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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Berkeley Book Chat with Linda Williams: On the Wire

Presentation | February 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall


Townsend Center, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Townsend Center for the Humanities


Professor of Film & Media and Rhetoric Linda Williams’ book examines the HBO television series The Wire (2002-2008). She argues that the series transforms close observation into an unparalleled melodrama by juxtaposing the good and evil of individuals and institutions.


All Audiences

All Audiences



The Lapp King's Daughter: A Family's Journey through Finland's Wars

Lecture | February 17 | 2:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Stina Katchadourian, Writer, Translator, and Co-President of the San Francisco Chapter of Finlandia Foundation

Institute of European Studies, The Finlandia Foundation


This story of a Finnish family during World War II, combines a gripping correspondence between the author's parents, who were separated by the war, with the interspersed memories of the author, their youngest child. While her father was at the front fighting, her mother moved the family, ending up on a farm on the Arctic Circle, trying to keep her daughters safe from Russian bombs. Finland sued...   More >

Monday, February 22, 2016

Yahya Hassan: The New Sincerity and Lyrical Breakthrough in Contemporary Danish Literature

Lecture | February 22 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 6415 Dwinelle Hall


Stefan Kjerkegaard, Aarhus University

Department of Scandinavian


A talk by Stefan Kjerkegaard, Associate Professor, Aarhus University and visiting scholar, UC Berkeley Department of Scandinavian.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Of Lions, Elephants, Unicorns, and Griffins: The Bestiary Tradition in Old Icelandic Romance

Lecture | February 29 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 6415 Dwinelle Hall


Florian Schreck, University of Bergen

Department of Scandinavian


A lecture by Florian Schreck, Visiting Student Researcher in the Department of Scandinavian and Ph.D. Candidate, University of Bergen.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Berkeley Book Chat with John MacFarlane: Assessment Sensitivity: Relative Truth and Its Applications

Presentation | March 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall


Townsend Center, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Townsend Center for the Humanities


Professor of Philosophy John MacFarlane’s book gives a clear account of what it is to be a relativist about truth and uses this view to give a new account of parts of our thought and talk that have resisted traditional methods of analysis.


All Audiences

All Audiences

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Post-Imperialism: The Legacy of Europe's Colonial Repatriates

Conference/Symposium | March 17 | 9:30 a.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Christoph Kalter, Visiting Assistant Professor, Free University Berlin; Pamela Ballinger, Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan; Claire Eldridge, Lecturer in Modern European History, University of Leeds; Jordanna Bailkin, Professor in International Studies, University of Washington

Jeroen Dewulf, Professor of Dutch Studies; Director, IES, UC Berkeley

Institute of European Studies


This conference will focus on the aftermath of the independence of formerly European colonies in Asia and Africa, when between 5 and 7 million settlers migrated to their respective countries of origin, between the Second World War and the mid-1970ies. Although they were called “repatriates,” at least a third of them had never seen their European country of citizenship. Many had been living for...   More >

Friday, April 22, 2016

Graduate Conference: A Polarizing Europe: Identity, Aesthetics and Radicalism in the Post WWII Era

Conference/Symposium | April 22 | Barrows Hall, 820 (Social Science Matrix)


Institute of European Studies, Social Science Matrix


Along national, social, economic, political, ethnic, religious, and other lines, Europe appears to be polarizing. In many instances, it does so at the moment that it seeks to further integrate. To understand the meaning of these countervailing dynamics for European citizens, the nation state, and the project of European Union, this graduate conference seeks to interrogate the notion of...   More >