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Oct 2022

POSTPONED: Public Talk: Andreas Mayer

Oct 13 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm

POSTPONED UNTIL JANUARY 2023 Intangible and Recalcitrant Objects: Balzac’s Pedestrian Observations and the Predicament of the Human Sciences   In 1833, Honoré de Balzac published a short essay entitled La théorie de démarche. In this highly original text, he defines for the first time his historical-anthropological approach to the society of his epoch that would lead to the vast and unfinished project of The Human Comedy. Based on observations on the Parisian boulevards, Balzac sketches a “code of walking” whose…

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May 2022

Heim Memorial Lecture: “Translating Erased Histories” with Dr. Maureen Freely

May 3 @ 12:00 pm 1:30 pm

CLICK HERE TO VIEW LECTURE RECORDING   About the Lecture 20 years ago, a loose-knit collective of Turkish journalists, lawyers, writers, publishers, and social justice advocates banded together to tell the truth about the Armenian genocide to the Turkish people, who had by then been subjected to denialist lies for the better part of a century.  The state’s false narrative was so fiercely enforced that even those of full or partial Armenian descent were often afraid to tell the truth…

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Apr 2022

Working Group in Memory Studies: Discussion with Kevin Bruyneel on New Book “Settler Memory”

Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm


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Annual Edward W. Said Lecture – Dr. Angela Davis

Apr 14 @ 12:00 pm

“International Solidarity in the Era of Black Lives Matter and Justice for Palestine”   CLICK HERE to view a recording of this lecture   CLICK HERE to download the flyer for this lecture   This lecture was held virtually via Zoom Webinar at 12:00 PM PST on Thursday, April 14, 2022. For more information about the Edward W. Said Professorship and Annual Lecture, click here.     Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply…

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Mar 2022

Working Group in Memory Studies: Discussion with Mihaela Mihai on New Book “Political Memory and the Aesthetics of Care”

Mar 14 @ 9:00 am 10:00 am


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Feb 2022

Working Group in Memory Studies: Discussion with Gil Hochberg on New Book “Becoming Palestine”

Feb 7 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm

On Monday, February 7th from 1:00-2:00 PM PST, the UCLA Working Group in Memory Studies will host a discussion over Zoom with Professor Gil Hochberg of Columbia University on her new book, entitled Becoming Palestine: Toward an Archival Imagination of the Future. UCLA Professors Rachel Lee and Saree Makdisi will respond. RSVP HERE    

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Nov 2021

Lecture Series – Ayesha Ramachandran, Yale University

Nov 4, 2021 @ 12:30 pm 1:30 pm

"Petrarch’s African Canzoniere: Lyric Anthropology and the Question of Race"   with Ayesha Ramachandran (Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Yale University)   Il PetrarcaFrontispiece.Lyons: per Gioanni de Tournes, 1550 (The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania).   REGISTER HERE About the Lecture Is the rhetoric of Petrarchan poetry a foundational discourse of early modern race-making? And what might it mean to investigate early modern lyric as site for reflection about race and cross-cultural difference?…

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May 2021

Lecture Series – UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Adrián I. P-Flores

May 18, 2021 @ 6:30 pm

“Traversing Suicide: The Unthought of Blackness in the Suicidological Imagination”   Co-sponsored with the Comparative Literature Program in Experimental Critical Theory   RSVP HERE   About the Lecture This talk poses a fundamental question: “Is Black suicide possible?” This question aims to excavate, within the contemporary field of suicidology, the systematic riveting of blackness to what afropessimism calls “the position of the unthought”—a position hewed by an antiblack violence that clears the existential horizon for human beings to emerge from…

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Annual Edward W. Said Lecture – Alexander Weheliye: “Schwarz-Sein: Black Life Beyond the Human”

May 14, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

Date and Time: Friday, May 14, 2021 from 12:00-1:30 PM PST Speaker: Alexander Weheliye, Northwestern University Moderator: Shu-mei Shih, Inaugural edward w. said professor of comparative literature, UCLA Opening Remarks: David Schaberg, Dean of Humanities, UCLA   Co-sponsored by the Edward W. Said Professorship in Comparative Literature and “Comparative Thinking in the Age of Black Lives Matter” Lecture Series Committee of the Department of Comparative Literature.   About the Lecture This webinar will focus on some of the different ways…

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Apr 2021

The Art of Leaving: A Conversation with Ayelet Tsabari

Apr 29, 2021 @ 11:00 am 12:30 pm

Acclaimed Israeli author Ayelet Tsabari will discuss her memoir, “The Art of Leaving” and its themes of longing and belonging, growing up Mizrahi in Israel, and reclaiming her Yemeni identity. She will be joined by discussant Rabbi Miriyam Glazer, Emerita Professor of Literature at American Jewish University.   RSVP HERE   Presented by the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies in collaboration with the American Jewish University and the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies at UC Berkeley. Co-sponsored…

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