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Number 143, Fall 2013


Comics, Cartoons, and Funny Papers

David Dodge: Cal Man in the End

Global India: Palestine, Italy, and Kerala in a unique illustrated manuscript from The Magnes

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Nov 19, 2013 | Categories: Publications | Titangos

Roundtable: Fallout Films: Bruce Conner's Atomic Sublime, 1958 - 1976

November 21st
Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
12:00 PM

Led by Johanna Gosse, a Ph.D. Candidate in History of Art, Bryn Mawr College

San Francisco-based artist Bruce Conner made his first short film, A MOVIE, in 1958 at the height of the national anxiety about the atomic threat. Over the following two decades, Conner's film-making practice was framed by the cultural and social fallout of the Cold War. Drawing on his papers at Bancroft, this talk will examine the films Conner produced during this period ? including masterful montages of "found footage," psychedelic voyages into expanded consciousness, and intimate portraits of friends and collaborators. It will also analyze major influences on his distinctive apocalyptic vision of postwar America.

Nov 19, 2013 | Categories: Events | Titangos

Early Reading Room Closure, Wednesday, 11/13

The Bancroft Library Reading Room will close at 4pm, Wednesday, 11/13. Paging of material will cease at 3:30pm

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Oct 29, 2013 | Categories: News | Titangos

Roundtable: Thomas Kuchel: California's Liberal Republican Senator

October 17th
Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
12:00 PM

Led by Jason Bezis, a Boalt Hall graduate who is writing a biography of Senator Thomas Kuchel

Thomas Kuchel was a liberal Republican U.S. Senator for California in the 1950s and '60s whose career spanned the Hiram Johnson to Ronald Reagan eras. The talk will focus on the fundamental tensions in his policy work: advocating civil rights and defending his mentor Earl Warren against the John Birch Society and other reactionary forces; balancing California's physical development with natural resources conservation; and promoting California's Cold War military-industrial complex (the backbone of the state's manufacturing economy) while constraining it. His paternal grandfather was among the German emigrants who founded Anaheim in Orange County. Kuchel was The Bancroft Library's keynote speaker in 1968, the University of California's centennial year.

Oct 15, 2013 | Categories: Events | Titangos

Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2

Mark Twain's complete, uncensored Autobiography was an instant bestseller when the first volume was published in 2010, on the centennial of the author's death, as he requested. Published to rave reviews, the Autobiography was hailed as the capstone of Twain's career. It captures his authentic and unsuppressed voice, speaking clearly from the grave and brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions.

The eagerly-awaited Volume 2 delves deeper into Mark Twain's life, uncovering the many roles he played in his private and public worlds. Filled with his characteristic blend of humor and ire, the narrative ranges effortlessly across the contemporary scene. He shares his views on writing and speaking, his preoccupation with money, and his contempt for the politics and politicians of his day. Affectionate and scathing by turns, his intractable curiosity and candor are everywhere on view.

Now available at the UC Press.  Click here for ordering info.

The online free-to-use version is accessible through The Mark Twain Project.

Oct 07, 2013 | Categories: Publications | Titangos

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