Week of Oct. 7-Oct. 11

Hey, everyone! Again, sorry for the lack of updates lately. There were some internet connectivity issues that are (hopefully) solved now. As always, if you just want a simple list of events going on, you can just check our Opportunities, Events, and Info tab, the English events page, or the general Berkeley events page.

Now, onwards, to the (rest of) this week’s events!

In the English department…

The Career Center will be hosting the Career Chat specifically for English majors today (Wed., Oct. 7) from 12-1pm in 315 Wheeler Hall (the Maude Fife Room). If you are interested in career options, resume building, or anything in that vein, definitely check it out!

Also at the same time (Wed., Oct. 7 @ 12-1pm), there will be a Berkeley Book Chat with Katrina Dodson on The Complete Stories, by Clarice Lispector in 220 Stephens Hall.

Also on Wed., Oct. 7, there will be a A reading of Lucia Berlin’s, “A Manual for Cleaning Women” in the Maude Fife Room (315 Wheeler Hall) from 7-8:30pm.

On Thurs., Oct. 8, Story Hour with Yang Huang will be held at the Morrison Library from 5-6pm.

Finally, the Folio, Berkeley’s English academic undergraduate journal, is now accepting submissions for their Spring 2016 issue! Check out their website for more information!

Now, for everywhere else on campus…

There will be a conference starting today, Wed., Oct. 7, continuing on until Thurs., Oct. 8, in 370 Dwinelle Hall on Revisiting Freud and Moses: Heroism, History and Religion. It will run from 9am until 7pm on both days.

There will also be several film showings today (Oct. 7)…

As part of the CSEAS Film Series on ghosts, two short films from Indonesia (Grave Torture and Payung Merah) will be shown from 5-5:30pm in 180 Doe Library, followed by a screening of the Malaysian film Seventh, which will run from 5:30 until 7:30pm.

As part of Movies @ Moffitt, the documentary She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry will be shown in room 150D in the Moffitt Undergraduate Library from 7-9pm.

At the same time (7-9pm), there will also be a film screening at room A0001 of the Hearst Field Annex. It will be a showing of the Argentinian film Wild Tales, directed by Damián Szifron.

On Thurs., Oct. 8, there will be a workshop on Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor in 9 Durant Hall from 4-5pm.

From 4-5:30pm on the same day (Thurs., Oct. 8), there will be a colloquium in 691 Barrows Hall titled Fresh Faithfuls: Transnational American Christianity and the Politics of Race & Sexuality.

Again, on Thursday, from 5-6:30pm, there will be a lecture on Political Poetry in Contemporary Pakistan with Pakistani Poet and Nonfiction Writer, Harris Khalique at 220 Stephens Hall.

And, one last thing on Oct. 8: As part of the aforementioned CSEAS Film Series, there will be a showing of the Filipino film The Healing from 5-7pm at 180 Doe Library.

On Fri., Oct. 10, as part of a Music Studies Colloquium, Carol Vernallis of Stanford University will give a talk on Beyoncé’s Overwhelming Opus; or, the Past and Future of Music Video from 4:40-5:30pm in 128 Morrison Hall.

On Sun., Oct. 11 at 3-4pm in 223 Moses Hall, there will be a lecture on Remembering the Past, Facing the Future: The Power of the Anne Frank House’s Empty Rooms.

Week of Sept. 14-Sept. 20

Happy, uh, Monday, everyone! Here’s your weekly post about things happening in Berkeley! (Our Secretary will also be sending out an email with Bay Area events sometime soon, so watch out for that!)

First things first, we are hosting our second event Tuesday, Sept. 15 @ 5-6pm in Dwinelle Hall. It is an event on How to Succeed in the English Major, so if that’s your thing, definitely come! (And if you’ve already succeeded in the English major, come anyway and give us tips! We always want to hear from you!) The event will be held in room B-4, which is two floors down from the first level of Dwinelle. Check our facebook event for directions, and please RSVP so we know roughly how many worksheet copies we should print out!

Now, English department event things!

Tuesday, Sept. 15 will also host the Annual Faculty Holloway Reading at 6:30-8pm. Meaning, English department professors reading poetry! As can be expected, the reading will be held in the Maude Fife Room (Wheeler 315).

The Berkeley Book Chats will be having Professor Irina Paperno with, “Who, What Am I?”: Tolstoy Struggles to Narrate the Self on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 12-1pm in 220 Stephens Hall. This is more of a Comparative Literature thing than an English thing, but we’re closely enough tied together as departments for it to count anyhow.

Now, for other UC Berkeley events that somehow caught our eye…

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, there will be a lecture by Professor Jeremy Birnholtz of Northwestern University on, Remember When Nobody Knew You Were a Dog? Anonymity, Identity and Location in Online Social Environments. It will be held from 4:10-5:30pm at 202 South Hall.

On Thursday, Sept. 17, a short film will be shown in 370 Dwinelle Hall from 4-6pm. It is This Kind of Love, a documentary about Burmese activist Aung Myo Min. Aung Myo Min will be present to answer questions after the screening.

Also on Thursday, at the Free Speech Movement Café,  Professor Stephanie Jones-Rogers will be giving a presentation on, The Fugitive Slave Clause: Rethinking Gender, Slavery, and the Constitution from 6-8pm.

Friday, Sept. 18 will see us with another research workshop — Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop. Like the others, it will take place at 12-1pm in 9 Durant Hall.

Also on Friday, Sept. 18, there will be a lecture on The Battle for Mexico and the Future of Revolutionary Democracy in the Americas: Mexico at the Crossroads at 3-5pm in 370 Dwinelle Hall.

And, again on Friday, from 4-6pm in 7205 Dwinelle Hall, there will be a lecture on, Virtue and decision in Aristotle’s ethical treatises.

Finally, the Vagina Monologues are also holding auditions this week, from Thursday onwards. If you’re interested in helping out but missed the infosessions, they’re tabling on Sproul this week with sign-up information, so go check them out!

Have a great week, EUA-ers! (We really need a better name. Taking nominations now!)

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!

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!