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Distinguished Alumni Series: Charlie Hallowell

On April 25, 2012 the English Department hosted the latest event in the “Conversations with Distinguished Alumni” series. The celebrated chef and restaurateur Charlie Hallowell (English ‘02) spoke with Professors Samuel Otter and Stephen Best about his Berkeley education, as well as the business and pleasure of food in Northern California. Posted by Jeffrey Blevins

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We’re Afraid for Virginia Woolf

Occupy Cal and the Open University are just two ways students and faculty on campus have been choosing to meet some of the crises in higher education: diminished state funding for public higher education, the financialization of the public, and questions about the nature and function of education as a public good. In the English Department, we’ve redoubled our commitment to the study of language, believing this task to be central to protest …

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Memorial for Charles Muscatine

A memorial service for Charles Muscatine, late Professor Emeritus of English, will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday, February 13, 2011, in the Pauley Ballroom of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union. A distinguished scholar of medieval literature, Muscatine was also well known as an advocate for educational reform and for his refusal to sign a state loyalty oath...

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UC Berkeley Graduate Student and Faculty Make National Headlines

Two members of the UC Berkeley English Department have recently made big splashes in the national news scene.

Professor Ishmael Reed published an oped in the Dec 11, 2010 New York Times on “What Progressives Don’t Understand About Obama.”  Professor Reed has a recent book, Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media, out on the same subject from Baraka Books.

Aaron Bady, an advanced graduate student who studies African literature in the department, made waves in the national conversation surrounding the recent WikiLeaks case. The virtuoso close reading of  Julian Assange’s personal philosophy that Aaron posted on his blog,, became a viral phenomenon, drawing more than ten thousand readers and links from some of the most prominent news media outlets in the country.  His influence prompted The Atlantic to call him “The Unknown Blogger Who Changed the WikiLeaks Conversation.” The University has also published an account here.

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