1518129740_54e6495fd1By NBD we of course mean that we might be somewhat losing our sh*t.

It’s true, folks—Ms. Oates will be gracing our campus with her inspired presence on Thursday, Feb. 10 to speak in Sibley Auditorium. Her appearance is part of the Townsend Center for the Humanities’ Avenali lecture series, which names a distinguished scholar as honorary Chair in the Humanities for one week every year.

The lecture is free (YUSSSS), but ticketed, so you know the drill: Show up at Sibley as early as possible on the day of (but not before us, please) and hope you can snag a ticket when they start handing them out at 5 p.m. Ms. Oates’ lecture begins at 6 p.m. and will address “The Writer’s (Secret) Life: Rejection, Woundedness and Inspiration,” which promises to leave us just as existentially unsettled as does her fiction.

We totes will see you there.

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Author Joyce Carol Oates to give public lecture on the UC Berkeley campus [Mercury News]


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Perhaps you’ve been to a Worth Ryder gallery opening to check out your friend’s staticky TV hanging from a wire (art.) Perhaps you’ve been to BAM’s Friday [email protected] Nights series to observe your favorite group of people in its natural habitat. Perhaps you’ve seen that one decrepit but insanely well dressed old dude positioning himself odd and still on Sproul (performance art.) But we bet you’ve never seen professor art. Holy crap – now (through December), on campus, is your chance! 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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