Past Events

| Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

In this collection of essays spanning her career, Shannon Jackson explores a range of disciplinary, institutional, and political puzzles that engage the social and aesthetic practice of performance.


Performed by William Kentridge
Friday, Mar 10, 2023 8:00 pm
| Zellerbach Playhouse

South African artist William Kentridge, the 2022-23 UC Berkeley artist-in-residence, performs a multimedia piece that reveals his talents as an actor as well as a director.

Sianne Ngai in Conversation

with Colleen Lye and Damon Young
Thursday, Mar 2, 2023 5:00 pm
| Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Sianne Ngai, the 2022-23 Avenali Chair in the Humanities, talks with UC Berkeley faculty members Colleen Lye (English) and Damon Young (Film & Media and French).

Sianne Ngai

Inhabiting Error: From "Last Christmas" to "Senior’s Last Hour"
Avenali Lecture
Wednesday, Mar 1, 2023 5:00 pm
| Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Cultural theorist and literary critic Sianne Ngai is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English at the University of Chicago.

The Everyday Life of Memorials

Andrew Shanken
Berkeley Book Chats
| Online

In his study of the ordinary — and oftentimes unseen — lives of memorials, Andrew Shanken explores the relationship of commemorative monuments to the pulses of daily life.

Dylan Riley

Microverses: Observations from a Shattered Present
| 820 Social Sciences Building

Dylan Riley responded to Covid lockdown with the tools of his trade, producing an extraordinary volume of over a hundred short essays inviting us to think about how critical sociology can speak to this troubled decade.

Francisco de Goya and the Art of Critique

Anthony Cascardi
Berkeley Book Chats
| Online

In his innovative study of Goya's body of work, Anthony Cascardi argues that the artist is engaged in a thoroughgoing critique of the modern social and historical worlds.

Friday, Nov 18, 2022 3:30 pm
| BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street

South African artist William Kentridge is the 2022-23 UC Berkeley artist-in-residence. In this visually illustrated lecture, he reflects on the creation of his chamber opera Waiting for the Sibyl, and on his multifaceted artistic practice.