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.

October 17, 2012
Image of Wendell Berry smiling, his hand on his face.

Celebrating 25 years of Avenali Lectures, the Townsend Center is pleased to present Wendell Berry as Avenali Chair in the Humanities, 2012-2013.

October 15, 2012
Image of the Creative Commons logo.

Since its founding in 2001, the non-profit organization Creative Commons has been developing a new model of copyright that fosters more sharing and cooperation among writers, authors, and others.

October 03, 2012
A screenshot of a frame from the third season of Left of Black.

On the season premier of its third season, Mark Anthony Neal's Left of Black tackled the uncertain relationship between Black Studies and digital humanities – a relationship that is at once precarious and filled with potential.

September 30, 2012
Image of the book cover for Labors of Innocence in Early Modern England.

In this month’s Berkeley Books selection, Labors of Innocence in Early Modern England, Associate Professor of English Joanna Picciotto argues that intellectual activity found new expression in the experimentalist sensitivity to perception and its re-imagination of the g

September 26, 2012
Photo of Vikram Seth.

Many Bay Area readers know Vikram Seth’s portrait of this place from his verse novel The Golden Gate (1986), but inspiration from his encounters here also appears in his first book of poems, Mappings (1981). Mappings contains the first green shoots of many of the literary interests Seth has since cultivated: stories of life in India and England as well as California; depictions of romantic and family love, of displacement and home, and of airports and cats; translations from Hindi, Urdu, Chinese and German; meditations on the fascination and consolation of poetry, music and nature.

September 20, 2012
Superimposed on a scene of a grassy field and a blue sky, information technology from different eras float in midair.

Three institutions, located in or around our nation's capital, are leaders of innovation in the digital humanities. This post will highlight a few of their key contributions.