Bear's-Eye View

Bear's-Eye View is a chronicle of students' engagement with the vibrant humanities culture at the Townsend Center and across the Berkeley campus. Each semester our undergraduate humanities writers soak up the wealth of humanities programs and events, and write about what they've learned.

Erin Haar Photo by E. Kotila

Erin Haar, a sophomore from Moorpark, California, is majoring in American Studies and minoring in Journalism. Her interest in the humanities and social sciences first blossomed after she completed an independent research project on the relationships between mothers, daughters, cosmetics, and self-esteem. She hopes to continue exploring the humanities through the Townsend Center and her courses at UC Berkeley.

Past Writers

Zoe Forest Photo by E. Kotila

Zoe Forest, a sophomore from El Segundo, California, is double-majoring in Comparative Literature and History. The first event she ever attended at the Townsend Center focused on how graduate students in the humanities can present their research to a general audience, and since then she has been motivated to use her work to transmit the importance of the humanities. She reported on Townsend Center events from Spring through Fall 2018.

May 28, 2019

The authors and editors behind Looking for Law in All the Wrong Places discuss what happens when law and the humanities intersect in surprising places.

May 08, 2019

The Book as Place exhibit combines words, space, and three dimensional objects to present new perspectives on what it means to be a book.

April 15, 2019

Sivan Eldar, Myra Melford, and Geoffrey O’Brien think about composition together.

March 07, 2019

Leta Hong Fincher and Lü Pin discuss the fight for China’s feminist future.

December 08, 2018

The Global Urban Humanities Initiative sparks site-specific conversations that bridge observation with action.

November 15, 2018

The annual Avenali Lecture explores the indignation and aspiration of "The Other 1968s."