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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 02

From left: Akasemi Newsome (IES Associate Director), Andrea Westermann (Research Fellow & Head of Office, GHI West), Sven Reichardt (University of Konstanz), and Professor Stefan Ludwig-Hoffman (UC Berkeley)

Global Fascisms in the 1930s and 1940s

by Davit Gasparyan and Alison Spencer

On April 2, IES, GHI-West, and the Department of History welcomed Professor Sven Reichardt (University of Konstanz, Germany) for a lecture entitled “Fascism’s Global Moments: New Perspectives on Entanglements and Tensions between Fascist Regimes in the 1930s and 1940s.” Drawing on historical works, Reichardt’s talk examined the global character of fascism through three different lenses, focusing on global moments of fascism, brokerage between major and minor fascisms, and collaboration between fascist empires.

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Apr 01

From left: IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, Carlo Monticelli, and Barry Eichengreen (Professor of Economics and Political Science, UC Berkeley)

Europe and Global Governance

by Davit Gasparyan and Ella Smith

On April 1, the Institute for European Studies, in cooperation with the Department of Economics, welcomed Carlo Monticelli, the Deputy Director of the Council of the European Development Bank. Monticelli’s talk, drawing on his recently published book, “Reforming Global Economic Governance: An Unsettled Order,” explored the contrast between Europe’s small influence and its economic might.

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Mar 24
Michael Baum addresses the Bay Area Portuguese community

Professor Michael Baum addresses the Bay Area Portuguese community

EU Electoral Participation for Luso-American Voters

On March 24, 2019, Michael Baum (Professor of Political Science at the Catholic University of Lisbon) addressed a group of members of the Portuguese Community, young investors and entrepreneurs, and members of several political alliance groups on the social and financial development of the European Union. His talk, titled "The Importance of European Parliament Electoral Participation for the Luso-American Voter,"  took place at the Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley, CA.

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Mar 22

Beverly Crawford Ames with IES Senior Fellow David Large

Migration Politics in a Post-Truth Environment

by Evan Gong

On Friday, March 22, the Institute was pleased to host Professor Emerita and former IES Associate Director Beverly Crawford Ames, who delivered a lecture titled “Lies about Migrants: Comparing U.S. and German Migration Politics in a Post-Truth Environment.” Analyzing migration policy and politics, Crawford Ames described the responsibilities of the US in accepting refugees and immigrants. She also noted statistics that overwhelmingly demonstrated the social and economic benefits brought about by immigration.

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Mar 22

Participants of “Between the Lines: Tradition and Plasticity in Ana Hatherly” 

Portuguese Studies Conference: Cataloguing Ana Hatherly

by Alison Spencer

On March 22, thirty scholars gathered at IES for the symposium “Between the Lines: Tradition and Plasticity in Ana Hatherly,” held as part of the 43rd Annual Education Conference of the Luso-American Education Foundation. Various presentations discussed the work of Ana Hatherly (1929-2015), a Portuguese visual artist, poet, scholar, and filmmaker recognized as a pioneer of experimental poetry and literature, who earned a doctorate in Hispanic Studies from UC Berkeley in 1986. The event was sponsored by the Institute of European Studies, the Center for Portuguese Studies, Ana Hatherly Camões Institute Catedra, the Camões Institute, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Luso-American Education Foundation, and the European Union Center.

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Mar 20

Finnish Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi with Nordic Studies Program Director Lotta Weckstrom

World Affairs from a Finnish Perspective

by Danielle Miller

On March 20, IES and the Nordic Studies Program were pleased to welcome Finland’s Ambassador to the United States, Kirsti Kauppi, for a conversation about Finland’s current affairs and the US/EU transatlantic relationship. In her talk, Kauppi spoke of how Finland’s many identities—as sovereign state, a Nordic country, an EU member, and an Arctic state—shape the country’s domestic politics and diplomatic agenda.

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Mar 19
Ann Cleveland (left) and Dana Redford at the World Affairs Council

Ann Cleveland (left) and Dana Redford at the World Affairs Council

The European Approach to Sustainable Business

On March 19, IES partnered with the World Affairs Council of San Francisco to host Dana Redford (Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies) for a conversation on how forward-thinking European businesses are creating sustainable business models and how these can be replicated in the United States. The discussion was moderated by Ann Cleaveland, Executive Director of the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity at UC Berkeley.

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Mar 19

IES Visiting Scholar Christina Gerhardt

Feminist Cinema in West Germany

by Sophia Kownatzki

On Tuesday, March 19, IES welcomed back visiting scholar Christina Gerhardt, a former UC Berkeley lecturer who is currently teaching at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Gerhardt presented a lecture titled “Helke Sander’s dffb Cinema, 1968 and West Germany’s Feminist Movement” – the subject of her upcoming publication. During the talk, Gerhardt traced the history of the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB), the alma mater of filmmaker Helke Sander who was part of the first graduating class of students from 1966 to 1969.

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Mar 18

Visiting Scholar Lieselot de Taeye

Political Rhetoric in Belgian and Congolese Literature

by Jianwen Xu

On March 18, IES and the Center for African Studies were pleased to host visiting scholar Lieselot de Taeye for a lecture titled “Defining Roles. Representations of Lumumba and his Independence Speech in Congolese and Belgian Literature.” De Taeye is a Belgian post-doctoral scholar who specializes in modern Dutch and Flemish literature. 

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Mar 14

From left: IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome; Prof. Leigh Raiford; Jeannette Ehlers; Elizabeth Hunter (PhD Candidate, African Diaspora Studies); Lotta Weckstrom (Executive Director, Nordic Studies Program)

Challenging Coloniality through Art

by Julia Zimring

In collaboration with the Nordic Studies Program and the Department of African American Studies, IES was pleased to welcome visual artist Jeannette Ehlers for a dynamic conversation on March 14. The discussion, “How to Challenge Scandinavian Colonial Amnesia,” focused on artistic strategies of resistance to coloniality and counter-narratives to the Eurocentric writing of history. Panelists included Professor Leigh Raiford and PhD candidate Elizabeth Hunter, both scholars of African Diaspora Studies.

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