Barbara Spackman

Berkeley Book Chats
220 Stephens Hall | Dec 5, 12 to 1 pm

In Accidental Orientalists: Modern Italian Travelers in Ottoman Lands, Barbara Spackman (Italian Studies and Comparative Literature) examines narratives by Italians who, through historical accident, found themselves in Ottoman Egypt and Anatolia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

Art Exhibition: Kara Maria

220 Stephens Hall | Aug 17–Dec 14, 2018

Kara Maria's "cheerfully apocalyptic" paintings engage with a host of political issues, including war and environmental destruction.

Townsend Center Working Groups


Townsend Center Working Groups bring together faculty and graduate students with shared research interests. They are a cornerstone of Berkeley’s rich, collaborative interdisciplinary culture. This year the Center is pleased to support over 70 Working Groups.

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Art of Writing teaches UC Berkeley undergraduates to write clearly and eloquently in a variety of nonfiction forms.

For students whose writing level has advanced beyond the Reading & Composition requirement, Art of Writing funds small seminars that foster collaborative writing communities.

Art of Writing also runs a Summer Writing Institute to help graduate students refine their skills as teachers of writing, and presents campus events featuring acclaimed authors and critics.

Art of Writing at the Townsend Center for the Humanities is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a private donation, and the Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. Chancellor's Distinguished Chair in Writing. 

Visit the Art of Writing website to learn more.