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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.

Feb 12

Ove Ullerup (Danish Ambassador to Sweden) with Dr. Robert Strand (Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business)

Feb 07

Robert Strand (Haas School of Business)

Sustainable Vikings: Lessons Learned from the Nordics

by Alison Spencer

On February 7, IES’ Nordic Studies Program was pleased to welcome Robert Strand, Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business and member of the faculty at the Berkeley Haas School of Business, for a talk entitled “Sustainable Vikings.” In his presentation, Strand discussed his upcoming book project of the same name and his experience studying sustainability practices in Nordic countries. His research revolves around the idea that the world faces urgent sustainability challenges, and Nordic countries can provide an example of how to solve them.

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Feb 05

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with speaker Anna Frisone

Jan 31

From left: speakers Elisabetta Ghisini, Enrico Deaglio, and Enrico Rossi

Dec 03

Comparing California and Germany: New Research on Electricity, Transportation and Carbon Markets

On December 3, 2018, UC Berkeley faculty affiliated with IES/CGES organized a DAAD sponsored workshop titled, “Comparing California and Germany: New Research on Electricity, Transportation and Carbon Markets.” The workshop took place at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Davis and comprised three sessions. The theme of the first session was a comparison between California and Germany of the integration of renewable resources in electricity markets, the introduction of electric vehicles, and how they may relate by coordinating the new sources of electricity supply and demand, and how they affect overall carbon emissions in the jurisdictions.

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Nov 30

Deolinda Adão (right) interviews Bárbara Bulhosa, Dulce Maria Cardoso and Ricardo Araújo Pereira

The Art of Being Woman

On November 30, the Center for Portuguese Studies was pleased to host a special conversation on "The Art of Being Woman." Politics, colonialism, and gender are some of the subjects that CPS director, Deolinda Adão, discussed with with three contemporary literary figures from Portugal: Bárbara Bulhosa, Dulce Maria Cardoso and Ricardo Araújo Pereira.

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Nov 29

Prof. Yuri Slezkine delivers the annual Feldman Lecture

Nov 27

Left to right: Andrew Shanken, Jenny Wüstenberg, Jeroen Dewulf, Alberto Sanchez Sanchez, and Valentina Rozas-Krause

Memory and Democracy in Germany

by Alberto Sanchez Sanchez

On November 27, DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor in Politics at York University Jenny Wüstenberg came to Berkeley to discuss her research on memorials and memory practices in Germany. During her talk, “Memory and Democracy: Civil and 'Uncivil' Activism for Remembrance in Germany and Beyond,” Professor Wüstenberg examined how grassroots actors have engaged with German institutions in order to shape public mnemonic space. She situated the discussion within the larger global debate on how to confront racist, colonial, or genocidal pasts and the ways history challenges contemporary democratic governance. The respondent to Professor Wüstenberg’s lecture was Andrew Shanken, Professor of Architecture at the College of Environmental Design.

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Nov 14

Stills from the Ciné-tracts (France, 1968)

Nov 13

Anti-Utopianism in Twentieth-Century Germany

by Maddi Erdall

On November 13, Jennifer Allen (Professor of History, Yale University) visited IES to deliver a talk entitled “Twentieth-Century Anti-Utopianism and its West German Antidote” to 25 attendees. The main goal of Allen’s lecture was to convince her audience of the significance of the curious cultural practices that developed in the last decades of the 20th century. She began with a historical overview of the anti-utopian turn following the end of the Cold War, stating that there was a large consensus that radical left ideologies had confronted a dead end. Building off of the failed leftist ‘68 revolutions, this anti-utopian sentiment became widespread through the famous claim of ‘the end of history,’ in addition to Margaret Thatcher’s conclusion that “there is no alternative.”

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