Berkeley Talks: Marlon James

Performing Arts - Other | March 1 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

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Jamaican author Marlon James, whose monumental latest novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, earned him the prestigious Man Booker Prize, visits for a discussion with Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks as part of the Berkeley Talks speaker series. Praised for his "vaulting ambition and prodigious talent" (The New York Times), James will discuss his writing process, as well as the themes that underlie his celebrated works of fiction: the colonial history of the Caribbean, race and gender in the US and UK, and hip-hop and reggae youth subcultures.

Berkeley Talks brings international thought leaders, public intellectuals, creators, and innovators to the Berkeley campus to engage in dialogues with campus scholars on distinctive and timely issues, exploring forward-thinking concepts that impact our global community and intersect with the university's core mission of teaching, research, and public service. Past speakers in the series have included Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt, co-founder and LinkedIn executive chairman Reid Hoffman; grandfather of the graphic novel Art Spiegelman; satirist Bassem Youssef; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; authors Michael Lewis, Jonathan Franzen, and Michael Ondaatje; and many others.