Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | September 4 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

Open to all UC Berkeley students.

Poetic Thinking, or Why Germany's Best Writers Today are Poets

Lecture | September 4 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 German, English, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature

Christian Metz is Visiting Professor of German Literature and Aesthetics at Johann Goethe-University of Frankfurt, and August Feodor Lynen Fellow in German at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich; he has taught as well at Humboldt University in Berlin and the University of Tromsø in Norway. Professor Metz is the author of Poetisch denken. Die Lyrik der Gegenwart [Poetic Thinking: Lyric...   More >

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Lunch Poems: Series Kickoff

Reading - Literary | September 5 | 12-12:50 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 English Graduate Students, Lunch Poems

 Library

Please join us for our annual Kickoff Reading, presented by the Lunch Poems series at UC Berkeley.

Sept. 5, 2019 12:10 - 12:50 pm
Morrison Library (101 Doe Library)
UC Berkeley Campus
Admission is free and open to the public

Hosted by Professor Geoffrey G. O’Brien, this event will feature doctoral students from the Department of English reading their favorite poems

Also, be sure...   More >

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Annual Holloway Faculty Reading

Reading - Literary: English Department and Affiliated | September 11 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Eric Falci, Professor, Berkeley English; Cecil Giscombe, Professor, Berkeley English; Lyn Hejinian, John F. Hotchkis Professor of English, Berkeley English; Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Professor, Berkeley English; John Shoptaw, Continuing Lecturer, Berkeley English

 Department of English

Faculty poets of the U. C. Berkeley English Department (Eric Falci, Cecil Giscombe, Lyn Hejinian, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, and John Shoptaw) will read from their work on Wednesday, 11 September, at 6:30 pm in the Maude Fife Room (Wheeler Hall 315). Volumes by all the poets will be available for purchase, thanks to Moe’s Books.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Politics and Poetry: a Reading and Conversation with Robert Hass

Lecture: English Department and Affiliated | September 12 | 4:30-6 p.m. |  Faculty Club

 Robert Hass

 Department of English

Professor of the Graduate School Robert Hass reflects on his experience with the way the politics with which we live enters his poetry and that of his contemporaries.

Dark Humanisms | Surplus Visuality with Rizvana Bradley Lecture

Lecture | September 12 | 5-7 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 308A/Art History Slide Library

 Rizvana Bradley, Yale University

 Arts Research Center

Dark Humanisms | Surplus Visuality
Rizvana Bradley
Professor of History of Art and African American Studies, Yale University
Thursday, September 12, 2019
5:00-7:00pm
308A Doe Library, Art History Slide Library

This talk explores the way visual art archives generate surplus material that work to both construct and interrogate an image of the human.

Rizvana Bradley

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Drama of Celebrity with Sharon Marcus

Colloquium: English Department and Affiliated | September 13 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

 Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature

 Department of English, 19th Century Colloquium, 19th Century and Beyond Townsend working group

On September 13th, there will be a discussion of pre-circulated chapters from The Drama of Celebrity with author Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University (formerly of Berkeley!).

Sponsored by the 19th Century Colloquium and the 19th Century and Beyond Townsend working group.

For a copy of the PDF, please email...   More >

Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Patrick Finelli Keynote Speaker Series presents Joseph Roach | The Temptations of Goodness: Brecht’s Enlightenment

Lecture | September 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, Room 315

 Joseph Roach, Professor Emeritus of Theater and English, Yale University

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Department of English, The Patrick Finelli Keynote Speaker Series Fund

The Patrick Finelli Keynote Speaker Series presents "The Temptations of Goodness: Brecht’s Enlightenment," a talk by Joseph Roach.

 

Painting by Alket Zeqiri

Book Launch -- James Joyce and the Matter of Paris: Catherine Flynn

Reading - Nonfiction: English Department and Affiliated | September 26 | 7-8 p.m. |  City Lights Bookstore

 Map

 Catherine Flynn, Associate Professor, Berkeley English

 Department of English

In James Joyce and the Matter of Paris, Catherine Flynn recovers the paradigmatic city of European urban modernity as the foundational context of Joyce's imaginative consciousness. Beginning with Joyce's underexamined first exile in 1902-03, she shows the significance for his writing of the time he spent in Paris and of a range of French authors whose works inflected his experience of that city....   More >

Friday, September 27, 2019

Epistemology of the Crosshatch: Towards a Creative History of the Early Modern Hand: Seth Lerer

Lecture | September 27 | 12 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Seth Lerer, Distinguished Professor of Literature at UC San Diego, examines how cross-hatching — the controlled marking of parallel lines — became the great technique through which visual artists of the early modern era discovered the representation of physical and emotional reality.

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 >

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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

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 journal, home to feminist, anti-racist, and pro-LGBTQIA scholarship on cultural adaptations and...   More >

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Very Slight Worry with Sonnets

Reading - Literary: English Department and Affiliated | October 10 | 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).

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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, 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