Past Events

Joy Harjo in Conversation

With Beth Piatote
Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 4:00 pm
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Joy Harjo, the 2020-21 Avenali Chair in the Humanities, discusses her signature project as US Poet Laureate, which maps and documents the work of contemporary Native poets.

Joy Harjo, Writer

When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through
Avenali Lecture
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 4:00 pm
| Online

Joy Harjo is the 23rd US Poet Laureate, and the first Native American to hold the position. She is joined in conversation by poet Craig Santos Perez to discuss her literary antecedents and pathbreaking editorial work.

After Charlie Parker

A Conversation
Thursday, Feb 18, 2021 4:00 pm
| Online

A panel of musicians and cultural critics considers the work of revolutionary jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker.

Under the Dome: Walks with Paul Celan by Jean Daive

Introduction by Robert Kaufman and Philip Gerard
Berkeley Book Chats
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| Online

In their introduction to the English translation of Jean Daive’s memoir, Robert Kaufman and Philip Gerard provide critical, historical, and cultural context for Daive's account of his friendship with the German-language poet Paul Celan.

Attention

(Re)making Sense: The Humanities and Pandemic Culture
Thursday, Feb 4, 2021 4:00 pm
| Online

Hannah Ginsborg, Ken Goldberg, and David Marno explore how the technological and social shifts of the COVID era have changed the ways in which we pay attention.

The Novel and the New Ethics

Dorothy Hale
Berkeley Book Chats
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| Online

A generation of contemporary Anglo-American novelists has championed the ethical value of literature. Dorothy Hale explores the modernist roots of this “new” emphasis on the novel’s ethical significance.

Archive Feelings: A Theory of Greek Tragedy

Mario Telò
Berkeley Book Chats
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| Online

Bringing an innovative synthesis of postmodern theories to bear on his reading of ancient Greek tragedy, Mario Telò offers a new way of understanding tragic aesthetics.

Changing the Narrative: What Stories Can We Tell Now?

(Re)making Sense: The Humanities and Pandemic Culture
Tuesday, Dec 8, 2020 4:00 pm
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Anthony Cascardi and Catherine Gallagher ask how narrative gives sense to events, and whether narrative forms that have served in times of past crisis (the novel, the epic, history writing) might provide meaning in the pandemic era.

Memory and Memorials in a Contested Age

(Re)making Sense: The Humanities and Pandemic Culture
Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020 5:00 pm
| Online

At a time when public monuments are the objects of political contestation, Stephen Best, Debarati Sanyal, and Andrew Shanken discuss the complexities of memory and memorialization.