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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 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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Oct 19
Lawrence Rosenthal, director of the UC Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, and Duncan McDonnell (Griffith University)

Lawrence Rosenthal, director of the UC Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, and Duncan McDonnell (Griffith University)

Respectable Radicals and the Euro-Nationalist International

On October 19th, Duncan McDonnell, a political scientist of Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, presented a lecture to twenty participants titled, “Respectable Radicals and the Euro-Nationalist International: Explaining Right-Wing Populist Alliances in the European Parliament” at an event at the UC Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, co-sponsored by the Institute of European Studies. He began by explaining how the European Parliament can tell us a lot: as groups and coalitions form, it shows how parties see themselves, how they want to be seen, and how other parties see them.

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Oct 16
Speaker Josef Joffe and IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome

Speaker Josef Joffe and IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome

Nation and State vs. Europe: When the Sum of the Parts Is Larger Than the Whole

On Monday, October 16, 2017, The Institute of European Studies, in cooperation with the Institute of Governmental Studies, welcomed Josef Joffe, the current Regents’ Lecturer at IGS, to give a lecture entitled, Nation and State vs. Europe: When the Sum of the Parts is Larger than the Whole. Joffe is the publisher and editor of the German newspaper, Die Zeit, and a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, and Newsweek. Joffe began his lecture for a packed audience of over 40 attendees by discussing a suitable definition for the European Union.

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Oct 13
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome and speaker Patrick Keller

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome and speaker Patrick Keller

Germany's New Administration: Key Tasks and Problems

On Friday, October 13, 2017, the Institute of European Studies, in cooperation with the American Council on Germany San Francisco Eric M. Warburg Chapter, welcomed Patrick Keller to Moses Hall, along with twenty members of the community. Dr. Keller is the Coordinator of Foreign and Security Policy at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, in Berlin, and an author, whose essays have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines. In his talk, Dr. Keller addressed some of the tasks and issues the recently elected German federal parliament has to face in German domestic politics, transatlantic security policy, the future of the EU, and international relations.

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Oct 09
Consul General Robert O'Driscoll introduces Fitzpatrick's film

Consul General Robert O'Driscoll introduces Fitzpatrick's film

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 1990s

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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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