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Celebrating 50 Years of Europe at Harvard

Fifty years ago, a young graduate student named Guido Goldman joined his admired professor, Stanley Hoffmann, in a modest venture that would eventually grow into today's Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES).

Since that time, CES has advanced the study of Europe in all corners of the globe and has built a community of thousands of faculty, scholars, and students who have made great achievements as educators, researchers, journalists, entrepreneurs, and leaders in every sector imaginable. The collective accomplishments of the CES community over the past 50 years provide reasons to celebrate and give thanks, and inspire us to continue to advance the Center’s timeless mission.

CES is today a Harvard institution, but it as always been more than that: a veritable hub for European studies in the Boston area and beyond.

CES Through the Years

The History of CES (1969 - Present)

Read the history of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, authored by CES Affiliate Arthur Goldhammer.

View historical photos on Flickr.

The Center Today

CES is continually transforming and changing in order to adapt to the current academic climate. As the age of area studies wanes, there has been a diversification in the pathways to understanding Europe. As a result, the Center has adopted several innovative endeavors to engage with these changing conditions. Below are a few examples of these endeavors.

Relive Our 50th Event Series​

The Guido Goldman Lecture on Germany presents:

Challenges to Democracy in the European Union: An Address by Sergey Lagodinsky

The second annual Guido Goldman Lecture on Germany delivered by Sergey Lagodinsky, a Member of the European Parliament and Harvard Kennedy School alumnus (2003). Learn from his insights and expertise on climate change, transatlantic relations as well as the law and politics of diversity and integration.

The Inaugural Stanley Hoffmann Lecture on France and the World presents:

Capital and Ideology: As Address by Thomas Piketty

The inaugural Stanley Hoffmann Annual Lecture on France and the World delivered by Thomas Piketty, professor at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) and the Paris School of Economics. Piketty discussed his book Capital and Ideology (The Belnap Press of Harvard University Press, 2020).

Gallery Opening: Yugoslavia Revisited

A CES panel discussion on the former Yugoslavia for the opening of the new exhibit "Remember Yugoslavia? Photographs by Martin Karplus" at the Jacek E. Giedrojć Gallery at CES.

Click here to view the album from the Exhibit Opening.

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Photo Gallery

On December 6th, 2019, the Center for European Studies held a concert and holiday party to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of CES.

View our full 50th Anniversary Album in Flickr