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Lecture: Congo, war(s) without end?
Monday, April 20 | 12-2 p.m. | 219 Dwinelle Hall

Soldiers in the CongoDaniel Fahey, a UC Berkeley alum and former investigator for the UN Security Council, will share insights about armed conflicts, natural resources, and the role of the United Nations in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Fahey was coordinator and finance expert on the UN Group of Experts on DRC, which is mandated by the Security Council to study armed groups, grave human rights violations, and the illicit trade in natural resources. He is currently an independent consultant and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for African Studies.

Lecture: Paul Goldberger, the generic city
Monday, April 20 | 4:10 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House

Paul GoldbergerPaul Goldberger professor of design and architecture at The New School in New York City, has been called “the leading figure in architecture criticism” by the Huffington Post. In this lecture he will discuss whether cities are becoming more and more the same, and why, and what the implications for this are. Goldberger is also a celebrated author and winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism.

Lecture: Sexual assault, consent and criminal law
Monday, April 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 134 Boalt Hall, School of Law

Berkeley Law logoConsent, in Canadian criminal law, is the legal dividing line between sexual contact which is criminal (when consent is absent or can not be given) and all other sexual engagement. As such, it is a critically important legal term of art. The legal definition of consent plays a crucial role in establishing the elements of the crime of sexual assault. Yet despite statutory and judicial attempts to determine its boundaries, the meaning of consent remains fraught, complex and inextricably bound up with social attitudes and expectations about gender and sexual relationships. This lecture will examine some of the key and leading sexual assault cases decided by the Supreme Court of Canada, situating them within their broader contexts.

Exhibit: Geographies of Innovation
March 30 – April 24, 2015 every day | 121 Wurster Hall

Graphic of the exhibit Geographies of InnovationGeographies of Innovation reveals a history of design innovation at the intersection of landscape, technology, infrastructure, and ecology as represented by patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office from the late 19th through the mid 20thcentury. The exhibition presents new perspectives and historical research on ecological technology, landscape systems, and green infrastructure across a range of scales, from the invention of the vertical garden in the 1930’s, to living and dynamic levees systems prototyped in the late 19th century.

Special event: Earth Week 2015
April 19 – 26, 2015 every day | UC Berkeley Campus

Earth Week logoCelebrate Earth Week with a series of special events across the Berkeley campus. Enjoy lectures, music, games and more. Browse the calendar for a complete schedule.

Course: The rise and future of the food movement
January 26 – April 27, 2015 every Monday with exceptions | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Live streaming

Mark BittmanA UC Berkeley course with live streaming open to the public.

The food system is multi-disciplinary and complex, involving agroecology, agronomy, anthropology, economics, nutrition, sociology, and the arts. In this course, experts on organic agriculture, school lunch reform, food safety, hunger and food security, farm bill reform, farm-to-school efforts, urban agriculture, food sovereignty, and local food economies will offer perspectives making the food system more sustainable and equitable. Instructor: Garrison Sposito; co-hosts: food writer Mark Bittman and poet Robert Hass.

April 8 – 29, 2015 every day | 108 Wurster Hall

Exhibition graphicUrban Infrastructure Goes Soft. This interdisciplinary design initiative was the work of visiting professor Sheila Kennedy. The HERE THERE exhibit will include recent projects by KVA Matx, and full scale design prototypes by Berkeley students for pop-up solar streetlights, portable vaccine carriers and dispensary kits. New materials, fabrication techniques and project delivery methods for urban infrastructure in energy, global health and water will be explored.

Exhibit: Close to home yet far away
March 2 – June 12, 2015 every day | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Emiko goes to College painting by Craig NagasawaA painting can reside simultaneously in its material presence—physical, colored minerals, their arrangements on paper or silk—and its illusory presence—the evocation of illusion, forming in the viewer a convincing belief in the presence of space and time. The exchange between the real and the imagined is a perceptual experience where the personal and the public, the local and the foreign can exist simultaneously. Artist Craig Nagasawa uses the techniques of ancient Japanese painting in his work. He reconstructed these time-consuming processes as both a form of resistance to cultural erasure and an acknowledgement of the existence of a space where the personal and the public, the local and the foreign can coexist.

Film: Wildest Weather in the solar system 3D
February 7 – June 12, 2015 every day | 10:30 a.m. | National Geographic 3D Theater Lawrence Hall of Science

Wildest Weather in the Solar System film stillWitness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system, shown in 3D at the Lawrence Hall of Science. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you'll be glad you live on Earth! Fly through the thick atmosphere of Venus, magnetic storms on the sun, liquid methane showers on Titan, and anticyclones whirling at hundreds of miles per hour on Jupiter.

 $4 plus admission

Exhibit: Berkeley's Ivory Tower, the Campanile at 100
February 16 – November 2, 2015 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Rowell Cases Bancroft Library

Campanile under constructionSather Tower, also known as the Campanile, looms large both as a physical structure and as the most widely recognized symbol of the Berkeley campus. This exhibition celebrates the centennial of the landmark through holdings from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library's manuscript and pictorial collections.

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Special event: Distinguished Teaching Award ceremony
Tuesday, April 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse

Distinguished teaching award recipientsFive outstanding UC Berkeley faculty have been selected as recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award, the campus’s most prestigious honor for teaching. The award recognizes teaching that incites intellectual curiosity in students, engages them thoroughly in the enterprise of learning, and has a lifelong impact.

Information session: Alameda County District Attorney, engaging communities and empowering victims
Tuesday, April 21 | 12-2:30 p.m. | Sproul Plaza

Graphic for National Crime Victims' rights weekThe Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and the Alameda County Family Justice Center are hosting forums in your community to listen to you, answer your questions and provide important information about victims’ rights and resources.

Lecture: The antibiotics crisis, healthcare and human costs of drug resistance
Tuesday, April 21 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Banatao Audtitorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Michael Pollan, Lee Riley, Maryn McKenna and Piero GarzaroThis provocative panel will discuss the antibiotics crisis, its roots in our methods of industrialized livestock production, and the associated costs to the health care system. This event will be webcast live and posted afterwards for later viewing. Panelists include Maryn McKenna, science journalist and author; Dr. Lee Riley, UC Berkeley professor of infectious diseases; Michael Pollan, author and UC Berkeley professor of journalism; Dr. Piero Garzaro, regional infectious diseases chair from the Permanente Medical Group Northern California.

RSVP by April 17 online.

Dance: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Tuesday, April 21 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Alvin Ailey dancersIn modern masterpieces like Revelations and in new works by next-generation choreographers, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater conveys the panorama of American cultural experience through powerful movement and graceful fluidity. Artistic director Robert Battle has been praised for invigorating the company's repertoire, bringing in energetic young choreographers and mounting compelling works that stimulate the imaginations of its dynamic dancers. The company returns to UC Berkeley for its annual residency.

Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

Exhibit: The Secret Language of Flowers
January 27 – June 26, 2015 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

Botanical drawingIn 1984, The Magnes acquired a portfolio of botanical drawings by Shmuel (Samuel) Lerner, a Ukraine-born amateur artist from California. While Lerner’s biography and many details surrounding this work remain obscure, today his drawings open for us a unique window into the landscape, the history and the languages of Israel in the period immediately following the establishment of the State. The exhibition features a selection of 26 botanical drawings from 1949, complete with the author's annotations about plants, places, and language.

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Book Chat: Winnie Wong, Van Gogh on Demand
Wednesday, April 22 | 12-1 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Book jacket for Van Gogh on DemandUC Berkeley professor of rhetoric Winnie Wong specializes in the history and present of artistic authorship, with a focus on interactions between China and the West. Her book, Van Gogh on Demand: China and the Readymade (University of Chicago Press, 2014), explores contemporary art in the world's largest production center for oil-on-canvas painting, Dafen village, China. The book argues that the global contemporary art world is shaped by two powerful ideas: the postmodern assertion of "the death of the author" and the universalist notion that "everybody is an artist." Wong focuses on an unlikely case of global art production, China's Dafen Oil Painting Village, a production center of eight thousand Chinese painters who produce five million oil paintings per year, sourced from the Western art canon and made for the world's retail and wholesale markets.

Lecture: Tom Laqueur on museums and construction of narrative
Wednesday, April 22 | 12-1 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

Tom LaqueurCreating a good exhibition generally depends on the ability of the curator and the museum staff to tell a good story. What is needed is not so much a variety of interesting objects as a definite focus on narrative, with which the audience can interact. Join UC Berkeley professor of history Thomas W. Laqueur in a discussion about the challenges that museums face today in telling and preserving narratives. On display will be several objects and works of art showcasing the breadth of The Magnes Collection.

Lecture: Managing water scarcity for future cities
Wednesday, April 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 310, Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Erik PorseUrban water infrastructure systems must meet future challenges in managing water quantity and quality in growing cities worldwide. Information and monitoring technologies will play an important role. The emergence of wireless sensors and smartphones have created opportunities to understand and better manage —in real-time— the behavior of critical infrastructures, including their response to disruptive events. Metropolitan Los Angeles is promoting a significant transition to greater local reliance for water supplies, using stormwater capture, recycled water, and groundwater banking to reduce reliance on imported water sources. New information technology and monitoring capabilities will help fill information gaps created by the region's institutionalized system of water governance. Erik Porse, professor of environment at UCLA, will discuss these developments.

registration required for lunch at UC Berkeley. Register online.

Special event: John Galen Howard walking tour
Wednesday, April 22 | 2:30-6 p.m. | Stebbins Lounge Women's Faculty Club

John Galen HowardPresentation, walking tour and reception in celebration of John Galen Howard, designer of the UC Berkeley campus core buildings. The celebration will include:
2:30 p.m. - Student presentations at the Women's Faculty Club
3:30 - Student led tours of Howard's existing buildings
5:00 - Reception at the Women's Faculty Club

RSVP by April 20 by calling Front Desk Staff - The Women's Faculty Club at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk Staff - The Women's Faculty Club at

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Lecture: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem
Thursday, April 23 | 5-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

Menachem KleinMost accounts of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict see events through the eyes of policy-makers, generals or diplomats. Menachem Klein will offer an alternative by telling the intertwined histories, from street level upwards, of three cities — Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron — and their intermingled Jewish, Muslim and Christian inhabitants, from the nineteenth century to the present. Each of them was and still is a mixed city. This talk will portray a society in the late Ottoman period in which Jewish-Arab interactions were intense, frequent and meaningful, before the onset of segregation and separation gradually occurred in the Mandate era. Klein also scrutinizes the unequal power relations and increasing violence between Jews and Arabs from 1948 onwards.

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