Money Is a Kind of PoetryThe Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West - San Francisco Public LibraryDana GioiaA poetry reading by the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, distinguished poet, and literary scholar.
Where the There IsThe Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West - San Francisco Public LibraryDavid Talbot, Phil Bronstein, Gary Kamiya, Michelle Tea; Moderator: Jane GanahlModerated by Jane Ganahl, this panel tackles "the city." What's the enduring power of San Francisco as literary site, trope, problem, puzzle, mystery, icon? The City in fiction, The City in fact: where do they crossover, diverge, collide? Who are the great interpreters of The City then and now? What's right, what's wrong about portrayals? And, as this conference is meant to be the first of two, what questions about San Francisco can we bring to Los Angeles in February of 2014?
California-Inspired Sci-FiThe Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West - Dana Gioia, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ursula HeiseModerated by poet and literary scholar Dana Gioia, this panel explores landscapes of fantasy and fact in California science-fiction and environmental writing. Ecotopia brought nature and science fiction famously together, but so too have other writers, thinkers, and scholars, including our panelists Kim Stanley Robinson and Ursula Heise. This conversation takes up these themes, in past and present, and with particular focus on the current and former work of the panelists themselves.
California Is a ConceptThe Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West - Kevin Starr in conversation with William DeverellKevin Starr's monumental "Dream Series" is the single most ambitious reckoning of California history ever undertaken. Trained in the American Civilization program at Harvard, Starr is also an astute literary critic and student. This conversation with conference co-organizer William Deverell will explore the meaning, power, and influence of California writers, north and south, then and now, fiction and non.
Many Languages of CaliforniaThe Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West - Brenda Hillman and Robert Hass in conversation with Matthew ZapruderPoet Matthew Zapruder asks Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman if there is a Northern California tradition in poetry and writing? If so, what things make it distinct? And what does it have to do with physical place and geography? Or with historical setting or accident? Or with concepts of redemption, rejuvenation, spiritual or other liberation? Are there neglected and/or misunderstood Northern California poets or poetic traditions? And how might we deepen our understanding of what kind of poetry this region has produced?
Yangon Steps In to Preserve Gandhi Memorial BuildingWorld Monuments Fund - Asia SocietyOnce one of the world’s greatest trading cities and known as “The Garden City of the East,” Yangon offers a rich cultural landscape and the largest collection of late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century colonial architecture in Southeast Asia. Following Myanmar’s emergence from isolation, a rush of development now threatens the country’s former capital city. Thant Myint-U will discuss the progress made to preserve one of the most spectacular early twentieth-century urban landscapes in Asia, and the challenges to come.Yangon Historic City Center is on the 2014 World Monuments Watch. To learn more, visit wmf.org/watch.The Paul Mellon Lecture series is supported by The Paul Mellon Education Fund and the Paul Mellon Fund for Architectural Preservation in Great Britain.
Armistead Maupin: In California Anything Can HappenThe Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West - San Francisco Public LibraryArmistead Maupin in conversation with David Ulin. Introduction: Ralph LewinIntroduced by the President and CEO of Cal Humanities Ralph Lewin, this free-wheeling conversation between Los Angeles Times book critic (and conference co-organizer) David Ulin and the writer Armistead Maupin will investigate Maupin's body of work and the general landscape of writing about, in, and on San Francisco in the last several decades.
Tips for Building Your Network When Changing CareersUC Berkeley Extension - UC Berkeley ExtensionWhere Do I Start? A Career Changer's Guide to Navigating UC Berkeley Extension and the Job Search ProcessGet an orientation to the benefits of continuing education, and gain an understanding of the specific opportunities that exist at UC Berkeley Extension. Learn to think strategically about your academic experience, and get expert advice from a career services specialist, including the importance of joining professional societies, tips on how best to use social media, and best practices for a successful job search. You also hear from Extension students about their specific experiences, how they navigated the process and created their own career paths. An expert in social media joins the discussion to explain the best way to leverage your online profile.
How Bronze Tells a Story Through Different AnglesThe Frick Collection - The Frick CollectionThis lecture will present an overview of the Hill Collection exhibition, which combines celebrated masterpieces with new discoveries in the field of bronzes. It will also seek to trace the history of the bronze statuette from the late fifteenth to the eighteenth century in Italy and northern Europe. In so doing, particular emphasis will be placed on the works of preeminent sculptors such as Giambologna, Tetrode, and Adriaen de Vries.―This lecture is made possible by the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.
T.C. Boyle Has No RegretsLitquake - In her review of T.C. Boyle's short story collection Without a Hero, Lorrie Moore wrote in The New York Times: "Mr. Boyle can write like an angel... if at times a caustic, gum-chewing one." Litquake is proud to welcome this master of fiction to his first festival appearance, celebrating the release of his new collection, T.C. Boyle Stories II. This 950-page volume includes 14 new stories - including previously released materials - in a collection ripe with mordant wit, emotional power, and off-the-rails imagination. He is also appearing for the paperback release of his novel San Miguel, a historical epic about two families in Southern California. He will discuss his literary career, the source of his inspiration, and more.Featuring:T.C. Boyle
How Fiction Writers Balance Multiple IdentitiesLitquake - It has often been observed that there is no great novel of the California experience. Could it be because California is forever changing? As the American voice grows wider in scope, four novelists come together to talk about California as a planet for which their stories of migration, immigration, and emigration are the stardust.Featuring:Moderated by: Sarah Ladipo ManyikaLaleh KhadiviKeenan NorrisNayomi MunaweeraStephen Gutierrez
The Building of Chanler's FireplaceWorld Monuments Fund - World Monuments FundThe exotic and wildly imaginative design for the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Studio, created between 1917 and 1923 by artist Robert Chanler, features painted plaster reliefs of fantastical sea creatures on the ceiling and an extraordinary fireplace engulfed in three-dimensional plaster and bronze flames stretching twenty feet high. Today the building is a National Historic Landmark and houses the New York Studio School in NYC's Greenwich Village.Included in the 2012 World Monuments Watch to call attention to the important conservation needs of the Whitney Studio, WMF has worked with the New York Studio School for many years to understand more fully the original decorative campaign conceived for the room. In 2013, WMF invited NYU's Institute of Fine Arts to study the decorative plaster surrounding the fireplace. Join us for a discussion on this astonishing room, a hidden treasure with a remarkable history. WMF and the graduate students who completed this project will reveal their findings about the artistic practice of Robert Chanler.
Celebrating the One - Closing Ceremony and ConcertUPLIFT - Byron Bay Sports and Cultural ComplexClosing concert featuring members of Nomadic, Delhi 2 Dublin, Jaaleekay, and other artists from the festival
'Justice Isn't Cheap': Pete Seeger Sticks It to CongressFord Hall Forum - Ford Hall ForumFolk singer Pete Seeger speaks at the Ford Hall Forum about the privilege of living under the First Amendment. He recalls his experience being questioned by the House Unamerican Activities Committee, encounters with censorship, and his relationship with fellow singer Woody Guthrie.