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Demonstrating Precarity: Vulnerability, Embodiment, and Resistance

We’re happy to share a recent interview of Professor Judith Butler conducted for the Los Angeles Review of Books. In the video, she speaks about her lecture series, Demonstrating Precarity: Vulnerability, Embodiment, and Resistance.

Congratulations, Francine!

Please join us in congratulating Francine Masiello, who has been awarded Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award for 2015. This year’s 5 recipients will be honored at a public ceremony on Tuesday, April 21st at 5pm in the Zellerbach Playhouse, with a reception to follow. More information about the award can be found on the Center for Teaching and Learning’s website.

Thomas Baldwin event, April 6th

The French department presents:

Thomas Baldwin, the Proust Variations: Felix Guattari
Monday, April 6th, 5pm
The Library Of French Thought (4229 Dwinelle)

Baldwin.French Lecture.2015
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2015 Commencement

This year’s Dwinelle Languages and Literatures Commencement will be held:

Thursday, May 21st
2:00 pm, Zellerbach Hall

The ceremony includes the departments of Celtic Studies, Comparative Literature, Dutch, French, German, Italian Studies, Scandinavian, Slavic Languages & Literatures, and Spanish & Portuguese. In order to participate in the ceremony, please register online by Friday, May 1st. Click here for more information.

Congratulations, Tristram!

Tristram Wolff (PhD 2013) has been named co-recipient of the 2015 Charles Bernheimer Prize. The prize is awarded annually to the best dissertation in the field of comparative literature by the American Comparative Literature Association. Tristram’s dissertation, Romantic Etymologies and Language Ecologies, was directed by Professor Anne-Lise François.

Photo-Literature, March 2nd & 3rd

The France Berkeley Fund presents: Photo-Literature

Monday, March 2nd, 9am, 300 Wheeler Hall
Tuesday, March 3rd, 1pm, 370 Dwinelle Hall
Keynote, 4pm, Tuesday by Jean-Pierre Montier. Reception to follow.

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Camus Et L’écriture D’un Terrorisme ‘Juste,’ March 5th

The French department presents:

Assistant Professor Éve Morisi
Thursday, March 5th, 5pm
The Library of French Thought (4229 Dwinelle Hall)

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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.

Congratulations, Judith & Michael!!

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.

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.