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Critic’s choice

Conference: “Breathe for Me, Sing For Me” - Hip Hop and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Thursday, April 19 | 5-8 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall
Featuring perspectives and performances from students, faculty, artists, activists, and public scholars, this conference will take up some of the central questions posed by the Black Lives Matter movement that resound in hip-hop.MORE about “Breathe for Me, Sing For Me” - Hip Hop and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Lecture: Memento Mori - Lessons from a Decade Among the Dead

Thursday, April 19 | 6-8 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall Latimer Hall | Note change in location
For over a decade, Dr. Paul Koudounaris has traveled the world documenting the display of human remains in religious practice. From the earliest Christian charnel houses to mummy festivals in modern day Indonesia, he found that the taboo we commonly associate with the dead body was anything but universal. In many cultures throughout history and many presently, a literal memento mor i-- a reminder of death using skulls and bones -- was an essential part of spiritual life.MORE about Memento Mori - Lessons from a Decade Among the Dead

Lecture: Reflections on the End of the Safety Net as We Know It

Thursday, April 19 | 4-6 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall
It’s been over fifty years since President Johnson declared war on poverty. Sheldon Danziger will review the economic trends that have increased poverty and the safety net programs that have reduced it. He’ll also highlight recommendations from a recent bipartisan report that he cowrote with Brookings and the American Enterprise Institute. His conclusion? Our era represents the end of the safety net as we know it.MORE about Reflections on the End of the Safety Net as We Know It

David Corn and Michael Isikoff | “Russian Roulette”

Friday, April 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Library North Gate Hall
Russian Roulette is a story of political skulduggery unprecedented in American history. Join a conversation with the authors of this behind-the-scenes story of high-tech spying and political crisis inside the White House, the Kremlin, the U.S. intelligence community, the Trump and Clinton campaigns, and both political parties.MORE about

Lecture: Making Immigrant Knowledge from Collective Memories: Watching the Process Unfold in Spain

Friday, April 20 | 5-8 p.m. | 220 (Geballe Room) Stephens Hall
The voices and spaces of immigrants come together to form collective memories. This, in turn, constitutes an important basis of community knowledge. Evelyn Hu-DeHart reflects on this process with the example of Barcelona, where she currently teaches about new Chinese immigrants.MORE about Making Immigrant Knowledge from Collective Memories: Watching the Process Unfold in Spain

Film: Music in the Dark

Friday, April 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Ingmar Bergman’s early, restless experimentation with different aesthetics is at its height in this tale of the relationship between a young, blind musician and a lower-class servant girl.MORE about <em>Music in the Dark</em>

Conference: Parties and Partisanship in the Era of Twitter and Trump

Friday, April 20 | 10:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | The Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
An exploration of how social media and societal trends have challenged the power of American political parties and re-shaped the nature of the American’s partisan attachments.MORE about Parties and Partisanship in the Era of Twitter and Trump

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura

April 20 – 28, 2018 every day with exceptions | 8-9:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Written and directed by Philip Kan Gotanda.MORE about <em>The Dream of Kitamura</em>

Special Event: Cal Day

Saturday, April 21 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus
UC Berkeley throws open its doors and offers over 300 lectures, tours, performances, demonstrations and discussions. Many events are tailored for kids & families, prospective students, and the just plain curious. Come experience a day in the life of UC Berkeley - and celebrate our 150th anniversary!MORE about Cal Day

Open House: Cal Day - Exploring 3D Collections and Immersive Visualization

Saturday, April 21 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 103 Kroeber Hall Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Culture and tech collide at the Hearst Museum. Come explore immersive visualizations of world heritage sites and view objects from the collection in 3D. Drop by to chat with the students behind this exciting project and learn about the process of digitizing history. MORE about Cal Day - Exploring 3D Collections and Immersive Visualization

Panel Discussion: Cal Day | Absolute Truth and Alternative Facts: Berkeley Historians Reflect on the Present

Saturday, April 21 | 3-4 p.m. | 145 Dwinelle Hall
In this hour-long conversation, Berkeley History faculty share their thoughts on what the discipline has to offer in a time of fake news and alternative facts.MORE about Cal Day | Absolute Truth and Alternative Facts: Berkeley Historians Reflect on the Present

Social Event: Cal Day at International House - Beats, Brunch, and Tours

Saturday, April 21 | 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | International House
In celebration of Cal Day, get a glimpse of the International House experience with Beats, Brunch, and Tours at I-House. Enjoy international fare at Dining Commons, have global conversations as I-House residents share their unique talents with live performances.MORE about Cal Day at International House - Beats, Brunch, and Tours

Film: Cal Day Event - From Incarceration to Education

Saturday, April 21 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall
Join the Underground Scholars Initiative and the American Cultures Center for a screening of FITE (From Incarceration to Education), a short documentary about formerly incarcerated students at UC Berkeley and their paths to higher education and success. Include keynote speaker Jonathan Simon and Q&A panel with students in the film. Reception to follow.MORE about Cal Day Event - From Incarceration to Education

Music: Wind Ensemble

Sunday, April 22 | 3 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Robert Calonico directs the Wind Ensemble in "Blast" by Edmund Campion, "The Dream of Martin Luther King" by David Conte and more. MORE about Wind Ensemble

Open House: Spring Free Family Day

Sunday, April 22 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Bring the family and enjoy a free day of art, music and film. Make art inspired by BAMPFA exhibitions and Earth Day, tour the galleries, listen to the Alphabet Rockers, who W. Kamau Bell calls intergenerational hip-hop that “creates the soundtrack for the future we want in the world,” and a special free screening of Albert Lamorisse’s The Red Balloon.MORE about Spring Free Family Day

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura

April 22 – 29, 2018 every Sunday | 2-3:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
Eerily evocative, non-linear, and movement-driven, The Dream of Kitamura tells the ghostly, mythic tale of Lord
Rosanjin, who believes he is marked for death by the demon Kitamura. His horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards — but are they who they appear to be?MORE about <em>The Dream of Kitamura</em>

Panel Discussion: Rising Tides, Rising Voices - A Panel on Climate Justice

Monday, April 23 | 6-8 p.m. | Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)
Both environmental degradation and environmental benefits are unevenly distributed along racial and economic lines. A panel will discuss these intersections, their impacts, and what we must do to ensure that the environmental movement is fighting for those most marginalized. MORE about Rising Tides, Rising Voices - A Panel on Climate Justice

Lecture: Faculty Research Lecture - Landscapes and What They Tell Us: The Shock of the Familiar

Monday, April 23 | 4-5 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium, International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley
William Dietrich, who joined the Berkeley faculty in 1982, will discuss his work focusing on understanding landscape evolution. He is currently director of the Eel River Critical Zone Observatory, co-founder and co-director of the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, and a member of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover team. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Sciences.MORE about Faculty Research Lecture - Landscapes and What They Tell Us: The Shock of the Familiar

Conference: DataEDGE Conference

Tuesday, April 24 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall
The UC Berkeley School of Information’s DataEDGE conference will bring participants up to speed quickly on the current state of the data revolution. Hear from leading experts in the field about the way organizations are using data to address business and societal issues, about the challenges of working with data at scale, and about the most pressing questions and debates facing data scientists today. This conference is not just for technologists and math geeks.MORE about DataEDGE Conference

Lecture: Mapping as Research with Trevor Paglen

Tuesday, April 24 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Osher Theater Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
To celebrate his first comprehensive artist monograph, Trevor Paglen (UC Berkeley Geography Ph.D. and 2017 MacArthur Genius Fellow) will discuss his work with ARC Director Julia Bryan-Wilson.MORE about Mapping as Research with Trevor Paglen

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