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Event Series

Director's Seminar


Grzegorz Ekiert and Karen Donfried in conversation on Transatlantic Relations on March 7, 2016.

This flagship seminar series, chaired by the CES director throughout the academic year, highlights cutting-edge topics that often reflect breaking news and current issues affecting Europe with a year-long cycle of lectures and panel discussions. Subjects are examined from a range of disciplinary perspectives and the series brings together faculty and scholars from Harvard and other institutions as well as politicians and practitioners of public policy. Past seminars have examined human rights, Eurozone challenges and Greece’s economic crisis.


Series Events Calendar

Perhapsburg: Reflections on the Fragility and Resilience of Europe Director's Seminar — Perhapsburg: Reflections on the Fragility and Resilience of Europe
April 7, 2017
2:15pm - 4:00pm
  • Ivan Krastev – Chairman, Center for Liberal Strategies, Sofia; Permanent Fellow, Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (IWM)
  • Kim L. Scheppele – Visiting Professor of Law & John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization (Spring 2017), Harvard Law School; Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University
  • Chair Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, CES, Harvard University; Resident Faculty, CES; Chair, Director's Seminar
Reception following the Director's Seminar
September 14, 2016
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Brexit: The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning? Director's Seminar — Brexit: The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning?
September 14, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Jane Elizabeth Green – Professor of Political Science, Manchester University; Co-Director, 2015 British Election Study
  • Radosław Sikorski – Speaker of Parliament (2014-2015) and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland (2007-2014)
  • Richard Tuck – Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government, Harvard University
  • Chair Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, CES
EU Human Rights Foreign Policy and the Challenges Facing Europe Today CES Director's Seminar — EU Human Rights Foreign Policy and the Challenges Facing Europe Today
April 18, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Samuel Moyn – Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University
  • Jacqueline Bhabha – Director of Research & Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, FXB Center of for Health and Human Rights, Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health; Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University
  • Stavros Lambrinidis – EU Special Representative (EUSR) for Human Rights
  • Chair Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, CES, Harvard University; Resident Faculty, CES; Chair, Director's Seminar
The Emerging European Disunion CES Director's Seminar — The Emerging European Disunion
April 11, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Jacques Rupnik – Senior Research Fellow, Sciences-Po
  • Loukas Tsoukalis – Pierre Keller Visiting Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Ed Balls – UK Shadow Chancellor (2011-2015); Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Chair Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, CES, Harvard University; Resident Faculty, CES; Chair, Director's Seminar
The Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean Region: A Humanitarian Perspective Director's Seminar — The Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean Region: A Humanitarian Perspective
March 29, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Peter Maurer – President, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Melani Cammett – Professor of Government, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Colonial Encounters and Divergent Development Trajectories in the Mediterranean Study Group, CES Harvard University; Faculty Affiliate, Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Jennifer Leaning – Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights; Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Introduction by Negeen Darani – Executive Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
  • Chair Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, CES, Harvard University; Resident Faculty, CES; Chair, Director's Seminar
Europe facing Crisis, America facing Elections: What Future for Transatlantic Relations? CES Director's Seminar — Europe facing Crisis, America facing Elections: What Future for Transatlantic Relations?
March 7, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Karen Donfried – President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Chair Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, CES, Harvard University; Resident Faculty, CES; Chair, Director's Seminar
What’s Next for Greece: The Economic and Political Alternatives What’s Next for Greece: The Economic and Political Alternatives
February 23, 2015
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Dimitris Keridis – Founding Director, Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe, Harvard Kennedy School; Director, Navarino Network; Associate Professor of International Relations, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens
  • Dante Roscini – Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School; Co-Chair, European Economic Policy Forum, CES, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University
  • Sir Paul Tucker – Chair, The Systemic Risk Council; Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School; Former Deputy Governor, The Bank of England (2009-2013); Senior Fellow, CES, Harvard University
  • Moderated by Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, CES, Harvard University; Resident Faculty, CES; Chair, Director's Seminar
Troubles on the EU's Borders: The Ukraine Crisis Troubles on the EU's Borders: The Ukraine Crisis
November 13, 2014
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Gwendolyn Sasse – Professor of Comparative Politics, Oxford University
  • Lucan Way – Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto
  • Paul D'Anieri – Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, University of California, Riverside
  • Moderated by Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, CES, Harvard University; Resident Faculty, CES; Chair, Director's Seminar
Germany's and Europe's Role in a Changing World Germany's and Europe's Role in a Changing World
April 3, 2014
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Guido Westerwelle – Former Vice Chancellor and Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Germany
  • Chair Daniel Ziblatt – Professor of Government, Harvard University; Resident Faculty, CES, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; Faculty Associate, Institute of Quantitative Social Science
Director's Seminar - Trouble in the Eurozone: Historical Views on the Once and Future Crisis Director's Seminar - Trouble in the Eurozone: Historical Views on the Once and Future Crisis
February 4, 2013
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Niall Ferguson – Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University; Senior Research Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford; Senior Fellow, CES
  • Harold James – Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies; Professor of History and International Affairs, Princeton University; Director, Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, Princeton University
  • Charles Maier – Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty , CES, Harvard University
Director's Seminar: "Trouble in the Eurozone: Views on the Once and Future Crisis" Director's Seminar: "Trouble in the Eurozone: Views on the Once and Future Crisis"
November 29, 2012
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Michael D Kennedy – Professor of Sociology and International Studies, Brown University
  • Robert Fishman – Professor of Sociology, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • Hilary Silver – Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies and Professor of Public Policy, Brown University; Senior Visiting Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Seminar on Social Exclusion & Inclusion, CES, Harvard University
  • Jason Beckfield – Professor of Sociology, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Seminar on Social Exclusion and Inclusion, CES, Harvard University
Director's Seminar: "Trouble in the Eurozone: Views on the Once and Future Crisis" Director's Seminar: "Trouble in the Eurozone: Views on the Once and Future Crisis"
October 18, 2012
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Mark Blyth – Eastman Professor of Political Economy & Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, Watson Institute, Brown University; Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University
  • Peter A. Hall – Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies, Harvard University; Department of Government, Harvard University; Resident Faculty, CES, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Seminar on the State and Capitalism since 1800, CES, Harvard University; Co-Director, Program on Successful Societies, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR); Senior Advisor, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
  • Torben Iversen – Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University
  • Andrew Moravcsik – Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Jacques Rupnik – Senior Research Fellow, Sciences-Po

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