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Lecture: The undermining of secular states, Ukraine and the North Caucasus
Tuesday, September 16 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

Iwona KaliszewskaThe North Caucasus, Dagestan in particular, is Russia's most unstable region where Kremlin's control is severely limited. Activities of the Islamic militants, considered the main threat to Russian authority in the region, are but one sign of a deeper crisis. Recent annexation of the Crimean Peninsula has considerably boosted support for Putin in the area – but not the citizens' belief in the rule of law or secular state. Iwona Kaliszewska, assistant professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Warsaw, will demonstrate how Sharia law is understood and implemented locally. Do these practices undermine the secular state? How? What is the vernacular perception of the Russian state?

Author talk: Laurence Steinberg, Age of Opportunity
Tuesday, September 16 | 4-5 p.m. | Education/Psychology Library Tolman Hall

Laurence SteinbergAdolescence now lasts longer than ever, and the adolescent brain is surprisingly malleable. These new discoveries make this time of life crucial in determining a person’s ultimate success and happiness. In this lecture, Laurence Steinberg, one of the world's leading authorities on adolescence, will discuss the teenage brain’s potential for change, the elongation of adolescence as a developmental stage, and the implications of each for how we parent, educate, and understand young people.
Dr. Steinberg is the author of Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence.

Film: Banjo Tales
Tuesday, September 16 | 7:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Banjo TalesTraditional clawhammer-style banjo picking ain’t no technique—it’s a link to a culture, an old-timey culture, but also a regional one, populated by people steeped in more rustic ways. Yasha Aginsky’s Banjo Tales follows the legendary folklorist and string-band performer Mike Seeger (New Lost City Ramblers) as he travels through Appalachia in search of traditional banjo players. Like a present-day Alan Lomax, Seeger (1933–2009) sets down on a porch, in a log cabin living room, or out in a meadow, digital recorder nearby, to listen to banjo players whose styles sustain a direct link to the locale. This screening is the film’s world premiere. Alexia Smith, old-time music performer will also perform.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

Presentation: Mattia Galletti, innovators in poverty action
Tuesday, September 16 | 5 p.m. | Plaza Level Blum Hall

Mattia GallettiJoin a round table conversation with Mattia P. Galletti, lead technical specialist for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Based in Rome, the IFAD is an agency of the United Nations focused on financing food production projects in the developing world. Find out about the kinds of programs in action to combat poverty around the world. For more than twenty years, Mattia Galletti worked as program manager for the Asia and Pacific Division running programs for Bhutan, Laos, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Iran, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and India.

Preview: Coming Attractions Fall 2014
September 8 – December 15, 2014 every day | Various locations, campuswide

Australian Ballet Swan LakeWorld politics, world-class artistry, Homecoming weekend — just some of what’s happening at Berkeley this fall. The semester brings the Australian Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Willem Dafoe, weekly discussions on the Middle East. And did we mention the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement? For a look at what's ahead this semester, see the fall round up.

Exhibit: Gourmet Ghettos, Modern Food Rituals
August 28 – December 19, 2014 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

For thousands of years, food rituals have been essential to constructing and maintaining Jewish identities throughout the diaspora. But the significance of these rituals might be more pervasive than we think. Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals explores the broader linkages between food, ritual, identity, and activism that inform Jewish life.

Exhibit: Hard Words – Memory and death in the wild west
August 25, 2014 – February 20, 2015 every day | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Old West photoAn exhibition of Peter Koch's striking prints assembled from re-configured photographs, historical documents, manuscript journals and old newspaper engravings; accompanied by short legends written by the artist, hand-set in antique lead and wood type. The prints are accompanied by selected texts appropriated from the writings of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Ross Cox, William T. Hornaday, L.A. Huffman, Elers Koch, and others.

Exhibit: Birds Do It, Bees Do It
September 8, 2014 – February 28, 2015 every day | Bernice Layne Brown Gallery Doe Library

Sex ed imageFrom junior high school hygiene films to websites, public health campaigns, scientific studies, children’s books, bodice-ripper novels and (sometimes) parents, Americans have always found ways to learn about sex. That information has at times been incorrect or incomplete, and has rarely been delivered without a larger political or moral agenda. While attitudes towards sex education swing from the blissfulness of ignorance to the empowerment of liberation, every generation finds new ways to answer the old questions. Our desire to learn about desire has not changed. This exhibition draws from the resources of campus libraries, from our academic programs, and from social services provided for the Berkeley campus community.

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Panel discussion: Free speech on campus, from the FSM to Occupy
Wednesday, September 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Booth Auditorium Boalt Hall, School of Law

Free Speech Movement protestors under Sather GateIn celebration of Constitution Day, and kicking off the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, panelists will discuss the history of free speech on the Berkeley campus, and what it means in contemporary context. Professors Buxbaum and Cole were key legal advisors concerning the Free Speech Movement, and Linda Lye served as counsel to the Occupy protesters at Cal.

Lecture: Digital agenda for Europe
Wednesday, September 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 310, Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Digital illustration of the earthIn March 2010 the European Commission launched the Europe 2020 Strategy to exit the crisis and prepare the EU economy for the challenges of the next decade. Europe 2020 sets out a vision to achieve high levels of employment, a low carbon economy, productivity and social cohesion, to be implemented through concrete actions at EU and national levels. The Digital Agenda for Europe is one of the seven flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, set out to define the key enabling role that the use of information and communication technologies will have to play if Europe wants to succeed in its ambitions for 2020. Francisco García Morán, chief IT advisor to the European Commission, will discuss.

registration required for lunch at UC Berkeley. Register online.

Film: Blueberry Soup
Wednesday, September 17 | 6-9 p.m. | 105 Boalt Hall Boalt Hall, School of Law

Film poster for Blueberry SoupBlueberry Soup is a documentary about grassroots constitutionalism, participatory democracy and social media. It tells the story of how Iceland drafted a revised national constitution in 2008 by using social media. Watch the trailer here.

Music: Theodora Serbanescu-Martin, piano
Wednesday, September 17 | 8-10 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Piano keyboardTheodora Serbanescu-Martin is an undergraduate in UC Berkeley’s piano program, will perform Chopin’s mazurkas and Polonaise-Fantasie, Beethoven’s Sonata in G, op. 31, and Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Handel.

Exhibit: Geta Brătescu
July 25 – September 28, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Geta BrătescuMATRIX 254 features the work of Romanian artist Geta Brătescu (b. 1926), who has been living and working in Bucharest since the 1950s. Working across a wide range of media (graphic design, drawing, video, textiles, performance, installation, photography, and printmaking), Brătescu is a central figure in postwar Romanian art. Due primarily to Communist leader Nicolae Ceauşescu’s totalitarian regime (1967–89), which suppressed the work of avant-garde artists living and working in Romania, and the subsequent political isolation of the country, Brătescu’s work was little known to international audiences until recently. For MATRIX 254, Brătescu’s first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum, the artist presents a focused selection of key works made between the years 1977 and 2000.

 Free BAM/PFA member; Cal Student, Staff, Faculty, and retirees; Children (12 and under),  $10 Adults (18-64),  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons, young adults (13-17)

Exhibit: Scores for a Room
September 17 – October 17, 2014 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 12-5 p.m. | Worth Ryder Art Gallery - Kroeber 116 Kroeber Hall

The Worth Ryder Art Gallery presents Scores for a Room with work by David Haxton and Jim Melchert. Guest curated by Tanya Zimbardo, the exhibition brings together for the first time historic works by these two artists, exploring their different approaches to the description of space through structured activity performed for the camera. Both renowned artists turned to the projected image in the seventies, highlighting the shifting awareness of spatial perception in the interaction between illusionistic filmed space and a physical location.

Exhibit: John Zurier
September 12 – December 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

John Zurier: Cold July, 2014; distemper on linen; 25 5/8 x 16 1/2 in.; courtesy the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York.Berkeley-based artist John Zurier (b. 1956) paints abstract, luminous canvases with hand-mixed pigments that range from subtle, muted earth tones to vibrant, saturated hues. He uses a wide range of brushwork and surface treatments to draw attention to the varied textures of the canvas—often applying distemper (a tempera paint made with dry pigments in animal glue) in thin brushy layers—to capture qualities of light and the changing effects of the atmosphere. Informed by a wide range of references—Abstract Expressionism, Italian Renaissance painting, Minimalism, Japanese painting, and poetry—Zurier’s work transcends the mundane to enter an affective realm.

 $10 General Admission,  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Young adults (13-17),  $0 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and retirees; Children (12&under)
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Seminar: Online trolling and mainstream culture
Thursday, September 18 | 1-2 p.m. | 250 Sutardja Dai Hall

Whitney PhillipsDr. Whitney Phillips (communication studies, Humboldt State University) will discuss her forthcoming book This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture. Unlike most popular accounts of trolling, which place the problem of antagonistic online behavior squarely at the feet of participating trolls, Phillips will assert that the so-called troll problem is actually a culture problem. Not only do trolls fit comfortably within the contemporary American media landscape, they effortlessly replicate the most pervasive—and in many cases outright venerated—tropes in the Western tradition.

Film: Tout Va Bien
Thursday, September 18 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Tout Va BienGodard and Gorin cowrote and codirected this 1972 feature, which, unlike their previous films together, has two famous stars in the cast—Jane Fonda and Yves Montand, both famous for their politics, as well as their films. They portray He and She: a film director who has turned to TV commercials, and an American radio correspondent in Paris. He and She become leaders of a labor uprising in a large factory in France.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

Film: Girls Don't Scream
Thursday, September 18 | 7 p.m. | 340, Sultan Conference Room Stephens Hall

Film poster for Girls Don't screamSituated at the crossroads of several art forms, contemporary Iranian cinema provides a global screen on which the profound paradoxes and contradictions of life for women in Iran today are projected. This curated film series highlights the changing image of women, and questions of gender more broadly, in Iranian film. Dealing with themes like sexual abuse, transgender identities, and women in the workplace, these films shed new light on a quiet revolution in which one can neither scream out against injustice nor remain silent. This screening of Girls Don’t Scream will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker Pouran Derakhshandeh.

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Conference: Nuclear options, behind the US-South Korea conflict
Friday, September 19 | 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Nuclear power turned to weaponry is a dire threat at any time, never more so than in an unstable international climate. At the same time, nuclear power is embraced by South Korea not only as a clean and relatively inexpensive option for its energy-hungry economy, but as a promising export in itself, and an avenue of lucrative technology transfer. The threat of international proliferation has raised concern over South Korea’s latest development: an improved method for treating spent fuel for future re-use. This symposium will attempt to unpack the political, historical, economic, and scientific issues, and illuminate the larger picture of the role of nuclear power in contemporary geo-politics.

Lecture: The two-way street between social science and nuclear policy
Friday, September 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Scott SaganScott Sagan, author and professor of political science at Stanford University, will discuss nuclear strategy, national security, and lessons to be learned from past mistakes with regard to nuclear policies. Sagan has served as a consultant to the office of the Secretary of Defense and at both the Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories.

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