The latest book by journalist Paul Blustein to go behind the scenes at the highest levels of global economic policy making, Laid Low chronicles the crisis in the Euro Zone through the prism of the world’s financial firefighter, the International Monetary Fund. As the book reveals, bailouts of crisis-stricken countries all too often piled debt atop debt and imposed excessively harsh conditions as financial conflagration spread from Greece to Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Cyprus. The author lays bare how the IMF went along, despite grave misgivings, at the insistence of powerful European […]

41st Annual Berkeley-Stanford Conference on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies 1917-2017: 100 Years Since the Russian Revolution Speakers: George Breslauer, Professor of the Graduate School; Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emeritus; Professor of Political Science Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley Elena Danielson, Former Associate Director of the Hoover Institution and Director of the Hoover Library, Stanford University Gregory Freidin, Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University Edward Kasinec, Visiting Fellow, Hoover […]

Scientific instruments of the renaissance period well represent the concept of "materialised knowledge." They are carriers of ideas as well as very elegant and refined objects. The lecture will discuss astrolabes, globes, sundials and armillary spheres with a particular emphasis on the Flemish context: between c. 1525 and c. 1580 the university city of Louvain became Europe's most important center for instrument making partly due to the research and technical skills of Gerard Mercator (1512-1594) and Gemma Frisius (1508-1555). This high reputation is due in equal measure to the combination of […]

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley celebrate International Women's Day with talks by Monira Rahman, Executive Director, of the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF), which provides support services to women, men and children who have been attacked with acid or petrol in Bangladesh and Anika Rahman, Bangladeshi-American lawyer and former President and CEO of Ms. Foundation for Women. Presentations - Anika Rahman: Women - A Bold Force for Empowerment and Change - Monira Rahman: From Victim to Change Agent - Experiential Learning from the Acid […]

The 2017 Taubman Lectures Lecture 1 (Mon, March 13: Rabbinizing Heresy: Korah in the Midrash Lecture 2 (Weds, March 15): The Afterlives of Baruch Spinoza and Shabbetai Zvi Lecture 3 (Thurs, March 16): Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt and the Boundaries of Modern Heresy Lecture 3 at 5:30, followed by reception. David Biale is the Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at UC Davis and the author of the forthcoming Hasidism: A New History and a biography of Gershom Scholem. Recent books include: The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Judaism; Not in the Heavens: The […]

Post-war Germany, post-dictatorial Spain and post-communist and dictatorial Poland and Turkey illustrate how Europe aimed to democratize in over the past decades with or without Transitional Justice measures. This talk is based on a 10 years research endeavor in different European countries and through different time zones and periods in Europe since 1945. It shows the medium- and long-term impact that TJ measures can or cannot have on building stable democratic institutions or in re-establishing autocratic ones. West Germany often stands as an example of a successful transiton to democracy […]

Gisela Striker will present the Howison lecture on April 12, 2017 at 5:10 pm. Her lecture is titled "Cicero’s De Officiis – Stoic Ethics for Non-Stoics" is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. (Please note start time.) About the Lecture Professor Striker will show how the Stoic philosopher Panaetius, on whose work Cicero based his own treatise, actually presented what might be seen as a complete version of Stoic ethics without the theological and cosmological elements for which Cicero and other Stoics are sometimes criticized. About Gisela Striker Gisela Striker […]

Clemens Gadenstätter (born 1966, Zell am See/Salzburg) studied Composition with Erich Urbanner (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) and Helmut Lachenmann (1992-1995, University of Music and Perfroming Arts Stuttgart) as well as he studied the flute (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) with Wolfgang Schulz. During his student years, he was active as a flautist in numerous ensembles and orchestras (including with Klangforum Wien from 1989-92). In 1990, he and Florian E. Müller co-founded the ensemble neue musik – wien, which performs a wide variety of new works, […]