Past Events

Close photo of a rose.
Photographs by Stephen Palmer
Exhibit
Monday, Oct 27, 2003 to Friday, Dec 19, 2003
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Stephen Palmer, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley, explores the connections between visual perception—the focus of his research and teaching—and his recent work in color photography.

With Avenali Lecturer Donna Haraway
Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 | 4:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Panelists: Donna Haraway, Chris Chafe, Greg Niemeyer, Charis Thompson, and Alla Efimova.

Photo of Donna Haraway.
“From Cyborgs to Companion Species: Dogs, People, and Technoculture”
Avenali Lecture
Tuesday, Sep 16, 2003 | 7:30 pm
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United States

Donna Haraway is a prominent theorist of the relationships between people and machines, and her work has incited debate in fields as varied as primatology, philosophy, and developmental biology. Haraway’s The Cyborg Manifesto, first published in 1985, is now taught in undergraduate classes at countless universities and has been reprinted or translated in numerous anthologies in North America, Japan, and Europe.

Close photo of an orchid such that it resembles an orifice of the human body.
Film Stills by Greg Niemeyer, Chris Chafe, & Christine Liu
Exhibit
Thursday, Aug 28, 2003 to Thursday, Oct 16, 2003
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

The Townsend Center, in conjunction with the BAM show Gene(sis), presented a suite of 22 film stills from Organum, the computer graphics animation film by Greg Niemeyer, Chris Chafe, and Christine Liu. The stills present a linear narrative on which the complete film is based (although the film itself is non-linear)

“Ethnography on Film”
Thursday, Apr 3, 2003 | 4:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Panel Discussants: Frederick Wiseman, Laura Nader (Anthropology), Candace Slater (Spanish & Portuguese) and Loïc Wacquant (Sociology)

Photo of Frederick Wiseman.
“The Making and Reading of a Documentary Film”
Una's Lecture
Wednesday, Apr 2, 2003 | 7:30 pm
Wheeler Auditorium
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United States

Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman uses the “direct cinema” tradition of documentary filmmaking—continued filming of human conversation and the routines of everyday life with no music, interviews, or voice-over narration—to powerfully examine social institutions in America.

Photo of the shadow of the photographer over a textured wall.
Photographs by John Jenkins and Eric Theise
Exhibit
Monday, Mar 31, 2003 to Friday, May 30, 2003
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Recent scholarship suggests that contemporary photographers are returning to photography’s origins, resurrecting obsolete photographic technologies in their work. Such artists are “looking forward by looking backward.” This exhibition explores the relevance of obsolete technologies to contemporary photographic practice.

Sepia photo of a man standing in a shrine in front of a mountain scene. Taken by Linda Connor.
Photographs by Linda Connor
Exhibit
Monday, Feb 3, 2003 to Thursday, Mar 20, 2003
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

This exhibit features photographs taken by Linda Connor in 2002 in Turkey and India, including eight images of the Bedrock Church in Cappadocia.

The Ecology of Food
Wednesday, Nov 13, 2002 | 4:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States

Panel Discussants: Michael Pollan, Catherine Gallagher (English), Ignacio Chapela (Environmental Science, Policy and Management) and Patricia Unterman (restaurant critic, the San Francisco Examiner)

Photo of Michael Pollan.
“Cannabis, the Importance of Forgetting, and the Botany of Desire”
Avenali Lecture
Tuesday, Nov 12, 2002 | 7:30 pm
Morrison Reading Room, Doe Library
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United States

Michael Pollan's work examines the intersections between science and culture, focusing most specifically on food. Pollan is the author of In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, winner of the James Beard Award, The Omnivore's Dilemma, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by both The New York Times and The Washington Post, and The Botany of Desire, among others.

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