Big Ideas: On the Left Edge: California's Renegade Tradition with Iain Boal

Lecture | February 1 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Iain Boal is a social historian of science and technics, affiliated with the University of California and Birkbeck College, London. He is one of the founders of the Retort Collective, an association of radical writers, teachers, artists, and activists, which has existed in the Bay Area for the past two decades. Boal coauthored Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War along with T. J. Clark and others. He is coeditor, with James Brook, of Resisting the Virtual Life: The Culture and Politics of Information, and is an expert on the history of the bicycle.

About Big Ideas:

Big Ideas is a UC Berkeley course open to the public. This year’s theme, California Countercultures, is inspired by the BAMPFA exhibition Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia. The course is cotaught by Natasha Boas, independent curator, writer, and critic of contemporary art and theory, and Michael Cohen, associate teaching professor in the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley, and features local and national activists and artists.

Sponsored by the Big Ideas program, the Mellon Foundation, and the Arts + Design Initiative at UC Berkeley.

 Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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