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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 30
Participants of the "Intelligent Tools" conference

Participants of the "Intelligent Tools" conference

Working, Earning and Learning in the Age of Intelligent Tools

Professor John Zysman, in partnership with the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), hosted a two-day conference co-sponsored by IES/CGES on November 30 and December 1, 2017. This interdisciplinary and international event united a group of nearly 80 researchers across the fields of engineering, data science, economics, sociology, and political science, to explore current challenges in the age of intelligent tools and increasing automation of manufacturing and services, and to address strategies for working, earning, and learning in order to support healthy socioeconomic and human development in the future.

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Nov 30
Speaker Kathleen Canning (University of Michigan)

Speaker Kathleen Canning (University of Michigan)

States of Exception and Sudden Democracies in 20th Century Germany

On November 30th, Professor Kathleen Canning, Sonya O. Rose Collegiate Professor of History and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History, Women’s Studies and German at the University of Michigan, gave a lecture entitled, “States of Exception and Sudden Democracies in 20th Century Germany”, for 20 participants in Moses Hall. Canning began by discussing how populism is often misconstrued as a strengthening of democracy, when in her opinion it delegitimizes institutions and representation in favor of direct, popular rule. Canning then presented a question that guided the rest of the lecture: how are affinities for democracies dismantled?

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Nov 29
IES director Jeroen Dewulf and speaker Spero Paravantes (Univ. Luxembourg)

IES director Jeroen Dewulf and speaker Spero Paravantes (Univ. Luxembourg)

German Post-World War Reparations

On November 29, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf welcomed Spero Simeon Z. Paravantes from Luxembourg University to the IES lecture series. Paravantes presented a lecture entitled, “‘To Pay or Not to Pay’”: WWI and WWII Reparations and their Impact on European (Dis)Integration”. The focus of the lecture was Germany’s relationship with Greece and Poland, who have demanded reparations from Germany in compensation of their time under German occupation during World War II. The recent financial and political crises in Europe have once again sparked the topic of German reparations to its formerly-occupied territories.

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Nov 14
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, with speakers Maria Pichou and Spero Paravantes (Univ. of Luxembourg)

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, with speakers Maria Pichou and Spero Paravantes (Univ. of Luxembourg)

European Migrations

On November 14, 2017, The Institute of European Studies’ Social Science MATRIX Research Group, led by IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and PhD candidate Jon Cho-Polizzi, gathered in Barrows Hall. The 20 participants, consisting of the Institute’s visiting scholars and affiliated PhD students, continued the discussion around the theme, “Continent Divided: Building Bridges, Finding Truth”. This session, the group welcomed a two-part presentation by Maria Pichou, Senior Visiting Scholar at the Berkeley School of Law, and Spero Paravantes, Senior Research Fellow at IES, both hailing from the University of Luxembourg.

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Nov 13
UC Berkeley Vice Provost Tsu-Jae King Liu and Regensburg President Udo Hebel signing the MoU, with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Ulf Brunnbauer, Director of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, assisting at the signing ceremony.

UC Berkeley Vice Provost Tsu-Jae King Liu and Regensburg President Udo Hebel signing the MoU, with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Ulf Brunnbauer, Director of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, assisting at the signing ceremony.

Regensburg MOU Signing

On November 13, 2017, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf welcomed Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel, President of the University of Regensburg, Germany, to the Berkeley campus. He was accompanied by Prof. Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer, Director of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies and Chair of Southeast and East European History at the University of Regensburg. The visit included a signing ceremony with Vice Provost Tsu-Jae King Liu of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Regensburg and UC Berkeley. Building on the MoU, IES and the University of Regensburg decided to establish a cooperation agreement with a focus on the exchange of doctoral students.

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Nov 09
Jana Puglierin (Oppenheim Center at the German Council of Foreign Relations) and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

Jana Puglierin (Oppenheim Center at the German Council of Foreign Relations) and IES Director Jeroen Dewulf

The Future of the EU after Brexit

On November 9th, 2017, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf welcomed Jana Puglierin of the Oppenheim Center at the German Council of Foreign Relations to the Berkeley campus. Puglierin gave a lecture to a crowd of twenty-five entitled “The Future of the EU after Brexit: Implications from a German Perspective.” Puglierin began her lecture by contrasting the European Union today with the European Union of 2005. Back then, political union through an integrated Europe was seen as a way to deter from war and other forms of conflict. The notion of an ever-closer union was written in many European treaties.

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Nov 09
Speaker Liesbet Hooghe, (W.R. Kenan Distinguished Professor in Political Science, UNC Chapel Hill)

Speaker Liesbet Hooghe, (W.R. Kenan Distinguished Professor in Political Science, UNC Chapel Hill)

Subnational Governance

On November 9, the Institute of European Studies co-sponsored an event with the Global Metropolitan Studies and the Center on the Politics of Development. Liesbet Hooghe, W.R. Kenan Distinguished Professor in Political Science at UNC Chapel Hill, presented her talk, “Community, Scale, and Jurisdictional Design within States” to an audience of 30 community and university members. Her lecture centered on the idea of subnational governance, and the ideas of scale and community level of jurisdictional design, and her research questions which jurisdictional design best provides a basket of goods to individuals.

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Nov 03
Em. Prof. Margaret Anderson

 Professor Emeritus, Margaret Anderson

Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Annual Lecture

On the evening of November 3rd, the Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Annual Lecture took place at the Bancroft Hotel. IES Director Jeroen Dewulf introduced Margaret Anderson, Professor Emeritus in History at UC Berkeley, as the keynote speaker, and she spoke to an audience of over 120 attendees. Anderson’s lecture, entitled “Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story: The Armenian Genocide and the Problem of Humanitarian Intervention,” centralized on the topic of the Armenian Genocide and the overarching question of humanitarian intervention, with a specific focus on the role of US Ambassador Henry Morgenthau.

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Nov 01
GHI Deputy Director Alex Jansen, GHI-West Head of Office Andrea Westermann, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, GHI Director Simone Lässig, UC Berkeley Executive Vice-Chancellor Paul Alivisatos, GHI-West Research Fellow Albert Manke

GHI Deputy Director Alex Jansen, GHI-West Head of Office Andrea Westermann, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, GHI Director Simone Lässig, UC Berkeley Executive Vice-Chancellor Paul Alivisatos, GHI-West Research Fellow Albert Manke

Inauguration of GHI-West

Speaker Armin Nassehi

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Oct 20
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome and speaker Jan Philip Burgard

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome and speaker Jan Philip Burgard

America and Germany - Old Friends or New Rivals?

On Friday, October 20th, the Institute of European Studies and the American Council on Germany welcomed Jan Philip Burgard, Deputy Bureau Chief of the German TV Network ARD to Moses Hall to give a lecture entitled, “America and Germany - Old Friends or New Rivals?” With an audience of twenty UC Berkeley students, staff, and community members, Burgard spoke about the relationship between Germany and the United States and the impact of the US presidential elections, the recent federal German elections, and the overall international atmosphere regarding Europe’s role in that relationship.

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