Past Events

Daniel Boyarin
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Boyarin argues that the very concept of a religion of “Judaism” is an invention of the Christian church that was adopted by Jews only with the coming of modernity and the spread of Christian languages.

Anne Nesbet
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Nesbet’s historical novel for younger readers takes place during World War II in Springdale, Maine. It tells the story of eleven-year-old Gusta, who is sent to live in an orphanage run by her grandmother after her labor-organizer father is forced to flee the country.

The Other 1968s: Counterrevolution, Communism and Desublimation
Avenali Lecture
Monday, Nov 5, 2018 | 6:30 pm
BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street
Berkeley  California  94704
United States

In his exploration of a watershed political year, Todd Gitlin unearths a "thrust toward retrogression" that stands in stark contrast to the popular image of 1968 as a politically progressive moment. Professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University, and former president of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), he is the author of 16 books, including The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage.

Hertha Sweet Wong
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Wong explores the intersection of writing and visual art in the autobiographical work of Art Spiegelman, Faith Ringgold, Leslie Marmon Silko, and other American writers-artists who experiment with hybrid forms of self-narration.

Bryan Wagner
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Wagner offers a fresh analysis of this deceptively simple story of a fox, a rabbit, and a doll made of tar and turpentine, tracing its history and connections to slavery, colonialism, and global trade.

Catherine Gallagher
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Inventing counterfactual histories — such as a Europe that never threw off Hitler, or a second term for JFK — is a common pastime of modern day historians. Gallagher probes how counterfactual history works and to what ends.

Francine Masiello
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Masiello explores the textual and visual representation of the senses during moments of crisis in Latin America from the early nineteenth century to the present.

When Not to Write Like a Lawyer: The Art of Genre Transgression
Friday, Sep 14, 2018 | 4:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Patricia Williams is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University. A scholar of race, gender, and law, she is a prolific writer across a variety of genres. Her books include The Alchemy of Race and Rights and Open House: Of Family, Food, Piano Lessons, and the Search for a Room of My Own. She is a columnist for the Nation.

Kara Maria
Exhibit
Monday, Aug 27, 2018 to Friday, Dec 14, 2018
220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Kara Maria's "cheerfully apocalyptic" paintings engage with a host of political issues, including war and environmental destruction.

John Ferrari
Berkeley Book Chats
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.

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