Special Events

Echoes from the Borderlands (Audio Excerpt Listening Session)

Special Events
29 Nov, 2023

Echoes from the Borderlands (Audio Excerpt Listening Session)

An Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium special event, presented with the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), as part of BCNM's Latinx & Latin American Media Ecologies program.

featuring the work of Valeria Luiselli

Ahead of renowned writer Valeria Luiselli's visit to UC Berkeley on Thursday, November 30, to present and discuss Echoes from the Borderlands, a sonic essay that documents the histories of violence against land and bodies in the US-Mexico borderlands, the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) and the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) present a drop-in audio excerpt listening session, at which attendees can experience an approximately 15-minute portion of the soundscapes, music, poetry, essays, interviews, and archival material that comprise the experimental sound piece.

Drop in to CNMAT anytime between 10 AM to 4 PM on Wednesday, November 29, or 10 AM to 1 PM on Thursday, November 30. Then join us for a longer version of the piece, featuring Valeria Luiselli accompanied by artists Leo Heiblum and Ricardo Giraldo, at 5 pm on Thursday, November 30, in the Maude Fife Room (315 Wheeler Hall). More info here.

Echoes from The Borderlands is supported in part by DIA Art Foundation.

About Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa and India. An acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, she is the author of Sidewalks, Faces in the Crowd, The Story of My Teeth, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions and Lost Children Archive. She is the recipient of a 2019 MacArthur Fellowship and the winner of DUBLIN Literary Award, two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, The Carnegie Medal, an American Book Award, and has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kirkus Prize, and the Booker Prize. She has been a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree and the recipient of a Bearing Witness Fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney's, among other publications, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. She teaches at Bard College and is a visiting professor at Harvard University.


BCNM events are free and open to the public. This event will be held in-person, on the UC Berkeley campus. We strive to meet all access and accommodation needs. Please contact info.bcnm [at] with requests or questions.

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