Dr. Hillinger, Prof. Yablonovitch, Chancellor Rosenthal, IES Director Dewulf and Vice Provost Liu
On August 24, IES welcomed Dr. Walter Rosenthal, Chancellor of the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany, to the Berkeley campus. Based on a longstanding partnership between the sister cities of Berkeley and Jena, a fruitful cooperation between the universities has developed over the last two decades.
Participants of “The Global Refugee Crisis: What is at Stake?” on a site visit in Israel
In May 2017, CGES at UC Berkeley together with CGES at the University of Haifa, in Israel, co-sponsored a workshop titled “The Global Refugee Crisis: What is at Stake?” The workshop took place in Haifa from May 12-28, and included courses, field trips (to the refugee center in south Tel Aviv, to the refugee camp Holot in the Negev and to the Syrian border), and further extra-curricular activities.
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with Belgian entrepeneurs at the Berkeley Campanile.
On May 10, IES welcomed a group of seventy entrepreneurs of middle-sized and large companies from Belgium to the Berkeley campus, including KBC Bank, Soudal, and Ganda. The visit was part of a five-day tour of the Bay Area organized by the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce (BelCham).
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and speaker Barry Eichengreen (UC Berkeley, Economics & Political Science)
To conclude its spring program, and in cooperation with the Clausen Center for International Business and Policy, IES welcomed Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science at UC Berkeley and leading expert on the Euro economy, for a lecture providing a retrospective on the euro crisis and the viable way forward for the Eurozone.
Elena Kempf (PhD candidate, History) and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf
On May 4, 2017, Matrix Social Sciences organized an Open House. In the context of this celebration, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and his assistant Elena Kemp (Dept. of History) presented the IES-Matrix Program entitled “Questioning the Evidence on the Integration of Immigrants in Europe”. This Matrix Theme Team is exploring how these various types of data are used to support (or challenge) the integration of various immigrant populations and their descendants in Europe.
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Ralf Fuecks
Ralf Fuecks, President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, gave an enlightening lecture on April 1 about the fate of liberal democracies in the modern era. In 1989, Fukuyama’s “end of history” theory stimulated euphoric sentiments towards the triumph of liberalism and capitalism; this prophecy never materialized, though, as authoritarian regimes continued to thrive across the world. According to Fuecks, however, there is still a lack of theory to assess this unexpected development.
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and speaker Isabel Richter (Univ. Bremen)
Isabel Richter, Professor at the University of Bremen and the incoming DAAD Professor in Berkeley, gave a lecture entitled “Spiritual Seekers, Pilgrims and Psychonauts: Travelers to India and the Transformation of Religion in the Long 1960s.” The lecture served as an introduction to her research that will be presented in her next book and included information from her recent interviews with contemporary sources.
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Emmanuel Comte
On April 21, two days before the first round of the French elections, Emmanuel Comte, a lecturer in European history at UC Berkeley, provided a comprehensive overview to the background of France’s political problems, contextualizing the positions of the then four frontrunners of the election within this framework: Emmanuel Macron, François Fillon, Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Speaker Max Gruenig
Max Gruenig, President of the Ecologic Institute US, came to IES to present on his organization’s work relating to the construction post-carbon cities worldwide. Throughout the lecture, he provided an overview to the historical background of this transatlantic project as well as to some the current areas – in particular urban mobility, water management, and energy-efficient buildings – in which it primarily focuses.