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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.

The Guest in the Wood

The Department of Italian Studies at UC Berkeley is proud to present:

THE GUEST IN THE WOOD: Diana Thow on translating the Poetry of Elisa Biagini
October 16, 5:00pm
160 Dwinelle Hall


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Diana Thow holds an M.F.A. in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa, and is a Ph.D candidate in Comparative Literature at Berkeley.  She will read from and discuss her translation of Biagini’s selected poems The Guest in the Wood, which won the Best Translated Book Award for poetry in 2014.  ELISA BIAGINI is a Florentine poet who has published six collections of poems, many of which have appeared in Italian and American reviews and anthologies.

With questions, please contact or 510-642-2704.


Natalie Melas lecture

Please join us on Friday, October 31st from 2-4pm in the Comparative Literature Library (4337 Dwinelle Hall):

Melas Lecture 2014 final


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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.

Free Film Screening

FREE film screening of Examined Life by Astra Taylor featuring Cornel West and Judith Butler followed by a Q & A with the Director Astra Taylor.

Monday October 13th
188 Dwinelle Hall
8 PM