Using the example of B.B. King’s soulful performance, Ken Ueno (Music) explores how audio recordings preserve and transmit aspects of music that classical notation fails to transmit.
Professor Andrew F. Jones investigates how the music of Bob Marley and the Wailers—at once impassioned and cool—transforms raw anger into historical awareness.
Professor Jacob P. Dalton describes how Tibetan practitioners of Dzogchen loosen engrained habits of seeing and learn to dream while awake.
Thanks to the generous support of the Townsend Center G.R.O.U.P. program in the Spring semester of 2006 and the Mellon Strategic Group program this semester, undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty have all had a chance to address topics at the intersection of the Life Sciences and the Humanities.
Matías Tarnopolsky, director of Cal Performances, expresses his hope that we too do not have to choose between having a society that supports the performing arts at the expense of other fundamental needs.
Professor Randolph Starn discusses the "Contagious Middle Ages" exhibit on the UC Berkeley campus.
On September 30, 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten solicited and published 12 cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. By American standards, the cartoons are prosaic.
In one of Roland Barthes’ most famous essays, “The Reality Effect,” he speaks of the real as an effect of peculiar details:
“Flaubert’s barometer, Michelet’s little door finally say nothing but this: we are the real; it is the category of ‘the real’ (and not its contingent contents) which is then signified.”
But what then happens to the category of “the real” when it is anchored in simulation?
Professor Carolyn Merchant argues that in cities that are increasingly urban, art could play a formative role in changing personal behavior and public policy on the climate change.
Professors Colleen Lye and James Vernon ask, "How do we articulate a democratic vision of the humanities and the university’s service to the public good?"