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Science@Cal: The really big one

Saturday, January 21 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building
Most people think that in the United States, the area around the San Andreas Fault poses the highest risk for a large earthquake. But the risk for a “great earthquake” and tsunami is highest in the Pacific Northwest. Join seismologist Diego Melgar and learn about the risks, the geologic forces behind the potential for a truly massive U.S. earthquake, and efforts underway to build warning systems for the western U.S.MORE about The really big one

Film: The General

Saturday, January 21 | 3:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In this masterpiece of silent comedy based on a true incident of the Civil War, Buster Keaton is a railway engineer who is rejected by the Confederate army and thought a coward by his girlfriend. When a small band of Union soldiers penetrates far behind Confederate lines to steal a locomotive, he sets off in hot pursuit, resulting in one of the most harrowing and hilarious chases ever filmed. With live music from Judith Rosenberg on the piano.MORE about <em>The General</em>

Film: Knock on Any Door

Saturday, January 21 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
For Bogey, this story of a child of the slums (John Derek) who becomes a petty criminal, causes the suicide of his young bride, and is accused of murdering a cop surely harked back to the thirties, the heyday of the socially conscious gangster film.MORE about <em>Knock on Any Door</em>

Exhibit: DISPERSAL, Seed pod photography by Anna Laurent

January 17 – 30, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Individually, each photograph is a fine art portrait of a unique botanic specimen; as a series, it is a scientific inquiry into the diversity of botanic design. Each includes companion text about the specimen's form & function. Anna Laurent is an artist with a unique insight into the natural world. In her series Dispersal, she explores the myriad forms through which plants reproduce.

Based in Los Angeles, Laurent has exhibited across the United States including at Harvard University, the Berkeley Botanical Garden, and the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, as well as in Dubai. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Print Magazine, Garden Design Magazine, Harvard Magazine and HYMN.
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Exhibit: The Gift to Sing, highlights of the Leon F. Litwack and Bancroft Library African American Collections

September 23, 2016 – February 17, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Gallery Bancroft Library
For decades professor emeritus of history Leon F. Litwack has been accumulating what is arguably the world’s finest private collection of books on African American history and culture. This exhibition displays highlights of the collection that will be coming to The Bancroft Library as a bequest. MORE about The Gift to Sing, highlights of the Leon F. Litwack and Bancroft Library African American Collections

Exhibit: Andy Warhol, still lifes and portraits

November 23, 2016 – March 12, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A prominent figure of the American Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol (1928–1987) was one of the first to integrate fine art with celebrity culture, media spectacle, and mass production. This exhibition presents a selection of new gifts to BAMPFA from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, on view here for the first time, alongside previous gifts to the collection. The prints on display span over a decade of the artist’s career, from 1964, the year Warhol founded his legendary Factory, to 1977—a period marked by an upheaval in cultural and societal norms.MORE about Andy Warhol, still lifes and portraits

Music: Emanuel Ax

Sunday, January 22 | 3 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Ever eager to illuminate works of the past with fresh perspective, Emanuel Ax collaborates with rising star composer Samuel Adams, whose new work is written as a companion, and response, to Schubert's Impromptus. Ax has performed the Schubert to great acclaim: "[His] signature style—a shifting balance of poetry, earthiness and analytical clarity—suits this music...so precisely" (The New York Times).MORE about Emanuel Ax

Botanical garden: Seeds, from helicopters to hitchhikers

Sunday, January 22 | 10-11 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Get cozy in our Garden classroom as we explore the wonderous and diverse designs of seeds and their enclosures. Learn how plants make seeds and see an amazing array of seed pods and fruits that aid in their seed dispersal, from papery 'helicopter' wings to natural velcro for 'hitchhiking'. Amaze at their structures under microscopes and open some seeds to find the sleeping baby plant inside. Everyone will make a special seed project to take home.MORE about Seeds, from helicopters to hitchhikers

Workshop: Teach-in, Trump in the Middle East

Monday, January 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
As Donald Trump enters office as the 45th President of the United States, what might this mean for U.S. involvement in the Middle East and North Africa, including military involvement, economic ties, and diplomatic endeavors? Join Center for Middle Eastern Studies faculty affiliates and community members in an informal moderated conversation about what we might expect in the first 100 days and beyond.MORE about Teach-in, Trump in the Middle East

Seminar: Neil Goldberg, design field notes

Tuesday, January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall
Neil Goldberg has over three decades of experience designing, leading design teams, consulting, and teaching design. He is the co-founded Praxis Design, an award-winning product design and development agency. He will discuss the prehistory of design and trace the arc of how design practice will continue to unfold as an industrial practice as well as in mainstream culture.MORE about Neil Goldberg, design field notes

Reading: Jon Else, True South

Tuesday, January 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Library North Gate Hall
Award-winning documentary filmmaker and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Professor, Jon Else, launches his new book, True South. Henry Hampton’s 1987 landmark multipart television series, "Eyes on the Prize," is an eloquent, plainspoken chronicle of the civil rights movement. Before Hampton, the movement’s history had been written or filmed by whites and weighted heavily toward Dr. King’s telegenic leadership. Jon Else was Hampton’s series producer and his moving book focuses on the tumultuous eighteen months in 1985 and 1986 when “Eyes” was finally created.MORE about Jon Else, <em>True South</em>

Panel discussion: The future of reproductive justice under Trump

Wednesday, January 25 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law
Following the Trump inauguration and 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a panel of legal experts, advocates and writers will discuss the future of reproductive justice under the Trump administration. Topics will include: abortion access, criminal justice reform, the expansion of religious exemptions, anticipated state policy changes and more.MORE about The future of reproductive justice under Trump

Noon concert: Art of the song

Wednesday, January 25 | 12 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Songs by Andrew Lloyd Weber, Henry Grace, Quilter, Vaughan Williams, Hahn and Dingxian Jiang. Min Xia, soprano. Jonathan Lin, tenor.MORE about Art of the song

Film: The Big Sleep

Wednesday, January 25 | 3:10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Howard Hawks’s classic thriller captures the tough and darkly humorous world of Raymond Chandler’s most complicated novel, with Humphrey Bogart at his best as Philip Marlowe and Lauren Bacall as the fast-talking rich kid who invites him into an impossibly intricate web of blackmail and murder. With a lecture from David Thomson.MORE about <em>The Big Sleep</em>

Lecture: Legal and clinical implications of the End of Life Option Act

Thursday, January 26 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 609 UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.)
Understand the basics of the End of Life Option Act. Our speakers dispel some common myths about the act's implementation, address the status of institutional policy development around California and discuss research data from the Oregon/Washington experience. These policy leaders also address some of the challenges encountered by health and mental health professionals in communicating with patients and their families. MORE about Legal and clinical implications of the End of Life Option Act

Panel discussion: Transforming San Francisco, the future of work

Thursday, January 26 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 4th Floor Meeting Room Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco
What are the social and economic impacts of technology, robotics and AI on work and employment? Will human beings be completely replaced in the work force? What new jobs will be created and which industries most effected? What will we do with time on our hands and how will we "earn a living"? Two experts in this field, Ken Goldberg and John Zysman, will sort out these complicated dynamics, dispel misconceptions, and offer both the short and long view.MORE about Transforming San Francisco, the future of work

Music: Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI

Friday, January 27 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
A Cal Performances favorite, Catalan gamba player Jordi Savall returns with a characteristically lovingly researched program, exploring the vibrant exchange of culture and ideas between Italy, England, Spain, France, and Germany in the 16th and 17th centuries. Savall's remarkable musicality is matched only by the facility of his versatile Hespèrion XXI ensemble. MORE about Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI

Film: In The Last Days of the City

Friday, January 27 | 7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Shot in 2009 and released in 2016, In the Last Days of the City is a personal portrait of Cairo during the fall of the Mubarak regime. Structured as a film within a film, the protagonist is filmmaker Khalid (Khalid Abdalla), who experiences the profound sadness of changes on the city and in his personal relationships. MORE about <em>In The Last Days of the City</em>

Lecture: Alan Cooper, Jacobs Design conversations

Friday, January 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall
Alan Cooper co-founded Cooper in 1992. He is widely known for his role in humanizing technology through his groundbreaking work in software design. He is also the author of the books About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design (editions 1-4) and The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High-Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity. MORE about Alan Cooper, Jacobs Design conversations

Symposium: Social justice and healing through resistance

Saturday, January 28 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | MLK Middle School, 1781 Rose St., Berkeley
The Social Justice Symposium is an annual event organized by students in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. This year’s event will focus on healing through resistance. The Social Justice Symposium aims to integrate critical analysis and academic learning with direct practice and action efforts. We challenge the belief that social justice is limited to civil and political rights. MORE about Social justice and healing through resistance

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