Upcoming Events

Monsters and Others
Exhibit
Monday, Jan 28, 2019 to Friday, May 17, 2019
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United States

Livia Stein's paintings depict tentative and often failed efforts at communication between human beings and other beings — whether animal or monster, real or imagined.

Allan deSouza
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

What terms do we use to describe and evaluate art? How do we judge if art is good, and if it is for the social good? DeSouza investigates the terminology through which art is discussed, valued, and taught.

Michael Nylan
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Nylan explores the concept of “pleasure”—including both short-term delight and longer-term satisfaction—as understood by major thinkers of ancient China.

Arlie Hochschild and Thomas Laqueur in Conversation
Public University, Public Values
Thursday, Feb 7, 2019 | 5:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Arlie Hochschild and Thomas Laqueur discuss the contributions that academic scholars can make to the public understanding of truth and its relation to politics.

Diego Pirillo
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Pirillo offers a new history of early modern diplomacy, centered on Italian religious refugees who left Italy in order to forge ties with English and northern European Protestants in the hope of inspiring an Italian Reformation.

Songs of Care and Constraint
Una's Lecture
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 | 5:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States

Maggie Nelson, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, is the author of numerous works of nonfiction and poetry, including The Argonauts, an autobiographical account that received the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.

Maggie Nelson in Conversation with Nadia Ellis
Public University, Public Values
Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 | 5:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Maggie Nelson, the 2018-19 Una's Lecturer, is joined in conversation by UC Berkeley professor of English Nadia Ellis.

Joyce Carol Oates
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Oates’s latest novel is the dystopian story of a young woman living in a bleak future dictatorship, who is punished for her transgressions by being sent back in time.

Translated and with an introduction by Anthony Long
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Born a slave, the ancient Roman Stoic philosopher Epictetus taught that mental freedom is supreme, since it can liberate one anywhere, even in a prison. Long presents a new edition of Epictetus’s famed handbook on Stoicism.

Mary Ann Smart
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Smart explores how nineteenth-century Italian opera sparked political change by making the newly engaged spectator in the opera house into an actor on the political stage.

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