<< October 2019 >>

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Townsend Book Chat with Alva Noë: Infinite Baseball: Notes from a Philosopher at the Ballpark

Lecture | October 2 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Noë explores the many unexpected ways in which baseball is truly a philosophical kind of game — a window on language, culture, and the nature of human action, intertwined with deep and fundamental human truths.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Julia Miele Rodas, “Autism and Narrative Invention in Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe.”

Lecture | October 4 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Julia Miele Rodas, Professor, English Department, Bronx Community College / CUNY co-chair, University Seminar in Disability, Culture, and Society at Columbia University

 Department of English

Abstract: Is the novel a form of autistic innovation? Presenting work from the recently published Autistic Disturbances (UMichP, 2018), Julia Miele Rodas will explore autistic dimensions of Robinson Crusoe. Interweaving conversation and formal reading, this talk will first consider how the novel’s themes of human isolation and imprisonment play into autism stereotypes. Ultimately, however, the...   More >

Monday, October 7, 2019

Holloway Reading Series: Sawako Nakayasu

Reading - Literary: English Department and Affiliated | October 7 | 6:30 p.m. |  Wheeler Hall

 Sawako Nakayasu, Assistant Professor of Literary Arts, Brown University

 Department of English

The poet Sawako Nakayasu will give a reading of her work at 6:30 pm on Monday, 7 October, in the Maude Fife Room of Wheeler Hall (Wheeler 315) on the Berkeley campus of the University of California.

Sawako Nakayasu is the author of The Ants, Texture Notes, and Hurry Home Honey. She is also a translator of Japanese poetry and has received translation fellowships from the National Endowment for...   More >

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

CANCELLED: Feminist Open Access and Internet Publishing

Conference/Symposium | October 9 | 5-8 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall

 Francesca Coppa; Kristina Busse; Karen Hellekson

 Center for New Media, Townsend Center for the Humanities, D-Lab, Information, School of, Film & Media Studies, Library

CANCELLED DUE TO POWER OUTAGES . Discover how the Organization of Transformative Works built a radical model for non-corporate, user-driven, online participatory cultures. The OTW supports Archive of Our Own, a fan works archive, free from advertising and corporate ownership, and Transformative Works and Cultures, an open access jour

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.”

 Free Free

  Register online

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Douglas Hyde in California

Lecture | October 17 | 5-7 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Brian Ó Conchubhair, University of Notre Dame; Cuan Ó Seireadáin, Conradh na Gaeilge / Douglas Hyde Foundation

 Irish Studies Program - Institute of European Studies

To mark the release of the new edition of "Douglas Hyde: My American Journey," the editors of Douglas Hyde's newly published diary and travelogue across North America shed light on his time and experiences at Berkeley and San Francisco and what they tell us about the local Irish community before the 1906 earthquake.

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

 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

Sound Waves: Resonances of Virginia Woolf

Colloquium: English Department and Affiliated | October 25 | 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 France-Berkeley Fund

Friday October 25th, 9:15am-5:00pm and Saturday October 26th, 10:00am-1:30pm
Location: Friday in 3401 Dwinelle Hall and Saturday in 300 Wheeler Hall

Colloquium sponsored by the France Berkeley Fund. Featured speakers include Marie Laniel (Université de Picardie – Jules Verne), Namwali Serpell (University of California, Berkeley), Claire Davison (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), Anne...   More >

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

Monday, October 28, 2019

Holloway Poetry Series: Don Bogen / with Dana Swensen

Reading - Literary | October 28 | 6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room 315 Wheeler Hall

 Department of English

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Una's Lecture with artist Paul Chan: The Bather’s Dilemma

Lecture | October 29 | 5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife, 315 Wheeler Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Artist Paul Chan is the winner of the 2014 Hugo Boss Prize, awarded biennially by the Guggenheim Foundation to an artist who has made a visionary contribution to contemporary art. His Una’s Lecture explores the figure of the bather as an embodiment of pleasure that is linked to the act of renewal.

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 >


Paul Chan in Conversation

Lecture | October 30 | 5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Paul Chan, the 2019-20 Una’s Lecturer, is joined in conversation by UC Berkeley faculty members Shannon Jackson and James Porter.

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 >