Week of Sept. 9-Sept.12

Apologies for the downtime last night, everyone! We recently got a hold of the eua.berkeley.edu domain, and things kind of broke when we tried to change all the permalinks. But, rest assured, everything’s fine now! (And: update your bookmarks, if you have them! the old URL will still work, but we’re planning on making the switch over to the new one soon, so for convenience’s sake… also, it’s a lot easier to remember.)

Anyway, thanks to all those who came to our first meeting today! It was a great introductory meeting because of all of you, and we hope to see you all again sometime soon! Just a quick reminder that our next meeting will be next Tuesday, Sept. 15, again at 5-6pm.  It is on How to Succeed in the English Major. We still haven’t entirely decided on a room yet, but we will definitely send out an email/post on facebook when we do!

Now, for events happening within the English department this week…

Story Hour is having their first reading this Thursday, Sept. 10 in the Morrison Library at 5-6pm! Story Hour is, according to their website, “A monthly prose reading series hosted by English department faculty Vikram Chandra and Melanie Abrams, and featuring distinguished prose writers from the Bay Area and beyond.” For this opening event, Nina Schuyler will be reading.

Also on Thursday, Sept. 10, the Berkeley Connect Book Club is meeting in 305 Wheeler at 6pm. They’re going to have free pizza (!!) and decide what book they’re going to read. It seems they’re going to focus on contemporary literature, so if you’re interested and have the time, definitely check them out!

Now, for non-English department events that are still relevant to our interests…

There will be a colloquium in 5101 Tolman Hall on Wed., Sept. 9, at 12-1:15pm on The How of Happiness: Boosting well-being through kindness, gratitude, and optimism. It will be given by Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky from UC Riverside.

Also on Wed., Sept. 9, there will be a Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop in 223 Moses Hall from 4:30-6pm. The Gilman Scholarship Program is aimed at funding undergraduate study abroad programs, so if you’re interested in studying abroad but are hesitant because of the financial cost, definitely check them out. (They’re currently open for Spring and Summer 2016 applications — deadline is October 6th!)

On Thursday, Sept. 10, the ASUC is celebrating the opening of the MLK Student Union (that shiny new building in Sproul Plaza next to the currently unused fountain). They’ll be hosting Bear Bites: A food and retail event at the new Student Union, starting from 11am until 2pm. This building has been long in the making, so we’re very happy to see it finally completed.

Also on Thursday, there will be a How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop in 9 Durant Hall from 2:30-4:30pm. For all you upperclassman looking to do research, and underclassman interested in how research works, definitely check it out.

Continuing in the string of Thursday events, there will be a lecture hosted by the Slavic Department titled Land of Freedom and Equality or Land of Oppression and Injustice? Images of the United States in Czech Literature and Culture at 4-5:30pm in 270 Stephens Hall. The lecturer will be Josef Sveda, a Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Prague!

Finally, one last thing on Thursday: there will be a film showing in 105 Boalt Hall at 6:30-8:30pm. It will be Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey by Raymond Telles and Yvan Iturriaga. Director Telles (who is also, coincidentally, a professor in the Ethnic Studies Department at Berkeley) will also be present for a Q&A session after the conclusion of the film.

And that’s all we have so far for this week! Any events we missed? Questions about anything? Feel free to comment below or shoot us an email. We’re always happy to hear from you.

Have a great rest of the week, everyone!

First Meeting — Pizza Social

Happy Friday, everyone!

Our first event is coming up on Tuesday, September 8th, at 5-6pm! It will be in 330 Wheeler Hall (the English Department Lounge). So, the room by the stairs where the women’s bathroom is, if you’ve never been there.

Since it’s our first meeting, as per EUA tradition, we will be doing some icebreakers! (Nothing embarrassing or demanding, rest assured.) We’ll also have some free pizza and, like, drinks and everything, you know, if you’re into that.

If you like the sound of that, please RSVP at our facebook event. It’s not a, “you have to go now or else,” type of thing, but we do want a rough count of people for how much pizza we should get!

We hope to see you there!

P.S. Since several folks asked about this on facebook: we will be looking into a vegan option for the event!

Week of Aug. 31-Sept. 5

Hi, all! Hope everyone is having a good second week of school!

So, first things first. We will be at Calapalooza, starting from 2pm on Sept. 2nd (later today, if you want to get technical). We’ll provide the location of our table once we actually get there (and take a selfie!) If you have time, we’d love if you’d stop by and say hi!

Second of all, with the semester just kicking off, there’s already a few events happening.

Within the English department, the Lunch Poems (hosted by the esteemed Professor Robert Hass) is having their series kickoff this Thursday (Sept. 3rd) in the Morrison Library! As the title indicates, the event will be taking place during lunch — Berkeley time, actually — and last for about an hour.

There will also be a lecture later that day, from 5-7pm, at 300 Wheeler. The lecture is titled: Untying Love’s Knots: Transforming Eros in the Sonnets of Vittoria Colonna, given by Professor Ramie Targoff of the English department.

Otherwise, outside of the English department, the Media Resources Center (150D) at the Moffitt Undergraduate Library hosts a free movie screening the first Wednesday of every month (it’s called Movies @ Moffitt) at 7pm. This time, they will be showing the documentary American Arab.

Next, Stephen Greenblatt will be giving a talk, at 5pm on Thursday (Sept. 3rd) in the Maude Fife Room (315 Wheeler), titled: In the Cave: The Humanities and the Human Condition. Greenblatt is, well, relatively famous, so there’s that!

Meanwhile, the Vagina Monologues are hosting info sessions both this Thursday (from 7-8pm) at 259 Dwinelle and next Tuesday (also from 7-8pm) at 258 Dwinelle. And auditions will be held later this month. If you’re interested in helping out in any capacity, definitely go to one of them!

And, again, on Thursday, the Queer Alliance and Resource Center (QARC), the Gender Equity Center (GenEq), and UNITY house are co-sponsoring QT Pie: A Queer, Trans, LGBTQ+ Welcome Event! It’ll be in the Unit 3 All Purpose Room, which is on 2400 Durant Ave, from 7-9pm.

Finally, on Friday (Sept. 4th), the Durham Studio Theater will be hosting spoken word artist Guillermo Gómez Peña at 7pm! Admission is free, but because of the seating capacity, will be limited. So, you’ll need to reserve a ticket before the event if you’re planning on attending.

Any events I missed? Any additional questions or concerns? Feel free to comment below or shoot us an email! Have a great rest of the week!