Category Archives : Past Events


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Questioning Aesthetics Symposium

March 13, 2015
308A Doe Library, UC Berkeley

In conjunction with the launching of the second, fully revised and expanded six volume edition of the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (July 2014), the Arts Research Center will co-host a full day symposium on March 13, 2015, looking at aesthetics as both the subject and object of critique, and as a way to explore and expand new forms of aesthetics research in many disciplines.


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Berkeley Public Forum on Religion: Transactional Reality and the Regimes of Truth

The premise of this talk is that knowledge is not something that we can discover but rather only something that we can produce. As such, each new instance of knowledge emerges transactionally through the interaction of configurations of materiality, discourse, and ideology—realities that are themselves the product of complex transactions.


Between Campesino and State: Photography, Rurality, and Citizenship in Post-Revolutionary Mexico

Between Campesino and State: Photography, Rurality, and Citizenship in Post-Revolutionary Mexico History of Art Department March 12, 2015 308A Doe Library, UC Berkeley 5:30 pm Robin Greeley, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art History, Berkeley PhD 1996, will return to the Department to give a public lecture on her current book project, […]

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Disability Incarcerated: A Symposium

A symposium and gathering that responds to the recent book of that title, bringing together the editors and other scholars, students, activists, and community members to map the intersections of policing, imprisonment, and the disabled body. The event seeks to step into the conspicuous void within critiques of the “prison industrial complex” – namely the absence of discussion of disability oppression, despite the disproportionate representation of people with disabilities within prisons and gated institutions. Free and open to the public.


Wikipedia Art + Feminism Edit-A-Thon

Wikimedia’s gender trouble is documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 15% of its contributors identify as female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate; suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the sometimes contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages. The practical effect of this disparity, however is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge. Let’s change that!

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Aulis: An Act of Nihilism In One Long Act

Lifes a Beach. Then you die. Christopher Chen, TDPS alumnus and Glickman Prize winner for The Hundred Flowers Project, returns to UC Berkeley with a bold new play! In this humorous, absurdist take on Euripides, King Agamemnon faces a heart-wrenching choice: Sacrifice his beloved only daughter to the gods, or condemn the entire Greek army to defeat before ever reaching Troy.


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Documentary Voices: Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

This year’s edition of the annual spring seriesDocumentary Voices features masters of the medium. We begin with Robert Flaherty’s landmark Nanook of the North; his effort to salvage traditional Inuit culture is considered to be the first documentary film ever made. Frederick Wiseman, best known for his complex chronicles of social institutions (including UC Berkeley!), made Titicut Follies to expose conditions at a state-run mental hospital.