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]

If you missed the media circus that was Michael Jackson’s funeral (literally, Barnum & Bailey elephants were parading down the street), it’s not too late to celebrate the life and legend of the King of Pop.

Today, Oct. 1, from 3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m. a symposium entitled Michael Jackson: Critical Reflection on a Life and Phenomenon will be held in the Sibley Auditorium. It’s hosted by the Center for Race and Gender, so expect lectures along those lines. Deets after the jump. read more »