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.

Caitlyn Jordan Photo


Caitlyn Jordan, a senior from Granite Bay, CA, 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.



Zoe Forest Photo by E. Kotila

Zoe Forest, a sophomore from El Segundo, California, is double-majoring in Comparative Literature and History. The first event she ever attended at the Townsend Center focused on how graduate students in the humanities 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 reported on Townsend Center events from Spring through Fall 2018.



The Student Learning Center Writing Program hosts conversations with faculty on writing as a form of art.

Stephen Best questions convention and proposes new approaches to engaging blackness.

Education and prison — two institutions often seen as irrevocably separate — are at once divided and bridged by narrative.

The authors and editors behind Looking for Law in All the Wrong Places discuss what happens when law and the humanities intersect in surprising places.

The Book as Place exhibit combines words, space, and three dimensional objects to present new perspectives on what it means to be a book.

Sivan Eldar, Myra Melford, and Geoffrey O’Brien think about composition together.