apparently there was some drama surrounding the reading caused by a racist/homophobic/sexist blogpost (written by a student or former student who receives mail from the english grad listserve): read it here.
You might of [sic] heard that Berkeley English grad students aren’t what they used to be. You heard right — see below.
Perhaps this Ana Castillo, in addition to reading, can give Rosa a copy of Hooked on Phonics so the poor dear’s no longer illiterate in two languages. After all, it’s only because they’ve never been handed full funding for a Berkeley literature doctorate that unassimilated Hispanics can’t master English usage and spelling, right? Or perhaps Miss Hell Obomber, fresh from overtaxing herself talking to sock puppets on the libtard agitprop Sesame Street — and herself an underqualified social promotion — can divert to Berkeley to offer Rosa sum remeedeeyall tootering.