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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.


Apr 16

Niko Switek (University of Washington)

Angela Merkel's Legacy in Germany

by Sophia Kownatzki

On Tuesday, April 16, Niko Switek (DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Washington) gave a talk to a group of 20 at IES on “Deceptive Stability? Germany in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Last Term.” In his lecture, Switek discussed Chancellor Merkel’s tenure, from the perspective of her as a stabilizing force, to the view of her as a villain whose refugee policy has led to turbulence both in the public and within her conservative party.

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Apr 15

Christian Gullette (Lecturer in the Department of Scandinavian, UC Berkeley) and Saskia Vogel

Inclusive Approaches to Translating Contemporary Swedish Literature

by Davit Gasparyan

On April 15, the IES Nordic Studies Program was honored to welcome translator and author Saskia Vogel for an insightful presentation entitled “Who Dreams of Us? Reading, Inclusivity, and Contemporary Swedish-Language Literature.” As a translator, Vogel introduces empowering literary works in Swedish to the English-speaking world. Her lecture focused on translation, on the the translator’s responsibility to represent certain groups, and on what it means to belong to the Swedish literary canon.

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Apr 12

IES Senior Fellow Carla Shapreau with Director Jeroen Dewulf

Musical Material Culture during the Third Reich

by Julia Zimring

On April 12, the Institute of European Studies welcomed Senior Fellow Carla Shapreau, a lecturer at the Berkeley School of Law. Her presentation, titled “From Enigma to Virtual Splendor - The Nazi-Era Theft and Restitution of Guillaume de Machaut’s Extraordinary Medieval Manuscript, the Ferrell-Vogüé,” traced the fascinating history of this cultural artifact from its creation in the 14th century to its modern-day whereabouts.

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Apr 11

Christina von Hodenberg (Director of the German Historical Institute London and Professor of History at Queen Mary University London)

Generation Gaps and Social Change in 1960s West Germany

by Sophia Kownatzki and Jianwen Xu

On April 11, IES in conjunction with GHI West hosted Christina von Hodenberg (Director of the German Historical Institute London and Professor of History at Queen Mary University London) for a lecture titled “Over Sixty in the Sixties: The Older Generation and Youth Protest in West Germany.” 

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Apr 10

Dr. Birgit Urmson

Cultural Memory and WWII Cemeteries in Italy

by Evan Gong

On April 10, the IES was delighted to welcome Birgit Urmson, who delivered a captivating lecture to an audience of 30 on the cultural perspectives of German and U.S. Second World War Soldiers’ Cemeteries in Italy. An art historian, Urmson concentrated particularly on cemeteries in Italy because the nation was both friend and foe of the Axis and Allied powers, but chose the winning side in 1943. She not only analyzed the purpose of these cemeteries, which was to offer meaning and remembrance of soldiers’ sacrifices, but also offered insight into how these cemeteries reflected political ideologies and the international order following World War II.

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Apr 09

Fatima El-Tayeb (UC San Diego)

Artistic Responses to Europe’s Refugee Crisis

by Julia Zimring

On April 9, Fatima El-Tayeb, professor of Literature and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego, shared her work with an audience of 25 at the Institute of European Studies. Her presentation, entitled “Europe’s “Refugee Crisis” and the Colonial Archive: Is Art Universal?,” explored the connections between Germany’s colonial legacy, the current refugee crisis, and the idea of the “universal museum.”

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Apr 04

Allan Little with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

The Future of the UK After Brexit

by Davit Gasparyan and Danielle Miller

On April 4, IES was pleased to welcome journalist and former BBC correspondent Allan Little for an engaging lecture on “Brexit, Britain, Scotland: The Future of the UK.” The event, co-sponsored by the St. Andrew’s Society of San Francisco, the Center for British Studies, and the Anglo-American Studies Program, attracted a broad audience of over 100 students, faculty, and community members.

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Apr 03

US Poet Laureate Robert Hass

The Poetry of Tomas Tranströmer. A Reading by Robert Hass

by Chihiro Kajiura and Evan Gong

On April 3, the Institute of European Studies, in coordination with the Nordic Studies Program and the Department of English, held a performance-based presentation and reading of the poems of Swedish Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer.

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Apr 02

From left: Akasemi Newsome (IES Associate Director), Andrea Westermann (Research Fellow & Head of Office, GHI West), Sven Reichardt (University of Konstanz), and Professor Stefan Ludwig-Hoffman (UC Berkeley)

Global Fascisms in the 1930s and 1940s

by Davit Gasparyan and Alison Spencer

On April 2, IES, GHI-West, and the Department of History welcomed Professor Sven Reichardt (University of Konstanz, Germany) for a lecture entitled “Fascism’s Global Moments: New Perspectives on Entanglements and Tensions between Fascist Regimes in the 1930s and 1940s.” Drawing on historical works, Reichardt’s talk examined the global character of fascism through three different lenses, focusing on global moments of fascism, brokerage between major and minor fascisms, and collaboration between fascist empires.

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Apr 01

From left: IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, Carlo Monticelli, and Barry Eichengreen (Professor of Economics and Political Science, UC Berkeley)

Europe and Global Governance

by Davit Gasparyan and Ella Smith

On April 1, the Institute for European Studies, in cooperation with the Department of Economics, welcomed Carlo Monticelli, the Deputy Director of the Council of the European Development Bank. Monticelli’s talk, drawing on his recently published book, “Reforming Global Economic Governance: An Unsettled Order,” explored the contrast between Europe’s small influence and its economic might.

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