Past Events

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.

Photo of Linh Dinh.
With Avenali Resident Fellow Linh Dinh
Thursday, Mar 7, 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 discuss his preoccupation with collapse, including how the 1975 fall of South Vietnam influenced his thinking and writing.

Film cover for Bobby Fischer Against the World.
Directed by Liz Garbus
Depth of Field Film + Video
Monday, Mar 4, 2013 | 7:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Bobby Fischer’s cold-war era victory over Soviet champion Boris Spassky in 1972 capped off his meteoric rise to greatness, but few could have foreseen that it would also be the beginning of an enigmatic second act as a relative recluse and eventual exile. Liz Garbus’ film artfully traces the rise, and fall, of a man whose name is still synonymous with the game of chess.

Image of Ursula K Le Guin
What Can Novels Do? A Conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin
Avenali Lecture
Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 | 7:00 pm
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
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United States

Avenali Chair in the Humanities Ursula K. Le Guin has published twenty-one novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, seven volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards. Her best-known fantasy works, the Earthsea books, have sold millions of copies and have been translated into sixteen languages.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Marco Duranti
Berkeley Human Rights Seminar
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 | 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
3335 Dwinelle
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United States

The Berkeley Human Rights Seminar invites distinguished scholars across disciplines to present their recent research on human rights. This seminar features Marco Duranti's (University of Sidney) work, moderated by James Vernon (History).

Photo of Bobby Seal and his sister Betty
Kenneth P. Green Sr. Photography: DeFremery Park
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Special Saturday gallery hours for the Kenneth P. Green photography exhibition, in observance of Black History Month. The exhibition highlights rarely seen photographs taken between 1965-1970 at DeFremery Park in Oakland, a center for community organizing and an important base for the Black Panther Party.

Image of the Dignity book cover.
Michael Rosen
Berkeley Human Rights Seminar
Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 | 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
3335 Dwinelle
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United States

The Berkeley Human Rights Seminar invites distinguished scholars across disciplines to present their recent research on human rights. This seminar features Michael Rosen (Harvard) discussing his book Dignity: Its History and Meaning (Harvard 2012).

Photo of Dan Cohen.
With Avenali Resident Fellow Dan Cohen
Townsend Brown Bag Lunch Series
Friday, Feb 8, 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 Professor Daniel Cohen, historian and internationally recognized leader in the digital humanities. Cohen, who developed Zotero and co-founded the Humanities and Technology (THAT) Camp, will lead a conversation on digital humanities style research in a university setting, with special attention to the role of the institution.

Photo of Stan Lai speaking.
Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013 | 5:30 pm
Durham Studio Theater
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United States

Playwright Philip Kan Gotanda will speak with Stan Lai about his creative process, and the influence of his Berkeley years, both as a graduate student in the 1980s and as a Regents Lecturer in 2000.

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