Past Berkeley Book Chats

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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.

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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.

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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.

Image of book cover: Seven Modes of Uncertainty
Namwali Serpell
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Namwali Serpell’s book Seven Modes of Uncertainty contends that literary uncertainty is crucial to ethics because it pushes us beyond the limits of our experience.

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Shannon Jackson
Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Shannon Jackson discusses her recent co-authored book on the Builders Association, a New York-based multimedia theater company that creates original productions based on stories drawn from contemporary life.

Image of book cover: Normativity of Nature
Hannah Ginsborg
Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Hannah Ginsborg presents fourteen essays which establish Kant's Critique of Judgment as a central contribution to the understanding of human cognition.

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Eric Stover, Victor Peskin, and Alexa Koenig
Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Authors Stover, Peskin, and Koenig tell the story of the global effort to apprehend the world's most wanted war criminals, and attempt to understand why so many states ignore their legal obligations to arrest and try war crimes suspects.

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Weihong Bao
Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Weihong Bao’s book traces the permutations of cinema as an affective medium in China, exploring its role in aesthetics, politics, and social institutions.

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Steven Lee
Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Professor of English Steven Lee’s book makes a unique contribution to interwar literary, political, and art history, drawing extensively on Russian archives, travel narratives, and artistic exchanges to establish the parameters of an undervalued "ethnic avant-garde."

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