Robert Hass, Pulitzer Prize winner, former Poet Laureate and all-around baller.

Robert Hass: Pulitzer Prize winner, former Poet Laureate and all-around baller.

Is there a better way to spend your lunchtime than by listening to the soothing sounds of poetry being read aloud? No. The answer, friends, is obvious, especially when you take into consideration that the poetry in question is being read by Pulitzer Prize winner and former Poet Laureate Robert Hass.

Really, guys, this is a no-brainer. It’s like story time, but more grown up and more better.

Find your way to the Morrison Library (better known as that room in Doe with the cushy sofas where everyone used to go for napping purposes until the librarians cracked down on the napping) on Thursday, Sept. 1. The readings start just after noon and last until almost 1 p.m., so if you cleverly managed to avoid classes during peak lunch hours, you know where to go.

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Lunch Poems [UC Berkeley Events]


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Get ready for the symposium of your life, because on March 4-5, Berkeley is hosting a symposium to “explore 400 rich years of African American nature writing, as evidenced in a new, first-ever anthology of nature poetry by black writers.”

Some may think that African-American nature writing is not very common, but, well, that’s just plain wrong. Cecil Giscombe, African-American poet and UCB English prof, explains it this way: “Nature is everywhere in writing, yet public read more »


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Let’s face it, as the semester progresses you will inevitably find less and less time to take advantage of the plethora of free events Berkeley has to offer (and eventually, classes where they don’t take attendance) so while you and the semester are fresh by all means take advantage, especially considering what they’ve done to our tuition:

“Google Book Search and the Future of Academic Publishing”
We can only assume this has something to do with a certain Google Books and their pending settlement that would lead them one step closer to ruling the world. The seminar will focus on “how web technologies are changing humanities research, teaching, and collaboration.” Refreshments will be served.
Monday, Feb. 8
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Concept poetry
Have you ever been in an English lecture and thought to yourself, “I wonder what this professor dude/lady’s favorite poem is, since they’re so smart and knowledgeable about literature and stuff.” Oh, you haven’t? Well too bad, because that’s what you’ll find out at this Thursday’s Lunch Poems kick-off, starring emcee Robert Hass and featuring some of the English Department’s freshest and most distinguished faces reading their favorite poems. read more »