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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Yours Truly Forever . . .: Modern Jewish Intellectual History as a History of Friendship

Lecture | February 16 | 12 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Philipp Lenhard, IES Visiting Scholar; Assistant Professor, University of Munich

Institute of European Studies, Center for Jewish Studies


Throughout the 20th century, for many Jews being Jewish meant first and foremost being together with other Jews. Despite its enormous significance for the understanding of the past, historians so far have dealt with friendship as if it was more or less a biographic accident. However, it is beyond controversy that family, communal, or cultural ties played an important, if not decisive role in each...   More >

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Erich Mendelsohn vs the Skyscraper Primitives: A Berliner in Jazz-age Manhattan

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


Greg Castillo, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, UC Berkeley

Institute of European Studies


Upon first sight of the Manhattan skyline in 1924, Erich Mendelsohn proclaimed it an object lesson in “the tragedy of madness, deranged power, the… intoxication of limitless victory.” Amerika: Bilderbuch eines Architekten (America: An Architect’s Picture Book), his bestselling travelogue, portrayed a culturally primitive society degraded by jungle capitalism, but advanced in building technology....   More >



The Lapp King's Daughter: A Family's Journey through Finland's Wars

Lecture | February 17 | 2:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Stina Katchadourian, Writer, Translator, and Co-President of the San Francisco Chapter of Finlandia Foundation

Institute of European Studies, The Finlandia Foundation


This story of a Finnish family during World War II, combines a gripping correspondence between the author's parents, who were separated by the war, with the interspersed memories of the author, their youngest child. While her father was at the front fighting, her mother moved the family, ending up on a farm on the Arctic Circle, trying to keep her daughters safe from Russian bombs. Finland sued...   More >

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Rise of Far-Right Nationalism in Europe and the Russia Angle: Implications for International Security and Foreign Policy

Colloquium | February 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room


Alina Polyakova, Deputy Director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

Center for Right-Wing Studies, Institute of European Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


Far-right nationalist parties are on the rise in Western and Eastern Europe. Buttressed by the financial crisis of 2008, the ongoing migration crisis, and the threat of terrorist attacks, previously fringe political parties resonate with growing numbers of Europeans who are disenchanted with the European project. Many European far-right parties are also supporters of Russian President Vladimir...   More >

Friday, February 19, 2016

Inaugural Event for the Program for the Study of Italy: Italian Mobilities

Lecture | February 19 | 2-3 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Professor of Italian and History, NYU; Stephanie Malia Hom, Professor of Italian, University of Oklahoma

Institute of European Studies


Mobility in various forms has shaped the Italian national experience. Tourists have flocked to the peninsula from the era of the Grand Tour to the present, while Italians themselves have left the country, often in record numbers, since the creation of the Italian state. More recently, Italy has been a destination of choice for immigrants whose tragic stories of shipwreck and confinement are often...   More >

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Song Culture in Medieval Bruges

Lecture | February 21 | 3-4 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Frank Willaert, Professor of Dutch Literature, University of Antwerp

European Union Center, Netherlands-America University League, Dutch Studies


At the end of the fourteenth century, Bruges was on the brink of its Golden Age. The Flemish city had digested the injuries it had suffered during the Ghent war (1379-85), and was soon to flourish as an international market and port, as a foothold for Burgundian power, as a residence for wealthy courtiers, bankers, traders and entrepreneurs, and as the place to be for luxury artisans and...   More >

Monday, February 22, 2016

Summer Abroad - Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic: The Contours of Coexistence

Information Session | February 22 | 1-2 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall


Berkeley Study Abroad


Join this info session to learn more about a NEW Berkeley Summer Abroad program in Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic! The program focuses on both historical and contemporary minorities: the Jews of Europe and most specifically Poland; the Roma of Northern Bohemia; the Vietnamese in Prague, the Turkish in Germany and recent refugees across European Union member states.



Summer Abroad - Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg: History, Art, and Identity in Europe

Information Session | February 22 | 2-3 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Berkeley Study Abroad


Come to this info session and learn how you can introduce yourself to the cultural and political identity of the Low Countries—the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, three contrasting monarchies in the heart of Europe. This program will trace important cultural, historical, and political developments in European history and culture.



Summer Abroad - Trieste, Italy: Italian Language and Culture

Information Session | February 22 | 4-5 p.m. | B-33C Dwinelle Hall


Berkeley Study Abroad


Come learn about this NEW Berkeley Summer Abroad program! Study in Italy this summer and develop your knowledge and understanding of Italian history, society and culture from personal experience.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

EU Foreign and Security Policies: Actors, Aims and Mechanisms of Integration

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


Marianne Riddervold, IES Visiting Scholar; Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Oslo

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


The European Union (EU) is not a state, and yet it has developed a foreign and security policy. Among the main questions asked in contemporary studies of the EU’s foreign and security policy are two questions: 1) How are EU member states able to agree to form common policies despite their often diverging interests; 2) Does EU foreign and security policy differ from foreign policy and does it...   More >

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

Lecture | February 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room


Wendy Lower, Director, Mgrublian Center for Human rights; JohnK. Roth Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow, Claremont McKenna College

Institute of European Studies


Wendy Lower will present on her new book, Hitler's Furies, a finalist for the
National Book Award and the National Jewish Book Award. Drawing from
wartime documents, postwar trials, private letters, diaries and interviews, she will discuss outstanding cases of women who became direct witnesses, accomplices, and perpetrators of the Holocaust. In the colonial outposts of the Nazi East, ordinary...   More >

Monday, February 29, 2016

Mrs. Merkel, Can We Really Manage? Germany’s Refugee and Migration Situation in 2016

Lecture | February 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Astrid Ziebarth, Migration Fellow, Europe program of the German Marshall Fund

Institute of European Studies, American Council on Germany


Astrid Ziebarth is a Migration Fellow with the Europe program of the German Marshall Fund, based in the organization's Berlin office. She coordinates program development in the areas of research, networking, and leadership development in migration and mobility, integration, and diversity. She oversees the Migration Strategy Group on Global Competitiveness, a high level platform for key...   More >

Friday, March 11, 2016

British Policy in East and Southeast Asia - A Conversation with Amb. Stephen Lillie, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Lecture | March 11 | 12:15-2 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 341, DSSEAS Library, Level F/G


Stephen Lillie, Asia-Pacific Director, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for British Studies, British Consulate General in San Francisco


This event features an informal discussion about British foreign policy in Southeast Asia with Stephen Lillie, the Asia-Pacific Director at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London. Prior to this current posting, he served as the British Ambassador to the Philippines from 2008 to 2013.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Love and Money in the Informal Empire: The British in Argentina, 1830-1930

Lecture | March 14 | 4 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Deborah Cohen, Professor of History, Northwestern University

Institute of European Studies, Center for British Studies


The jewel in the crown of what’s controversially been called Britain’s “informal empire,” Argentina has often served as the flash-point of debates about British capitalist expansionism. This lecture takes as its subject five generations of Anglo-Argentine families and their associated businesses to ask what motivated the British in Argentina. To what extent did they view themselves as part of a...   More >

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Reading By Eddie Stack

Reading - Nonfiction | March 15 | 6-8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, The Maude Fife Room (315 Wheeler)


Eddie Stack

Irish Studies Program, Department of English


To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, the Irish Studies Program and the Celtic Studies Program will host a reading by Eddie Stack, who will read from his new book, Doolin: People, Place & Culture. A reception will follow, and all are invited.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Post-Imperialism: The Legacy of Europe's Colonial Repatriates

Conference/Symposium | March 17 | 9:30 a.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Christoph Kalter, Visiting Assistant Professor, Free University Berlin; Pamela Ballinger, Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan; Claire Eldridge, Lecturer in Modern European History, University of Leeds; Jordanna Bailkin, Professor in International Studies, University of Washington

Jeroen Dewulf, Professor of Dutch Studies; Director, IES, UC Berkeley

Institute of European Studies


This conference will focus on the aftermath of the independence of formerly European colonies in Asia and Africa, when between 5 and 7 million settlers migrated to their respective countries of origin, between the Second World War and the mid-1970ies. Although they were called “repatriates,” at least a third of them had never seen their European country of citizenship. Many had been living for...   More >

Friday, April 22, 2016

Graduate Conference: A Polarizing Europe: Identity, Aesthetics and Radicalism in the Post WWII Era

Conference/Symposium | April 22 | Barrows Hall, 820 (Social Science Matrix)


Institute of European Studies, Social Science Matrix


Along national, social, economic, political, ethnic, religious, and other lines, Europe appears to be polarizing. In many instances, it does so at the moment that it seeks to further integrate. To understand the meaning of these countervailing dynamics for European citizens, the nation state, and the project of European Union, this graduate conference seeks to interrogate the notion of...   More >

Friday, April 29, 2016

Reflecting on the Rising: The 1916 Centenary

Panel Discussion | April 29 | 3 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room (315)


Institute of European Studies, Celtic Studies Program, Department of English


This event will feature a roundtable discussion of the 1916 Rising and its legacy by UC Berkeley faculty and invited guests. Please join us for conversation, music, and refreshments.