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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 12

Brexit and its Aftershocks

Matt Beech, Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull and current Visiting Scholar at the Center for British Studies at IES, delivered a presentation entitled “Brexit and its Aftershocks: Reimagining British Politics” to a packed audience of 60 faculty, students, and community members.

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Apr 11

Speaker Gro Eirin Dyrnes with Sirpa Tuomainen, Executive Director of the IES Nordic Studies Program

Lessons for the Norwegian Business Model

IES welcomed Gro Eirin Dyrnes to the Berkeley campus to present her talk, entitled “Why Vikings, Frozen, and Kahoot Are Important for Norway’s Future - And What Norway Can Learn from Silicon Valley.” Dyrnes works for the Bay Area’s branch of Innovation Norway, the Norwegian government’s program that aims to help facilitate the growth of Norwegian businesses both at home and abroad.

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Apr 11

Speaker Alexandra Schamel (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich)

Jean Jacques Rousseau's Julie ou la Nouvelle Héloïse

Alexandra Schamel, lecturer in the Departments of Romance Studies and Comparative Literature at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and current IES visiting scholar, gave a talk on April 11 to an audience of 20 focusing on the liminal status of Rousseau's epistolary novel, Julie ou la Nouvelle Héloïse, between the age of sensibility and early Romanticism in eighteenth-century France. The talk illustrated the difficulties the subject was confronted with in articulating its true feelings in a society of “open eyes and ears”.

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Apr 10
Speaker Eva Hausteiner (Univ. Bonn) and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Federations and the Expulsion of Member States

On April 10, Eva Marlene Hausteiner gave a presentation to an audience of 15 on the ability of federations to expel “rogue” member states. Hausteiner currently works as a postdoctoral lecturer and researcher at the University of Bonn, with research interests focusing on intellectual history and the history of international political thought. She has also spent the past year studying federalism as a fellow at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies.

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Apr 06
The winners of the Brussels trip, awarded at the Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union: John Gleb (UC Berkeley) and Kim Gabbitas (Univ. of Utah).

UC Berkeley Undergraduate Awarded Top Conference Paper at the Claremont-UC Conference on the European Union

Each year, IES supports the Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union, held at Scripps College. The conference, whose primary goal is to enhance undergraduate knowledge of the European Union and transatlantic relations, allows students from all US institutions with expertise in different fields to interact with each other while networking with international faculty, fostering intercampus cooperation, and recognizing the excellent worked achieved by students at the undergraduate level.

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Apr 05

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Dirk Rupnow

Austria and Migration

IES hosted a lecture by Dirk Rupnow, Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck and current Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professor at Stanford University. His talk, which focused on the current refugee crisis in Austria and Germany, centered on the notion that “crisis” is an imperfect word to describe the situation.

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Apr 04

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, Keynote Speaker Dr. Jackson Janes, and IES Senior Fellow Zachary Shore

Inaugural IES Fundraising Gala

On April 4, IES hosted its inaugural fundraising gala. The event was held at the Claremont Hotel and featured a keynote address entitled "The Rise of Populismin Europe and the US: Is Democracy at Risk?" given by Dr. Jackson Janes, President of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC.

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Apr 03
Speaker Jonathan Long (Durham Univ.) and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Photography, Publics, and Weimar Republic Pacifism

IES welcomed Jonathan Long, Professor of German and Digital Culture at the University of Durham (UK), for a lecture on pacifism in the Weimar Republic. To begin, Long discussed Ernst Friedrich’s photobook entitled Krieg dem Krieg (War Against War!).

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Mar 28

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with the delegation from Uppsala University.

Visit Delegation from Uppsala University, Sweden

IES welcomed today a delegation from Uppsala University to Moses Hall. Uppsala University is the oldest university in Sweden and all of the Nordic countries, founded in 1477. It ranks among the best universities in Northern Europe in international rankings.

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Mar 24
Speaker Ismo Söderling

The History of Finnish Immigration to North America

With the support from the Finlandia Foundation, IES welcomed Ismo Söderling, former Director of the Institute of Migration in Turku, to give a lecture on the history of Finnish migration to North America. The first wave of Finnish immigration, Söderling surmised, came primarily from Sweden from the late-1500s to the 1800s. These migrants, who worked as farmers, were originally invited by the Kings of Sweden to cultivate land and subsequently became known as “Forest Finns.” The next wave of migrants also originated within Swedish territory.

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