Past Avenali Lectures

The Other 1968s: Counterrevolution, Communism and Desublimation
Monday, Nov 5, 2018 | 6:30 pm
BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street
Berkeley  California  94704
United States

In his exploration of a watershed political year, Todd Gitlin unearths a "thrust toward retrogression" that stands in stark contrast to the popular image of 1968 as a politically progressive moment. Professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University, and former president of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), he is the author of 16 books, including The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage.

Art in a State of Siege: Bosch in Retrospect
Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 | 5:00 pm
Morrison Reading Room, 101 Doe Library
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United States

Koerner examines Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Delights — approaching the painting as a representation of a world without history and without law. The discussion emerges from a larger project in which Koerner explores the relationship between art and freedom under a range of emergency “states of siege,” including apartheid South Africa and Nazi Germany.

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Mental Pain
Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016 | 5:00 pm
Morrison Reading Room, 101 Doe Library
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United States

Christopher Bollas is the most influential psychoanalyst writing in English today. In his Avenali Lecture, he argues that mental pain should not be ignored, minimized, or suppressed through medication, but understood and embraced as a constitutive element of human psychic development.

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The Inner Life of Dust: A Bottom-Up View of South Asia
Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 | 4:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States

David Shulman, one of the world’s foremost Indologists, is this year’s Avenali lecturer-in-residence. Shulman has written capaciously on Indian thought and religion, language, poetics, theater, and aesthetics.

Photo of Eelco Runia
The Theory of the Accomplished Fact
Monday, Nov 17, 2014 | 5:30 pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
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United States

Avenali Chair in the Humanities Eelco H. Runia is a historian, theorist, psychologist, and novelist. He is the author of the 2014 book Moved by the Past: Discontinuity and Historical Mutation. Runia is currently in the Department of History at the University of Groningen and chair of the Centre for Metahistory.

Photo of Marilynne Robinson's book, Gilead
Panel Discussion with Marilynne Robinson
Monday, Nov 3, 2014 | 6:00 pm
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
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United States

Author Marilynne Robinson is joined in discussion by UC Berkeley faculty panelists Dorothy Hale (English), Jonathan Sheehan (History), and Robert Hass (English) on the topic of Religion and the Art of the Novel.

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Shakespeare: The Question of Audience
Monday, Nov 3, 2014 | 1:00 pm
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
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United States

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her Avenali lecture considers the question of audience in the work of Shakespeare.

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With Avenali Chair Eelco Runia
Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 | 4:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler
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United States

Avenali Chair in the Humanities Eelco Runia in discussion with Hayden White (UC Santa Cruz, emeritus), Martin Jay (UC Berkeley), Carol Gluck (Columbia), Harry Harootunian (Columbia), and Ethan Kleinberg (Wesleyan).

Book cover for Everything That Rises
With Avenali Lecturer Lawrence Weschler
Monday, Feb 3, 2014 | 4:00 pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
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United States

In his second Avenali lecture, Lawrence Weschler will consider a spectrum of convergent effects, including apophenia (the tendency of humans to see patterns where none exist), homage, quotation, cryptomnesia (verbatim appropriation without realizing you’re doing so), and even outright plagiarism.

Image of the writer Lawrence Weschler
Art and Science as Parallel and Divergent Ways of Knowing
Monday, Jan 27, 2014 | 4:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States

In the first of two Avenali lectures, Weschler will explore the connection between art and science, focusing on the thinking of artists Robert Irwin and David Hockney, and offering a fresh consideration of Rembrandt's Anatomy Lesson.

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