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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 04

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with visiting scholar Maria Polugodina

Border Persistence in East Prussia

On April 4th, IES Visiting Scholar Maria Polugodina delivered a lecture titled, “Eastern Prussia 2.0: Persistent Regions, Rising Nations,” to an enthusiastic crowd of 20 students and Berkeley community members in Moses Hall. She began by stating her motivation for her research: she seeks to research how culture and institutions influence economic development, as well as to examine the growing literature on cultural and economic persistence after borders. She then dove into the historical background of the rise and fall of eastern Prussia, stating that the German population has been present in the region since the early 13th century.

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Apr 03

IES Senior Fellow Ludvig Norman

The Trouble with Populism

On April 3rd, Ludvig Norman, IES Senior Fellow based at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm, delivered a lecture on issues of defining contemporary populism and its challenge to liberal democracy. In academic and popular debates, it has long been held that contemporary populism presents liberal democracy with a set of challenges. However, populism encompasses various interpretations, which creates definitional confusion and complicates debates, as it becomes difficult to label the problem with populism and its attributes.

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Mar 22

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with speaker Anja Laukötter

National Socialist Media and Sexuality

On March 22nd, Anja Laukötter came to IES to give a talk on Nazi media and sexuality titled, “Trust as Violence: The Politics of Film and the Militarization of Male Sexuality in National Socialism.”  Laukötter is a researcher at the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and Co-Director of the international research group “The Healthy Self as Body Capital: Individuals, Market-Based Societies, and Body Politics in Visual Twentieth Century Europe.”

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Mar 21

Minister Sven Gatz talks about Belgian beer culture.

Belgian Culture, from Brews to Breughel

Sven Gatz is the current Minister for Culture, Youth, Media and Brussels in the government of the Flemish Community in Belgium, and the former director of the Union of Belgian Brewers. On March 21st, he visited IES with a delegation of Belgian diplomats to deliver a lecture titled, "Beer vs Brueghel: The Belgian Paradox.”

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Mar 20
Heike Friedman (GHI West Program Coordinator) with IES Visiting Scholar Philipp Trein

Heike Friedman (GHI West Program Coordinator) with IES Visiting Scholar Philipp Trein

Co-evolution of Healthcare and Public Health

On March 20th, Josef Philipp Trein (IES Visiting Scholar and Senior Researcher at the Department of Political, Historical and International Studies at the University of Lausanne) gave a lecture on the coevolution of health care and public health to an audience of around twelve attendees. Drawn from his new book project, Trein’s talk examined these two topics from a comparative perspective, using a variety of sources for historical context.

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Mar 15
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Consul General Pierre Franck

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Consul General Pierre Franck

Luxembourg and Space Exploration

On March 15th, Pierre Franck, Consul General of Luxembourg in San Francisco and Executive Director of the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office, visited the Institute to give a lecture titled, “Space Resources in Luxembourg: Exploring New Frontiers.” The talk focused on Luxembourg’s space exploration initiatives and its role as a hub for space-technical companies. Franck offered fascinating background on Luxembourg’s history, from its origins as a fortress to an independent nation and European financial center--the second largest after London.

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Mar 14

Terry McCarthy, CEO of the LA World Affairs Council, with speaker Allan Little.

Allan Little at the World Affairs Council

IES was pleased to partner with the World Affairs Council of Los Angeles to organize a special Global Café Breakfast with former BBC correspondent Allan Little, on Wednesday, March 14. In his lecture titled "Brexit and the World at Large," Little talked about Britain's fraught relationship with the EU, and where it might be headed following the recent "leave" vote. The journalist, who now chairs the Edinburgh International Book Festival, also discussed his experiences as a foreign correspondent for the BBC in Paris, Johannesburg, the former Yugoslavia, Moscow and Baghdad.

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Mar 13

Astrid Eckert (Emory University) with IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome

The Environmental Impact of the Iron Curtain

On March 13th, Astrid M. Eckert (Associate Professor of Modern European History and Winship Distinguished Research Professor at Emory University) presented a lecture at the Institute titled, “Transboundary Nature: The Consequences of the Iron Curtain for Landscape.” She began by remarking that the West German zonal borderlands or Zonenrandgebiete, are not just political spaces, but also environmental and economic landscapes. After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, environmentalists rushed to areas such as the German Green Belt--the strip of land between the former East and West Germany--in the hopes of preserving nature.

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Mar 13

Allan Little with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Scotland and the UK Post-Brexit

On March 13th, BBC correspondent Allan Little, the 2018 UC Berkeley Regents' Lecturer, delivered a talk to over 30 students and community members on UK-Scottish Relations After Brexit. Little, a native of Scotland, drew upon his experience growing up there, as well as his work with the BBC in Europe, to approach the question of whether the Brexit phenomenon would eventually lead to the breakup of the entire United Kingdom.

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Mar 12
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf; Evan Reade; Jon Cho-Polizzi, PhD Candidate in German

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf; Evan Reade; Jon Cho-Polizzi, PhD Candidate in German

Formulating US Foreign Policy

On the 12th of March former US Consul General in Strasbourg, Evan G. Reade, delivered a lecture at the Social Science Matrix on the interagency foreign policy formulation process within the US government. In addition to his role as Consul General, Evan was also Observer to the Council of Europe and Director for Western Europe on the National Security Council (NSC) staff under President Obama between 2014 and 2016. Reade spoke of his personal experiences working for the NSC and how power is balanced throughout three co-equal branches of government.

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