Townsend Center for the Humanities http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html Upcoming Events Guerra Civil at 80, thru Jul 1, 2017 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=101809&date=2017-05-19 Marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, the exhibition <a href="http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/libraries/bancroft-library/current-exhibits">Guerra Civil @ 80</a> features selections from The Bancroft Library's Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records and photographic collections, along with posters, books, pamphlets, and other ephemera. A visual and textual display of the struggle to defend the Second Spanish Republic, the exhibition documents the role of both the Republicans, who were defending the democratically elected government, and the Nationalists, the right-wing rebel forces led by General Francisco Franco. The exhibition also addresses how the war, which unfolded from 1936 to 1939, affected the lives of the people of Spain and American volunteers fighting on the front lines or assisting in the war effort, as well as how the conflict precipitated an intense creative response from within and outside Spain.<br /> <br /> A companion exhibit, INCITE THE SPIRIT: POSTER ART OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR will be on exhibit from September 6 - December 8, 2016 at the Townsend Center for the Humanities, 220 Stephens Hall. <a href="http://townsendcenter.berkeley.edu/events/incite-spirit">Townsend Center for the Humanities</a><br /> <br /> Please visit <a href="http://spanishcivilwar80.berkeley.edu/">spanishcivilwar80.berkeley.edu</a> to learn more about the UC Berkeley events commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Spanish Civil War. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=101809&date=2017-05-19 Designs from a Distance, Jan 30-May 19 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=106896&date=2017-05-19 Designing for a country not one’s own often results in projects that reflect the geo-political and economic factors at the time. Issues of diplomacy, colonialism, post-war reconstruction, new and old political allies, and resources such as rubber and petroleum and who manages them are only a few of the forces that compel the clients commissioning design projects. This exhibit features design and planning projects on six continents by architects based in the San Francisco Bay Area and held by the Environmental Design Archives.<br /> <br /> Curator: Waverly Lowell<br /> <br /> Exhibition Committee: Emily Vigor, Miguel Nieto, Esther MacKenzie, Chris Marino, Jason Miller<br /> <br /> <br /> Location<br /> <br /> Environmental Design Library<br /> <br /> Volkmann Reading Room, Raymond Lifchez and Judith Stronach Exhibition Cases<br /> <br /> 210 Wurster Hall, University of California, Berkeley<br /> <br /> Information, Hours, Directions<br /> <br /> 510-642-4818<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENVI/hours.html">www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENVI/hours.html</a> http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=106896&date=2017-05-19 Literatura de Cordel in Moffitt Library, thru Jun 30 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=107262&date=2017-05-19 This exhibition highlights a collection of Brazilian chapbooks or Literatura<br /> de Cordel in the Moffitt Library. These chapbooks are still produced for<br /> mass consumption in the Northeastern Brazil. These are called literature de<br /> cordel as they are hung from a cord in the book-stands so that the consumers<br /> can browse them and select them according to their desires. There are<br /> several themes that are portrayed in these chap-books. A story is narrated<br /> within the cordel in a poetic form and themes can vary from religious,<br /> political, social and romantic. The curatorial team that consists of Dr.<br /> Liladhar Pendse, Aisha Hamilton and Kevin Cloud invites to visit the<br /> physical exhibit in the Moffitt Library through June 30, 2017. However for<br /> those who cannot come to the campus, we have prepared an online counterpart<br /> of this physical exhibition that can be viewed here:<br /> http://exhibits.lib.berkeley.edu/literatura-de-cordel http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=107262&date=2017-05-19 People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World, thru Dec 17 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=107483&date=2017-05-19 Why do we sometimes know a lot about who made things, and why do we sometimes not? Why does it sometimes matter to us, and why might it sometimes not? These are the questions that will be raised in the exhibit that will inaugurate the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s renovated Kroeber Hall Gallery. The Museum will display objects from the collection that urge visitors to think critically about how perceptions of makers have varied in different times and distant places. Objects such as ancient Peruvian jars, Tibetan Buddhist paintings, and Wedgwood china tell diverse stories of makers whose identities are obscure; a Yoruba divining tray, Karuk Indian baskets, and colorful Guatemalan textiles embody rich personal accounts of craftsmanship. Visitors are invited to reflect on the makers of their lives and share their stories. The exhibit will incorporate objects contributed by community members that illustrate the theme's relevance to everyday life. The newly redesigned space, replete with warm woods and comfortable seating areas, creates a pleasing environment for audiences of all kinds.<br /> <br /> The exhibit will open April 3. All visitors will receive free admission from April 3 to April 9. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=107483&date=2017-05-19 Teachers at the Center: The Story of the National Writing Project, thru Sep 1 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108657&date=2017-05-19 The National Writing Project is a professional development<br /> network for teachers of writing at all levels, from early<br /> childhood to university. Drawing from the newly available<br /> National Writing Project records and other Bancroft Library<br /> collections, this exhibition explores the history of the<br /> organization from its origins within the Graduate School of<br /> Education at UC Berkeley to its present status as a nationwide<br /> network. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108657&date=2017-05-19 Women Who Figure: An Exhibit Inspired by the Mathematicians of Hidden Figures;, thru Jun 16 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108793&date=2017-05-19 Inspired by the book and film <em>Hidden Figures</em>, this exhibit focuses on the four women at its center and other women who have made important contributions to mathematics throughout history. The exhibit includes biographies about and books by these women - from Hypatia in 5th Century Alexandria to Maryam Mirzakhani in present-day America - as well as other books about African-Americans and women in mathematics from the Mathematics Statistics Library and other campus libraries.<br /> <br /> More information is available at http://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/women-who-figure http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108793&date=2017-05-19 A Country Called Syria, thru Aug 31 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109169&date=2017-05-19 Journey through A Country Called Syria, a traveling collection that brings to life the history and heritage of Syrian culture. This unique exhibition allows its viewers to explore Syria from its ancient beginnings to the present civil war.<br /> <br /> The region that makes up the modern country of Syria is one of the oldest cradles of human civilization, and this exhibit highlights UC Berkeley's rich library collection on Syria along with the cultural artifacts we were lent. The aim of the exhibition is to highlight some of that diversity and complexity and give Syria and the Syrian a more accessible human dimension. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109169&date=2017-05-19 New Favorites: Collecting in the Bancroft Tradition, thru Aug 1 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108655&date=2017-05-19 For the first time in many years The Bancroft Library presents<br /> an exhibition of recent additions to its major collections. The<br /> exhibition also includes recently rediscovered masterpieces<br /> carefully collected in years past. Gold-Rush-era memoirs<br /> and advertisements, early editions of William Langland and<br /> Jane Austen, “branded” books from 18th c. Mexico, and David Johnson’s photographs of the African American<br /> community in San Francisco after World War II are but a<br /> few of the items featured. The exhibition showcases the<br /> Bancroft curators and their distinctive collecting practices,<br /> which expand the remarkable vision of library founder<br /> Hubert Howe Bancroft—documenting California as it was<br /> happening and building a library for the American West that<br /> would rival its older European antecedents. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108655&date=2017-05-19 Analog Light Show Festival, May 19 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108912&date=2017-05-19 Join us to celebrate the psychedelic art form of live light performance at this festival of live music and visual wizardry. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108912&date=2017-05-19 Analog Light Show Festival, May 20 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108914&date=2017-05-20 Join us to celebrate the psychedelic art form of live light performance at this festival of live music and visual wizardry. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108914&date=2017-05-20 Analog Light Show Festival, May 20 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108913&date=2017-05-20 Join us to celebrate the psychedelic art form of live light performance at this festival of live music and visual wizardry. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108913&date=2017-05-20 Family Day: A Free Day of Art and Music, May 21 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108915&date=2017-05-21 11:00–3:00 Art Making, Family Tours, and Library on Wheels<br /> <br /> 1:30–2:30 Musical Performance: The Bug Family Band<br /> <br /> Have a mind-expanding day in Hippie Modernism and make rainbow drawings for BAMPFA’s summer exhibition, Ugo Rondinone: Love.<br /> <br /> • Make art inspired by BAMPFA exhibitions.<br /> <br /> • Explore the galleries with tours specially designed for families.<br /> <br /> • Enjoy an hour of interactive musical performance with The Bug Family Band, playing selections inspired by Hippie Modernism. Known for rich vocal harmonies, family sing-alongs, and their commitment to invertebrate conservation, the Bug Family is a favorite at such notable Berkeley venues as Ashkenaz and Freight & Salvage, and a regular at the annual High Sierra Music Festival.<br /> <br /> • Get a library card or check out a book from the Library on Wheels, pedaling over from the Berkeley Public Library with books related to Hippie Modernism for both children and adults.<br /> <br /> • Plus, take a break to sample the special Family Day lunch menu at Babette! http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108915&date=2017-05-21 University Symphony Orchestra, May 21 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=105596&date=2017-05-21 University Symphony Orchestra<br /> David Milnes, music director<br /> Amadeus REGUCERA Skin, stretched upon the frame (World Premiere)<br /> Cindy COX A Year (US Premiere)<br /> Scott RUBIN Kerosene Palace (World Premiere)<br /> Ed CAMPION Work TBD - <br /> Jean AHN New Work TBD (World Premiere)<br /> DEBUSSY Iberia <br /> STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks <br /> BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique<br /> BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra <br /> SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 11 <br /> <br /> Established in 1923, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing arts ensemble in the University of California system. Throughout its long history, the orchestra has provided students and other members of the campus community with the opportunity to expand their musical talents, while at the same time presenting outstanding musical programs to the campus and wider Bay Area communities. Past conductors have included Modeste Alloo, Albert Elkus, Joaquin Nin-Culmell, Michael Senturia, and Jung Ho-Pak. David Milnes, who is also Music Director for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, has served as the University Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director since 1996. Rehearsing and performing works of faculty and graduate student composers has long been a core mission for the orchestra; the Symphony’s program regularly feature the world premiere of a major new work by a Berkeley composer. In addition, the orchestra has premiered several works of established composers. The University Symphony Orchestra now performs several evening and noon concerts each semester, supports a chamber orchestra, and continues during the summer months as the UC Berkeley Summer Symphony (link). An annual concerto competition (link) results in concerto performances by the orchestra’s leading soloists, and regular coaching for each section are given by a number of Bay Area professional musicians. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=105596&date=2017-05-21 What really happened to the Lost Army of Cambyses?, May 26 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109143&date=2017-05-26 Herodotus relates a story of how a Persian army of 50.000 soldiers was sent into the Egyptian desert and disappeared in a sandstorm. This tale has always captured the imagination and many expeditions have searched for the remains of this army. Recent excavations at Amheida, Dakhla Oasis, have unexpectedly shed light on this mythical event. An Egyptian insurgency, led by a certain Petubastis, may have been much more important than was previously believed. It may be time to stop searching for the army buried in sand, and look for other evidence from this important time in Egypt's history. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109143&date=2017-05-26 Black Life: Rashad Pridgen, May 26 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108916&date=2017-05-26 Join multidisciplinary dance-performance artist and creative director Rashad Pridgen for “Translating the Black Lives Masquerade,” a discussion and introductory workshop exploring the communal dance practice of the masquerade. In this inspirational dance ceremony, we will pay homage through movement to the countless lives lost to anti-black violence, racism, and police terror. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108916&date=2017-05-26 The Great Transmission | Pema Gellek | US, Tibet, India, 2015, May 27 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=107194&date=2017-05-27 Screening weekly in Theater Two, this award-winning documentary is the story of one Tibetan refugee lama and his efforts to preserve the sacred texts of his tradition. Witnessing the disintegration of his heritage, Tarthang Tulku dedicated his life to restoring a text tradition that was nearly lost during the turbulence of the twentieth century. Working with a handful of volunteers, he would deliver more than 4.25 million books into Tibetan hands in one of the largest free book distributions in history. “An inspiring and cinematographically beautiful film that gives us glimpses of Buddhism at some of its most important historical moments” (David Grubin).<br /> <br /> *screening is included with admission http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=107194&date=2017-05-27 Free First Thursday at BAMPFA, thru Dec 7 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=106155&date=2017-06-01 First Thursdays are a great time to visit BAMPFA. The galleries are free all day and we offer guided exhibition tours. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=106155&date=2017-06-01 Stalker Andrei | Tarkovsky | USSR, 1979, Jun 1 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109007&date=2017-06-01 A writer, a scientist, and their “stalker” guide venture into a mysterious wasteland known as the Zone. “A dense, complex, often contradictory, and endlessly pliable allegory about human consciousness” (Slant). http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109007&date=2017-06-01 100 Years with Juan Rulfo (Cien años con Juan Rulfo) | Juan Carlos Rulfo | Mexico, 2017, Jun 2 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109008&date=2017-06-02 A very personal profile of the great Mexican author and photographer Juan Rulfo, created by his son Juan Carlos, whose film In the Pit won Best Documentary at Sundance. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109008&date=2017-06-02 Dvorak Stabat Mater, Op. 58, Jun 2 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=107774&date=2017-06-02 Free Performance http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=107774&date=2017-06-02 Dvorak Stabat Mater, Op. 58, Jun 3 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=107775&date=2017-06-03 Free Performance http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=107775&date=2017-06-03 The Secret Garden | Agnieszka Holland, | United States, 1993, (103 mins), Jun 3 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109010&date=2017-06-03 FEATURING<br /> Kate Maberly, Maggie Smith, Heydon Prowse, Andrew Knott,<br /> <br /> Agnieszka Holland adapted Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved tale of an enterprising girl (Kate Maberly) who uncovers secrets at her uncle’s forbidding estate, including an abandoned garden and a neglected boy. Together the children make the garden bloom and transform the lives of all who live there. Janet Maslin wrote in the New York Times: “The Secret Garden is elegantly expressive, a discreet and lovely rendering of the children’s classic. . . . [I]t can be seen as celebrating nature as a force for freedom.” A perfect afternoon respite for families. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109010&date=2017-06-03 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters | Paul Schrader | United States, 1985, Jun 3 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109012&date=2017-06-03 Paul Schrader and his brother Leonard joined together with Bay Area producer Tom Luddy for this rich, compelling profile of the controversial Japanese literary giant Yukio Mishima, who committed suicide in 1970 after a failed coup attempt. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109012&date=2017-06-03 Dvorak Stabat Mater, Op. 58, Jun 4 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=107776&date=2017-06-04 Free Performance http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=107776&date=2017-06-04 Intruder in the Dust | Clarence Brown | United States, 1949, Jun 4 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109013&date=2017-06-04 FEATURING<br /> Juano Hernandez, Claude Jarman, Jr., David Brian, Elizabeth Patterson,<br /> <br /> Shot in Faulkner country—Oxford, Mississippi—this adaptation of his novel was one of the first films to break the Hollywood taboo on the subject of racism; today it shows how Faulkner is more relevant than ever. The story of a black man, Lucas, who incurs a town’s wrath by refusing to act like a “nigger,” and of Chick, a white boy who finds his own dignity in helping save Lucas from a lynch mob, is rescued from melodrama by the extraordinary performances of Juano Hernandez and Claude Jarman, Jr., and the use of much of Faulkner’s original dialogue. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109013&date=2017-06-04 California Typewriter | Doug Nichol | United States, 2016, Jun 4 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109014&date=2017-06-04 In Person:<br /> <br /> Doug Nichol<br /> Steve Wasserman<br /> Jeremy Mayer<br /> Herbert Permillion III<br /> Ken Alexander<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> This hymn to the ordinary typewriter is also a portrait of the countless artists, writers, and collectors (including Tom Hanks and Sam Shepard) who remain steadfast in their love and loyalty. “Pure typewriter heaven” (Don DeLillo). http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109014&date=2017-06-04 Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del subdesarrollo) | Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Cuba, 1968, Jun 4 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109015&date=2017-06-04 FEATURING<br /> Sergio Corrieri, Daisy Granados, Eslinda Núñez, Omar Valdés,<br /> <br /> The Cuban cinema reached full maturity with this classic study of a bourgeois writer who stays in Cuba after the revolution, despite his alienation from the new society and the loss of all his friends to Miami. Based on novelist/screenwriter Edmundo Desnoes’s autobiographical Inconsolable Memories, Memories of Underdevelopment became the first feature-length film from post-revolutionary Cuba to be released in the United States, to high acclaim. Peter Schjeldahl in the New York Times called it “a profound, noble film . . . beautifully understated, sophisticated and cosmopolitan in style, fascinating in its subtlety and complexity.” http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109015&date=2017-06-04 Kedi | Ceyda Torun | Turkey, United States, 2016, Jun 7 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109016&date=2017-06-07 One of this year’s top theatrical documentary releases, the inspired Kedi strikes a chord: capturing the spirited character of the felines that roam Istanbul freely and depicting the beauty of the city, it touches us at a time of uncertainty in the world. Director Ceyda Torun returns to her native Istanbul, where, in her words, the cats are “the one constant element, becoming synonymous with the city itself and ultimately, embodying its soul. This film is, in many ways, a love letter to those cats and the city, both of which are changing in ways that are unpredictable.” http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109016&date=2017-06-07 Kedi | Ceyda Torun | Turkey, United States, 2016, Jun 9 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109017&date=2017-06-09 One of this year’s top theatrical documentary releases, the inspired Kedi strikes a chord: capturing the spirited character of the felines that roam Istanbul freely and depicting the beauty of the city, it touches us at a time of uncertainty in the world. Director Ceyda Torun returns to her native Istanbul, where, in her words, the cats are “the one constant element, becoming synonymous with the city itself and ultimately, embodying its soul. This film is, in many ways, a love letter to those cats and the city, both of which are changing in ways that are unpredictable.” http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109017&date=2017-06-09 Full: Sun, Jun 9 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109021&date=2017-06-09 Programmed by Land and Sea<br /> <br /> Chris Chafe and Greg Niemeyer bring A Day in the Sun, a hybrid music and video performance that depicts the rotation of the sun on its axis, accompanied by the sonification of observational data and cello improvisations. And in Chris Duncan’s immersive sound experience 12 Symbols, a dozen percussionists track the patterns of the sun and moon and the phenomenon of the eclipse.<br /> <br /> Chris Chafe is a composer, improviser, and cellist, and the director of Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.<br /> <br /> Greg Niemeyer is a professor of new media at UC Berkeley; his work focuses on mediation among individuals, communities, and environments. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109021&date=2017-06-09 Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned) | Luis Buñuel | Mexico, 1950, Jun 9 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109022&date=2017-06-09 FEATURING<br /> Alfonso Mejía, Roberto Cobo, Estela Inda, Miguel Inclán,<br /> <br /> With love but without pity, Luis Buñuel unfolds the story of a gang of slum kids who become delinquents as a defense against poverty, lack of affection, and the cruelty of police and pederasts on the city streets. In the characters of Jaibo, the gang leader, and Pedro, his naive victim, Buñuel makes a subtle distinction between corruption and delinquency. Here, as elsewhere, cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa gave form to Buñuel’s wicked humor, simply by exerting his unflinching eye for detail. A gang of youths tipping a legless beggar out of his cart; a chicken staring down a beaten blind man; Pedro’s dream in which his mother offers him a side of beef with a saintly smile: such images evidence a passionate surrealism. Buñuel: “There is nothing imagined in this film; it is all merely true.” http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109022&date=2017-06-09 The Great Transmission | Pema Gellek | US, Tibet, India, 2015, Jun 10 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=107196&date=2017-06-10 Screening weekly in Theater Two, this award-winning documentary is the story of one Tibetan refugee lama and his efforts to preserve the sacred texts of his tradition. Witnessing the disintegration of his heritage, Tarthang Tulku dedicated his life to restoring a text tradition that was nearly lost during the turbulence of the twentieth century. Working with a handful of volunteers, he would deliver more than 4.25 million books into Tibetan hands in one of the largest free book distributions in history. “An inspiring and cinematographically beautiful film that gives us glimpses of Buddhism at some of its most important historical moments” (David Grubin).<br /> <br /> *screening is included with admission http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=107196&date=2017-06-10 Carol Christ and David Neidorf in Conversation, Jun 10 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109023&date=2017-06-10 UC Berkeley’s new chancellor and the president of Deep Springs College come together for a discussion of timely issues in undergraduate education. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109023&date=2017-06-10 Army of Shadows (L’armée des ombres) | Jean-Pierre Melville | France, 1969, Jun 10 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109024&date=2017-06-10 Melville’s drama of the French Resistance, starring Lino Ventura and Simone Signoret, “grips tighter than a Gestapo handcuff. . . . A film of noirish compositions and fantastic cool” (The Independent). http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109024&date=2017-06-10 Kedi | Ceyda Torun | Turkey, United States, 2016, Jun 11 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109018&date=2017-06-11 One of this year’s top theatrical documentary releases, the inspired Kedi strikes a chord: capturing the spirited character of the felines that roam Istanbul freely and depicting the beauty of the city, it touches us at a time of uncertainty in the world. Director Ceyda Torun returns to her native Istanbul, where, in her words, the cats are “the one constant element, becoming synonymous with the city itself and ultimately, embodying its soul. This film is, in many ways, a love letter to those cats and the city, both of which are changing in ways that are unpredictable.” http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109018&date=2017-06-11 The Silence of the Sea (Le silence de la mer) | Jean-Pierre Melville | France, 1949, Jun 11 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109055&date=2017-06-11 FEATURING<br /> Howard Vernon, Nicole Stéphane, Jean-Marie Robain<br /> <br /> A German officer in occupied France falls in love with his “host’s” niece in Melville’s spare debut. “A concentrated, sensitive, interior film” (David Thomson). With short 24 heures de la vie d’un clown. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109055&date=2017-06-11 An Evening with Sophie Calle, Jun 22 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109069&date=2017-06-22 Combining a key early work, a recent documentary, and an in-person discussion, this special evening provides an unparalleled introduction to one of the world’s leading contemporary artists. Featuring No Sex Last Night and the documentary Sophie Calle, Untitled. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109069&date=2017-06-22 Black Life: D. Mark Wilson, Jun 23 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109070&date=2017-06-23 UC Berkeley Gospel Choir director D. Mark Wilson offers a presentation on the freedom songs of the black civil rights struggle of the 1960s. Drawing from his background as musical director of several churches, including, most recently, St. Columba’s in north Oakland, he will illustrate the roots of these protest songs in the musical traditions of the black church. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109070&date=2017-06-23 Army of Shadows (L’armée des ombres) | Jean-Pierre Melville | France, 1969, Jun 25 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109025&date=2017-06-25 Melville’s drama of the French Resistance, starring Lino Ventura and Simone Signoret, “grips tighter than a Gestapo handcuff. . . . A film of noirish compositions and fantastic cool” (The Independent). http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109025&date=2017-06-25 Artist’s Talk: Ugo Rondinone, Jun 28 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109076&date=2017-06-28 Rondinone offers an illustrated overview of his work, describing his process and touching on themes of wonder, sadness, and the sublime in his art. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109076&date=2017-06-28 Aesthetic Possibilities: Literature, Rhetoric, Philosophy, Aug 15-19 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109004&date=2017-08-15 Imagination, Phantasie und Einbildungskraft sind Begriffe, die sich auf ein Vermögen beziehen, dessen Status immer schon zwiespältig ist. Einerseits bildet die Produktivität der Imagination als Vorstellungskraft – neben dem Vermögen des Gedächtnisses und der Vernunft – eine Bedingung der Möglichkeit aller Erkenntnis und Abstraktion, andererseits ist sie in ihrer relativen Unabhängigkeit vom empirisch Gegebenen und in ihrer oft nur schwer kontrollierbaren Kreativität auch ein Ort der Zersetzung, Auflösung, Überschreitung, und Neukonfiguration diskursiver, affektiver, und sinnlicher Ordnungen. So ist die Imagination das ‘Organ’, das die Bilder herstellt, die aller Erkenntnis zugrunde liegen, als Einbildungskraft aber gleichzeitig der Ursprung und Kern poetischer Entwürfe, die alle naturalistischen Konzepte des Erkennens unterlaufen. Wo von Möglichkeit und Möglichkeiten die Rede ist, werden daher in der Regel Imagination, Phantasie, und Einbildungskraft ins Spiel gebracht, liegt es doch in ihrer Macht, die normativen Komplexe und ihre Verbindlichkeiten zu sprengen und ihrer Stabilität zu berauben.<br /> <br /> Die Dynamik der dabei in Frage stehenden Prozesse wird seit der Antike sichtbar. Etwa im komplexen Verhältnis von phantasia und memoria bei Aristoteles oder im Mittelalter, wo im Blick auf Wahrnehmungs- und Erkenntnisbestände – und ihre spezifische Freiheit – mit den Begriffen der ‘Entbildung’, ‘Einbildung’, und ‘Überbildung’ gespielt wird. Darin zeichnet sich nicht nur eine Phänomenologie menschlicher Erkenntnis- und Erfahrungsmöglichkeiten ab, sondern auch eine spezifische Funktion der Imagination als poetisches Vermögen der Entgrenzung diskursiver Ordnungen und der radikalen Neukonfiguration dessen, was Welt und Mensch sind und sein können. Ausgehend davon lässt sich eine Geschichte der Imagination nachzeichnen, die einerseits – etwa von Böhme bis Schelling – die kosmopoetischen Aspekte der Einbildungskraft, andererseits – von Lohenstein bis Trakl – die subversive Produktivität imaginativer Arbeit an der Sprache in den Vordergrund rückt. Dass dabei immer auch die Kontrolle und Disziplinierung der Imagination ein wichtiges Thema bildet, belegt nicht nur das ‘Gendering’, das vermeintlich wilde Imagination seit der Frühen Neuzeit als ‘weiblich’ fasst, sondern auch ihre Neutralisierung im Rahmen der bürgerlichen Ästhetik ‘interesselosen W ohlgefallens.<br /> <br /> Im Rahmen der Sommerschule werden wir einerseits historische Aspekte des Verständnisses von Imagination, Phantasie und Einbildungskraft untersuchen, andererseits anhand einer Reihe literarischer Fallstudien die Spezifik der Intervention der Imagination als Figuration des Möglichen explorieren. <br /> <br /> <br /> Weitere Informationen (Bewerbungsfrist, Formalia et cetera) können Interessierte der Homepage des Preises entnehmen:<br /> http://am-forschungspreis.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/24980.html http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109004&date=2017-08-15 German 204- Fall 2017, Sep 1-29 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109112&date=2017-09-01 Prof. Dr. Ortrud Gutjahr (Universität Hamburg)<br /> <br /> Aufklärungstheater: Lessings Dramen und Hamburgische Dramaturgie<br /> <br /> NOTE: This course only meets for 5 Fridays (09/1-09/29/2017) from 1-4pm in 282 Dwinelle Hall.<br /> <br /> Gotthold Ephraim Lessings Schauspiel Nathan der Weise (1779) gilt als das deutschsprachige Drama der Aufklärung schlechthin. Und dies nicht nur, weil es bis heute das am häufigsten auf der Bühne inszenierte Stück der Epoche ist, sondern auch, weil es mit seinen szenischen Dialogen auf unmittelbare Weise zu aufklärerischem Denken anleitet. Durch die Argumentationsweisen des Titelprotagonisten und seine veranschaulichende Erzählung der Ringparabel gewinnt ein Humanitätsgedanke Gestalt, der auf der Handlungsebene in einer religionsübergreifenden Familienkonstellation seinen sinnfälligen Ausdruck findet. Lessing suchte damit nur wenige Jahre, bevor Immanuel Kant in seiner Abhandlung Beantwortung der Frage: Was ist Aufklärung? (1784) den »Ausgang des Menschen aus seiner selbstverschuldeten Unmündigkeit« zur epochalen Aufgabe erklärte, die Überwindung einer ›religiösen Unmündigkeit‹, die der unhinterfragten Übernahme dogmatischer Glaubensvorstellungen geschuldet ist, auf die Bühne zu bringen. Doch hat der an Erneuerung der Bühnenkunst interessierte Dramatiker bereits in seinen bürgerlichen Trauerspielen Miss Sara Sampson (1755) und Emilia Galotti (1772) wie auch in seinem Lustspiel Minna von Barnhelm (1767) Ansätze zu einem Aufklärungstheater entwickelt. Sein Ziel ist es, die Zuschauer auf bisher noch nie dagewesene Weise mit der dramatischen Handlung zu verbinden wie zugleich zur Kritikfähigkeit gegenüber dem Bühnengeschehen anzuleiten.<br /> So kündigt Lessing zur Eröffnung des neugegründeten, von Bürgern finanzierten »Nationaltheaters« in Hamburg am 22. April 1767 seine Hamburgische Dramaturgie an mit den Worten: »Diese Dramaturgie soll ein kritisches Register von allen aufzuführenden Stücken halten, und jeden Schritt begleiten, den die Kunst, sowohl des Dichters, als des Schauspielers, hier thun wird.« Das Vorhaben des eigens für das Nationaltheater eingestellten ›Dramaturgen‹ ist es, den Zuschauern anhand von Aufführungsbesprechungen Formen des europäischen Theaters zu erklären und Kriterien der Beurteilung von Stücken und Inszenierungen an die Hand zu geben. Als Ziel seiner kritischen Analysen gibt er die Verbesserung der ästhetischen Geschmacksbildung und Kritikfähigkeit des Publikums an. Denn er war der festen Überzeugung, dass erst die Kenntnis vieler Stücke aus unterschiedlichen Theaterkulturen zu einer begründeten Kritik von Aufführungen befähigt.<br /> In diesem Seminar werden wir Lessings Schauspiele, mit denen er als bedeutendster deutschsprachiger Dramatiker der Aufklärung in die Literaturgeschichte einging, vor dem Hintergrund seiner Ausführungen zur Funktion und Wirkungsästhetik des Dramas untersuchen. Dabei fragen wir, welche kosmopolitischen Vorstellungen Lessing mit seinem Vergleich von Theaterkulturen in der Hamburgischen Dramaturgie verbindet und ob sich daraus die Idee eines ›Welttheaters‹ ableiten lässt. Davon ausgehend analysieren wir seine bürgerlichen Trauerspiele Miß Sara Sampson und Emilia Galotti, das Lustspiel Minna von Barnhelm sowie das dramatische Gedicht Nathan der Weise im Hinblick auf die von Lessing selbst entwickelten Dramaturgien, die auf die Wirkung von Furcht und Mitleid wie auch auf Modelle aufgeklärter Rede ausgerichtet sind. Inwiefern heutige Inszenierungen von Lessings Stücken seine dramaturgischen Ansätze in postdramatische Formen übersetzen, erörtern wir ergänzend anhand von Videoaufzeichnungen neuer Inszenierungen an deutschsprachigen Theatern.<br /> Von allen Seminarteilnehmern sind als Reclam-Bändchen für die eingehende gemeinsame Lektüre anzuschaffen: Minna von Barnhelm und Nathan der Weise. Textausschnitte aus Miß Sara Sampson, Emilia Galotti und der Hamburgischen Dramaturgie sowie ausgewählte Sekundärliteratur wird zum Herunterladen bereitgestellt. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109112&date=2017-09-01 AIA Lecture - Beads, trade, and the emergence of complexity in ancient Southeast Asia, Sep 12 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108977&date=2017-09-12 Around 500 BC people in South Asia (primarily India and Sri Lanka) began interacting with people in Southeast Asia. Some of the earliest indicators of this contact are stone and glass beads that were imported from South Asia and widely traded across Southeast Asia. These beads were important symbols of prestige and power. In this presentation I discuss my study of beads from 12 archaeological sites in Cambodia and Thailand and what we can learn from these beads about early trade networks, how beads were being exchanged, and who may have been trading and wearing beads. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108977&date=2017-09-12 The Question of Tartar Textiles: Dante, Cangrande I della Scala, and the Vatican Archive, Oct 2 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=107242&date=2017-10-02 The Chinese-Islamic cultural encounter in Central Asia found its maximum expression with the Pax Mongolica in territories that, although vast in area, became similar in aesthetic culture, and brought into existence a unique “dress code” among various social classes from China to Italy. Similarly to the Tang, in the thirteenth century, the Mongols established their domain with a multicultural policy which was inclusive of all those artistic and religious processes that created a Eurasian production of textiles and costumes. Often found under the name of “Tartar,” these compounds appear very similar in style although different in technique and material.<br /> <br /> Before the Mongols, however, the Crusades had already created an occasion for the four Italian Maritime Republics to establish their own colonies in Eastern territories, and to trade textiles and other luxury objects. Original meanings of patterns and inscriptions were often lost in translation, transmission, and re-interpretation of the textiles traded in Trans Mediterranean areas. It was in Southern Italy that those items were first acquired and reproduced, not without arousing astonishment in the Italian society, which described them as strange (strani) and marvelous (meravigliosi).<br /> <br /> The Royal Ṭirāz Workshop established in Palermo, possibly around the twelfth century, was a major step in the advent of the Italian textile production that moved only between the end of the thirteenth century and the beginning of the fourteenth to Lucca (when, coincidentally, a few Italian merchants reached mainland China), and Tartar patterns were reinterpreted as pure decorative or “exotic motifs.” Same patterns began to appear not only on textile grounds but also on paintings and as architectural elements.<br /> <br /> Through a visual and textual analysis, based on Eastern and Western textiles, and written sources preserved in the Vatican Archive in Rome, this paper analyzes the so-recorded panni tartarici, which still today, no without questions, represent an example of pre-modern cultural and artistic interaction between various Eurasian societies that, thanks to the Mongols, found a universal style. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=107242&date=2017-10-02 Chinese Overseas, Oct 5 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=105267&date=2017-10-05 This symposium celebrates the intellectual contributions of UC Berkeley’s research on Chinese communities overseas, including its archival collections from around the world. UC Berkeley created one of the first Chinese American studies programs in North America and holds one of the world’s largest Chinese American archives. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=105267&date=2017-10-05 Cinephiles, Fandoms, and Global Media Cultures, Oct 6 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109037&date=2017-10-06 This roundtable addresses the transcultural nature of Indian cinema, both past and present. Following the liberalization of India’s economy in the early 1990s, histories of Indian cinema have either focused on the reception of Indian films vis-a-vis cosmopolitan constructions of South Asian diasporic subjectivities or have examined the ways in which an image of the nation has been constructed in and through Indian cinema. What is less understood and explored is the integration, consumption, and vernacularization of Indian cinema in various contexts outside India, for instance in Latin America and Africa.<br /> <br /> Cinephiles, Fandoms, and Global Media Cultures aims to highlight recent engagements with transcultural Indian cinema by scholars based in the Bay Area. Lalitha Gopalan, Associate Professor of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas at Austin, will give the keynote address.<br /> <br /> This event will be held in conjunction with the opening reception of the exhibition “Love Across the Global South: Popular Cinema Cultures of India and Senegal" in the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery, Doe Library. The exhibition highlights the interconnected nature of Senegalese Indian cinema fan culture and the Indian films that inspire it.<br /> <br /> Both the roundtable and exhibition reception will be free and open to the public. The roundtable is co-sponsored by the Townsend Center of Humanities and the Institute of South Asia Studies.<br /> <br /> Event made possible with the support of the <a href="http://southasia.berkeley.edu/sarah-kailath-chair-memorial-lecture">Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies</a><br /> <br /> Like us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Center-for-South-Asia-Studies/76502306608">FACEBOOK</a><br /> Follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/ISASatBerkeley">TWITTER</a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://southasia.berkeley.edu/parking-around-campus">PARKING INFORMATION</a><br /> <i>Please note that parking is not always easily available in Berkeley. Take public transportation if possible or arrive early to secure your spot.</i> http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=109037&date=2017-10-06 Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra January Concert: Requiems by Mozart and Cherubini, Jan 7 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=104518&date=2018-01-07 Come hear the BCCO sing the Mozart Requiem in D Minor and the Cherubini Requiem in C Minor. The concerts are free but donations are welcome. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=104518&date=2018-01-07 AIA Joukowsky Lecture - The Late Bronze Age Eruption of Thera (Santorini), Feb 11 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108594&date=2018-02-11 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=108594&date=2018-02-11 Cal Day, Apr 21 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=102729&date=2018-04-21 UC Berkeley throws open its doors and offers over 300 lectures, tours, performances, demonstrations and discussions. Many events are tailored for kids & families, prospective students, and the just plain curious. Come experience a day in the life of UC Berkeley! <br /> <br /> All events free, all ages welcome, campus wide. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/townsend.html?event_ID=102729&date=2018-04-21