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Music: Daryl Hall and John Oates
Saturday, August 29 | 8 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre

Starting out as two devoted disciples of earlier soul greats, Daryl Hall & John Oates are soul survivors in their own right. They have become such musical influences on some of today's popular artists that the September 2006 cover of Spin Magazine's headline read: "Why Hall and Oates are the New Velvet Underground." One of the most sampled artists today, their impact can be heard everywhere from boy band harmonies, to neo-soul to rap-rock fusion.

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Lawrence Hall of Science: Animal discovery room
June 13 – August 30, 2015 every day | 1:30-4 p.m. | Animal Discovery Room Lawrence Hall of Science

Harold the Gopher SnakeHow does warmer weather change an animal's appetite, behavior or coat? Meet a friendly new animal every 30 minutes in the Animal Discovery Room and discover the answers to these questions and more.

 Free with admission
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Exhibit: Paper, rock, pixels
May 26 – August 30, 2015 every day | Environmental Design Library, Wurster room 210 Wurster Hall

The exhibit Paper, Rock, Pixels revisits design projects after ten, twenty, fifty, or more years into their tenure as elements in the fabric of San Francisco. Drawings, plans, and models from the Environmental Design Archives are paired with contemporary photographs of residences, institutional buildings, commercial structures, and landscapes to see how they have responded to use and time.

Multimedia exhibit: Searching for other Earths
June 13 – August 30, 2015 every day | 2 p.m. | Planetarium Lawrence Hall of Science

Lawrence Hall of Science logoWhat is an exoplanet, and how do you find them? What is a transit and how did NASA's Kepler mission use them to discover more alien planets than ever before? Try hunting for exoplanets with some simulated data. Is another Earth out there? Come join our planetarium show to find out.

 $4, plus admission
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Exhibit: Watercolors by Gary Bukovnik
August 25 – September 3, 2015 every day with exceptions | UC Botanical Garden

Watercolor paintingBay Area watercolorist, Gary Bukovnik, has brought the artist's eye to interpreting flowers for more than 30 years. At a time when modern American artists seem to have abandoned floral works, Bukovnik has made an illustrious career painting vibrant compositions of flowers.
Bukovnik's work has appeared in many major art museums including the de Young, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Smithsonian. This exhibition will be held in the Julia Morgan Building at the UC Botanical Garden.

 Free with Garden Admission
Register by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing

Lawrence Hall of Science: Science fiction, science future
May 23 – September 7, 2015 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Guests marvel at acrylic digital panelsCuriosity, innovation and imagination underpin many scientific discoveries, just as science fiction stories do. Science Fiction | Science Future brings to life innovations and inventions that were once considered only possible in film and literature. You'll see how science and technology are advancing all the time, and changing the way we live.

 Free with admission
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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.


Special event: The millet project exhibit
Sunday, August 30 | 12-5 p.m. | UC Gill Tract Community Farm,  San Pablo Ave at Marin, Albany

milletWith a generous seed grant from the Berkeley Food Institute in 2015, we are beginning to explore the traditions of cultivating millets, and further introducing them into the community and in our diets. For the last few months, the Millet Project team and collaborators have been working hard - farming four types of millets in CA, educating our community about the awesomeness of these highly nutritious, drought-tolerant, and gluten-free grains, and cooking up a storm and learning with our family and friends about tasty millet recipes. Join us at the UC Gill Tract community farm.

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Reception: Watercolors with Gary Bukovnik
Sunday, August 30 | 6-8 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Watercolor by BukovnikJoin us at the UC Botanical garden for a reception with watercolor artist Gary Bukovnik. A watercolor demonstration will be followed by a Q&A with the artist. Paintings will be auctioned off, wine and refreshments will be served in the garden.

 $50, $40 members
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Author talk: Poile Sengupta
Monday, August 31 | 5-7 p.m. | 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) Stephens Hall

Poile SenguptaPoile Sengupta visited UC Berkeley last in 2010, as a well-known playwright from India, discussing and reading from her anthology of plays, Women Centre Stage. Sengupta returns to discuss her first novel for adults, Inga, published in 2014 to critical acclaim. Sengupta will talk with Poulomi Saha, assistant professor of English at UC Berkeley, whose research and teaching interests span postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality theory, and ethnic American literature.

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.

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Special event: Art for your apartment
Wednesday, September 2 | 5-6 p.m. | Morrison Room Doe Library

The best way to appreciate art is to live with it! Learn about the Graphic Arts Loan Collection, a unique service for UCB students, faculty and staff since 1958. Find framed art prints you can bring home and hang on your wall. . A brief presentation on the Graphic Arts Loan Collection (its history, what's available, and how to borrow) will be followed by ample time to browse representative works.

Colloquium: Identity based motivation
Wednesday, September 2 | 12-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Daphna OysermanPeople procrastinate, start too late, invest too little and give up too quickly to attain important self-goals. In this talk University of Southern California professor, Daphna Oyserman will focus on identity-based motivation to understand why that might be. What do people infer about the relevance of their future self to their current choices? What determines the behavioral consequences? Oyserman will present experiments from this ongoing line of research that highlight both the interpretation and the possibility that effects are in part culture- and social identity-bound.

Seminar: Drones in agriculture
Wednesday, September 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 310, Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Drone flying over farmlandA chicken in every pot, a car in every garage, and a drone in every barn? UAVs have been promised to revolutionize agriculture and Daniel McKinnon from 3D Robotics looks forward to sharing what has and hasn't worked for drones in agriculture with the UC Berkeley community. In this discussion McKinnon wil focus on optimizing fertilizer for row crops, selecting the finest grapes in vineyards, saving water for pistachio growers, and much more.

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Social event: Black alumni week
September 2 – 6, 2015 every day with exceptions | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Memorial Glade

The Black Alumni club will host a tailgate party, book signing and discussion with Provost Claude Steele, educational forum and student group day and yard show. The University of California, Berkeley Black Alumni Club is committed to serving and uniting Black alumni and students of UC Berkeley. BAC’s mission includes the recruitment of prospective students; retention, development, and matriculation of existing students; and networking and career advancement opportunities for alumni. For a complete schedule of events, click here.

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Lecture: Understanding the Iranian nuclear deal
Thursday, September 3 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Professor KroenigMatthew Kroenig, associate professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University, will dissect the Iranian nuclear deal and discuss possible outcomes resulting from the deal. Kroenig formerly served as an adviser on Iran policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Lunch poems: Series kick-off
Thursday, September 3 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Robert Hass at Lunch Poems readingHosted by Robert Hass, this event features distinguished faculty and staff from a wide range of disciplines introducing and reading a favorite poem. This year’s participants: First Lady of UC-Berkeley Janaki Bahkle (History), Joan Bieder (Journalism), Nadia Ellis (English), Hannah Ginsborg (Philosophy), Coach Lindsay Gottlieb (Women’s Basketball), William F. Hanks (Anthropology), Liladhar Pendse (Library), and Ken Ueno (Music).

Lecture: Is a sustainable global economy possible?
Thursday, September 3 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 150 University Hall

Chris MartensonThis is the truly existential question facing the current generation of students, staff and faculty at Cal. Dr. Chris Martenson, founder of Peak Prosperity and author of The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future of Our Economy, Energy, and Environment, will set out to answer this question.

Author talk: Konrad Jarausch, Out of the Ashes
Thursday, September 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

Book jacket for Out of the AshesKonrad Jarausch’s book Out of Ashes is a sweeping history of twentieth-century Europe, an era of unparalleled violence and barbarity yet also of humanity, prosperity, and promise. The book and lecture explore the central paradox of the European encounter with modernity in the twentieth century, shedding new light on why it led to cataclysm, inhumanity, and self-destruction, but also social justice, democracy, and peace.

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Seminar: Innovative healthcare in the palm of your hand
Friday, September 4 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

In this talk, UC Berkeley professor of bioengineering, Luke Lee, will present how the world’s healthcare crisis and the fundamental problems of current medicine in a grain of iSAND (integrative Science, Arts, Nanomedicine, and Digital technology), and find solutions in nature for preventive medicine and healthy environment. He will discuss examples of creative healthcare innovations and a vision of digital healthcare in the developing world.

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