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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat with Allan deSouza: How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change

Lecture | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

What terms do we use to describe and evaluate art? How do we judge if art is good, and if it is for the social good? DeSouza investigates the terminology through which art is discussed, valued, and taught.

The Clothes on Their Backs: Sartorial Practices of Self-making within the African Diaspora

Lecture | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Ayana Omilade Flewellen, University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

Through an analysis of material culture and documentary data, my work examines the complex interplay between structural forms of oppression and agency by focusing on the ways sharecropping, tenant and landowning farmers in Texas utilized dress to negotiate racism, sexual exploitation, and exploitive capitalism.

The American Welfare State in the Age of Trump

Lecture | January 30 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Tina Sacks, UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

What are some of the current challenges to maintaining social welfare programs for the nation's most vulnerable people in the Trump era?

Beshara Doumani, "Between House and Orchard: Family, Shar'ia, and the Making of the Modern Middle East"

Lecture | January 30 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Beshara Doumani is a Professor of History and Director of Middle East Studies at Brown University. His research focuses on groups, places, and time periods marginalized by mainstream scholarship on the early modern and modern Middle East. He also writes on the topics of displacement, academic freedom, politics of knowledge production, and the Palestinian condition. His books include Family Life...   More >

"Displaced Voices: Retelling the Mythos of Odysseus' Journey" (Book talk about Mythos and Voice: Displacement, Learning and Agency in Odysseus' World)

Lecture | January 30 | 3:30 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 Charles Underwood, University-Community Links

 Library

This is a book talk by UCB Executive Director of University-Community Links Charles Underwood.

From the Upper Indus to the East Coast of China: On the Origin of the Pictorial Representation of the Lotus Sūtra

Lecture | January 30 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Haiyan Hu-von Hinüber, Peking University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

In Chinese Buddhist art, there is an image of two sitting Buddhas, Śākyamuni and Prabhūtaratna, which can be traced back to the Saddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtra. Because (until 2012) no image of the “Two Sitting Buddhas” had been found outside China, it has been assumed that the depiction of this pair of Buddhas is of Chinese origins. Drawing on four images that have...   More >

Partial Representation: Bruegel, Dickens, Aurbach

Lecture | January 30 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Alex Woloch, Professor, Stanford English

 Department of English

Public lecture. All welcome. Reception to follow.