Tuesday, October 19th


Course of the Empire Book Launch: Photojournalism Prof. Ken Light in conversation with Pendarvis Harshaw (‘14)

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Tuesday, October 19 4:00PM-5:00PM (PST)
Free and open to the public.

Culminating from Prof. Ken Light’s fifty years as a social documentary photographer, his newly released monograph COURSE OF THE EMPIRE, is his witness of the American social landscape of the last decade. Portraying a decade of mounting tension in a polarized America, from Wall Street to the rural heartland the book is a riveting historical and visual record of a complicated country in a complicated time. Just published by Steidl, it is available signed and also as a limited edition with a silver gelatin print in a numbered canvas bag.

To celebrate in this COVID era, we’ll gather via Zoom with Ken Light in conversation with alum Pendarvis Harshaw (‘14), columnist and host of KQED’s Rightnowish.

Prof. Light says that after the Guggenheim and being published by Steidl, this really has been an exciting year for him.

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Course of the Empire is available for purchase as a signed book and also as a special edition. The special edition is limited to 15 sets and is in a numbered canvas bag with a signed, numbered & stamped 8″ x10″ silver gelatin print.


Ken Light has worked as a documentary photographer, focusing on social issues facing America for over 50 years. He is the Reva and David Logan Professor of Photojournalism and curator of the Center for Photography at Berkeley Journalism.




Pendarvis Harshaw (’14) is a journalist from Oakland, California. He currently works at KQED, where he writes about arts and culture in Northern California and hosts a radio show and podcast called Rightnowish.


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