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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 13
Astrid Eckert (Emory University) with IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome

Astrid Eckert (Emory University) with IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome

The Environmental Impact of the Iron Curtain

On March 13th, Astrid M. Eckert (Associate Professor of Modern European History and Winship Distinguished Research Professor at Emory University) presented a lecture at the Institute titled, “Transboundary Nature: The Consequences of the Iron Curtain for Landscape.” She began by remarking that the West German zonal borderlands or Zonenrandgebiete, are not just political spaces, but also environmental and economic landscapes. After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, environmentalists rushed to areas such as the German Green Belt--the strip of land between the former East and West Germany--in the hopes of preserving nature.

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Mar 13
Allan Little with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Allan Little with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Scotland and the UK Post-Brexit

On March 13th, BBC correspondent Allan Little, the 2018 UC Berkeley Regents' Lecturer, delivered a talk to over 30 students and community members on UK-Scottish Relations After Brexit. Little, a native of Scotland, drew upon his experience growing up there, as well as his work with the BBC in Europe, to approach the question of whether the Brexit phenomenon would eventually lead to the breakup of the entire United Kingdom.

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Mar 12
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf; Evan Reade; Jon Cho-Polizzi, PhD Candidate in German

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf; Evan Reade; Jon Cho-Polizzi, PhD Candidate in German

Formulating US Foreign Policy

On the 12th of March former US Consul General in Strasbourg, Evan G. Reade, delivered a lecture at the Social Science Matrix on the interagency foreign policy formulation process within the US government. In addition to his role as Consul General, Evan was also Observer to the Council of Europe and Director for Western Europe on the National Security Council (NSC) staff under President Obama between 2014 and 2016. Reade spoke of his personal experiences working for the NSC and how power is balanced throughout three co-equal branches of government.

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Mar 07
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Allan Little

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Allan Little

2018 Regents’ Lecture: Journalism in Turbulent Times

On March 7th, over 60 people gathered in Doe Library to hear this year’s Regents’ Lecture by Allan Little, “Reporting the World in an Age of Fear: The Fragility of the Post-War Order.” Allan Little is an experienced foreign correspondent for the BBC, who has done extensive work in the Soviet Union and Iraq. Little was able to offer the students and community members a unique perspective on the reporting of events of war while being in and close to the action.

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Mar 06

Left to right: IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Dana Beldiman (Honorary Consul General of Romania), Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens (Consul General of France), Maria João Lopes Cardoso (Consul General of Portugal), Felipe Costa (Portuguese Trade and Investment Commissioner), and Hans-Ulrich Suedbeck (Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany).

International Careers in the EU

On March 6, IES kicked off its EU HUB WEST events series with a panel discussion on building international careers in the European Union. "CONNECT: Exploring Global Careers in the EU" took place at the World Affairs headquarters in downtown San Francisco, bringing together over 60 attendees including members of the World Affairs Council Young Professionals Network and recent Cal alumni. Offering a unique opportunity to gain career insights from European diplomats, the event featured the Consuls General of France, Portugal, Germany and Romania, who discussed different avenues for exploring professional opportunities overseas.

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Feb 28
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome and Senior Fellow Timothy Scott Brown

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome and Senior Fellow Timothy Scott Brown

The “Global 1968”, fifty years later

On February 28, Timothy Scott Brown, IES Senior Fellow and Professor of History at Northeastern University, presented a talk based on his book, The 'Global 1968' at Fifty: What it Meant and What it Means, to a crowd of thirty community members and students. He discussed the global revolt of 1968 on both sides of the Cold War divide, explaining that it is possible and important not only to think at the local level but to look at the global framework and the movement of ideas which shaped the events of 1968. This makes the term “Global 1986” relevant in scholarship and enables us to understand that many “smaller” 1968s also occurred.

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Feb 27
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Senior Fellow Matthew Specter

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Senior Fellow Matthew Specter

Hans Morgenthau and Cold War Realism

On February 27th, Matthew Specter, IES Senior Fellow and Visiting Scholar in Political Science, gave a lecture entitled “Historicizing the Realist Imagination: Hans Morgenthau in the Early Cold War.” During this lecture, Specter introduced the Realist school of thought and Morgenthau’s influence and involvement in it during his life, as well as various interpretations of Morgenthau’s work in contemporary international relations.

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Feb 21
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Visiting Scholar/GHI-West Fellow Albert Manke

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Visiting Scholar/GHI-West Fellow Albert Manke

Small States in the Cold War

On February 21, 2018, IES Visiting Scholar and GHI-West Fellow Albert Manke (Bielefeld University) gave a lecture entitled “Small states and Secondary Actors in the Cold War: Entanglement between Europe and Latin America” to an audience of sixteen students, faculty, and community members. He began by stating that new Cold War studies have turned to personal accounts instead of accounts of violence and conflict. This continued development in Cold War studies is seen in entanglements of history, cultural impact, and the inclusion of the global south.

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Feb 20

Climate Refugees and Public Art

On February 20, Christina Gerhardt (IES Visting Scholar and Associate Professor of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa) delivered a lecture entitled “Climate Change, Climate Change Refugees, and Public Art” for a crowd of fifteen in Moses Hall.

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Feb 14
Henry Thomson with IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome

Henry Thomson with IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome

Food, Policy, and Power

On February 14th, Henry Thomson gave a presentation in Moses Hall entitled “Food and Power: Regime Type, Agricultural Policy and Political Stability.” Thomson is Assistant Professor at the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University, and his research focuses on the political economy of authoritarianism and democratization. His expertise and interest in the field led him to investigate the impact of authoritarian regimes on agriculture, which he shared with a passionate crowd of students and faculty members.

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