Upcoming Events

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

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Capitalism and Freedom: Perspectives on Slavery and its Ties to Economic and Political Liberalism in Europe

Panel Discussion | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Caitlin Rosenthal, History Department, UC Berkeley; Tyler Stovall, Dean of the Humanities at UC Santa Cruz

 Institute of European Studies, Department of African American Studies, Department of History

In the spirit of Chancellor Christ's recent initiative to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved
Africans in the English colonies, IES is proud to sponsor an event on Capitalism and Freedom examining the
involvement of various European powers in the transatlantic slave trade and the implications of this involvement
for political liberalism and the economic system of...   More >


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Caitlin Rosenthal & Tyler Stovall

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.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Europe's Green New Deal: Fueled by Innovation

Lecture | February 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General of Research and Innovation of the European Commission.

 Institute of European Studies, Climate Readiness Institute, Institute of Governmental Studies, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM), Center for Responsible Business

Becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is the greatest challenge and opportunity of our times. To achieve this, the European Commission has proposed the European Green Deal, a highly ambitious package of measures that should enable European citizens and businesses to benefit from the sustainable green transition. Key policies range from ambitiously cutting emissions, to...   More >


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Jean-Eric Paquet

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, February 19, 2020

How Has the Ukraine Crisis Affected EU Foreign Policy and the EU-US Relationship?

Lecture | February 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Marianne Riddervold, Innlandet School of Business and Social Sciences

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

Marianne Riddervold's lecture discusses the EU’s response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the impact of increased Russian aggression on the EU’s foreign policy more broadly. Functioning as a 'critical juncture', the Ukraine crisis not only sparked sanctions on Russia - it also helped form common EU policies in areas that are not directly related to the Ukraine situation as such,...   More >

Marianne Riddervold

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Global Trump: Structural US Populism and Economic Conflicts with Europe and Asia

Lecture | February 26 | 5-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Paul Welfens, University of Wuppertal

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Economics

Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election was largely based on the rise of economic inequality in the United States and his populist message: This populism is likely to become a structural long run problem for the US. In 2018, Trump’s Council of Economic Advisors published a study in which the US was shown to have an economic lead vis-à-vis European countries of about 20%, but the...   More >

Thursday, February 27, 2020

California, the EU and the Future of the Transatlantic Relationship

Panel Discussion | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis; EU Ambassador to the US Stavros Lambrinidis

 Institute of European Studies, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Goldman School of Public Policy, Haas School of Business

A Public Discussion featuring EU Ambassador to the US Stavros Lambrinidis and California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis

EU Ambassador to the US Stavros Lambrinidis & California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The Donbas Deadlock: “Minsk II” at Five Years

Lecture | March 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Kristian Atland, Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Defense Research Establishment

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

Bringing peace, security, and political stability to the war-torn region of Donbas has proven to be a difficult and time-consuming task. Since its outbreak in April 2014, the armed conflict in the east Ukrainian provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk has claimed more than 13,000 lives and displaced more than 1.5 million people. The “Minsk II” agreement, signed in February 2015, was supposed to put an...   More >

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.

Disruption through Regulation: Reshaping Higher Education in Germany and the United States

Lecture | March 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Tobias Schulze-Cleven, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations

 Institute of European Studies

Policymakers across the world have embraced higher education to generate the human capital believed to be essential for sustaining economic development and social welfare in the 21st century’s "global knowledge economy." Attempts to disrupt universities and redesign inherited modes of education delivery have accompanied commitments to expanding access. This talk explores the regulatory strategies...   More >

Tobias Schulze-Cleven

A Drop of Midnight: A Memoir | A Reading and Book Talk with Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité, Moderated by Dr. Stephen Small (Department of African American Studies and African Diaspora Studies)

Panel Discussion | March 4 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall


Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité

Dr. Stephen Small, Department of African American Studies & African Diaspora Studies)

 Institute of European Studies, Nordic Studies Program

"A Drop of Midnight: A Memoir" is World-renowned hip-hop artist Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité’s vivid and intimate journey through his own and his family’s history—from South Carolina slavery to twenty-first-century Sweden.
Born to an interracial American couple in Sweden, Jason Diakité grew up between worlds—part Swedish, American, black, white, Cherokee, Slovak, and German, riding a delicate...   More >


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Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité

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.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Violent Borderlands. The EU Border Regime in Global Comparative Approach

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

 Estela Schindel, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)

 Institute of European Studies

Border scholars have called attention to the role of geographical, topographical, environmental and material entanglements of border regimes. These imbrications play an increasingly important role in border securitization, as migration routes become longer, more dangerous, and potentially lethal. Research about the US-Mexican border has put forward the mobilization of non-human actors like...   More >

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

Thursday, March 19, 2020

A Strategic Agenda for the European Union for the 2020s

Lecture | March 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Daniel Gros

 Institute of European Studies, European Union Center

The last decade was dominated by crisis, forcing the EU institutions into a fire-fighting mode. With the ‘poly crisis’ overcome, it is time to reflect on a strategy for the next decade on both the internal and external side.
Economic policy should avoid the rear mirror view, trying to fight the past crisis. The coming decade is more likely to be dominated by demographic trends. Infrastructure...   More >

Daniel Gros

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

Friday, April 3, 2020

Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone

Lecture | April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Vivien Schmidt, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies | Boston University

 Barry Eichengreen, Department of Economics

 Institute of European Studies

The Eurozone crisis has generated not only a crisis of economics and politics but also of legitimacy. The European Union’s decision to ‘govern by rules and rule by numbers’ at the inception of the crisis, by mandating austerity and structural reform, undermined Euro member-states’ economic performance while increasing political volatility. The subsequent remedy, centered on reinterpreting the...   More >

Vivien Schmidt

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

A Bullish Bulldog: Understanding the United Kingdom in the 21st Century

Lecture | April 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Edward Price, Head of Financial Sector and Economic Policy, North America - British Consulate General in New York

 Institute of European Studies, Center for British Studies

Twenty years into the new century, how should we in the United States (US) understand the United Kingdom (UK)? What is the UK’s global influence and how does it affect the US? And, amid incessant media noise, what were the structural causes of Brexit? This lecture is an exclusive chance to explores these issues, delving first hand into the financial, economic and constitutional keys to...   More >

Edward Price

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Who’s afraid of the history of the services sector? Beyond the narrative of (industrial) decline for European history of the 1970s and 1980s.

Lecture | April 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Benoît Majerus, University of Luxembourg

 Institute of European Studies

In the last 10 years, a historiographical narrative has divided the history of Western Europe in the second half of the 20th century into two major periods: the “trente glorieuses” and the decades “after the boom”(Doering-Manteuffel and Raphael 2008). Research has questioned the label of the “trente glorieuses” on two levels: on the one hand, by historicizing this contemporary description (Pawin...   More >

Benoît Majerus