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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.


Nov 19
From left: David Faulds, Bernadette Murphy, and David Kessler discuss "Van Gogh's Ear"

From left: David Faulds, Bernadette Murphy, and David Kessler discuss "Van Gogh's Ear" (Photo by Peg Skorpinski)

The Mystery of Van Gogh's Ear

by Danielle Miller and Abigail Mullin

On November 19th, IES and the Bancroft Library were pleased to welcome historian and author Bernadette Murphy for a lecture on Vincent van Gogh's time in Arles, France. Based on her discovery of an important archival document at the Bancroft Library, Murphy’s talk uncovered aspects of the mystery surrounding the night of the artist’s self-harm, when he famously cut off his own ear.

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Nov 15
From left: Graduate student Derek O'Leary, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, Deolinda Adao (Executive Director, EU Center), Kristian Åtland, and Andreas Raspotnik

From left: Graduate student Derek O'Leary, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, Deolinda Adao (Executive Director, EU Center), Kristian Åtland, and Andreas Raspotnik

Europe and the Arctic: Science, Security, and Governance

by Danielle Miller and Greyson Young

On November 15, 2019, in collaboration with The Arctic Institute, the Norwegian Consulate General of San Francisco, Norway’s High North Center for Business and Governance, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), IES welcomed Dr. Kristian Åtland of the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment and Dr. Andreas Raspotnik of the High North Center to discuss EU policy toward the Arctic. Their talk, titled “Europe and the Arctic: Ground Zero for Climate Change?”, assessed the interdisciplinary nature of Arctic affairs.

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Nov 08
From left: Danielle Callegari, Elaine Chukan Brown, and Fabrizia Lanza

From left: Danielle Callegari, Elaine Chukan Brown, and Fabrizia Lanza

Foodways and Culture in California and Europe

by Evan Gong

Tariff threats, climate change, and immigation policy were among the topics discussed in “Food, Wine, and Culture: Foodways in California and the E.U.,” a panel discussion sponsored by the Institute of European Studies, the European Union Center, and the Department of Italian Studies. The event, funded by a European Commission “Getting to Know Europe” grant (2017-19), featured wine journalist Elaine Chukan Brown, educator and activist and Fabrizia Lanza, and Berkeley lecturer Danielle Callegari, who analyzed the economic viability of food systems within the context of current political challenges in the EU and the United States.

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Nov 07
From left: Sir Christopher Clark, Norma Feldman, and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

From left: Sir Christopher Clark, Norma Feldman, and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Annual Feldman Lecture: The Times of Power

by Tianxing Cao, Ellen Harper, and Danielle Miller

On Thursday, November 7th, over 60 students, faculty, and community members convened at the Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley to attend the Annual Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Lecture, a highly anticipated event honoring the life and work of former IES Director Gerald D. Feldman. This year, IES was pleased to host Sir Christopher Clark, Regius Professor of History at the University of Cambridge, for an exciting lecture exploring temporality and power in history from the perspective of Prussia, and how this shapes our current understanding of politics and power.

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Oct 29
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Senior Fellow Ludvig Norman

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Senior Fellow Ludvig Norman

Redefining Democracy in Post-Crisis Europe

by Davit Gasparyan and Rikke From

On October 29, the Institute of European Studies was pleased to welcome Ludvig Norman, Associate Senior Lecturer in Political Science at Stockholm University and IES Senior Fellow, for his lecture titled “Redefining Political Space in post-crisis Europe: Is there hope for EU democracy?” The insightful lecture revolved around the rise of populism and what one could call “anti-system” parties and the EU’s dilemma in dealing with this rise while trying to maintain its democratic order and image.

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Oct 21
Katja Petrowskaja, author of Maybe Esther, in conversation with Sven Spieker (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Katja Petrowskaja, author of Maybe Esther, in conversation with Sven Spieker (University of California, Santa Barbara)

"Maybe Esther": Storytelling and the Unpredictability of the Past

by Abigail Mullin

On October 21, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, in cooperation with the Institute of European Studies and the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, were pleased to host the Third Annual Bucerius Lecture, sponsored by by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. This year’s lecture featured a conversation with Katja Petrowskaja, author of Maybe Esther, and Sven Spieker, professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Oct 17
"Innovations in River Management, Germany and USA" workshop

"Innovations in River Management, Germany and USA" workshop

German and U.S. Innovations in River Management

On October 17, IES co-sponsored a workshop exploring the integration of flood management with river restoration, drawing on recent experience in Germany and the US (especially California). "Innovations in River Management, Germany and USA: Integrating Ecosystem Restoration Into Flood Risk Management" was organized by Sonja Jähnig (Leibniz Inst Freshwater Ecology), Anna Serra Llobet and Matt Kondolf (UC Berkeley) with support from the Institute of European Studies DAAD grant.

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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 October 17, 2019, 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. Irish Studies Program Director Catherine Flynn introduced the event. 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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