Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

"Lampedusa: Migrant Tragedy" a Lecture with John Kerrigan

Lecture: English Department and Affiliated | November 12 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room 315 Wheeler Hall | Note change in date

 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).

Friday, November 15, 2019

Hilton Als - I Don't Remember

Lecture | November 15 | 3 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room 315 Wheeler Hall

 Department of English

Hilton Als, (Associate Professor of Writing, Columbia University; Theatre Critic and Staff Writer for The New Yorker; Feature Writer and Reviewer, New York Review of Books; winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism) will be presenting work from his book in progress, I Don't Remember, on AIDS, friendship, and New York in the late 1980s.

Friday November 15th
3:00 pm
Maude Fife Room,...   More >

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 >

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Carlo Rotella: Craft: How Writers, Musicians, Athletes, and Others Cultivate Their Talent

Lecture | November 19 | 4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Writer, journalist, and scholar Carlo Rotella is joined in conversation by UC Berkeley professor of English Scott Saul.

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).

Sol and Arthur at the Seige of Mafeking: Lecture with Jane Taylor

Lecture: English Department and Affiliated | November 20 | 4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 The Graduate Division

Jane Taylor will present her research on two diarists of the South African War—Sol Plaatje and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Her talk considers the fact that Plaatje and Doyle both wrote about the Siege of Mafeking, a significant moment in the narrative of the South African (Boer) War. Taylor will discuss what the Siege writings do and do not reveal about empire, sentiment, and the uncanny.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Foerster Lectures on the Immortality of the Soul featuring Jane Taylor: On Uncertainty: Wittgenstein: Habits of Thought and Thoughts of Habit

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

Taylor's lecture is about uncertainty. The lecture will be accessible and interesting to a broad audience. She will be engaged with the English, Drama, and other departments on campus as her work is widely respected.

Jane Taylor

Friday, November 22, 2019

Moscow Conceptualism: New Translations from the Russian

Conference/Symposium | November 22 | 1:30-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room (220)

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of English, Theater and Performance Studies (Stanford), Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (Stanford)

A spate of new translations is bringing the writers and artists of Moscow Conceptualism to an English-language readership for the first time. Even as they drew on currents in western art, the Moscow Conceptualists (1970s-1980s) were distinguished by a singular focus on the Soviet experience, from the legacies of the avant-garde to the official culture of the Era of Stagnation. Serving as an...   More >

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.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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

Lecture | January 29 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens | Canceled

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

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

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Preparing to Publish in Today's Market

Lecture | March 14 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 210 UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center)

 Rachael Herron

 UC Berkeley Extension

With a manuscript in hand, it can be difficult to figure out whether to aim for a traditional New York publishing deal or to go the self-publishing route.

Are New York deals more lucrative?

Is the technology involved in self-publishing difficult to learn?

What about marketing?

In this one-day workshop, find out the pros and cons of each approach and be able to make informed,...   More >


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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.