Author Rebecca Solnit (’84) taught a non-fiction writing course in the English Department this past spring. A number of her students in that course have had their final pieces accepted for publication. The first to appear in print is this tough piece by Ariel Zepeda on sexual violence at UC Berkeley.
Arianna Huffington, of The Huffington Post, recently devoted several paragraphs to a 2009 speech by Professor Kathleen Donegan, entitled “Finding the Story.”
On November 19, our Director of Undergraduate Studies Scott Saul appeared on KQED’s “Forum” for a free-ranging hour-long discussion on the state of the humanities on college campuses.
nsight at Berkeley is a bi-semesterly e-publication focused on success stories. The Insight team seeks out Cal alumni with all different backgrounds, majors, and careers. We sit down with these professionals and discuss how to get the best out of schooling, internship opportunities, extracurriculars, and ultimately potential career options.
Each year in the “Faculty Notes” section of the department newsletter, we list the most recent faculty accomplishments. In the same spirit of recognition and congratulation, listed below are only some of the many accomplishments of our graduate students from this past year. They include prizes, fellowships, academic and literary publications and prizes, conferences organized, and conference papers presented.
Bradford Taylor, a graduate student in the department, recently opened a wine shop and bar in Oakland called Ordinaire. To celebrate the occasion, we asked him to write a piece for us about his interest in wine and the experience of opening the shop.
Prachi Naik, now a Berkeley graduate, was chosen to speak at the English Department’s 2013 Commencement Ceremony.
On April 17th, hundreds of people filled Wheeler’s Maude Fife Auditorium to hear Anne Carson read a selection of poems from her new volume.
Simon Palfrey, Professor of English Literature at Oxford, traveled to Berkeley on April 1st to give a talk entitled “Shakespeare: Where is the Life?”
From February 22nd to 24th, the UC Berkeley English Department hosted its first ever Conference on Ecopoetics.
On February 25th, spectators filled all 150 chairs in Wheeler’s Maude Fife auditorium to catch a glimpse of esteemed novelist and critic A.S. Byatt.
The Holloway Poetry Series hosted a reading by Major Jackson on Tuesday, February 19. This was Holloway’s second event of the Spring semester, and around 40 professors, graduate students, undergraduates, and Berkeley residents showed up to make it a success.
In February 2012 Arden Shakespeare, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, brought forth a festschrift of essays in honor of Professor Emeritus Stephen Booth: forty short essays demonstrating various sorts of close reading in honor of the closest of all close readers.