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Greek Tragedy Act II: Is Greece Starting to Look Like Weimar, Germany?
Thursday, March 5th 2015
Faculty Club Lounge
RSVP here
Greek Tragedy Flyer

Dr. Gazmend Kapplani will discuss the Euro crisis, Greece’s shrinking economy and the rise of populism and political extremism in Europe.

Islamist Extremism and the Integration of Muslim Minorities in Europe Today 

Monday, March 16, 2015
Faculty Club Lounge, Brandeis University

A luncheon and panel discussion with Jytte Klausen and Jonathan Laurence

RSVP required.  

Less than two months after the attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in Paris, Danish police are investigating the attack on a free speech event and a synagogue in Copenhagen that left two people dead and five police officers wounded. While citizens mourn and politicians urge solidarity with victims and muslim minorities, anti-Semitism and xenophobia continue to grow in all European countries. As does the popularity of anti-immigrant right-wing parties like Marine Le Pen’s Front National and the Danish People’s Party.

Experts Jytte Klausen and Jonathan Laurence will try to provide some background and analysis of these recent developments.  

The Ethics of Ecosocialism: From Marx to the Present

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Reading Room 303, Brandeis University 
Poster for March 25th Event

Michael Löwy will discuss ecosocialism, the idea which merges  marxism and socialism with green politics and ecology. He will also address ecological sensitivity which has emerged in trade unions and left parties in the Nordic countries, Spain and Germany.  Löwy is the emeritus research director in social sciences at the French National Center of Scientific Research. He has authored books on Karl Marx, Che Guevara, Liberation Theology and more.


More upcoming events for the academic year 2014/2015 can be found here.