Past Una's Lectures

Bonnie Honig, Political Theorist

Fatal Forgiveness: Euripides, Austin, Arendt, Cavell
Una's Lecture
Monday, Nov 13, 2023 5:00 pm
| Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Political theorist Bonnie Honig is Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture & Media and Political Science at Brown University.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Filmmaker

In Conversation with Hilton Als
Una's Lecture
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2023 5:10 pm
| BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street

Filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the 2022-23 Una’s Lecturer, is joined in conversation by writer and UC Berkeley teaching professor Hilton Als.

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.

Jeannie Suk Gersen

Una's Lecture
Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020 4:00 pm
| Online

Jeannie Suk Gersen is a feminist legal scholar and contributing writer at the New Yorker. She is joined in conversation by political theorist Wendy Brown.

Paul Chan, Artist

The Bather's Dilemma
Una's Lecture
Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 5:00 pm
| Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

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.

Maggie Nelson, Writer

Songs of Care and Constraint
Una's Lecture
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 5:00 pm
| Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
Maggie Nelson, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, is the author of numerous works of nonfiction and poetry, including The Argonauts, an autobiographical account that received the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.

Ben Ratliff, Music Critic

Mere Virtuosity
Una's Lecture
| Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
Music critic and author Ben Ratliff was for 20 years a jazz and pop critic at the New York Times. He is the author of four books, including Coltrane: The Story of a Sound.

Beatriz Sarlo, Cultural and Literary Critic

Borges and Post-pop Populism
Una's Lecture
| Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler

Beatriz Sarlo is a scholar of Latin American literature and culture and one of the most important Argentine literary and cultural critics of the last 40 years. Her Una’s Lecture examines populism in relation to Borges’ work, to the paintings of the distinguished artist Daniel Santoro, and to its most recent avatar, found in post-pop political populism.

Jane Taylor, Playwright & Cultural Critic

Balancing Acts: Truths, Boasts, and Videotape
Una's Lecture
| Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Jane Taylor holds the Wole Soyinka Chair of Drama and Theatre Studies at Leeds University and has worked extensively in creative arts and literary and cultural scholarship. Drawing on texts ranging from the early modern period to the present, her Una’s Lecture will consider the arts of memory and the will to reconciliation in recent history.

Catherine Malabou, Philosopher

Odysseus' Changed Soul
Una's Lecture
| Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

The work of French Philosopher Catherine Malabou has created the foundation for a wide range of current research focusing on the intersections between science and the humanities. Her public lecture will offer a contemporary reading of Plato’s myth of Er.