English 24

Freshman Seminar: The Arts and Culture at Berkeley and Beyond

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Spring 2015 Padilla, Genaro M.
W 4-5 189 Dwinelle


In this seminar we will read the work of Berkeley poets; study the paintings, sculpture, and video installations in our own Berkeley Art Museum; attend musical and theatrical performances at Zellerbach Hall; see and discuss films at the Pacific Film Archive (PFA) on campus; and, hopefully, we will plan a visit to the Oakland Art Museum and perhaps one of the art museums in San Francisco. My aim is quite simply to introduce first-year students to the astonishing range of cultural production on the campus and in the Bay Area.

Many, if not most, of the musical, film, and theater events take place in the evening; so, I will ask that you keep many of your Wednesday and Thursday, and some weekend, evenings open for attending performances. I can't schedule our events until I see what is offered for the spring, and probably won't be until later in the fall semester.

We will engage in discussion based on short response papers by the students in the seminar. Admission to the on-campus art events included in this course will be provided at no cost to students. I expect students who enroll in the course to commit themselves to evening performances that will be the basis of discussion at the Wednesday afternoon seminar.

There are no texts for this class.

This 1-unit course may not be counted as one of the twelve courses required to complete the English major.

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