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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Anneka Lenssen on Surreality and Possession in the Modern Art of the Arab East

Lecture | March 5 | 5-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Prof. Anneka Lenssen, Department of Art History, UC Berkeley

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


This talk explores 'Arab Surrealist' ideas and images from the period 1945-53: work by artists and intellectuals in Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria who conceived of the artist's medium as living and shape-shifting material rather than an inanimate means to make a picture on a surface. Lenssen draws on an archive of sketches, critical writings, and artist letters to highlight how figures such as Bishr...   More >



The Passionate Thief (Mario Monicelli; Italy, 1960) : Mario Monicelli: Satires, Capers, and Sendups

Film - Feature | March 5 | 7:30 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


An adaptation of two novels by Alberto Moravia, this beautiful film depicts the failed illusions of two broken-down bit players at Cinecittà.


$5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

Buy tickets by calling 510-642-5249.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Big Deal on Madonna Street (Mario Monicelli; Italy, 1958) : Mario Monicelli: Satires, Capers, and Sendups

Film - Feature | March 7 | 6:30 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


This spoof on the caper thriller à la Rififi shows with satiric precision just what happens when real human beings attempt the “perfect heist.”


$5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

Buy tickets by calling 510-642-5249.



The Passionate Thief (Mario Monicelli; Italy, 1960) : Mario Monicelli: Satires, Capers, and Sendups

Film - Feature | March 7 | 8:40 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


An adaptation of two novels by Alberto Moravia, this beautiful film depicts the failed illusions of two broken-down bit players at Cinecittà.


$5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

Buy tickets by calling 510-642-5249.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Arabesque on the Pirsomani Theme (Sergei Paradjanov; USSR, 1985) and Sergein Paradjanov: The Rebel (Patrick Cazals; France, 2003): Discovering Georgian Cinema

Film - Short | March 8 | 3 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


A poetic meditation on the work of the Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani followed by a portrait of Sergei Paradjanov as a filmmaker, designer, and collage artist, made at the time when he was shooting his last film, Ashik Kerib.


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Godard's Television Commercials (France, 1971-96): Jean-Luc Godard: Expect Everything from Cinema

Film - Series | March 8 | 5 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


This selection of Godard’s highly unconventional television advertisements ranges from Schick After Shave to a commission for the anniversary of Figaro magazine for which Godard excavated the final words of a series of fictitious French celebrities.


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Arming Your Enemy: Germany's Secret Dealings with Russia in the 1920s

Lecture | March 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Zachary Shore, Associate Professor of History; Senior Fellow, Naval Postgraduate School; Institute of European Studies

Institute of European Studies

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Observation of Trifles: Gleaning Clues about Conflict in an Eleventh-Century Manuscript

Lecture | March 10 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Tjamke Snijders, Postdoctoral Fellow; Visiting Scholar, Dept. of History, Ghent University; Department of History, UCB

Institute of European Studies


“You know my method,” Sherlock Holmes tells Watson in The Boscombe Valley Mystery. “It is founded upon the observation of trifles.” This lecture adopts Holmes’ respect for clues to explore an eleventh-century manuscript with a grammatical treatise and descriptions of saints’ lives. Known as Brussels RL 9361-67 II, the manuscript always seemed impossible to date, locate, or contextualize with any...   More >

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The European Union: From a Legitimacy Credit Crunch to a New Social Contract?

Lecture | March 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Albena Azmanova, Reader (Associate Professor) in Political and Social Theory, University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies

Institute of European Studies, European Union Center


The parallel pronouncements of ‘a crisis of capitalism,’ ‘a crisis of democracy,’ and ‘a crisis of the EU’ have recently illuminated the limits of the entente the European project had forged between capitalism, democracy, statehood, and supra-national governance. Can we, nevertheless, discern a trajectory for a revival of the European project amidst the conjunction of crises? Drawing on the...   More >



Discrimination in a colorblind society: racial divisions behind the French model of integration?: Demography Brown Bag Talk

Lecture | March 11 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | Demography Department, Seminar Room


2232 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720

Patrick Simon, Research Director, INED, Sciences Po, Paris

Department of Demography


Lunch time lectures in Demography, 45 minute presentation followed by 15 minutes Q&A

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Art of Belgian Food Culture: A Conversation with Arnaud Goethals, Co-Founder of Vive la Tarte

Lecture | March 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Arnaud Goethals

Institute of European Studies, BENELUX Studies Program


A conversation on Belgian food culture and on building a business that bridges Belgium and the Bay Area with Arnaud Goethals, co-founder of "Vive la Tarte."



The Art of Belgian Food Culture: A Conversation with Arnaud Goethals, Co-Founder of Vive la Tarte”

Lecture | March 12 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Arnaud Goethals, Co-founder, Vive la Tarte

Institute of European Studies


A conversation on Belgian food culture and on building a business that bridges Belgium and the Bay Area with Arnaud Goethals, co-founder and CEO of Vive la Tarte, one of San Francisco’s most successful artisan baking companies that handcrafts Belgian-style tarts.

Vive la Tarte-specialties and drinks provided.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Germany and the United States: Transatlantic Partnership in Turbulent Times

Lecture | March 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Jürgen Hardt, Member, German Bundestag

Institute of European Studies


The international order established by the so-called "West" after World War II is under threat on various fronts – from the forceful redrawing of borders in the Ukraine, to ISIL’s violence towards self-determining societies, to heated territorial disputes in Asia. At the same time, demographic developments and new global power centers are shifting focus away from the Atlantic region. The...   More >

Thursday, March 19, 2015

European Fundamental Rights Federalism: When are EU Member States bound by EU fundamental rights?

Lecture | March 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Martin Nettesheim, Professor of Law and Director of the Tuebingen University Center for International Economic Law (TURCIEL), Tuebingen University Law School

Institute of European Studies


The European Court of Justice began to develop its fundamental rights jurisprudence in the 1970s. Its activities became controversial when the Court started to apply EU fundamental rights to Member state institutions in situations where only a loose connection to EU substantive law existed. The future architecture of the EU and its federal distribution of powers will be determined to a...   More >

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Great War (Mario Monicelli; Italy, 1959) : Mario Monicelli: Satires, Capers, and Sendups

Film - Feature | March 20 | 7:30 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Vittorio Gassman and Alberto Sordi star as two very reluctant soldiers tossed into the chaos of World War I in Monicelli’s biting comedy, which turns the tragedy and madness of war into the vitality of humor.


$5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Bittersweet Films of Mikhail Kobakhidze (USSR/France, 1967-2001): Discovering Georgian Cinema

Film - Short | March 22 | 3 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


A selection of short films made by the talented Georgian filmmaker Mikhail Kobakhidze, whose style is simple on the surface, but employs creative relationships between images and sound.


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Amarcord (Federico Fellini; Italy, 1974): Discovering Georgian Cinema

Film - Feature | March 28 | 8 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Federico Fellini and Georgian filmmaker Tengiz Abuladze shared a kinship through their filmmaking styles. In Amarcord, Fellini evokes a year in the life of the small Italian coastal town of Rimini in the mid-1930s with free-spirited fantasy, bittersweet comedy, and intimate detail.


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

For Love and Gold (Mario Monicelli; Italy, 1966) : Mario Monicelli: Satires, Capers, and Sendups

Film - Feature | March 29 | 7 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


The creators of Big Deal on Madonna Street reteamed for this deliriously absurd send-up of the medieval Crusades genre, an Italian Monty Python and the Holy Grail whose ribald put-downs of all things “honorable” turned the film into one of Italy’s biggest hits.


$5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Monday, March 30, 2015

The Ukraine Crisis and a New Paranoid Style in German Politics

Lecture | March 30 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Jochen Kleinschmidt, Assistant Professor of International Relations, EAFIT University, Medellín, Colombia

Institute of European Studies


In the context of the Ukraine crisis and the resulting uncertainties in German domestic politics, a new style of political communication has emerged in Germany that challenges the traditional western orientation of foreign policy with discourse based in conspiracy theory. Some commentators have attributed the appearance of this discourse to Russian internet-based information warfare, while others...   More >

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear (Tinatin Gurchiani; Georgia/Germany, 2012): Discovering Georgian Cinema

Film - Documentary | March 31 | 7 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


A film director organizes a casting call for fifteen- to twenty-three-year-olds and the results form the basis for a revealing portrait of Georgian society.


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Bertolt Brecht: Becoming World Literature

Lecture | April 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall


Tom Kuhn, Faculty Lecturer in German, Fellow of St Hugh's College, Oxford University

The Program in Critical Theory


Tom Kuhn's main research interests are in political literature in the 20th century. He has worked particularly on Bertolt Brecht, and is the series editor of the main English-language edition of Brecht's works. In addition, he has written on exile and anti-fascist literature, and on more recent drama. He is currently working on a major project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council,...   More >


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Friday, April 3, 2015

Brecht's Theater and Poetry

Seminar | April 3 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall


Tom Kuhn, Lecturer in German, Fellow of St. Hugh's College, Oxford University

The Program in Critical Theory


Critical Theory presents a seminar with Tom Kuhn. To receive advance readings, please contact critical_theory@berkeley.edu.

Tom Kuhn’s main research interests are in political literature in the 20th century. He has worked particularly on Bertolt Brecht, and is the series editor of the main English-language edition of Brecht’s works. In addition, he has written on exile and anti-fascist...   More >



According to Mario (M. Canale, F. Farina, M. Gianni, W. Labate, A. Morri; Italy, 2012): Mario Monicelli: Satires, Capers, and Sendups

Film - Documentary | April 3 | 7 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Italian cinema’s greatest secret is revealed in this in-depth portrait of director Mario Monicelli, an artist responsible for such classics as Big Deal on Madonna Street and The Organizer yet who sadly remains little known outside his home country.


$5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

Buy tickets by calling 510-642-5249.



We Want the Colonels (Mario Monicelli; Italy, 1973): Mario Monicelli: Satires, Capers, and Sendups

Film - Feature | April 3 | 8:40 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Monicelli pulled off a real coup with this irreverent political satire about a rightist plot to restore a dictatorship in Italy.


$5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Friday, April 24, 2015

The Role of the BENELUX Region in Europe: Inauguration of the BENELUX Program at the Institute of European Studies

Lecture | April 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Johan Verbeke, Ambassador of Belgium to the US

Hugo von Meijenfelt, Consul-General of the Netherlands in California; Georges Schmit, Consul-General of Luxembourg in California

Institute of European Studies, BENELUX Studies Program


Discussion on the role of the BENELUX region in Europe as part of the inauguration of the BENELUX Program at the Institute of European Studies.