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The Possible: Sound manipulation and participatory jam
Sunday, April 20 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Join The Something as they create the final round of instruments for analog video and sound manipulations for their massive participatory jam as part of L@TE on April 25. The day involves sound and video experimentation, as well as demonstrations in electronics and other related forms, by guest artists and The Possible recording studio leader Jamie Dutcher.$10 General Admission, Free BAM/PFA Members, UC Berkeley Students, faculty, staff, and retirees, children (12 & under), $7 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons, young adults (13-17)
Special event: Thai night of culture and cuisine
Sunday, April 20 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House
Enjoy traditional and delicious Thai cuisine as well as authentic and interactive Thai musical, theatrical, and martial arts performances from professional Thai organizations from all over the Bay Area. There will also be several activity booths, a contest for the audience and a Thai-themed photo booth.$10.00 Advanced Ticket Purchase, $15.00 Tickets at the Door
Tickets will be sold at our table on Sproul after spring break. Tickets go on sale April 1.
Author talk: It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
Monday, April 21 | 5-7 p.m. | 210 South Hall
What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? Youth culture and technology expert Danah Boyd will uncover some of the major myths regarding teens’ use of social media. In her new book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, Boyd explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Ultimately, she argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers’ ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions.
Make reservations online.
Panel discussion: American Cultures alumni and students
Monday, April 21 | 5-7 p.m. | 30, Ethnic Studies Library Stephens Hall
The American Cultures Requirement was a unique concept developed at UC Berkeley in which all undergraduate students needed to take and pass at least one course on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States in order to graduate. The requirement offered an exciting intellectual environment and became a nationwide model implemented at eight other University of California campuses and at colleges and universities throughout the country. In this discussion, the 1989 UC Berkeley undergraduates Jeff Chang (Stanford University), Regina Freer (Occidental College), Mark Min (City Span) and Rickey Vincent (UC Berkeley) will be in conversation with the current AC Student Advisory Board.RSVP by April 10 by calling Douglas Parada at 510-664-7065, or by emailing Douglas Parada at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lecture: Rolezinhos, youth and public space in Sao Paulo
Monday, April 21 | 12 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall
Young people, especially men, have been transforming the public space in São Paulo through a series of practices of circulation and cultural production. This talk will reflect on one of the most intriguing of these practices, rolezinhos, public gatherings organized by social media, and on the deep social anxieties they generate. Teresa Caldeira is professor of city & regional planning at UC Berkeley.
Special event: Earth week 2014
April 21 – 28, 2014 every day | 8 a.m.-10 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus
UC Berkeley celebrates Earth Week with over 30 events ranging from lectures, teach-ins, performances and garden walks. Learn to brew a compost tea. Find out about the growing solar industry. Learn about bees and the global food system. For a list of events and details, click here.
Dance: Hablando Bomba
Tuesday, April 22 | 9:30-11 a.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Learn about the history and performance of Afro-Puerto Rican bomba drumming, dance, and song. Tamara Roberts (UC Berkeley assistant professor of music) will host two bomba artist-scholars from Puerto Rico, Dr. Pablo Luis Rivera and Rafael Maya. Bomba is an Afro-Puerto Rican tradition of drumming, dance, and song originally created by enslaved Africans on the island's sugarcane plantations. Luis and Maya are part of a new generation of bomba practitioners that has taken the form from the folkloric stage back into community spaces, night clubs, popular music, and even video games. Don’t miss the free bomba dance workshop following the lecture.
Tuesday, April 22 | 6:30 p.m. | 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building
Elena travels to New York to become an actress, leaving behind a childhood spent in hiding from the military dictatorship. She also leaves Petra, her seven-year-old sister. Two decades later, Petra also an actress, goes to New York in search of her lost sister. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Petra Costa. (80 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.)
Lecture: The trafficking of girls
Tuesday, April 22 | 6:30-8 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall
When she traveled to Mumbai and saw firsthand the horrors that await the thousands of young girls sold or lured by traffickers each year, Dr. Aruna Uprety made it her life’s work to protect and empower Nepal’s most vulnerable girls. So, Aruna began a partnership with the American Himalayan Foundation to transform counter-trafficking .The 15 year partnership has grown from 52 girls in one district to 10,500 girls in 519 schools all across Nepal. And each year, hundreds of them graduate as educated, independent young women. Dr. Uprety will discuss her work and look ahead to address this global issue.
Panel discussion: The art of American Cultures
Tuesday, April 22 | 6-8 p.m. | Hearst Annex D-37 Hearst Field Annex
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the American Cultures program at UC Berkeley, the AC Center will showcase its past art and posters from 25 years of programming. The American Cultures requirement was a unique concept developed at UC Berkeley in which all undergraduate students must take and pass at least one course on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States in order to graduate. In this panel discussion, the anniversary poster by Melanie Cervantes (Dignidad Rebelde) will be announced. Cervantes will introduce the new artwork and host a conversation on the role of art and activism.RSVP by April 10 by calling Douglas Parada at 510-664-7065, or by emailing Douglas Parada at email@example.com.
Lecture: Hollywood and the marketing of American Jesus
Wednesday, April 23 | 4 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
When United States first formed, it was one of the most inhospitable locations for images of Jesus Christ in the Christian world. Two hundred and fifty years later, the U.S. is one of the world's leading creators and global distributors of new Jesus imagery. When, how, and why did this massive change take place? Historian Edward J. Blum will draw from his award-winning co-authored book, The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America, to discuss the crucial role of southern California and the early film industry in making that transformation.
Lecture: Saru Jayaraman on food justice
Wednesday, April 23 | 2:30-5 p.m. | Auditorium, Room 112 Wurster Hall
Saru Jayaraman is a visiting scholar at the Berkeley Food Institute and the co-founder and co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. She was recently named one of CNN's 10 Visionary Women, who noted that she "has spent her career fighting for service workers to get a fair wage in a respectful, safe environment." Jayaraman will discuss her work and look ahead in the fight for food justice.
Noon concert: Gamelan of Java and Bali
Wednesday, April 23 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Hear the unique sounds of the traditional gamelan, performed by Javanese & Balinese gamelan students. The performance includes new and old repertoire, directed by Midiyanto and I Dewa Putu Berata with Ben Brinner and Lisa Gold.
Panel discussion: The early years of the AC center
Wednesday, April 23 | 3-5 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the American Cultures program at UC Berkeley, the AC Center will host a TED-style Talk with the former AC Center Research Director Troy Duster (Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley) and the first AC Center Assistant Director Ron Choy. The discussion will follow the initiation of the idea for the AC requirement, and the first roll-out of the program. The requirement offered an exciting intellectual environment and became a nationwide model implemented at eight other University of California campuses and at colleges and universities throughout the country.
RSVP by April 10 by calling Douglas Parada at 510-664-7065, or by emailing Douglas Parada at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhibit: Envisioning human rights
April 23 – September 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
This exhibit includes paintings, photographs, and prints by emerging artist/activists from across the state, addressing critical human rights issues. In conjunction with this juried exhibition, the exhibit will also present a selection of works from the Abu Ghraib series by world-renowned artist Fernando Botero that the artist generously donated to BAM/PFA in recognition of Berkeley’s historic role in the arena of human rights.
Panel discussion: Money in politics
Thursday, April 24 | 7-9 p.m. | Heyns Room Faculty Club
Money in politics is the single issue at the heart of every policy challenge facing America. This April in McCutcheon v FEC, the Supreme Court declared unlimited individual donations to political campaigns Constitutional. This event will explore recent developments that have opened the floodgates to money in our political system and various solutions, including a constitutional amendment supported by 150 legislators. Panelists will include Mayor Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond, renowned political scientist and UCB Professor Paul Pierson, Jeff Clements, bestselling author of Corporations Are Not People, and Jim Forbes of Wolf-PAC, among others, and will be the first in a national series of events around the country working to build a national movement.
Symposium: Community engaged scholarship
Thursday, April 24 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)
Community engaged scholarship can reshape how we view the university and “the public,” amplifying the relationship between the two in favor of movements, such as environmental justice, prison abolition, indigenous movements, the fight for K-12 education, and the arts in social justice. This Symposium will hold a critical conversation about university-community partnerships that take the form of community engaged scholarship, particularly focusing on how this work can support movements for social justice.
RSVP by April 15 online, or by calling Douglas Parada at 510-664-7065, or by emailing Douglas Parada at email@example.com.
Special event: Portuguese youth day
Thursday, April 24 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Toll Room Alumni House
The Portuguese Studies Program, in conjunction with high school Portuguese clubs throughout California, will sponsor its annual Portuguese Youth Day at Cal to introduce hundreds of youth to UC Berkeley and public higher education opportunities, as well as commemorate the 40th anniversary of Portugal's Flower Revolution. The event is highlighted by a lively festival of folkloric dance at noon on the Sproul Hall steps, where students in traditional costumes will entertain the crowds while celebrating their heritage. The celebration will kick-off the four-day 38th Annual Conference on Portuguese-American Education & Culture.
Multimedia exhibit: Light, motion, music and technology
Thursday, April 24 | 6-10 p.m. | Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave., Berkeley
This will be an evening of light, motion, music, technology, innovation, and dance. In addition to interactive installations, live performances, and a jam room, by the Multimedia Orchestra @Berkeley, the event will also feature original art made by students of the UC Berkeley Art & Science DeCal and the Synesthesia Association at Berkeley. All are welcome to join in exploring the intersection of live performance, technology, science, and art. Bring your curiosity and creativity! Light refreshments will be served.$0-15 Donation-Based Admission
Please print or bring an electronic copy of your ticket to show at the door. Register online.
Lecture: Lives in common, Arabs and Jews in Israeli cities
Friday, April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 340, Sultan Conference Room Stephens Hall
Menachem Klein, professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University will discuss his new book, which tells the intertwined histories, from street level upwards, of three cities—Jerusalem, Jaffa, and Hebron—and their intermingled Jewish, Muslim and Christian inhabitants, from the nineteenth century to the present. Prof. Klein will discuss the unequal power relations and increasing violence between Jews and Arabs from 1948 onward. Klein’s recent work is based not on the official record but rather on a hitherto hidden private world of Jewish-Arab encounters, including marriages and squabbles, kindnesses and cruelties, as set out in dozens of memoirs, diaries, biographies and testimonies.
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