Berkeley Book Chats

The Townsend Center presents a lunchtime series celebrating the intellectual and artistic endeavors of the UC Berkeley faculty. Each Berkeley Book Chat features a faculty member engaged in conversation about a recently completed publication, performance, or recording. The series highlights the extraordinary breadth and depth of Berkeley’s academic community.

Upcoming Events

Richard Cándida Smith
Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
Berkeley  --
United States

Illuminating the story of how cultural exchange programs brought many of the most important Latin American artists and writers to the United States, Richard Cándida Smith explores Pan-American cultural exchange in the twentieth century.

David Marno
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Death Be Not Proud: The Art of Holy Attention traces the role of attentiveness in philosophy, prayer, and devotional poetry, exploring a tradition of striving for a mental state devoid of distraction.

James Turner
Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

After an introduction, Professor Turner will speak briefly about his work and then open the floor for discussion.

Peter Sahlins
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

After an introduction, Professor Sahlins will speak briefly about his work and then open the floor for discussion.

Mark Danner
Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

After an introduction, Professor Danner will speak briefly about his work and then open the floor for discussion.

Elizabeth Honig
Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

After an introduction by Professor Emeriti Svetlana Alpers (History of Art), Professor Honig will speak briefly about her work and then open the floor for discussion.

Amanda Jo Goldstein
Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

After an introduction, Professor Goldstein will speak briefly about her work and then open the floor for discussion.

John Ferrari
Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

After an introduction, Professor Ferrari will speak briefly about his work and then open the floor for discussion.

Past Events

Alison Gopnik
Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Alison Gopnik argues that the familiar 21st century picture of parents and children is profoundly wrong — it's not just based on bad science, it's bad for kids and parents, too.

Paula Varsano, editor
Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
Berkeley  --
United States

This volume brings together fourteen essays that explore the role of hiddenness—as both an object and a mode of representation—in the history of cultural production in China.

Julia Fawcett
Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Julia Fawcett examines the stages, pages, and streets of eighteenth-century London as England's first modern celebrities performed their own strange and spectacular self-representations.