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.

March 14, 2013
Gael Garcia Bernal in Pablo Larraín's movie, "No".

For years relegated to the digital broom closet, a reminder of the Internet’s tacky origins, GIFs have made a comeback in a number of milieu. These images, both newly trendy and relics of a bygone era, are part of a movement to express nostalgia through a medium rather than a message, to borrow Marshall McLuhan’s terms.

March 01, 2013
George Mason University Professor Cohen discusses topics with students.

During his time on campus as Avenali Resident Fellow, Dan Cohen participated in discussions and seminars on the topics of scholarly research and the digital humanities.

February 28, 2013
The Genesis book cover, depicting four inverted-color religious images.

In his book, Professor Ronald Hendel traces the shifts in thought over millennia of reading the Bible. Genesis contains a collective history of how reality was perceived and handled and more specifically, argues Hendel, of how reading practices shaped perceptions of reality.

February 18, 2013
Two professors sit at an office table discussing something.

Now in its 10th year, the Strategic Working Groups program fosters intellectual curiosity and companionship, allowing UC Berkeley faculty from diverse fields to reconnect the fundamental questions of the humanistic disciplines.

February 12, 2013
A pattern of scattered cubes.

As the term "big data" gains more currency in the humanities, we explore the issues that come up when we treat literature as a set of data to be analyzed.

February 05, 2013
The book cover of Juridical Humanity depicts a partially drawn person among empty human outlines.

Professor Samera Esmeir's new book provides a historical and theoretical account of the modern positive law that was implemented to replace shari’a law during the British occupation of Egypt.