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

Marianne Constable, Leti Volpp, and Bryan Wagner, editors
Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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United States

For many, the right place to look for law is in constitutions, statutes, and judicial opinions. This book looks for law in the “wrong places” — in the realms of language, text, image, culture, and other sites in which no formal law appears.

Timothy Hampton
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Hampton’s close examination of Bob Dylan's songs locates the artist’s transgressive style within a long history of modern (and modernist) art.

Past Events

Mary Ann Smart
Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Smart explores how nineteenth-century Italian opera sparked political change by turning the newly engaged spectator in the opera house into an actor on the political stage.

Translated and with an introduction by Anthony Long
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Born a slave, the ancient Roman Stoic philosopher Epictetus taught that mental freedom is supreme, since it can liberate one anywhere, even in a prison. Long presents a new edition of Epictetus’s famed handbook on Stoicism.

Joyce Carol Oates
Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Oates’s latest novel is the dystopian story of a young woman living in a bleak future dictatorship, who is punished for her transgressions by being sent back in time.