Townsend Events

The Novel and the New Ethics

Dorothy Hale
Berkeley Book Chats
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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.

Attention

(Re)making Sense: The Humanities and Pandemic Culture
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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.

Under the Dome: Walks with Paul Celan by Jean Daive

Introduction by Robert Kaufman and Philip Gerard
Berkeley Book Chats
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Spirit

(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 for attention to the life of the spirit. Berkeley faculty members explore the shifting role of spirituality and its relationship to art.

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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.

Image

(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.