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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 05

Participants of the XII Annual Austrian Centers Convention at the University of Edmonton, Canada

XII Annual Austrian Centers Convention

In 2017, the IES Austrian Studies Program was created and became part of an international network of Austrian Studies Centers, together with the universities of  New Orleans, Minneapolis, Edmonton, Leiden, Olmütz, Budapest, Jerusalem and Vienna. From September 1-4, the IES Austrian Studies Program participated for the first time in the network's annual convention, where each member presents two of its graduate students working in the field of Austrian and/or Central European Studies.

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Aug 29

Cooperation and Conflict in the Global Commons

On August 29 and 30, IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome and IES Senior Fellow Marianne Riddervold convened participants for a mini-conference at the Pardee School of Boston University and working group meeting in conjunction with the annual convention of the American Political Science Association open to all interested APSA attendees. In addition to the organizers, Professor Kaija Schilde, Boston University, Kristi Govella, University of Hawai’I at Manoa, Professor Julie Klinger, Boston University, Professor Mai’a Cross, Northeastern University and Professor Denise Garcia, Northeastern University submitted papers for discussion.

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May 07
Eric Thelen (EIT Digital) welcomes participants to "Privacy, Data and Technology Policy"

Eric Thelen (EIT Digital) welcomes participants to "Privacy, Data and Technology Policy"

Data Privacy and Innovation: A Conversation with EU Parliament Members

Amid current debates on data privacy and tech regulation, IES was pleased to facilitate a timely conversation on these hot topics with members of the European Parliament as part of its lineup of EU Hub West events. On May 7, we partnered with the EIT Digital, Open Austria, and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, to host "Privacy, Data and Technology Policy: Managing the Societal Impacts of Technology." The event, which took place at the Bay Area Council Economic Institute in downtown San Francisco, offered a unique opportunity to hear from leaders of the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel, the Parliament’s technology assessment and scientific foresight body.

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Apr 27
Julie van den Hout's recent book, Adriaen van der Donck, A Dutch Rebel in Seventeenth-Century America (2018).

Julie van den Hout's recent book, Adriaen van der Donck, A Dutch Rebel in Seventeenth-Century America (2018).

A 17th-Century Dutch Rebel in America

IES rounded out the spring semester with an engaging talk by Julie van den Hout on her latest book publication about the life of Adriaen van der Donck (1618–1655), whose fight to secure the struggling Dutch colony of New Netherland made him a controversial but pivotal figure in early America. ​Van den Hout, a graduate student in History at San Francisco State University and Digital Humanities Project Archivist at the Bancroft Library, recently published the first comprehensive biography of ​this  17th-century legal activist, an important yet understudied figure i​n American colonial history.

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Apr 26

Speaker Kevin Orr with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf.

Leadership and Storytelling

On April 26th, IES Visiting Scholar Kevin Orr (Fulbright Scholar and Professor of Management, University of St. Andrews, School of Management) gave a lecture entitled “Leadership, Storytelling and Alternative Facts” to a crowd of twenty attendees. His talk centered on the growing importance of storytelling and narrative building in an age of “alternative facts” and fake news, and the role of leadership in crafting these narratives. In a time when institutions seem to be failing, the cultural significance and symbolic relevance of leadership matters more and more.

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Apr 24
Speaker Paul Lerner

Speaker Paul Lerner



Apr 23
Eric Falci (Irish Studies Program Director) with novelist John Connolly and moderator Brian Cliff (Trinity College Dublin)

Eric Falci (Irish Studies Program Director) with novelist John Connolly and moderator Brian Cliff (Trinity College Dublin)

John Connolly: The Craft of Writing

On April 23, the Irish Studies Program hosted a special event in Moses Hall with acclaimed Irish novelist John Connolly. Best known for his detective fiction, Connolly visited the Institute on the first leg of a book tour for his latest novel, he, based on the life of Stan Laurel (of "Laurel and Hardy" fame). During a lively lunchtime conversation with Berkeley students, Connolly spoke about his background as a journalist and writer, as well as the practice of writing more generally.

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Apr 18
Matt Beech (University of Hull) with Yumi Sera (Chair, World Affairs Sacramento) and Arlene Wilson Grant (Disability Rights Fund)

Matt Beech (University of Hull) with Yumi Sera (Chair, World Affairs Sacramento) and Arlene Wilson Grant (Disability Rights Fund)

The Meaning of Brexit

What does Brexit mean for California? To explore this question, IES was pleased to host Matt Beech (​IES Senior Fellow, ​Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull) for an engaging conversation at the World Affairs Council in Sacramento. Beech offered an expert perspective on British politics and its effect on the international economy following the unexpected results of the 2016 Brexit vote. 

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Apr 17
IES Senior Fellow Matt Beech

IES Senior Fellow Matt Beech

The Crisis of UK Labour's Progressives

On April 17, ​the Institute was pleased to welcome Matt Beech (​IES Senior Fellow, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull) for an engaging talk that examined the recent challenges faced by the progressive wing of the British Labour Party. Asking "Why are Labour's Progressives Ineffective?"​ Beech took as his starting point the defeat of Labour in the 2010 general election​, bringing an end to the "New Labour" project that was once a dominant force in UK politics for over a decade (1997-2010)

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Apr 17

Noah B. Strote with DAAD Professor Isabel Richter

Reconsidering American Influence in Postwar Germany

On April 17th, IES welcomed Noah Strote, Associate Professor of European History at North Carolina State University, for a lecture titled, “Post-Nazi Germany and the Myth of American Influence.” Twenty community members and students gathered to listen to this engaging lecture.

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