Namwali Serpell

Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, February 22 | 12  1 pm

Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

Namwali Serpell (English) proposes a return to William Empson’s Seven Types of Ambiguity (1930), which contends that literary uncertainty is crucial to ethics because it pushes us beyond the limits of our own experience.

Through the Black Country

January 23 – May 19, 2017
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens | Weekdays 

Allan deSouza presents the work of fictional Zanzibari explorer Hafeed Sidi Mubarak Mumbai, whose travels take him through contemporary England in search of the fabled and elusive source of the River Thames.

D.A. Miller

Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, March 8 | 12  1 pm

Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

In Hidden Hitchcock, D.A. Miller (professor emeritus, English) discovers what has remained unseen in Hitchcock’s movies, a secret style that imbues his films with a radical duplicity.

Chapter & Verse Podcast with Jeff Chang and Hua Hsu

Hosted by Scott Saul

Jeff Chang is the author of several books on hip hop and race, and is currently executive director of Stanford's Institute for Diversity in the Arts.  

Hua Hsu is a contributing writer on contemporary culture at the New Yorker and associate professor of English at Vassar.


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For students whose writing level has advanced beyond the Reading & Composition requirement, Art of Writing funds small seminars that foster collaborative writing communities.

Art of Writing also runs a Summer Writing Institute to help graduate students refine their skills as teachers of writing, and presents campus events featuring acclaimed authors and critics.

Art of Writing at the Townsend Center for the Humanities is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a private donation. Visit the Art of Writing website to learn more.