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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat: Daniel Boyarin: Judaism: The Genealogy of a Modern Notion

Lecture | November 14 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Boyarin argues that the very concept of a religion of “Judaism” is an invention of the Christian church that was adopted by Jews only with the coming of modernity and the spread of Christian languages.

The Political Consequences of the Moratorium on the Death Penalty in 18th Century Russia

Lecture | November 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Elena Marasinova, Professor of History, Faculty of Humanities, School of Philology, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

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

Elena Marasinova, Professor of History, works at the Institute of Russian History (Russian Academy of Sciences) and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Professor Marasinova graduated from Moscow Lomonosov University and had a fellowship at the Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte in Göttingen and Institut für osteuropäische Geschichte und Landeskunde at Tübingen Universität. She is a...   More >

Discovery and Digital Curation of Textual Archives

Lecture | November 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Adam Anderson, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley, Digital Humanities

 Near Eastern Studies

In this talk I will introduce examples of "at-risk" textual archives from the ancient Near East. By exploring two ancient sites which have yielded large bodies of textual and material culture through illicit excavations, I will describe the latent archival organization found in the hoards of cuneiform tablets. Then, I will describe the computational methods that I and my colleagues have used to...   More >

The Influence of Prevailing Ideology on Definitions in Duden Monolingual Dictionaries From the Third Reich Through the Reunification

Lecture | November 14 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Laura Sacia Bonicatto, Lecturer, Department of German, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Language Center

Since 1880, the Duden dictionary has set the official standard for orthography and language use in German-speaking countries. Over the course of 138 years, there have been 27 editions of the Duden, including 7 separate editions that were published during Germany’s split into the East German GDR and the West German FRG. Since the publication of the first Duden, German-speaking countries have...   More >

Anti-Asian Racism at Berkeley: The Case for Renaming Boalt Hall: Presented by Asian American Law Journal

Lecture | November 14 | 12:50-2 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Charles Reichmann, Lecturer, UC Berkeley Law

 Asian American Law Journal

Most people familiar with UC Berkeley School of Law know its traditional name and the name of its primary classroom building, Boalt Hall. Yet few know much about the man who gave the law school its name. A closer look at John Boalt’s legacy, however, calls for a reexamination of the law school’s continued association with the Boalt name, given the contrast between UC Berkeley’s values of...   More >

Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison: IRLE Speaker Series

Lecture | November 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Director's Room

 Bruce Western, Columbia University

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

What happens when people return to a community after incarceration? How do they look for work and housing? How do they manage their addictions or mental illness, and why do some return to prison?

In his talk, Western will bear witness to the lives held captive in America’s experiment with mass incarceration. Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison tells the stories of the men and women he...   More >

The Real Story of Trump and Russia

Lecture | November 14 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 315

 David Corn, Journalist and Political Commentator

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

David Corn is a veteran Washington journalist and political commentator. He is the Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine and an analyst for MSNBC. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Battled the GOP to Set Up the 2012 Election and Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War (co-written...   More >

Radical Transformations of Self and Society: Towards a Critical Theory of Democratic Protest

Lecture | November 14 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Maeve Cook, Professor of Philosophy, University College Dublin, Ireland

 The Program in Critical Theory

Why should we pursue a critical theory of democratic protest? Assuming that we should, what would such a critical theory look like today? My paper considers both questions, offering some partial answers. On my understanding, critical theory addresses normative questions relating to the good life for humans, to the kind of society that would enable a good life, and to protest as a means for the...   More >


Lecture | November 14 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, NOV 14, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk with architect, environmental and social activist, and the co-founder of Breakthrough Communities Project. Co-sponsored by the Kenneth Simmons Community Lecture Endowment &amp; CED Alumni of Color. Open to all!