The Ethnic Avant-Guarde

September 28, 2016 | Berkeley Book Chats
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall | 12 – 1 pm

Steven Lee’s book The Ethnic Avant-Garde (2015) establishes the parameters of an undervalued "ethnic avant-garde" whose writers and artists orbited interwar Moscow and converged with the Communist International.

Avenali Lecture with Christopher Bollas

November 1, 2016 | 5 pm
Morrison Library, 101 Doe Library 

In his Avenali Lecture "Mental Pain," psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas asserts that mental life is innately hazardous. Rather than a condition to be ignored, minimized, or medicated, he examines mental pain as a constitutive element of human psychic development.

Art of Cultural Criticism

New Series 2016 – 17

A yearlong series of conversations featuring some of the most innovative and incisive writers on culture in its various forms — including visual art, film, old and new media, music, and literature — begins this academic year.

Incite the Spirit – Exhibition

September 6 – December 8
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens | 10 am  4 pm

The Townsend Center features digital prints from the Bancroft Library’s collection of political posters from the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 39). The exhibition includes work by leading graphic artists of the era and reflects the influence of contemporary aesthetic movements.

Berkeley Book Chats

Select Wednesdays | 12  1 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Berkeley Book Chats highlights the intellectual and artistic endeavors of Berkeley faculty by presenting the latest scholarship from recently or soon-to-be published works. Authors for Fall 2016 include Adam Hochschild, Steven Lee, Weihong Bao, Eric Stover, Alexa Koenig​, Victor Peskin, and Hannah Ginsborg.


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.