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Captivated by the Mediterranean: Early Modern Spain and the Political Economy of Ransom
Co-sponsored Event
March 04, 2019 / 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Geballe Room, UC Berkeley CA

Daniel Hershenzon, Associate Professor of Literature, Cultures, and Languages, University of Connecticut

This talk explores the entangled experience of Muslim and Christian captives and by extension the connected histories of the Spanish Empire, Morocco, and Ottoman Algiers in the 17th-century. It argues that piracy, captivity, and redemption shaped the Mediterranean as an integrated region—at the social, political, and economic levels. The history that emerges of the captivities of […]

Dealing With Infinity: Art and the Transformation of the Symbolic Order
BCSR Colloquium
March 01, 2019 - March 02, 2019 / 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley CA

This is a multi-day, interdisciplinary workshop. Presentations on Friday, March 1st will run from 10:00am-4:30pm., and from 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturday, March 2nd. A genealogy of the historical forms of imagination or of attentiveness in literature and the other arts traces these forms back to epistemological realms that predate aesthetic experience: to the medieval formation of […]

Writing Freedom - and Its Constraints
Co-sponsored Event
February 28, 2019 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Geballe Room, UC Berkeley CA

Maggie Nelson, Professor of English, University of Southern California

Maggie Nelson, the 2018-19 Una’s Lecturer, is joined in conversation by UC Berkeley faculty member Nadia Ellis (English). A 2016 MacArthur Fellow, Nelson is professor of English at the University of Southern California. A poet, critic, and nonfiction writer, she is the author of The Argonauts, which won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Her […]

The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary
Co-sponsored Event
February 13, 2019 / 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley CA

Robert Alter, Professor of the Graduate School and Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

Robert Alter’s lecture will consider several different challenges to a translator of the bible with illustrations from specific Biblical texts and comments on how the modern English versions have failed to meet these challenges. 4:30 pm – Roundtable on Bible Translation featuring Profs. Robert Hass, Ron Hendel, and Jonathan Sheehan 5:30 pm – Robert Alter […]

Public University, Public Values |  The Politics of Truth: A Way Forward
Co-sponsored Event
February 07, 2019 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Geballe Room, UC Berkeley CA

Arlie R. Hochschild and Thomas W. Laqueur in Conversation

To truly understand the current political landscape, we may need new ways — and a new willingness — to confront the question of “values.” How can scholars in the humanities and social sciences contribute to these efforts? If humanistic study is to make a contribution to public life, do academics need to confront the subject of […]

Devotion and Relativity, Text and Context: New Frontiers of Jewish Literacy
Co-sponsored Event
October 07, 2018 - October 08, 2018 / All Day
The Center for Jewish History & the Yeshivat Maharat, New York NY

Multiday workshop and working group.

This interdisciplinary workshop of scholars from North America, Israel, and Europe probes a central tension in Jewish Studies: a chasm typically separates those scholars who emphasize wider social and cultural contexts in which the Jewish experience has unfolded, from those whose work focuses more on the internal logic of Jewish texts and traditions. This workshop seeks […]

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