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Amir Eshel, MA, PhD

Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature; Europe Center and CISAC Affiliated Faculty

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May 25th, 2010

Hannah Arendt considered today: Totalitarianism, genocide and the need for thought

FSI Stanford, The Europe Center News

Scholars at Stanford consider how one of the leading thinkers of the 20th century helps us link the future and the past - and a former Stanford president recalls a friendship. +AUDIO+ Audio transcript available +PDF+ conference agenda available
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November 6th, 2009

The fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years later

FSI Stanford, The Europe Center News

November 9, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The historic event symbolizes the end of the Cold War, and for the Germans living there, 1989 marks a turning point that continues to shape their culture. Amir Eshel, professor of comparative literature and director of FSI's Forum on Contemporary Europe and history professor James Sheehan reflect on the legacy of this important anniversary. Read more »



December 1st, 2007

Questions of integration: social, political, and economic incorporation of New Europe in a globalized world

FSI Stanford, The Europe Center News

During 2007-2008 the forum on contemporary Europe launched the second phase of its comprehensive, multi-year analysis of Europe and the EU's global relations in the context of an expanding European Union. What began last year with analysis of political membership this year added a focus on implications of expanded membership in key areas, including social integration of immigrant communities. Forum researchers and invited scholars addressed questions central to understanding the process of European integration and areas of concern it raises. Read more »



August 1st, 2007

SPICE and The Stanford Challenge: 30 Years of Educating New Generations of Leaders

SPICE News

SPICE was established more than 30 years ago and serves as a bridge between FSI and elementary and secondary schools in the United States and independent schools abroad. SPICE's original mission in 1976 was to help students understand that we live in an increasingly interdependent world that faces problems on a global scale. For 30 years, SPICE has continued to address this original mission and currently focuses its efforts primarily in three areas: (1) curriculum development for elementary and secondary schools; (2) teacher professional development; and (3) distance-learning education. Read more »



December 1st, 2006

'A world at risk': Freeman Spogli Institute's second annual International Conference and dinner

On November 16, 2006, FSI convened its annual international conference, A World at Risk, devoted to systemic and human risk confronting the global community. Remarks by Stanford Provost John Etchemendy, FSI Director Coit Blacker, former Secretary of State Warren Christopher, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, and former Secretary of State George Shultz set the stage for stimulating discussions. Interactive panel sessions encouraged in-depth exploration of major issues with Stanford faculty, outside experts, and policymakers. Read more »




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Celebrate the Life of MLK, Jr. this Weekend in Palo Alto
Panel members include Cecile Alduy, Ounia Doukoure, Amir Eshel, Roland Hsu, Pavle Levi, Hazel Markus, Paula Moya, David Palumbo-Liu and Matthew Snipp.
January 14, 2011 in Patch