Literature and the arts in times of crisis

Live webcast: Wednesday, April 29 12-1 p.m. (Pacific)

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Literature and the arts have always had a prominent place in defining who we are as human beings and in making life worth living. This is all the more apparent in times of crisis, such as the one we have been living in. Join prominent Berkeley faculty members from Music, Art History, and English as they share their insights into what makes literature and the arts so critically important to us now.

The panelists will be Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby , the Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Arts and Humanities; Mark Danner , who holds the Class of 1961 Endowed Chair in Journalism and English; and Nicholas Mathew , a professor in the Department of Music.

Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby specializes in 18ththrough early 20th-century French and American art and visual and material culture, particularly in relation to the politics of race and colonialism. Grigsby writes on painting, sculpture, photography and engineering as well as the relationships among reproductive media and new technologies from the 18th to the early 20th centuries.

Mark Danner is a writer and reporter who for three decades has written on politics and foreign affairs, focusing on war and conflict. He has covered, among many other stories, wars and political conflict in Central America, Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq and the Middle East, and, most recently, the story of torture during the War on Terror. Danner holds the Class of 1961 Endowed Chair in Journalism and English at the University of California, Berkeley and was for many years James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College.

Nicholas Mathew has focused on music and politics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: the place of music in political institutions, the role of music in public life, and the ways in which music produces social attachments and collective identity - as well as issues of political appropriation, subversion, musical trashiness, and political kitsch.

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