Departmental News


  • Donkeyote | Chico Pereira | Spain, Germany, Scotland, 2017, Apr 16

    April 16, 2017

    A Spanish man's quest to defy barriers and borders by embarking on the Trail of Tears with his donkey by his side is its own quixotic trail of laughter and tears in this winning tale. more

  • Mister Universo | Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel | Austria, Italy, 2016, Apr 14

    April 14, 2017

    Tairo Caroli, Wendy Weber, Arthur Robin,

    Each night, underneath a threadbare big top, Tairo puts an aging pride of big cats through their paces. Audiences may be dwindling, but the young lion tamer is happy, living a life that he's dreamed of since he was a little boy. When some trailer more

  • Vandals, Looters, Protestors, and Police: Consumer Culture and Street Politics Collide in Berlin, 1914-1945, Apr 13

    April 13, 2017

    After the First World War and 1918 Revolution, political partisans and commercial entrepreneurs took to the streets of Berlin and fought for the attention of crowds with posters, light displays, parades, traffic obstructions, and violence. New freedoms had transformed city streets into the primary medium of communication, lens of perception, more

  • Cicero’s De Officiis – Stoic Ethics for Non-Stoics, Apr 12

    April 12, 2017

    Gisela Striker will present the Howison lecture on April 12, 2017 at 5:10 pm. Her lecture is titled "Cicero's De Officiis – Stoic Ethics for Non-Stoics" is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. (Please note start time.)

    About the Lecture
    Professor Striker will show how the Stoic more

  • Kicking out the Rogues: Should Federations be Able to Expel Member States?, Apr 10

    April 10, 2017

    When, if at all, should members get expelled from a federation? While accession to or secession from a federal union – such as the United States – has long been the issue of heated debates, only recently have the federal center's sanctions on members in violation of common rules and more

  • Soundwaves – The Passion of Noor Inayat Khan, Apr 8-9

    April 8, 2017

    Fri, April 7: 8 PM
    Sat, April 8: 2 PM and 6 PM
    Sun, April 9: 2 PM and 6 PM

    $100, $50, $35, $25, $10

    ‘The universe is made of sound. There is no solid matter. Nothing apparently solid lasts. Everything is made more

  • Europe: A Literary History (1559-1648), Apr 6

    April 6, 2017

    Presented by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography.

    Join us for Dr Boutcher's lecture, followed by a round table discussion with UC Berkeley faculty:

    Ivonne de Valle, Spanish & Portuguese
    Timothy Hampton, French and Comparative Literature
    Victoria Kahn, English and Comparative Literature
    Ignacio Navarrete, Spanish & Portuguese
    Diego Pirillo, Italian Studies more

  • Austria and Migration: The Current Refugee Crisis in Historical Perspective, Apr 5

    April 5, 2017

    Migration is the single biggest challenge for European countries and the European Union today. It is closely linked to questions of (national) identity, social pluralism, and diversity. The talk focuses on Austria as an example and puts the current so-called „refugee crisis“ in the context of the broader history of more

  • Romance outside Europe, Apr 5

    April 5, 2017

    The Romance Linguistics Working Group and Francophone Studies Working Group are pleased to announce an upcoming mini-colloquium, set for April 5, 2017. We invite all of you who work with Romance languages in conjunction with literature or linguistics, be it in contemporary or historical contexts, to join us. The theme more

  • From Anti-fascism to Anti-Zionism to Undeclared War: The West German Left, the East German Regime and Israel 1949-1989, Apr 3

    April 3, 2017

    After Nazism and the Holocaust the East German government became a fierce opponent of the state of Israel, one that it denounced as a “spearhead” of US imperialism. Beginning in the 1960s and continuing to the end of the Cold War, the East German Communists combined hostile propaganda with military more