Past Events

Film cover for Transcendent Man.
Directed by Barry Ptolomey
Depth of Field Film + Video
Monday, Apr 8, 2013 | 7:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

In his bestselling book The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, engineer and theorist Ray Kurzweil predicts that the next few decades will produce human/machine syntheses capable of solving problems from poverty and climate change to illness, aging and even death. Transcendent Man offers a compelling portrait of Kurzweil’s theory and the promises and pitfalls for the future.

Image of the cover art for Zuzhou's album The Missing Master.
Joined by Discussant: Michael Timmins, Cowboy Junkies
Thursday, Apr 4, 2013 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Heyns Room, Faculty Club
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United States

Chinese musician and artist, Zuoziao Zuzhou, in conversation with Cowboy Junkies songwriter and guitarist, Michael Timmins.

Photo of Ray Siemens.
Ray Siemens
Townsend Brown Bag Lunch Series
Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

A brown bag lunch conversation with Ray Siemens (English and Computer Science, University of Victoria) exploring key elements of disciplinary and interdisciplinary change relating to technology in the Humanities and the response of Digital Humanities curriculum.

Photo of women in black burqas on the beach, shot so that they resemble birds.
Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 | 4:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Regents’ Lecturer Shirin Neshat in conversation with UC Berkeley scholars Stefania Pandolfo, (Anthropology), Larry Rinder (Director of the Berkeley Museum of Art and Pacific Film Archive) and Jeffrey Skoller (Film and Media).

Photo of Shirin Neshat.
Shirin Neshat, Visual Artist
Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 | 6:00 pm
Museum Theater, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
2621 Durant Avenue (access via the Sculpture Garden)
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United States

Iranian born artist/filmmaker Shirin Neshat’s early photographic works explored the question of gender in relation to Islamic fundamentalism and militancy. Her subsequent video installations have departed from overtly political content in favor of more poetic imagery and narratives. In her Regents’ Lecture, Neshat will discuss the development of her artwork from photography to video installation to cinema and screen selections of her video based work.

Screen shot of the Word Seer program.
Marti Hearst and Bryan Wagner
Townsend Brown Bag Lunch Series
Monday, Mar 18, 2013 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

A brown bag lunch conversation with Professors Marti Hearst (School of Information) and Bryan Wagner (English) to discuss their National Endowment for the Humanities funded WordSeer project, a text analysis environment for literary studies developed in collaboration with Ph.D. candidate Aditi Muralidharan.

Photo of Eddie Palmieri.
The Sun of Latin Music: An Evening with Eddie Palmieri
Una's Lecture
Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 | 7:00 pm
Zellerbach Playhouse
101 Zellerbach Hall
Berkeley  California  94720
United States

Una's Lecturer and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri is known as one of the finest Latin jazz pianists of the past 50 years and is equally renowned as a bandleader of both salsa and Latin jazz orchestras.

Poster for the Some Kind of Fish Sauce event, featuring the image of a fish.
With Avenali Resident Fellow Linh Dinh
Monday, Mar 11, 2013 | 5:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

This evening of poetry will cut across generations, space and sensibilities to showcase the diverse works of two Vietnamese American writers, Linh Dinh and Anhvu Buchanan.

1968 photograph in Palace Square by David Linger
by David Linger
Exhibit
Monday, Mar 11, 2013 to Monday, Jun 24, 2013
Townsend Center, Main Office, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

David Linger's work takes the form of thin, translucent porcelain panels, often in large-scale works composed of multiple elements. The panels contain halftone photographs in black underglaze, overprinted with intaglio embossment of original text. His 1968 trip to Leningrad introduces us to the fragility of the human condition and opens up the viewers’ mind to the fundamental elegance of the un-extraordinary.

Photo of Linh Dinh speaking.
With Avenali Resident Fellow Linh Dinh
Friday, Mar 8, 2013 | 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Vietnamese-American poet, fiction writer and essayist, Linh Dinh will read from his Vietnamese writings and discuss how they differ from his English works.

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