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Panel discussion: Should and will Guantanamo close?
Friday, April 29 | 4-6:30 p.m. | 105 North Gate

Prisoners at Guantanamo After the release of a new plan by President Obama, a panel of legal experts, national security professionals, journalists, government officials, and military officials will discuss the plan's feasibility: What is at stake? What are the pros and cons? What are the obstacles? A panel of experts will consider these questions and more. Panelists include Alberto Mora, previously with the U.S. State Department; Ashika Singh of the U.S. State Department; Adam Thurschwell, General Defense Counsel at the Military Commission in Guantanamo; Jess Bravin of the Wall Street Journal; Sharon Weill lecturer at Sciences Po Paris; Mark Danner of UC Berkeley and Christopher Kutz of UC Berkeley.



Dance: Berkeley Dance Project 2016
Friday, April 29 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse

Berkeley Dance ProjectIn Berkeley Dance Project 2016, choreographer Lisa Wymore uses sensor technology, interactive performance and live music to animate sculptor Bruce Beasley’s “Rondo” ring series; Katie Faulkner examines the consequences of unfettered growth, especially as it relates to the current climate of prolific development and displacement in the Bay Area; and Amara Tabor-Smith presents a powerful devised work that draws on the Bay Area's history of social justice movements from the 1960s to the present, including the Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter. Additionally, TDPS students and emerging choreographers Heather Brown, Sebastian Hernandez and Hesed Kim present original solos.

 $13 Advance - Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors,  $15 At door - Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors,  $18 Advance - General Admission,  $20 At door - General Admission

Author talk: Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War
Friday, April 29 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340, Sultan Conference Room Stephens Hall

Book jacket for Burning CountryIn 2011, many Syrians took to the streets of Damascus to demand the overthrow of the government of Bashar al-Assad. Today, much of Syria has become a warzone and many worry that the country is on the brink of collapse. Burning Country explores the complicated reality of life in present-day Syria with unprecedented detail and sophistication, drawing on new first-hand testimonies from opposition fighters, exiles lost in an archipelago of refugee camps, and courageous human rights activists. Burning Country is a vivid and groundbreaking look at a modern-day political and humanitarian nightmare.



Lecture: Jonathan Franzen
Friday, April 29 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Jonathan FranzenJonathan Franzen, best-selling author of such novels as Purity, Freedom, and The Corrections, and essayist and writer for The New Yorker magazine, discusses his process, works, and inspiration for writing social critiques on contemporary America.

 $30-36
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.


Exhibit: Arab comics, 90 years of popular visual culture
March 28 – April 29, 2016 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 340, Sultan Conference Room Stephens Hall

Arab Mickey MouseFor close to a century, Arab artists have created comics to reflect on the social and political happenings of their times. In the panels of Arab comics, we find illustrations and stories that creatively engage the British occupation of Egypt, the question of Palestine, the tide of pan-Arabism, authoritarian regimes in Iraq and Syria, commercialization in the Gulf, Civil War in Lebanon, uprisings across the region, and beyond. This traveling exhibit explores the question of what, if anything, is distinctly "Arab" about this popular visual medium through three threads of original and translated comics in Arab countries, spanning from 1920s until today.



Exhibit: Teaching design with people in mind
March 1 – May 27, 2016 every day | Volkmann Reading Room, Environmental Design Library 210 Wurster Hall Wurster Hall

The exhibit highlights Social Factors concepts in the 1960s through the 1980s as well as their widespread influence today. The exhibit is curated by Raymond Lifchez, Caitlin DeClercq, and Ayda Melika.



Exhibit: Architecture of Life
January 31 – May 29, 2016 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

image Johannes Itten: Encounter, 1916; oil on canvas; 41 ⅓ x 31 ½ in.; collection of Kunsthaus Zürich. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Zürich.Architecture of Life, the inaugural exhibition in BAM/PFA's landmark new building, explores the ways that architecture—as concept, metaphor, and practice—illuminates various aspects of life experience: the nature of the self and psyche, the fundamental structures of reality, and the power of the imagination to reshape our world. Occupying every gallery in the new building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the exhibition comprises over two hundred works of art in a wide range of media, as well as scientific illustrations and architectural drawings and models, made over the past two thousand years.

 $12 General admission,  $0 UC Berkeley Students, Staff, Faculty and BAM/PFA Members,  $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and young adults (13-17)

Exhibit: The Origins of The National Park Service
February 26 – October 7, 2016 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Rowell Cases & 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library Bancroft Library

Mt. Rainier parkSigned by President Woodrow Wilson in August 1916, the Organic Act created the National Park Service, the federal bureau that protects our national parks and monuments. Several UC Berkeley alumni with conservationist interests and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco played key roles in its development. This exhibition explores the origins of the NPS with materials drawn from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library collections.


today

Botanical garden: Spring plant sale
Saturday, April 30 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Salvia plantFind a wide variety of plants for your spring garden, featuring drought tolerant plants and California natives.



Music: The Avett Brothers
Saturday, April 30 | 8 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre

The Avett BrothersIn 2001, banjoist Scott and guitarist Seth formed The Avett Brothers with standup bass player Bob. Growing up in Concord, NC, the boys immersed themselves in the music of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. They rose to the status of genre stalwarts over the course of six albums, including 2007's acclaimed Emotionalism. The book is open though, and the next chapter for The Avett Brothers will definitely be the brightest, boldest, and biggest yet.


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Dance: Berkeley Dance Project 2016
Saturday, April 30 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse

Berkeley Dance ProjectIn Berkeley Dance Project 2016, choreographer Lisa Wymore uses sensor technology, interactive performance and live music to animate sculptor Bruce Beasley’s “Rondo” ring series; Katie Faulkner examines the consequences of unfettered growth, especially as it relates to the current climate of prolific development and displacement in the Bay Area; and Amara Tabor-Smith presents a powerful devised work that draws on the Bay Area's history of social justice movements from the 1960s to the present, including the Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter. Additionally, TDPS students and emerging choreographers Heather Brown, Sebastian Hernandez and Hesed Kim present original solos.

 $13 Advance - Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors,  $15 At door - Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors,  $18 Advance - General Admission,  $20 At door - General Admission
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Music: Kronos Quartet
Sunday, May 1 | 7 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Musicians of the Kronos QuartetFor Sun Rings, the titans of the contemporary string quartet meet the pioneer of musical minimalism in an immersive, expansive production. Terry Riley creates music from NASA recordings of the eerie whistling, whirring, and humming of outer space, blended with live strings and gripping imagery by visual designer Willie Williams.

 $30-76
Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.


Film: The Jonses, 59th San Francisco International Film Festival
Sunday, May 1 | 8:40 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from The JonesesFilmmaker Moby Longinotto’s fascinating, thoroughly candid documentary invites audiences to pull up a chair at the never-dull family table in a Mississippi trailer-park home. Everything is on the menu: dashed dreams, seething resentments, sexual awakenings, and dollops of unconditional love. Overseeing all the tumult is unflappable, seventy-three-year-old transgender matriarch Jheri Jones, whose dedicated ministrations keep her family going.

 $15 General Admission,  $13 UC Berkeley Students, BAMPFA Members, San Francisco Film Society Members,  $14 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, Disabled persons
Please note that our second-feature discount does not apply to these programs. Tickets are nonrefundable, and may not be exchanged. CineVouchers may not be redeemed in person at BAMPFA. Tickets go on sale April 1. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808.


Music: University Baroque Ensemble
Sunday, May 1 | 3 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Baroque Ensemble poster-4-harpsichordsThe University Baroque Ensemble performs works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Corelli.

 $16 General admission (all seats unreserved),  $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current & retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups of ten or more,  $5 UC Berkeley students (student ID required)
Purchase tickets at the door starting one hour before the performance. Tickets go on sale April 30. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988.

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Conference: Lingering Latinidad
Monday, May 2 | 2-4 p.m. | Center for Latino Policy Research, 2547 Channing Way @ Bowditch St., Berkeley

This collaborative event between queer Latina/o scholars Joshua Guzmán, Christina León, and performance artist Xandra Ibarra will investigate how the emerging field of Latina/o Studies is indebted, enabled, and pushed forward by questions of theory and aesthetics.



Artist talk: Ramiro Gomez in Conversation with Lawrence Weschler
Monday, May 2 | 4 p.m. | Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Wheeler Hall

Art of Ramiro GomezLawrence Weschler’s book Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez delves into the life and art of a rising young Los Angeles artist to raise questions of social equity and explore the chasms separating cultures and classes in America today. Gomez is an artist whose work evokes the divide between affluent Angelenos and their usually invisible domestic help—the nannies, gardeners, housecleaners, and others who make their lifestyles possible.


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Lecture: Ben Jealous, Former President and CEO of the NAACP
Tuesday, May 3 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

Ben JealousThe keynote presentation for "The [in]Justice System," a series focused on the crisis of mass incarceration in the United States, will feature Benjamin Todd Jealous, former president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.



Lunch poems: Student reading
Tuesday, May 3 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Morrison Reading Room Doe LibraryOne of the year’s most lively events, the student reading includes winners of the following prizes: Academy of American Poets, Cook, Rosenberg, and Yang, as well as students nominated by Berkeley’s creative writing faculty, Lunch Poems volunteers, and representatives from student publications.



Film: National Bird, 59th San Francisco International Film Festival
Tuesday, May 3 | 4 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Drone graffitiExecutive produced by Wim Wenders and Errol Morris, this elegant and chilling documentary provides a glimpse of what the US government doesn’t want you to know about drone warfare by focusing on three veterans whose service experience caused them to question the use of drones in overseas combat.

 $15 General Admission,  $13 UC Berkeley Students, BAMPFA Members, San Francisco Film Society Members,  $14 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, Disabled persons
Please note that our second-feature discount does not apply to these programs. Tickets are nonrefundable, and may not be exchanged. CineVouchers may not be redeemed in person at BAMPFA. Tickets go on sale April 1. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808.

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Lecture: Dr. Jessica Zitter on life-prolonging treatments and
Wednesday, May 4 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Lounge Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

Dr. Jessica ZitterDr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, critical care physician at Highland Hospital, makes the case for bringing communication back into the patient-doctor relationship, encouraging doctors to step out from behind their equipment and procedures to engage in honest conversations with patients and their families about life-prolonging treatments.


Registered attendees will be seated first. RSVP by May 3 online, or or by emailing Niki Shapiro at nikishapiro@berkeley.edu.


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