Save the Date: Commencement 2017

Save the date! The Spring 2017 Rhetoric and Film commencement will be held Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Zellerbach Auditorium. Details to follow in the coming weeks and months!  


National Humanities Medal for Prison University Project

Congratulations to Rhetoric PhD alum Jody Lewen, founder of the Prison University Project! Check out the Berkeley News article below:  The Prison University Project, founded by UC Berkeley Ph.D. Jody Lewen to give inmates in San Quentin greater access to higher education, has been named a recipient of this year’s National Humanities Medal, the White House has announced. President Obama will award the medal to a distinguished list of recipients — including poet Louise …    read more


Screenings of Trinh MInh-ha's Forgetting Vietnam in California

Trinh T. Minh-ha’s new film, FORGETTING VIETNAM (90 mins) will show in the Bay area and in Los Angeles and the filmmaker will be present for discussion at all screenings: BAM PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE 2120 Oxford Street #2250, Berkeley, CA 94720 Thurs Sept 15, 7pm & Saturday Sept 17, 2016, 8pm Followed by conversation with Akira Mizuta Lippit The PFA will also show on Wed. Sept 14, 7pm, her previous film, Surname Viet Given Name Nam (108 mins, 1989) Followed by conversation …    read more


Symposium on Knowledge Infrastructures in the Anthropocene

    Technology, Space, Reason: Infrastructures of Knowledge in the Anthropocene The digital epoch has destroyed many traditional institutional knowledge practices while transforming and inventing a plethora of others. What is at stake in the current reconfiguration of knowledge in the 21st century? That question must be posed in planetary terms. The digital infrastructure of knowledge is a new spatial, political, and cultural form of reason …    read more


Seminar and Lecture Series on the Self

Histories of the Self Between Antiquity and the Present Professors Ramona Naddaff and James Porter Fall 2016, W 2-5PM, 7415 Dwinelle Hall RH200, RH240G, CT290 Inquiries into the self, its nature, its possibilities, and its limits are a mainstay of contemporary theoretical, cultural, and political thought. Historical perspectives from antiquity onward are capable of challenging and enriching this kind of inquiry.  The aim of this interdisciplinary graduate seminar is …    read more


Congratulations, Rhetoric Grad Students!

Congratulations to the following Rhetoric graduate students on their respective fellowships! Kevin Block - Townsend Fellows' Irving and Jean Stone Fellow for 2016-17, and the Global Urban Humanities-Townsend Fellow for Spring 2017 Suzanne Li Puma - Daniel E. Koshland Jr. Fellowship Chiara Ricciardone - Frank E. Ratliff Fellowship in Classical Antiquity Evyn Le Espiritu - Ford Foundation Fellowship Alexndria Wright - U. C. …    read more


Cal Day 2016 - Rhetoric Show & Tell

We're proud to present short videos of seven presentations our Rhetoric Honors' students gave on Cal Day! Check them out on our Facebook page, linked below.  Brandt Robin Sophie Golub Daniel Plautz Selena Iris Phung Christopher Jelinek Stacey Nguyen Natalia Reyes


Placement News

Congratulations to the following graduates of the Rhetoric PhD Program on their placements: Chiara Ricciardone  has won the Frank E. Ratliff Fellowship in Classical Antiquity at UC Berkeley.  Eugene McCarthy has accepted the position of assistant professor of legal studies at the University of Illinois, Springfield in August. He will be teaching law, culture, and humanities courses, among others. Eric Morales-Franceschini has accepted the position of Assistant Professor, …    read more


Christopher Bollas: Mini-Course and Residency at the Townsend Center Fall 2016

The Townsend Center for the Humanities is pleased to announce Unconscious Perception: A Mini-Course and Residency with Christopher Bollas. The seminar and residency will explore the work of the most influential psychoanalyst writing in English today, Christopher Bollas, who will be scholar-in-residence at the Townsend Center in the first week of November 2016. Bollas is widely known for his pioneering, polymathic, and maverick investigations of unconscious perception of objects and the …    read more


Rhetoric Show & Tell: Narrative, Theory, Discourse

April 16, 2016   |   1:00 - 4:00 pm   |   160 Dwinelle What is rhetoric? A panel of rhetoric honors students will present their thesis projects and share insights into this exciting field of study. A reception will follow with refreshments and a Q&A with students and faculty. Panel A: 1:10 - 2:15 pm Natalia Reyes The Rhetoric of Chicano Literary Criticism Stacey Nguyen Ambiguity as the Answer to Obligation: Vietnamese Writers in Diaspora Sophie Golub Poetry …    read more