Past Events

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.

Small image of a texture pattern created by Amanda Hughen.
Artworks by Amanda Hughen
Exhibit
Friday, Nov 1, 2002 to Sunday, Dec 1, 2002
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Amanda Hughen, MFA candidate in the Department of Art Practice, explores the boundaries between the natural and the synthetic through patterns formed from geometric shapes. She explores specific dichotomies—the intuitive and the rational, the mass-produced and the unique, precision and imperfection, chaos and order—with particular attention to the thin line that separates these seemingly opposite states.

Photo of an overhead view of the bay area, taken in black and white.
Stillhere art/science collaborative
Exhibit
Tuesday, Oct 1, 2002 to Monday, Oct 21, 2002
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

The Stillhere collaborative of Robin Grossinger and Christine Reed uses the captivating images of George Russell, an under-recognized 20th-century aerial explorer, to continue their investigation of the rapid transformation of the physical landscape of the Bay Area. In this exhibit, selections of Russell’s work, rescued from a Fresno chicken coop, are accompanied by a series of intricate graphic stories combining photographs, old maps, and fragmentary biographic details.

With Una's Lecturer Nicholson Baker
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2002 | 4:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Baker with David Henkin (History) and Carla Hesse (History).

Photo of Nicholson Baker.
“Bombs and Bibliographies: The Secret Life of the Library of Congress”
Una's Lecture
Monday, Apr 15, 2002 | 7:30 pm
Morrison Reading Room, Doe Library
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United States

Novelist and nonfiction writer Nicholson Baker is the author of The Mezzanine; Room Temperature; Vox; The Fermata; and The Everlasting Story of Nory, among others. Often addressing provocative topics such as voyeurism and planned assassination, Baker’s work is known for its focus on minute details and careful characterizations through the exploration of his characters' and narrators' stream of consciousness.

Photo of poet June Jordan taken by Lynda Koolish.
Photographs by Lynda Koolish
Exhibit
Monday, Apr 1, 2002 to Wednesday, May 22, 2002
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Photographer and literature scholar Lynda Koolish celebrates in her work the “passion, the ethical and creative genius” of the writers whose work she deeply admires. In describing her photographs, Koolish explains: “Despite the intensely personal quality of my work, it is, in its deepest sense, a collaboration. I try to listen with my eyes, pay profound attention to the self that someone else is revealing to me.”

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2002 | 4:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States

Panel Discussants: Sebastião Salgado, T.J. Clark (Art History), Orville Schell (Dean, Graduate School of Journalism), Nancy Sheperd-Hughes (Anthropology), Candace Slater (Spanish and Portuguese) and Michael Watts (Geography)

Photo of Sebastião Salgado.
“Migrations: Humanity in Transition”
Avenali Lecture
Monday, Feb 11, 2002 | 7:30 pm
Wheeler Auditorium
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United States

A member of Magnum Photos from 1979-1994, Sebastião Salgado is twice the recipient of the Infinity Award for Photojournalism from the International Center of Photography.

A highly textured black and white photograph of an old bottle over a black background.
Photographs, Photograms, & Sunprints by Susanna Hays
Exhibit
Tuesday, Jan 22, 2002 to Friday, Mar 15, 2002
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Susannah Hays uses photography to illuminate the complex structures of simple things—a leaf, a bottle, a shadow on the ground She brings to light delicate networks of line, hidden geometrical patterns, strange blind spots, and unexpected flashes of brilliance that can’t be seen with the naked eye, thereby connecting the realms of the mundane and the infinite. But Hays’ photographs also stage an inquiry into the nature of photography itself—its mutual dependence on light and darkness, optics and chemistry, science and art.

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