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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.


Mar 22

Beverly Crawford Ames with IES Senior Fellow David Large

Migration Politics in a Post-Truth Environment

by Evan Gong

On Friday, March 22, the Institute was pleased to host Professor Emerita and former IES Associate Director Beverly Crawford Ames, who delivered a lecture titled “Lies about Migrants: Comparing U.S. and German Migration Politics in a Post-Truth Environment.” Analyzing migration policy and politics, Crawford Ames described the responsibilities of the US in accepting refugees and immigrants. She also noted statistics that overwhelmingly demonstrated the social and economic benefits brought about by immigration.

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Mar 22

Participants of “Between the Lines: Tradition and Plasticity in Ana Hatherly” 

Portuguese Studies Conference: Cataloguing Ana Hatherly

by Alison Spencer

On March 22, thirty scholars gathered at IES for the symposium “Between the Lines: Tradition and Plasticity in Ana Hatherly,” held as part of the 43rd Annual Education Conference of the Luso-American Education Foundation. Various presentations discussed the work of Ana Hatherly (1929-2015), a Portuguese visual artist, poet, scholar, and filmmaker recognized as a pioneer of experimental poetry and literature, who earned a doctorate in Hispanic Studies from UC Berkeley in 1986. The event was sponsored by the Institute of European Studies, the Center for Portuguese Studies, Ana Hatherly Camões Institute Catedra, the Camões Institute, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Luso-American Education Foundation, and the European Union Center.

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Mar 20

Finnish Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi with Nordic Studies Program Director Lotta Weckstrom

World Affairs from a Finnish Perspective

by Danielle Miller

On March 20, IES and the Nordic Studies Program were pleased to welcome Finland’s Ambassador to the United States, Kirsti Kauppi, for a conversation about Finland’s current affairs and the US/EU transatlantic relationship. In her talk, Kauppi spoke of how Finland’s many identities—as sovereign state, a Nordic country, an EU member, and an Arctic state—shape the country’s domestic politics and diplomatic agenda.

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Mar 19

IES Visiting Scholar Christina Gerhardt

Feminist Cinema in West Germany

by Sophia Kownatzki

On Tuesday, March 19, IES welcomed back visiting scholar Christina Gerhardt, a former UC Berkeley lecturer who is currently teaching at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Gerhardt presented a lecture titled “Helke Sander’s dffb Cinema, 1968 and West Germany’s Feminist Movement” – the subject of her upcoming publication. During the talk, Gerhardt traced the history of the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB), the alma mater of filmmaker Helke Sander who was part of the first graduating class of students from 1966 to 1969.

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Mar 18

Visiting Scholar Lieselot de Taeye

Political Rhetoric in Belgian and Congolese Literature

by Jianwen Xu

On March 18, IES and the Center for African Studies were pleased to host visiting scholar Lieselot de Taeye for a lecture titled “Defining Roles. Representations of Lumumba and his Independence Speech in Congolese and Belgian Literature.” De Taeye is a Belgian post-doctoral scholar who specializes in modern Dutch and Flemish literature. 

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Mar 14

From left: IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome; Prof. Leigh Raiford; Jeannette Ehlers; Elizabeth Hunter (PhD Candidate, African Diaspora Studies); Lotta Weckstrom (Executive Director, Nordic Studies Program)

Challenging Coloniality through Art

by Julia Zimring

In collaboration with the Nordic Studies Program and the Department of African American Studies, IES was pleased to welcome visual artist Jeannette Ehlers for a dynamic conversation on March 14. The discussion, “How to Challenge Scandinavian Colonial Amnesia,” focused on artistic strategies of resistance to coloniality and counter-narratives to the Eurocentric writing of history. Panelists included Professor Leigh Raiford and PhD candidate Elizabeth Hunter, both scholars of African Diaspora Studies.

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Mar 13

Timm Beichelt with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

European Soccer and Politics

by Ella Smith

“In Europe, Church does no longer play the integrating role that soccer does,” says Timm Beichelt, Professor of European Studies at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder). On the afternoon of March 13, 2019, Beichelt visited the IES to discuss the influence of soccer on the political sphere in Europe, especially Germany. He explored the political meaning of soccer in a presentation entitled “A Field of Autocratic Temptation: European Soccer and its Actors.”

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Mar 12

Timothy Scott Brown (Northeastern University / IES Senior Fellow) with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

A New Take on the Prague Spring

by Sophia Kownatzki and Julia Zimring

On Tuesday March 12, Timothy Scott Brown (Professor of History at Northeastern University and Senior Fellow at IES) delivered a lecture titled “New Approaches to the Prague Spring” to a group of twenty students, professors, and community members. During the lecture, Brown gave a historical breakdown of events leading up to the 1968 Czechoslovakian Communist reformist movement and an analysis of the movement itself. 

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Mar 08

March 13, 2018: IC² staff and program participants from Sweden pose for a group picture at the Scandinavia House with Austin Technology Incubator director Mitch Jacobson, Director of the Bureau of Business Research J. Bruce Kellison, and IC² Deputy Executive Director Gregory Pogue.

IES at SXSW

In March, IES partnered with the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for European Studies and IC² Institute to enhance collaboration between European companies and local business experts at this year’s South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. 

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Mar 07

Barry McCrea with Catherine Flynn (Associate Director, Irish Studies Program / Associate Professor of English)

The Novel and the Irish Language: Traditions and Divergences

by Davit Gasparyan and Melina Kompella

On March 7, the Irish Studies Program at IES, in cooperation with the Department of English, was honored to welcome Barry McCrea, novelist, scholar, and professor at the University of Notre Dame, for his lecture entitled “Language Change and Narrative Form from Ó Cadhain to Ferrante.” Speaking in front of an audience of 25, McCrea discussed the Irish language and its struggles to establish a tradition of the realist novel.

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