Thursday, May 3
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Morrison Library in Doe Library
One of the year’s liveliest events, the student reading includes winners of the following prizes: Academy of American Poets, Cook, Rosenberg, and Yang, as well as students nominated by Berkeley’s creative writing faculty, Lunch Poems volunteers, and representatives from student publications.
My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs
In his 2017 Nobel Lecture in Literature, My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs, Kazuo Ishiguro recounts his childhood when he moved in 1960 with his parents from Japan to England, where they were the only Japanese family in the town where they settled. Looking back, he is amazed that although it was less than 20 years after the end of WWII, the English community accepted them with “openness and instinctive generosity.” His identity is shaped by this openness as he ventures into his writing, where he surprisingly starts to emotionally construct his own idea of Japan.
This emotional construct, he comes to realize, is due to the importance of relationships — relationships that “move us, amuse us, anger us, surprise us” — and due to finding meaning in the “small, scruffy moments” that seemingly allow writers to be vulnerable in experiencing the unknown and the elusive and in finding meaningful exchanges through human encounters.
His hope is for us not to be complacent, but to embrace diversity, to include many voices and be open to new ideas — to listen. What starts out as his appeal to literature and writers is also an appeal to combat “dangerously increasing division,” reminding us of his first encounter in England, of openness and generosity.
This book is part of the 2017 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!
Living with art was beautiful and exciting. It is very easy to get caught up with the trivial business of life and studenthood and to lose sight of the images and ideas that guide and impel us. When the art that moves you lives with you, it is centering and purpose-injecting.
By Andrew Stevens
I borrowed artwork from the GALC every year during my time at Berkeley as a graduate student. The GALC helped me realize that “Art” – curated, original, unique art – is something that can be accessible and engaged with on a personal level. One ought not believe that “Art” is only for museums or the wealthy. Indeed, I have now decided to try and buy original art from emerging artists to decorate my home rather than purchase mass-produced plastic canvases from big-box stores. The GALC had a large role in shaping my views on how one can choose to engage with art.
By Nick Pingitore
The GALC is something unique to Cal. Although it is a relatively small part of a massive university, it is one of the many things that collectively make it the amazing place it is. It’s simply amazing that anyone with a student ID can check out artwork of almost any subject and bring a little piece of Cal back into their dorm room or apartment for the year. I love it!
By Michele Rabkin
I came to work on the UC Berkeley campus in 1999 as the first Associate Director of the Consortium for the Arts, which later became the Arts Research Center. Since it was my job to be aware of all the arts resources on campus, naturally I learned about the Graphic Arts Loan Collection. I was thrilled to be able to check out works of art and hang them in my office for an entire semester! I borrowed quite a few different pieces over the years, including “Dark Day in the Abundant Blue Light of Paris” by Mary Lovelace O’Neal (now a Professor Emeritus), who at the time was Chair of the Department of Art Practice. This print is beautiful, moody and mysterious. Looking at her artwork every day was a great reminder that many of the faculty with whom I worked regularly in an administrative capacity–sitting in meetings, trading emails, organizing panel discussions–were also practicing artists, anxious to escape the university bureaucracy and pursue their creative visions. Looking away from my computer screen and gazing at an imaginative work of art was a great way for me to refresh myself, gain some distance on the daily grind, and re-focus on the most important priorities.
By Evan Larson
GALC added so much to my experience at Cal. My roommate and I pick out prints at the start of the year to decorate our common room. There’s one print we like so much we’ve requested it two years running. Having these beautiful images up in our apartment pulls the apartment together and makes it feel more like a home. Thank you GALC for adding so much to our time at Cal!
By Leilanie B. Martinez
I appreciated the accessibility of this program. Having considered myself not very “artsy” in the past, it was refreshing to temporarily own an art piece for a semester. I got to see a new aspect of the art every day. Thanks for the experience!
The 2018 Pulitzer Prize awards have been announced, and we at the Library have the books ready for your reading pleasure. With this year’s literary winners, hear about a failed novelist’s world-spanning quest, a dialogue about human connection, and a lyrical exploration of the human voice and body:
And, of course, the finalists provide wonderful reads:
Check out the Pulitzer Prize Website for more winners, and happy reading!
Despite shrinking budgets, the Library continues to acquire materials in more than 60 languages in support of research and teaching on campus. After Portuguese, Catalan remains one of the most popular less commonly taught European romance languages and has benefited in recent years from the Department of Education’s Title VI funding administered through the Institute of European Studies. This blog post hopes to call attention to a talk of interest in the Berkeley Language Center (BLC) next week and to a few newly acquired books in Catalan or related to Catalonia:
Conjugating Catalonia: Language Learning in Turbulent Times
Greta Vollmer Professor Emerita, English & Applied Linguistics Sonoma State University
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
B4 Dwinelle Hall
The talk is sponsored by the Found in Translation (FIT) Working Group – a growing group of U.C. Berkeley community members interested in language, culture and cross-cultural communication.
15 recently acquired books:
- Catalunya i futur. Barcelona: Institut d’Estudis Catalans, 2017.
- Dos estados: España y Cataluña: por qué dos estados democráticos, eficientes y colaborativos serán mejor que uno / Ferran Mascarell. Barcelona: Arpa Editores, 2017.
- El conflicte social en el teatre català del tombant de segle (1890-1909): identitat de classe, moral social i debat polític /J. Grimalt and T. Martínez. Barcelona: Publicacions de l’Abadia de Montserrat, 2016.
- Escrits sobre llengua /Josep Murgades. Lleida: Pagès, 2016.
- Els verbs conjugats: la conjugació dels més de 8800 verbs inclosos en el DIEC / Joan B. Xuriguera. Barcelona: Claret, 2017.
- La rebel-lió catalana: cinc veus sobre el procés i el futur d’Europa / Lluc Salellas Vilar. Lleida: Pagès, 2017.
- Jaume Massó i Torrents: la cançó provençal en la literatura catalana cent anys després / Simó Meritxell. Firenze: Edizioni del Galluzzo per la Fondazione Ezio Franceschini, 2012.
- Lecciones españolas: siete lecciones políticas de la secesión catalana y la crisis de la España constitucional (2012-2016) / Lluís Bassets. Barcelona: EDLibros, 2017.
- Nacionalisme espanyol i catalanitat (1789-1859): cap a una revisió de la renaixença / Joan-Lluís Marfany. Barcelona: Edicions 62, 2017.
- Naixement de la mació catalana: orígens i expansió: segles ix-xiv / direcció, Josep M. Salrach i Marès ; autors, Vicent Baydal i Sala [and thirteen others]. Barcelona: Enciclopèdia Catalana, 2017.
- El proceso separatista en Cataluña: análisis de un pasado reciente (2006-2017) / Steven Forti, Arnau Gonzàlez i Vilalta, Enric Ucelay-Da Cal (eds.).Granada: Editorial Comares, S.L., 2017.
- The Rise of Catalan Independence: Spain’s Territorial Crisis / Andrew Dowling. London: Routledge, 2018.
- The Struggle for Catalonia: Rebel Politics in Spain / Raphael Minder. London: Hurst & Company, 2017.
- Traducció i franquisme / Montserrat Bacardí and Pilar Godayol. Lleida: Punctum, 2017.
- Uns i altres: literatura i traducció / Joaquim Mallafrè. Reus : Edicions del Centre de Lectura: Tarragona: Arola Editors: Publicacions URV, 2016.
Click here for a longer list of recent library acquisitions from Spain and Portugal.