A Powerhouse of the Humanities

Visionary and prolific, Trinh Minh-ha is a filmmaker, writer, poet, literary theorist, composer, and artist. She is best known for her avant-garde films — the subject of 53 retrospectives around the world. Berkeley is lucky to count her among its faculty. Trinh frequently explores space and belonging in her work, especially within our lightning-paced, tech-connected world.

"A feeling I have is that I've never fit squarely in one group, one category, one discipline, or even one language," she says. "My attitude is that there's not one but many centers."

This adeptness at fluidly moving from one field to the next has influenced her teaching. She adapts each lecture to her students' responses — helping them build knowledge through unexpected perspectives — while encouraging them to read complex texts closely.

Trinh received the Toban Faculty Fellowship, which she will use toward archival and visual research for four upcoming films.

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