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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Conjugating Catalonia: Language Learning in Turbulent Times

Lecture | April 25 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Greta Vollmer, Professor Emerita, English & Applied Linguistics, Sonoma State University

 Berkeley Language Center

Language learning is, as we know, a complex process. Yet when I chose to study Catalan in Spain last year, little did I know that I would receive an even greater education in the complexities of bilingualism as well as the repercussions of the independence movement on language use and language policy in Catalonia. How am I positioned by my language use? How do I choose to position myself in a...   More >

Urban Life and Foodways at Huari, Ayacucho, Peru (AD 600-1000): A Spatial Macrobotanical Analysis

Lecture | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Geoffrey Taylor, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Huari is the proposed capital of the Wari cultural group whose architectural, ceramic, and iconographic traditions spread to distant parts of the Peruvian highlands during the Middle Horizon (AD 600-1000). With this presentation, I will introduce Wari studies and re-appraise the current state of archaeological evidence on the activities of Wari people. I will then investigate the botanical...   More >

Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat: John Ferrari: The Messages We Send: Social Signals and Storytelling

Lecture | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Exploring the idea of "intimations" - social interactions that approach outright communication but do not quite reach it - G. R. F. (John) Ferrari offers a new framework for understanding different ways in which we communicate with each other.

The Rise of Plutocratic Populism

Lecture | April 25 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. His teaching and research includes the fields of American politics and public policy, comparative political economy, and social theory.

Maya Joshi | Volga to Ganga, Buddha to Marx: The Many Voyages of Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan

Lecture | April 25 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 341 (Dept. of SSEAS Library) | Note change in time

 Maya Joshi, Associate Professor, Department of English, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi

 Vasudha Paramasivan, Assistant Professor of Hindi Literature, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Buddhist Studies at Berkeley

A talk by Maya Joshi, Associate Professor of English specializing in Cultural & Intellectual History at LSR, University of Delhi.

The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment

Lecture | April 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Alexander Bevilacqua, Associate Professor of History, Williams College

 Department of History, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a pioneering community of Christian scholars laid the groundwork for the modern Western understanding of Islamic civilization. These men produced the first accurate translation of the Qur’an into a European language, mapped the branches of the Islamic arts and sciences, and wrote Muslim history using Arabic sources. The Republic of Arabic Letters...   More >

Epic Fail in the Romantic Era and Beyond: On the Vanishing of a Genre -- Wordsworth, Hegel, Walcott, Godard

Lecture | April 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Ian Balfour, Professor, York University English

 Department of English, Eighteenth-Century and Romanticism Colloquium

Pax Americana: Sketches For An Undiplomatic History

Lecture | April 25 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall | Note change in date

 Daniel Sargent, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute of International Studies

Daniel J. Sargent is Associate Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking of American Foreign Relations in the 1970s (Oxford University Press, 2015) and co-editor of The Shock of the Global: The International History of the 1970s (Harvard University Press, 2010).

The Power of Writing with Abandon

Lecture | April 25 | 5-6 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Grant Faulkner, Director, National Novel Writing Month, National Novel Writing Month

 Department of English