November 30 - December 1, 2017
Scott Saul is a Professor of English at UC Berkeley. He is a historian and critic who has written for The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, Bookforum, and other publications. The author of Becoming Richard Pryor and Freedom Is, Freedom Ain’t: Jazz and the Making of the Sixties, he is also the creator of Richard Pryor’s Peoria, an extensive digital companion to his biography of the comedian. He teaches courses in American literature and history at UC-Berkeley.
His interests run to the great cultural watershed that was modernism in the arts – whether it took the form of William Carlos Williams’s poetry, Charlie Chaplin’s films, or Duke Ellington’s music – and to the starburst of creative activity that has followed up to the present. He is especially interested in the connections between 20th-century artistic movements and 20th-century social movements — or, on the individual level, how particular artists are catalyzed by the history they are living through.