Future of Cultural Criticism

Judith Butler and Maggie Nelson 
January 30, 2017 | BAMPFA | 2155 Center Street | 6:30 pm

Judith Butler is founding director of the Program in Critical Theory at UC Berkeley.

Maggie Nelson, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, is the author of numerous works of nonfiction and poetry.

Shannon Jackson

Berkeley Book Chats
February 15, 2017 | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens
12-1 pm

Shannon Jacksonassociate vice chancellor of the Arts and Design, is coauthor of The Builders Association with company founder Marianne Weem, chronicling the intermedia performance company and its development of collaborative work incorporating live performance with media.

Spring 2017 Newsletter

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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.

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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In the News

August 09, 2016
Su Lin Lewis Photo

In her new book, former Townsend Fellow Su Lin Lewis explores layers of cross-cultural interaction in various spheres: the urban built environment, associations, the media, education, popular culture, and the emergence of the modern woman.

May 24, 2016
Zeynep Gürsel Photograph

Townsend Fellows alumna Zeynep Gürsel credits her participation in the Townsend Fellows group with helping shape her recently released book Image Brokers: Visualizing World News in the Age of Digital Circulation.

March 02, 2016
Katrina Dodson Image

Katrina Dodson, who recently completed her PhD in Comparative Literature at Berkeley, was chosen to be honored for her translation of Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector's The Complete Stories.