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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.


Aug 28

Jan Frömmig, Vice-Chancellor Frost and IES Director Dewulf

Visit from Hamburg University

On August 28, IES welcomed Dr. Jetta Frost, Vice-Chancellor of Hamburg University, Germany, to the Berkeley campus. Based on a longstanding partnership between UC Berkeley and Hamburg University, a fruitful cooperation between the universities has developed over the last decade.

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Aug 24

Dr. Hillinger, Prof. Yablonovitch, Chancellor Rosenthal, IES Director Dewulf and Vice Provost Liu

Jena-Berkeley Partnership

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.

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May 12
Participants of “The Global Refugee Crisis: What is at Stake?” on a site visit in Israel

Participants of “The Global Refugee Crisis: What is at Stake?” on a site visit in Israel

Berkeley-Haifa Workshop on the Refugee Crisis

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.

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May 10

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with Belgian entrepeneurs at the Berkeley Campanile. 

Belgian Entrepreneurs Visit Berkeley

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). 

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May 04

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and speaker Barry Eichengreen (UC Berkeley, Economics & Political Science)

Reflections on the Euro

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.

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May 04

Elena Kempf (PhD candidate, History) and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Questioning the Evidence on the Integration of Immigrants in Europe

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.

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May 01

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Ralf Fuecks

The Future of Western Democracies

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.

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Apr 27

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and speaker Isabel Richter (Univ. Bremen)

European Travelers to India and the Transformation of Religion in the 1960s

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.

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Apr 21
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Emmanuel Comte

The French 2017 Presidential Campaign

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.

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Apr 20
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Speaker Max Gruenig

Urban Sustainability in Germany

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.

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