Past Berkeley Book Chats

Past Events

James Joyce and the Matter of Paris

Catherine Flynn
Berkeley Book Chats
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| Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Catherine Flynn explores the ways in which James Joyce's imaginative consciousness was shaped by the paradigmatic city of European urban modernity.

The Beadworkers: Stories

Beth Piatote
Berkeley Book Chats
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| Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Beth Piatote’s debut short story collection is a reflection on modern Native American life.

Pindar, Song, and Space: Towards a Lyric Archaeology

Leslie Kurke and Richard Neer
Berkeley Book Chats
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| Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

In their study of the poet Pindar of Thebes, coauthors Leslie Kurke and Richard Neer develop a new methodological approach to classical Greece.

#identity: Hashtagging Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Nation

Abigail De Kosnik and Keith Feldman, editors
Berkeley Book Chats
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| Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

This collected volume offers a critical interdisciplinary view on how and why social media is at the heart of contemporary political discourse.

Hello Leonora, Soy Anne Walsh

Anne Walsh
Berkeley Book Chats
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| Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
In her response to surrealist painter Leonora Carrington’s feminist novella, The Hearing Trumpet, Anne Walsh uses a variety of media to cast herself as an “apprentice crone” who studies and rehearses the trauma of old age.
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| Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Grace Lavery examines the contradictory role — as both rival empire and cradle of exquisite beauty — played by Japan in the Victorian imagination.

Seeds of Resistance: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply

Mark Schapiro
Berkeley Book Chats
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| Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Three-quarters of the seed varieties on earth in 1900 are now extinct, and more than half of the remaining commercial seeds are owned by three large companies. Mark Schapiro examines the fate of our food supply under the pressures of corporate consolidation.

None Like Us: Blackness, Belonging, Aesthetic Life

Stephen Best
Berkeley Book Chats
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| Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Questioning the assumption that the slave past provides an explanatory prism for understanding the black political present, Stephen Best offers a new way of understanding the constitution of black subjectivity.