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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

What is in a Category? Telling Political Refugees and Economic Migrants Apart

Lecture | October 17 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room


Jutta Allmendinger, WZB Berlin Social Science Center

David Miliband, International Rescue Committee

Institute of European Studies, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, International Rescue Committee, Thomas Mann House Los Angeles


Please join us for our Annual Bucerius Lecture with David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, followed by a conversation with Jutta Allmendinger, President of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.

Unlike Europe, where there are two separate migration issues that are coming together in a complicated way, the US conversation on migration has until recently been...   More >


RSVP by October 14 online.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Political and Operatic Mythologies in Contemporary Italy: Lega Nord's "Va Pensiero"

Lecture | October 25 | 5-6 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall


Marina Romani, Lecturer, UC Berkeley / Contributing Writer, San Francisco Opera

Institute of European Studies, Department of Italian Studies, Department of Music


From operatic Risorgimento fantasies to patriotic myths propagated by the fascist regime, the figure of composer Giuseppe Verdi and of one of his most popular choruses, “Va pensiero,” have become potent receptacles of Italian nationalistic sentiment. One of the most recent displays of cultural re-appropriation is peculiar: since the early 1990s, “Va pensiero” has been claimed as its anthem by...   More >

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Documentary Screening: "Mai '68, un étrange printemps": The Odd Spring of May '68

Film - Documentary | October 30 | 4-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 4429 (Library of French Thought)


Institute of European Studies, Department of French, French Studies Program, UC Berkeley


Marking the 50th anniversary of May '68, this two-part documentary film offers firsthand accounts of those historic events from the individuals who were on the frontlines: politicians, law enforcement officers, and others who participated in the protests on the streets of Paris. The film shifts point of view from firsthand accounts to archival photographs, political posters and film footage,...   More >

Thursday, November 15, 2018

"Global Cinema and 1968": Ciné-tracts: Film Screening

Film - Documentary | November 15 | 7-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Institute of European Studies, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States


In partnership with BAMPFA and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, the Institute of European Studies presents a special screening of the "Ciné-tracts," a selection of experimental short films by Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, and others, created amid the strikes and protests of May 1968 in Paris.

"Ciné-tracts" is part of the "Global Cinema and 1968" series, guest curated...   More >

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Annual Lecture: The Life and Death of the Russian Revolution

Lecture | November 29 | 4-6 p.m. |  Bancroft Hotel


2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Professor Yuri Slezkine, Jane K. Sather Professor of History, Dept. of History

Institute of European Studies, Department of History, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


This talk will follow the lives of the original Bolsheviks from the time they joined the apocalyptic sect known as “the party of a new type” to the time most of them were arrested for terrorism and treason. It will focus on the connection between private lives and millenarian expectations and attempt to clarify the reasons for socialism’s premature demise.