Bill Ratliff, Music Critic

Una's Lecture
October 17, 2017 | 4 pm

Music critic and author Ben Ratliff was for 20 years a jazz and pop critic at the New York Times. He is the author of four books, including Coltrane: The Story of a Sound.

A Conversation on Music & Virtuosity

October 16, 2017
4 pm | Morrison Hall

The Townsend Center brings together eminent figures in the field of music to explore the topic of virtuosity, including music writer Ben Ratliff, violist Kim Kashkashian, Afro-Latin jazz musician John Santos, and Associate Professor of Music and composer Ken Ueno.

Julia Fawcett

Berkeley Book Chats
Geballe Room | Oct 18, 12 - 1 pm

Julia Fawcett (TDPS) examines the stages, pages, and streets of 18th-century London as England's first modern celebrities performed their own strange and spectacular self-representations.


Jennie Smith: New Drawings

September 18 – December 15, 2017
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens | Weekdays 

Jennie Smith’s delicate graphite drawings combine close observation of the natural world with a deeply imaginative sensibility. Smith introduces a new project exploring our psychic investment in childhood landscapes, as well as new pieces from her career-long engagement with the California coast.


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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 and a private donation. Visit the Art of Writing website to learn more.