Past Events

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.

Film cover for Paul Goodman Changed My Life.
Directed by Jonathan Lee
Depth of Field Film + Video
Monday, Feb 4, 2013 | 7:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Few American voices have been as influential as Paul Goodman's, nor as forgotten. A practicing psychotherapist in New York, his work with Fritz Perls eventually resulted in the development of Gestalt therapy. Jonathan Lee's film delves into an era of repressive social norms and tumultuous revolutions to reveal one of the period’s seminal intellectuals.

Image of the poster for Temporal Shifts, featuring a photo of a cityscape.
Friday, Feb 1, 2013 | 3:00 pm
Museum Theater, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
2621 Durant Avenue (access via the Sculpture Garden)
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United States

Temporal Shifts is a daylong symposium discussing questions of temporality in time-based art forms across China and Taiwan.

Image from the movie Peach Blossom Land, with three men in white garb in a misty landscape.
Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 | 7:00 pm
Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way
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United States

Stan Lai will be discussing his 1992 award-winning film Peach Blossom Land, which was chosen to represent Taiwan at the 1993 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category.

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