Past Events

Photo of Mike Davis.
“The Literary Destruction of L.A.”
Avenali Lecture
Tuesday, Sep 30, 1997 | 3:30 pm
Alumni House
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United States

While urban theorist and social commentator Mike Davis holds degrees in History from UCLA and the University of Edinburgh, his work exceeds and expands the usual definition of historical writing. He is best known for his investigations of power and social class in his native Southern California.

Thursday, Apr 24, 1997 | 4:00 pm
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United States

Panel Discussants: Ivan Klíma, Poet Czesław Miłosz (Emeritus, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley), Martina Moravcová (Philosophy, Charles University, Prague) and Michael Henry Heim (Slavic Languages and Literatures, UCLA)

Photo of Ivan Klíma.
“Eastern European Literary Scene Before and After Communism”
Avenali Lecture
Wednesday, Apr 2, 1997 | 7:30 pm
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United States

Like Milan Kundera and Josef Škvorecký, novelist, essayist, and critic Ivan Klíma is considered one of the most important Czech writers of his time.

Photo of Peter Sellars.
“Getting Real: The Arts in Post-NEA America”
Avenali Lecture
Thursday, Mar 13, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Wheeler Auditorium
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United States

Opera and theatre director, teacher, and activist Peter Sellars has been a creative and deeply influential voice in the world of opera and theater for the past 30 years. Noted for his unique, contemporary stagings of both classical and contemporary plays and operas, Sellars is also professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA.

Tuesday, Feb 25, 1997 | 4:00 pm
Women's Faculty Club
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United States

Panel Discussants: Michael Ignatieff, Thomas Laqueur (History), Robert Post (Law) and Eric Stover (Director, Human Rights Center)

With Una's Lecturer Michael Ignatieff
Monday, Feb 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Alumni House
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United States
Photo of Michael Ignatieff.
“Towards a History of Human Rights in the Twentieth Century”
Una's Lecture
Wednesday, Feb 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Alumni House
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United States

A regular broadcaster and critic on television and radio, Michael Ignatieff has hosted many programs including Voice; the BBC's arts program The Late Show; and the award-winning series Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism, which examined the issue of nationalism in the late twentieth century.

Thursday, Feb 13, 1997 | 4:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States

Panel Discussants: Natalie Zemon Davis, Ira Lapidus (History), Stefania Pandolfo (Anthropology) and Peter Sellars (Opera Director)

With Avenali Lecturer Natalie Zemon Davis
Monday, Feb 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm
2050 Valley Life Sciences Building
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United States

Natalie Zemon Davis is an important historian of the early modern period, known for her narrative writing style and her use of cross-disciplinary history, which combines history with disciplines such as anthropology, ethnography and literary theory.

Photo of Natalie Zemon Davis.
“Moors, Christians, and Africans in a Muslim Traveler’s Account of the Renaissance”
Avenali Lecture
Wednesday, Feb 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm
2050 Valley Life Sciences Building
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United States

Natalie Zemon Davis is an important historian of the early modern period, known for her narrative writing style and her use of cross-disciplinary history, which combines history with disciplines such as anthropology, ethnography and literary theory.

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