Past Events

Photo of Mary Louise Pratt.
“English Only vs. National Security: Language and Contemporary Geopolitics”
Una's Lecture
Monday, Mar 15, 2004 | 7:30 pm
Morrison Reading Room, Doe Library
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United States

Mary Louise Pratt is Silver Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University.

Image of a print of a somber-faced Kabuki actor.
Memorial Prints of Kabuki Actors from the private collection of Professor Al Dien
Exhibit
Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 to Friday, Mar 19, 2004
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

In Actors in Death: Commemorative Prints from the World of Kabuki, the Townsend Center presents memorial prints of Kabuki actors, woodblock prints from the collection of Stanford professor Albert Dien that date from the late 18th century through the early 20th century and the heyday of Kabuki theater in Japan.

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.

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