<< February 2019 >>

Monday, February 4, 2019

The Cutting Edge: Theory and the Avant-Garde in Ljubljana

Lecture | February 4 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Kaitlyn Tucker, Humanities Teaching Fellow, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

This talk examines the historical relationship between the Ljubljana School and the avant-garde. Beginning in 1967 with Slavoj Zizek’s and Rastko Mocnik’s first forays into concrete poetry and concluding with the School’s involvement in the Neue Slowenische Kunst movement during the 1980s, the talk analyzes the Ljubljana School's engagement with avant-garde aesthetics, and ultimately...   More >

The Paris Review: Women at Work with Emily Nemens

Presentation | February 4 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

What does it mean to be a woman at work in the creative arts in 2019? The Paris Review’s new editor, Emily Nemens, reflects on this question through the lens of the storied literary quarterly’s Writers at Work interview series, the work of contemporary contributors, and her own creative practice as a writer and illustrator.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat with Michael Nylan: The Chinese Pleasure Book

Lecture | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Nylan explores the concept of “pleasure”—including both short-term delight and longer-term satisfaction—as understood by major thinkers of ancient China.

Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: Session 4: Religion

Conference/Symposium | February 6 – 7, 2019 every day | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Niklaus Largier, UC Berkeley; Michael Warner, Yale University; Mayanthi Fernando, UC Santa Cruz; Michael Allan, University of Oregon; Courtney Handman, University of Texas at Austin; Charles Hirschkind, UC Berkeley; Webb Keane, University of Michigan

 Department of Comparative Literature, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This is the fourth of seven two-day meetings of a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar taking place throughout 2018-2019. The seminar aims to explore the potential of a set of concepts, tools, and critical practices developed in the field of linguistic anthropology for work being done in the fields of literary and cultural criticism.

Poetry Reading: Cedar Sigo with Noah Warren: Holloway Poetry Series

Reading - Literary | February 6 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room (315)

 Department of English

A reading in the Holloway Poetry Series: poets Cedar Sigo and Noah Warren will read from their work

Poster: Cedar Sigo reading with Noah Warren 2/6/19

The Holloway Series in Poetry Presents Cedar Sigo

Reading - Literary: English Department and Affiliated | February 6 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Cedar Sigo

 Noah Warren

 Department of English, Holloway Poetry Series

The Holloway Series in Poetry presents a reading by Cedar Sigo, with an introductory reading by Noah Warren.

For more information, please visit: https://hollowayreadingseries.wordpress.com/

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Lunch Poems: Ari Banias

Reading - Literary | February 7 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Lunch Poems

Lunch Poems presents Ari Banias.

Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: Session 4: Religion

Conference/Symposium | February 6 – 7, 2019 every day | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Niklaus Largier, UC Berkeley; Michael Warner, Yale University; Mayanthi Fernando, UC Santa Cruz; Michael Allan, University of Oregon; Courtney Handman, University of Texas at Austin; Charles Hirschkind, UC Berkeley; Webb Keane, University of Michigan

 Department of Comparative Literature, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This is the fourth of seven two-day meetings of a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar taking place throughout 2018-2019. The seminar aims to explore the potential of a set of concepts, tools, and critical practices developed in the field of linguistic anthropology for work being done in the fields of literary and cultural criticism.

The Politics of Truth: A Way Forward: Arlie Hochschild and Thomas Laqueur in Conversation

Lecture | February 7 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Department of History, Department of Sociology

Arlie Hochschild and Thomas Laqueur discuss the contributions that academic scholars can make to the public understanding of truth and its relation to politics.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Roundtable Reading: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Reading - Literary | February 9 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Virgil Salinas is shy and kindhearted and feels out of place in his loud, boisterous family. Valencia Somerset is deaf, smart, and brave, and loves everything about nature. Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic whose little sister Gen always follows her around. And Chet Bullens just wants to concentrate on basketball. They aren’t friends—until, one day, their lives weave together in...   More >

Monday, February 11, 2019

Language, Aesthetics, Consciousness: A Symposium on Jonathan Kramnick's Paper Minds: Literature and the Ecology of Consciousness

Conference/Symposium: English Department and Affiliated | February 11 | 4:30-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Charles Altieri, Professor, Berkeley English; Amanda Jo Goldstein, Associate Professor, Berkeley English; Kevis Goodman, Associate Professor, Berkeley English; Jonathan Kramnick, Maynard Mack Professor of English, Yale English; Alva Noë, Professor, Berkeley Philosophy

 Department of English, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Institute for European Studies' Program in British Studies, Florence Green Bixby Chair in English, James D. Hart Chair in English, 18th Century/Romanticism Colloquium, Representations

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Sincerity out, Authenticity in: Poetry on the Quest for Trust in the times of Post-Truth

Lecture | February 12 | 5:30-7 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Stanislav Lvovsky, Auhtor

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Back then in the first half of 1990s new generation of Russian poets, — or its considerable part — found itself facing the challenge of inventing a new way to speak straightforwardly: readily available poetics either weren’t quite fit for the job or themselves were part of the problem to be resolved. Poetry optics, which has emerged at the time in the capacity of the solution, was the “new...   More >

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

High-Performing Teams

Workshop | February 13 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | International House, Home Room

 Lauren Moloney-Egnatios, Assistant Director, Intercultural Training Specialist, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL); Grace Michel, Intercultural Training Specialist, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL); Jason Patent, Director, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL)

 Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL)

In any organization, communicating and collaborating effectively are paramount. It’s important that, as professionals and leaders, we make intentional and strategic efforts to bridge differences in communication and the way individuals work together as a team.

 UC Berkeley Staff & Faculty can register for free.

 $224 Early Bird Tickets, $249 Regular

 UC Berkeley Staff & Faculty, use code STAFF to register for free. Please bring Cal ID day of event. Tickets go on sale January 28. Buy tickets online or by calling Miranda Loos at 510-642-9481, or by emailing Miranda Loos at mloos@berkeley.edu

The Exeter Anthology: Codicological Grace and Integrative Poetics

Lecture: English Department and Affiliated | February 13 | 12 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

 John Niles, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley

 Department of English

A brown-bag presentation by John Niles on his most recent book *God's Exiles and English Verse: On the Exeter Anthology of Old English Poetry.*

Total Medicine: An Approach to the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Medical Texts

Lecture: English Department and Affiliated | February 13 | 5 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 John Niles, Professor Emeritus, Berkeley English

 Medieval Studies Program

When we enter the realm of Anglo-Saxon medicine we find ourselves in a landscape of total war, with all the curative plants of the earth and all beneficent animal extracts aligned with the physician, angels, archangels, and the almighty God against the attacks of wyrms, elves, witches, and flying venoms. We are also in a pre-Scholastic environment of experimental science where the curative...   More >

The Holloway Series in Poetry Presents Andrea Brady

Reading - Literary: English Department and Affiliated | February 13 | 6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Andrea Brady

 John James

 Department of English, The Holloway Reading Series

The Holloway Series in Poetry presents a reading by Andrea Brady, with an introductory reading by John James.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Modernism in Wartime: Avant-Gardes, Revolutions, Poetries

Lecture | February 14 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife

 Vincent Sherry, Howard Nemerov Professor of the Humanities, Washington University in St.Louis

 C. D. Blanton, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of English; Catherine Flynn, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of English; Donna Jones, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of English

 Department of English, Institute of European Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Vincent Sherry will speak about the experience of the First World War from the vantage of an international avant-garde, considering the alternate temporalities of the radical time of the prewar avant-garde event and the long and lengthening durée of the conflict. How does an avant-garde poetry respond to this difference, and what is the longer story of revolution it tells?

Friday, February 15, 2019

Modernisms, New and Old

Seminar | February 15 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

 Vincent Sherry, Washington University in St. Louis

 Department of English, Institute of European Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Vincent Sherry will moderate a conversation on "modernism," centering on the history of the term and asking us to talk about our sense of the relation between the practice of historical modernism and the activity of modernist studies. The reading for participants comes as excerpts from his recently edited Cambridge History of Modernism

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Milton and Materiality Symposium

Conference/Symposium: English Department and Affiliated | February 16 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Department of English, Townsend Center Working Group for the History of the Book

This one-day symposium brings together graduate students and professors from California, Chicago, and Canada to explore the relationship between Milton and materiality. Presenters approach that topic in a variety of ways, including sensory experience, the biology of the immaterial, and the material dimensions of accommodation in Milton’s works. We invite all those who attend to join us in a...   More >

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

“my petites madeleines are water canisters” : The Genres, Images, and Intertexts of Bosnia’s Remembered War

Lecture | February 19 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Antje Postema, Lecturer, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Language, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

In Bosnia and Hercegovina, wartime artistic patterns of genre, image, and intertextual reference have set the terms for postwar memory-making. These versatile, enduring patterns also illuminate the reciprocal influence of memory and art in Bosnia from the 1990s to the present.

While wartime authors like Semezdin Mehmedinovic and Ozren Kebo infused the practical, didactic genres of the map and...   More >

The Return to Form: a panel on Caroline Levine's FORMS: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network (Princeton UP, 2015)

Panel Discussion: English Department and Affiliated | February 19 | 5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Carol Levine, David and Kathleen Ryan Professor of Humanities, Cornell English

 Department of English

Is literary criticism undergoing a "return to form," and can that be understood as something other than a retreat? Can close reading be deployed to analyze more than literary works of art, can its scope be broadened to include the analysis of sociopolitical experience? Were that so, could literary criticism intervene in and alter arrangements of power?

In Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy,...   More >

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat with Diego Pirillo: The Refugee-Diplomat: Venice, England, and the Reformation

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

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Pirillo offers a new history of early modern diplomacy, centered on Italian religious refugees who left Italy in order to forge ties with English and northern European Protestants in the hope of inspiring an Italian Reformation.

Artist and Curator: Silvia Gruner in conversation with Tarek Elhaik

Lecture | February 20 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Annex, Room 126

 Silvia Gruner

 Arts Research Center

Artist & Curator: Silvia Gruner in conversation with Tarek Elhaik
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
5:30-7:30pm
Dwinelle Annex, Room 126

Co-sponsors: Arts Research Center and UCHRI.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Future Reading: What Is Anglophone Fiction in the 21st Century?

Lecture: English Department and Affiliated | February 21 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Rebecca L. Walkowitz, Professor and Chair, Department of English, Rutgers English

 Grace Lavery, Assistant Professor, Berkeley English

 Colleen Lye, Associate Professor, Berkeley English

 Harsha Ram, Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures

 Department of English, Townsend Center for the Humanities, John F Hotchkis Chair in English

Friday, February 22, 2019

Publishing in 20th+21st Century Literature

Workshop: English Department and Affiliated | February 22 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

 Rebecca L. Walkowitz, Professor and Chair, Department of English, Rutgers English

 Department of English

A Workshop with Rebecca L. Walkowitz
Professor and Chair of English, Rutgers University
Editor, "Literature Now" series, Columbia University Press
Former editor, Contemporary Literature

Open to graduate students and faculty

A Question of Time: A Roundtable on American Literature from Colonial to Contemporary Fiction

Panel Discussion: English Department and Affiliated | February 22 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Cindy Weinstein, Vice Provost, CalTech Office of the Provost; Mark Goble, Associate Professor, Berkeley English; Elizabeth Freeman, Professor, UC Davis English; Dorothy Hale, Professor, Berkeley English

 Department of English, Americanist Colloquium

Please join us for a roundtable with Cindy Weinstein (California Institute of Technology), Mark Goble (UC Berkeley), and Elizabeth Freeman (UC Davis) on Friday, February 22nd, 1-3:30pm, in 315 Wheeler Hall (Maude Fife Room). Professors Weinstein, Goble, and Freeman will be discussing their individual and collective contributions to A Question of Time: American Literature from Colonial Encounter...   More >

Monday, February 25, 2019

Ned Sublette: Kalunga, Kongo Thought in Africa and the Americas

Lecture: English Department and Affiliated | February 25 | 4-6 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Ned Sublette

 Department of English, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Global Urban Humanities, Institute of European Studies

Ned Sublette is a historian, musicologist, musician, and record producer. His books include *Cuba and its Music: from the First Drums to the Mamba* (2004), *The World that made New Orleans: from Spanish Silver to Congo Square* (2008), *The Year before the Flood: a Story of New Orleans* (2009), and, with Constance Sublette, *The American Slave Coast: a History of the Slave-breeding Industry*...   More >

From Exile to Utopia: A Yugoslav Writer’s Return

Lecture | February 25 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Djordje Popovic, PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

The act of writing assures that exile is never permanent in the mind of the writer even if it is an abiding feature of their reality. Dubravka Ugresic explores this paradox in her essay “The Writer in Exile,” suggesting that what separates the exiled writer from the migrant is the former’s ability to leave her footprints on the cultural map of the world, thus retaining the imprint of her...   More >

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Michael Lewis in Conversation on the Art of Writing

Lecture | February 26 | 5 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Reading Room

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Michael Lewis is the author of The Big Short, Moneyball, The Fifth Risk, and other New York Times bestselling books. He is also an investigative journalist whose articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, and Slate. Lewis talks with Ramona Naddaff (Rhetoric), director of Art of Writing, about his career and practice as a writer.

Very Slight Worry: Sonnet Recitation Festival

Reading - Literary: English Department and Affiliated | February 26 | 5 p.m. | Doe Library, 308A (accessible through the art history library on the 3rd floor)

 Department of English

The next "Very Slight Worry" gathering is a sonnet recitation festival. Everyone is welcome. The goal is to commit sonnets to memory and then bask in them together via recitation.

If you intended to memorize something for this, now or soon might be a good time to start. Any sonnet from any time will do.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Maggie Nelson: Songs of Care and Constraint: Townsend Center Una's Lecture 2019

Lecture | February 27 | 5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Maggie Nelson, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, is the author of numerous works of nonfiction and poetry, including The Argonauts, an autobiographical account that received the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Her Una's Lecture is titled "Songs of Care and Constraint."

Photo of Maggie Nelson

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Border Surveillance and the Black Mediterranean: Alternative Imaginaries of Refugees, Race and Rights

Lecture | February 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender, The Program in Critical Theory

Camilla Hawthorne, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz

Debarati Sanyal, French, Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, the Institute of European Studies, and the Center for Race & Gender, UC Berkeley

Maggie Nelson in Conversation with Nadia Ellis: Writing Freedom — and Its Constraints

Special Event | February 28 | 5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Maggie Nelson, the 2018-19 Una's Lecturer, is joined in conversation by UC Berkeley professor of English Nadia Ellis.

Addressing Racism and Sexism in Wikipedia: A Panel Discussion

Presentation | February 28 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Victoria Robinson, American Cultures Center, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women's Studies; Juana Maria Rodriguez, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and Performance Studies; Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC Research

 Free Speech Movement Café Educational Programs

The Art + Feminism + Race + Justice Wikipedia edit-a-thon at UC Berkeley is part of a national effort that invites participants to become a Wikipedia editor and contribute to addressing this problem. In this panel, speakers will address the importance of moving marginalized voices to the center in repositories like Wikipedia.