Una's Lectures

The Una’s Lectures were endowed in 1969 as part of the Una’s Gift by Mr. Edward Hunter Ross in honor of his wife, Una Smith Ross. In keeping with her wishes, the Una’s Gift is an endowment  for inviting distinguished scholars in the field of the humanities to Berkeley for the purpose of delivering one or more lectures, meeting with faculty and students in their fields of study, and conducting or participating in seminars and colloquia. The gift also supports graduate student fellowships, awarded to female students working on historical projects.

The Una’s Lectures have been administered by the Townsend Center since 1987. 
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Past Lectures

Mere Virtuosity
Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017 | 4:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States

Music critic and author Ben Ratliff was for 20 years a jazz and pop critic at the New York Times. He is the author of four books, including Coltrane: The Story of a Sound.

Daniel Santoro painting of Ninos Peronistas
Borges and Post-pop Populism
Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 | 7:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler
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United States

Beatriz Sarlo is a scholar of Latin American literature and culture and one of the most important Argentine literary and cultural critics of the last 40 years. Her Una’s Lecture examines populism in relation to Borges’ work, to the paintings of the distinguished artist Daniel Santoro, and to its most recent avatar, found in post-pop political populism.

Image of Jane Taylor
Balancing Acts: Truths, Boasts, and Videotape
Monday, Apr 13, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
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United States

Jane Taylor holds the Wole Soyinka Chair of Drama and Theatre Studies at Leeds University and has worked extensively in creative arts and literary and cultural scholarship. Drawing on texts ranging from the early modern period to the present, her Una’s Lecture will consider the arts of memory and the will to reconciliation in recent history.

Photo of Catherine Malabou.
Odysseus' Changed Soul
Monday, Apr 14, 2014 | 6:00 pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
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United States

The work of French Philosopher Catherine Malabou has created the foundation for a wide range of current research focusing on the intersections between science and the humanities. Her public lecture will offer a contemporary reading of Plato’s myth of Er.