In the News

In the News features articles on current topics in the Humanities, publications and projects by Berkeley faculty and fellowship participants, and general Townsend Center news.

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.

November 19, 2015
Oliver Sacks Portrait

In October the Townsend Center hosted a memorial to physician and author Oliver Sacks which featured a panel of scholars who are also lovers of his work discussing Sacks’ legacy and influence.

November 02, 2015
Sojourner Truth Carte de Visite

The San Francisco Chronicle recounts how Professor of Art History Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby’s online search for Sojourner Truth cartes de visite led to a book on the abolitionist.

October 12, 2015
Kaija Saariaho Image

World-renowned Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho speaks to the San Francisco Chronicle's music critic Joshua Kosman about her Fall 2015 residence and Bloch Lectures at UC Berkeley.

September 29, 2015
Art of Writing Image

The Townsend Center's Art of Writing Program unites undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in the pursuit of writing well.

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

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

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