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

Jeffrey Knapp
Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

In his exploration of the long history of mass entertainment before film, Jeffrey Knapp opens our eyes to the uncanny resemblance between Renaissance drama and Golden-Age Hollywood cinema.

Julia Bryan-Wilson
Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Examining the role of handmaking amid the rise of global manufacturing, Fray explores how textiles inhabit the broad space between high and low, untrained and highly skilled, conformist and disobedient, craft and art.

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

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

Past Events

Book cover image for Rogue Archives
Abigail De Kosnik
Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Rogue Archives examines the rise of self-designated archivists—fans, pirates, hackers—who have become practitioners of cultural preservation on the Internet, building freely accessible online collections of content.

Book cover image for Invisible Hands
Jonathan Sheehan
Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Invisible Hands traces the rise in eighteenth-century Europe of a belief in self-organization—such that large systems, whether natural or human-made, are seen as capable of creating their own order, without any need for external direction.

Book cover image for Sacred Founders
Diliana Angelova
Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Sacred Founders argues that from the time of Augustus through early Byzantium, a discourse of "sacred founders” helped legitimate the authority of the emperor and his family.