Berkeley Book Chats

The Townsend Center presents a lunchtime series celebrating the intellectual and artistic endeavors of the UC Berkeley faculty. Each Berkeley Book Chat features a faculty member engaged in conversation about a recently completed publication, performance, or recording. The series highlights the extraordinary breadth and depth of Berkeley’s academic community.

Past Events

Timothy Hampton
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Hampton’s close examination of Bob Dylan's songs locates the artist’s transgressive style within a long history of modern (and modernist) art.

Marianne Constable, Leti Volpp, and Bryan Wagner, editors
Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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United States

For many, the right place to look for law is in constitutions, statutes, and judicial opinions. This book looks for law in the “wrong places” — in the realms of language, text, image, culture, and other sites in which no formal law appears.

Mary Ann Smart
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 turning the newly engaged spectator in the opera house into an actor on the political stage.