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Science@Cal: Biological and molecular machines
Saturday, March 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 159 Mulford Hall
Mechanical engineers often try to understand how changing a machine’s design affects its performance. After a hundred years of designing internal combustion engines, for example, we now have the ability to optimize parameters such as fuel efficiency and horsepower. Far removed from the macroscopic world lies a new frontier of engineering challenges: molecular motors made of soft, compliant polymers that operate in nanoscale environments. This talk will explain how enzymes essential for life to exist are best described as “nanomachines.”
Conference: InfoCamp Berkeley 2014
Saturday, March 15 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | South Hall
InfoCamp Berkeley is an “unconference” event for the information community. The event will feature an egalitarian, community-driven format in which most presentations are designed and delivered by the event goers. InfoCamp Berkeley is for anyone interested in information-related topics, such as user experience, data science, information architecture, interaction design, informatics, and related fields. For more information, click here.$30 General Admission, $15 Student
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Conference: Expanding your horizons in math and science
Saturday, March 15 | UC Berkeley Campus
UC Berkeley's 3rd annual conference, Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics will be a day filled with hands-on workshops for 500 middle school girls. The event will feature a keynote address by astronaut Soyeon Yi. For complete event details, click here.
Theater: After the War Blues
March 7 – 16, 2014 every Sunday, Friday & Saturday | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
Jazz trumpet player Chet Monkawa just returned home to his family's rooming house in San Francisco's Japantown after his internment in a prison camp during World War II. But the neighborhood isn't the same. With the building now populated with African-Americans, Russian Jews, white migrants from Oklahoma, and returning Japanese internees, Chet and the other boarders must play by ear to find a new harmony. Philip Kan Gotanda's loving tribute to San Francisco gets a reworking and new production at TDPS. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm.$15 General Admission, $10 students, seniors, UCB faculty & staff
Tickets go on sale December 16. Buy tickets online, or or by emailing TDPS Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop: NOVA Making Stuff
March 8 – 22, 2014 every Saturday | 12-2 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science
Make stuff wilder, safer, faster, and colder at this series of events inspired by NOVA's series on PBS, Making Stuff. Whether it’s a mechanical eagle claw or a cooling device to take on a tropical vacation, explore what stuff can be made out of ideas.
Botanical garden: Fiber and dye exhibition
March 6 – 23, 2014 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
From basket weaving to denim jeans, plants have allowed for both utility and inspiration in our everyday lives. Learn more about the world of natural fibers and dyes, from traditional uses to inspired future innovation in eco-fashion and textiles. A walk through the exhibit illuminates the connection of culture with nature. The exhibit will feature work of local artists and designers.Free with Garden Admisison
The Possible: DIY.org workshop
Sunday, March 16 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Calling all kid creators! Bring a creative project to the museum and share it as part of a DIY Club Meet Up. DIY.org is a global community of awesome kids discovering skills and sharing what they learn. We're inviting Bay Area DIYers to showcase their skills at the museum as part of The Possible. The Printshop will be open for creating prints and mail art correspondence. The Something workshop will be open for experimenting with sound and video synthesis.$10 General admission, $7 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and young adults (13-17), Free BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff, and children (12 & under)
Music: Jerusalem Quartet
Sunday, March 16 | 3 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
With celebrated recordings and acclaimed international performances, the Jerusalem Quartet has charted a captivating path through some of the most vigorous and compelling repertoire ever written for string quartet. Here, the Jerusalem performs an all-Shostakovich program.$42 and up
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Workshop: Pine needle basketry
Sunday, March 16 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Judith Thomas, master weaver and Waldorf handwork teacher will show how to source materials and craft a a small coiled basket, using a needle and waxed linen to bind the bundles of needles together. Pack a lunch to enjoy in the beautiful Garden setting during the break. All levels welcome. Advance registration required.$85, $75 Members
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Lecture: Networks of cooperation in East Asia
Monday, March 17 | 4 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies, 2223 Fulton St, 6th Floor, Berkeley
Financial, trade and regional production linkages across East Asia have never been deeper, nor have they expanded more quickly. Equally, formal regional organizations such as the East Asia Summit and the ASEAN plus Three, are exploding in number and influence. In this lecture, professors of political science at UC Berkeley, T.J. Pempel and Taeku Lee, will examine how East Asian nations answer the question “who is my enemy?” and the implications of those answers.
Lecture: Supersymmetry in our universe
Monday, March 17 | 5-6 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House
The theoretical concept of ‘supersymmetry’ remains the focus of many theoretical, and experimental particle physicists. Sylvester Gates, professor of physics at the University of Maryland, will discuss some unexpected evidence buried deep in mathematical structure that suggests supersymmetry may have links to a concept in genetics.
Panel discussion: Resource access in the food system
Monday, March 17 | 3-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall
This panel will explore the frontiers of “open access regimes” within the food system, and the rights of local people to define their own food systems. In recent years, open-source licensing has emerged as a new approach to protect the seed innovations of farmers and plant breeders and provide them with access to diversified germplasm. Like open-source software, open-source seeds would create a protected commons in which materials are freely available and widely exchanged, but are protected from appropriation by monopoly interests. For more information, click here.
Author talk: Rachel Adams, Raising Henry
Tuesday, March 18 | 5:10-7 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall
Rachel Adams, professor of English and American studies at Columbia University, will share her personal story of her family's encounter with disability. Raising Henry is an insightful exploration of social prejudice, disability policy, genetics, prenatal testing, medical training, and inclusive education. Discussion will follow a reading from the book. The event is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public.
Film: The Missing Picture
Tuesday, March 18 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater
A daunting task that continues to confront media makers is how to represent the unrepresentable—calamities and atrocities of unimaginable magnitude. And, why must we do so? The challenge is even greater when the media maker himself is a survivor. Such is the case for veteran filmmaker Rithy Panh, who has committed his life to probing and exposing the Cambodian genocide and its aftermath. Having toiled in labor camps as a boy and watched his entire family die, he prepares to grapple with this childhood memory that is “pounding at my temple” thirty-five years later.
Panel discussion: Science and the future study of religion
Tuesday, March 18 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
This panel discussion will engage perspectives of cognitive science and neuroscience and challenge the boundaries between the study of religion and the experience of it. Panelists will pose fundamental challenges to the way that religion has traditionally been studied, and address the future of the study of religion. Professors Edward Slingerland and Evan Thompson of the University of British Columbia and Jeffrey Kripal of Rice University will join UC Berkeley faculty Robert Sharf and David Presti.
Exhibit: Saved by The Bay
January 28 – June 27, 2014 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)
During the Spring 2013 semester, faculty, curators and students interviewed current and emeriti UC Berkeley faculty, and researched the University Archives of The Bancroft Library. This work unearthed hundreds of primary sources documenting the lives of a group of intellectuals who came to Berkeley as refugees from European fascism. These individuals contributed much to the academic life of our University, becoming world-renowned leaders in all fields of scholarship. The exhibition highlights the history of this important intellectual migration through biographical sketches, a film, and over one hundred documents from the University Archives, The Bancroft Library, and the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library at UC Berkeley.
Author talk: Seth Holmes, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies
Wednesday, March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Institute for the Study of Societal Issues - Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way, Berkeley
Based on five years of research in the field (including berry picking and traveling with migrants back and forth from Oaxaca up the West Coast), UC Berkeley professor Seth Holmes will discuss how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine health and health care for migrant farm workers. Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies examines structural and symbolic violence, medicalization, and the clinical gaze as they affect the experiences and perceptions of indigenous Mexican migrant farmworkers, farm owners, doctors, and nurses. This work analyzes the ways in which socially structured suffering comes to be perceived as normal and natural in society and in health care, especially through imputations of ethnic body difference.
Lecture: Rand Paul
Wednesday, March 19 | 2:30-4 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky will visit the UC Berkeley campus to discuss the National Security Agency and personal privacy. Following former contractor Edward Snowden's revelations of alleged privacy violations by the NSA, Sen. Paul has been among the loudest voices in government advocating for the reigning in of the intelligence agency. The Senator recently filed a class-action lawsuit against President Obama for his oversight of government surveillance programs. The potential 2016 presidential candidate will discuss the NSA's surveillance activities and their implications for individual liberty.Free UC Berkeley Students & Faculty, $15 General Admission
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Author talk: George Packer, The Unwinding
Wednesday, March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berdahl Auditorium, Room 105 Stanley Hall | Note change in location
What does it feel like to be alive and in America at this moment? In his essential New York Times bestseller and National Book Award winner, The Unwinding, George Packer creates a lasting portrait of America in crisis: a country of winners and losers with a political system on the verge of breakdown. A gifted writer and speaker, Packer explores freedom, politics, economy, collapse, and change in an utterly original way.
Film: Karaoke Girl
Wednesday, March 19 | 9 p.m. | PFA Theater
In the karaoke clubs of Thailand, a girl can be had for a song—but do you have ears for the song she sings? Sa Sittijun warbles of a hidden life in this inviting film that’s part documentary, part fictionalized telling of her story. Born to hardscrabble farmer parents in rural Thailand, Sa is devalued from the moment of her birth, and lives on the downside of gender and class hierarchies. She makes her way to Bangkok to find work—first in a cake factory, breaking eggs, and then as a karaoke girl, breaking herself in the arms of strangers and trying to find elusive love. How does a karaoke girl find love? A touching question, sure to stir every viewer’s compassion. A discussion with writer Visra Vichit-Vadakan will follow the screening.$10 BAM/PFA member; Cal Student, Staff, Faculty, and retirees; Children (12 and under), $11 Cal Faculty and Staff; Disabled Patron; Non Cal Student; Senior Patron ( 65 & Older); General Admission Youth (17 & under), $12 General Admission
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