Rick Shubb and Earl Crabb, Humbead’s Revised Map of the World with List of Population, 1969

California Countercultures

Public Course Syllabus for L&S 25 — Arts and Design @ Berkeley University of California at Berkeley, Spring 2017

Michael Mark Cohen
Jan 27, 2017 · 7 min read

Professors:

Natasha Boas, Independent International Curator.
Michael Mark Cohen, Associate Teaching Professor of American Studies and African Studies.

Lectures:

Mondays, 12–2 in LeConte 3
Wednesdays, 12–2 in the BAM / PFA Theater (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)

Course Description:

What is a counterculture? What kind of culture does a counterculture counter? Can culture be a space of political opposition? Can culture be revolutionary? Activists and artists have asked these questions for generations, seeking out new ideas and new art forms while struggling to create a new world within the shell of the old.

What kind of culture does a counterculture counter? Kerr, Reagan, McNamara.

Links to Related Exhibits and Events at UC Berkeley:

Berkeley Art Museum: Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia

Arts & Design @ Berkeley: California Countercultures Speakers Series

Pacific Film Archive: Cinema & Counterculture 1964–1974

Books to Buy:

1. Guy DeBord, The Society of the Spectacle (Black and Red)
2. Rebecca Solnit, ed. Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas (UC Press)
3. Allen Ginsberg, Howl and Other Poems (City Lights Pocket Poets Series)
4. Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (Harper Perennial)
5. Ishmael Reed, Mumbo Jumbo (Scribner)
6. Ursula Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven (Scribner)

Sister Corita Kent, for emergency use soft shoulder, 1966

Schedule:

Part 1 — Introduction

Week 1: Arts and Design @ Berkeley
Wednesday, January 18th — BAM / PFA Theater

Part 2 — The Making of a Counterculture

Week 2: Aesthetic Activism & Modernist Methodologies
Guest Speaker:
Wednesday, January 25th — BAM / PFA Theater
Natasha Boas, “Beat Notes: From the Rat Bastards to the Mission School”

Natasha Boas, “Beat Notes: From the Rat Bastards to the Mission School,” January 25, 2017
Iain Boal, “On the Left Edge: California’s Renegade Tradition,” February 1, 2017.

Part 3 — The Long Sixties in the Bay Area

Week 4: The Beats
Guest Speaker:
Wednesday, February 8th — BAM / PFA Theater
Jack Hirshman, “The North Beach Beat Generation”

Jack Hirshman, “The North Beach Beat Generation,” February 8, 2017.
Greg Castillo, “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia,” February 22, 2017.
Michael Mark Cohen, “Pynchon’s Paranoid California,” March 1, 2017.
Denis Stock, The California Trip, 1970
Dena Beard, “Experimental Art and Subjectile Space,” Featuring a performance by Brontez Purnell, March 8, 2017.
The Lab. 2948 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Ishmael Reed, “Poetry and Protest,” March 15, 2017.
Laura Pérez, “Ana Mendieta: Decolonialized Feminist and Artist,” March 22, 2017.
Ana Mendieta, Untitled (Facial Cosmetic Variations), 1972
Stephanie Syjuco, “Art/Politics/Aesthetics (notes from the field),” April 5, 2017.

Part 4 — Contemporary Countercultures from Punk to Occupy

Week 13: The Struggle for Utopia
Guest Speaker:
Wednesday, April 12 — BAM / PFA Theater
Peter Coyote, “Diggers, Communes & Counterculture & the Death of Hope”

Peter Coyote, “Diggers, Communes & Counterculture & the Death of Hope,” April 12, 2017.
V.Vale, RE/Search publications, “San Francisco Punk,” with film screenings by Marian Wallace, April 19, 2017.
Mark Pauline & Amy Critchett, Survival Research Labs and Bay Lights,
“Go Big or Go Home: when too much is never enough,” April 26, 2017.
Occupy Oakland, General Strike 2011

California Countercultures

Public website for L&S 25: California Countercultures — University of California at Berkeley Spring 2017

Michael Mark Cohen

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Father, husband & American Studies Professor at UC Berkeley. Fan of Honeybees, Gramsci, Messi, and the One Big Union.

California Countercultures

Public website for L&S 25: California Countercultures — University of California at Berkeley Spring 2017

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