Past Events

Arts of Connection: Poetry, History, Epochality

Karen Feldman
Berkeley Book Chats
| Online

Working at the intersection of literary theory, philosophy of history, and phenomenology, Karen Feldman explores the representation of connections between events in literary, historical, and philosophical narratives.


In the first major study of the language of historical French newspapers and periodicals, Mairi McLaughlin sheds light on our understanding both of the history of French and of language variation and change. The conversation will be conducted in English.

| Online

Critics have largely neglected description as a feature of novelistic innovation during the 20th century. Dora Zhang argues that descriptive practices were in fact a crucial site of attention and experimentation for a number of modernist writers.

Music, the Diaspora, and the World

A Conversation with Angélique Kidjo
Thursday, Oct 28, 2021 12:00 pm
| 820 Social Sciences Building and online

Angélique Kidjo is the 2021-22 Cal Performances artist-in-residence. She talks with UC Berkeley scholars about the global circulation of African musical forms and musicians, their worldwide significance, and their social power.

The Value of Poetry

Eric Falci
Berkeley Book Chats
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Exploring the literary, cultural, and political value of poetry in the twenty-first century, Eric Falci shows how poems matter, and what they offer to readers in the contemporary world.

Amanda Anderson

Injury, Dignity, and the Literary History of Rumination
Una's Lecture
Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 4:00 pm
| 315 Wheeler Hall and Online

Amanda Anderson is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and English and director of the Cogut Institute for the Humanities at Brown University.

Ark of Martyrs: An Autobiography of V

Allan deSouza
Berkeley Book Chats
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Allan deSouza’s rewriting of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness substitutes Conrad’s words with ones that loosely rhyme, creating a linguistically and psychologically complex portrait of dystopian contemporary life.

The Secular State and Religious Tolerance

Berkeley Lecture on Religious Tolerance with Denis Lacorne
Monday, Sep 13, 2021 5:00 pm
| Online

Is secularism compatible with religious tolerance? Denis Lacorne explores the impact of secular regimes on religious tolerance, focusing on religious symbols and the space granted to them in the public square.

An Ongoing Revolution

Reflections on Gendered Struggles and Feminist Scholarship in the Humanities
Wednesday, Apr 21, 2021 4:00 pm
| Online

Commemorating 150 years of women at Berkeley, faculty members from the humanities discuss how issues of gender and feminism have shaped scholarship and teaching.


(Re)making Sense: The Humanities and Pandemic Culture
(Re)Making Sense
Thursday, Apr 15, 2021 4:00 pm
| Online

Antonella Bonfanti, Abigail De Kosnik, and Jeffrey Skoller examine how the practices and study of visual culture are shaped by the current political and public health crises.