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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Paving the Way: Refugees in German Higher Education

Lecture | October 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Bernd Fischer, Deputy Head of Division, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research,

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

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 >

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Political and Operatic Mythologies in Contemporary Italy: Lega Nord's "Va Pensiero"

Lecture | October 25 | 5-6 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Marina Romani, Lecturer, UC Berkeley / Contributing Writer, San Francisco Opera

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Italian Studies, Department of Music

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 >