Past Events

Cheerfulness: A Literary and Cultural History

Timothy Hampton
Berkeley Book Chats
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Exploring cheerfulness as a theme and structuring element in the work of major artists, Timothy Hampton (Comparative Literature and French) casts new light on literary history, the intersections of culture and psychology, and the history of emotions.

Behaviorism, Consciousness, and the Literary Mind

Joshua Gang
Berkeley Book Chats
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What might behaviorism, that debunked school of psychology, tell us about literature? Joshua Gang argues for its enormous critical value for thinking about why language is so good at creating illusions of mental life.

Permanent Crisis: The Humanities in a Disenchanted Age

Paul Reitter and Chad Wellmon
Berkeley Book Chats
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The humanities, underfunded and popularly devalued, seem to be in a perpetual state of crisis. Paul Reitter and Chad Wellmon show how the modern humanistic disciplines made crisis a core part of their project.

The Invention of Humanity, East and West

In Dialogue with China: Art, Culture, Politics
Wednesday, Mar 16, 2022 4:00 pm
| 820 Social Sciences Building and online

Li Wai-yee and Siep Stuurman explore the Eastern and Western roots of the notion that all the world’s inhabitants — regardless of ethnic origin, native place, or status — constitute a single human community.

Thursday, Mar 10, 2022 12:00 pm
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Scholars and intellectuals share their perspectives on the trajectory of Ukrainian culture over the longer arc of history and in the contemporary post-Soviet era.

The Promise and Perils of Media

In Dialogue with China: Art, Culture, Politics
Wednesday, Mar 9, 2022 4:00 pm
| 820 Social Sciences Building and online

How do new and emerging forms of media shape perceptions of China’s complex contemporary reality? Panelists explore how various media platforms affect public opinion about China, both within and outside the Sinosphere.

On Chinese Democracy

In Dialogue with China: Art, Culture, Politics
Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 4:00 pm
| 820 Social Sciences Building and online

Asking how essential democratic values can be adapted and deployed within a Chinese context, panelists respond to the groundbreaking work of Ci Jiwei, author of the 2019 book Democracy in China: The Coming Crisis.

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SanSan Kwan explores how dance — based in body-to-body interaction on the stage — serves as a revelatory site, and ultimately carries the potential to model everyday encounters across difference in the world.

Grant-Seeking in the Arts and Humanities

Professional Development
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Margaret Guerrero and David Siegfried, directors of foundation relations and corporate philanthropy at UC Berkeley, discuss how to approach private foundations for research support in the arts and humanities.