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Events, Classes, and Current Activities

Office Hours.
Spring 2019, Tuesdays, 3-5.
NB: Beginning in fall 2017 I will be the Director of the Doreen M. Townsend Center for the Humanities at Berkeley. You can contact me there.

Teaching: 
Spring 2020, Comp Lit 190, "Writing About Words and Music" (see the Art of Writing Program, Townsend Humanities Center).

Recent Teaching:
Comparative Literature 215: Literature and Letters in the Renaissance
With Victoria Kahn.
Fall 2017: Shakespeare and the World, Comp Lit 20
Spring 2017: Comp Lit 215, The Baroque
Fall 2016: French 43: French Culture and the History of Emotion.
Spring 2016: Rabelais and His Friends: Humanism, the Humanities, and the Fate of Reading.
Fall 2015: Literature and the Age of Exploration
Fall 2013: Comparative Literature 24: Bob Dylan and Arthur Rimbaud: Poetry and the Senses
French 220: Renaissance Literature: Topics in Renaissance Literature: Travel and Writing.




Various Speaking Gigs.
June 2-10: teaching at Workshop on Translation, Linguistics, and Literature, Villa Finaly, Florence, Italy.

May 4, 2019:  Dialogue with Greil Marcus on Bob Dylan, Bay Area Book Festival, Berkeley, CA.

May 2, 2019:  Stanford University Poetics Group, speaking about Bob Dylan's poetics.

April 24, 2019:  Heyday Books, Berkeley.
April 18, 2019: book event for "Bob Dylan's Poetics," Mrs. Dalloway's Books, Berkeley, CA.
April 17, 2019: book chat for "Bob Dylan's Poetics," Townsend Humanities Center, noon.
April 11, 2019: book launch for "Bob Dylan's Poetics," City Lights Books, San Francisco, in dialogue with Dean Wareham.
April 9, 2019: book event for "Bob Dylan's Poetics," Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.
April, 8, 2019: book event for "Bob Dylan's Poetics," Labyrinth Bookshop, Princeton, NJ, with Nigel Smith.
April 2, 2019: Museum of the American Author, Chicago, IL.
March 2019: Renaissance Society of America, Toronto, speaking on Marguerite de Navarre's Heptameron and the construction of character.
March 17-19, 2019: Renaissance Society of America, Toronto, roundtable on Early Modern Diplomacy and Culture.
March 13, 2019: Conversation with Anthony Long about his book, "How to Be Free," Townsend Center, UC Berkeley.
September 2019: "First Lecture" in Humanities at UC Berkeley's "Bear Orientation," on Bob Dylan.
June 2018: "Montaigne on Conversation," Commonwealth Club, San Francisco
May 2018: Commencement Address, Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley
Dahlem Humanities Lecture, "Bob Dylan Between Poetry and Music," Free University of Berlin
September 2017: On Shakespeare's "Henry VIII and linguistic politics" at "Global Reformation" conference, University of Toronto.
May 2017: "Montaigne's Gaiety," UC Irvine French Department.
October 2016: "Ratification and Tragic Form," USC.
September 19, 2015: "Dylan's Visions of Vision," UC Berkeley English Department
June 6 2015: "Lyric Romanesque," talk at the "Atelier Franco/Américain" Renaissance Workshop, Paris, Sorbonne.
May 2015: Lecture and workshop at University of Copenhagen.
March 2015: Renaissance Society of America, Berlin, speaking about "The Aesthetics of the Cease Fire."