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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.


Apr 16
Eric Falci, Director of the Irish Studies Program, with speaker Paige Reynolds

Eric Falci, Director of the Irish Studies Program, with speaker Paige Reynolds

Modernism, prayer, and sexuality in Eimear McBride

On Monday, April 16, the Irish Studies Program was pleased to welcome Paige Reynolds (Professor of English at College of the Holy Cross), who delivered an engaging lecture titled “False Comfort: Sex, Prayer and Modernism in Eimear McBride’s ‘A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing’.” Reynolds, a scholar of modern and contemporary Irish literature who has published widely on the subjects of modernism, drama and performance, explored how the formal features of modernist writing combine with the language of prayer to represent adolescent sexual trauma in McBride’s 2013 debut novel.

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Apr 13

Akasemi Newsome (IES Associate Director) with speaker Antonio de Lecea (European Commission)

Sustaining Growth and Globalization

On April 13th, Antonio de Lecea, the Principal Advisor to the Director General for Economic and Financial Affairs in the European Commission, delivered a lecture titled, “Overcoming Zero-Sum Games to Sustain Growth and Globalization.” Drawing on his experience in Europe, Asia and the US, de Lecea highlighted two narratives on globalization’s zero-sum games, both based on the idea that each participant's gain or loss is balanced by those of other participants.

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Apr 11

John Peterson (University of Edinburgh)

Europe, America, Trump

John Peterson, Professor of International Politics at the University of Edinburgh, visited IES on April 11 to deliver a lecture focused on the volatility of EU-US relations since the election of Donald Trump. The 2016 election of Trump shocked the world political landscape, Peterson observed, and his violent rhetoric and America First vision has hurt the liberal international order and America's relations with its European allies. Thus, Peterson asks: are we witnessing the emergence of a “post-liberal”, “post-American”, “post-transatlantic” era?

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Apr 10

Speaker Alexander Graser with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Managing Poverty in Post-Unification Germany

On April 10th, Alexander Graser, Chair of Public Law and Politics at the University of Regensburg, visited IES to present a lecture titled, "Managing Marginalization: Poverty Politics in Post-Unification Germany." Professor Graser prefaced his talk by noting that poverty has become more of a topic in Germany, the self-perceived “motherland of social welfare,” than it used to be. Graser took this diagnosis as the starting point for his lecture and reviewed Germany’s poverty politics over the last 25 years.

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Apr 10

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Stephan Keukeleire

Decentering European Foreign Policy

On April 10th, 2018, Stephan Keukeleire, Jean Monnet Chair in European Foreign Policy and European Integration at KU Leuven University in Belgium, delivered a talk titled “Analyzing European Foreign Policy in a Post-Western World: Operationalizing the Decentring Agenda.” In order to understand EU foreign policy, Keukeleire argues, we must step away from a Eurocentric point of view and adopt a decentralized standpoint. Europeans often focus more on European benchmarks such as World War I and World War II, for instance, yet outside of Europe the benchmarks might be different, such as the history of decolonization.

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Apr 04
Howest University visitors at Sather Gate

Howest University visitors at Sather Gate

Belgian students visit Berkeley

On April 4, 2018, IES welcomed students and professors from Howest University in Kortrijk, Belgium to the Berkeley campus. It was Howest’s second visit to California, designed to showcase exchange opportunities for majors in Digital Design and Development, New Media and Communication, Applied Informatics and Biomedical Laboratory Technologies. Led by IES undergraduate research apprentices and members of the Dutch Students’ Association, the group of 117 toured landmarks and learned about Cal’s vibrant history. The visit was capped by a friendly gathering in Ishi Court, where students shared common interests and Belgian sweets.

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Apr 04

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with visiting scholar Maria Polugodina

Border Persistence in East Prussia

On April 4th, IES Visiting Scholar Maria Polugodina delivered a lecture titled, “Eastern Prussia 2.0: Persistent Regions, Rising Nations,” to an enthusiastic crowd of 20 students and Berkeley community members in Moses Hall. She began by stating her motivation for her research: she seeks to research how culture and institutions influence economic development, as well as to examine the growing literature on cultural and economic persistence after borders. She then dove into the historical background of the rise and fall of eastern Prussia, stating that the German population has been present in the region since the early 13th century.

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Apr 03

IES Senior Fellow Ludvig Norman

The Trouble with Populism

On April 3rd, Ludvig Norman, IES Senior Fellow based at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm, delivered a lecture on issues of defining contemporary populism and its challenge to liberal democracy. In academic and popular debates, it has long been held that contemporary populism presents liberal democracy with a set of challenges. However, populism encompasses various interpretations, which creates definitional confusion and complicates debates, as it becomes difficult to label the problem with populism and its attributes.

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Mar 22

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with speaker Anja Laukötter

National Socialist Media and Sexuality

On March 22nd, Anja Laukötter came to IES to give a talk on Nazi media and sexuality titled, “Trust as Violence: The Politics of Film and the Militarization of Male Sexuality in National Socialism.”  Laukötter is a researcher at the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and Co-Director of the international research group “The Healthy Self as Body Capital: Individuals, Market-Based Societies, and Body Politics in Visual Twentieth Century Europe.”

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Mar 21

Minister Sven Gatz talks about Belgian beer culture.

Belgian Culture, from Brews to Breughel

Sven Gatz is the current Minister for Culture, Youth, Media and Brussels in the government of the Flemish Community in Belgium, and the former director of the Union of Belgian Brewers. On March 21st, he visited IES with a delegation of Belgian diplomats to deliver a lecture titled, "Beer vs Brueghel: The Belgian Paradox.”

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