Lecture | December 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
David Whineray, Visiting Scholar, Center for British Studies, UC Berkeley
This lecture will cover the reasons for the UK joining and leaving the EU - as well as the current state of the Brexit negotiations and what is likely to happen on Brexit after the upcoming UK election.
Specifically, it will address five issues. First, the history of UK relations with Europe - and why the UK joined the EU in 1973. Second, the reasons for the development of eurosceptism in... More >
Performing Arts - Other | December 10 | 6-9 p.m. | Goethe-Institut
Mervete Bobaj; Dan Thy Nguyen
This evening with cultural activists Mervete Bobaj (Berlin) and Dan Thy Nguyen (Hamburg) is part of two-day symposium. The event is structured around the theme of archives of migration and the role of knowledge transmission. This focus seems extremely relevant in light of recent developments that urgently require innovative approaches, yet tend to replicate failed models. The European refugee... More >
RSVP online by December 9.
Seminar | December 11 | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
John R. Weeks, San Diego State University; Héctor Tobar, UC Irvine
John R. Weeks, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography and Director of the International Population Center at San Diego State University and Héctor Tobar, Author, Journalist, Associate Professor UC Irvine will co-teach an interdisciplinary seminar for students interested in exploring and understanding new (and old) narratives of immigration. UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students,... More >
Lecture | December 11 | 5-8 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater
John R. Weeks, San Diego State University; Hector Tobar, University of California, Ivine
Irene Bloemraad, University of California, Berkeley
This event features two speakers: John R. Weeks, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography and Director of the International Population Center at San Diego State University, and Héctor Tobar, Author, Journalist, Associate Professor UC Irvine.
The discussion after the lectures will be moderate by Irene Bloomberg, Chair of Canadian Studies & Director of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary... More >
RSVP online by December 10.
Lecture | January 14 | 11 a.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Philippe Étienne, Ambassador of France to the United States
Ambassador of France to the US, Philippe Etienne, for a special talk Tech for Good: A French vision for the 4th industrial revolution, on Jan. 14 in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at 11 a.m.
Lecture | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Inka-Kristiina Hanhivaara, Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Sofia University in Palo Alto; Mervi Pänkäläinen, Founder and CEO of Mightifier, Mightifier
The OECD published the latest PISA results in December 2019 on students academic performance and well-being. Only two-thirds of students were satisfied with their lives, a share that shrank by five points from 2015 to 2018. Almost a quarter of students reported being bullied at least a few times a month and
Information Session | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Come learn about the North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain, a program sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Education.
Lecture | February 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Zachary Shore, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey
While Americans have been deeply divided over many issues since the countrys creation, no issue has proved more divisive or revealed more about the nations character than the way it treats its enemies. One impulse has been to punish perceived enemies as harshly as possible. The other impulse has been to exhibit benevolence through mercy. The conflicts over which path to pursue have caused... More >
Lecture | February 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
The Eurocrisis after 2010 and the migration crisis of 2015 posed important policy challenges for the European Union and its member states. Both crisis events impacted on EU countries in an asymmetrical manner. The process of taming these problems through policies resulted in political conflicts between voters and governments supporting solidarity with negatively affected countries on the one... More >
Lecture | February 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Steven Press, Stanford University
In the early 1900s, Germans discovered the richest diamond fields in history in the Protectorate of German Southwest Africa. Namibian diamonds quickly proved more than baubles. These tiny stones made an overlooked impact on the German colonial economy and even on German domestic politics. In addition, Namibian diamonds intersected with what has become a major topic of study: Germanys genocidal... More >
Lecture | March 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens
Catherine Flynn explores the ways in which James Joyce's imaginative consciousness was shaped by the paradigmatic city of European urban modernity.
Conference/Symposium | March 6 | 223 Moses Hall
The Institute of European Studies is pleased to announce the 2020 undergraduate research conference in European Studies, titled European Identities: Past, Present, Future. Berkeley undergraduates from a wide range of academic disciplinespolitical science, economics, literature, language and cultural studies, history, global studies, and more are encouraged to submit abstracts by January 31.
Lecture | March 10 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Udi Greenberg, Dartmouth College
A series of recent controversies has raised many questions about Europes treatment of its religious minorities. Why do societies that claim to respect religious freedom and tolerance so routinely discriminate against Muslims, Jews, and others? Udi Greenberg will explore the origins of Europes contemporary thinking about religious pluralism to the recent peace between Catholics and Protestants... More >
Lecture | March 12 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Simon Levis Sullam, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy
In this lecture, Simon Levis Sullam will discuss his new book (The Italian Executioners, Princeton, 2018), which demonstrates that Italian bureaucrats, ideologues and members of the fascist party, were responsible for genocide - together with the German occupiers of Italy during WW2 - to a much higher degree than has been acknowledged to date.
Lecture | March 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
The Eurozone, Ukraine, refugees and Brexit the European Union has had to confront and manage several major crises during the last decade. However, the outcomes of these crises in respect of political integration have been divergent. The Eurozone has become politically more closely integrated. The Ukraine crisis has not produced any significant effect one way or the other. In contrast, the... More >
Lecture | March 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
In "Let Them Drown," the 2016 London Edward W. Said lecture, Naomi Klein called attention, as Rob Nixon's "Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor" had done, to the nexus of climate change, (colonial) racism and poverty. But she shifted the spotlight onto the oft-overlooked low-lying island nations. Their current day situation is dire. In her new book project, "Atlas of (Remote)... More >
Politics in a Post-Truth Era: Identity, Knowledge, and Political Responsibility in an Age of "Alternative Facts"
Lecture | March 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Ilan Zvi Baron, School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University
The rise of populism, Donald Trump's election and the result of the EU referendum in the UK have been widely interpreted as a rejection of the post-war liberal order - the manifestation of a desire to undermine the political system that people feel has let them down. Yet mainstream politicians and analysts have been slow to grasp the changing situation, instead relying on a rhetoric of 'hard... More >
Lecture | April 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Tara Zahra, University of Chicago
For decades before the First World War, the world seemed to shrink. Millions of migrants crossed the globe. The railway and steamship accelerated their journeys, reducing the cost and risk of travel. The world also arrived on the doorsteps of those who stayed at home, via the telegraph, radio, newspapers, cinema, exhibitions, and foreign goods. To many observers, the growing interconnection of... More >