Wendell Berry, an honorable member of the Graduate Services Modern Authors Collection (as well as conservationist, farmer, essayist, novelist, and poet), will be giving the 2011-2012 Avenali Lecture this Wednesay night (October 31st) at 4pm in Zellerbach Hall. This lecture is titled “An Agro-Ethical Aesthetic: A Conversation With Wendell Berry,” which means it will not really be a lecture at all, but a conversation between Wendell Berry and some of UC Berkeley’s esteemed faculty members. This panel discussion–or if you prefer, panel conversation–will include Michael Pollan from the Graduate School Of Journalism, Robert Hass from the English Department, Miguel Altieri from the Environmental Science, Policy, and Management Department, and Anne-Lise Francois from the English and Comparative Literature Departments. What’s more, it will be Halloween too! We already know the lecure will be dressed up like a disscussion in the guise of a conversation, but what will everyone on the panel’s costumes be? I wonder. I am sure they will be splendid though.What’s more, the Avenali Lecture is not just for Halloween, as All Saint’s Day gets in on some of this Avenali action too. On Thursday (November 1st), there will be a reading and a disscussion by and with Wendell Berry at 6pm in the Berkeley Art Museum Theater located at 2621 Durant Avenue.
These events are sponsered by the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley. They are ticketed events, and tickets will be available at the event venues one hour before each event. One ticket per person.
Below are a few of the many books written by Wendell Berry in the Graduate Services Collection (We have 68!). Come read a few in anticipation of this great occasion. Enjoy.
Bringing It To The Table: On Farming And Food
Andy Catlett: Early Travels: A Novel
The Distant Land: The Collected Stories
The Unsettling Of America: Culture And Agriculture
The Gift Of Good Land: Further Essays, Culture And Agriculture
A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems, 1979-1997