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.

September 26, 2013
Picture of an elephant snow globe.

Padma Maitland, coordinator of the History of Emotions Working Group, discusses how the objectivity of things and the subjectivity of emotions can often become blurred.

August 22, 2013
Icon of a person in a wheelchair

Professor Susan Schweik explores “urban editing” practices and how they might co-exist with and challenge “urban planning.”

July 25, 2013
Screen Shot of Harvard's Twitter Map

Some say that TMI (Too Much Information) is the Internet culture’s catchphrase, but others argue that it's worth preserving everything from defunct websites to all the celebrity tweets about the name of the royal baby.

June 21, 2013
Image of the logo for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on the Humanities & Social Sciences.

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences Commission on the Humanities & Social Sciences recently presented a report about the importance of the humanities and social sciences in education.

May 24, 2013
Paul Alpers

Founding Director of the Townsend Center and Professor of English Emeritus Paul Alpers passed away on May 19.

May 02, 2013
Blake's Agitation

Tracing eighteenth-century theories of sentiment through the more recent scholarly interest in "emotional intelligence," Goldsmith asks whether our enthusiasm for emotion ought to be trusted.