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Film: Histoire(s) du cinéma (Chapters 3 and 4)
Sunday, February 1 | 5 p.m. | PFA Theater

Godard mourns the death of cinema and chronicles its vitality in the dazzling video series Histoire(s) du cinéma. Histoire(s) du cinema emphasizes the influence film exercises on viewers—the impact of an image, the different realities that it provides, and the various frames of mind it engenders. Godard's purpose in these elliptical, epigrammatic montage essays is, he says, "to show that the history of film is, first of all, not history but consisting of histories. And then show that all histories are intertwined with the history of the twentieth century. Not showing a chronological order, names or dates, but a gust of wind, starting from the basic idea that the entire twentieth century was the stage for a merciless fight between image and sound (the newborn) and word (the grown–up, the government)."

 $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
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Film: The Day is Longer Than the Night
Sunday, February 1 | 2 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from The Day is Longer Than The NightDistinguished by its location shooting, eye for traditional customs, and appealing performances, this ballad follows the life of Eva from the turn of the century through various milestones, both personal and historic. Each dramatic episode is linked to the next by a troupe of actors and musicians, who offer their own commentary.

 $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
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Film: Meerkats in 3D
January 30 – February 1, 2015 every day | 10:30 a.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

MeerkatsFilmed over the course of a year, Meerkats 3D follows an extraordinary—not to mention adorable—family that stands just 12 inches tall. Discover how these tiny but strong creatures survive in the harsh desert, led by the family’s tenacious matriarch, Klinky. Together, this family of 20 will battle a rival gang to protect their territory, their pups, and their very lives. The Lawrence Hall of Science's National Geographic 3D Theater plays Meerkats 3D daily.

Exhibit: Following in Bartrams' Footsteps
December 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Bartram botanical paintingThis major art exhibition includes forty-four original artworks based on the native plant discoveries made by John and William Bartram in their renowned and influential travels throughout the eastern wilderness between the 1730s and 1790s. The UC Botanical Garden will be the only West Coast showing of the exhibition.

Botanical garden: Plants illustrated exhibition
January 7 – February 15, 2015 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Ferns in the gardenView the 6th annual Plants Illustrated exhibition of botanical art featuring work by the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists. This year the pieces will represent plants in the Garden's collection. Free with garden Admission.

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Panel discussion: Innovative business models in food systems
Monday, February 2 | 2-6 p.m. | Tamalpais Room The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

cooks in a kitchen collectiveInnovative entrepreneurial activities in food business have been flourishing in recent years, attempting to address issues of food insecurity, obesity, food distribution, sustainability, and improvements to nutritional qualities. These efforts range from the selling of smart phone applications for consumers to rate sources and nutrition of food products, food “hubs” to increase opportunities for producer aggregation, diverse startups for alternative food distribution or waste reduction, and more. Collective public-private initiatives to develop food hubs, involving communities within “foodsheds,” are also developing. Many of these efforts are aimed to address needs of underserved communities and/or create sustainable economic opportunities for farmers. This forum will address examples of these collaborative business initiatives from different regions, to address critical questions about the true costs and values of such efforts, the progress and health/social impacts, as well as challenges.

Lecture: Racial formation
Monday, February 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

Michael Omi and Howard WinantMichael Omi and Howard Winant discuss the new edition of Racial Formation in the United Sates (2015) published 20 years after the release of the previous edition. While the authors have maintained the overall structure of their classic work, they have completely revised and rewritten every chapter. The ambitious purpose of the book remains the same: to provide an account of how concepts of race are created and transformed, how they become the focus of political conflict, and how they come to shape and permeate both identities and institutions. A reception will follow the talk.

Lecture: John Quincy Adams and the grand strategy of the Republic
Monday, February 2 | 2-4 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall | Note change in time

Charles Edel“America goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy”—John Quincy Adams’s famous words are often quoted to justify noninterference in other nations’ affairs. Yet when he spoke them, Adams was not advocating neutrality or passivity but rather outlining a national policy that balanced democratic idealism with a pragmatic understanding of the young republic’s capabilities and limitations. America’s rise from a confederation of revolutionary colonies to a world power is often treated as inevitable, but Charles N. Edel, professor at the U.S. Naval War College and author, argues that he served as the central architect of a grand strategy that shaped America’s rise.

Exhibit: California, Captured on Canvas
October 8, 2014 – March 6, 2015 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Bancroft Library

This exhibit portrays California both as a vast landscape of mountains, ocean, and forests and as an intimate home for vastly different inhabitants. Scenes of Yosemite and the Gold Rush are displayed, along with more recent work such as colorful paintings by John Sackas of the Golden Gate Produce Market. Also featured are Augustus John’s vibrant portrait of San Francisco’s tennis champion Helen Wills, and an imposing painting by Charles Grant of the Great White Fleet entering the Golden Gate on May 5th 1908. The exhibit conveys the variety of artistic prisms through which the Golden State has been captured on canvas.

Course: The rise and future of the food movement
January 26 – April 27, 2015 every Monday with exceptions | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Live streaming

Mark BittmanA UC Berkeley course with live streaming open to the public.

The food system is multi-disciplinary and complex, involving agroecology, agronomy, anthropology, economics, nutrition, sociology, and the arts. In this course, experts on organic agriculture, school lunch reform, food safety, hunger and food security, farm bill reform, farm-to-school efforts, urban agriculture, food sovereignty, and local food economies will offer perspectives making the food system more sustainable and equitable. Instructor: Garrison Sposito; co-hosts: food writer Mark Bittma and poet Robert Hass.

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Lecture: Social justice and the people's health
Tuesday, February 3 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 101 Morgan Hall

Nancy KriegerThe essence of public health is the prevention of preventable suffering and the creation and promotion of a world in which all can truly thrive. By definition, public health must be dedicated to the prevention of health inequities -- unjust, unfair and preventable inequities in rates of disease and death across societal groups. Dr. Nancy Krieger, professor of epidemiology at Harvard University, will offer a framing of health inequities in their current and historical context. Dr. Krieger’s research focuses on social inequalities in health, and combines biochemistry, philosophy, science and history.

Music: Natural frequencies
Tuesday, February 3 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Campanile (Sather Tower)

Natural Frequencies
Bell towers have been used for centuries as a medium to effectively convey time, calls to prayer and community events, and warnings about invasions, fires, and floods. Although the latter are rare on the UC Berkeley campus, Sather tower is located directly above the Hayward fault line, where a major earthquake is considered likely in the next 30 years. The installation and performance include a unique composition of bells (both recorded and live) and lighting modulated in real time by data from the UC Berkeley seismometer inside the Hayward Fault. The title refers to the way that structures respond to external forces. 3 ten-minute live performances: 6:30, 7, 7:30.

Film: Titicut Follies
Tuesday, February 3 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Titicut FolliesIn the late fifties, Frederick Wiseman, then a professor of law, took his students to observe the Bridgewater State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Massachusetts. What they saw was a modern-day snake pit with dehumanized inmates offered little hope or dignity. Six years later Wiseman returned, this time with a 16mm camera. The result of his visit, Titicut Follies is a stark but compassionate look at the horrific conditions that persisted in the state-run institution. Representing the inmates, the state took Wiseman to court, charging that he had violated their wards’ privacy. Not until twenty-four years later was the injunction overturned and the film allowed to be shown. Wiseman has maintained all along that “the privacy that was really invaded was the privacy of the state officials to run the place in the way it was run.”

 $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
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Exhibit: 2015 first year MFA
January 28 – February 13, 2015 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 12-5 p.m. | Worth Ryder Art Gallery (116) Kroeber Hall

Composite image of artists' worksThe Worth Ryder Art Gallery is excited to present “6”, an exhibition of works by our six first-year graduate students. The MFA program encourages experimentation with new methods, media, and modes of artmaking, and the artists have each built on their existing practices to create an exciting new body of work while immersing themselves in contemporary theory, seeking out new interdisciplinary influences, and responding to intense critical feedback by peers and mentors. The result is an exhibition that is fresh, vital, and immediate.

Exhibit: The Secret Language of Flowers
January 27 – June 26, 2015 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

Botanical drawingIn 1984, The Magnes acquired a portfolio of botanical drawings by Shmuel (Samuel) Lerner, a Ukraine-born amateur artist from California. While Lerner’s biography and many details surrounding this work remain obscure, today his drawings open for us a unique window into the landscape, the history and the languages of Israel in the period immediately following the establishment of the State. The exhibition features a selection of 26 botanical drawings from 1949, complete with the author's annotations about plants, places, and language.

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Film: Port of Shadows
Wednesday, February 4 | 3:10 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Port of ShadowsPort of Shadows is a melancholy poem of life and death in the lower depths of Le Havre. Jean Gabin projects stubborn dignity and deep weariness as Jean, a deserter from the French colonial army who arrives one foggy night at an otherworldly waterfront dive. There he encounters a variety of underworld characters including a beautiful, troubled young woman (Michèle Morgan), who, like Jean, dreams of some kind of escape—from the past, from the shadowy streets, and from her sinister guardian, unsettlingly played by Michel Simon. Eugen Shufftan’s atmospheric cinematography matches the lyrical pessimism of Prévert’s dialogue.

 $5.50 UC Berkeley students,  $7.50 BAM/PFA Members,  $8.50 Seniors; Disabled persons; UC Berkeley faculty and staff; Non-UC Berkeley students; Youth 17 and under,  $11.50 General Admission
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Performing arts: Les 7 Doigts de la Main Circus
Wednesday, February 4 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Aerial performer from Les 7 Doigts de la Main CircusThe Montreal-based contemporary circus troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main present Sequence 8, a new production that explores some of the towering themes of our existence-connection, isolation, and alienation-on an intimate human scale. The troupe's charismatic young acrobats have the elegance of Cirque du Soleil aerialists and the athleticism of Olympic gymnasts, performing gravity-defying trapeze acts and explosive somersault routines, and wryly riffing on traditional circus arts like juggling and clowning.

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Panel discussion: Shooting rampage in Paris
Wednesday, February 4 | 5-7 p.m. | Goldberg Room 297 Boalt Hall, School of Law

A panel of prominent Berkeley faculty will meet to start a dialog on the shooting rampage in Paris and free speech, anti-Semitism, freedom of religion and Islamophobia. Panelists include Robert Alter of the Center for Jewish Studies, Hatem Bazian of Near Eastern Studies, Jeroen Dewulf of the Institute of European Studies, Marion Fourcade of Sociology, Saba Mahmood of Anthropology, Ed Wasserman from the Graduate School of Journalism and Tyler Stovall of History.

Lecture: I'm in the database (but nobody knows)
Wednesday, February 4 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 210 South Hall

Cynthia DworkYour data will only be used in aggregated form. What does this statement mean, and why is it so often included in privacy policies? Drawing from examples in the popular press and the technical literature, in this lecture Cynthia Dwork will scrutinize the common intuition that privacy is ensured by aggregation and show that information and hence privacy loss flows in mysterious ways. Arguing that the situation demands a mathematically rigorous treatment of privacy, the talk will introduce differential privacy, a field of research supporting a strong definition of privacy tailored to analysis of large data sets. This still-growing approach is thriving and is beginning to enter practice.

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Lecture: Maria Sibylla Merian, a passion for plants and insects
Thursday, February 5 | 10-11:30 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Botanical drawing by MerianThe artist and scientist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) was born in Frankfurt, Germany, into a middle-class family of publishers and artists. At the age of fifty-two, Merian traveled with her younger daughter to Suriname, a Dutch territory in South America, to paint its exotic insects. She was an adventurous woman ahead of her time, whose amazing career as an artist, writer and teacher revolutionized botany and zoology. Learn more about this fascinating woman.

 $12 / $10 members
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