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Robert Alter at Magnes Center on his new translation of Hebrew Bible

Robert Alter, UC Berkeley Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, chooses his words carefully—in conversation and in writing. Wednesday’s panel at the Magnes Center celebrated Alter’s latest feat—north of 3,500-pages and decades in the making—a decidedly literary translation of the Hebrew Bible into English.  Others in the panel were English Professor and poet Robert Hass, Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Hebrew scholar Ronald Hendel, and Professor of History and Religion Jonathan Sheehan.

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Niklaus Largier presents at Sawyer Seminar on Religion

Niklaus Largier—UC Berkeley Professor of German and Comparative Literature—joins forces with Professors Mayanthi Fernando and Michael Warner—of UC Santa Cruz and Yale, respectively—for one of a series of Sawyer Seminars orbiting “religious objects, rituals, and encounters.” » Read on »

Comp Lit receives Excellence in Advising Awards

Comp Lit was well represented at the recent disco-themed Excellence in Advising Awards held in the Banatao Auditorium on December 12th – instructors Judith Butler (who was not available to attend) and Karina Palau received the Faculty Advising Awards, while former Comp Lit undergrad adviser Kathy Barrett » Read on »