Events, Classes, and Current Activities
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, Fall 2019:
Excited to join a team as part of the teaching staff of new Compass Courses in the Humanities at Berkeley.
Spring 2020, Comp Lit 190, "Writing About Words and Music" (see the Art of Writing Program, Townsend Humanities Center).
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 12, 2019: Book Event for "Bob Dylan's Poetics," at redwheelbarrow books, Paris, France.
June 2-10: teaching at Workshop on Translation, Linguistics, and Literature, Villa Finaly, Florence, Italy.
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 3-5, 2019: Conference on Heterotemporalities at Dahlem Center, Free University, Berlin, Germany.
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."
February 2015: Discussion of recent work, University College, London, UK.
December 2014. "Riots and Courtly Love: Toward a Theory of Topology." Keynote address on Literature and Topology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
November 2014. "Unextinguishable Rabelais" conference, University of Paris, France.
August 2, 2014. "Textual Ambassadors" conference, Cambridge/Oxford Universities, UK.
April 28, 2014, Francophone Studies Group, UC Berkeley, talking about "Colonies before colonialism."
April 4, 2014. "Rimbaud's Dylan: Lyric, Song, and the Problem of the Past," UC Irvine, Poetics Institute.
March 3-7, 2014. University of Colorado, Boulder, Cox Family Fellow; public lecture on "Public Space and Domestic Space in Early Modern Drama," and research seminar on "Early Modern Cheerfulness."
November 2013. Visit to University of Indiana, Bloomington.
August 2013. Workshop on Diplomacy and Culture, Oxford University, UK
April, 2013. Distinguished Teaching Award Ceremony, UC Berkeley.
April, 2013, RSA Meetings, San Diego, speaking on "Virgil in India."
March 1, 2013, Tulane University, New Orleans, speaking on Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, and Petrarch. Also, a seminar, "Colonies before Colonialism."
January 4, 2013, MLA Convention, Boston, speaking on "Montaigne's Gaiety."
December 4, 2012, "The Faith of Treaties," with a response by Peter Sahlins, "Diplomacy and Culture" Colloquium, Institute for International Studies, UC Berkeley.
November 14, 2012 Berkeley, "Seduction in Two Genres," at "The Proto-Novel" Conference.
November 8, 2012, Toulouse France, November 8, 2013, Keynote Speaker at "Diplomatic Fabrics."