Past Events

Film cover for Derrida.
Directed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman
Depth of Field Film + Video
Monday, Sep 24, 2007 | 7:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

 

Painting by Squeak Carnwath.
Exhibit
Thursday, Aug 30, 2007 to Friday, Nov 2, 2007
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Squeak Carnwath is widely known for her large, luminous canvasses. “Carnwath builds her paintings up layer by layer, blending poetry and imagery with color and luminosity to emphasize the essence of her message: We should all take the time to appreciate and revel in the familiar circumstances of our daily lives,” art critic Miriam Seidel has said. As Carnwath herself puts it, “Art is the antidote that reminds us to breathe, to feel the soles of our feet and the touch of the ground on the bottom of our toes.”

Combined photos of Philip Kan Gotanda and Carey Perloff.
“After the War”
Forum on the Humanities & the Public World
Monday, Apr 9, 2007 | 5:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States

In the world premiere of After the War, commissioned and developed by A.C.T. under the direction of Carey Perloff, Philip Kan Gotanda portrays an unexpected grouping of characters as they struggle to revive a community shattered by the effects of the war.

Photo of Alfred Brendel.
“In Conversation”
Forum on the Humanities & the Public World
Friday, Mar 16, 2007 | 5:00 pm
Great Hall, Bancroft Hotel
2680 Bancroft Way
Berkeley  California
United States

Alfred Brendel’s accomplishments as an interpreter of the great composers have earned him a place among the world’s most revered musicians. He is the first pianist to have recorded all of Beethoven’s piano compositions and one of the few to have recorded the complete Mozart piano concertos.

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2007 | 4:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Panel Discussants: Robert Post, Deniz Göktürk (German), David Hollinger (History) and Saba Mahmood (Anthropology)
Moderator: Anthony J. Cascardi (Townsend Center Director)

Photo of Robert Post.
“Religion and Freedom of Speech: Cartoons and Controversies”
Una's Lecture
Tuesday, Mar 13, 2007 | 7:30 pm
Lipman Room, Barrows Hall
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United States

Robert Post is David Boies Professor of Law at Yale University. His subject areas are constitutional law, the First Amendment, legal history, and affirmative action, and his books include Constitutional Domains: Democracy, Community, Management and Prejudicial Appearances: The Logic of American Antidiscrimination Law.

Painting by Katherine Sherwood
Paintings by Katherine Sherwood
Exhibit
Sunday, Mar 11, 2007 to Thursday, May 31, 2007
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Katherine Sherwood teaches in the Art Department at UC Berkeley. Her mixed-media paintings gracefully juxtapose abstracted medical images, such as cerebral angiograms of the artist’s brain, with calligraphic renderings of ancient symbols. Her paintings investigate the point at which the essential aspects of art, medicine, and disability intersect—playing with our striving to know more, to control our future.

Photo of Robert Reich.
“The Four Narratives of American Public Life”
Forum on the Humanities & the Public World
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2007 | 5:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States

As the nation’s 22nd Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, Robert Reich implemented the Family and Medical Leave Act; led a national fight against sweatshops in the U.S. and illegal child labor around the world; headed the administration’s successful effort to raise the minimum wage; secured worker’s pensions; and launched job-training programs, one-stop career centers, and school-to-work initiatives.

Photo of Robert Pinsky.
“Lyric and Public: The Favorite Poem Project”
Forum on the Humanities & the Public World
Thursday, Feb 1, 2007 | 5:30 pm
Wheeler Auditorium
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United States

Throughout his career, Robert Pinsky has been dedicated to identifying and invigorating poetry’s place in the world. As Poet Laureate, Pinsky founded the Favorite Poem Project, in which thousands of Americans shared their favorite poems.

Image of a painting by Ali Dadgar depicting a man on his fours beside the outline of an elk.
Recent Works by Ali Dadgar
Exhibit
Thursday, Jan 25, 2007 to Friday, Mar 2, 2007
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Bay Area artist Ali Dadgar works in painting, experimental printmaking, digital photography, and performance. He explores various processes and techniques with a variety of objects and surfaces in order to reflect on and transform how meaning, function and value are created.

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