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Botanical garden: Growing food in the Bay Area's secret season
Saturday, October 10 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Lettuce plants growing in potsJanuary through March is one of the best growing seasons of the Bay Area, and the one least utilized. Crops growing at this time use any rainfall they get to produce some of the most tender, crisp, and delectable harvests of our year. In this class you will learn will learn how to get the most from this least appreciated season. The Bay Area's vegetable garden guru, Pam Peirce, will explain how to select varieties for this time of year, when and how to start them, using winter's wild edibles, and what crops are best for winter-into-spring container gardens.

 $25/ $20 Garden members
Register online, or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing

Music: Beirut with guest Julia Holter
Saturday, October 10 | 8 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre

Beirut musiciansIf the darkest hour is right before the dawn, Zach Condon's dawn is the brightest point in his still-young career. He's found his true artistic identity as a songwriter – one that greatly abandons many of the formulas for which he was first known. The songwriter within Condon has always been there, albeit sonically veiled on past records. It's never been presented so prominently, and finds Beirut on its most stable and convincing footing yet.

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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.

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: 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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Dance: Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India
Sunday, October 11 | 7 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Bollywood Masala dancers and orchestraSixteen artists strong, the Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers take us on a lively musical journey from Rajasthan to Mumbai, in a colorful celebration of traditional and contemporary Indian music and dance. The repertoire is truly eclectic, from the electrifying rhythms of brass-band music to the lush melodies of classical instrumental music. The musicians play a mix of Indian and Western instruments such as bass and side drums, trombone, tabla, dholak, harmonium, and clarinet, accompanying singers and dancers in traditional Rajasthani songs, court dances, acrobatic routines, and, of course, the irresistible scores of Bollywood film soundtracks.

 $25 and up
Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

Music: Takács Quartet
Sunday, October 11 | 3 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Takacs QuartetThe Takács Quartet's recording of Schubert's Death and the Maiden ranks among the definitive recordings of that enduring work. The quartet complements Schubert's haunting lyricism with Haydn's bold and brilliant Quartet No. 1 from Op. 74, and Shostakovich's restless Quartet No. 3, composed during the turmoil of World War II at the height of the composer's confrontations with the Stalinist regime.

 $64 and up
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Lecture: Anne Frank house's empty rooms
Sunday, October 11 | 3-4 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Anne FrankEvery year, more than 1.2 million people visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. They patiently wait in line, sometimes for hours, to visit the empty rooms of the hiding place – to see the Secret Annex, which since its opening as a museum in 1960 serves as reminder of one of the darkest periods in human history. At the same time this unique place encourages us to reflect on its significance to our own lives. Yet, we must also ask ourselves, why do we need the tragedies of the past to inspire us to build a better future? Can history really teach us anything, and if so what, and how can we learn from it? Why do these empty rooms attract so many visitors? Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank house, will discuss his impressions.

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Colloquium: Historical legacies in East Asian international relations
Monday, October 12 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Seo-Hyun ParkIn the study of international relations in East Asia, it is almost taken as a given that historical memory or context influences foreign policy outcomes. But given that there are multiple historical “lessons” and “traumas” that inform contemporary security debates, it is important to ask which historical legacies matter in and what kinds of impact they have on international relations in the East Asian region. Seo-Hyun Park is Assistant Professor of Government and Law at Lafayette College. Her research interests include international security, alliance politics, national identity politics, causes of war, the role of sovereignty in international relations, and East Asian politics.

Lecture: Kaija Saariaho
Monday, October 12 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Photo of Kaija Saariaho by Maarit KytöhajuRenowned composer, Kaija Saariaho, discusses her history, process and works with moderator Matias Tarnopolsky, Director of Cal Performances, Edmund Campion, Professor of Music Composition and Director of CNMAT, and Mary Ann Smart, Professor of Historical Musicology.

 free and open to the public

Lecture: If only I can be myself
Monday, October 12 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

Ronald LeopoldOn April 11, 1944, Anne Frank wrote in her diary: “I know what I want, I have a goal, I have opinions, a religion and love. If only I can be myself, I'll be satisfied.”
In today’s European context with its rapidly changing multicultural societies, questions about identity – about who we are and what we want to be – take on a new dynamic. How can we be ourselves and at the same time give others the space to be themselves? What kinds of skills are required to take part in a society where people differ greatly from each other but still need to form a community together? What kinds of educational challenges do we face in the European quest for diverse identities? Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House, will discuss these questions.

Colloquium: Pension reform in public higher education
Monday, October 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 240 Bechtel Hall Bechtel Engineering Center

Center for Studies in Higher Education logoIn recent years as a result of severe economic conditions, a number of colleges and universities and state and local governments have significantly altered the manner in which their employee retirement programs are structured and funded. Changes have included moving from defined benefit to defined contribution programs and increasing employee or employer contributions. Benefits have been reduced or retiree contributions to these programs have been increased. In some states and institutions employee retirement programs have been chronically underfunded and this underfunding has resulted in significant future financial liabilities. A primary objective of the Center for the Study of Higher Education's Pension Reform in Public Higher Education Project was to identify and document major changes to retirement and postretirement benefit programs at colleges and universities. Included in this review were: the manner in which programs are funded; the types of programs and benefits offered (such as defined benefit or defined contribution programs); and whether health benefits are an employer and/or employee funded component of retirement programs. The project also examined how various programs are governed and administered.

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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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.

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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.

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.

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

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