knowledge During Times of Crisis

by Davit Gasparyan and Victoria Struys

On September 15, 2020, IES in partnership with the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute and the German Historical Association was pleased to host the first of two panels on “Racism in History and Context,” bringing together American and European scholars to discuss historical memory and examine how current debates construct and represent this history. 

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Mar 06

Panelists at the 2020 IES Undergraduate Research Conference

2020 Undergraduate Research Conference: European Identities

Friday, March 6 marked the 2020 IES Undergraduate Conference in European Studies. Organized by the Institute's team of Undergraduate Research Apprentices, this year’s conference brought together students and scholars to share their research and exchange knowledge on the theme of “European Identities: Past, Present, Future.” The conference featured presentations by eleven Berkeley undergraduates representing a wide range of academic disciplines—political science, history, anthropology, literature and cultural studies, and more.

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Mar 04

From left: Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité, Barbo Osher, and Stephen Small

Navigating Afro-Swedish Identity: A Drop of Midnight

by Rikke From and Abigail Mullin

On March 4, IES and the Nordic Studies Program were pleased to present a discussion with the Afro-Swedish hip-hop artist and writer Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité about the English translation of his memoir A Drop of Midnight. Diakité, who has recently adapted his memoir into a spoken word play to be performed in Harlem, New York, presented a portion of his life story through monologues, poetry, and music. The event, introduced by Barbro Osher (Honorary Consul General of Sweden in San Francisco), attracted an audience of over 60 guests from across the Berkeley campus and Bay Area.

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Mar 04

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Tobias Schulze-Cleven

Reshaping Higher Education in Germany and the US

by Melina Kompella and Nikki Schroeder

On March 4, the Institute was delighted to welcome Tobias Schulze-Cleven (Cal Alum and Associate Professor at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations), who delivered a lecture on “Disruption through Regulation: Reshaping Higher Education in the United States and Germany.” Schulze-Cleven, an expert on comparative employment relations across wealthy democracies, explained how regulatory strategies in both the United States and Germany are being utilized to redefine higher education systems, while also highlighting convergences and divergences between the two educational structures.

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