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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.

Oct 09
Filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick

Filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick

In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America

On October 9, the Irish Studies Program at IES held a screening of the movie, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, and a discussion of the events known as “The Troubles” in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland that took place over the span of three decades from the 1960s to the 1990sWith over 40 guests in attendance, the opening remarks were made by Robert O’Driscoll, Consul General of the Republic of Ireland, who then introduced filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick to show his movie. The film was dedicated to showing the life and work of John Hume, a Northern Irish politician and activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 for his contribution to lasting

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Oct 05

Enjoying the Fall Tea: IES Senior Fellow Christopher Jackson, IES Board Member John Leslie, IES Visiting Scholar Spero Paravantis and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Fall Tea

On Thursday, October 5th, the Institute of European Studies held its annual Fall Tea for the affiliated professors, visiting scholars, students, and community members. Upwards of 80 people came during the open hours to mingle, snack, and meet this year’s new visiting scholars.

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Oct 05

Lukas Repa, EU Fellow at IES, and Ambassador Thomas Matussek

The World out of Joint: The End of the West as We Know It

Former German Ambassador to the UK, the UN and India, Thomas Matussek, visited the Institute of European Studies on October 5th, 2017 to present his talk, “The World Out of Joint: The End of the West as We Know It.” Matussek began his lecture for the forty attendees with the overarching question of whether we were beginning to see systematic patterns that lead us to believe that the global community is shifting to a new world order.

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Oct 03

Group directors Jeroen Dewulf and Jon Cho-Polizzi, speaker David Cohn and Lynsay Skiba, MATRIX Associate Director

Continent Divided: News and/on Social Media

On October 3, 2017, the Institute of European Studies’ Social Science MATRIX Research Group held its first meeting in Barrows Hall. The group’s organizers Jeroen Dewulf and Jon Cho-Polizzi first introduced the theme "Continent Divided: Building Bridges, Finding Truth”. The Institute’s visiting scholars and affiliated PhD students make up the group, and they aim to study the current state of a polarized Europe.

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Sep 28

Prof. Suzanne Marchand (Louisiana State University)

Porcelain in the Age of Mass Production

On September 28, Suzanne Marchand, Boyd Professor of European Intellectual History at Louisiana State University, gave a lecture in the CGES lecture series at IES on the cultural and economic history of porcelain in Europe between the 18th and 19th century. Marchand began with an introduction to the historical conditions of the porcelain industry in Europe. She explained how in the 17th century, the Netherlands were the largest importer of Chinese and Japanese porcelains, but that trade was cut with the fall of Ming Dynasty, which engendered an opportunity for domestic producers.

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Sep 27
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome

The 2017 Federal Elections in Germany

On September 27, 2017, the Institute of European Studies held a discussion of the German Federal Elections that took place on the 24th of September. IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Associate Director Akasemi Newsome analyzed the German election results and discussed questions about what the election results mean for Germany and the European Union. The Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU), won the German elections and re-elected Angela Merkel for her fourth term as Chancellor.

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Sep 19

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and speaker Chunjie Zhang (Univ. Davis)

Transculturality and German Discourse in the Age of European Colonialism

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017 the Institute of European Studies welcomed Professor Chunjie Zhang from UC Davis for a lecture titled “Transculturality and German Discourse in the Age of European Colonialism” based off her book on the same name. Fifteen students and members of the community attended the event. The lecture started with Zhang explaining the meaning behind a map of the Dutch presence in Nagasaki, Japan, taken from a German newspaper in 1726. This example illustrated Zhang’s theme that she coins “transculturality”. In her book, Zhang details how the German culture pursued transcontinental relations in a way that was different than other European countries.

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Sep 14

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and John Deak (Univ. of Notre Dame)

War Unmakes the State: Austria-Hungary’s Internal Wars 1914-18

On September 14, 2017, IES welcomed John Deak from the University of Notre Dame to Moses Hall for a lecture titled “War Unmakes the State: Austria-Hungary’s Internal Wars 1914-18.” This was the inaugural lecture of this semester’s CGES lecture series and was co-sponsored by the IES Austrian Studies Program. Deak’s talk focused largely on the history of state-building, while specifically analyzing the paradigms and problems in the historiography of the Habsburg Empire during World War One. According to Deak, the traditional historiography of the Habsburg Empire during the first World War followed a Hegelian logic; viewing the empire as a sideshow in European history.

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Sep 05

Berkeley student Bianca Filart at the Technical University of Munich

IES Engagement in the PREP Program at TUM Munich

IES is pleased to announce that this year three Berkeley students participated at the 10-week Practical Research Experience Program (PREP) at the Technical University in Munich (TUM), Germany. Aboubacar Komara, Bianca Filart and Shirley Li were part of a successful cohort of students who, under the supervision of TUM researchers, refined their research skills.

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Aug 28

Peter Strohschneider, President of the German Research Foundation

The End of the Endless Frontier? Truth and Power in the Age of Populism

On Monday, August 28th, IES and GHI-West welcomed Peter Strohschneider, President of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), to the Berkeley campus. Strohschneider began his lecture for an audience of sixty people with a focus on Vannevar Bush’s ideas on the public role of science as developed in the 1945 report to the President of the United States, “Science, The Endless Frontier.” Bush was an American engineer and science administrator, who headed the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development during World War II and initiated the Manhattan Project.

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