Upcoming Events

Friday, December 6, 2019

Brexit after the UK Election: what happens next

Lecture | December 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 David Whineray, Visiting Scholar, Center for British Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Center for British Studies

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 >

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Archives of Migration: Film screening, reading, and discussion with the audience

Performing Arts - Other | December 10 | 6-9 p.m. |  Goethe-Institut

 530 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

 Mervete Bobaj; Dan Thy Nguyen

 Institute of European Studies, German Historical Institute Washington- Pacific Regional Office Berkeley, Goethe-Institut

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.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

New American Narrative on the Peopling of America

Seminar | December 11 | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 John R. Weeks, San Diego State University; Héctor Tobar, UC Irvine

 Institute of European Studies, German Historical Institute Washington - Pacific Regional Office, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative

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 >

 

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Toward a New American Narrative on the Peopling of America

Lecture | December 11 | 5-8 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 John R. Weeks, San Diego State University; Hector Tobar, University of California, Ivine

 Irene Bloemraad, University of California, Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, German Historical Institute Washingthon - Pacific Regional Office, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative

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.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Tech for Good: A French vision for the 4th industrial revolution

Lecture | January 14 | 11 a.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Philippe Étienne, Ambassador of France to the United States

 Institute of Transportation Studies

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.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Social-Emotional Skills in the Digital Age

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

 Institute of European Studies, Nordic Studies Program

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

Mervi Pänkäläinen

Friday, February 7, 2020

Info Session: Language and Culture Assistants in Spain: An opportunity to spend a year abroad

Information Session | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Come learn about the North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain, a program sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Education.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

From Vengeance to Virtue: The Problem of Postwar Germany

Lecture | February 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Zachary Shore, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey

 Institute of European Studies, The Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Department of History

While Americans have been deeply divided over many issues since the country’s creation, no issue has proved more divisive or revealed more about the nation’s 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 >

Zachary Shore

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

If You Can’t Pay You Should Go! Solidarity and Crisis Politics in the EU

Lecture | February 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Philipp Trein

 Institute of European Studies

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 >

Philipp Trein

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Revisiting the Economics of German Overseas Imperialism, 1884-1918

Lecture | February 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Steven Press, Stanford University

 Institute of European Studies, Department of History, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Center for German and European Studies

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: Germany’s genocidal...   More >

Steven Press

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Townsend Center Book Chat with Catherine Flynn: James Joyce and the Matter of Paris

Lecture | March 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Catherine Flynn explores the ways in which James Joyce's imaginative consciousness was shaped by the paradigmatic city of European urban modernity.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Spring 2020 IES Undergraduate Research Conference: European Identities: Past, Present, Future

Conference/Symposium | March 6 | 223 Moses Hall

 Institute of European Studies

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 disciplines—political science, economics, literature, language and cultural studies, history, global studies, and more— are encouraged to submit abstracts by January 31.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Catholics, Protestants, and the Origins of Europe’s Harsh Religious Pluralism

Lecture | March 10 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Udi Greenberg, Dartmouth College

 Institute of European Studies, Department of History, Center for German and European Studies, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington

A series of recent controversies has raised many questions about Europe’s 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 Europe’s contemporary thinking about religious pluralism to the recent peace between Catholics and Protestants...   More >

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Italy's Holocaust: the Genocide of the Jews of Italy

Lecture | March 12 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Simon Levis Sullam, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy

 Institute of European Studies, Program for the Study of Italy, Department of Italian Studies

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.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

European Disintegration? The Politics of Crisis in the European Union

Lecture | March 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Douglas Webber

 Institute of European Studies

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 >

Douglas Webber

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Atlas of (Remote) Islands and Sea Level Rise

Lecture | March 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Christina Gerhardt

 Institute of European Studies

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 >

Christina Gerhardt

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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

 Institute of European Studies

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 >

Ilan Zvi Baron

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Against the World: Deglobalization in Interwar Europe

Lecture | April 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Tara Zahra, University of Chicago

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, Department of History, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington

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 >

Tara Zahra