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Author talk: Empire of Cotton: A Global History

Thursday, September 21 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Sven Beckert, professor of history at Harvard University, discusses his recently published book Empire of Cotton: A Global History, the first global history of the nineteenth century’s most important commodity. MORE about <em>Empire of Cotton: A Global History</em>

Exhibit: Jennie Smith, new drawings

September 18 – December 15, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Townsend Center for the Humanities Stephens Hall
San Francisco artist Jennie Smith infuses her detailed drawings of the natural world with an imaginative sensibility.

Viewing hours are generally M-F, 9 am- 4 pm. The exhibit space also used for events and meetings; please call (510) 643-9670 or email in advance to confirm availability.MORE about Jennie Smith, new drawings

Exhibit: The Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

July 21 – December 29, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library Bancroft Library
Images from the Bay Area alternative press, psychedelic rock posters and mailers, documentary photographs of the Haight-Ashbury scene and major rock concerts, and material from the personal papers of author Joan Didion and poet Michael McClure are featured in this exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 “Summer of Love.” MORE about The Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

Design conversation: Eric Rodenbeck

Friday, September 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall
Stamen founder, CEO, and creative director Eric Rodenbeck will present "Telling Stories with Data" as part of the Jacobs Design Conversations series.MORE about Eric Rodenbeck

Dance: Moses(es)

Saturday, September 23 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Award-winning choreographer Reggie Wilson’s evening-length Moses(es) is inspired by Zora Neale Hurston’s vernacular retelling of the biblical Moses story. Wilson draws on his own experiences traveling to North Africa to understand the migration of Africans with extensive research into black culture, movement, and spiritual traditions.MORE about Moses(es)

Botanical garden: Fall plant sale

Sunday, September 24 | 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Choose from a selection of drought-resistant plants from around the world including an enhanced selection of California natives and a wide array of plants for lawn replacements. Also on offer: the exotic and unusual such as rare cycads and palms, carnivorous plants, cacti and succulents, and more!MORE about Fall plant sale

Author talk: World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech

Monday, September 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Osher Auditorium Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley
In his new book, Franklin Foer, national correspondent for The Atlantic and fellow at the New America Foundation, exposes the dark underpinnings of our most idealistic dreams for technology. The corporate ambitions of Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, he argues, are trampling longstanding liberal values, especially intellectual property and privacy. MORE about <em>World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech</em>

Documentary: Guangzhou Dream Factory

Tuesday, September 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Featuring a dynamic cast of men and women from Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, Guangzhou Dream Factory weaves the stories of Africans chasing alluring, yet elusive, “Made in China” dreams into a compelling critique of 21st century global capitalism. MORE about <em>Guangzhou Dream Factory</em>

Noon concert: Music for two

Wednesday, September 27 | 12 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Jennifer Huang (violin), Nate Ben-Horin (piano), perform the Brahms Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major. Carol Yao and James Lim present duets for two pianos: Mozart Magic Flute Overture and Lutoslwawki Variations on a Theme of Paganini.MORE about Music for two

Panel discussion: Utilizing technology to protect freedom of expression

Thursday, September 28 | 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House
Microsoft recently announced a five-year partnership with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Brad Smith, Microsoft’s resident and chief legal officer and His Excellency Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights will discuss the partnership’s objective to use technology to promote and protect human rights around the world. MORE about Utilizing technology to protect freedom of expression

Conference: Mongolian Buddhism

September 28 – 30, 2017 every day | 180 Doe Library
At this conference, local and international scholars, explore the philosophies, texts, arts, and practices of Mongolian Buddhism. As Carolingians did with Christianity and Abbasids for Islam, Mongols have determined the history of Buddhism. MORE about Mongolian Buddhism

Concert: University Symphony Orchestra

September 29 – 30, 2017 every day | 8 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
The University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of David Milnes, performs Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem, op. 20, Schubert's Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished," and Sibelius's Symphony No. 5.MORE about University Symphony Orchestra

Music festival: Sunstock Berkeley!

Saturday, September 30 | 3-9 p.m. | West Crescent Lawn
Completely free and solar-powered music festival featuring live music, art installations, food and environmental groups, all united in a commitment to renewable energy. MORE about Sunstock Berkeley!

Concert: Lila Downs

Saturday, September 30 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Raised in Minnesota and Oaxaca, Mexico, classically trained vocalist Lila Downs sings of a Pan-American social consciousness, drawing on folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America, and American folk, jazz, blues, and hip-hop—blending irreverent and fun themes with serious social and political concerns.MORE about Lila Downs

Botanical garden: Gardening with Chinese herbs in the Bay

Sunday, October 1 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Peggy Schafer, owner/operator of the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm outside Petaluma, presents a lecture on growing Chinese botanicals for beauty and medicine, followed by a one hour walk in the Chinese medicinal herb garden. MORE about Gardening with Chinese herbs in the Bay

Film: The Life of Wuxun

Sunday, October 1 | 2:30-6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Notorious as the first film banned by Mao and the PRC, The Life of Wuxun tells the real-life story of a Qing dynasty–era peasant who devoted his life to free education for all.MORE about <em>The Life of Wuxun</em>

Lecture: What does effective resistance look like and include today?

Wednesday, October 4 | 8 p.m. | Pauley Ballroom Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
Annie Leonard, executive director of Greenpeace USA, will be this year’s featured speaker at the Mario Savio Memorial Lecture: "Resistance: What does effective resistance look like and include today?" MORE about What does effective resistance look like and include today?

Constitution day: Free Speech on Campus, Erwin Chemerinsky

Tuesday, October 10 | 6-8 p.m. | Morrison Library, Rm 101 Doe Library Doe Library
In his new book, Free Speech on Campus, Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley Law School, and his co-author Howard Gillman, chancellor and professor of law, political science, and history at UC Irvine, argue that campuses must provide supportive learning environments for an increasingly diverse student body but at the same time must never restrict the expression of ideas. MORE about <em>Free Speech on Campus</em>, Erwin Chemerinsky

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