Past Events

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Natasha Boas and Sarah Thornton
The Future of Cultural Criticism
Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 | 5:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Natasha Boas is an independent international curator and a regular contributor to Dwell, the Believer, and the Huffington Post. Sarah Thornton, author of Seven Days in the Art World, is former chief art correspondent for the Economist.

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Mental Pain
Avenali Lecture
Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016 | 5:00 pm
Morrison Reading Room, 101 Doe Library
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United States

Christopher Bollas is the most influential psychoanalyst writing in English today. In his Avenali Lecture, he argues that mental pain should not be ignored, minimized, or suppressed through medication, but understood and embraced as a constitutive element of human psychic development.

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Alexander Nemerov
Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016 | 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Professor of Art and Art History at Stanford, Alexander Nemerov is a scholar of American art and author of Silent Dialogues: Diane Arbus and Howard Nemerov and Wartime Kiss: Visions of the Moment in the 1940s.

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Roger Mathew Grant
Monday, Oct 31, 2016 | 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, Roger Mathew Grant is a scholar of 18th century music theory and author of Beating Time and Measuring Music in the Early Modern Era. He is currently a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center.

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Eric Stover, Victor Peskin, and Alexa Koenig
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Authors Stover, Peskin, and Koenig tell the story of the global effort to apprehend the world's most wanted war criminals, and attempt to understand why so many states ignore their legal obligations to arrest and try war crimes suspects.

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Weihong Bao
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Weihong Bao’s book traces the permutations of cinema as an affective medium in China, exploring its role in aesthetics, politics, and social institutions.

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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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United States

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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United States

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.

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