FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Recent Events

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Joan Wallach Scott: Theorizing the Relationship between Gender and Politics

October 24, 2016

Lecture by Joan Wallach Scott, Harold F.

The Current Social and Political Challenges in Catalonia: An Unprecedented Process

October 7, 2016

The social and political process that a significant part of Catalan society is engaged in needs to be explained analyzing its origins some ten years ago and its current state of development.

"Nagorno-Karabakh: Is a Solution Visible?" A Lecture by Minister Edward Nalbandian

August 12, 2016

The people of Nagorno-Karabakh have long strived for the recognition of their right to self-determination.

* Cancelled * Seminar with Daniel Stegmueller

May 16, 2016

This workshop talk has been cancelled. Daniel Stegmueller is a Professor of Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences at the Graduate School of Social and Economic Sciences, University of...

Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall of Russian Media — a talk by Ilia Krasilshchik

April 1, 2016

Despite the increasing state control over free speech, the Russian media market is still alive — and huge.

The Tsar of Love and Techno--A Reading by Anthony Marra

March 25, 2016

Author Anthony Marra will read from and discuss his collection of interlinked stories from his new book.

Heritage Bureaucracies: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives (Day 1)

February 18, 2016

This conference aims to further our understanding of the institutional cultures, funding schemes and power structures underlying transnational institutions, with a particular focus on heritage...

Travelling Shots: Families Beyond Boundaries (Stanford, Day 2)

November 8, 2015

The 5th annual Romanian Film Festival, themed "Travelling Shots: Families Beyond Boundaries," will be held on different dates at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University...

Understanding Russia's New Tsar: a lecture by Steven Lee Myers

November 3, 2015

This event is now full.  Please contact if you would like to be added to the wait list.Russian President Vladimir Putin is not the cipher he is sometimes thought to be.

Art and Protest in Putin's Russia

October 28, 2015

The Pussy Riot protest, and the subsequent heavy handed treatment of the protestors, grabbed the headlines, but this was not an isolated instance of art being noticeably critical of the regime.

Taking the Stand - project presentation and Q&A with survivors of the Holocaust

October 14, 2015

As part of a major speaking tour across the United States, author and award-winning filmmaker Bernhard Rammerstorfer will present his latest book and DVD project called “Taking the Stand: We have...

Keynote Lecture: From Srebrenica to St. Louis: War Trauma 20 Years Later

May 15, 2015

What does 20 years mean when we are dealing with traumas of war?

Religion, Division of Labour and Conflict: Anti-Semitism in German Regions over 700 Years

April 22, 2015

The paper that will be presented at this seminar, “Religion, Division of Labour and Conflict: Anti-Semitism in German Regions over 700 Years,” is co-authored by Luigi Pascali.

A Vision of the Growth Process in a Technologically progressive Economy: the United States, 1899-1941

April 8, 2015

Nicholas Craft will present new estimates of TFP growth at the sectoral level and an account of sectoral contributions to overall productivity growth, from his paper co-authored by Gerben Bakker ...

**CANCELLED** Seminar with Fabian Waldinger

March 4, 2015

Part of the Economic History Seminar Series, co-sponsored by The Europe Center.

**CANCELLED** At the "End of History" Still Stands Democracy

February 5, 2015

This event has been cancelled. We will update our website once the new date has been determined.

The Luxury Goods Vote: Why the Left Loses from Asymmetric Electoral Accountability

January 15, 2015

Voters often punish incumbent parties for poor economic performance; whether they treat left and right governments differently is less clear.  The literature hosts multiple disconnected and often...

Victims, Heroes, Perpetrators: Remembering the Wehrmacht soldiers in Austria 1945 till today

January 13, 2015

On March 29, 1945 the first Soviet troops crossed the Austrian border. On April 13, after fighting involving heavy losses, Vienna was liberated by the Red Army.

The Patchwork Ecosystem of Local Shopping Streets: Globalization and Gentrification from New York to Shanghai

November 12, 2014

Professor Sharon Zukin's talk will describe how, in cities across the world, the everyday spaces of local shopping streets are undergoing dramatic transformations.

War, Revolution and Freedom: the Baltic Countries in the 20th Century (Conference Day 3)

October 10, 2014

Conference Agenda for Day 3, October 10, 2014: 9:00 – 10:15 AM Chair: Katherine Jolluck, Stanford UniversityAigi Rahi-Tamm, Tartu University.

War, Revolution and Freedom: the Baltic Countries in the 20th Century (Conference Day 2)

October 9, 2014

Conference Agenda for Day 2, October 9, 2014:9:00-10:45 AM Chair: Magnus Ilmjärv, Тallinn UniversityIneta Lipša, Institute of History of Latvia.

Key Note: Against All Odds: The Path of the Baltic States to the EU and NATO (Conference on "War, Revolution and Freedom: the Baltic Countries in the 20th Century")

October 8, 2014

This keynote address for the international conference on "War, Revolution and Freedom: the Baltic Countries in the 20th Century" will be given by Vaira Viķe-Freiberga, President of the Club of...

War, Revolution and Freedom: the Baltic Countries in the 20th Century (Conference Day 1)

October 8, 2014

Conference Agenda for Day 1, October 8, 2014:   9:00 AM Welcome Remarks – Eric T. Wakin, Robert H.

Forasters / Outsiders (Catalonia, Spain; Directed by Ventura Pons, 2008; 105 min.)

August 21, 2014

Screening of the film Forasters (Outsiders) directed by Catalan film director Ventura Pona, and followed by a Q&A session led by Joan Ramon Resina.  Dr.