James I. Porter joins the Rhetoric department

James I. Porter has been appointed Professor in History and Theory of Rhetoric and will join the department in July of 2015. Prof. Porter has published widely on classical literature and aesthetics, and on Nietzsche. His new book on the Sublime in the Ancient world will be published by Cambridge University Press. Prof. Porter has held appointments at the University of Michigan and University of California, Irvine, as well as visiting positions at Stanford and Princeton. 


On The Wire, by Linda Williams

Many television critics, legions of fans, even the president of the United States, have cited The Wire as the best television series ever. In this sophisticated examination of the HBO serial drama that aired from 2002 until 2008, Linda Williams, a leading film scholar and authority on the interplay between film, melodrama, and issues of race, suggests what exactly it is that makes The Wire so good. She argues that while the series is a powerful exploration of urban dysfunction and …    read more


Our Word is Our Bond, by Marianne Constable

Words can be misspoken, misheard, misunderstood, or misappropriated; they can be inappropriate, inaccurate, dangerous, or wrong. When speech goes wrong, law often steps in as itself a speech act or series of speech acts. Our Word Is Our Bond offers a nuanced approach to language and its interaction and relations with modern law. Marianne Constable argues that, as language, modern law makes claims and hears claims of justice and injustice, which can admittedly go wrong. Constable proposes an …    read more


Trinh Minh-ha awarded the Wild Dreamer Award at the Subversive Festival

While at a conference at the School of Contemporary Humanities in Zagreb, Croatia, for lectures and a retrospective of her films, Prof. Trinh Minh-ha was awarded The Wild Dreamer Lifetime Achievement Award (2014) by the Subversive Festival committee, an annual international fortnight of political, activist, cultural, eduacational, literary and artistic events whose focus this year is on "Power and Freedom in the Age of Control: Networks - Ideology - Alternatives".


Congratulations to Linda Williams

The Department of Film and Media would like to congratulate Professor Linda Williams, a winner of the 2014 Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award. The Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Awards, established in 2007, recognize UC Berkeley faculty for their vital role in mentoring graduate students and training future faculty.


Van Gogh on Demand by Winnie Wong

Winnie Wong's new book, Van Gogh on Demand: China and the Readymade, explores contemporary art and Dafen village, China, the world's largest production center for oil-on-canvas painting. Van Gogh on Demand is published by The University of Chicago Press. Read about it on The Wall Street Journal, on The Believer, and the International Business Times, and listen to a BBC World Service discussion with Professor Wong online. (Image courtesy of Yu Haibo)


Congratulations to Shannon Jackson

Congratulations to Shannon Jackson, who has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship to Assist Research and Artistic Creation for the field of Theatre Arts.


Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor awards for 2013-2014

Jerilyn Sambrooke, Ragini Srinivasan and Osita "IK" Udekwu have received Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor awards for 2013-2014. Each award winner will receive a $250 credit to his or her CARS account, and will be eligible for a Teaching Effectiveness Award. This year's Outstanding GSI Award Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the International House. Our winners will also receive an award at this year's department commencement, which takes …    read more


What Is: Rhetoric? Rhetoric Grad Students’ Perpective

The Berkeley Graduate:What is: Rhetoric? a disciplinary dialogue series


New Book by Trinh T. Minh-ha

"D-Passage is a nuanced and original intervention in new media and digital arts. For Trinh T. Minh-ha, the digital artwork, or 'D-work,' is characterized not by the technology that delivers it but by the 'passage' itself: digital form achieved in flux, in the movement of experience and sensation through the work. Words are never merely words in her work, and the same is true for images, ideas, sounds, music, voices, faces and figures, movement and tone. Everything is marked by a passage …    read more