Past Events

Photo of Wendell Berry.
Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 | 6:00 pm
Berkeley Art Museum Theater, 2621 Durant Ave.
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United States

Wendell Berry is a conservationist, farmer, essayist, novelist and poet. He is the author of over forty books including The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture, and the well-known “Port William" series. The master of many genres, Berry’s focus on farming, community, and agricultural and ecological thinking has remained a constant throughout his work.

Photo of Wendell Berry
Avenali Chair in the Humanities, 2012-2013
Avenali Lecture
Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 | 4:00 pm
Zellerbach Hall
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United States

Avenali Chair in the Humanities Wendell Berry in discussion with UC Berkeley faculty panelists Michael Pollan (Graduate School of Journalism), Robert Hass (English), Miguel Altieri (Environmental Science, Policy and Management), and Anne-Lise Francois (English and Comparative Literature).

Image of a diagram of a slave ship.
Benjamin Nathans
Berkeley Human Rights Seminar
Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 | 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 Benjamin Nathans (University of Pennsylvania), discussing "Civil Rights under Soviet Socialism: Revisiting the 1966 Sinyavsky/Daniel Trial."

Film cover for Marwencol.
Directed by Jeff Malmberg
Depth of Field Film + Video
Monday, Oct 22, 2012 | 7:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

After being brutally beaten and hospitalized, Mark Hogencamp turned to art as a therapeutic tool, eventually creating “Marwencol,” a fictional Belgian town stuck in World War II populated by a variety of military figurines and Barbie dolls. Jeff Malmberg delicately brings us inside this world and offers an engaging look at the curious and creative mind behind it.

On Literature, Music, Imagination and Critical Reflection in India and Beyond
Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 | 4:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States

Una's Lecturer Vikram Seth in conversation with UC Berkeley faculty panelists Lawrence Cohen (Anthropology, South and Southeast Asian Studies), Davitt Moroney (Music), Harsha Ram (Slavic Languages & Literatures, Comparative Literature), Ananya Roy (City and Regional Planning, Global Poverty and Practice), and Mary Ann Smart (Music).

Photo of Vikram Seth.
Una's Lecturer, 2012-2013
Una's Lecture
Monday, Oct 15, 2012 to Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012
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United States

Vikram Seth is a poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, children’s writer, and memoirist. His acclaimed first novel, The Golden Gate, is written entirely in Onegin stanzas after the style of Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin. His 1474-page novel A Suitable Boy, an epic of Indian life set in the 1950s, won both the WH Smith Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.

Slavery Ship
Joseph Slaughter
Berkeley Human Rights Seminar
Friday, Oct 12, 2012 | 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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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 Joseph Slaughter (Columbia), discussing his book Human Rights, Inc.: The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law in conversation with UC Berkeley faculty members Kent Puckett (English), Donna V. Jones (English), and Robert Kaufman (Comparative Literature).

Image of the poster for LiqQuake.
Language & Politics: The Discourse of Power
Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 | 6:00 pm
The Book Club of California
312 Sutter Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco
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United States

Faculty from Stanford and UC Berkeley examine how language affects politics and vice versa. What are the conditions that make political language possible, and what are the conditions that render language political? From a racially-inflected "rhetoric of contempt" to shades of totalitarian references in contemporary political discourse, the participating faculty members of both universities will engage in a wide-ranging and spirited discussion at the Book Club of California.

Film cover for Bill Cunningham New York.
Directed by Richard Press
Depth of Field Film + Video
Monday, Sep 24, 2012 | 7:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Bill Cunningham, a pillar of New York Fashion photography for the last three decades, becomes himself the subject of the camera’s gaze in Richard Press’s documentary. The film captures both Cunningham’s clear familiarity with an elite level of celebrity as well as the unassuming humility he brings to his own work and personal life.

Ken Green Photo
Exhibit
Friday, Sep 14, 2012 to Friday, Mar 29, 2013
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

As staff photographer for the Oakland Tribune between 1968-1982, Kenneth P. Green Sr. captured in the still image some of the most dramatic and dynamic social changes occurring not only in Oakland, but in our time. His work reflects the best of both photojournalism and photography – a chronicle of the here and now, and a collection of personal portraits that illustrate the timeless, human side of the people involved. This exhibition highlights early photographs taken at DeFremery Park in Oakland, a center for community organizing, an important base for the Black Panther Party and for the nascent Black student movement that was taking place at Laney and Merritt Colleges.

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