Past Events

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Jeff Chang and Hua Hsu
The Future of Cultural Criticism
Monday, Oct 17, 2016 | 5:00 pm
Morrison Reading Room, 101 Doe Library
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Jeff Chang is author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Who We Be: The Colorization of America, and the forthcoming We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation. Hua Hsu, contributing writer for the New Yorker, is an associate professor of English at Vassar College.

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Lili Loofbourow and David Thomson
The Future of Cultural Criticism
Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 | 5:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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Lili Loofbourow is culture critic for The Week and a contributor to the New York Times Magazine. Film critic and historian David Thomson is the author of How to Watch a Movie and over twenty other works of film history.

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Steven Lee
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Professor of English Steven Lee’s book makes a unique contribution to interwar literary, political, and art history, drawing extensively on Russian archives, travel narratives, and artistic exchanges to establish the parameters of an undervalued "ethnic avant-garde."

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Adam Hochschild
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Graduate School of Journalism lecturer Adam Hochschild explores the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) through the lives of idealistic international young volunteers as well as American journalists, scholars, citizens, and a right-wing oil company executive who supplied Franco’s army.

Spanish War Poster, courtesy Bancroft Library
Poster Art of the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39
Exhibit
Tuesday, Sep 6, 2016 to Thursday, Dec 8, 2016
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

This selection of digital prints, drawn from the collection of the Bancroft Library to mark the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), showcases political posters designed by leading graphic artists of the era. Harnessing the communicative capacity of imagery and text, these pieces give striking expression to the anti-fascist Republican cause in its fight against Francisco Franco and the Nationalists.

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Martin Jay
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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Professor of History Martin Jay’s book tackles a question as old as Plato and still pressing today: what is reason, and what roles does and should it have in human endeavor?

No Splash (after David Hockney’s A Bigger Splash, 1967), by Gomez, 2013; acrylic on canvas; 96" x 96"
Artist Ramiro Gomez in Conversation with Lawrence Weschler
Monday, May 2, 2016 | 4:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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Lawrence Weschler in conversation with Ramiro Gomez, Los Angeles-based artist, and subject of Weschler’s recent piece in The New York Times Magazine and forthcoming book Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez.

Zurita Portrait
Selected Works by Raúl Zurita
Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 | 12:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Internationally renowned Chilean poet Raúl Zurita will read selections from his work.

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Thomas Laqueur
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Professor of History Thomas Laqueur's book, The Work of the Dead, offers a richly detailed account of how and why the living have cared for the dead, from antiquity to the twentieth century.

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Anthony Long
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Professor Emeritus of Classics Anthony Long’s book offers a wide-ranging study of Greek notions of mind and human selfhood from Homer through Plotinus.

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