Una's Lectures

The Una’s Lectures were endowed in 1969 as part of the Una’s Gift by Mr. Edward Hunter Ross in honor of his wife, Una Smith Ross. In keeping with her wishes, the Una’s Gift is an endowment  for inviting distinguished scholars in the field of the humanities to Berkeley for the purpose of delivering one or more lectures, meeting with faculty and students in their fields of study, and conducting or participating in seminars and colloquia. The gift also supports graduate student fellowships, awarded to female students working on historical projects.

The Una’s Lectures have been administered by the Townsend Center since 1987. 
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Past Lectures

Paul Chan, Artist

The Bather's Dilemma
Una's Lecture
| Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Artist Paul Chan is the winner of the 2014 Hugo Boss Prize, awarded biennially by the Guggenheim Foundation to an artist who has made a visionary contribution to contemporary art.

Maggie Nelson, Writer

Songs of Care and Constraint
Una's Lecture
| Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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.

Ben Ratliff, Music Critic

Mere Virtuosity
Una's Lecture
| Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Music critic and author Ben Ratliff was for 20 years a jazz and pop critic at the New York Times. He is the author of four books, including Coltrane: The Story of a Sound.

Beatriz Sarlo, Cultural and Literary Critic

Borges and Post-pop Populism
Una's Lecture
| Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler

Beatriz Sarlo is a scholar of Latin American literature and culture and one of the most important Argentine literary and cultural critics of the last 40 years. Her Una’s Lecture examines populism in relation to Borges’ work, to the paintings of the distinguished artist Daniel Santoro, and to its most recent avatar, found in post-pop political populism.