Events 2021-22

Most CGES Online events are recorded. Find links to the recordings of spring 2021 on the individual event pages listed below, or browse through the 2020 CGES Online Events. Get direct access to a list of all recorded webinars on CGES Online's Echo360 website by clicking the button below. 

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Fall 2021

Book cover of "Adas Raum"

Photo Credit: S. Fischer

October 19, 2021

CGES Online Event

Ada is not one, but many women: She revolves in orbits between Ghana and London before eventually landing in Berlin. But she is also all women—because these loops transport her from one century to the next. And so, she experiences the misery but also the joy of womanhood: she is a victim, she offers resistance, and she fights for her independence. With vivid language and infinite imagination—with empathy and humor—Sharon Dodua Otoo’s novel ADA’S REALM paints an astonishing picture of what it means to be a woman. 

Book cover of "The Radio Operator"

Photo Credit: HarperCollins Publishers

October 20, 2021

CGES Online Event

Award-winning German writer Ulla Lenze makes her American debut with THE RADIO OPERATOR, a taut and engrossing historical novel that draws on a forgotten, but contemporarily relevant, chapter from the past: pro-fascist activity among German immigrants in the U.S. in the years leading up to World War II. The author has written a highly personal and meditative novel that unfolds against a seemingly familiar backdrop while offering a fresh point-of-view. THE RADIO OPERATOR is a keenly observed work of fiction that introduces an accomplished literary voice to American readers.

Book cover of "The Problems of Genocide"

Photo Credit: Cambridge University Press

October 21, 2021

CGES Online Event

Genocide is not only a problem of mass death, but also of how, as a relatively new idea and law, it organizes and distorts thinking about civilian destruction. Taking the normative perspective of civilian immunity from military attack, A. Dirk Moses argues that the implicit hierarchy of international criminal law, atop which sits genocide as the 'crime of crimes', blinds us to other types of humanly caused civilian death, like bombing cities, and the 'collateral damage' of missile and drone strikes.

Covers of “We Share The Same Sky. A Memoir of and Migration” and “The Pendulum; A Granddaughter's Search for Her Family's Forbidden Nazi Past”

Photo Credit: Blackstone Publishing, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

October 25, 2021

CGES Online Event

Rachael Cerrotti is the author of “We Share The Same Sky”. (2021). An award-winning author, photographer, educator and audio producer she is also the inaugural Storyteller in Residence for USC Shoah Foundation. Julie Lindahl is a multi-national author, activist and educator living in Sweden. Her 2018 memoir, “The Pendulum; A Granddaughter's Search for Her Family's Forbidden Nazi Past” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) reveals her 6-year journey through Europe and Latin America to discover the role her grandparents played in the Third Reich. 

cover of "Western Jihadism: A Thirty Year History"

Photo Credit: Oxford University Press

October 26, 2021

CGES Online Event

This book tells the story of how Al Qaeda grew in the West.

Brandeis Professor Jytte Klausen will speak about her new book that traces how Islamist revolutionaries exiled in Europe and North America in the 1990s helped create and control the world’s deadliest terrorist movement—and how, after the near-obliteration of the organization in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, they helped to rebuild it.

Annual savanna bush fire in central Côte d'Ivoire

Photo Credit: Christian Borgemeister

October 28, 2021

CGES Online Event

Climate change and the loss of biodiversity are threatening Africa’s sustainable development. The vast African savanna systems have largely been converted into managed landscapes, including agricultural and settlement areas. Yet they are very rich in biodiversity and provide indispensable ecosystem services, and at the same time, the savannas are the “breadbasket” of the continent.

To develop both social-ecological resilience and human capacities and to facilitate knowledge exchange across sectors and disciplines to overcome the barriers for implementation of innovative approaches on climate change adaptation and biodiversity conservation stronger linkages at the interfaces between science and policy, science and practice as well as policy and practice are needed. 

Event Recommendations (not hosted by CGES)

October 21, 2021

For more than a decade, the German American Conference has been one of the largest student-led conferences in North America and has provided a platform for transatlantic dialogue and networking between decision-makers and next-generation leaders. Despite inherent challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, it hosted a large-scale virtual event series in the fall of 2020 with more than 2,000 attendees and high-profile speakers such as German Federal Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, and German Federal Minister of Labour, Hubertus Heil.

This year, the conferencd is rising to the challenge by exploring the "The Future of Problem Solving" that the world faces today. Over the course of four days from October 21st – 24th, participants will get the opportunity to explore several topics related to the transatlantic alliance. Sigmar Gabriel, former Vice-Chancellor to Germany, will hold a keynote on the future of the transatlantic relationship. In addition to many other panels and keynotes, the conference features a film series in cooperation with the Goethe Institute and a Podcast moderated by Ann McElvoy, Senior Editor at the Economist and Head of Economist Radio, both of which are already available.


Past Events - Fall 2021

Book cover of "This webinar will introduce the phenomenon of Indianthusiasm in Germany, with particular emphasis on Indigenous presence across the pond. We would then like to take the conversation beyond Indianthusiasm and explore contemporary Indigenous issues that encourage decolonial frameworks that challenge and reframe Indianthusiasm"

Photo Credit: WLU Press

October 11, 2021

CGES Online Event

This webinar will introduce the phenomenon of Indianthusiasm in Germany, with particular emphasis on Indigenous presence across the pond. We would then like to take the conversation beyond Indianthusiasm and explore contemporary Indigenous issues that encourage decolonial frameworks that challenge and reframe Indianthusiasm.

The Ahr river flowing past houses destroyed by floods in Insul, Germany, July 15, 2021.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock/Nick_ Raille_07

October 6, 2021

CGES Online Event

The images went around the world: Between July 12 and 15, 2021, entire villages in Western Germany were swept away by devastating floods. 200 people were killed. The federal government has since pledged $36 billion to help the region rebuild. But the IPCC report released in August suggests that floods like these will likely be the norm, not the exception, in the decades to come. 

What can be done? What are researchers advising local authorities and city planners to do? What is the connection between mitigation (i.e. decarbonization) and adaptation (resilience)?

German police and protestors during a Black Lives Matter protest on Berlin Alexanderplatz on June 6, 2020.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock/Sybille Reuter

October 4, 2021

CGES Online Event

The global protests and mobilization for black lives crystallized around policing, although simultaneously pointing at the broader dimensions of criminalization and control of especially black and other racialized poor folks and communities. The protests unfolded globally very quickly, also in many parts of continental Europe such as Germany, France and Switzerland. In this talk, we discuss the differential logics of policing in Europe, which are connected to the histories of empire, colonialism and the current conjunctures of racial gendered capitalism. 

Soest, Germany - September 12, 2021: Election campaign posters of German political parties.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock/Lutsenko_Oleksandr

October 4, 2021

In-person event, limited to Brandeis campus community
5:30-6:30pm, Atrium of Mandel Humanities Center

The federal election in Germany on September 26 has changed the country. After 16 years as Chancellor, Angela Merkel did not run again, and her party suffered a historic defeat at the polls. We asked faculty and students with an interest in Germany/Europe to help us understand the results and what this will mean for Germany, for Europe, and for transatlantic relations going forward. Come join the discussion!!

Aerial view of the Giga Factory construction site on August 19, 2020

Photo Credit: Shutterstock/Markus Mainka

September 22, 2021

CGES Online Event

Tesla billionaire Elon Musk has been pushing for his new gigafactory to be opened in Grünheide, Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany this year. On Twitter he has been telling his followers that the factory will be open to visitors in early October. Not so fast, say local environmental activists opposing the plant. 

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Welcome Back Reception

September 20, 2021

CGES welcomes you back to a new fall season with online and in-person events!

Monday, September 20th, 2021

11:00 am-1:00 pm

3rd floor of the Mandel Humanities Center (Reading Room)

Please join us for German pastries and conversations about our upcoming events. CGES is also still recruiting for our 2021-2022 student team, please come talk to us if you are interested! No registration required.

Due to COVID restrictions, this reception is limited to members of the Brandeis campus community and we cannot admit off-campus guests at this point. Thank you for understanding and please feel welcome to reach out with any questions via email.

Juliane Schäuble and Sabine von Mering

Photo Credit: Private/Mike Lovett

September 14, 2021

This event is organized by the Goethe-Institut Boston in cooperation with the German Consulate General, Boston and the German American Business Council, Boston. It will be held in person, please register if you plan to attend.

German Election Preview with Juliane Schäuble and Sabine von Mering

Tuesday, September 14th

170 Beacon Street, Boston

Germans will vote on Sunday, September 26 to elect a new Bundestag, or federal parliament. The result – after coalition negotiations likely to involve two or three parties – will decide who will succeed Angela Merkel, who is leaving after 16 years as chancellor. The leading contenders are Olaf Scholz for the SPD – Social Democrats, Annalena Baerbock for Die Grünen – Greens and Armin Laschet for the CDU/CSU – Christian Democrats.
Please join us for an election preview with Juliane Schäuble, the US Correspondent for Berlin’s newspaper “Der Tagesspiegel” and Sabine von Mering, Director of the Center for German and European Studies, Brandeis University.