Townsend Events

Homer: The Very Idea

James Porter
Berkeley Book Chats
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The identity of Homer is shrouded in mystery, including doubts that he was an actual person. James Porter explores Homer’s mystique, approaching the poet not as a man, but as a cultural invention.

Cultural Heritage in China as Endangered Species?

In Dialogue with China: Art, Culture, Politics
Monday, Oct 17, 2022 4:00 pm
| 820 Social Sciences Building

In contemporary China, the concept of cultural heritage encompasses a range of political and economic considerations. Panelists ask who benefits from the policies and politics of heritage.

Grant-Seeking in the Arts and Humanities

Professional Development
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This online workshop provides guidance for pursuing research and programmatic support from private foundations interested in the arts and humanities.

Families in Imperial China

In Dialogue with China: Art, Culture, Politics
Monday, Oct 24, 2022 4:00 pm
| 820 Social Sciences Building

Exploring sources from travel diaries to legal casebooks, panelists address the complexities and contradictions surrounding the notion of the traditional family in mid- and late-imperial China.

Communities in China: Ethics, Laws, and Politics

In Dialogue with China: Art, Culture, Politics
Monday, Oct 31, 2022 4:00 pm
| 820 Social Sciences Building

Loubna El-Amine and Haiyan Lee contrast visions of the good life in communities in Early China and in today's PRC, using them as vantage points from which to explore the moral imagination.

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Sophie Volpp considers fictional objects of the late Ming and Qing that defy being read as illustrative of historical things, and are instead often signs of fictionality itself.

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In her history of the idea of "relevance" since the 19th century, Elisa Tamarkin explores the term as a means to grasp how something once disregarded, unvalued, or lost becomes interesting and important.