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Social event: Pet hugs on Sproul
Tuesday, September 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Sproul Plaza

Girl hugging dogCome and get some much needed stress relief with our awesome therapy dogs from Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)! We will be on Sproul Plaza Tuesday, September 1, 12-1pm. Studies show interaction with companion animals lowers blood pressure, reduces anxiety and otherwise improves one’s physical and mental health.

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
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5132.

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: 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.

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.

Register online.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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).

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Presentation: A spoken word monologue by Guillermo Gómez Peña
Friday, September 4 | 7-9 p.m. | Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

Guillermo Gómez PeñaGómez Peña has spent many years developing his unique solo style, “a combination of embodied poetry, performance activism and theatricalizations of postcolonial theory.” In his ten books, as in his live performances (with his troupe La Pocha Nostra), digital art, videos and photo performances, he pushes the boundaries still further, exploring what’s left for artists to do in a repressive global culture of censorship, paranoid nationalism and what he terms “the mainstream bizarre.”

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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Football: Cal vs. Grambling
Saturday, September 5 | 2 p.m. | Memorial Stadium

Football playersThe Golden Bears kick off the 2015 football season by hosting Grambling State at Memorial Stadium.

Conference: In honor of Thomas Laqueur
September 5 – 6, 2015 every day | Social Science Matrix, 8th Floor, Barrows Hall

Thomas LaqueurA pioneer of the new cultural history, Tom Laqueur is a historian of immense range and creativity who has set intellectual landmarks across a number of fields. His work on the body and gender, on sex, and on death has mapped out a provocative, often counter-intuitive set of arguments that have opened up new subjects for historical study. On his 70th birthday and in his 43rd year as a faculty member at Berkeley, Tom’s students, friends and colleagues gather to celebrate him and his contributions to the university and his fields of study.

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Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Tuesday, September 8 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute logoLearn something new this Fall! OLLI @Berkeley has more than 30 courses and workshops for adults over 50. Many courses are taught by emeritus faculty from UC Berkeley. Learn more about OLLI's programs and hear directly from instructors about the courses and workshops they will be teaching.

Colloquium: Korean Son Buddhist meditation
Tuesday, September 8 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Dharma Master Hwansan SunimThe word “spirituality” is often used these days, but rarely specifically defined. What do “spirituality” and “spiritual practice” actually mean? In this day and age when institutional religion has become such an object of intellectual mistrust, it’s become fashionable to think of “spirituality” and “religion” as two distinct but related cultural phenomena or personal experiences. The Korean Son Buddhist meditative tradition has its own approach to the issue of “spirituality.” One that is not at odds with scientific findings or the ethical principles of modern democracy and human rights. Dharma Master Hwansan Sunim graduated from Harvard University in 1987 with a B.A. in The Comparative Study of Religion. In 1995, he received bhikku (senior) monastic precepts at Beomeosa monastery. From 1999-2001 Hwansan Sunim attended New York University, studying clinical psychology in the MA program.

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.

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Noon concert: Solo piano
Wednesday, September 9 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Drawing of pianist Arthur Jiang by Geores Buttner, Winfield PortraitsBerkeley student Arthur Jiang performs a solo piano concert. Works by Ravel include Gaspard de la Nuit and Valses nobles et sentimentales

 free and open to the public

Colloquium: The how of happiness
Wednesday, September 9 | 12-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Sonja LyubomirskyHappiness not only feels good; it is good. Happy people have more stable marriages, superior health, and higher incomes. Fortunately, experiments have shown that people can intentionally increase their happiness. Sonja Lyubomirsky will introduce the positive activity model, which explains when and why such practices as gratitude or kindness work “best.” This presentation will present new research on how small and simple activities can transform people into happier and more flourishing individuals.

Memorial: Campuswide annual memorial
Wednesday, September 9 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Flagpole west of California Hall California Hall

California HallJoin members of the campus community at this annual event to remember faculty, staff, student, emerti and retirees who died this past year. Please invite family and friends to attend.

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