Past Events

Timothy Hampton
Berkeley Book Chats
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
Berkeley Book Chats
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
Berkeley Book Chats
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.

Translated and with an introduction by Anthony Long
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Born a slave, the ancient Roman Stoic philosopher Epictetus taught that mental freedom is supreme, since it can liberate one anywhere, even in a prison. Long presents a new edition of Epictetus’s famed handbook on Stoicism.

Eric Karpeles in Conversation with Robert Hass
Monday, Mar 11, 2019 | 5:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Author Eric Karpeles speaks with Robert Hass about Polish writer, painter, and soldier Józef Czapski (1896-1993), whose biography Karpeles has written.

Creative Work, Scholarship, and the Art of Putting Things Together
Friday, Mar 8, 2019 | 3:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Three master practitioners — award-winning composer Sivan Eldar, noted jazz musician and composer Myra Melford, and celebrated poet Geoffrey O'Brien — explore the practice and problem of composition across different artistic media, scholarship, and thought.

Joyce Carol Oates
Berkeley Book Chats
Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Oates’s latest novel is the dystopian story of a young woman living in a bleak future dictatorship, who is punished for her transgressions by being sent back in time.

Maggie Nelson in Conversation with Nadia Ellis
Public University, Public Values
Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 | 5:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Maggie Nelson, the 2018-19 Una's Lecturer, is joined in conversation by UC Berkeley professor of English Nadia Ellis.

Songs of Care and Constraint
Una's Lecture
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 | 5:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States

Maggie Nelson, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, is the author of numerous works of nonfiction and poetry, including The Argonauts, an autobiographical account that received the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.

In Conversation on the Art of Writing
Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019 | 5:00 pm
Morrison Reading Room,
101 Doe Library
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United States

Michael Lewis, author of The Big Short, Moneyball, and other bestselling books, discusses his career and practice as a writer.

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