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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.


Mar 24

Dr. Thomas Seidel and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Reform of the UN Security Council

IES welcomed German diplomat Thomas Seidel to the Berkeley campus for a lecture detailing the various reforms the United Nations’ Security Council is currently undergoing. Seidel outlined the main areas of conflict with regard to proposed changes to the UN, including the regional rivalry between the neighbors of permanent members.

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Mar 22

Em. Prof. Richard Herr and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

The European Enlightenment and the Development of the Ideal of the Homogeneous Society

Richard Herr, Professor Em. in UC Berkeley’s Department of History, gave a lecture at IES illustrating how, during the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, individual countries attempted to create uniform populations not only as a means of preserving loyalties in the event of wartime, but also as a way of embracing Enlightenment ideals of democracy and community.

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Mar 17

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Tim Brown

The History of the Green Movement in East and West Germany

IES and welcomed Timothy Scott Brown, Professor of History at Northeastern University and currently Senior Fellow at IES, for a lecture on the rise of green politics and ecologism in West and East Germany during the Cold War.

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Mar 16

 Veronica Salovaara (Univ. of Helsinki) during her presentation at IES

The Nordic Educational System

As part of its Nordic Studies Program, IES invited two scholars who specialize in distinct sects of Nordic education to offer insight into the education systems in Finland and Denmark. The first presenter, Veronica Salovaara (Univ. of Helsinki) began her talk by describing Finland’s comparatively strong educational system. Jeppe Bundsgaard (Aarhus University) spoke about the Danish integration of technology into educational pedagogy.

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Mar 16

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Anja Mirh

Transitional Justice in Germany, Turkey and Spain

Anja Mihr, Program Director of the Humboldt-Viadrina Center on Governance through Human Rights, gave a lecture to an audience of twenty at IES on transitional justice and regime consolidation in Europe during the 20th century, focusing more specifically on the contexts of Turkey during the late 20th and early 21st centuries, post-Franco Spain, and post-World War II Germany.

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Mar 14

Speaker Paul Betts (Oxford University)

Eastern Europe and Decolonization during the Cold War

IES’ Center for German and European Studies (CGES) was pleased to welcome Paul Betts, Professor of Modern European History at St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, for a lecture entitled “Red Globalism: The ‘Other’ Europe, Decolonization and African Heritage.” The contents of his lecture comprise part of a four-year project spearheaded by Betts and nine other scholars that focuses on how the fields of anthropology, architecture, and art helped to connect socialist countries in different regions of the world.

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Mar 13
Speaker Jeroen Dewulf, Director of UC Berkeley's Dutch Studies Program

Rapid Response – the Upcoming Elections in the Netherlands

To precede the elections that took place in the Netherlands on March 15, Jeroen Dewulf, Director of Berkeley’s Dutch Studies Program, gave a presentation to an audience of 25 detailing the political landscape of the country, Geert Wilders’ success in the polls, and his own predictions for the outcome of these elections.

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Mar 12
Speaker Koenraad van Cleempoel with Berkeley Prof. Elizabeth Honig and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Flemish Scientific Instruments from the Renaissance Period

IES sponsored two lectures featuring Koenraad van Cleempoel, Professor at Hasselt University in Belgium and this semester’s Visiting Pieter Paul Rubens Professor at the UC Berkeley Department of History of Art. As one of the world’s foremost experts on Flemish scientific instruments of the Renaissance period, Van Cleempoel provided an introduction to sixteenth-century mathematical instruments from the famous Louvain School and presented on how Renaissance instrument makers contributed to both the scientific revolution as well as the artistic output of the period.

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Mar 09

Nuno Mathias, Consul-General of Portugal, and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, signing the cooperation agreement on the creation of the Ana Hatherly Chair in Portuguese Studies

Inauguration of the Ana Hatherly Chair in Portuguese Studies

IES inaugurated the Ana Hatherly Chair in Portuguese Studies, sponsored by the Camões Institute. The chair is named after a well-known Portuguese poet and artist, who did her PhD at UC Berkeley under the direction of Prof. Arthur Askin.

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Mar 08

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Ludvig Norman and IES affiliated professor Chris Ansell (Dept. of Political Science)

The Rise of Radical Right-Wing Populism in the EU

On March 8, IES hosted a lecture by Ludvig Norman, Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of Government at Uppsala University and one of IES’ current visiting scholars. In his presentation, Norman offered a Swedish perspective on one of the most serious challenges that the EU currently faces, “the rise of radical right-wing populism”. With such a challenge occupying a central position in the current political landscape of the continent, Norman used his talk as an opportunity to highlight the mainstream political response to counteract this development in Europe.

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