Past Events

An Ongoing Revolution

Reflections on Gendered Struggles and Feminist Scholarship in the Humanities
Wednesday, Apr 21, 2021 4:00 pm
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Commemorating 150 years of women at Berkeley, faculty members from the humanities discuss how issues of gender and feminism have shaped scholarship and teaching.


(Re)making Sense: The Humanities and Pandemic Culture
Thursday, Apr 15, 2021 4:00 pm
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Antonella Bonfanti, Abigail De Kosnik, and Jeffrey Skoller examine how the practices and study of visual culture are shaped by the current political and public health crises.

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Anneka Lenssen explores how artists developed new kinds of painting as a means to agitate against the imposed identities and intersubjective relations that accompanied the making of modern Syria.


(Re)making Sense: The Humanities and Pandemic Culture
Wednesday, Mar 10, 2021 4:00 pm
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The pandemic has underscored the need to attend to the life of the spirit. Berkeley faculty members explore the shifting role of spirituality and its relationship to art.

Proust, Photography, and the Time of Life

Suzanne Guerlac
Berkeley Book Chats
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Placing Remembrance of Things Past within a complex philosophical and aesthetic context, Suzanne Guerlac approaches Proust’s novel as a text whose true subject is the adventure of living in time.

Katrina Dodson on the Art of Translation

Writing and Thinking in Two Languages
Art of Writing
Tuesday, Mar 9, 2021 4:00 pm
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Katrina Dodson, winner of the 2016 PEN Translation Prize, reflects on why there is no such thing as a perfect translation, and why the work of translating requires inhabiting other worlds.

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