Berkeley English-Chernin Program

If you have anything to do with the university’s English department, you may have already heard of something called the Chernin Program. It’s a mentoring program held every semester for anyone interested in English and literature, as a major or otherwise. Undergraduate groups meet every other week in the evening with a graduate student leader to talk about everything under the sun, from particulars about the English major to the nature of reading in general. Students talk about broad topics that you can’t get into during class and questions that have been bugging them, like what the heck does the dialectic mean? If you don’t get to talk about what you want during your regular meeting, your graduate leader holds office hours every other week to answer questions. You can ask about the major, classes you should take, applying to graduate school, or literature itself. There’s no extra homework or reading, just a relaxed meeting of the minds that can make you feel smart in your free time while taking a break from classwork. There’s also free food, which is always a bonus for poor, hungry college students.

Besides these regular meetings, the program also gives opportunities to explore Berkeley’s resources. You can sign up for seminars to learn how to research things in the libraries and online databases, or you can tour the Bancroft Library’s collection of cool old stuff. Want to see one of the first editions of ‘Paradise Lost’, or ‘David Copperfield’? They have them, and you can gawk at them all you want with fellow bookworms. You can view these items otherwise as read more »


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We’re so tired of talking about the budget crisis that we won’t even bother to remind you about it. It sucks, California’s circling the drain, yada yada yada.

So what’s the solution? There’s no button to push every 108 minutes, that’s for sure. Some scholars are going for something a little bit simpler: rewriting the state constitution. This Tuesday, Nov. 17th, at Booth Auditorium in Boalt Hall, there will be read more »


A political panel at Berkeley isn’t exactly news, but it is when Meghan McCain hits the Bay Area.

Called “Voting Today, Leading tomorrow: Will Young Voters Change America?,” the panel will focus on the longevity and effects of the youth vote. Besides McCain, panelists include Mike Connery, Heather Smith, Randi Zuckerberg and Nicole Lapin.

McCain should be interesting to watch, as she says on Twitter she’s “pretty sure I’m the only red one on the panel or in this city…” But then again, she recently stated that “most of the old school Republicans are scared shitless.”

In the meantime, you can tell her what to do with her day in Berkeley, though it seems hiking up to the big C and painting it red might be out of the question.

What: Voting Today panel
When: The Clique movie download Today at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Pauley Ballroom West
Cost: Free
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“Voting Today, Leading tomorrow: Will Young Voters Change America?” [Insitute of Governmental Studies]

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