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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.

Nov 13

Paul Voerkel (UERJ) with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Historical Influences on Contemporary Immigration Discourses

by Sophia Kownatzki

On Tuesday, November 13th, Paul Voerkel, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) professor at UERJ University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), delivered a lecture titled “Historiography and Migration: Explaining the Present through the Lens of History.” Voerkel gave a brief background on recent German history, particularly Germany’s history with immigration, and the recent shift to emotional rather than empirical public discourse surrounding migration and refugees. While he mainly used a historical lens to understand contemporary conditions, language studies, linguistics, and culture were also strong influences in his argument.

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Nov 10

David Large addresses the Seattle Austrian community to commemorate the centennial of Austrian republicanism 

Centenary Perspectives on the Austrian Republic

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Austrian republic, on November 10, the Austrian Consulate of Seattle in conjunction with the Austrian Studies Program was pleased to host David Clay Large (IES Senior Fellow and Professor at the Fromm Institute, University of San Francisco) for a lecture titled “From Renner to Kurz: Reflections on the History of Austrian Republicanism.” The First Republic was declared on November 12, 1918, at the end of World War I. Large’s talk examined the First Republic (1918-1938) as a cautionary tale, illustrating how domestic and foreign challenges in the 1920s and 1930s compromised Austria’s parliamentary democracy well before the country’s annexation int

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Nov 08

Jekaterina Novikova (IES EU Fellow, 2018-19) with Peter Fatelnig (European Commission)

Investigating the Digital Future of the EU

by Ani Hakobyan

On Thursday, November 8th, the Institute of European Studies (IES) welcomed Peter Fatelnig, Minister Counsellor for Digital Economy Policy at the EU Delegation to the United States of America. Fatelnig presented his lecture “The Digital Future of the European Union – Will There be Any?” to a diverse audience of 25 that included computer science students, community members, and those interested in the inner workings of the European Union and its digital strategy. The lecture was moderated by Jekaterina Novikova from the European Commission, currently 2018-19 EU Fellow at IES.

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Nov 02

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Jörg Neuheiser

Oct 30

The Odd Spring of May '68

by Julia Nelsen

On October 30, the French Studies Program together with the French Department was pleased to host a screening of the recent documentary by Dominique Beaux, Mai 68: un étrange printemps. Presented in conjunction with a selection of previously unpublished photographs by Philippe Gras, on display in Dwinelle Hall, the film was part of an international traveling exhibition sponsored by the Institut Français to mark the fiftieth anniversary of May 1968.

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Oct 25

Marina Romani (UC Berkeley / San Francisco Opera) with IES Program Manager Julia Nelsen

Political and Operatic Mythologies in Contemporary Italy

by Maddi Erdall and Zakaria Gati

On October 25, 2018, IES was pleased to welcome Dr. Marina Romani (Lecturer at UC Berkeley and Contributing Writer for the San Francisco Opera) for a talk entitled “Political and Operatic Mythologies in Contemporary Italy: Lega Nord’s ‘Va Pensiero.’” Co-sponsored by the Department of Music and the Department of Italian Studies, Romani’s lecture analyzed Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s famous operatic chorus, “Va Pensiero,” in the current political context of the far-right Italian party, Lega Nord.

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Oct 24

Bernd Fischer (Practitioner-in-Residence at GHI West) with GHI Program Coordinator Heike Friedman

Refugees in German Higher Education

by Ani Hakobyan and Davit Gasparyan

On October 24th, 2018, IES and GHI West were pleased to welcome Bernd Fischer (Deputy Head of Division at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) for a lecture on on the integration of refugees in German institutions of higher education. He began his lecture by noting that he was a practitioner and not a researcher and that his presentation was based on what he himself had seen and worked on.

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Oct 17

David Miliband (President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee) addresses the audience at Alumni House

Oct 16

EU Commissioner Moreno Bertoldi speaks to students and faculty at IES (Photo credit: JRumans Photography)

EU Economics Commission Visits IES

by Zakaria Gati

On October 16th, the European Union Center of IES was pleased to host a meeting with two distinguished members of the European Commission’s Department of Economic and Financial Affairs, Minister Counselor Moreno Bertoldi and Senior Advisor Antoine Begasse. Speaking to an invited audience of 25 faculty and graduate students from IES and the Department of Economics, the EU commissioners discussed the resilience of the Eurozone ten years after the great economic depression, and presented the economic activities of the EU more generally.

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Oct 11

Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Muldoon visits Irish Studies at IES


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