Posts of December 2010
The English Department wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday. As the students depart for winter break, the department blog is also taking a short hiatus. We will be back online with our weekly posts when the new semester begins in mid-January.
Until then, we leave with you a classic holiday poem: Robert Burns’ “Auld Lang Syne.” Read full post…View This Article →
Two members of the UC Berkeley English Department have recently made big splashes in the national news scene.
Professor Ishmael Reed published an oped in the Dec 11, 2010 New York Times on “What Progressives Don’t Understand About Obama.” Professor Reed has a recent book, Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media, out on the same subject from Baraka Books.
Aaron Bady, an advanced graduate student who studies African literature in the department, made waves in the national conversation surrounding the recent WikiLeaks case. The virtuoso close reading of Julian Assange’s personal philosophy that Aaron posted on his blog, http://zunguzungu.wordpress.com/, became a viral phenomenon, drawing more than ten thousand readers and links from some of the most prominent news media outlets in the country. His influence prompted The Atlantic to call him “The Unknown Blogger Who Changed the WikiLeaks Conversation.” The University has also published an account here.View This Article →
Over this past semester, the Chernin Mentoring Program has organized a wide array of activities designed to enrich and support the English major experience at Berkeley. One particularly interesting activity was a new twist on the “campus tour,” an exercise in which the graduate student mentors showed the undergraduates how they can put the readings skills they learn in their English classes to work by reading the physical environment of the Berkeley campus. Read full post…View This Article →
In what follows, Professor Elizabeth Abel remembers Janet Adelman, a long-time fixture in the English Department, who died last spring. Professor Abel gave these remarks at a memorial service that the English Department held for Janet earlier this fall. Read full post…View This Article →