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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century

Lecture | September 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Konrad Jarausch, Lurcy Professor of European Civilization; Senior Fellow, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam, Germany

Institute of European Studies


Konrad Jarausch’s book Out of Ashes is a sweeping history of twentieth-century Europe, an era of unparalleled violence and barbarity yet also of humanity, prosperity, and promise. The book and lecture explore the central paradox of the European encounter with modernity in the twentieth century, shedding new light on why it led to cataclysm, inhumanity, and self-destruction, but also social...   More >

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Belgian Language Conflict

Lecture | September 10 | 12 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Daan Bauwens, Belgian journalist

Institute of European Studies


Belgium is a remarkable example of an ethnic conflict without mass violence. While the conflict finds its historical antecedents in linguistic and economic oppression, it changed greatly over time. Is it still possible to explain the fall of governments and the impossibility of government formation in terms of linguistic or ethnic disparity? What form has the language conflict taken now that...   More >

Monday, September 14, 2015

Contingency, Prophecy and the German Protestants' Fight against Nuclear Technology

Lecture | September 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Michael Schuering, Visiting Professor, University of Florida

Institute of European Studies


A Center of German and European Studies event

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Unity out of Diversity of "Utter Failure"?: Debating and Evaluating Policies of Multiculturalism and Immigration

Lecture | September 17 | 12 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Irene Bloemraad, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

Institute of European Studies


Across immigrant-receiving democracies, “multiculturalism” has come under assault by political decision-makers and commentators. The academic debate, while less fiery, is also heated. Can immigrant-generated diversity lead to unity, or are we fated to face fragmentation? In this talk, I’ll briefly review the existing empirical literature on whether policies to recognize and accommodate...   More >

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sports in the Global Cold War : A Transnational History Project

Lecture | September 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall


Robert Edelman, Professor of Russian History and the History of Sport, UC San Diego

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for African Studies, Institute of European Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, Center for Latin American Studies


During the Cold war, nations and peoples used sport to promote their political, social and economic development. Elites sought ways to confer legitimacy on their dominance. Sport was uniquely positioned between high politics and diplomacy on the one hand and mass politics and popular culture on the other. Because results could be easily measured and profound international connections were formed,...   More >

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Looking at the Political Map of Turkey through the Prism of Europe

Lecture | September 24 | 12 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Ilhan Can Ozen, Assistant Professor of Economics, METU (Middle East Technical University)

Institute of European Studies


The most recent Turkish general election showed that ninety six percent of the eligible voters cast their ballots for one of the four main political parties. These results may mean that the Turkish Democratic system has entered a new and unheralded period of political concentration. The voting pattern in Turkey has arguably become more bi-modal or polarized as the leading party garners close to...   More >

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Greece: Taking Stock.: Economic and Financial Changes since the Onset of the Global and Euro Area Crisis

Lecture | September 29 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Eleni Louri Dendrinou, Professor, Department of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business

Institute of European Studies, Onassis Foundation


Eleni Dendrinou-Louri was born in Athens. She has worked on the research projects of international organizations such as the OECD, the World Bank, CEPR, IES and the European Commission; and has published extensively in numerous international academic journals. From June 2008 to June 2014 she was deputy governor of the Bank of Greece, where she was responsible for monetary policy, bank resolution,...   More >

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Understanding Architecture in East Germany: From the Palace of the Republic to 'Black Dwelling'

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


Emily Pugh, Digital Humanities Specialist, Getty Research Institute

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


This talk considers what the exceptional and typical aspects of both the Palace of the Republic and black dwelling can tell us about the GDR building economy as a whole. In doing so, it explores the political and social function of architecture in the GDR, including the role of aesthetics in architectural discourse, the relationships between building and urban planning, and the role of the...   More >

Friday, October 2, 2015

In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre

Lecture | October 2 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall


Lara Pawson, Journalist and Author

Center for African Studies, Portuguese Studies Program


On 27 May 1977, a small demonstration against the MPLA, the ruling party of Angola, led to the slaughter of thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people. Few today in Angola speak of these reprisals, and they are virtually unknown outside the country. From London to Lisbon to Luanda, writer and journalist Lara Pawson sought out eyewitnesses to these events and their aftermath. Pawson recounts...   More >

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Revisiting Freud and Moses: Heroism, History and Religion

Conference/Symposium | October 7 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall


Jan Assmann, University of Heidelberg; Richard Bernstein, New School for Social Research; Willi Goetschel, University of Toronto; Catherine Malabou, Kingston University; Gabriele Schwab, UC Irvine; Joel Whitebook, Columbia University; Daniel Boyarin, UC Berkeley; Ron Hendel, UC Berkeley; Martin Jay, UC Berkeley; Winfried Kudszus, UC Berkeley; Stefania Pandolfo, UC Berkeley; Naomi Seidman, GTU

Department of German, Center for Jewish Studies, Department of History, Department of English, Institute of European Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, The Program in Critical Theory, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis


The conference aims to explore Freud’s place in current debates on secularism and post-secularism, featuring new research on the intersections of theology, Judaism and history in Freud’s psychoanalytic theories.

1:30-2:30 Introduction
Karen Feldman and Deniz Göktürk, “Welcoming Remarks”
Gilad Sharvit, “Freud's Moses: An Introduction”

2:30-4:00 Afternoon Session I
Moderator: TBA
Willi...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



No Soul: Hans Asperger, Nazism, and the Origins of Autism

Lecture | October 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Edith Sheffer, Assistant Professor, Modern European History, Stanford University

Institute of European Studies


A Center for German Studies (CGES) Lecture Series event

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Revisiting Freud and Moses: Heroism, History and Religion

Conference/Symposium | October 8 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall


Jan Assmann, University of Heidelberg; Richard Bernstein, New School for Social Research; Willi Goetschel, University of Toronto; Catherine Malabou, Kingston University; Gabriele Schwab, UC Irvine; Joel Whitebook, Columbia University; Daniel Boyarin, UC Berkeley; Ron Hendel, UC Berkeley; Martin Jay, UC Berkeley; Winfried Kudszus, UC Berkeley; Stefania Pandolfo, UC Berkeley; Naomi Seidman, GTU

Department of German, Department of History, Department of English, Institute of European Studies, The Program in Critical Theory, Center for Jewish Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis


The conference aims to explore Freud’s place in current debates on secularism and post-secularism, featuring new research on the intersections of theology, Judaism and history in Freud’s psychoanalytic theories.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8 / 370 DWINELLE HALL

8:30 - 5:30 Conference

9:00 - 10:30 Catherine Malabou (Kingston University)
“Are there two Moses in Freud?”
Respondent: Naomi Seidman...   More >


All Audiences, Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate

All Audiences

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Remembering the Past, Facing the Future: The Power of the Anne Frank House's Empty Rooms

Lecture | October 11 | 3-4 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall


Ronald Leopold, Executive Director, Anne Frank House

Institute of European Studies, Dutch Studies Program, UC Berkeley


Every year, more than 1.2 million people visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. They patiently wait in line, sometimes for hours, to visit the empty rooms of the hiding place – to see the Secret Annex, which since its opening as a museum in 1960 serves as reminder of one of the darkest periods in human history. At the same time this unique place encourages us to reflect on its significance to...   More >

Monday, October 12, 2015

If Only I Can Be Myself . . .

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


Ronald Leopold, Executive Director, Anne Frank House

Institute of European Studies


On April 11, 1944, Anne Frank wrote in her diary: “I know what I want, I have a goal, I have opinions, a religion and love. If only I can be myself, I'll be satisfied.”
In today’s European context with its rapidly changing multicultural societies, questions about identity – about who we are and what we want to be – take on a new dynamic. How can we be ourselves and at the same time give...   More >

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015

Tearing Europe Apart?: The Euro, Germany, and Greece

Lecture | October 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Matthias Zimmer, MP, German Parliament

Institute of European Studies


If the Euro fails, Europe will fail, too -- this memorable phrase of German Chancellor Angela Merkel may become dire reality. For the first time in the history of European integration, Europe may not be heading towards an ever closer union. At the core of the current situation is the Greek financial and econonmic crisis. Should Greece leave the Euro to ease economic recovery or should the...   More >

Monday, October 26, 2015

Poor Economic Living Conditions: The German Kriminalpolizei and the "Investigation" of Jewish Suicides in the Lodz Ghetto, 1941-1942

Lecture | October 26 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Winson Chu, Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Institute of European Studies


A Center for German Studies Lecture Series Event

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Ruse of Retirement: Eichmann, Theresienstadt, and the Elderly

Lecture | November 12 | 4:30-6 p.m. |  Bancroft Hotel


2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94602

Jonathan Zatlin, Associate Professor, Dept. of History, Boston University

Institute of European Studies


Beginning in June 1942, elderly Jews still residing in Germany were forced to sign so-called Heimeinkaufsverträge, or retirement home contracts, and purchase space in Theresienstadt. In fact, however, the retirement home contracts were merely a ruse. Concocted by Adolf Eichmann, the scheme had several purposes. First and foremost, it sought to obscure the regime's genocidal intentions toward...   More >

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Brown Waters: Baden-Baden in the Third Reich

Lecture | November 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


David Large, IES Senior Fellow

Institute of European Studies


Central Europe’s premier spa-town, Baden-Baden, enjoyed a privileged status early on in Hitler’s regime as “Germany’s Visiting Card.” Only belatedly did this grandest of grand spas join its sister water-cure resorts in full “coordination” with Nazi principles and practices. The town’s special relationship with Hitler’s government affords an intriguing window through which to study larger issues...   More >