Past Events

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.

Photo of Stan Lai.
Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 | 5:00 pm
Institute of East Asian Studies Conference Room,
2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
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United States

Taiwanese playwright, Stan Lai will discuss the cultural landscape of contemporary China and Taiwan, and the economic and political forces that shape it, with Professor Wen-hsin Yeh (History).

Image of Me Witness poster art.
Monday, Dec 10, 2012 | 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
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United States

Recent civil disturbances and political protests, from China and the Middle East to New York as well as university campuses throughout America, have been accompanied by a growing body of video and photography. Activists and observers can now capture events with inexpensive digital devices and cellphones and distribute the footage through social media sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Ustream, and Facebook. How have these changes affected public perceptions and the way officials and police handle such events? What new standards are necessary for the use of video as legal evidence?

Image of the Course Threads iconography.
Tuesday, Dec 4, 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.

Image that simply reads What can digital humanities do for you?
A Roundtable & Fair
Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 | 2:00 pm
Durant Hall
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United States

Berkeley faculty discuss their experience with digital humanities. Speakers include Ronelle Alexander (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Laurie Pearce (Near Eastern Studies), Ronald Hendel (Near Eastern Studies), and Scott Saul (English). Followed by a poster session featuring digital humanities projects on campus.

Film cover for Public Speaking.
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Depth of Field Film + Video
Monday, Nov 5, 2012 | 7:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Though Martin Scorsese has only a handful of documentary credits to his name, in this joint project with acclaimed author and social critic Fran Lebowitz, he demonstrates keen judgment in letting his subject steal the show. Confined for most of the film to the amber lit bar at New York’s Waverly Inn, Lebowitz takes viewers on a hilarious romp through a range of topics, holding forth on a variety of issues with her celebrated sardonic wit and sarcasm.

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.

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