Upcoming Events

March, 2017

Thursday, March 02
6:00 pm
2017 William Roth Lecture: Collecting Yeats, Remembering Roth

D-33 and D-37, Hearst Field Annex

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Monday, March 13
5:00 pm
Spinoza's Tragic Resources
A lecture by Russ Leo
D37 - Hearst Field Annex

Sponsors: Department of English; Townsend Center for the Humanities; Program in Critical Theory; Medieval Philosophy Working Group;The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Russ Leo is an Assistant Professor of English at Princeton University. He has a PhD from Duke University, with certificates in Feminist Studies and Interdisciplinary Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He is completing his first book, Tragedy as Philosophy in the Reformation World: The Time of Cruel Miracles In chapters on John Foxe, Shakespeare and Milton as well as lesser known but central figures like David Pareus, John Rainolds, and Daniel Heinsius, he argues that keen attention to early modern drama and poetics is absolutely crucial to our understanding of the long Reformation, and that tragedy in particular emerges as a privileged site for theological and philosophical inquiry.
 

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Tuesday, March 14
4:00 pm
That Other Irish Literature: The Best Books in Irish 1893-2016
Lecture by Philip O' Leary
D37 - Hearst Field Annex

Philip O'Leary, Professor of English at Boston College and one of the world's experts on modern literature in Irish, will discuss the ongoing project of generating a canon of modern Irish novels and plays, and the history of the modern novel in Irish.

Sponsored by The English Department and the Berkeley Irish Studies Program.

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For website
Tuesday, March 14
7:00 pm
Playing Dead
a reading by Elizabeth Greenwood
D37 - Hearst Field Annex

"Ms. Greenwood leaps into an anecdote-filled history of — and rough primer for — erasing yourself. She shrewdly notes that our fascination with vanishing is only heightened by the ‘hypervisibility of our age.’… The fun in Greenwood’s book — much of it admittedly grim fun — is in learning the details."
New York Times
 

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Thursday, March 16
5:00 pm
Louis de Paor Lecture

A lecture by the acclaimed poet Louis de Paor, Director, Centre for Irish Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway

A Reception for the Berkeley Irish Studies Program will follow

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Thursday, March 16 — Saturday, March 19
5:00 pm — 1:00 pm
California Celtic Conference

D37 - Hearst Field Annex

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Wednesday, March 22
6:30 pm
The Holloway Series in Poetry presents Graham Foust

D37 - Hearst Field Annex

The Holloway Poetry Series presents Graham Foust

 

For more information, please visit: https://hollowayreadingseries.wordpress.com/

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April, 2017

Wednesday, April 12
6:30 pm
The Holloway Series in Poetry presents Douglas Kearney

D37 - Hearst Field Annex

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Wednesday, April 19
6:30 pm
The Holloway Series in Poetry presents Morgan Parker

D37 - Hearst Field Annex

The Holloway Series in Poetry presents Morgan Parker

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Affiliated Events

March, 2017

Thursday, March 02
5:00 pm
Lives of the Great Languages: Cosmopolitan Languages in the Medieval Mediterranean

3335 Dwinelle Hall

Karla Mallette, Professor of Italian and Near Eastern Studies,
University of Michigan

Thursday March 2, 2017, 5 p.m.
3335 Dwinelle Hall

Before the rise of the European national languages, men and women of
letters had to learn a new language in order to become literate. At
the other end of the social scale, contact languages emerged to
facilitate communication between people who did not share a common
language. The Italianate lingua franca was the best known of these
contact languages. Professor Mallette studies these linguistic
instruments — the cosmopolitan language of literature as well as the
lingua franca — in order to defamiliarize the national language system
of modern Europe. Tracing the intersections between Arabic, Turkish,
Greek, and the Romance vernaculars, she demonstrates how languages
overcome the very boundaries that they seem to create.

The lecture will be followed by a reception.

This event is generously cosponsored by the Departments of English,
Ethnic Studies, Geography, Linguistics, Spanish and Portuguese, and
Near Eastern Studies; the Center for Middle Eastern Studies; the
Program in Medieval Studies; and the Program in Romance Languages and
Literatures.

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Thursday, March 02
12:00 pm
Lunch Poems presents Jennifer Clarvoe

Morrison Room - Doe Library

Jennifer Clarvoe is the author of Invisible Tender and Counter-Amores. She has received the Poets Out Loud Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the Rome Prize in Literature, as well as a Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers Conference and a residency from the James Merrill House. She has taught at Kenyon College for twenty-five years. 

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Thursday, March 09
5:00 pm
Story Hour presents Joyce Carol Oates

Morrison Room - Doe Library

Joyce Carol Oates is a National Book Award recipient, as well as the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, the Prix Femina Etranger, the Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature, The Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time.

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April, 2017

Thursday, April 06
12:00 pm
Lunch Poems presents devorah major

Morrison Room - Doe Library

devorah major served as San Francisco’s third Poet Laureate from 2002 to 2006. In addition to her four poetry books including where river meets ocean, street smarts (winner of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Excellence Award), she has published four poetry chapbooks, two novels including An Open Weave (winner of the ALA Black Caucus First Novel Award), and two biographies for young adults. In 2016, City Lights Publishing will release her new poetry collection and then we became. major’s poetry has been recorded on four CDs and she performs nationally and internationally with and without musicians. She is Poet-in-Residence at San Francisco’s Fine Arts Museums and a Senior Adjunct Professor in Diversity Studies at California College for the Arts.

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Thursday, April 13
5:00 pm
Story Hour presents Shanthi Sekaran

Morrison Room - Doe Library

Shanthi Sekaran’s forthcoming novel, Lucky Boy, has been praised as "richly layered" and "superbly crafted". Due for release in January 2017, the novel tells the story of a young undocumented Mexican woman who finds her fate unexpectedly entwined with that of a Berkeley couple. Her first novel, The Prayer Room, came out in 2009. Sekaran now lives in Berkeley and teaches writing at California College of the Arts.

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May, 2017

Thursday, May 04
12:00 pm
Lunch Poems presents a student reading

Morrison Room - Doe Library

One of the year’s most lively events, the student reading includes winners of the following prizes: Academy of American Poets, Cook, Rosenberg, and Yang, as well as students nominated by Berkeley’s creative writing faculty, Lunch Poems volunteers, and representatives from student publications.

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Student-reading
Thursday, May 04
5:00 pm
Story Hour presents a student reading

Morrison Room - Doe Library

Story Hour in the Library celebrates the writers in our campus community with an annual student reading. The event will feature short excerpts of work by winners of the year’s biggest prose prizes, Story Hour in the Library interns, and faculty nominees.

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