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Author talk: The End Game
Tuesday, October 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Wildavsky Conference Room 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)

Book cover for The End GameGrowing old presents physical problems for everyone. However, when these problems occur and how people confront them are mediated by inequalities that reflect persistent socioeconomic, racial, and gender divides. The End Game (Harvard University Press 2015) shows how inequality structures social life in old age - and what examining old age can tell us about the mechanisms of inequality more generally. This talk explains how and why health disparities, unequal material resources, social networks, and culture extend inequality into seniors’ final years and ultimately shape the strategies that may or may not enable people to persevere.

Lecture: Do you have a plan for saving the world? Ben Ferencz does
Tuesday, October 13 | 12:45-2 p.m. | Room 132 Boalt Hall, School of Law

Benjamin FerenczWhat if your first criminal trial was at Nuremberg? At the age of 27, Benjamin Ferencz became Chief Prosecutor for the United States in The Einsatzgruppen Case. Now 96, he is the sole surviving Nuremberg war crimes prosecutor. He has spent his entire career working to create an effective legal response to the illegal use of armed force. He was one of the leading figures in the creation of the International Criminal Court in 1998, and continues to advocate for justice and accountability. Please join us for this special event.

Colloquium: Imagining the University
Tuesday, October 13 | 4-5 p.m. | Evans Hall

Ronald BarnettThe range of ideas of what a university should be is narrow and dominated by the idea of the entrepreneurial university. As a consequence, the debate is impoverished. Accordingly, we need not just more ideas of the university but better ideas. A move towards a feasible utopia would be a reimagined ecological university. Such an idea would have considerable implications for the way in which we design curricula, for our approaches to teaching and for our understanding as to what it is to be a student. The ecological university is a unique take on higher education that is especially suited to the contemporary world. Join us as we imagine the university with Ron Barnett, professor emeritus at the Institute of Education, London.

Panel discussion: The migrant crisis in Europe
Tuesday, October 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Migrants on boatThree panelists will come together to give insight and perspective into the ongoing migrant crisis currently happening in Europe. Keith Watenpaugh (UC Davis), Jason Wittenberg (UC Berkeley), and Beverly Crawford (UC Berkeley) will speak on the Middle Eastern, East European, and EU involvement in the crisis. Following the panel will be a Q&A for further discussion of the topic.

Exhibit: Behind the Beautiful Forevers
August 10 – October 16, 2015 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library

Book jacket for Behind the Beautiful ForeversBehind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity won the National Book Award (2012) and The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among many other prizes, and has appeared on numerous “best books of the year” lists. It is also the reading selection for this year’s On the Same Page program, and the focus of numerous public events and courses this Fall. This exhibit in the lobby of Moffitt Library showcases the variety of library collections pertaining to the book, including dissertations, scholarly journal articles, government documents, personal narratives, maps, pictorial works, statistics, magazine and newspaper articles, DVDs and children’s literature.

Exhibit: Exceptional expositions
September 8 – December 16, 2015 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

Exceptional Expositions presents the architecture and landscape of two world’s fairs held in the San Francisco Bay Area; the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) of 1915 and the Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE) of 1939. Original architectural and landscape drawings, photographs, and ephemera from the Environmental Design Archives, Visual Resources Center, and Environmental Design Library illustrate how each exposition was planned, designed, and experienced.

Exhibit: Multitudes, the paintings of Andres Waissman
August 27 – December 18, 2015 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Painting by Andres WaissmanAndres Waissman’s work conveys not only a visual but also a deep philosophical and political statement—a whole body of thought rendered through images. In 2005, the book Waissman/A pilgrim artist by Rodrigo Alonso was published and his life and work was the subject of a PBS documentary by Eduardo Montes Bradley entitled Waissman (2010). The artist currently lives and works in Argentina where he created Studio Cri Program, a space for young artists to work and discuss their work.

Exhibit: Nothing About Us, Without US
September 18, 2015 – February 12, 2016 every day | Bernice Layne Brown Gallery Doe Library

Graphic for the 25th anniversary of ADAThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. The exhibition draws on the history of the Disabled, the activism of the 1970s, and events which led to the passage of the ADA.

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Lecture: Turmoil and opportunities in the Middle East
Wednesday, October 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Matthew SpenceMatthew Spence is the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for U.S. policy in the Middle East. In this lecture he will discuss the situation in the Middle East and his perspective on current opportunities. Before taking up his current post, Matt served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economics on the National Security Council at the White House. He was responsible for coordinating the U.S. government’s economic strategy for countries in transition, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, and other trade and investment issues. He traveled with the President to over a dozen countries and briefed and planned visits of the National Security Advisor to China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. He is the co-founder of the Truman National Security Project, a national security leadership development institute based in Washington, DC.

Noon concert: University Baroque Ensemble
Wednesday, October 14 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Musicians of the Baroque Ensemble performing on stageThe University Baroque Ensemble, under the direction of Davitt Moroney, will perform music by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Johann Christian Pez and Antonio Vivaldi.

 free and open to the public

Lecture: Modern society and natural disasters
Wednesday, October 14 | 4:10 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House

Lucy JonesAlthough many recent advances, such as building codes and construction techniques, have reduced some aspects of risk to natural disasters, other features of modern society— including population density and the networking of transportation, power facilities, and communications systems—have led to increased vulnerability to natural disasters in California and beyond. Dr. Lucy Jones will discuss and answer questions about interdisciplinary research to measure the vulnerabilities of modern society and ways to increase society’s ability to respond to future events. Dr. Lucy Jones has been a seismologist with the US Geological Survey and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech since 1983. She leads long-term science planning for natural hazards research and the application of hazards research science to develop resilience in communities.

Litquake: Playing with words with OLLI faculty writers
Wednesday, October 14 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley

Litquake logoAs part of the Litquake 2015 festival, enjoy this discussion with faculty writers at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Berkeley. Faculty members sharing their writing include Tamim Ansary, Lynne Kaufman, Philippa Kelly, Cary Pepper and Hugh Richmond.

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Lecture: The challenges of science communication
Thursday, October 15 | 4:10 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House

Dr. Lucy JonesA fundamental of scientific analysis is the rejection of stories. Anecdotes can mislead you and solid analysis of the data is needed to ensure that coincidence is not mistaken for correlation. But one of the fundamentals of communication is the human need for stories to make an emotional connection to the information provided. This talk explores the successes and challenges in bridging this gap between scientists and the larger public. Dr. Lucy Jones has been a seismologist with the US Geological Survey and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech since 1983. She leads long-term science planning for natural hazards research and the application of hazards research science to develop resilience in communities.

Lecture: Steven Chu, a random walk through science
Thursday, October 15 | 6-7 p.m. | Wheeler Auditorium

Steven ChuScience does not always advance with a clear vision, and scientific trajectories, unlike Newtonian mechanics, seldom follow predictable pathways. Steven Chu recalls his “walk through science,” which started at UC Berkeley with Professor Eugene Commins, followed by work at Bell Labs and Stanford. The positions of director of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Secretary of Energy will be discussed in the context of climate change and sustainable energy. Steven Chu is a Nobel laureate and an alumni of UC Berkeley.

Lecture: Feminism and the abomination of violence
Thursday, October 15 | 5-7 p.m. | Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall Wheeler Hall

Jacqueline RoseFeminism rightly sees one of its most important tasks as the exposure of, and struggle against, violence towards women. In the twenty-first century this violence shows no sign of decreasing. In this lecture, Jacqueline Rose will argue that because the discourse on violence has tended to be appropriated by radical feminist thinking—violence is not only, but also exclusively, what men do to women—the question of violence, as part of psychic reality, has become something that feminism repudiates. Rose will explore two women thinkers who placed violence at the core of their life’s work: Hannah Arendt and Melanie Klein, both of whom track the complex relation between violence in the world and in the mind. Jacqueline Rose is internationally known for her writing on feminism, psychoanalysis, literature and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She is a professor at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.

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Lecture: Jacqueline Rose and Judith Butler
Friday, October 16 | 4-6 p.m. | Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Jacqueline Rose and Judith ButlerAre there ethical and political distinctions to be made between aggression, force, and violence? How should we think about the relationship between violence in the world and in the mind? Can we decide any of these matters outside of a critical analysis of discourse and context? Is feminism the framework within which these questions can be usefully pursued? What might be the place of psychoanalysis in this discussion? Theorists and professors Jacqueline Rose and Judith Butler have both written on feminism, psychoanalysis, war, and violence. They continue their ongoing discussion of these matters in this public conversation.

Noon concert: Theodora Serbanescu-Martin, piano
Friday, October 16 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Theodora Serbanescu-MartinTheodora Serbanescu-Martin, piano soloist, will perform Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 28, op. 101 and Brahms Variations on a Theme of Handel, op. 24.

 free and open to the public

Lecture: Bernie Roth, design thinking at work and home
Friday, October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall, 2530 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Jacobs Design Conversations logoBernie Roth will share his insights with Berkeley's design innovation community. Dr. Roth is the Rodney H. Adams Professor of Engineering at Stanford University. The Academic Director and a co-founder of Stanford’s, he has published widely in the areas of design, creativity, education, kinematics and robotics, and he has received many awards for both his teaching and his research. He has organized workshops on creativity and personal effectiveness and has served as a board member of several corporations and professional organizations. His latest book, The Achievement Habit, was published by HarperCollins in July.

Register online.

Dance: Twyla Tharp 50th anniversary tour
October 16 – 18, 2015 every day | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Twyla TharpThis doublebill of premieres celebrates iconoclast choreographer Twyla Tharp's distinguished career. Tharp calls upon her decades of experience—in Hollywood films, television, the Broadway stage, and with ballet and modern dance companies alike—for this 50th anniversary program that proves time has only deepened and expanded her singular imagination. Performed with immaculate technique and joy by her fierce band of dancers, the program opens with a vibrant introductory Fanfare by composer John Zorn, followed by Preludes and Fugues and a new work set to J. S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier that radiates with Tharp's generous spirit and humanity. In the second premiere, Yowzie, Tharp's choreography runs rampant with the wild and raucous humor that she locates in the jazz of Henry Butler and Steven Bernstein.

 $40 and up
Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

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Science@Cal: Analyses of cometary and interstellar dust
Saturday, October 17 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

Wild 2 cometStardust was the first spacecraft ever to bring back to Earth extraterrestrial materials from beyond the Moon. It was two missions in one spacecraft. Stardust returned the first samples from a known primitive solar system body, the Jupiter-family comet Wild 2. Stardust also carried a separate collector that was exposed the interstellar dust stream for 200 days before the encounter with the comet. These tiny rocks — a trillion would fit into a teaspoon — were identified in the returned collector by a small army of more than 30,000 citizen scientists, through a project called Stardust@home. Dr. Andrew Westphal, Research Physicist and Senior Fellow at the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley, will present results of laboratory analyses of samples from both collectors.

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