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During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) welcomes the Harvard community and general public to join its events virtually as part of Harvard University’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please check the events calendar regularly for new events. All events will take place via Zoom, and each event listing will include instructions for pre-registration and access.

We encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @EuropeAtHarvard for news and updates.

CES Events
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Europe and Transatlantic Relations after the U.S. Election
12:15pm - 1:15pm

William Drozdiak – Author, The Last President of Europe: Emmanuel Macron’s Race to Revive France and Save the World

Leslie Vinjamuri – Director, US and the Americas Program, Chatham House

Chair Sebastián Royo – Professor of Government and Vice President of International Affairs, Suffolk University; CES Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Lessons from Europe's Financial Assistance to Greece
12:15pm - 1:15pm

Joaquín Almunia – Independent High-Level Evaluator, European Stability Mechanism (ESM); European Commissioner for Competition (2010-2014)

Miranda Xafa – Senior Fellow, Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI); Member of the Executive Board, International Monetary Fund (2004-2009)

Chair Hans-Helmut Kotz – CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University

Thursday, November 19, 2020
State of Democracy and Future Research
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Sheri Berman – Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University

Wolfgang Merkel – Professor Emeritus and Director of the Research unit on Democracy and Democratization, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)

Yascha Mounk – Senior Fellow, SNF Agora Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Pippa Norris – Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics & CES Faculty Associate, Harvard University


Chair Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government & CES Director, Harvard UniversityDaniel Ziblatt – Eaton Professor of the Science of Government, CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University; Unit Director, Transformations of Democracy, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)

Friday, November 20, 2020
European Nationalisms: New and Old
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Chair Sally Hayes – Ph.D. Student in History, Harvard University; CES Thesis Workshop Organizer, Harvard UniversityMichael Tworek – Associate, History Department, Harvard University; CES Thesis Workshop Organizer, Harvard University

Commentary by Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Harvard University

Thursday, December 3, 2020
The Jewish Eighteenth Century and the Transformative Year 1782
1:00pm - 2:15pm

Shmuel Feiner – Professor of Jewish History, Bar-Ilan University; Chair, The Historical Society of Israel

Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Harvard University

Community Events
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Documentary and Short Film Competition (November 12 - December 15, 2020)
8:00am - 8:00pm
Monday, November 16, 2020
Identity Politics & Academia: A Transatlantic Conversation
10:00am - 11:00am
World in Danger: Germany and Europe in an Uncertain Time — A Lecture by Wolfgang Ischinger
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Lessons for a New Generation of Transatlantic Security Leaders
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
What Just Happened? U.S. Election Coffee Chats
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Friday, November 20, 2020
Black Lives Matter in Europe, Too
9:00am - 10:30am
Lens Through COVID: Pandemic in Pictures
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Monday, November 23, 2020
The COVID-19 Pandemic as a Chance for an Updated German Foreign Policy
9:00am - 10:00am
Adolphus Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138