Past Events

Image of a diagram of a slave ship.
Dirk Moses
Berkeley Human Rights Seminar
Tuesday, Sep 4, 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 Dirk Moses (European University Institute), discussing "How and Why Did Genocide Become a Non-Political Crime?"

Image of the Course Threads iconography.
Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 | 4:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

The Course Threads Symposium is a capstone forum for students who have completed all requirements of the Course Threads Program. Students will present on the topics they studied within their thread, discussing the ways in which interdisciplinary course work informed their knowledge of the topic.

Film cover for Exit Through the Gift Shop.
Directed by Banksy
Depth of Field Film + Video
Monday, Apr 16, 2012 | 7:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Exit Through the Gift Shop focuses on Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant and aspiring filmmaker in Los Angeles who infiltrates the underground street art community and befriends the talented and elusive Banksy. As Guetta documents Banksy’s exploits, he slowly establishes an artistic profile of his own as “Mr. Brainwash,” leaving the audience to wonder who is subject and who is filmmaker.

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 | 4:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Panel Discussants: Anthony Cascardi (Dean, Arts & Humanities), Carla Hesse (Dean, Social Sciences), AnnaLee Saxenian (Dean, School of Information) and Thomas Leonard (University Librarian)

Photo of Lisbet Rausing.
"Who Guards the Guardians? Professors, Publishing, and the Public"
Una's Lecture
Monday, Apr 9, 2012 | 6:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States

Dr. Lisbet Rausing is a Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. She is also the founder of the Arcadia Fund, which since 2001 has made grant commitments of over $181 million to preserve endangered treasures of culture and nature. Dr. Rausing is the author of Linnaeus: Nature and Nation as well as numerous scholarly articles, including “Toward a New Alexandria,” (The New Republic, March 2010), which addresses the future of libraries and public access to scholarly resources.

With Avenali Resident Fellow Wayne Horowitz
Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 | 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Department of Near Eastern Studies, 254 Barrows Hall
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United States

Part of the lecture series “Return to Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography: New Studies on Heaven and Earth.”

In this series of lectures Avenali Resident Fellow Wayne Horowitz discusses specific aspects of Mesopotamian cosmology, from the heavens above to underworld below. Each of these lectures is open to the public and may be attended separately.

Photo of Mark Lilla.
"Innocence"
Forum on the Humanities & the Public World
Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 | 5:00 am
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Mark Lilla’s research in the humanities focuses on intellectual history, with a particular emphasis on Western political and religious thought. A frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, the New Republic, and the New York Times, Professor Lilla is best known for his books The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics and The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West.

Image from the illuminated script for the play Tolomeo.
Launch Event for the “Old Things: The Past in the Present” Course Thread
Friday, Mar 16, 2012 | 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

In celebration of the launch of the Old Things Course Thread, faculty members present papers addressing the value of studying the past at the university level, particularly at UC Berkeley.

Illuminated image from the manuscript for the play Tolomeo.
Launch Event for the “Old Things: The Past in the Present” Course Thread
Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 | 5:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall
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United States

In anticipation of the "Old Things" Symposium, Hans Sluga (Philosophy) will present a keynote lecture titled "What has History to do with Me?: Old Things for New Times."

Photo of Svetlana Boym.
“Freedom and the Arts of Dissent”
Forum on the Humanities & the Public World
Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 | 5:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Svetlana Boym is a Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literatures at Harvard University and the Associate of Harvard School of Design and Architecture.

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