Sephardic Identities on Screen

The Townsend Center's Depth of Field series presents the complexity and ambiguity of Sephardic identities in a series of feature films and documentaries during the 2015-16 academic year. All screening are Tuesdays at 7 pm at The Magnes Collection for Jewish Art and Life in downtown Berkeley.

Multitudes: Paintings by Andrés Waissman

Aug 27, 2015 to Dec 18, 2015
Opening Reception | August 27, 5 pm 
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
Argentine artist Andrés Waissman has exhibited in Europe, Israel and Latin America. His paintings convey a deep philosophical and political statement — and a visually expressed stance before the contemporary world.

Beatriz Sarlo, Una's Lecturer

Borges and Post-pop Populism
November 12, 2015 | 7:00 pm

Beatriz Sarlo is one of the most important Argentine literary and cultural critics of the last 40 years. Her Una’s Lecture will examine populism in relation to Borges’ work, to the paintings of the distinguished artist Daniel Santoro, and to its most recent avatar, found in post-pop political populism.

Townsend Graduate Seminar

Producing the World. Travels, Encounters, the Clash of Cultures

Argentine literary and cultural critic Beatriz Sarlo will be in residence November 2015 offering a four-week seminar that examines the discourse on travel as a way to account for different symbolic, political, social, and ethnic experiences.

Berkeley Book Chats

Berkeley Book Chats highlights the intellectual and artistic endeavors of UC Berkeley faculty by presenting the latest scholarship from recently or soon-to-be published works. Our fall semester Book Chats will be given by Irina Paperno, James Davies and Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby.


Townsend Blog

July 16, 2015
Stephens Hall Image © John Martinez Pavliga, 2011

The Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley announces a search for the position of associate director (Academic Coordinator II).

May 08, 2015
Self-Portrait by Artist With Alzheimer’s Disease.

Kathleen Powers reflects on a Berkeley conference about dementia and personhood.

April 16, 2015
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Mike Wolfe of Authors Alliance discusses how academic authors can ensure that their works remain discoverable and available.