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The monthly Max Weber Lectures are given by distinguished scholars from the four disciplines of the EUI. The Programme aims at inviting scholars who address topical issues from an interdisciplinary perspective that will appeal to the EUI academic community as a whole.

At least one of the Lecturers will be related to each of the Thematic Research Groups (TRG), and every Group will have an opportunity to organize a workshop on the following day with the relevant Lecturer. All Lecturers will also be available to discuss the work of Fellows on an informal basis.

Unless otherwise stated the lectures are at 17.00, the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the EUI main building, the Badia Fiesolana, and are followed by a cocktail.

For further information about individual Max Weber Lectures, please contact Karin Tilmans   

Upcoming lecture

EichengreenBarry Eichengreen
(University of California, Berkley)

'Minimal Conditions for the Survival of the Euro'

15 February 2017, 17:00-19:00
Badia, Refettorio





This Max Weber lecture will look back at the history and forward at the prospects of the euro as Europe's single currency. 

The retrospective portion will revisit Bayoumi and Eichengreen's "Shocking Aspects of European Integration" which distinguished a European "core" and a European "periphery" and warned of problems for the periphery (composed, according to those early estimates, circa 1992, of Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Italy and the UK). 

The prospective part will look forward and ask whether monetary union without political union can be made to work, and if so how.

About the speaker

Barry Eichengreen is the George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1987. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London, England). In 1997-98 he was Senior Policy Advisor at the International Monetary Fund. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (class of 1997).

Professor Eichengreen is the convener of the Bellagio Group of academics and economic officials and chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Peterson Institute of International Economics. He has held Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships and has been a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Palo Alto) and the Institute for Advanced Study (Berlin). He is a regular monthly columnist for Project Syndicate.

His most recent books are Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses--and Misuses--of History (January 2015), From Miracle to Maturity: The Growth of the Korean Economy with Dwight H. Perkins and Kwanho Shin (2012) and Exorbitant Privilege: The Rise and Fall of the Dollar and the Future of the International Monetary System (2011) (shortlisted for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in 2011).

Professor Eichengreen was awarded the Economic History Association's Jonathan R.T. Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2002 and the University of California at Berkeley Social Science Division's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004. He is the recipient of a doctor honoris causa from the American University in Paris, and the 2010 recipient of the Schumpeter Prize from the International Schumpeter Society. He was named one of Foreign Policy Magazine 's 100 Leading Global Thinkers in 2011. He is a past president of the Economic History Association (2010-11 academic year).



Max Weber Lectures 2016-2017

  • Wednesday 26 October 2016 
    Kalypso Aude Nicolaïdis (University of Oxford)
    "Three Meanings of Brexit"
    Thematic Group: Diversity and Unity 
  • Wednesday 16 November 2016
    Philippe Van Parijs (Université Catholique de Louvain)
    "Just Europe" 
    Thematic Group: Legal, Political and Social Theory
  • Wednesday 15 February 2017
    Barry Eichengreen (Berkeley University)
    'Minimal Conditions for the Survival of the Euro"
    Thematic Group: Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa 
  • Wednesday 22 March 2017
    Rhacel Salazar Parrenas (University of Southern California
    Thematic Group: Citizenship and Migration
  • Wednesday 26 April 2017
    Sally E. Merry (New York University)
    Thematic Group: Legal, Political and Social Theory: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  • Wednesday 24 May 2017
  • Marc Lilla (Columbia University)
    Thematic Group: Legal, Political and Social Theory: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  • Wednesday 21 June 2017
    Mary Kaldor (London School of Economics)
    Thematic Group: Europe in the World 


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