<< April 2019 >>

Monday, April 1, 2019

Lecture by Shirley Thompson: Race, Property, and Belonging in Creole New Orleans

Lecture: English Department and Affiliated | April 1 | 3-5:15 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Shirley Thompson, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies, UT Austin

 Department of English

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: Session 6: Politics

Conference/Symposium | April 3 – 4, 2019 every day | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Michael Silverstein, University of Chicago; Jackie Urla, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Tristram Wolff, Northwestern University; Judith Irvine, University of Michigan; Sarah Kessler, University of Southern California

 Department of Comparative Literature, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This is the sixth 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.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Lunch Poems: Ben Lerner

Reading - Literary | April 4 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Lunch Poems

Lunch Poems presents Ben Lerner.

Lunch Poems: Ben Lerner

Reading - Literary | April 4 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Lunch Poems

Lunch Poems presents Ben Lerner.

Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: Session 6: Politics

Conference/Symposium | April 3 – 4, 2019 every day | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Michael Silverstein, University of Chicago; Jackie Urla, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Tristram Wolff, Northwestern University; Judith Irvine, University of Michigan; Sarah Kessler, University of Southern California

 Department of Comparative Literature, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This is the sixth 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.

Caliban's Curse: with Viet Thanh Nguyen (2019 Jonathan Bedri Distinguished Writer in English)

Lecture: English Department and Affiliated | April 4 | 8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife

 Viet Thanh Nguyen, University Professor, Aerol Arnold Chair of English, and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature, USC English

 Department of English

We are excited to announce that English alumnus Viet Thanh Nguyen will be giving a talk, "Caliban's Curse", on Thursday, April 4th at 8pm in Maude Fife room (315 Wheeler Hall). Viet is the 2019 Jonathan Bedri Distinguished Writer in English. His debut novel, The Sympathizer, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016. He is also know for the short story collection, The Refugees. Currently, he is...   More >

Friday, April 5, 2019

Herta Müller, the Aktionsgruppe Banat, and Literary Cartographies in Late 20th-Century Romanian Literature

Lecture | April 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Dana Bizuleanu, Lecturer, Department of Applied Languages, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Marius Conkan, Research Assistant, Department of Comparative Literature, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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

In Communist Romania one had freedom, as long as one took freedom. This is what the members of the Aktionsgruppe Banat believed when they started a literary circle in the 1970s and gradually broke with the tradition of Rumäniendeutsche Literatur. Protest, experiment, and the German village stand at the core of their literature. Having come into contact with members of the group,...   More >

Monday, April 8, 2019

Doing Voice Studies in the Digital Humanities

Workshop: Of Interest | April 8 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab Convening Room

 D-Lab, https://dlab.berkeley.edu/event-host/d-lab

 Digital Humanities Lab

This training will introduce you to open-source, user-friendly tools for analyzing and visualizing intonation and timing patterns in recordings of performative speech, from poetry readings to political speeches to podcasts. Developed with an ACLS Digital Innovations Fellowship and a NEH Digital Humanities Advancement grant, these tools apply state-of-the-art pitch tracking and a speech...   More >

The Key to Shambhala: The Mystifier as a Cultural Problem

Lecture | April 8 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Ilya Vinitsky, Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University

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

Slavic Graduate Colloquium Spring 2019 Series

John Ashbery, Non-Performer?: Prosody and Voice Studies

Lecture: Of Interest | April 8 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab Convening Room

 D-Lab, https://dlab.berkeley.edu/event-host/d-lab

 Digital Humanities Lab

How and much might a poet’s reading style change over time, and how can it be studied? What role might be played by venue, media format, poetic content, authorship, audience, and so on?

Considering theoretical assumptions and empirical approaches in voice studies, this talk explores these questions through the unlikely example of John Ashbery, a poet with a reputation as a non-performative...   More >

Reporting from the Future: Storytelling in the Digital Age—A Berkeley Journalism School Showcase

Presentation | April 8 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Presented by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Students at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism have produced award-winning documentaries, photography, and innovative multimedia projects covering every topic from public health to immigration, human rights to politics. Employing still and moving imagery from around the world, dramatic personal narratives, and visual design...   More >

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Objects of Special Note(s): Constructions of Containment, Writers and Readers by Late Roman Ivory Writing Tablets

Lecture | April 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Professor Ann Kuttner, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of History

Some 200 Late Antique ivory diptychs have survived to this day. The lecture intends to explore the rich visual language of these objects.

2019 Taubman Lectures: The Navel of the Dream: Freud's Jewish Languages

Lecture | April 9 | 7-9 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Professor Naomi Seidman, University of Toronto

 The Herman P. and Sophia Tuabman Chair in Jewish Studies, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The 2019 Taubman Lectures: April 9, 11, and 16:
These lectures explore the role of Jewish languages in Freud's writings and in the reception and translation of psychoanalysis. Were Hebrew and Yiddish translations a minor episode in the dispersion of psychoanalysis, or do they have a special place in this history, as the "lost originals" of Freud's German writings?

 

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat: Looking for Law in all the Wrong Places: Marianne Constable, Leti Volpp, and Bryan Wagner, eds

Lecture | April 10 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Race and Gender

For many, the right place to look for law is in constitutions, statutes, and judicial opinions. This book looks for law in the “wrong places” — in the realms of language, text, image, culture, and other sites in which no formal law appears.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Staging Justice

Lecture | April 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

Deniz Göktürk
Associate Professor, German

Leti Volpp
Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law in Access to Justice at the UC Berkeley School of Law, Director of Center for Race and Gender

Charles Mills Gayley lecture with Dorothy Hale

Lecture: English Department and Affiliated | April 11 | 8-10 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Dorothy Hale, Professor, Berkeley English

 Department of English

Professor Dorothy Hale will be delivering this year's Charles Mills Gayley Lecture on Thursday, April 11th at 8pm. Please join us in the Maude Fife room (315 Wheeler) for her talk entitled "'It is the otherness that is the challenge': J.M. Coetzee and Novelistic Ethics” with a reception following in the English Department Lounge (330 Wheeler Hall).

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Cal Day with Berkeley English

Holiday | April 13 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Amanda Goldstein, Associate Professor, Berkeley English

 Department of English

Spend a day back in the Berkeley English classroom!

This year, for UC Berkeley's annual open house - CalDay 2019 - we here at the English Department are taking the opportunity to invite you, our alumni, back into the intellectual community of the department. We’ve put together a full day of events designed to immerse you in the experience of what it’s like to study English at Cal today, and we...   More >

Monday, April 15, 2019

Studying Poetry at Berkeley in the 1980’s: A reading by Jeredith Merrin and a conversation with Robert Hass

Reading - Literary: English Department and Affiliated | April 15 | 5 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

 Jeredith Merrin, Emerita, Ohio State University English

 Robert Hass, Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics, Berkeley English

 Department of English

Jeredith Merrin received her PhD from the Berkeley English Department in 1987and is now Emerita Professor of English at Ohio State University, living in Arizona and teaching occasionally in the writing program at Arizona State. She is the author of several books of poetry, Shift (1996), Bat Ode (2001), both published by the University of Chicago Press, Cup in 2014, a prizewinning chapbook,...   More >

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Lunacy Administration: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry: A Lecture by Mab Segrest

Lecture: English Department and Affiliated | April 16 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Mab Segrest

 HIFIS Disability Studies Cluster

What does it mean that a culture that promoted slavery and lynching decided who was and was not sane? What do we see from an asylum in a slave-drenched culture such as Georgia's about how racism haunts American psychiatry in ways that impact us profoundly today? What can we know about the lives that patients lived in an institution segregated by race and gender, and in what ways did they resist,...   More >

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat with Timothy Hampton: Bob Dylan's Poetics: How the Songs Work

Lecture | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Hampton’s close examination of Bob Dylan's songs locates the artist’s transgressive style within a long history of modern (and modernist) art.

David Russell on his book Tact: Aesthetic Liberalism and the Essay Form in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Colloquium: English Department and Affiliated | April 17 | 5 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

 David Russell, Fellow and Tutor, Associate Professor (CUF) in English, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

 Department of English

Please join us for a colloquium with David Russell, Associate Professor of English, University of Oxford, on his book Tact: Aesthetic Liberalism and the Essay Form in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Princeton University Press, 2018)

Fact, Fiction, and Film: Turning History into Narrative: with Hallie Rubenhold

Lecture: English Department and Affiliated | April 17 | 6 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 330, Berkeley English Lounge

 Hallie Rubenhold, Author | Broadcaster | Historical Consultant

 Department of English

Hallie Rubenhold is a bestselling author, social historian, broadcaster and historical consultant for TV and film. Her most recent book, The Five is the first biography of the five victims of Jack the Ripper and reclaims the narrative in favour of the women, rather than the murderer. In addition to The Five, Hallie is the author of two works of non-fiction, including; The Covent Garden Ladies,...   More >

The Holloway Series in Poetry Presents Chris Nealon

Reading - Literary: English Department and Affiliated | April 17 | 6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Chris Nealon

 Jessica Laser

 Department of English, The Holloway Series in Poetry

The Holloway Series in Poetry presents a reading by Chris Nealon, with an introductory reading by Jessica Laser.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Diversity and Power in Global Christian Communities

Lecture | April 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

Candace Lukasik, PhD Candidate in Anthropology

Hannah Waits, PhD Candidate in American History

The Invention of Style

Colloquium | April 18 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Maura Nolan, UC Berkeley

 Department of English

A conversation with Professor Maura Nolan sponsored by the Medieval and Early Modern Colloquium. For pre-circulated materials, please contact marianhomansturnbull@berkeley.edu or ripplinger@berkeley.edu

The Invention of Style: A conversation with Maura Nolan

Panel Discussion: English Department and Affiliated | April 18 | 4:30 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Maura Nolan, Associate Professor, Berkeley English

 Department of English, Medieval and Early Modern Colloquium.

To request pre-circulated materials, please email marianhomansturnbull@berkeley.edu or ripplinger@berkeley.edu.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A conversation on work in progress with Kevis Goodman: discussing a chapter from her unpublished manuscript Pathologies of Motion: Medicine, Aesthetics, Poetics

Lecture: English Department and Affiliated | April 23 | 5:30 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Kevis Goodman, Associate Professor, Berkeley English

 The Townsend Working Group for Theories of Science and the Humanities

For the pre-circulated reading, please e-mail catesulpizio@berkeley.edu.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Les Blank Lecture: Susana de Sousa Dias

Lecture | April 24 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Susana de Sousa Dias

 Arts Research Center

Les Blank Lecture: Susana de Sousa Dias
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
7:00pm
Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive

Susana de Sousa Dias is an award-winning Portuguese independent filmmaker.

Susana de Sousa Dias

Thursday, April 25, 2019

"Dirty Looks" with Bradford Nordeen: Curating 'Dirty Looks' and Presenting the Queer Cinematic Avant-Garde

Film - Short: English Department and Affiliated | April 25 | 5-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 142 (Nestrick Room)

 Bradford Nordeen

 Department of English, Film & Media Studies, Arts Research Center

Ranging from digital drag revisionism to post-bohemian celluloid, this screening and talk showcase works from eight years of “Dirty Looks,” a queer avant-garde film series that, since 2011, has brought queer artists’ cinema to audiences in NYC, LA, the Bay Area, and in a touring series, across the country. Curator Bradford Nordeen will show highlights from the past eight years and discuss the...   More >

Friday, April 26, 2019

Reading and Dialogue with Novelist Pyun, Hye-Young

Reading - Literary | April 26 | 4:30-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Hye-Young Pyun, Myongji University

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Literature Translation Institute of Korea

Pyun Hye-Young was born in Seoul, Korea in 1972. She majored in creative writing at Seoul Institute of the Arts and earned a graduate degree in Korean Literature at Hanyang University. She is currently a professor of creative writing at Myongji University.

She made her literary debut in 2000 with her short story “Shaking off Dew”. She has published several collection of short stories,...   More >

The House of the Spirits

Performing Arts - Theater | April 26 – 27, 2019 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Michael Moran

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

A new play by Caridad Svich | Based on a novel by Isabel Allende | Directed by Michael Moran

Based on Isabel Allende’s best-selling novel, Caridad Svich’s The House of the Spirits follows three generations of the Trueba family—their loves, their ambitions, their spiritual quests, and their place in the post-colonial social and political turmoil embroiling their South American country....   More >

 $13 online in advance or $15 at the door for students/seniors and UC Berkeley faculty/staff, $18 online in advance or $20 at the door for general admission

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

The House of the Spirits

Performing Arts - Theater | April 26 – 27, 2019 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Michael Moran

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

A new play by Caridad Svich | Based on a novel by Isabel Allende | Directed by Michael Moran

Based on Isabel Allende’s best-selling novel, Caridad Svich’s The House of the Spirits follows three generations of the Trueba family—their loves, their ambitions, their spiritual quests, and their place in the post-colonial social and political turmoil embroiling their South American country....   More >

 $13 online in advance or $15 at the door for students/seniors and UC Berkeley faculty/staff, $18 online in advance or $20 at the door for general admission

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

The House of the Spirits

Performing Arts - Theater | April 28 – May 5, 2019 every Sunday | 2-4 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Michael Moran

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

A new play by Caridad Svich | Based on a novel by Isabel Allende | Directed by Michael Moran

Based on Isabel Allende’s best-selling novel, Caridad Svich’s The House of the Spirits follows three generations of the Trueba family—their loves, their ambitions, their spiritual quests, and their place in the post-colonial social and political turmoil embroiling their South American country....   More >

 $13 online in advance or $15 at the door for students/seniors and UC Berkeley faculty/staff, $18 online in advance or $20 at the door for general admission

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

An Evening with Joyce Carol Oates: A Benefit for Revolution Books

Reading - Literary | April 30 | 7 p.m. |  Revolution Books

 2444 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720-1030

 Joyce Carol Oates

 Revolution Books

Joyce Carol Oates will be reading & discussing her novel
HAZARDS OF TIME TRAVEL.

 $10 Students, $20 General, $25 Friends

  Tickets go on sale April 25. Buy tickets online or by calling Revolution Books at 510-848-1196, or by emailing Revolution Books at revolutionbooks@sbcglobal.net