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Colloquium: Maintaining access to public higher education

Wednesday, September 28 | 12-1 p.m. | Social Science Matrix, 832 Barrows Hall (8th Floor) Barrows Hall
California State University East Bay President Leroy M. Morishita '74 will discuss the challenges facing public higher education in California today. With over three decades of experience in the California State University system, President Morishita will discuss the evolution of the Master Plan for Higher Education, shrinking state support for these institutions and the opportunity gap this has created for California's most vulnerable populations. MORE about Maintaining access to public higher education

Noon concert: African American composers from classical to jazz

Wednesday, September 28 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Candace Johnson, voice; Donna Stoehring, piano; Ben Flint, piano The Color of Music: African American Composers from Classical to Jazz Works of Robert Owens, Zanaida Robles, Duke Ellington, and more.MORE about African American composers from classical to jazz

Lecture: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

Wednesday, September 28 | 4:10 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House
Harvard professor and author Annette Gordon-Reed will present the Jefferson lecture in conjunction with the observance of Constitution Day. The lecture will focus on Thomas Jefferson’s vision for the United States of America, and how race and slavery complicated his views of what kind of society was possible on the American continent.MORE about Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

Exhibit: Sojourner Truth, photography, and the fight against slavery

July 27 – October 23, 2016 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Runaway slave Sojourner Truth gained fame in the nineteenth century as an abolitionist, feminist, and orator. This exhibition showcases the photographic "carte de visite" portraits of Truth that she sold at lectures and by mail as a way of making a living. Truth could not read or write, but she had her statements repeatedly published in the press, enthusiastically embraced new technologies such as photography, and went to court three times to claim her legal rights. MORE about Sojourner Truth, photography, and the fight against slavery

Exhibit: Berkeley Eye

July 13 – December 11, 2016 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Berkeley Eye focuses on art that activates the senses to stimulate the sixth sense, the mind. The works are presented in eight thematic groupings to be experienced and enjoyed in no particular order, according to the interests of individual viewers: Bible Stories, Nature; Human Nature; Barriers & Walls; Connection & Change; Space, Time, Energy; Black, White, Gray; and Into the Light. MORE about <em>Berkeley Eye</em>

Exhibit: Power to the People, the world of the Black Panthers

August 29, 2016 – January 5, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | North Gate Hall
This fall marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party's founding. The group would become emblematic of the Black Power movement that helped shape the tumultuous years of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Shames, a student at the University of California, Berkeley, first encountered and photographed Panther Chairman Bobby Seale in April 1967 at an anti–Vietnam War rally. Seale became a mentor to Shames, and Shames, in turn, became the most trusted photographer to the party.MORE about <em>Power to the People, the world of the Black Panthers</em>

Exhibit: The Gift to Sing, highlights of of the Leon F. Litwack and Bancroft Library African American Collections

September 23, 2016 – February 17, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Gallery Bancroft Library
For decades professor emeritus of history Leon F. Litwack has been accumulating what is arguably the world’s finest private collection of books on African American history and culture. This exhibition displays highlights of the collection that will be coming to The Bancroft Library as a bequest. MORE about The Gift to Sing, highlights of of the Leon F. Litwack and Bancroft Library African American Collections

Exhibit: Beyond Tintin and Superman, the diversity of global comics

September 19, 2016 – March 31, 2017 every day | Bernice Layne Brown Gallery Doe Library
Comics and graphic novels reflect the socioeconomic, ideological and political realities of the societies in which they are produced. To highlight these diverse realities, and to celebrate our differences, this exhibit presents a selection of comics and graphic novels published in many countries. MORE about <em>Beyond Tintin and Superman</em>, the diversity of global comics

Music: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Thursday, September 29 | 8 p.m. | Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway Avenue, Oakland
The mighty Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by charismatic trumpeter and nine-time Grammy Award winner Wynton Marsalis, lends its fleet brand of hard-swinging jazz to classic repertoire by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, and other jazz greats.MORE about Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Film: Water and Power

Thursday, September 29 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Pat O’Neill’s rarely screened masterpiece, the exceptionally dense and technically dazzling Water and Power, is a moving meditation on industrialization, focusing on Los Angeles, “a city that turned land into desert.” Director Pat O’Neill will attend the screening.MORE about <em>Water and Power</em>

Lecture: Media old and new

Thursday, September 29 | 5 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall
Lili Loofbourow currently serves as critic-at-large for the Week. David Thomson is a film critic and historian, and the author of over 20 books. Together they will discuss old and new media in our society. The Art of Cultural Criticism is a yearlong series of conversations featuring some of the most innovative and incisive writers on our culture.MORE about Media old and new

Lecture: Amy Wibowo

Friday, September 30 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall
Programmer and BubbleSort Zines founder Amy Wibowo will discuss design and inspiration in her work. BubbleSort Zines, which uses hand-drawn art and diagrams to frame computer science in an accessible and inclusive way. These informal talks at Jacobs Hall bring design practitioners to share ideas, projects, and practices.MORE about Amy Wibowo

Lecture: Rethinking the value of forests

Friday, September 30 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Krutch Theatre (Clark Kerr Campus)
As complex problems like climate change, water scarcity and inequality blur the lines of traditional sectors, we have the chance to change the way we think about and manage forests. Dr. Heather Tallis is the Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy.MORE about Rethinking the value of forests

Dance: Mark Morris Dance Group, Layla and Majnun

Friday, September 30 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Mark Morris' lyrical choreography, the emotive voices of Azerbaijan's Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, the vibrant musicality of The Silk Road Ensemble, and the striking visual palette of British painter Howard Hodgkin combine in this world premiere performance of the timeless story of the tragic love between Layla and Majnun from 5th-century Arabia.MORE about Mark Morris Dance Group, <em>Layla and Majnun</em>

Special event: Homecoming

September 30 – October 2, 2016 every day | 9 a.m.-8 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus
Homecoming is UC Berkeley’s premier annual gathering for thousands of alumni and parents. Come to campus for three days of alumni parties, family events, lectures and other exciting learning opportunities, special tours, open houses, the Homecoming football game, and much more.MORE about Homecoming

Panel discussion: Will the 2016 election finally make America multipartisan?

Saturday, October 1 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 155 Dwinelle Hall
The 2016 campaign has led to major stresses on the leadership and ideology of the two major political parties in the United States. Will political life become more fragmented, leading to the rise of new parties? Join us for a discussion moderated by Richard “Dick” Beahrs (‘68), to explore what has changed, and what is unlikely to change, in future national elections.MORE about Will the 2016 election finally make America multipartisan?

Botanical garden: Foods of the Americas

Sunday, October 2 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Find out more about foods of the Americas with a visit to the Botanical Garden's exhibit for demos, tastings, crafts and fun. All ages welcome.MORE about Foods of the Americas

Workshop: Mother Tongues, dance exploration

Sunday, October 2 | 1-3 p.m. | Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)
"Mother Tongue" refers to the multiple ways a human body can sense and express itself outside the linguistic, religious, gendered, and cultural tyrannies one inherits at birth. This improvisation workshop heighten one’s creative impulses, physical intelligence, and energetic connection with the other participants. No dance training required.MORE about Mother Tongues, dance exploration

Dance: Mark Morris Dance Group, Layla and Majnun

Sunday, October 2 | 3 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Mark Morris' lyrical choreography, the emotive voices of Azerbaijan's Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, the vibrant musicality of The Silk Road Ensemble, and the striking visual palette of British painter Howard Hodgkin combine in this world premiere performance of the timeless story of the tragic love between Layla and Majnun from 5th-century Arabia.MORE about Mark Morris Dance Group, <em>Layla and Majnun</em>

Lecture: Exploration of the universe with gravitational waves

Monday, October 3 | 6-7 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
The recent observation of gravitational waves from the merger of binary black holes opens a new way to learn about the universe as well as to test General Relativity in the limit of strong gravitational interactions – the dynamics of massive bodies traveling at relativistic speeds in a highly curved space-time. Rainer Weiss of MIT will discuss the latest findings.MORE about Exploration of the universe with gravitational waves

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