Past Events

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Leslie Kurke
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Delving into Aesop, his adventures, and his crafting of fables, Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature Leslie Kurke’s Aesopic Conversations shows how this noncanonical figure was unexpectedly central to the construction of ancient Greek literature.

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Art and Science as Parallel and Divergent Ways of Knowing
Avenali Lecture
Monday, Jan 27, 2014 | 4:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States

In the first of two Avenali lectures, Weschler will explore the connection between art and science, focusing on the thinking of artists Robert Irwin and David Hockney, and offering a fresh consideration of Rembrandt's Anatomy Lesson.

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Greg Niemeyer, Chris Chafe, Perrin Meyer and Rama Gottfried
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Sather Tower and Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Created for the Maldives Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, “Polartide” turns the fluctuating data sets of sea levels and oil company stock valuations into digitized tones, inviting participants to reflect on the growing threat of global climate change in a new way. Join us for an interactive performance of “Polartide” at the Sather Tower carillon, followed by discussion in the Geballe Room.

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Didier Fassin
Berkeley Human Rights Seminar
Monday, Dec 2, 2013 | 5:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Didier Fassin (Institute for Advanced Study) will discuss his book Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present (UC Press, 2011) with UC Berkeley faculty.

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Nicholas Mathew
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Professor of Music Nicholas Mathew’s recent book explores Beethoven's music as an active participant in political life from the Napoleonic Wars to the present day.

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Friday, Nov 15, 2013 | 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

This one-day conference gathers select scholars to examine the foundation of Mediterranean culture and the role of translation.

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Directed by Shari Cookson and Nick Doob
Depth of Field Film + Video
Monday, Nov 4, 2013 | 7:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

The first installment of HBO’s four-part Alzheimer’s Project, this film offers a personal portrait of the complex disease scientists are still struggling to understand and treat, and insight into what makes each of us an individual.

Abstract Image by Kurgan Brooklyn
Friday, Nov 1, 2013 | 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way
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United States

At this interdisciplinary symposium, mapmakers and scholars from the fields of science, urban planning, literature, and new media will examine the ways maps work.

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Eyal Weizman
Berkeley Human Rights Seminar
Monday, Oct 28, 2013 | 4:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Eyal Weizman (Goldsmiths, University of London) will discuss the place of architecture in human rights and humanitarian law.

Ute Frevert
Ute Frevert
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 | 5:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

German historian and director of the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Ute Frevert specializes in the social and cultural history of modern times, gender history, and political history.

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