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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.


Sep 27
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome

The 2017 Federal Elections in Germany

On September 27, 2017, the Institute of European Studies held a discussion of the German Federal Elections that took place on the 24th of September. IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Associate Director Akasemi Newsome analyzed the German election results and discussed questions about what the election results mean for Germany and the European Union. The Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU), won the German elections and re-elected Angela Merkel for her fourth term as Chancellor.

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Sep 19

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and speaker Chunjie Zhang (Univ. Davis)

Transculturality and German Discourse in the Age of European Colonialism

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017 the Institute of European Studies welcomed Professor Chunjie Zhang from UC Davis for a lecture titled “Transculturality and German Discourse in the Age of European Colonialism” based off her book on the same name. Fifteen students and members of the community attended the event. The lecture started with Zhang explaining the meaning behind a map of the Dutch presence in Nagasaki, Japan, taken from a German newspaper in 1726. This example illustrated Zhang’s theme that she coins “transculturality”. In her book, Zhang details how the German culture pursued transcontinental relations in a way that was different than other European countries.

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Sep 14

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and John Deak (Univ. of Notre Dame)

War Unmakes the State: Austria-Hungary’s Internal Wars 1914-18

On September 14, 2017, IES welcomed John Deak from the University of Notre Dame to Moses Hall for a lecture titled “War Unmakes the State: Austria-Hungary’s Internal Wars 1914-18.” This was the inaugural lecture of this semester’s CGES lecture series and was co-sponsored by the IES Austrian Studies Program. Deak’s talk focused largely on the history of state-building, while specifically analyzing the paradigms and problems in the historiography of the Habsburg Empire during World War One. According to Deak, the traditional historiography of the Habsburg Empire during the first World War followed a Hegelian logic; viewing the empire as a sideshow in European history.

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Sep 05

Berkeley student Bianca Filart at the Technical University of Munich

IES Engagement in the PREP Program at TUM Munich

IES is pleased to announce that this year three Berkeley students participated at the 10-week Practical Research Experience Program (PREP) at the Technical University in Munich (TUM), Germany. Aboubacar Komara, Bianca Filart and Shirley Li were part of a successful cohort of students who, under the supervision of TUM researchers, refined their research skills.

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Aug 28

Peter Strohschneider, President of the German Research Foundation

The End of the Endless Frontier? Truth and Power in the Age of Populism

On Monday, August 28th, IES and GHI-West welcomed Peter Strohschneider, President of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), to the Berkeley campus. Strohschneider began his lecture for an audience of sixty people with a focus on Vannevar Bush’s ideas on the public role of science as developed in the 1945 report to the President of the United States, “Science, The Endless Frontier.” Bush was an American engineer and science administrator, who headed the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development during World War II and initiated the Manhattan Project.

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Aug 28

Jan Frömmig, Vice-Chancellor Frost and IES Director Dewulf

Visit from Hamburg University

On August 28, IES welcomed Dr. Jetta Frost, Vice-Chancellor of Hamburg University, Germany, to the Berkeley campus. Based on a longstanding partnership between UC Berkeley and Hamburg University, a fruitful cooperation between the universities has developed over the last decade.

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Aug 24

Dr. Hillinger, Prof. Yablonovitch, Chancellor Rosenthal, IES Director Dewulf and Vice Provost Liu

Jena-Berkeley Partnership

On August 24, IES welcomed Dr. Walter Rosenthal, Chancellor of the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany, to the Berkeley campus. Based on a longstanding partnership between the sister cities of Berkeley and Jena, a fruitful cooperation between the universities has developed over the last two decades.

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May 10

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with Belgian entrepeneurs at the Berkeley Campanile. 

Belgian Entrepreneurs Visit Berkeley

On May 10, IES welcomed a group of seventy entrepreneurs of middle-sized and large companies from Belgium to the Berkeley campus, including KBC Bank, Soudal, and Ganda. The visit was part of a five-day tour of the Bay Area organized by the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce (BelCham). 

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May 04

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and speaker Barry Eichengreen (UC Berkeley, Economics & Political Science)

Reflections on the Euro

To conclude its spring program, and in cooperation with the Clausen Center for International Business and Policy, IES welcomed Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science at UC Berkeley and leading expert on the Euro economy, for a lecture providing a retrospective on the euro crisis and the viable way forward for the Eurozone.

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May 04

Elena Kempf (PhD candidate, History) and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Questioning the Evidence on the Integration of Immigrants in Europe

On May 4, 2017, Matrix Social Sciences organized an Open House. In the context of this celebration, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and his assistant Elena Kemp (Dept. of History) presented the IES-Matrix Program entitled “Questioning the Evidence on the Integration of Immigrants in Europe”. This Matrix Theme Team is exploring how these various types of data are used to support (or challenge) the integration of various immigrant populations and their descendants in Europe.

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