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Film: Elena
Tuesday, April 22 | 6:30 p.m. | 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building

Still image from film ElenaElena 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.)

Panel discussion: The art of American Cultures
Tuesday, April 22 | 6-8 p.m. | Hearst Annex D-37 Hearst Field Annex

American Cultures graphic imageIn 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.

Lecture: The trafficking of girls
Tuesday, April 22 | 6:30-8 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

Dr. Aruna UpretyWhen 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.

Dance: Hablando Bomba
Tuesday, April 22 | 9:30-11 a.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Graphic image for performers of Hablando BombaLearn 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.

Special event: Earth week 2014
April 21 – 28, 2014 every day | 8 a.m.-10 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus

Earth Week logoUC 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.

Botanical garden: Butterfly walk
April 22 – October 28, 2014 the fourth Tuesday of the month every month | 3-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Butterfly and purple flowersJoin Sally Levinson, UC Berkeley botanical garden volunteer propagator, docent and caterpillar lady, on a guided walk through the collection in search of butterflies. Space is limited. Children welcome. Free with garden admission.

 Free with Garden admission
Register by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing


Lecture: Saru Jayaraman on food justice
Wednesday, April 23 | 2:30-5 p.m. | Auditorium, Room 112 Wurster Hall

Saru JayaramanSaru 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.

Special event: Denim Day 2014
Wednesday, April 23 | Sather Gate

Denim Day national logoPart of a national campaign originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign, community members, elected officials, businesses and students are asked to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

Noon concert: Gamelan of Java and Bali
Wednesday, April 23 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

GamelanHear 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.

Lecture: Hollywood and the marketing of American Jesus
Wednesday, April 23 | 4 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Edward BlumWhen 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.

Panel discussion: The early years of the AC center
Wednesday, April 23 | 3-5 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

AC 25Yr AnniversaryIn 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.

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

Envisioning human rights logoThis 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.

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Symposium: Community engaged scholarship
Thursday, April 24 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

25th anniversary of AC program at BerkeleyCommunity 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 22 online, or by calling Douglas Parada at 510-664-7065, or by emailing Douglas Parada at

Special event: Portuguese youth day
Thursday, April 24 | 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Toll Room Alumni House

Portuguese Folklore DanceThe 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

Neon lightsThis 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.

Panel discussion: Money in politics
Thursday, April 24 | 7-9 p.m. | Heyns Room Faculty Club

28th Amendment National Roadshow posterMoney 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.

RSVP online.

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Music: Brahms clarinet quintet
Friday, April 25 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

ClarinetsDepartment of music students will perform Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet. Students include Lucia Petito, violin; Madison Alan-Lee, violin; Christina Simpson, viola; Mosa Tsay, cello; and Cameron Winrow, clarinet.

Special event: Social justice in higher education
Friday, April 25 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

American Cultures graphic imageProfessor Pedro Noguera (professor of education, New York University) will give the keynote speech and discuss the connections and dislocations between the anti-apartheid struggle and the AC Requirement. His speech will be followed with a Q&A session with AC Senate Chair, Professor Lisa Garcia-Bedolla (Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley). This conference commemorates the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the American Cultures program at UC Berkeley.

RSVP by April 23 online, or by calling Douglas Parada at 510-664-7065, or by emailing Douglas Parada at

Lecture: Lives in common, Arabs and Jews in Israeli cities
Friday, April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 340, Sultan Conference Room Stephens Hall

Menachem KleinMenachem 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.

Dance: Mark Morris Dance Group Acis and Galatea
Friday, April 25 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Acis and GalateaCal Performances, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra present their latest joint undertaking, the world premiere of a production featuring Mozart's brilliant arrangement of a Handel score. An epic love story from Ovid's Metamorphoses set along the pastoral banks of the Mediterranean, Acis and Galatea is performed in English by four vocalists and the Mark Morris Dance Group, joined by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale. A feast for the eyes as well as the ears, the new production features sets and costumes by Adrianne Lobel and Isaac Mizrahi. For all performance dates and times, click here.

 $30 and up
Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

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