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50 Years Europe at Harvard

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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.

We invite you to help commemorate the Center’s semi-centennial through a series of special anniversary events that have been planned throughout this academic year. Below we share just the initial few events in the year-long anniversary series, and hope you will join us to celebrate and deliberate in CES style!

Anniversary Events Series
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Marie-Janine Calic – Professor of Eastern and Southeastern European History, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich

Vesko Garčević – Professor of the Practice of International Relations, The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

Susan Woodward – Professor of Political Science, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Closing Remarks by Martin Karplus – Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, Harvard University; Nobel Laureate (2013)

Chair Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government & CES Director, Harvard University

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday, September 27, 2019
Justification and Alienation: Kant, Marx and Contemporary Critical Theory
4:30pm - 6:00pm

Rainer Forst – Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy, Goethe University Frankfurt

Chair Peter E. Gordon – Amabel B. James Professor of History; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University

Friday, October 4, 2019
The Great Re-Concentration: The Political Economy of American Asset Manager Capitalism
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Benjamin Braun – Senior Researcher, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies & Princeton University Institute for Advanced Study


Chair Peter A. Hall – Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies, CES Faculty Associate & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard UniversityKathleen Thelen – Ford Professor of Political Science, MIT; CES Faculty Associate & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University

Monday, October 7, 2019
Challenges to Democracy in the European Union: An Address by Sergey Lagodinsky
4:30pm - 6:00pm

Sergey Lagodinsky – Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance

Chair Karl Kaiser – Fellow, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, Harvard Kennedy School; Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Friday, October 11, 2019
Troubling Times for Gender Equality Politics: German and European Experiences
2:00pm - 5:00pm

Caitlyn Collins – Assistant Professor of Sociology and of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies​, Washington University in St. Louis

Angelika von Wahl – Chair, International Affairs Program, and Associate Professor, Lafayette University

Mary C. Brinton – Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology & Director, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University

Kathrin Zippel – Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University; CES Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University

Louise Davidson-Schmich – Professor of Political Science, University of Miami

Myra Marx Ferree – Alice H. Cook Professor of Sociology (Emerita), University of Wisconsin-Madison; Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Sarah Wiliarty – Associate Professor of Government, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and German Studies, and Tutor, College of Social Studies, Wesleyan University

Laura Levine Frader – Professor of History, Northeastern University; CES Local Affiliate Harvard University

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Poland in the Global Wave of Populism
4:30pm - 6:00pm

Anna Grzymała-Busse – Douglas Professor of International Studies, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Bart Bonikowski – Past Resident Faculty

Chair Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

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