Past Berkeley Book Chats

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.

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.

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.

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.

Book cover image for Territories of the Soul by Nadia Ellis
Nadia Ellis
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Territories of the Soul draws upon queer and affect theory to explore structures of belonging experienced by the black diasporic subject.

Image of book cover for Hidden Hitchcock
D.A. Miller
Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

In Hidden Hitchcock, D.A. Miller does what seems impossible: he discovers what has remained unseen in the movies of this best-known of filmmakers.

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