New Townsend Center Director

Timothy Hampton 

Timothy Hampton, Aldo Scaglione and Marie M. Burns Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and French, is the new director of the Townsend Center for the Humanities. He joins the Townsend Center in its thirtieth year at UC Berkeley.

Townsend Fall 2017 Newsletter Now Online

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The Townsend Center's Fall 2017 newsletter features profiles of upcoming Una’s Lecturer Ben Ratliff and artist Jennie Smith, as well as a roster of Fall Berkeley Book Chats and visual highlights from the Center’s recent events. Download your copy at the link below.

Jennie Smith: New Drawings

September 18 – December 15, 2017
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens | Weekdays 

Jennie Smith’s delicate graphite drawings combine close observation of the natural world with a deeply imaginative sensibility. Smith introduces a new project exploring our psychic investment in childhood landscapes, as well as new pieces from her career-long engagement with the California coast.

Chapter & Verse Podcast with Jenna Wortham & Nadia Ellis

Hosted by Scott Saul

Jenna Wortham covers culture, politics, and technology for the New York Times Magazine, and cohosts the podcast Still Processing.

Nadia Ellis (English) is the author of Territories of the Soul: Queered Belonging in the Black Diaspora.


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Art of Writing teaches UC Berkeley undergraduates to write clearly and eloquently in a variety of nonfiction forms.

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.