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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 17
Edith Sheffer

Edith Sheffer

Using Comedy to Examine the Rise of Nazism

by Charlotte Campbell, Ellen Harper, and Yeeun Moon 

On Thursday, October 17, the Institute of European Studies and the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute were pleased to host historian and IES Senior Fellow Edith Sheffer, for a lecture entitled “Nazism: A Dark Comedy in Liechtenstein.” In her lecture, Sheffer discussed what we can gain from applying a comic lens to national socialism, specifically examining the case of Liechtenstein during World War II.

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Oct 17
Douglas Hyde book presentation

From left: Brian Ó Conchubhair (University of Notre Dame), Irish Studies Program director Catherine Flynn, and Cuan Ó Seireadáin (Douglas Hyde Foundation) before the bust of Benjamin Ide Wheeler, in UC Berkeley's Wheeler Hall

Douglas Hyde's American Journey

On Thursday, October 17, the Irish Studies Program was pleased to mark the release of Douglas Hyde: My American Journey, with a visit from the editors of Douglas Hyde's newly published diary and travelogue. Hyde, who would become Ireland’s first president (1938-45), spent eight months traveling across the United States from 1905 to 1906 to raise funds for the Gaelic League. First published in Irish in 1937, the comprehensive new edition and translation of Hyde’s writings sheds light on his work and on the Irish diaspora at the turn of the 20th century.

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Oct 15
Dr. Nina Verheyen (Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities KWI, Germany)

Dr. Nina Verheyen (Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities KWI, Germany)

On the Concept of "Leistung" in 19th Century Germany

by Abigail Mullin

On October 15th, the Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, and the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington were pleased to welcome Dr. Nina Verheyen from Germany’s Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI). Introduced by Professor Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann, Verheyen discussed the concept of “Leistung” and work performance in 19th century Germany.

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Oct 03
From left: Harsha Ram, Diego Pirillo, and Paolo Mancosu

From left: Harsha Ram, Diego Pirillo, and Paolo Mancosu

New Investigations on Boris Pasternak and the Doctor Zhivago Saga

by Rikke From and Greyson Young

On Thursday, October 3, IES and ISEES were pleased to welcome Professor Paolo Mancosu for a lecture based on his breakthrough study of Russian Nobel laureate Boris Pasternak. Mancosu’s lecture, titled “Moscow Has Ears Everywhere: Olga Ivinskaya and the loss of Pasternak’s 'Will',” centered on Soviet resistance to Pasternak for engaging with Western writers and publishers in order to secure the publication of his 1955 novel Doctor Zhivago, which was primarily distributed in Western Europe.

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Oct 01
Andrea Westermann (GHI) with speaker Lutz Raphael and Rainer Gruhlich (DHG, German Research Foundation)

Andrea Westermann (GHI) with speaker Lutz Raphael and Rainer Gruhlich (DHG, German Research Foundation)

Patterns of German Democracy in the 20th Century

by Evan Gong and Greyson Young

On Tuesday, October 1, the IES, in cooperation with the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute, welcomed Lutz Raphael for his lecture entitled “From Revolution to Routine? Patterns of German Democracy in the 20th Century.” Raphael is a professor of Recent and Modern History at the University of Trier (Germany) and was awarded the Leibniz Prize in 2013.

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Sep 26
Irish Studies Program Director Catherine Flynn with Robert O'Driscoll (Consul General of Ireland in San Francisco)

Irish Studies Program Director Catherine Flynn with Robert O'Driscoll (Consul General of Ireland in San Francisco)

James Joyce's Parisian Influences

by Julia Nelsen

On September 26, Irish Studies Program director Catherine Flynn celebrated the release of her new book “James Joyce and the Matter of Paris” before an enthusiastic crowd at City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco. In conversation with Berkeley English professor Kent Puckett, Flynn discussed the importance and influence of the French capital across Joyce's work.

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Sep 13

Decentering Local Leadership

On September 13, 2019, IES co-sponsored a workshop on “Decentering Local Leadership,” convened by the Center for British Studies at UC Berkeley. The day-long event brought together international scholars to assess different approaches to multicultural leadership traditions in the context of borders, with particular attention to performative and critical public service leadership.

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Sep 13
From left: Jeroen Dewulf, José Manuel Barroso, and Maurice Obstfeld

From left: Jeroen Dewulf, José Manuel Barroso, and Maurice Obstfeld (photo by Hagit Caspi)

A Conversation with Former EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso

by Danielle Miller

On September 13, the Institute of European Studies and the Clausen Center were honored to host former Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-2004) and former President of the EU Commission (2004-2014) José Manuel Durão Barroso for a forum on the UC Berkeley campus. The conversation drew an audience of 100 and was moderated by IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Berkeley Professor of Economics Maurice Obstfeld.

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Sep 12
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with David Whineray

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with David Whineray

Transatlantic Relations and Brexit

by Danielle Miller

On September 12, the Institute of European Studies, Center for British Studies, and Anglo-American Studies Program were pleased to welcome Visiting Scholar and Carnegie Fellow David Whineray for his lecture entitled “US, UK, EU: Brexit, Trump, Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations.”  

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Sep 09
Some of the participants in the graduate student conference “Understanding the Countryside. Rural Europe in a Post-Global World.”

Some of the participants in the graduate student conference “Understanding the Countryside. Rural Europe in a Post-Global World.”

IES Graduate Conference: Understanding the Countryside

by Charlotte Campbell and Evan Gong

On Monday, September 9, the Institute of European Studies (IES) and the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES) hosted the graduate student conference “Understanding the Countryside: Rural Europe in a Post-Global World” at the International House. This multidisciplinary event was organized by Alberto Sanchez Sanchez (PhD candidate in Architecture, UC Berkeley) and brought together over 30 graduate students in fields as varied as anthropology, architecture, ecology, international studies, landscape architecture, and political science.

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