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Markovits Honored with Festschrift

November 5, 2020
Markovits Honored with Festschrift

Andrei S. Markovits, a long-time friend of CES and the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and the Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies at the University of Michigan, was honored with a Festschrift in Germany.

Recovery and Resilience - Jens Weidmann on the EU's current economic response and the road ahead

October 29, 2020

The last time President of the Deutsche Bundesbank Jens Weidmann spoke at Harvard’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), the economic landscape was fundamentally different. Returning almost seven years later, he addressed the consequences of a global pandemic, a joint shock to demand and supply, and the short-term as well as possibly longer run ramifications.

Misremembering the British Empire

Misremembering the British Empire

Maya Jasanoff in The New Yorker on October 29, 2020

On a cloud-spackled Sunday last June, protesters in Bristol, England, gathered at a statue of Edward Colston, a seventeenth-century slave trader on whose watch more than eighty thousand Africans were trafficked across the Atlantic. “Pull it down!” the crowd chanted, as people yanked on a rope around the statue’s neck. A few tugs, and the figure clanged off its pedestal. A panel of its coat skirt cracked off to expose a hollow buttock as the demonstrators rolled the statue toward the harbor, a few hundred yards away, and then tipped it headlong into the water.

What to keep

Clea Simon in Harvard Gazette on October 28, 2020

On Wednesday, Ana Lucia Araujo, professor of history at Howard University, and Mame-Fatou iang, associate professor of French and francophone studies at Carnegie Mellon University, discussed both the history and the way forward during “Race and Remembrance in Contemporary Europe,” presented by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES).

End Minority Rule

End Minority Rule

Daniel Ziblatt in New York Times on October 23, 2020

The Trump presidency has brought American democracy to the breaking point. The president has encouraged violent extremists; deployed law enforcement and other public institutions as weapons against rivals; and undermined the integrity of elections through false claims of fraud, attacks on mail-in voting and an apparent unwillingness to accept defeat.

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