Events & Exhibits

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Poetry and the Senses Program Launch|Readings and Conversation: Featuring Indira Allegra, Chiyuma Elliott, and Robert Hass

Lecture | October 10 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Indira Allegra; Chiyuma Elliott; Robert Hass

 Arts Research Center, Engaging the Senses Foundation

Join the Arts Research Center for the launch party celebrating our new “Poetry and the Senses” program, sponsored by the Engaging the Senses Foundation! This event will include local poets Indira Allegra, Chiyuma Elliott, and Robert Hass, who will offer readings and comments followed by a conversation.

Indira Allegra, Chiyuma Elliott, & Robert Hass

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Book Talk with Michelle Steinbeck: My Father was a Man on Land and a Whale in the Water

Lecture: Doe Library | October 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 Library, Institute of European Studies

Michelle Steinbeck is a Swiss author, curator, and editor whose 2016 debut novel My Father was a Man on Land and a Whale in the Water (Mein Vater war ein Mann an Land und im Wasser ein Walfisch), published by Lenos Verlag, was nominated for both the Swiss and the German Book Prize. It has been described by one reviewer as ". . .one of the most audacious, exuberant and thrilling novels I’ve read...   More >

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Renarrating the Past: Conflict and Negotiation of Narratives along the Borders of India, Vietnam, and Japan

Panel Discussion | October 16 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Hisashi Shimojo, University of Shizuoka; Kana Tomizawa, University of Shizuoka

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for Global Studies (CEGLOS), University of Shizuoka

- Keiko Yamanaka, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
- Dana Buntrock, Department of Architecture, UC Berkeley

- Kana Tomizawa, University of Shizuoka
How to Narrate Oppressed Grief: from Yasukuni to Calcutta
- Hisashi Shimojo, University of Shizuoka
Belonging and Religion in a Multi-Ethnic Society: Cross-Border Migration...   More >

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Bancroft Library Roundtable: An Invaluable Resource: Reporting on Recent Archival Processing of Environmental Collections at The Bancroft Library

Lecture | October 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Lisa Monhoff, Environmental Collections Project Archivist, The Bancroft Library

 Bancroft Library

The University of California at Berkeley’s Bancroft Library is a leading resource in documenting U.S. environmental movements and home to the records of many significant environmental organizations and the papers of a range of environmental activists. This talk will focus on the recently processed records of grassroots conservation campaigns whose collections range from the 1960s to 2000s.

 The Lewis Latimer Room has a maximum capacity of 28 people. The doors will be shut and no more attendees may enter once the room is at capacity.

Taste Matters: Cosmopolitan Aspiration and Cultural Belonging in South Korean Culinary Dramas

Colloquium | October 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jenny Wang Medina, Emory University

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Food-related cultural content exploded in South Korea in the 2000s, becoming fodder for everything from literary fiction to video games, and turning the country and the world into a map of tasty eateries (matjip). Scholarship on food media in Korea has focused on nationalist formulations of Korean cuisine, the rise of celebrity chefs, and vicarious visual consumption through reality programming...   More >

Friday, October 18, 2019

Getting to Know the Gods of Taiwan: Children’s Literature and Identity Formation

Colloquium | October 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Natasha Heller, Associate Professor of Chinese Religions, University of Virginia

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In secular children’s books, gods are often part of history and culture—but what roles are they expected to play in the lives of contemporary children? Focusing on picture books and early readers about the goddess Mazu 媽祖 and the earth god (tudi gong 土地公), I will argue that they represent different strategies of incorporating religion in the creation of...   More >

Saturday, October 19, 2019

University Library $1 Book Sale

Special Event: Doe Library | October 19 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Doe Library, Rm 180


Expand your home library at this annual bargain-hunting bonanza. Search for treasures among thousands of hardbacks and paperbacks — all for just one dollar each!

Morrison Library Open House

Tour/Open House: Morrison Library | October 19 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Doe Library, 101 Doe Library, Morrison Library


Don’t miss exploring the magnificent Morrison Library, opened within Doe Library in 1928. This traditional reading room is one of the architectural treasures of the Berkeley campus; it’s also a place where students can relax in comfortable seating with a circulating collection of newly published books.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Copyright and Your Dissertation

Workshop: Scholarly Communication | October 22 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall

 Rachael Samberg; Timothy Vollmer


This workshop will provide you with a practical workflow for navigating copyright questions and legal considerations for your dissertation or thesis. Whether you’re just starting to write or you’re getting ready to file, you can use this workflow to figure out what you can use, what rights you have, and what it means to share your dissertation online.


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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

From Dissertation to Book: Navigating the Publication Process

Panel Discussion: Scholarly Communication | October 23 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall

 Rachael Samberg; Timothy Vollmer


Hear from a panel of experts - an acquisitions editor, a first-time book author, and an author rights expert - about the process of turning your dissertation into a book. You’ll come away from this panel discussion with practical advice about revising your dissertation, writing a book proposal, approaching editors, signing your first contract, and navigating the peer review and publication process.


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Friday, October 25, 2019

Managing and Maximizing Your Scholarly Impact

Workshop: Scholarly Communication | October 25 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall

 Rachael Samberg; Timothy Vollmer


This workshop will provide you with practical strategies and tips for promoting your scholarship, increasing your citations, and monitoring your success. You’ll also learn how to understand metrics, use scholarly networking tools, evaluate journals and publishing options, and take advantage of funding opportunities for Open Access scholarship.


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Hands On Artists' Books: Recent Acquisitions

Reception: Environmental Design Library | October 25 | 4-6 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 210 - Environmental Design Library


Artists’ books are simply books made by artists. Whether tactile or conceptual, they range in thematic content including the political, the sentimental, the instructive, or the purely beautiful. Our Hands On Artists’ Book events allow you to handle books from our rare book vault. Our next event will feature recent acquisitions for you to touch, turn pages, and experience. Wine and light...   More >

Julie Chen's True to Life

Monday, October 28, 2019

A People's Weapon: Law and Propaganda in the Early People's Republic of China

Colloquium | October 28 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jennifer Altehenger, Associate Professor in Chinese History, University of Oxford

 Rachel Stern, Professor, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

 Li Ka Shing Foundation Program in Modern Chinese History, Center for the Study of Law & Society

Throughout the history of modern China, people have been taught about their country's laws. Even as polities and regimes changed, they shared in common the conviction that to learn, know, and abide by laws should be an elementary civic duty. After the establishment of the People's Republic of China, the new government invested even more energy than its predecessors into devising methods to...   More >

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Berkeley Writers at Work

Reading - Nonfiction | October 30 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library, 101 Main Library

 Professor Nikki Jones, College Writing Programs

 College Writing Programs

Nikki Jones to be Featured Wednesday, October 30,
In Berkeley Writers at Work Series

Nikki Jones, Associate Professor of African American Studies, will be the featured writer in the Fall 2019 Berkeley Writers at Work Series. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 30, from noon to 1:30 pm in the Morrison Library, 101 Main Library, on the UC Berkeley campus.

Professor Jones is the...   More >


Book Talk: Gender and Class in Contemporary Korea

Colloquium | October 30 | 4-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

 Laura C. Nelson, University of California, Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

More information coming soon.

Friday, November 1, 2019

The Spatiality of Emotion in Early Modern China: From Dreamscapes to Theatricality

Colloquium | November 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ling Hon Lam, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 David Marno, Associate Professor of English, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Emotion takes place. Rather than an interior state of mind in response to the outside world, emotion per se is spatial, at turns embedding us from without, transporting us somewhere else, or putting us ahead of ourselves. In his book The Spatiality of Emotion in Early Modern China, Ling Hon Lam gives an original account of the history of emotions in Chinese literature and culture centered on the...   More >

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

An updated overview of the Public Affairs Wordpress Branded Theme and branding in general

Meeting | November 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 Leta Negandhi, Web Developer, Public Affairs


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Rethinking Nikkô and the Tokugawa Culture of Light

Colloquium | November 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Timon Screech, University of London SOAS

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

It is well known that Tokugawa Ieyasu died in 1616 and was deified. It was determined that he should be a kami (Shinto god) that existed as an avatar of a Buddha, the Medicine Buddha being selected. There were geomantic reasons for these steps.
Ieyasu’s body was then disinterred and relocated to Nikkô, a geomantically important site.

The modest Shinto-Buddhist precincts demolished and rebuilt...   More >

Friday, November 8, 2019

Abandoning the City: Studying Chinese Landscape in the Age of Climate Change

Colloquium | November 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 De-nin D. Lee, Associate Professor, Visual & Media Arts, Emerson College

 Gregory Levine, Professor, Art and Architecture of Japan and Buddhist Visual Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In a 1999 lecture (published in 2005 in Archives of Asian Art), Prof. James Cahill offered thoughts on the history and post-history of Chinese painting. Not solely about landscape, nevertheless, his remarks were inextricable from his lifetime’s study of that genre. The field of Chinese landscape, he observed, produced on the basis of internal, stylistic developments a coherent canon. This canon...   More >

Shitao (Zhu Ruoji, 1642-1707), “Man in the Mountain,”from Album for Daoist Yu, late 1690s. Leaf L in an album of twelve leaves, ink and color on paper, 9 ½ x 11 in. The C. C. Wang Family Collection, New York

Thursday, November 14, 2019

How to Claim a Migrant: Koreans, Borders, and Belonging at the Edge of Asia and Russia

Colloquium | November 14 | 4-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

 Alyssa Park, University of Iowa

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Summary: In the late nineteenth century, Koreans suddenly began to cross the border to Russia and China by the thousands. Their continuous mobility and settlement in the tripartite borderland made them an enduring topic of dispute between multiple countries (Korea, Russia, China, and Japan), and prompted a host of questions that concerned fundamental questions about states’ governance over...   More >

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Bancroft Library Roundtable: “To make letters live, that men themselves may have more life”: Manuscript Analysis and the Lettering Arts

Lecture | November 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Chris McDonald, Assistant Pictorial Archivist, The Bancroft Library

 Bancroft Library

The Bancroft Library is home to one of the more significant collections of medieval and renaissance manuscripts in the nation. Chris McDonald will discuss the esoteric tradition of study of letterforms in the scripts found in such documents, illustrating this analysis along the way.

 The Lewis-Latimer Room has a maximum capacity of 28 people. The doors will be shut and no more attendees may enter once the room is at capacity.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Web Accessibility: DIY (Do-it-Yourself) Checklist for Developers

Meeting | December 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 Lucy Greco, Accessibility Evangelist, Web Access; Caroline Boyden, Web Developer, Architecture Platform Integration; Anna Gazdowicz, Web and Accessibility Specialist, Architecture Platform Integration


Friday, December 6, 2019

Worlding the narod: Recontextualizing the Chinese Reading of Russian Realism

Colloquium | December 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Roy Chan, Assistant Professor, Chinese Literature, University of Oregon

 Edward Tyerman, Assistant Professor, Russian and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talks aims to examine the various ways in which Russian ideas about realism circulated in China, with particular emphasis on the People's Republic of China's deep engagement with Russian and Soviet literature. As the "the people" (renmin) constituted a normative pillar that was central to the PRC's political legitimacy, aesthetic practices designed to provide representational articulation of...   More >

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Web design process and tools

Meeting | February 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 Jesse Loesberg, Web Developer, Library Communications Office


Ongoing Exhibits

The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia: Free Speech Movement Cafe | September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 every day |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Library, Berkeley Language Center

Celebrates the magnificent diversity of languages that advance research, teaching, and learning at the University of California, Berkeley. It is the point of embarkation for an exciting sequential exhibit that will build on one post per week, showcasing an array of digitized works in the original language chosen by those who work with these languages on a daily basis - librarians, professors,...   More >

Power and the People: The U.S. Census and Who Counts

Exhibit - Artifacts: Doe Library | September 16, 2019 – March 1, 2020 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


Since 1790, the U.S. Census has impacted many aspects of our lives. It determines congressional apportionment, decides which communities receive a slice of $500,000,000,000 in federal funds, and provides information essential to policy making. Census questions also reflect the beliefs, concerns and prejudices of their time, starting with the first census which mandated that enslaved people be...   More >

Power to the People

You Are On Indian Land: There There (On the Same Page 2019): An Exhibit of Library Collections relating to the Native American community of Oakland

Exhibit - Multimedia: Moffitt Library | August 26 – December 31, 2019 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd floor


Tommy Orange's debut novel, There There, is this year's On the Same Page program reading. The entire campus community is encouraged to read the book and participate in classes and events this Fall.

“Orange’s debut is an ambitious meditation on identity and its broken alternatives, on myth filtered through the lens of time and poverty and urban life. Its many short chapters are told through a...   More >

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