Fourth year student Filip Bozinovic won the "Best Paper" award at the Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union. In addition to pursuing European studies as a Political Science major, Filip also leads the UC Berkeley EU Student Ambassadors group. The Claremont-UC research conference took place on April 5 and 6 in Claremont, CA and is the oldest and largest academic conference in the U.S. dedicated to undergraduate research on European Union topics. Bozinovic's paper titled, "Restrictions on Free Expression as a Counterterror Policy in the US and France: Divergence by Design or Curious Convergence?" compared debates and policies on free speech before and after recent terror attacks in the US and France. As one of two winners of the Best Paper award, Filip Bozinovic will participate in an study tour to Brussels, Belgium in June 2018 and visit several EU institutions including the Parliament, the Commission and several NGOs.
In January 2018, Spero Paravantis (University of Luxembourg) published a report on his experience as a visiting scholar at IES for the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History. You can read his report here.
In December 2017, IES Senior Fellow, Carla Shapreau, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship grant to support research and preparation of a book regarding the Nazi-era looting of musical material culture. The Nazi era resulted in the catastrophic plunder of all things musical, including autographs and manuscripts, rare printed music, books, musical instruments, and musicalia. This research and book project will reconstruct facets of this history and the lives tethered to these cultural objects and consider why this subject matters today. You can read more about Shapreau's project here. (Photo: One of six of Wanda Landowska’s confiscated antique keyboard instruments discovered by the U.S. Army in the Bavarian countryside in 1945. Photo credit: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)
In November 2017, the UC Berkeley Doe Library, with the support of the IES Less Commonly Taught Languages' book program, became one of three libraries outside of Spain to own an original broadside of the Catalan Futurist Manifesto, published in 1920, and is now the first institution in the world to have digitized it. You can read more about this here.