The webcast of the Sixty-Third Annual Meeting of the Friends of The Bancroft Library is now available for viewing online. Click here to watch the presentation of the Hubert Howe Bancroft Award to Dr. W. Michael Mathes, Historian of Mexico, along with the presentation of Graduate and Undergraduate Fellowships and Prizes.
“The Bancroft Library at 150: A Sesquicentennial Symposium” is now avialable for viewing online.
Please click here to view the webcast.
Garff B. Wilson, Professor of Rhetoric and Drama and Chairman of Public Ceremonies at UC Berkeley for over 30 years, gave a much loved annual solo performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Men’s Faculty Club. He read aloud, seated next to the fire, dramatically assuming the voices of Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and old Scrooge himself. It became a Cal tradition, and we post it here in the spirit of the holidays and in remembrance of one of Cal’s most spirited alumni.
Listen to this digital collection:
Part 1: http://ucblibrary4.berkeley.edu/christmascarol/side1.ram
Part 2: http://ucblibrary4.berkeley.edu/christmascarol/side2.ram
Copyright to the audio file is held by The California Alumni Association and is mounted here with their permission.
Held on October 5, 2006
The recent recipient of the prestigious Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens award for "outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry," Michael Palmer is regarded as "one of America's most important poets" by Harvard Review. The voice in his poems shifts between one of passive observation and active resistance, graceful and startling in its lyricism and quiet protest. A crucial figure in international poetic dialogue, Palmer has translated into English from Portuguese, Russian, and French, and has had his collections translated into over 25 languages. The author of ten volumes of poetry, most recently Company of Moths, Palmer frequently collaborates with visual artists and composers, including painter Gerard Richter and the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Born in Manhattan, Palmer has lived in San Francisco since 1969, and is currently serving as the Poet in Residence at St. Mary's College.
Held on November 2, 2006
Will Alexander has created a contemporary alchemy of surrealist vision in his own electric incandescent language. Coined the Césaire of America, his poetry is full of imagistic and intelligent unraveling. Charles Bernstein calls his latest collection, Exobiology as Goddess, "an exuberant excursion into the hyperreality of the cosmos." A poet, novelist, essayist, and educator, Alexander lives in Los Angeles.
Held on December 7, 2006
Born in Brooklyn to an Iraqi father and a Syrian mother, Jack Marshall explores the cultures and cities that shaped his artistic awakening. He is the author of Gorgeous Chaos: New and Selected Poems 1965-2001; Sesame (1993), winner of the PEN West Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and From Baghdad to Brooklyn (2005). He resides in the Bay Area.
Held on February 1, 2007
Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail immigrated to the United States in 1996 after increasing harassment over her poetry, which confronts war and exile with subversive depictions of suffering. In 2001 she was awarded the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. Her War Works Hard won PEN's Award for Poetry in Translation and was selected as one of New York Public Library's twenty-five best books of 2005.
Held on March 1, 2007
Born in Seoul, Korea, Myung Mi Kim travels to the root of language, connecting speech and culture in a rich web of immaculate phrases. Kim strips words to the bone, using fragments and white space to enhance her themes of dislocation and first language loss. She is the author of four books of poetry, including Under Flag, winner of the 1991 Multicultural Publishers Book Award, and Commons (2002).
Held on April 5, 2007
A prominent figure in California's poetry scene for decades, Joanne Kyger writes poetry influenced by her practice of Zen Buddhism and her ties to the poets of Black Mountain, the San Francisco Renaissance, and the Beat Generation. Her latest collection, About Now: Collected Poems is forthcoming from National Poetry Foundation. She frequently teaches at New College and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.
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Held on May 3, 2007
One of the year's most lively events, the student reading includes winners of the following prizes: Academy of American Poets, Cook, Rosenberg, and Yang, students nominated by Berkeley's creative writing faculty, Lunch Poems volunteers, and representatives from student publications.
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