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Seminar: The future of transportation in California
Tuesday, April 15 | 2-3 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium (SDH 310) Sutardja Dai Hall

Malcolm DoughertyMalcolm Dougherty, Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), will speak on the current state of transportation in California. He will discuss Caltrans’ forward vision of our shared transportation future; current challenges, breakthroughs that may be just over the horizon, and where it all may lead. His talk will be followed by a brief, moderated Q&A. Event is free, but pre-registration is required. Registration Link

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Lecture: Political economy with Eric Santner
Tuesday, April 15 | 4:10-6:15 p.m. | Toll Room Alumni House

Eric SantnerEric Santner, professor at the University of Chicago, will address issues of sovereignty as they play out in the political, cultural and aesthetic spheres. His research interests lie at the intersection of literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, political theory and religious thought. His most recent book extends his scholarship into the domain of political theology through a new interpretation of the early modern doctrine of “the King’s two bodies.” The book investigates the ways that notions of sovereignty migrates into modern democratic and secular societies.

Film: The Act of Killing
Tuesday, April 15 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from The Act of KillingAt once a horrifying history lesson, a riveting portrait of unrepentant evil, and a shocking treatise on the widespread influence and malleable meanings of American cinema, Joshua Oppenheimer’s flabbergasting documentary recounts the Indonesian genocide of the mid-1960s, when paramilitary forces obliterated millions of suspected communists, left-wing intellectuals, and other enemies of the fascist state. A handful of perpetrators, never brought to justice, recall the good old days of moviegoing and murder, claiming to have modeled their sadistic behavior on the violent American gangster flicks they watched at local theaters. Hoping to rewrite their corruption-riddled country’s past while glorifying their own psychopathy, the men brazenly reenact their heinous crimes in a film-within-the-film. (159 mins, Color, 2014 Acadamy Award Nomination for best documentary feature).

 $5.50 BAM/PFA member; Cal Student, Staff, Faculty, and retirees; Children (12 and under),  $6.50 Cal Faculty and Staff; Disabled Patron; Non Cal Student; Senior Patron ( 65 & Older); General Admission Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission

Panel discussion: Biotechnology and the future of human life
Tuesday, April 15 | 7-8:20 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

Lab image of test tube and beakerA panel of experts will discuss biotechnology and its impact on the future of humanity. The panel features Raymond McCauley, chair of biotechnology and bioinformatics at Singularity University, Rasmus Nielsen, of the Center for Theoretical Evolutionary Genomics and the Nielsen Laboratory, and Andrew Hessel, co-founder of the Pink Army Cooperative and distinguished researcher at Autodesk Inc.’s Bio/Nano Programmable Matter Group. As cutting-edge technological advances are applied to biological problems in increasingly novel ways, the potential is vast for biotechnological progress to alter people’s daily lives in meaningful ways.

Exhibit: Why Are You Against Sexual Assault?
April 14 – 17, 2014 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | D-37 - Multicultural Community Center (MCC) Hearst Field Annex

Sexual assault awareness month logoThe "Why Are You Against Sexual Assault" Facebook Photo Campaign, Take Back the Night (TBTN) will be on display as an installation of signs made by members of the campus community. This event is part of UC Berkeley’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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Colloquium: Opportunities and challenges for the public university
Wednesday, April 16 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Penthouse Skydeck, 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Robert BirgeneauRobert Birgeneau, former chancellor of UC Berkeley, and Heather Munroe-Blum, former president and vice-chancellor of McGill University, will discuss the current state of the public university. The conversation will illuminate both the challenges and opportunities unique to public institutions of higher learning. Birgeneau is well known for his commitment to diversity and equity in the academic community. Munroe-Blum is a distinguished academic administrator and renowned scholar in the fields of psychiatric epidemiology and public policy.

RSVP by April 14 by calling Rita Ross at 510-642-0531, or by emailing Rita Ross at

Lecture: Island archaeologist
Wednesday, April 16 | 4:10-7 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

Patrick Kirch In 1964, a precocious Honolulu teenager dug his first test pit into a sandy dune site in the Halawa Valley on Moloka'i, launching a career that now spans five decades and has taken UC Berkeley professor Patrick Kirch to dozens of islands across the vast Pacific. In this retrospective, Kirch will recount some of the highlights of his fieldwork. These include lengthy stays on the remote islands of Tikopia and Anuta in the eastern Solomons; the discovery of the oldest known Lapita village of Talepakemalai in the Mussau Islands of Papua New Guinea; tracing the origins of Polynesian culture in Futuna, Niuatoputapu, and Manu'a in Western Polynesia; exploring the marae temple complexes of the 'Opunohu Valley on Mo'orea; and, Kirch's extensive research through the islands of Hawai'i.

Film: Silent River
Wednesday, April 16 | 6 p.m. | Library North Gate

Image of the Santiago RiverSince the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement 20 years ago, U.S. companies have used the Santiago River as their own “waste canal.” This documentary follows a young woman and her family as they defy death threats to try and save one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico. Filmmakers Steve Fisher and Jason Jaacks are both students at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Fisher is an Univision Fellow at the Center for Latin American Studies. Jaacks is the founder of SplitFrame Media, and the winner of the 2014 Dorothea Lange Fellowship. A discussion with Berkeley professors Cynthia Gorney and Harley Shaiken will follow the screening.

Lecture: The path to high performance
Wednesday, April 16 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Jacket image for Winning the Battle WithinThis presentation will focus on the principles for training into the “zone” of high performance. Dr. Glen Albaugh, author of Winning the Battle Within, will share his insights into the inner-game gleaned from a decade of collaboration with pro athletes. Hear about how Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll have woven inner game principles into their coaching philosophies. Whether it’s elevating your golf game, learning new dance steps, yearning to sing close harmony, or preparing your next keynote address, the inner game will light your path.

 $10 general admission,  Free to OLLI members and UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students (with OLLI or UC Berkeley ID)

RSVP online, or by calling 510.642.9934.

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Author talk: The ADHD Explosion, Stephen Hinshaw
Thursday, April 17 | 4:10-5:10 p.m. | Education Psychology Library Tolman Hall

Stephen HinshawStephen Hinshaw, UC Berkeley Professor of Psychology and author of The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money and Today's Push for Performance, will discuss and clarify an extremely important, controversial and complex public health topic. No disorder in recent times has been so controversial, so terribly misrepresented and sensationalized in the media, or so polarizing among the general public as ADHD.

Special event: Take back the night fair, rally and open mic
Thursday, April 17 | 4:45-7 p.m. | Upper - Savio Steps Sproul Plaza

Sexual assault awareness month graphicIn honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, student groups, campus and community resources will be tabling before Take Back the Night Resource Fair. TBTN is open to folks of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, abilities, and class backgrounds. TBTN is a national movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual violence by utilizing various art forms. UC Berkeley's Take Back the Night is an evening of empowerment, education, and entertainment, with a full set list of community performances, and the opportunity for folks to participate in an open mic. We will end the night with a silent candlelit vigil and march in honor of the lives that have been lost and impacted by sexual violence.

Seminar: Privacy at Facebook
Thursday, April 17 | 1-2 p.m. | Wozniak Lounge Soda Hall

Maritza JohnsonMaritza Johnson, technical privacy manager on Facebook’s privacy and public policy team, will discuss Facebook’s key privacy principles: transparency, control and accountability. She will discuss several existing processes that ensure privacy is considered on the steps along the way to new features, as well as new initiatives that help Facebook understand users’ experiences and expectations. Johnson received her Ph.D. in computer science at Columbia University and was a postdoc at UC Berkeley’s department of electrical engineering and computer science.

Lecture: David Chase on television culture
Thursday, April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

David ChaseDavid Chase, creator of the hit TV series the The Sopranos, will discuss television culture in the US. As television has become increasingly popular in American culture, many look to The Sopranos as one of the most influential series in the past decade. However, despite hit series becoming increasingly ingrained in the lives of Americans, much obscurity surrounds the television industry. Mr. Chase will share his experiences in the television industry, as well as his views on the future of that very industry.

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Conference: Berkeley Korea Law Center
Friday, April 18 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House

US and Korean flagsBerkeley Law will celebrate the establishment of the Korea Law Center, a new center for cutting-edge thinking on significant public and private law issues affecting Korea and the United States. Panels at the inaugural conference will include: innovation and intellectual property in the high-technology industry; the impact of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement on U.S-Korean legal practice. Leading judges, officials, scholars, and practitioners from both countries will participate. For a complete list of speakers, click here.

Lecture: The problem of scale in human history
Friday, April 18 | 5-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

Dipesh ChakrabartyUniversity of Chicago Historian, Prof. Dipesh Chakrabarty will discuss certain rifts in the literature on climate change to demonstrate the role that the problem of scale plays in making the phenomenon of global warming into a human predicament. Chakrabarty is the author of several books, and is currently at work on The Climate of History: Four Theses.

Symposium: California in drought
Friday, April 18 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

David SedlakCalifornia is experiencing its worst drought in recorded history, but droughts are not new to California. Over the past 150 years, during which California’s water infrastructure and its expectations for water supply developed, may have actually been a wet anomaly in California’s deeper history of aridity. Adding climate change-induced variability, drought will be part of the ‘new normal’ for California. Join us for panel discussions exploring the state of the drought and how to address these issues. Keynote address by UC Berkeley professor David Sedlak. For a schedule and list of speakers, click here.

Conference: Animation/Reanimation
Friday, April 18 | 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Catherine MalabouThis one-day conference will explore reports of near-death experiences as well as fictions of after-death journeys from the perspectives of psychoanalysis, philosophy, anthropology, and film. From Plato’s myth of Er to Foucault’s “death of the author;” from Freudian concepts of repression and foreclosure to contemporary “post-mortem” cinema; from PTSD, trauma, and coma to diverse aesthetic practices, we aim to analyze the current state of the border between the living and the non-living. For a conference schedule and list of speakers click here.

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Film: Weekend
Saturday, April 19 | 8:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from WeekendWeekend is an explosion of images and ideas screeching toward a car wreck of a plot, along the way shattering all illusions of fiction or comfortable “art.” Here we see une femme mariée—Mireille Darc—romping through car-nage and forest in her Paris fashions, throwing a tantrum over the loss of her Hermès handbag in a bloody auto wreck, confronting the Maoists of La Chinoise, who themselves have evolved beyond summer-vacation theorizing. Just after the fiery crash, enter Jean-Pierre Léaud, dressed as St. Just and calmly reading the latter’s revolutionary prose, one of many such well-placed anomalies. (105 mins, In French with English subtitles, Color)

 $5.50 BAM/PFA member; Cal Student, Staff, Faculty, and retirees; Children (12 and under),  $6.50 Cal Faculty and Staff; Disabled Patron; Non Cal Student; Senior Patron ( 65 & Older); General Admission Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission

Workshop: deBUG
Saturday, April 19 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

deBugging with wiresCelebrate Earth Day by taking your "Make"-ing cues from the tiny creatures that roam the planet. Engineer your own insect robots, cook up edible creepy-crawler snacks, and discover inventions that will attract pollinators to your garden.

Workshop: Naturally dyed eggs
Saturday, April 19 | 10-10:45 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Colored eggsThis hands-on workshop will introduce children to the joy of natural dyes while they make their own patterns on eggs with brilliant plant-based colors. Price includes 4 eggs per participant. Two session times available: 10 - 10:45 am or 2 – 2:45 pm. Registration required. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

 $15/$12 members
Price includes admission to the Botanical Garden. Register online, or by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing

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