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Congratulations, Niklaus!

Niklaus Largier has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Anneliese Maier Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which recognizes outstanding humanities scholars. The award is a high distinction which will give him substantial means over the course of five years to pursue research collaborations with Germany, especially the University of Cologne.


Congratulations, Bob!

This year, Professor Robert Alter will be awarded with an honorary doctorate by the Hebrew University for distinguished achievement.

Congratulations, Sarah!

Sarah Mohamed, undergraduate class of 2014 and University Medal finalist, has been awarded the 2015 Marshall Scholarship. Before leaving for the University of Oxford, Sarah will continue her research on human rights with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.


Please join us in congratulating two of our faculty, recently honored by the French government:

Judith Butler has been named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture and Communication in recognition of significant contributions to furthering the arts and literature in France and throughout the world.

Michael Lucey has been named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the Minister of Education for devotion and accomplishment in furthering French intellectual, scientific, and artistic achievements in the world.

Graduate Student Conference

Leaps of Faith: Figurations of Belief in Literature
and Critical Thought

10am, Saturday, November 22nd
370 Dwinelle Hall

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Hosted by the Department of Comparative Literature, Co-sponsered by the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, the Townsend Center, the Program in Critical Theory, the Departments of German, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, Near Eastern Studies, The Graduate Theological Union and the Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies.

Memory Without Borders

Memory Without Borders: Violence, Justice, and Practices of Remembrance
November 14-15, 2014
Geballe Room, Townsend Center for the Humanities

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The imperative to remember foundational traumas such as the Holocaust, slavery, apartheid, or colonialism has often led the study of memory to enshrine particular national or ethno-cultural histories. As memory studies moves towards a more transnational and transcultural orientation, however, distinct histories are currently conceptualized through models of convergence and movement. Memory Without Borders investigates this transcultural turn in light of its consequences for justice, rights, reparations and reconciliation across national and ethno-cultural boundaries, and between the scales of the individual and the collective.

Congratulations, Kareem!

Graduate student, Kareem Abu-Zeid has won the 2014 Poetry Magazine Translation Award. He is among eight honored, for his translations of Dunya Mikhail and Najwan Darwish.