Upcoming Events

Spanish War Poster, courtesy Bancroft Library
Poster Art of the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39
Exhibit
Tuesday, Sep 6, 2016 | 10:00 am to Friday, Dec 16, 2016 | 4:00 pm
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This selection of digital prints, drawn from the collection of the Bancroft Library to mark the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), showcases political posters designed by leading graphic artists of the era. Harnessing the communicative capacity of imagery and text, these pieces give striking expression to the anti-fascist Republican cause in its fight against Francisco Franco and the Nationalists.

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Steven Lee
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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Professor of English Steven Lee’s book makes a unique contribution to interwar literary, political, and art history, drawing extensively on Russian archives, travel narratives, and artistic exchanges to establish the parameters of an undervalued "ethnic avant-garde."

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Lili Loofbourow and David Thomson
Art of Cultural Criticism
Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 | 5:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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Lili Loofbourow is culture critic for The Week and a contributor to the New York Times Magazine. Film critic and historian David Thomson is the author of How to Watch a Movie and over twenty other works of film history.

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Jeff Chang and Hua Hsu
Art of Cultural Criticism
Monday, Oct 17, 2016 | 5:00 pm
Morrison Reading Room, 101 Doe Library
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Jeff Chang is author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Who We Be: The Colorization of America, and the forthcoming We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation. Hua Hsu, contributing writer for the New Yorker, is an associate professor of English at Vassar College.

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Weihong Bao
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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Weihong Bao’s book traces the permutations of cinema as an affective medium in China, exploring its role in aesthetics, politics, and social institutions.

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Eric Stover, Victor Peskin, and Alexa Koenig
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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Authors Stover, Peskin, and Koenig tell the story of the global effort to apprehend the world's most wanted war criminals, and attempt to understand why so many states ignore their legal obligations to arrest and try war crimes suspects.

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Mental Pain
Avenali Lecture
Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016 | 5:00 pm
Morrison Reading Room, 101 Doe Library
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Christopher Bollas is the most influential psychoanalyst writing in English today. In his Avenali Lecture, he argues that mental pain should not be ignored, minimized, or suppressed through medication, but understood and embraced as a constitutive element of human psychic development.

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Natasha Boas and Sarah Thornton
Art of Cultural Criticism
Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 | 5:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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Natasha Boas is an independent international curator and a regular contributor to Dwell, the Believer, and the Huffington Post. Sarah Thornton, author of Seven Days in the Art World, is former chief art correspondent for the Economist.

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Hannah Ginsborg
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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Hannah Ginsborg presents fourteen essays which establish Kant's Critique of Judgment as a central contribution to the understanding of human cognition.

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Terry Castle and Dave Hickey
Art of Cultural Criticism
Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 | 5:00 pm
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
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Terry Castle, author of The Professor: A Sentimental Education, is Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University. Dave Hickey is an art critic and writer for Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum, Harper’s, and Vanity Fair.