Past Avenali Lectures

Photo of Maurice Sendak.
“Descent into Limbo...The Creative Process”
Tuesday, Feb 13, 1996 | 5:00 pm
Wheeler Auditorium
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United States

Maurice Sendak is the author and illustrator of several noteworthy children’s books including In the Night Kitchen; Where the Wild Things Are; Outside Over There; and We’re All Down in the Dumps with Jack and Guy.

Photo of Maya Lin.
“Siteworks”
Thursday, Feb 23, 1995 | 8:00 pm
Wheeler Auditorium
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United States

While an undergraduate in Architecture at Yale University, sculptor and architect Maya Lin won the competition to design and build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Photo of Kwame Anthony Appiah.
“Identity Against Culture: Understandings of Multiculturalism”
Monday, Sep 12, 1994 | 8:00 pm
Alumni House
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United States

Kwame Anthony Appiah is a Ghanaian philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist. His scholarship addresses political and moral theory, African intellectual history, and philosophical questions of culture and identity.

Photo of Dušan Makavejev.
“You Never Know Who Has a Frog in the Pocket”
Thursday, Feb 24, 1994 | 8:00 pm
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
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United States

Dušan Makavejev is a Serbian film director famous for his films of former Yugoslavia in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Known for blending fiction with reality and drama with humor, Makavejev’s work often contains experimental elements and has been considered controversial for its eroticism and sharp criticism of Eastern European politics.

Photo of Elaine Scarry.
“The Problem of Vivacity”
Monday, Nov 9, 1992 | 8:00 pm
Alumni House
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United States

Elaine Scarry is Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value for the Department of English at Harvard University. Her research encompasses many topics, including 20th-century Drama; the 19th-century British novel; theories of representation; language of physical pain; and the structure of verbal and material making in art, science, and the law.

Photo of Jonathan Miller.
“Moving Images: Film and Narration”
Wednesday, Sep 11, 1991 | 8:00 pm
Wheeler Auditorium
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United States

Sir Jonathan Miller, CBE, is a British physician, theatre and opera director and television writer and producer.

Photo of Donald McKenzie.
Ethereal Critics/Material Texts: A History of the Book in Britain
Wednesday, Apr 3, 1991 | 8:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States
Photo of Marshall Sahlins.
"Social Science, or the Tragic Western Sense of Human Imperfection"
Thursday, Sep 1, 1988 | 8:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States

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