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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 >