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Opening reception: Birds Do It, Bees Do It
Wednesday, October 1 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Sex ed imagePlease join us for a reception celebrating the opening of the exhibit "Birds Do It, Bees Do It: A Century of Sex (Mis)Education in the USA," appearing in the Bernice Brown Gallery, Doe Library, through Feb. 28, 2015. The reception, in Morrison Library, will feature distinguished speakers Tom Laqueur, UC Berkeley professor of history, Malcolm Potts, UC Berkeley professor of public health, and Robin Mills, sex health educator with the University Health Services.

Special event: Free Speech Movement 50th anniversary rally
Wednesday, October 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Sproul Plaza

FSM 50th anniversary graphicJoin us as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement with a noon rally on the Mario Savio steps at Sproul Hall. Speakers will include FSM Veterans: Lynne Hollander Savio, Bettina Aptheker, and Jack Weinberg; as well as labor organizer, immigrant rights and women's rights advocate Dolores Huerta.

Lecture: Healthcare reform in California
Wednesday, October 1 | 5:30-7:15 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Dave JonesCalifornia Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, will discuss the healthcare reform opportunities and challenges facing California voters this November. A reception will precede the lecture, and a Q&A will follow.

Film: Mercedes Sosa, The Voice of Latin America
Wednesday, October 1 | 7 p.m. | Room 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building

Mercedes SosaOne of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa fought South America’s dictators with her voice. This intimate documentary follows the arc of her 50-year career and explores the impact she had on the musical and political heritage of Latin America.

Panel discussion: Food, labor and a sustainable food policy agenda for California
Wednesday, October 1 | 2-4 p.m. | GSPP Living Room Goldman School of Public Policy

Garden of greensIn the last 20 years, there has been a dramatic decline in wages and working conditions for California’s grocery store workers. During the same 20 years, consumer demand for locally sourced, organic, sustainable cuisine has changed products in even the unlikeliest companies, including Walmart, but stopped short of passing CA legislation such as GMO labeling and soda taxes. In this panel discussion, food movement leaders, labor leaders and legislators will look ahead to what a food policy agenda for 2015 might look like. Panel will be moderated by Saru Jayaraman of UC Berkeley’s Food Labor Research Center.

RSVP by emailing Wendy Chuew at

Panel discussion: The operation of the machine, UC then and now
Wednesday, October 1 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

FSM 50th anniversary graphicAn illustrious panel of UC faculty and students will lead a teach-in on the nature of the public university. Looking at the state cutbacks to education funding and the university's increased reliance on private sources of funding since the 1960s, the teach-in will examine race and educational access, student debt and rising inequality, the marketization of research, and other pressing issues of the day.

Exhibit: Scores for a Room
September 17 – October 17, 2014 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 12-5 p.m. | Worth Ryder Art Gallery - Kroeber 116 Kroeber Hall

The Worth Ryder Art Gallery presents Scores for a Room with work by David Haxton and Jim Melchert. Guest curated by Tanya Zimbardo, the exhibition brings together for the first time historic works by these two artists, exploring their different approaches to the description of space through structured activity performed for the camera. Both renowned artists turned to the projected image in the seventies, highlighting the shifting awareness of spatial perception in the interaction between illusionistic filmed space and a physical location.

Exhibit: Gourmet Ghettos, Modern Food Rituals
August 28 – December 19, 2014 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

For thousands of years, food rituals have been essential to constructing and maintaining Jewish identities throughout the diaspora. But the significance of these rituals might be more pervasive than we think. Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals explores the broader linkages between food, ritual, identity, and activism that inform Jewish life.

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)

Exhibit: John Zurier
September 12 – December 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

John Zurier: Cold July, 2014; distemper on linen; 25 5/8 x 16 1/2 in.; courtesy the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York.Berkeley-based artist John Zurier (b. 1956) paints abstract, luminous canvases with hand-mixed pigments that range from subtle, muted earth tones to vibrant, saturated hues. He uses a wide range of brushwork and surface treatments to draw attention to the varied textures of the canvas—often applying distemper (a tempera paint made with dry pigments in animal glue) in thin brushy layers—to capture qualities of light and the changing effects of the atmosphere. Informed by a wide range of references—Abstract Expressionism, Italian Renaissance painting, Minimalism, Japanese painting, and poetry—Zurier’s work transcends the mundane to enter an affective realm.

 $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: 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.

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Panel discussion: Online education and the knowledge economy of the 21st century
Thursday, October 2 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Suite 200 World Affairs Council Auditorium, 312 Sutter Street, San Francisco

Chancellor Nicholas DirksAccess to online education has the potential to democratize education and skill advancement around the world. In what ways and for whom has online education been most successful so far? What are the platform's limitations and where are the gaps? Join us for a discussion of online education’s potential role in preparing a global labor force for the knowledge economy of the 21st century.

This discussion between UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and CEO of Udacity, Sebastian Thrun will be moderated by New York Times Deputy Technology Editor, Quentin Hardy.

UC Berkeley staff and alumni, use promo code calbusinessforum for free admission. Buy tickets online.

Lecture: The Californian Master Plan for Higher Education in the World
Thursday, October 2 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Goldman Theater, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 UC Berkeley Campus

Cover of Time Magazine with Clark KerrThe high participation higher education system first developed in California has spread to national systems across the world. In 2012 more than half the school leaver age group was enrolled in higher education in over fifty countries. Research universities are also springing up in more and more countries. At the same time there has been a great growth in the level of cross-border engagement and American universities are collaborating all over the world. Although the United States continues to sustain the leading higher education and research system, the university world is rapidly become more plural. Relations between universities in the Anglo-American countries and China will be a key influence in shaping future world society. The 2014 Clark Kerr Lecturer, Simon Marginson, Professor of International Higher Education at the Institute of Education, London, will discuss.

Lecture: Saru Jayaraman, Out of the kitchen and into the streets?
Thursday, October 2 | 8 p.m. | Wheeler Auditorium

Saru JayaramanThis memorial lecture series honors the memory of the late Mario Savio, a spokesperson for Berkeley's Free Speech Movement in 1964, and the spirit of moral courage which he and other activists of his generation exemplified. In this lecture, Saru Jayaraman will discuss the fight of food service workers and their struggle for workplace justice. Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United), and the director of UC Berkeley's Food Labor Research Center.

Tickets will be available in Wheeler prior to the event.

Film: Facing Mirrors and Border Cafe
Thursday, October 2 | 6-10 p.m. | 340, Sultan Conference Room Stephens Hall

Facing Mirrors film posterSituated at the crossroads of several art forms, contemporary Iranian cinema provides a global screen on which the profound paradoxes and contradictions of life for women in Iran today are projected. This curated film series highlights the changing image of women, and questions of gender more broadly, in Iranian film. Dealing with themes like sexual abuse, transgender identities, and women in the workplace, these films shed new light on a quiet revolution in which one can neither scream out against injustice nor remain silent. This screening of "Facing Mirrors" and “Border Café” will be followed by a discussion with film series curator, Shahrzad Shirvani.

Lunch poems: Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems Turns 50 - An Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, October 2 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Lunch Poems book jacketIn partnership with City Lights Books, who first published Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems 50 years ago, we present a special event featuring readings from a newly expanded edition that also includes communiqués by O’Hara pulled from the City Lights archive housed at the Bancroft Library. Participants include: Garrett Caples, C. S. Giscombe, Jayne Gregory, Robert Hass, Owen Hill, Elaine Katzenberger, Evan Klavon, giovanni singleton, Julianna Spahr, and Matthew Zapruder.

Music: UC Berkeley symphony orchestra
October 2 – 4, 2014 every day | 8-10 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

UC Berkeley symphony orchestra poster imageEnjoy the soaring sounds of UC Berkeley’s symphony orchestra, conducted by David Milnes. Program will include Cindy Cox’s Las Aguas del Sur, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 7, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6.

 $16 general admission (all seats unreserved),  $12 students (non-UCB), seniors,  $5 UC Berkeley students (student ID required)
Advance tickets from the Zellerbach Hall ticket office or at the door starting one hour before the performance. Tickets go on sale September 5. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

Botanical garden: Foods of the Americas exhibit
October 2 – 17, 2014 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Aztec graphicColorful marketplaces will be filled to the brim with Foods of the Americas. From chocolate to quinoa, discover the cornucopia of food crops that originated in the Americas thousands of years ago.

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Film: 2001, A Space Odyssey
Friday, October 3 | 7:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from 2001 A Space OdysseyNot so much a sci-fi film, though it has the requisite techno-gadgets, as an inquiry into the origins of consciousness, Kubrick’s foray into heady mythmaking required a quantum leap in visualization. Between Douglas Trumbull’s “split-scan” psychedelia and the wizardry of the revolving Discovery interiors, the visual awe bursts like a supernova. But all this pictorial pyrotechnic was applied in the service of '2001'’s cosmological probe, keeping it sharply relevant and exhilarating even in 2014.

 $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.

Lecture: A broken promise? What the West told Moscow about NATO expansion
Friday, October 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Professor SarotteMary Sarotte, professor of history and international relations at the University of Southern California, will examine relations between the West and Moscow in the early 1990s, and communications regarding NATO expansion. Sarotte’s research focuses on the post-Cold-War era. Her book, 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe was a Financial Times Book of the Year. Sarotte is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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