Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Townsend Book Chat with Stephen Best: None Like Us: Blackness, Belonging, Aesthetic Life

Lecture | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Questioning the assumption that the slave past provides an explanatory prism for understanding the black political present, Best offers a new way of understanding the constitution of black subjectivity.

ANTISOCIAL: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation: A sweeping, unsettling portrait of today’s America

Special Event | October 16 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Andrew Marantz, Author, New Yorker Magazine

 Carol Christ, Chancellor, UC Berkeley; Ed Wasserman, Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley

 Office of Chancellor

New Yorker magazine reporter, Andrew Marantz, will discuss the chilling trends and discoveries described in his powerful new book, “ANTISOCIAL: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation.”

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Townsend Book Chat with Mark Schapiro: Seeds of Resistance: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply

Lecture | October 23 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Three-quarters of the seed varieties on earth in 1900 are now extinct, and more than half of the remaining commercial seeds are owned by three large companies. Schapiro examines the fate of our food supply under the pressures of corporate consolidation.

Truth, Lies, and Cultural Appropriation: Christopher L. Miller on Impostors

Lecture | October 23 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Christopher L. Miller, Yale University

 Department of French, Department of Comparative Literature, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Christopher L. Miller, Frederick Clifford Ford Professor of African American Studies and French at Yale University, will give a public lecture related to his most recent book, Impostors (Chicago University Press, 2018).

Friday, October 25, 2019

Thinking about Composition: Creative Work, Scholarship, and the Art of Putting Things Together

Lecture | October 25 | 3 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Music

The second of a series of conversations focusing on the "how" of composition by bringing together a group of master practitioners working across a wide range of forms and media.

Painting by Kara Maria

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Berkeley Writers at Work

Reading - Nonfiction | October 30 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library, 101 Main Library

 Professor Nikki Jones, College Writing Programs

 College Writing Programs

Nikki Jones to be Featured Wednesday, October 30,
In Berkeley Writers at Work Series

Nikki Jones, Associate Professor of African American Studies, will be the featured writer in the Fall 2019 Berkeley Writers at Work Series. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 30, from noon to 1:30 pm in the Morrison Library, 101 Main Library, on the UC Berkeley campus.

Professor Jones is the...   More >


Human Forms with Ian Duncan

Lecture: English Department and Affiliated | October 30 | 5-6:30 p.m. |  University Press Books

 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

 Ian Duncan, Professor, Florence Green Bixby Chair in English, Berkeley English

 Department of English

Ian Duncan will be discussing his new book, Human Forms: The Novel in the Age of Evolution, the first full-length study of the interaction of European fiction (Goethe to George Eliot) with early evolutionary science (Buffon to Charles Darwin).

We invite submission of discussion questions ahead of time. Please forward them to Meaghan Kilmartin and let us know if you'd like to remain anonymous....   More >

Thursday, November 7, 2019

C18/Romanticism Colloquium Talk: Leif Weatherby

Lecture: English Department and Affiliated | November 7 | 5:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Leif Weatherby, Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor Of German, NYU Arts & Sciences

 Department of English

Please mark your calendars for an upcoming talk hosted by the Eighteenth-Century and Romanticism Colloquium. Leif Weatherby will be presenting a paper titled, "Digital Semiotics: German Idealism, Cybernetics, and the Sign" on Thursday, November 7th at 5:30 pm in Wheeler 300.

Leif is an Associate Professor of German at NYU and the author of Transplanting the Metaphysical Organ: German...   More >

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Townsend Book Chat with Anne Walsh: Hello Leonora, Soy Anne Walsh

Lecture | November 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

In her response to surrealist painter Leonora Carrington’s feminist novella, The Hearing Trumpet, Walsh uses a variety of media to cast herself as an “apprentice crone” who studies and rehearses the trauma of old age.

"Lampedusa: A Migrant's Tragedy" a Lecture with John Kerrigan

Lecture: English Department and Affiliated | November 13 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room 315 Wheeler Hall

 Department of English

Lecture by John Kerrigan, Professor of English at Cambridge University

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Very Slight Worry with Sonnets

Reading - Literary: English Department and Affiliated | November 14 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Department Lounge, 330

 Department of English

Please join us to contribute to, or simply enjoy, a recitation of sonnets on Thursday, October 10, 5-6:30 in the English Department Lounge (Wheeler 330).

For those who wish to contribute: bring a sonnet, from any time period by any author, to recite--from memory, if possible (though a "cheat sheet" is fine and use of one would not elicit disdain).

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Surrealism Then, Now: Snapshots of Critically Engaged Art: Inside the Magnetic Fields: Surrealism at 100

Conference/Symposium | November 16 | 2-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 The Program in Critical Theory

Presented by University of California, Berkeley’s Consortium on Surrealism @100 (organized by UC Berkeley’s Program in Critical Theory).

This afternoon symposium and discussion–organized by UC Berkeley’s Program in Critical Theory– will feature two panels of literary and cultural critics who’ll reconsider Surrealism: its histories, its afterlives, and its resonances in art and politics today....   More >

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Townsend Book Chat with Sugata Ray: Climate Change and the Art of Devotion: Geoaesthetics in the Land of Krishna, 1550-1850

Lecture | November 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

In the north Indian pilgrimage region of Braj, the landscape is considered sacred. Ray shows how this place-centered theology and its art emerged in the wake of the climatic catastrophe of the Little Ice Age (ca. 1550–1850).

D. H. Lawrence's Etruscan Places and the Rise of Italian Fascism

Lecture | November 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Stefania Michelucci, University of Genoa, Italy

 Institute of European Studies, Department of English

In 1926 and 1927, the British writer D.H. Lawrence visited some Etruscan sites with an American friend, the painter Earl Brewster, and seriously considered the Etruscans as a possible subject for a book which had to be “half travel-book, scientific too.” In this lecture, Professor Stefania Michelucci will discuss how Lawrence's visit turned into an opportunity to reveal the dichotomy between two...   More >

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Foerster Lectures on the Immortality of the Soul featuring Jane Taylor: On Uncertainty

Lecture | November 21 | 4:10 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Jane Taylor, Andrew W. Mellon Chair of Aesthetic Theory and Material Performance, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape

 Graduate Division

Jane Taylor will present the Foerster lecture on Thursday, November 21, 2019 titled "On Uncertainty." The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Jane Taylor

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Townsend Book Chat with Grace Lavery: Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan

Lecture | December 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Lavery examines the contradictory role — as both rival empire and cradle of exquisite beauty — played by Japan in the Victorian imagination.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Gayley Lecture

Lecture: English Department and Affiliated | April 9 | 8-10 p.m. |  Wheeler Hall

 Cecil Giscombe, Professor, Berkeley English

 Department of English

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

2020 Berkeley Study Abroad Fair

Special Event | September 30 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come learn about study, work, intern, teach, and volunteer abroad opportunities for UC Berkeley students at our 2019 Study Abroad Fair!

Sponsored by Berkeley Study Abroad, the Study Abroad Fair is Cal’s signature event of the year for education abroad.

A full list of Exhibitors will be posted closer to the event date.