2016 Avenali Lecture Video

The Avenali Lecture given on November 1, 2016 by Christopher Bollas is now available to view.

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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.

Chapter & Verse with Namwali Serpell

Hosted by Scott Saul

In the latest podcast from Chapter & Verse, author Namwali Serpell (English) discusses her prize-winning short story "The Sack." The series is sponsored by the Townsend Center.


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.