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Lecture: Rabbi James Brandt on Hanukkah
Wednesday, December 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

The Magnes Center buildingJoin Rabbi James Brandt for an exploration of the meaning of Hanukkah today. Rabbi Brandt is the CEO of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay. Brandt studied environmental design at Berkeley and earned a master's degree in architecture from MIT prior to receiving rabbinical. His presentation will be structured around Hanukkah lamps in the Magnes Collection.

Exhibit: Siméon-Denis Poisson, mathematics in the service of science
November 7 – December 17, 2014 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Mathematics Statistics Library (100 Evans) Evans Hall

Mathematician PoissonSiméon-Denis Poisson (1781-1840) was a French mathematician who made important contributions to many areas including celestial mechanics, integration, probability theory, and mathematical physics. This exhibition includes original copies and facsimiles of some of Poisson's works as well as books and articles that illustrate Poisson’s scientific influence, the judgments contemporaries made concerning his role in science, and some of the domains of mathematics and physics where his work has been further developed, making his name familiar to all researchers.

Exhibit: Design Radicals, creativity and protest
October 16 – December 19, 2014 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

The shock waves of Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement of 1964 reverberated within Wurster Hall, transforming the College of Environmental Design into a Laboratory for experiments in countercultural art and politics. Design Radicals surveys student and faculty ventures in the graphic art of anti-war protest, hands-on research into commune building and the creation of ecologically sustainable structures, and efforts to recast architecture, landscape architecture and community planning as participatory enterprises. In telling the story of Wurster Hall’s Design Radicals, the rich holdings of the Environmental Design Archives and the privately held Dox Populi poster collection will provide inspiration for a new generation of design activists. The College of Environmental Design Library will display posters, images, and artifacts of Berkeley’s expanded field of countercultural design practice and pedagogy.

Film: Meerkats in 3D
September 20, 2014 – February 6, 2015 every day | 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.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.

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.

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Lecture: Carol Woodin on Bartrams’ Legacy
Friday, December 19 | 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

William BartramWho were John and William Bartram? Come learn about this fascinating father-son duo and their legacy in American botany, horticulture and botanical art. Free with Garden Admission.

 Free with Garden Admission
Register online, or by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing

Seminar: Social media, the political Right, and Narendra Modi
Friday, December 19 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

Narendra ModiIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has over 8.2 million followers on Twitter and over 25 million likes on Facebook, making him among the most followed politicians on social media. With a mix of ‘feel good’ messages, shout-outs to other celebrities, well-timed ritualized responses, as well as a careful strategy of ‘followbacks’ for a small selection of his most active followers, Modi has been able to grow his following dramatically since 2013. In this seminar, we will examine Modi’s use of social media and mainstream media and his broader public image.

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Special event: December commencement 2014
Saturday, December 20 | 3 p.m. | Haas Pavilion

December Commencement is a campus-wide ceremony for all graduating students, from all majors, and their families and includes the Chancellor's address, keynote address by Bill Maher, and a student address. Admission for graduates and their guests by advance-purchased tickets only. Doors open at 1:30PM.

Special event: Winter Weeks
December 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Enjoy quality time with your family and keep the learning gears in motion by coming to the Lawrence Hall of Science this holiday season. Our exhibits, hands-on labs, National Geographic 3D Theater, and Planetarium are open for extra holiday hours during Winter Weeks.

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Special event: A farewell revel at BAM/PFA
Sunday, December 21 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Come celebrate our final day of programs in this unique building, and send us off in style to our next home. Events include dance battles by TURF, Inc., vibrant vocals from the ensemble Kitka, groundbreaking artist Dohee Lee, inspired sound by Chris Kallmyer, art-making for kids with Veronica Graham, and Ligeti’s Poème Symphonique for 100 Metronomes. The day will conclude with a parade to our new location on the western edge of campus in downtown Berkeley.

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