Symposium on the Imagination

February 19, 2016 | 9 am to 4:30 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

What is the imagination? How does it manifest across cultures? Join us to explore the riches of the imagination among scholars of literature, music, philosophy, history, anthropology, and religion.


David Shulman, Avenali Chair

February 18, 2016 | 4 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall 

David Shulman, one of the world’s foremost Indologists, has written capaciously on Indian thought and religion, language, poetics, theater, and aesthetics. He will present the 2016 Avenali Lecture.


Jerry Carniglia: Paintings

February 1 to June 3, 2016 | 9 am-4 pm

Reception in the Artist's Honor
February 11, 2016 | 5 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Paintings by Bay Area abstract expressionist Jerry Carniglia (1946-2015) will be on view from February through early June in Stephens Hall.


Linda Williams, On The Wire

February 17 | 12 noon1 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Professor of Film & Media and Rhetoric Linda Williams’ book On The Wire examines the popular HBO television series The Wire (2002-2008). Her chat is introduced by Townsend Center Director Alan Tansman.


Townsend Center Newsletter

February/March 2016 Edition

The Townsend Center's latest newsletter is now available online and includes a calendar of upcoming campus events.


In the News

December 16, 2015
The Work of the Dead Book Cover

Professor of History Thomas Laqueur was recently interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air about his latest book on how and why the living have cared for the dead.

December 09, 2015
Alexei Yurchak at Award Ceremony

Associate Professor of Anthropology Alexei Yurchak has been awarded the the 2015 Prosvetitel (or Enlightener) Prize, the most prestigious Russian literary award for works of nonfiction.

December 02, 2015
Autonomous Nature Book Cover

Professor Carolyn Merchant’s new book, Autonomous Nature: Problems of Prediction and Control from Ancient Times to the Scientific Revolution, was influenced in part by her participation in a 2012 Townsend Collaborative Research Seminar.