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Holiday: Thanksgiving
November 26 – 27, 2015 every day | Academic & Administrative Holiday

Administrative and academic holiday.

Performance: Mummenschanz, the musicians of silence
November 27 – 28, 2015 every day | 2 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Mummenschanz on stageThe beloved Swiss mime troupe Mummenschanz is back with its signature combination of whimsy and grace, comedy and pathos. Clad in colorful, abstract costumes and masks, the company's four actors enact scenarios realistic and fantastic, in a magical collection of wordless, songless skits. For more than 40 years, the unique troupe has been charming international audiences of all ages.

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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: Behind the Beautiful Forevers
August 10, 2015 – January 1, 2016 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.

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Music: Holiday music on the carillon
Sunday, November 29 | 2-3 p.m. | Campanile (Sather Tower)

Campanile towerCarillon students of Jeff Davis, University Carillonist, present a concert of holiday music. Performers are Joey Cotruvo, Felix Hu ,Steven Karp, Kalvin Lee, Anders Lewis, Kunal Marwaha, and Vivi Nguyen.

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Lecture: Lessons from the Arab Spring
Monday, November 30 | 4-6 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House

Moncef Marzouki Dr. Moncef Marzouki is the first democratically elected president of Tunisia after the January 14th Revolution in 2011, a seminal moment in modern Arab history, which heralded the onset of multiple popular revolutions throughout the Arab world. Dr. Marzouki is Tunisia's first president in modern history to arrive at his position through fair and transparent elections. He is also a medical doctor, a human rights activist, and an author of numerous works on political philosophy in the Arab world.

Artist talk: Adrien Segal
Monday, November 30 | 7:30-9 p.m. | 310 Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Artwork by Adrien SegalAdrien Segal is a sculptural data artist and designer based in Oakland, CA. Her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums, and is published in several books and academic journals. Adrien has been an Artist in Residence at Facebook, the Bunnell Art Center in Homer, Alaska and at the Pier 9 Workshop in San Francisco. In this talk, Segal will share her design method that integrates scientific research, data visualization, aesthetic interpretation and materiality as a means to engage a broad audience and evoke dialogue, wonder, and consciousness about changes in our natural environment.

Panel discussion: Russia's military intervention in Syria
Monday, November 30 | 2-4 p.m. | Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Syrian Flaghat are the implications of Russia’s military intervention in Syria for the future of the Assad regime, the battle against ISIS, and US-Russian relations? Does Russia’s direct military involvement in the Syrian conflict create an opening for greater cooperation between Moscow and Washington on security issues, or will it worsen an already very tense relationship? What are Putin’s tactical and strategic goals in Syria, and what are Washington’s choices in responding to it? A panel of scholars from UC Berkeley, NYU and Mills College will discuss these questions.

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Film: El Gusto
Tuesday, December 1 | 7 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

Filmaker Safinez Bousbia tells the story of an orchestra of Jewish and Muslim musicians torn apart 50 years prior by the Algerian War and recently reunited for an exceptional concert. After the Algerian Independence in 1962, Jewish musicians fled to France while the Muslim musicians who remained became scattered throughout the vast city of Algiers, lost to each other and forgotten by the world. The surviving musicians reunite to form a 42-member orchestra called El Gusto and share in a passion they never lost: the soul of Algiers, Chaabi music.

Lecture: Consumer and data privacy security
Tuesday, December 1 | 12 p.m. | 205 South Hall

Joanne McNabbJoanne McNabb became director of privacy education & policy in the newly created Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit in the California Department of Justice in 2012. The unit protects Californians’ constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy through civil enforcement of state and federal privacy laws, educates consumers and businesses, and makes recommendations to the attorney general on privacy matters. She serves on the Privacy Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is a fellow of the Ponemon Institute, a research center on privacy, data protection, and information security policy. In this lecture she will discuss consumer data and the latest information on privacy and security.

Lecture: Saving Capitalism with Robert Reich
Tuesday, December 1 | 5:15-7 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House

Robert ReichIn his latest book, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few, Chancellor's Professor Robert Reich reveals how power and influence have created a new American oligarchy, a shrinking middle class, and the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity in eighty years. Join Professor Reich for a discussion on what we must do to rebuild our economic system and restore our democracy.

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Author talk: From Deep State to Islamic State, Jean-Pierre Filiu
Wednesday, December 2 | 4 p.m. | 340, Sultan Conference Room Stephens Hall

Book jacket for From Deep State to Islamic StateJean-Pierre Filiu discusses his new book, From Deep State to Arab State, revealing how the autocracies of Syria, Egypt, and Yemen crushed the democratic uprisings of the "Arab Revolution" by turning to the shadowy intelligence agencies and internal security arms of the so-called "Deep State" — emulating strategies pioneered in Kemalist Turkey — who had decades of experience in dealing with internal dissent, as well as to street gangs (the Baltaguiyya in Egypt) or death squads (the Shabbiha in Syria) to enforce their will. Alongside intimidation, imprisonment and murder, the Arab counter-revolutionaries released from prison and secretly armed and funded many hardline Islamists, thereby boosting Salafi–Jihadi groups such as Islamic State, in the hope of convincing the Western powers to back their dictatorships. They also succeeded in dividing the opposition forces ranged against them, going so far as to ruthlessly discard politicians and generals from among their own elite in the pursuit of absolute, unfettered, power. Prof. Filiu discusses the consequences of these strategies, and the current conflict in Syria.

Film: The Year We Thought About Love
Wednesday, December 2 | 7-9 p.m. | 150 D Moffitt Undergraduate Library

A behind the scenes look at of one of the oldest queer youth theaters in America. With wit, candor, and attitude, the cast of characters captivates audiences surprised to hear such stories in school settings-- a transgender teenager kicked out of her house, a devout Christian challenging his church’s homophobia, and a girl who prefers to wear boys’ clothing even as she models dresses on the runway. When bombs explode outside their building, the troupe becomes even more determined to share their stories of love to help heal their city.

Panel discussion: Attacks in Paris
Wednesday, December 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Booth Auditorium Boalt Hall, School of Law

Eiffel TowerWhat to say? What to think? What to do following the attacks in Paris? A panel of professors from UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and several French universities will discuss the attacks and aftermath.

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Lunch poems: Gregory Pardlo
Thursday, December 3 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Gregory PardloGregory Pardlo's collection Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Digest was also shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award and is a current finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem received the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007.

Author talk: Porter Shreve
Thursday, December 3 | 5-6 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Porter ShrevePorter Shreve’s first novel, The Obituary Writer, was a New York Times Notable Book; his second and third, Drives Like a Dream and When the White House Was Ours, were Chicago Tribune Books of the Year. His most recent, The End of the Book, was a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year. He has coedited six anthologies and published fiction, nonfiction, op-eds and book reviews in many journals, magazines and newspapers. Shreve teaches in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco and the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University. He lives with his wife and two children in the Bay Area.

Presentation: The global food system and its discontents
Thursday, December 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340, Sultan Conference Room Stephens Hall

By tracing the political economy of wheat in Egypt, we begin to understand the both the deep complexity and fragility of the food system and its impact within Egypt. Egypt imports more wheat than other country in the world and consumes more bread per person than any country in the world. Given this, how can we reevaluate the meaning of its 2011 revolution? This talk will explore the basic ingredients for Egypt's self-sufficiency, water and land, as well as the trade and aid policies that have pushed Egypt into a precarious cycle of dependency and instability. By focusing on financialization of global food system, this talk is set to clarify such an intricate global phenomenon, and to assess its outcomes on the poor and marginalized population of the Global South. In doing so, the talk will shed light on the state of global economy that shaped by financialization on issues like land grab, seed monopoly, foreign debt crisis, inequitable outcomes of foreign direct investment, and increase vulnerability of Global South national economies in terms of natural resources sustainability vis-à-vis the crisis of food system and the climate.

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Music: University Gospel Chorus
Friday, December 4 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

University Gospel Chorus on stageOften identified as the father of the modern and contemporary gospel music, this post-Thanksgiving concert pays tribute to Andre Crouch, the musical genius whose genre of modern and contemporary gospel will continue on even after his passing earlier this year.

 $16 General admission (all seats unreserved),  $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current & retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups of ten or more,  $5 UC Berkeley students (student ID required),  $free for music majors, music graduate students (with UCB student ID card) for music majors, music graduate students (with UCB student ID card)
Advance tickets from the Zellerbach Hall ticket office or at the door starting one hour before the performance. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

Noon concert: Chamber music
Friday, December 4 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Students in the chamber music ensembleStudents in the Music Department perform chamber music on
the Hertz Hall stage. Program to be announced.

 free and open to the public

Misc: Final flu shot clinic at Tang Center
Friday, December 4 | 12-5 p.m. | Education Center, first floor Tang Center, University Health Services

Final flu shot clinic at the Tang Center for Fall 2015. Free for students with SHIP; $30 for staff, faculty, and members of the community (college age adults and above) and students without SHIP. No appointment is necessary. It's quick and easy!
Help yourself stay well this fall and winter. To protect yourself, you need a flu shot every year.

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Music: University Baroque ensemble
Saturday, December 5 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Students in the University Baroque EnsembleDavitt Moroney directs the University Baroque Ensemble in a performance of works by Bach, Handel, Corelli and Telemann.

 $16 General admission (all seats unreserved),  $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current & retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups of ten or more,  $5 UC Berkeley students (student ID required),  $free for music majors, music graduate students (with UCB student ID card) for music majors, music graduate students (with UCB student ID card)
Advance tickets from the Zellerbach Hall ticket office or at the door starting one hour before the performance. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

Special event: Berkeley Tiltfest scavenger hunt
Saturday, December 5 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Campanile (Sather Tower)

Berkeley campus and campanileTiltfest is the combination of the Berkeley bucket lists of 20 of the most creative people you know, an amazing adventure for you and your friends, and a fun way to win some awesome prizes. The ultimate Berkeley scavenger hunt.

Workshop: Make a .gif card techtorial
Saturday, December 5 | 1-3 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Bring an image of yourself to life in ways you never thought possible. Create a unique holiday “.gif Card” for you friends and family while learning the basics of digital photography and Adobe Photoshop. What whacky animated images will you create?

 $60 $50 for Members
Register online, or by calling 510-642-5134, or by emailing

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Music: University Wind Ensemble
Sunday, December 6 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Hertz Hall stageThe University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Robert Calonico, welcomes special guests CSU East Bay Wind Symphony and Danielle Gaudry, conductor. The performance will includes Lotti/arr. Senturia Crucifixus a 10, Gorb Yiddish Dances and McAllister Zing.

 $16 General admission (all seats unreserved),  $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current & retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups of ten or more,  $5 UC Berkeley students (student ID required),  $free for music majors, music graduate students (with UCB student ID card) for music majors, music graduate students (with UCB student ID card)
Advance tickets from the Zellerbach Hall ticket office or at the door starting one hour before the performance. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

Music: Garrick Ohlsson
Sunday, December 6 | 3 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Garrick OhlssonRecognized for the power and subtlety of his approach, which is informed by a deep understanding of the logic underpinning complex compositions, Garrick Ohlsson plays two monumental works: Schubert's imaginative four-movement Wanderer Fantasy and Beethoven's rhythmically complex Op. 110 sonata. Ohlsson also performs selections from a favorite piece, Enrique Granados's captivating Goyescas, inspired by the paintings of Goya.

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