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Panel discussion: The paradox of obesity
Monday, October 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 310 Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

In recent years, the public health crisis of obesity has entered the national conversation. As obesity grows, different viewpoints have emerged for understanding and addressing this mounting health concern. While the dietary contributions to obesity are often discussed, less frequently addressed are the complex causes of obesity and the powerful roles of social-economic and political contexts, poverty, and the influence of the food industry that may contribute to obesity. This panel will explore the different viewpoints related to the causes and social-economic dimensions of obesity, and approaches or strategies to tackle the obesity crisis when recognizing this complex context.

Lecture: Ending extreme poverty and what Berkeley can do
Monday, October 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Plaza Level Blum Hall

Alex ThierAlex Thier, USAID’s assistant to the Administrator for Policy, Planning, and Learning, will discuss extreme poverty in the world and his views on ending it. Prior to joining USAID, Thier served with the U.S. Institute of Peace as senior rule of law adviser and director for Afghanistan and Pakistan and as director of the Project on Failed States at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

“…while we at USAID acknowledge that ending extreme poverty will not be easy, progress and gains already achieved over the past couple of decades have made us certain that it is possible.” – Alex Thier

 Free Boxed lunch included with registration
Registration opens October 13. Register by October 17 online, or by calling Blum Center for Developing Economies at 510-643-5316.

Lecture: Malathi De Alwis on goddess devotion in Sri Lanka
Monday, October 20 | 5-7 p.m. | 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) Stephens Hall

Malathi De AlwisAnthropologist Malathi De Alwis will discuss two and a half years of collaborative research and documentation by photographer Sharni Jayawardena and herself, on the worship of the goddess, Pattini-Kannaki in Sri Lanka. The majority of Sinhala-speaking Buddhists call her Pattini, while the minority Tamil Hindus name her Kannaki. For the most part, neither of the two communities knows that the other reveres her under a different name. But their beliefs are deeply syncretic, and point towards a shared history and traditions. Malathi de Alwis is a feminist scholar and activist at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka. She also teaches in the MA Program in Women's Studies at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.

Exhibit: Design Radicals, creativity and protest
October 16 – December 26, 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.

Exhibit: Birds Do It, Bees Do It
September 8, 2014 – February 28, 2015 every day | Bernice Layne Brown Gallery Doe Library

Sex ed imageFrom junior high school hygiene films to websites, public health campaigns, scientific studies, children’s books, bodice-ripper novels and (sometimes) parents, Americans have always found ways to learn about sex. That information has at times been incorrect or incomplete, and has rarely been delivered without a larger political or moral agenda. While attitudes towards sex education swing from the blissfulness of ignorance to the empowerment of liberation, every generation finds new ways to answer the old questions. Our desire to learn about desire has not changed. This exhibition draws from the resources of campus libraries, from our academic programs, and from social services provided for the Berkeley campus community.

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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Music: UC Berkeley student string ensemble
Tuesday, October 21 | 4-6 p.m. | Stebbins Lounge Women's Faculty Club

ViolinThe UC Berkeley student string ensemble performs Mozart's - "String Quartet No. 19 in C Major" and Lou Harrison - "Varied Trio for Percussion, Piano and Violin".

Lecture: The future of the peace process
Tuesday, October 21 | 5:15-7:15 p.m. | Bancroft Hotel

Berkeley Law logoThis public lecture will feature a discussion on the future of the peace process in the Middle East with Abe Sofaer of the Hoover Institution (former federal judge, legal advisor at the State Department, and Egypt-Israel negotiator) and Janine Zacharia (former Jerusalem Bureau chief at the Washington Post), currently teaching at Stanford.

RSVP online, or or by emailing

Workshop: iPhoneography
Tuesday, October 21 | 6-9 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

iPhone with image of flowersThe best camera is the one that is with you! Let expert iPhone photographer Yoni Mayeri show you how to capture and edit images with your iPhone. The class will cover: essential phone camera tips for optimizing digital capture, choosing subjects and framing that work best with the iPhone, best practices for saving, uploading and transferring images and using apps for basic editing and enhancing images...all done on the iPhone. Whether you shoot people, flora and fauna, landscape or abstract subjects or just want to make great images with the iPhone this class will help you take your iPhoneography to the next level.

 $60, $50 members
Register online, or by calling 510-642-7082, or by emailing

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Lecture: Making art from history
Wednesday, October 22 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley

Stagebridge Senior Theatre’s creative team, with Lynne Hollander Savio (widow of Mario Savio, Stagebridge actor and FSM musical community liaison), will talk about the developmental process and the challenges of creating a piece of (political) theatre grounded in an historical event. The presentation may include songs and/or scenes from the Stagebridge production about the Free Speech Movement. Bruce Barthol, Marge Betley, and Lynne Hollander Savio discuss the process and challenges of creating a new musical based on the events of the 1964 Free Speech Movement.

 $10 general admission,  Free to OLLI members and UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students (with OLLI or UC Berkeley ID)
Tickets in advance or at the door. All purchases are nonrefundable. Buy tickets online.

Lecture: How we got to now
Wednesday, October 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 310, Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Steven JohnsonSteven Johnson is the author of eight books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience. He has also co-created three influential web sites: the pioneering online magazine FEED,, and most recently the hyperlocal media site A contributing editor to Wired, he writes regularly for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and many other periodicals. His book Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age was released in September 2012. In August 2013, PBS announced that Johnson would be the host and co-creator of a new six-part series on the history of innovation, “How We Got to Now,” scheduled to air on PBS and BBC Two in Fall 2014.

registration required for lunch at UC Berkeley. Register online.

Conference: Image as location
Wednesday, October 22 | 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | 310 Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Image as Location logoOur planet is wrapped in images. From stratospheric satellite stills to disembodied medical x-rays, we use pictures to describe our environment with unprecedented frequency. Images have become the common language that allows us to not only understand our present landscape, but also access the inaccessible. When man-made images constitute the evidence of our environment and even our existence, how is our perception of the world manipulated and shaped? This conference will bring together an international group of experts to discuss and visualize how images define locations. Through exhibitions, lectures and workshops, artists, theorists, and technologists from Europe and the Americas will question how we are shaped by the images of our world.

 $15 Tickets available until Oct 15,  $30 Tickets available from Oct 15
Tickets go on sale August 28. Buy tickets online.

Noon concert: University baroque ensemble
Wednesday, October 22 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

photograph of Baroque Ensemble members performingThe University Baroque Ensemble, under the direction of John Dornenburg and Carla Moore, will perform works by Vivaldi, Telemann and Locke on antique instruments.

Special event: Cal R.A.D. self defense for women
October 15 – 23, 2014 every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday with exceptions | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Assembly Room, 2700 Hearst Foothill Student Housing

Gender equity and resource logoLearn how to increase awareness and assertiveness skills. Develop physical techniques designed for women's specific needs and assets. The R.A.D. System is a 9-12 hour comprehensive, women-only course that begins with risk awareness and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training.

Please wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. Bring a pen for taking notes, a towel, water and food for yourself.
Space is limited, register here.

 $10 UC Students, Faculty, Staff, Post-docs,  $20 Community
Register by October 13 online.

Exhibit: Joseph Holtzman
October 17 – December 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Joseph Holtzman: Mary Todd Lincoln, 1880, 2007; oil on marble; 44 x 35 in.; courtesy of the artist.Joseph Holtzman’s unusual artistic sensibility evolved from his close study of historical painting and his connoisseurship of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century decorative arts. His themes and motifs draw on these diverse sources as well as allude to family and friends, cultural personalities, historical figures, and literary characters. Balancing his wide-ranging references is an intensely sensual connection to paint and surface. Holtzman (b. 1957) is highly attentive to the unique qualities of color and texture that can be expressed through the medium of paint on various grounds. His palette is fantastically rich and varied and he achieves remarkable chromatic and tonal effects by exploiting not only the transparency of the oil medium but also the unusual capacity of marble—his favorite surface—to absorb and reflect light.

 $10 General Admission,  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Young adults (13-17),  $0 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and retirees; Children (12&under)

Exhibit: American Wonder
October 1 – December 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

John Brewster, Jr. (attributed to): Portrait of a Boy in Green, c. 1805–10; oil on canvas; 53 ¾ x 32 ¼ in.; gift of W. B. Carnochan.American Wonder captures our burgeoning nation during a time of enormous change, from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the onset of the Civil War in 1861. The exhibition includes approximately fifty portraits, landscapes, commemorative mourning pictures, weather vanes, and decorative sculptures from the BAM/PFA collection. This distinguished collection is one of the finest of American folk art in California.

 $10 General Admission,  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Young adults (13-17),  $0 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and retirees; Children (12&under)
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Theater: Reading of The Jamaican Wash, by Philip Kan Gotanda
Thursday, October 23 | 7 p.m. | Z170 Zellerbach Hall

Philip Kan Gotanda Enjoy a free public reading of The Jamaican Wash, a new play by Philip Kan Gotanda about the failing marriage of two immigrants with previously compatible traditional values—and the opposing marital advice offered by their two adult daughters. The Jamaican Wash is an adaptation of Gotanda’s acclaimed 1985 drama The Wash, with the original Japanese American family reset as Jamaican immigrants.

Film: Every Man for Himself
Thursday, October 23 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Every Man for HimselfGodard called Every Man for Himself his second first film. His first narrative feature after eight years is an achingly lyrical film about the selling of the self. Three non-souls—Paul Godard (Jacques Dutronc), a bespectacled videomaker working in television; Paul's lover Denise (Nathalie Baye), heading for the country; and Isabelle (Huppert), a farm girl turned city prostitute—cross paths in a nameless Swiss city. In a wonderfully wry script by Jean-Claude Carrière and Anne-Marie Miéville, the central metaphor is a Rube Goldberg–like human configuration conceived by a businessman for three prostitutes. In true Godard fashion, each character is a cipher for ideas, and each a refracted side of the director himself.

 $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
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

Special event: Partial solar eclipse
Thursday, October 23 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Child looking at the eclipse through telescopeExperience a partial solar eclipse through solar telescopes while learning the ins and outs of solar eclipses from Lawrence Hall of Science experts. Have your questions answered in our Planetarium, watch live demonstrations in Science on a Sphere®, and participate in a special lava tile activity designed exclusively for this event.

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Film: The Shining
Friday, October 24 | 7:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Jack Nicholson in The ShiningStart with a farcical situation: a dysfunctional family holes up in an unoccupied lodge, so they can reclaim their domestic unity. Throw in a dad (Jack Nicholson) prone to erratic behavior, a son (Danny Lloyd) who is a lightning rod for psychic forces, and a mom, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), prewired for hysteria. Tamp down the snowdrifts, cut the phone lines, and “Here’s Johnny.” Built around mishaps and manias, The Shining is a shape-shifting labyrinth of temporal switchbacks and spatial anomalies. Rooms morph, hallways fold in, and time is layered like a supernatural parfait. The virtuosic use of Steadicam blends it all into a fluid zone of enchantment with primal panic as the adhesive.

 $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
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

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