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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

After Kathy Acker: A Conversation with Chris Kraus

Lecture | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Chris Kraus

 Department of English

A graduate student led discussion with author Chris Kraus about her recent literary biography, "After Kathy Acker" [moderated by Alex Brostoff (Comparative Literature) & Katie Bondy (English)]

Sponsored by the English Department Americanist Colloquium, the English Department, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Florence Bixby Chair, the 20/21st Century Colloquium, & the Consortium for...   More >

Initial Coin Offerings: The Opportunities and Pitfalls of Funding Start-Ups With Cryptocurrencies

Lecture | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Lukas Repa, European Commission

 Institute of European Studies

Start-up funding is still a prerogative of venture capital firms in the Silicon Valley. Yet, this may change. The boom of Bitcoin has attracted investor interest to cryptocurrencies in general. As a consequence, both in Europe and the USA, entrepreneurs are increasingly issuing cryptocurrencies to fund their start ups rather than seeking venture capital. The so-called "Initial Coin Offerings"...   More >

Ancient Icons/Modern Russia

Lecture | February 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Judith Deutsch Kornblatt, Professor Emerita, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin - Madison

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

This lecture and slide show examines the history, theology, and presentation of Russian icons, from their beginnings through the twentieth century and into post-Soviet times. It will demonstrate how these sacred objects have permeated even secular Russian culture, including modernist art, poetry, advertising, and popular memes.

Latin American Hyperfetishism and the Materialist Turn

Lecture | February 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Center for Latin American Studies, CLAS Conference Room

 2334 Bowditch Street, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Héctor Hoyos, Associate Professor, Stanford University Latin American Literature

 Center for Latin American Studies

In this talk, Hoyos interrogates Marx’s notion of commodity fetishism from the vantage point of new materialisms. Complicating the notion that counternarrative may reveal the social relations behind the fascination toward commodities, Hoyos considers literary and artistic case studies from Colombia and Mexico (Fernando Vallejo, Margo Glantz, and Daniela Rosell) to characterize a mode of...   More >

The Politics of Faith and Fear: Robert Baer at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | February 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Robert Baer, Author and Former CIA Officer

 The Berkeley Forum

Global warming, overpopulation, and mass migration will put catastrophic stress on humanity. How we deal with it will be the question. Robert Baer believes that people governed by fear want to be governed by faith. The Taliban’s demolition of the Buddhas at Bamiyan and the Islamic State's destruction of Palmyra may have occurred halfway around the world, but Americans can apply lessons from these...   More >


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Translation as Research: with Ahmad Diab, Anneka Lenssen, and Kathy Zarur

Lecture | February 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Annex, Room 126

 Arts Research Center

To celebrate the upcoming publication of the anthology Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2018), co-editor Anneka Lenssen joins Ahmad Diab and Kathy Zarur in a conversation exploring the possibilities of translation as artistic research.

Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents

Environmental Design Archives Gallery Talks: Margie O’Driscoll

Lecture | February 13 | 7-8 p.m. | 121 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Join the Environmental Design Archives the second Tuesday of each month for Gallery Talks, a series of informal lectures given by scholars and practitioners.