Bear's-Eye View

Bear's-Eye View is a chronicle of students' engagement with the vibrant humanities culture at the Townsend Center and across the Berkeley campus. Each semester our undergraduate humanities writers soak up the wealth of humanities programs and events, and write about what they've learned.


Zoe Forest Photo by E. Kotila

Zoe Forest is a junior double-majoring in Comparative Literature and History. The first event she ever attended at the Townsend Center focused on how humanities graduate students can present their research to a general audience, and since then she has been motivated to use her work to transmit the importance of the humanities. She covered Townsend Center events in Spring and Fall 2018 and again in Fall 2020.




Caitlyn Jordan Photo


Caitlyn Jordan, a senior from Granite Bay, California, is majoring in English and double-minoring in human rights and creative writing. She was first introduced to the Townsend Center's as a student in an Art of Writing seminar and continues to explore the humanities as a writing tutor with the Student Learning Center and a member of the Dean's Leadership Team in the Arts and Humanities. 


Erin Haar Photo by E. Kotila

Erin Haar, a sophomore from Moorpark, California, is majoring in American Studies and minoring in Journalism. Her interest in the humanities and social sciences first blossomed after she completed an independent research project on the relationships between mothers, daughters, cosmetics, and self-esteem. She hopes to continue exploring the humanities through the Townsend Center and her courses at UC Berkeley.






In her 2020-21 Avenali Lecture, US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo reflects on the collaborative work of honoring Native poetry.

The collaborators of Bayal Kaymanen, a cross-Pacific Indigenous dance performance, reflect on the experience one year later.

Our Bear's-Eye View writer reports on the UC Berkeley Library's heroic efforts to support research in a pandemic.

The student-led organization Beyond Academia supports Berkeley PhDs searching for alternatives to the academic job market.

UC Berkeley's art museums reimagine curation and programming for 2020.

Three Berkeley historians, Waldo Martin, Ronit Stahl, and David Henkin, discuss historical roots of November's election.