2007 ORIAS Summer Teacher's
ROBERT ALTER is Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1967. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Council of Scholars of the Library of Congress, and is past president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics. He has twice been a Guggenheim Fellow, has been a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, and Old Dominion Fellow at Princeton University. He has written widely on the European novel from the eighteenth century to the present, on contemporary American fiction, and on modern Hebrew literature. He has also written extensively on literary aspects of the Bible. His twenty-one published books include two prize-winning volumes on biblical narrative and poetry and award-winning translations of Genesis and of the Five Books of Moses. He has devoted book-length studies to Fielding, Stendhal, and the self-reflexive tradition in the novel. Books by him have been translated into eight different languages. Among his publications over the past fifteen years are Necessary Angels: Tradition and Modernity in Kafka, Benjamin, and Scholem (1991), Genesis: Translation and Commentary (1996), The David Story: A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel (1999), Canon and Creativity: Modern Writing and the Authority of Scripture (2000). and The Five Book of Moses: A Translation with Commentary (2004), and Imagined Cites (2005).
is an architect, landscape architect, urban designer and scholar from
Kuwait. She received her Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Tulane
University in 2001. Thereafter, she worked as an architectural intern
at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP in New York and Washington DC. She
then attended Harvard's Graduate School of Design where she received a
Master in Landscape Architecture and a Master of Architecture in Urban
Design in 2005. She has just completed her first year as a PhD in Architecture
student at the University of California at Berkeley where her research
focuses on the urbanization of Arabian Gulf Cities.
studied folklore and ethnomusicology at Indiana University and was awarded
the Ph.D. in 2002. Her research interests have focused on musical composition
in contemporary Korea. She came to Berkeley as a postdoctoral fellow at
the Center for Korean Studies in 2002. She has published articles on Korean
composers and popular music Korea's occupation period. Currently, she
is the Student Affairs Officer for the Group in Asian Studies and an analyst
at the Institute of East Asian Studies at UCB. She also teaches a graduate
seminar at the University of San Francisco on culture and society in the
contemporary Asia Pacific.
is an MS/PhD student in Architecture at the University of California at
Berkeley. He received his undergraduate degree in architecture from Syracuse
University and has since worked on several projects in the United States
and Europe, notably with Eisenman Architects in New York City and Marc
Kocher dipl.-Arch in Zurich, Switzerland. His current research focuses
on urbanization in the developing world and the interrelationship between
economics and the cultural production of space.
DARCY GRIMALDO GRIGSBY
is an Associate Professor in the History of Art Department at UCB. She
specializes in 18th- through early 20th-century French art and visual
and material culture, particularly in relation to colonial politics. Her
first book, Extremities. Painting Empire in Post-Revolutionary France,
was published by Yale University Press in 2002. She is currently writing
a second book entitled Colossal Engineering (Reconnecting the Suez
Canal, Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower and Panama Canal). She is now focusing
on the relationships among media and technologies in 19th-century France,
including painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, prints, and engineering
has taught in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at UCB for twenty
years and is a popular speaker at ORIAS meetings. His main interest is
the linguistic history of the Near East, ancient and modern (his Manual
of Sumerian rates five stars on Amazon.com).
received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from U. C. Berkeley in May
2007. She works on nineteenth-century Russian, Bulgarian, and English
literatures. Her scholarly interests lie with travel narratives, literature
and the visual arts, and lyric poetry.
is an assistant professor in the department of History. He works on the
history of the Roman Empire (200 BC--AD 400), especially the political
and cultural history of the first two centuries AD. He is currently completing
a book on the Roman emperor as a unifying symbol for the empire, and an
edited volume of essays on the city of Rome during the imperial period.
is Professor of Chinese History at UCB. Her specialty is Early China:
seven centuries of Warring States through Eastern Han (475 BC-AD 220),
with an emphasis on the sociopolitical context; aesthetic theories and
material culture; and belief.
has taught in public and private schools for over twenty-five years. He
is currently a Director at the Friends of the Cable Car Museum, which
is located inside the cable car powerhouse and carbarn at the corner of
Washington and Mason Streets, San Francisco.
is a Professor in the Graduate School of Architecture and author of numerous
publications on design theory and methods, Inca architecture, and construction
techniques. His publication honors include an International Architecture
Book Award. Current research interests include the logics of design, design,
planning, and construction principles of ancient civilizations, particularly
Pre-Columbian South America.
is Assistant Professor of Architecture and Community Design at the University
of San Francisco. He received a Masters in Urban Design from UC Berkeley
and a Diploma in Architecture from the Center for Environmental Planning
and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad, India. He has worked as an architect
and urban designer in San Francisco and Mumbai, India. At present, his
research-spanning the fields of architecture and urbanism-straddles the
local context of the San Francisco Bay Area and the global perspective
I am interested in the prehistory of Western Asia, specifically on the
processes and consequences of 'settled life' in the Neolithic. My dissertation
research in Archeology involves Çatalhöyük and the importance
of the creation of a built environment in maintaining tradition, where
I take a geoarchaeological approach to study the building materials. I
am also interested in the historical development and politics of archaeology
in Western Asia, and the creation of heritage sites.
hails from Minnesota, where he went to work as "Internal Training
Instructor", and later, as "Senior Education Analyst" for
Control Data Corporation. His career in computer information technology
spans some 40 years as a consultant, programmer, software engineer, and
training seminar presenter. Since 2006, he has managed "Google Earth
Community Development," with nearly three-quarters of a million users,
and conducts user training seminars throughout the Google Earth Community.
by the University of California at Berkeley Office of Resources for International
and Area Studies (ORIAS), Center for Korean Studies, Center for Latin American
Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European
and Eurasian Studies, Center for South Asia Studies, Center for Southeast
Asia Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies, Institute of European Studies. University
funding is provided by Title VI grants from the United States Department
Co-sponsored by Bay Area Global Education Program (BAGEP) at the World Affairs Council of Northern California and the The Korea Foundation.