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Love across the Global South: Popular Cinema Cultures of India and Senegal explores interconnections between South Asian and African popular cultures through film posters, footage, and memorabilia. Focusing on the circulation of Bombay cinema, South Asia’s largest film industry, in Senegal, West Africa, the exhibition foregrounds the role of transnational film cultures and fan clubs in shaping affinities across the Global South. Highlighting archival material held by UC Berkeley—including a collection of twentieth-century popular film magazines and films housed at the Media Resources Center—the exhibition harnesses library holdings to nuance campus debates on race, globalization, and visual representation while experimenting with new curatorial practices that emphasize Afro-Asian connections in an expanded Indian Ocean imaginary. The exhibition is curated by Sugata Ray (Assistant Professor, History of Art), Ivy Mills (Lecturer, History of Art), Liladhar Pendse (Librarian, Central Asian and Eastern European Studies), and Adnan Malik (Curator for South Asian Collections, South/Southeast Asia Library). The Mellon Curatorial Preparedness Initiative funded Curatorial Assistantships for History of Art Department graduate students Shivani Sud and Randip Bakshi.
The exhibit runs from October 6, 2017–March 1, 2018 in the Bernice L. Brown Gallery, Doe Library.
Join us on Friday, October 14, from 5-7pm in the Morrison Library to celebrate the opening of “Beyond Tintin and Superman: The Diversity of Global Comics.”
Curated by Liladhar Pendse, the exhibit features comics and graphic novels from a dizzying array of cultures, including Egypt, Poland, South Africa, Israel, the Czech Republic, Colombia, and Japan. The materials can be viewed in Doe Library’s Bernice Layne Brown Gallery through March 2017.
The event will feature talks by Ron Turner, founder of the Last Gasp, a book and underground comics publisher and distributor based in San Francisco, and UC Berkeley Art History Lecturer Ivy Mills, Ph.D., who specializes in the visual and literary cultures of Africa and the African diaspora.
To learn more about the exhibit and watch a video on the materials, read our story here.
Exhibit: The Gift to Sing: Highlights of the Leon F. Litwack & Bancroft Library African American Collections
I’m sharing this announcement of Bancroft’s new exhibit:
The Bancroft Library just opened its fall/winter exhibition, The Gift to Sing: Highlights of the Leon F. Litwack & Bancroft Library African American Collections. Leon Litwack is a historian and legendary professor who taught here from 1964 to 2007. He won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the National Book Award for his 1979 book Been In the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery. He has been collecting books relating to African American history and culture since the 1940s and his collection is now perhaps the best in private hands. Ultimately, it will be coming to The Bancroft Library but highlights, along with related material from Bancroft’s collection, will be on display until February.
Highlights from Professor Litwack’s collection include Bobby Seale’s copy of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, a copy of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave inscribed by William Lloyd Garrison and Ida B. Wells’ incredibly rare and important pamphlet on lynching, The Red Record.
Bancroft highlights include the first printing of Phillis Wheatley’s collection of poems from 1773 and early works printed in California.
The Bancroft Library Gallery is open from Monday to Friday, 10-4.
Curator of Rare Books and Literary Manuscripts
No Legacy || Literatura Electrónica
Exhibit – Multimedia | March 11– September 2, 2016 | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery
OPENING SYMPOSIUM – A Round Table Discussion
Friday, March 11 from 10am to 12:30pm, BIDS (Doe 190)
OPENING RECEPTION with poet Amaranth Borsuk and writer Doménico Chiappe
This exhibition, NL||LE, presents a collection of digital works of literature—in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan as well as English—side by side with experimental print materials from the past century. Meant to be read on computers and other digital devices, the electronic stories and poems reveal new ideas about literary and media developments and encourage visitors to interact with the machines. Exhibit cases and tables were designed by students in a Berkeley Center for New Media seminar. Through the use of vintage computing equipment, NL||LE also highlights challenges involved in the preservation of electronic literature.
With additional support from the Hellman Foundation, Townsend Center for the Humanities, College of Letters and Science, Digital Humanities at Berkeley, Institute of European Studies, Portuguese Studies Program, Fundação Lusoamericana, Center for Latin American Studies, Berkeley Institute for Data Science, and the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas.
All events are free and open to the public.
The Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research display case on the second floor of the Doe Library now features an exhibit on 2014 prize winner Matthew William Enger’s Order from Chaos: Ethnogenesis, Direct Democracy and Statecraft in California,1948-1958.
Abstract: In the large corpus of academic literature addressing Californian politics in the 1950s, very little scholarship considers the relationship between the state’s robust system of direct democracy, exemplified by the initiative process, and the transformative demographic and economic changes that were then remaking the state. In the course of preparing this thesis, the author found that: (1) the fundamental political, economic and social incentives that sustained a culture of direct democracy in the 1950s have barely changed over the course of sixty years; (2) decades-long political battles centering on old age pensions and public housing peaked in the early part of the 1950s specifically through the initiative process, setting a firm precedent for related disputes in succeeding decades; and (3) white, established, middle-class Californians were psychologically motivated to pursue specific types of policy through the initiative process because of rapid demographic changes that were leaving the state and its cities poorer and less white than they had ever been before. One major consequence of having direct democracy at the onset of a demographic transformation is that elite economic interests and their political allies could usually exploit the initiative process to protect white privilege and maintain existing power structures to the detriment of marginalized communities. As demographic transformation continues to remake the face of the state, the kinds of public policies enacted at the ballot will more and more reflect the priorities of the younger, and more linguistically and culturally diverse California of today.
The full paper is available on eScholarship: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/39x5g29j
The exhibit was curated by Jeffery Loo and designed by Aisha Hamilton.
Doe Library’s Brown Gallery will host a Buddhist Studies Exhibit beginning March 9 through August 31, 2015.
This exhibit celebrates the intellectual contributions, as well as the global impact and legacy, of UC Berkeley’s unique program in Buddhist studies. It features publications of alumni and faculty, as well as Berkeley’s manuscript collections that made this research possible. While the scholarship presented here reflects the broad interdisciplinary orientation of the Berkeley program, it is grounded in the philological expertise—the ability to work with often arcane Buddhist canonical materials that survive in languages such as Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese—that is the hallmark of the Berkeley program.
This exhibit recognizes the scholars who founded the Group in Buddhist Studies, their precursors, and those who continue to lead the program today. It features samples of East Asian Buddhist canons, Mongolian and Tibetan texts, Dunhuang manuscript canons, sacred texts of Nepalese Buddhism, Southeast Asian palm-leaf manuscripts, The Tipiṭaka, an edition of the Pali given by King Chulalongkorn of Siam, as well as European publications of Buddhist studies. The exhibit highlights the evolution, breadth, and remarkable success of Buddhist studies scholarship at Berkeley through materials housed at The Bancroft Library, C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Doe Library, South/Southeast Asia Library, and Northern Regional Library Facility.
Curated by Janet Carter, Alexander von Rospatt, Virginia Shih, Trent Walker, and Bruce Williams.