Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
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.
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Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
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.
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.
October 1, 2013 - March 31, 2014
The Bancroft Library Rowell Cases
Open during the operating hours of The Doe Library
Fourteen Depression-era UC Berkeley students, guided by the campus YMCA general secretary Harry L. Kingman, established a house in 1933 that would launch the University of California Students' Cooperative Association. Now known as the Berkeley Student Cooperative (BSC), the student-operated non-profit cooperative has continued to grow, with 20 properties offering affordable housing options to 1,300 students from UC Berkeley and other Bay Area colleges and universities.
This exhibition celebrates the 80th anniversary of the BSC, the largest student cooperative in the United States, with photographs, brochures, publications, correspondence, and other documents drawn from the BSC records and other collections in the University Archives. It explores the origins, traditions, artistic activities, political involvement, and environmental sustainability efforts of the Co-op.
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