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King Albert's Heroes: How four hundred young Belgians fought in Russia and conquered the United States
Lecture | September 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
August Thiry, writer-lecturer at Thomas More College, Mechelen, Belgium, focuses on the worldwide adventures of the Belgian armys first armored car unit during the Great War. This unit, known as ACM (Autos Canons Mitrailleuses - Armored Cars with Cannons and Machine Guns), was organized in Paris at the end of 1914. Trench warfare made it impossible for the ACM armored cars to be of any use on... More >
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 | 12-2 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.
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.
RSVP by October 14 online.
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 | November 15 | 7-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In partnership with BAMPFA and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, the Institute of European Studies presents a special screening of the "Ciné-tracts," a selection of experimental short films by Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, and others, created amid the strikes and protests of May 1968 in Paris.
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