Lecture | October 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Uwe Lübken, LMU Munich
Current debates about "climate refugees" have triggered interest in the larger connections between environmental change and migration. But what can history contribute to this new field of research? Focusing on historical case studies of environmental migration in general and displacement after natural disasters in particular, Uwe Lübkens talk will highlight the potential of historical research... More >
Presentation | October 3 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall
Douglas Biow, Superior Oil Company-Linward Shivers Centennial Professor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UT Austin; Henrike Christiane Lange, Assistant Professor, Italian Studies and History of Art, UC Berkeley
In conversation with Professor Henrike Lange (UC Berkeley, Italian Studies / History of Art), Professor Douglas Biow (UT Austin) will present his new book Vasari's Words: The 'Lives of the Artists' as a History of Ideas in the Italian Renaissance (forthcoming September 2018 from Cambridge University Press). In this new study of Giorgio Vasari's seminal text, Biow connects five key words to the... More >
Lecture | October 4 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law
Peter Dabrock, Chair, German Ethics Council
In this talk, Peter Dabrock (Chair, German Ethics Council) explores the potential of big data to constrain the real-world exercise of freedom and self-determination in ways that raise the question whether humans can still act and decide freely and responsibly. Dabrock calls for a responsible shaping of the digital transformation based on concerted action which unites all forces of society,... More >
Lecture | October 9 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Martina Kessel, Bielefeld University
Martina Kessel looks at the meaning and role of humor as an identity practice in Germany during the time of National Socialism in Germany. One theory that she will explore in her lecture is that non-Jewish Germans disguised violence as 'art' to justify their failure to comply with international or humanitarian beliefs.
Martina Kessel is a Historian of Modern Germany at Bielefeld University,... More >
Lecture | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Timothy Scott Brown, Northeastern University
The better part of a century after being relegated to the political fringes by its central responsibility for war and genocide, fascism is unmistakably making a comeback on both sides of the Atlantic. Of course, fascism never completely went away; but what has propelled it from the margins back to the center? Attempts to understand this phenomenon lead inevitably back to a question that has... More >
Reading - Literary | October 11 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 - Maude Fife Room
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet and recipient of HM Queen Elizabeths Gold Medal for Poetry for 2017 visits the UC Berkeley campus for a reading of his recent and classic work.
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 online by October 14.
Film - Series | October 19 | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
"The year 1968 was a watershed that brought about radical political and social changes internationally. These changes are both reflected in and constitutive of radical new cinemas that emerged around that time, in part as a response to anticolonial wars of... More >
Lecture | October 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Bernd Fischer, Deputy Head of Division, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research,
Many refugees coming to Germany are highly educated. In late 2015, at the beginning of the so-called European refugee crisis, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research launched a 100 Million Euro four-year initiative to pave the way for refugees into the German higher education system.
200 universities are taking part in the programs rolled out by the German Academic Exchange... More >
Lecture | October 25 | 5-6 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall
Marina Romani, Lecturer, UC Berkeley / Contributing Writer, San Francisco Opera
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 >
Film - Documentary | October 30 | 4-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 4429 (Library of French Thought)
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 >