New Film Screening with Trinh T. Minh-ha

Trinh Minh-ha's new film, Forgetting Vietnam, will be featured in the international competition, Cinéma du Réel, which will take place from March 18th to March 27th in Paris at the Centre Pompidou and associated venues.  Screenings, time and place:  Tuesday, March 22nd, at 6:40 pm, in Cinema 1 in the Centre Pompidou, followed by a Q&A with the audience Thursday, March 24th, at 3:50 pm, in Cinema 2 in the Centre Pompidou, followed by a Q&A with the audience …    read more

TAGS: trinh minh-ha, forgetting vietnam


Congratulations Evyn Lê Espiritu - AAAS Best Graduate Student Paper Award

 Congratulations to Rhetoric graduate student Evyn Lê Espiritu! Evyn has achieved the Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the Association for Asian American Studies, for her paper entitled: “Performing Humanitarianism: Israeli Selection and Media Construction of the Ideal Vietnamese Refugee”. More information can be found on the AAAStudies website!


Rhetoric Colloquium with Shalini Satkunanandan

Colloquium: Shalini Satkunanandan, Political Science, UC Davis "Neither Religious nor Spiritual: Nietzsche's Illiberal, Faith-based Self-Fashioning" 03/04/2016, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm 308 Doe Library (Art History Department) Abstract: Nietzsche’s call to make one’s life a work of art should be understood against the backdrop of his early concern with the possibility of founding a new communal religion (evident in The Birth of Tragedy) and his later turn to …    read more


Thinking Beyond Boundaries: Around the Work of Benedict Anderson

Thinking Beyond Boundaries: Around the Work of Benedict Anderson Conference/Symposium | February 19 | 9:15 a.m.-6 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife Room Panelist/Discussants: Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley; Peter Zinoman, Professor of History, UC Berkeley; Penny Edwards, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley; Hendrik Maier, Professor of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, UC Riverside; …    read more


New book from Pheng Cheah: What is a World?: On Postcolonial Literature as World Literature

 In What is a World?: On Postcolonial Literature as World Literature, Pheng Cheah, a leading theorist of cosmopolitanism, offers the first critical consideration of world literature’s cosmopolitan vocation. Addressing the failure of recent theories of world literature to inquire about the meaning of world, Cheah articulates a normative theory of literature’s world-making power by creatively synthesizing four philosophical accounts of the world as a temporal process: …    read more


New volume of essays edited by David Bates and Nima Bassiri

 Just published: Plasticity and Pathology: On the Formation of the Neural Subject, edited by David Bates and Nima Bassiri (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015) Berkeley Forum in the Humanities Series With the rise of cognitive science and the revolution in neuroscience, it is now commonplace to assume that the study of a human person-a thinking, feeling, acting subject-is ultimately the study of the human brain. In both Europe and the United States, massive state-funded research …    read more


Summer 2016 Rhetoric courses are here!

 Sign up for summer 2016 courses in the department of Rhetoric! Summer courses can help you complete major and minor requirements, outside course requirements (for nonmajors), or provide exciting and interesting elective credits! We're offering courses on design, public speaking, literature, and more! Check out summer course descriptions here on the website, and email the instructors or Lisa Fox (lfox@berkeley.edu) with any questions!


In memoriam: Seymour Chatman

The memorial will be held Friday, February 12th, at 5:30 pm in Morrison Library at UC Berkeley.   Seymour Chatman (1928-2015) Professor Emeritus, Department of Rhetoric When I arrived in the Rhetoric Department as an Acting Assistant Professor in 1972, Seymour Chatman's name was one of the few that I recognized. Already a highly distinguished scholar, his work in narratology and structuralism had influenced my own graduate work on oral narrative (epic, legend, and folklore). I …    read more


The Humanities: What's the Big Idea?

By Tania Lombrozo An article in The Guardian earlier this year declared: "A war is being waged within the cloistered world of academia." It pressed on, stating that "currently fixed in the crosshairs are the disciplines of the humanities." Yes, the humanities are arguably under attack around the globe, suffering from cuts to funding and from political cultures obsessed with demonstrable economic benefits. Yet many argue for the intrinsic and instrumental value of the …    read more

TAGS: daniel boyarin, boyarin, humanities, interview, npr


New Article on Early Modern Translation by Michael Wintroub

In the new issue of the American Historical Review (October 2015): Michael Wintroub, "Translations: Words, Things, Going Native, and Staying True"