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Lecture: The Russian challenge in the next four years

Tuesday, February 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Toll Room Alumni House | Note change in location
Eugene Rumer is a senior fellow and the director of Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program. His research focuses on political, economic, and security trends in Russia and former Soviet states, as well as on U.S. policy toward that region. Prior to joining Carnegie, Rumer was the national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at the U.S. National Intelligence Council from 2010 to 2014.MORE about The Russian challenge in the next four years

Film: Right of Passage

Tuesday, February 21 | 7 p.m. | A1 PFA Hearst Field Annex
Right of Passage recounts the journey of a small disenfranchised people who for thirty years buried their shame and indignation but then found the courage and strength to seek justice, which then snowballed into a lesson of the power of American democracy. The Civil Liberties Act of 1988, almost forty-five years in the making, acknowledged the fundamental injustice of the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II in American Concentration Camps and paid each surviving internee $20,000 along with a government apology.MORE about <em>Right of Passage</em>

Exhibit: War Ink

November 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017 every day | Brown Gallery (east wing) Doe Library
Photographs from the celebrated War Ink Project will be on display in Berkeley’s Doe Library. The exhibit features striking images of tattoos that express the impact of combat experiences on California veterans. Jason Deitch, co-creator of War Ink and a Cal veteran, hopes the display will “bridge the divide between the veterans and civilian communities.” MORE about War Ink

Panel discussion: Women in tech

Wednesday, February 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall
Despite the tech industry’s efforts towards inclusion and diversity, the number of women in some tech-related fields has plummeted. In many of the largest tech companies, women make up less than a quarter of the employee population. Women who enter the tech industry face rampant biases and stereotypes; for example, a study showed that half of women with careers in STEM fields eventually leave their jobs because of hostile work environments. This panel aims to bring together women in the tech field to discuss solutions to the systemic issues they face.MORE about Women in tech

Lecture: The Ukraine crisis and post-Soviet Eurasia

Wednesday, February 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Disorder erupted in Ukraine in 2014, involving the overthrow of a sitting government, the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and a violent insurrection, supported by Moscow, in the east of the country. In their new book, Samuel Charap and Timothy J. Colton examine the roots of the Ukraine crisis, offering a coherent narrative of Western and Russian policies in post-Soviet Eurasia since 1991 and providing a balanced assessment of both Russia and the West’s actions post-2014. MORE about The Ukraine crisis and post-Soviet Eurasia

Author talk: Namwali Serpell, Seven Modes of Uncertainty

Wednesday, February 22 | 12-1 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall
Namwali Serpell’s book Seven Modes of Uncertainty asserts that literary uncertainty is crucial to ethics because it pushes us beyond the limits of our experience.MORE about Namwali Serpell, <em>Seven Modes of Uncertainty</em>

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

Special event: Water's extreme journey

January 29 – April 30, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science
Become a raindrop and go on an interactive adventure through a water-cycle-themed maze. Have fun riding the Watershed Zip Line, walk through a giant wetland, and snap a pic of your family "swimming" with the dolphins—all while developing a deeper understanding of your place in the water ecosystem.MORE about Water's extreme journey

Exhibit: Hippie Modernism, cinema and counterculture

February 11 – May 13, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Cinema’s radical streak goes back to its earliest beginnings, but the period explored in the exhibit Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia was an unusually fertile time for politically charged, aesthetically innovative filmmaking. Encompassing documentary, fiction, and experimental cinema—often in the course of a single feature—the films in this series intersected with and actively participated in emerging counterculture movements.MORE about Hippie Modernism, cinema and counterculture

Special event: To Aleppo Gone, an evening of Syrian culture

Thursday, February 23 | 6-9 p.m. | TBD UC Berkeley Campus
Poetry reading from Berkeley faculty, stage reading of Mohammad al-Attar, performance by spoken word artist Omar Offendum, and music by members of Disoriental: Berkeley's MENA Music Ensemble.MORE about To Aleppo Gone, an evening of Syrian culture

Conference: The Trump administration's Northeast Asia policy

Thursday, February 23 | 2-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
This conference addresses the challenges of contemporary Northeast Asian security, focusing on the implications of the Trump administration’s policies for the region.MORE about The Trump administration's Northeast Asia policy

Film: Three short films by Sergei Loznitsa

Thursday, February 23 | 3:10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Life, Autumn presents a portrait of a small village in rural Russia, near the city of Smolensk, with its aging population. Despite the shortage of basic necessities, life carries on. In the strikingly visual, award-winning Factory, Loznitsa and his film crew observe the inner workings and rhythms at a factory during the course of one day. Landscape is an austere but absorbing formalist exercise.MORE about Three short films by Sergei Loznitsa

Music: Vivaldi's The Four Seasons with Nicola Benedetti and the Venice Baroque Orchestra

Friday, February 24 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Scottish violin star Nicola Benedetti joins the energetic Venice Baroque Orchestra for a concert of work by Vivaldi. His beloved Four Seasons showcases the rhythmic vitality and overflowing personality of this facile chamber group, blended with Benedetti's pure and gleaming tone. MORE about Vivaldi's The Four Seasons with Nicola Benedetti and the Venice Baroque Orchestra

Lecture: Why Mexico fell apart, and how to fix it

Friday, February 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
Political analyst Denise Dresser will speak about the demise of the "Mexican Moment" due to corruption, the mass kidnapping of students from Ayotzinapa, increasing violence, and economic mismanagement by the Peña Nieto administration. She will also focus on U.S.-Mexico relations in the Trump era, and what Mexican civil society and its political class can do to put the country on a better track.MORE about Why Mexico fell apart, and how to fix it

Botanical garden: Newt discovery station

Saturday, February 25 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Newts return! Each year, the winter rains prompt newts to migrate to the Garden’s Japanese Pool where their mating behaviors can be easily observed. The Garden is home to two newt species, Taricha torosa (California newt) and Taricha granulosa (rough-skin newt). Docents will be on hand to provide garden visitors with an up-close look at newts at all stages of their life cycle, and to answer questions about these amazing and adorable animals.MORE about Newt discovery station

Film: Bitter Victory

Saturday, February 25 | 5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In 1942, two British officers in the Libyan desert lead a commando raid to steal secret papers from Rommel's headquarters, all the while locked in bitter personal conflict. Richard Burton is compelling as Captain Leith, a seeming idealist. In the other corner is Curd Jürgens's Major Brand, whose acts of cowardice reflect both a disquieting personality trait and a calculated revenge born of jealousy. MORE about <em>Bitter Victory</em>

Film: Moses and Aaron

Sunday, February 26 | 1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Acclaimed as one of the best opera films ever made, this adaptation of Schoenberg’s 1930’s opus represented a labor of love for Straub-Huillet, taking over fifteen years to fund. A camera, a landscape (the Roman Alba Fucense amphitheater), and direct sound recording is all they need to portray the sweeping tale of Biblical belief and punishment, and its framing of the eternal battle between idea and form. MORE about <em>Moses and Aaron</em>

Music: Bang on a Can All-Stars and Cappella SF

Sunday, February 26 | 7 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Luminaries of the new music world, the chamber ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars joins with Cappella SF for a performance of founding member Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize-winning Anthracite Fields. The poignant oratorio weaves together oral histories, personal interviews, speeches, and local lore with electro-acoustic chamber music to tell the stories of Pennsylvania coal miners and their families at the turn of the 20th century.MORE about Bang on a Can All-Stars and Cappella SF

Lecture: Black Lives Matter in the age of Trump

Monday, February 27 | 5-7 p.m. | 150 University Hall
In this dynamic public talk, noted #blacklivesmatter community organizer Frank Leon Roberts (cofounder of the National Black Justice Coalition and professor of the nation’s first BlackLivesMatter college course) offers 10 original frameworks for approaching and understanding the contemporary movement for black lives.MORE about Black Lives Matter in the age of Trump

Lecture: Jenna Wortham and Nadia Ellis

Monday, February 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Osher Theater Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Jenna Wortham is technology reporter and staff writer for the New York Times Magazine. Nadia Ellis is associate professor of English at UC Berkeley and author of Territories of the Soul: Queered Belonging in the Black Diaspora.MORE about Jenna Wortham and Nadia Ellis

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