Summer reading: We are Dancing For You

Book cover for we are dancing for youWe are Dancing For You: Native Feminisms and the Revitalization of Women’s Coming-of-Age Ceremonies
Cutcha Risling Baldy

Dr. Risling Baldy’s Indigenous feminist voice speaks truth to power on difficult topics: California history and genocide, anthropology, and salvage ethnography. But through these recollections, experiences, and narrative evidence the triad goals of (re)righting, (re)writing, and (re)riteing history bring hope for the future.

NAZUNE MENKA
Lecturer & Tribal Cultural Resources Policy Fellow
Berkeley Law

This book is part of the 2022 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Summer reading: Your Inner Fish

Book cover for your inner fishYour Inner Fish: A Journey in the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
Neil Shubin

In this book, Neil Shubin, paleontologist and professor of anatomy at the University of Chicago, examines the interconnectedness of life across billions of years. Drawing upon his discovery of the Tiktaalik—the “fish with hands”—Shubin demonstrates elegantly simple ways that humans, and other species, are connected to one another. In addition to an accessible examination of evolution, his narrative is filled with observations and anecdotes from his work in the field, offering powerful models of how to locate, identify, and analyze patterns that can improve our ability to make inferences and predictions.

CAROLINE COLE
Lecturer
College Writing Programs

This book is part of the 2022 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Summer reading: When Brute Force Fails: How to have less crime and less punishment

Book cover for when brute force failsWhen Brute Force Fails: How to have less crime and less punishment
Mark A.R. Kleiman

Maybe the best public policy book of the last decade. The subtitle says it all: crime is costly but so is punishment (both not only in money); if we’re smart we can have less of both.

MICHAEL O’HARE
Professor of the Graduate School
Goldman School of Public Policy

This book is part of the 2022 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Summer reading: Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music

Book cover for wagnerism Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music
Alex Ross

Like music? The music of today, classical and popular, is impossible without Wagner. Like history? Philosophy? Sociology? Novels? Movies? It’s all here. The western world from the 1860s turned to Wagner in so many ways (for good and ill), and still does.

MICHAEL O’HARE
Professor of the Graduate School
Goldman School of Public Policy

This book is part of the 2022 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Summer reading: Exit West

Book cover for Exit WestExit West
Mohsin Hamid

Exit West depicts a world where magical doors exist that allow for refugees to emigrate from their war-torn countries. The novel follows a pair of refugees who fall in love and try to make their lives better by finding new opportunities after their hometown becomes overrun with violence. Apart from being a good read, the book goes along with the theme of illuminating communities by offering great insight into issues faced by refugee communities that are often overlooked by society. Exit West was definitely an eye-opener for me; if you get the chance to check it out, I hope you enjoy it!

(Note: Exit West was also the On the Same Page pick for the incoming class in Fall 2020.)

ZAYD ALI
Mechanical Engineering major
Class of 2025

This book is part of the 2022 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Summer reading: The Women in the Castle

Book cover for The Women in the CastleThe Women in the Castle
Jessica Shattuck

One reason I love reading historical fiction is that the challenges of the setting and time period come alive when they are the experiences of characters I relate to, and this book is a great example! In it, Marianne von Lingenfels gathers up the fellow widows of German resistance members, and sets up a family of sorts in a ruined Bavarian castle. She imagines they are of like minds and will move forward united, but the opposite proves to be true—these three strong German women, each of whom has had different connections with the events of World War II, have to come to terms with their own pasts, the aftermath of the war, and the unexpected new world and lives that await them. I highly recommend this beautifully imagined and evocative novel (which will soon become a movie starring Daisy Ridley).

ANN GLUSKER
Sociology, Demography, & Quantitative Research Librarian
Doe Library

This book is part of the 2021 Berkeley Summer Reading List. View this book on Overdrive. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Summer reading: What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

Book cover for What the Eyes Don't SeeWhat the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City
Mona Hanna-Attisha

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician in Flint, Michigan who saw that the children of Flint were being poisoned by lead in the city’s water. Hanna-Attisha’s book explores the many factors that led to this crisis—including racism, city mismanagement, corruption, and greed. She also explores the factors in her own background as an Iraqi American whose family history of activism in the face of extreme government repression taught her the importance of resistance. What the Eyes Don’t See is an engaging story which highlights the importance of data-informed activism, social justice, and public health

SUSAN EDWARDS
Head, Social Sciences Division
Social Welfare Librarian & Interim African Studies Librarian

This book is part of the 2021 Berkeley Summer Reading List. View this book on Overdrive. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Summer reading: Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind

Book cover for Fossil MenFossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind
Kermit Pattison

Fossil Men is largely a book about U.C. Berkeley, beginning in the “Neo-Babylonian complex of the Valley Life Science Building.” Once Covid restrictions lift, you can see the display there of “Lucy” and “Ardi”–the fossils that have waited three or four million years for your visit. In addition to being science writing of a high order on these discoveries in Africa, Pattison’s book has the R-rated episodes that sometimes accompany academic arguments. If you think science proceeds with the decorum of Scrabble, you will see that discoveries can more closely resemble a thirty-year war. The controversies seem to have benefited Berkeley undergraduates who took some engaging courses. Rough as paleoanthropology can be, Berkeley led the field in escaping a colonial mindset. Professor Tim D. White recruited internationally and leveraged Berkeley funds to bring Ethiopians here and to see that they controlled their discoveries.

TOM LEONARD
Emeritus professor, Graduate School of Journalism
Former University Librarian

This book is part of the 2021 Berkeley Summer Reading List. View this book on Overdrive. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Workshop: By Design: Graphics & Images Basics

By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
Tuesday, March 30th, 3:40pm-5:00pm
Online: Register to receive the Zoom link
Lynn Cunningham

In this hands-on workshop, we will learn how to create web graphics for your digital publishing projects and websites. We will cover topics such as: image editing tools in Photoshop; image resolution for the web; sources for free public domain and Creative Commons images; and image upload to publishing tools such as WordPress. If possible, please install Photoshop in advance. (All UCB faculty and students can receive a free Adobe Creative Suite license: https://software.berkeley.edu/adobe). Register here.

Upcoming Workshops in this Series – Spring 2021:

  • HTML/CSS Toolkit for Digital Projects

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.


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