Eric Falci (Irish Studies Program Director) with novelist John Connolly and moderator Brian Cliff (Trinity College Dublin)
On April 23, the Irish Studies Program hosted a special event in Moses Hall with acclaimed Irish novelist John Connolly. Best known for his detective fiction, Connolly visited the Institute on the first leg of a book tour for his latest novel, he, based on the life of Stan Laurel (of "Laurel and Hardy" fame). During a lively lunchtime conversation with Berkeley students, Connolly spoke about his background as a journalist and writer, as well as the practice of writing more generally.
Matt Beech (University of Hull) with Yumi Sera (Chair, World Affairs Sacramento) and Arlene Wilson Grant (Disability Rights Fund)
What does Brexit mean for California? To explore this question, IES was pleased to host Matt Beech (IES Senior Fellow, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull) for an engaging conversation at the World Affairs Council in Sacramento. Beech offered an expert perspective on British politics and its effect on the international economy following the unexpected results of the 2016 Brexit vote.
IES Senior Fellow Matt Beech
On April 17, the Institute was pleased to welcome Matt Beech (IES Senior Fellow, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull) for an engaging talk that examined the recent challenges faced by the progressive wing of the British Labour Party. Asking "Why are Labour's Progressives Ineffective?" Beech took as his starting point the defeat of Labour in the 2010 general election, bringing an end to the "New Labour" project that was once a dominant force in UK politics for over a decade (1997-2010)
Noah B. Strote with DAAD Professor Isabel Richter
On April 17th, IES welcomed Noah Strote, Associate Professor of European History at North Carolina State University, for a lecture titled, “Post-Nazi Germany and the Myth of American Influence.” Twenty community members and students gathered to listen to this engaging lecture.
Eric Falci, Director of the Irish Studies Program, with speaker Paige Reynolds
On Monday, April 16, the Irish Studies Program was pleased to welcome Paige Reynolds (Professor of English at College of the Holy Cross), who delivered an engaging lecture titled “False Comfort: Sex, Prayer and Modernism in Eimear McBride’s ‘A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing’.” Reynolds, a scholar of modern and contemporary Irish literature who has published widely on the subjects of modernism, drama and performance, explored how the formal features of modernist writing combine with the language of prayer to represent adolescent sexual trauma in McBride’s 2013 debut novel.
Akasemi Newsome (IES Associate Director) with speaker Antonio de Lecea (European Commission)
On April 13th, Antonio de Lecea, the Principal Advisor to the Director General for Economic and Financial Affairs in the European Commission, delivered a lecture titled, “Overcoming Zero-Sum Games to Sustain Growth and Globalization.” Drawing on his experience in Europe, Asia and the US, de Lecea highlighted two narratives on globalization’s zero-sum games, both based on the idea that each participant's gain or loss is balanced by those of other participants.
John Peterson (University of Edinburgh)
John Peterson, Professor of International Politics at the University of Edinburgh, visited IES on April 11 to deliver a lecture focused on the volatility of EU-US relations since the election of Donald Trump. The 2016 election of Trump shocked the world political landscape, Peterson observed, and his violent rhetoric and America First vision has hurt the liberal international order and America's relations with its European allies. Thus, Peterson asks: are we witnessing the emergence of a “post-liberal”, “post-American”, “post-transatlantic” era?
Speaker Alexander Graser with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf
On April 10th, Alexander Graser, Chair of Public Law and Politics at the University of Regensburg, visited IES to present a lecture titled, "Managing Marginalization: Poverty Politics in Post-Unification Germany." Professor Graser prefaced his talk by noting that poverty has become more of a topic in Germany, the self-perceived “motherland of social welfare,” than it used to be. Graser took this diagnosis as the starting point for his lecture and reviewed Germany’s poverty politics over the last 25 years.
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf with speaker Stephan Keukeleire
On April 10th, 2018, Stephan Keukeleire, Jean Monnet Chair in European Foreign Policy and European Integration at KU Leuven University in Belgium, delivered a talk titled “Analyzing European Foreign Policy in a Post-Western World: Operationalizing the Decentring Agenda.” In order to understand EU foreign policy, Keukeleire argues, we must step away from a Eurocentric point of view and adopt a decentralized standpoint. Europeans often focus more on European benchmarks such as World War I and World War II, for instance, yet outside of Europe the benchmarks might be different, such as the history of decolonization.