Past Berkeley Book Chats

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

Exploring the idea of "intimations" - social interactions that approach outright communication but do not quite reach it - G. R. F. (John) Ferrari offers a new framework for understanding different ways in which we communicate with each other.

Tom McEnaney
Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

In his study of the coevolution of radio and the novel in Argentina, Cuba, and the United States, McEnaney explores how novelists in the radio age transformed realism as they struggled to channel and shape popular power.

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

Today we do not expect poems to carry scientifically valid information — but this was not always the case. Sweet Science explores how Romantic poetry served as an important tool for scientific inquiry.

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

In the first book-length study of Jan Brueghel, Pieter’s son, Professor of History of Art Elizabeth Honig reveals how the artist’s tiny detail-filled paintings questioned conceptions of distance, dimension, and style.

Robert Hass
Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Robert Hass reveals the role of instinct and imagination within poetic form, demonstrating his formidable gifts as both a poet and a critic.

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

George W. Bush's War on Terror has led to seventeen years of armed conflict, making it the longest war in US history. Professor Mark Danner examines this state of perpetual struggle and its widespread acceptance in the name of American security.

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

Professor of History Peter Sahlins explores the “animal moment” in and around 1668, in which French authors, anatomists, painters, sculptors, and especially the young Louis XIV turned their attention to nonhuman beings.

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

In his study of High Renaissance art, Professor of English James Turner demonstrates the surprisingly close connection between explicitly pornographic art and the canonical works of masters such as Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo.

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.

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.

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