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Seminar: The science of burnout

Saturday, April 29 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House
At this day-long seminar, led by Greater Good Science Center Science Director Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D.--with special guests celebrated compassion teacher Joan Halifax, Ph.D., burnout expert Christina Maslach, Ph.D., and UCLA psychiatrist Elizabeth Bromley, M.D., Ph.D.--you’ll explore the characteristics of burnout, its negative consequences, and the individual and organizational factors that make it more or less likely. MORE about The science of burnout

Special event: Remembering MLK at Cal

Saturday, April 29 | 2:15-3:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
Join us in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech at UC Berkeley. The commemoration will begin with an amplified recording of the original speech given by King on the steps of Sproul Hall. Afterwards the Student Union will re-dedicate its historic photograph, taken during King's speech, by the late Berkeley photographer Helen Nestor. This celebration is in conjunction with the Summer of Love 50th Anniversary festival.MORE about Remembering MLK at Cal

Botanical garden: Spring plant sale

Saturday, April 29 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Come to our annual Spring Plant Sale: Saturday, 4/29 from 10 am - 2 pm! We have a wide variety of plants to choose from, featuring drought tolerant plants.MORE about Spring plant sale

Special event: Water's extreme journey

January 29 – April 30, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science
Become a raindrop and go on an interactive adventure through a water-cycle-themed maze. Have fun riding the Watershed Zip Line, walk through a giant wetland, and snap a pic of your family "swimming" with the dolphins—all while developing a deeper understanding of your place in the water ecosystem.MORE about Water's extreme journey

Exhibit: War Ink

November 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017 every day | Brown Gallery (east wing) Doe Library
Photographs from the celebrated War Ink Project will be on display in Berkeley’s Doe Library. The exhibit features striking images of tattoos that express the impact of combat experiences on California veterans. Jason Deitch, co-creator of War Ink and a Cal veteran, hopes the display will “bridge the divide between the veterans and civilian communities.” MORE about War Ink

Exhibit: People Made These Things

April 12 – December 17, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 102 Kroeber Hall Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Why do we sometimes know a lot about who made things, and why do we sometimes not? Why does it sometimes matter to us, and why might it sometimes not? These are the questions that will be raised in the exhibit that will inaugurate the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s renovated Kroeber Hall Gallery. The Museum will display objects from the collection that urge visitors to think critically about how perceptions of makers have varied in different times and distant places. The newly redesigned space, replete with warm woods and comfortable seating areas, creates a pleasing environment for audiences of all kinds.MORE about People Made These Things

Film: Works from the Eisner Prize competition

Sunday, April 30 | 4:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
We are pleased to present this year’s prizewinners and runners-up in the film and video category of the Eisner Prize competition. The Eisner Prize is the highest award for creativity given on the UC Berkeley campus. Expect narratives, documentaries, experimental works, and animations. MORE about Works from the Eisner Prize competition

Music: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Sunday, April 30 | 3 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
The vivid musical imagination of French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau is brought to life in a lavish new staging of his opera-ballet Le temple de la gloire, featuring the inimitable Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, with leading proponents of period dance, the New York Baroque Dance Company. Rameau's first version of the score, with a libretto by Voltaire, was long thought lost—but the original 1745 manuscript was discovered in the UC Berkeley library, inspiring PBO's director, Nicholas McGegan, to mount this new production in collaboration with Cal Performances, the first staged version since the work's premiere at Versailles in 1745. MORE about Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Film: A Woman Under the Influence

Sunday, April 30 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
John Cassavetes’s masterpiece retains the power to unnerve with its raw, often harrowing depiction of a blue-collar Los Angeles family on the rocks. Gena Rowlands’s performance as Mabel Longhetti, wife of everyman Nick (Peter Falk) and mother of three, stands as a virtually unmatched tour de force. MORE about <em>A Woman Under the Influence</em>

Lecture: The future of media in the Trump era

Monday, May 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Osher Theater Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Dave Pell is the founder and editor of NextDraft, a curated compilation of daily news and analysis. Deirdre English is former editor-in-chief of Mother Jones magazine.MORE about The future of media in the Trump era

Lecture: The future of western democracies

Monday, May 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Moses Hall
In his most recent book In Defense of Freedom – How We Can Win the Battle for Our Open Societies, Ralf Fuecks analyses the reasons behind racism, nationalism, and the collapse of the political center. We are in the midst of a crisis of liberal democracy. The widespread fear of economic decline, unchecked globalization, and uncontrolled migration is resulting in increasingly nationalist rhetoric and policies. Trust in democratic institutions is declining, populist demagogues are on the rise. What is behind this political revolt, and how can we counter it? MORE about The future of western democracies

Special event: Anthropology on the frontlines, honoring Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Monday, May 1 | 1-7 p.m. | Alumni House
The Anthropology department is hosting an international conference with special guests to honor the life and work of Professor Nancy Scheper-Hughes during May 1st and 2nd. Several of our own UCB Anthropology PhD alumni and other distinguished anthropologists, social scientists, doctors, epidemiologists, investigative journalists will also be speaking at the two day event.MORE about Anthropology on the frontlines, honoring Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Exhibit: Women Who Figure, inspired by the mathematicians of Hidden Figures

April 24 – June 16, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | Mathematics Statistics Library (100 Evans) Evans Hall
Inspired by the book and film Hidden Figures, this exhibit focuses on the four women at its center and other women who have made important contributions to mathematics throughout history. The exhibit includes biographies about and books by these women - from Hypatia in 5th Century Alexandria to Maryam Mirzakhani in present-day America - as well as other books about African-Americans and women in mathematics from the Mathematics Statistics Library and other campus libraries.MORE about <em>Women Who Figure</em>, inspired by the mathematicians of <em>Hidden Figures</em>

Seminar: AI for enterprise security

Tuesday, May 2 | 1-2 p.m. | 205 South Hall
As part of a layered defense strategy, organizations rely on advanced analytics to monitor internal activity in real-time and on data indexing and processing tools to investigate incidents after the fact. However, these tasks remain human-intensive and their complexity is increasing, not only because sophisticated attacks are reducing their footprint, but also because more devices are logging information resulting in greater volumes of data that need to be monitored and analyzed. If we add the shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals to the equation, it is easy to understand why practitioners are turning to artificial intelligence to (somehow) bridge the gap.MORE about AI for enterprise security

Special event: Anthropology on the frontlines, honoring Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Tuesday, May 2 | 11 a.m.-8 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology
The Anthropology department is hosting an international conference with special guests to honor the life and work of Professor Nancy Scheper-Hughes during May 1st and 2nd. Several of our own UCB Anthropology PhD alumni and other distinguished anthropologists, social scientists, doctors, epidemiologists, investigative journalists will also be speaking at the two day event.MORE about Anthropology on the frontlines, honoring Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Reception: Chancellor's awards for public service

Tuesday, May 2 | 3-5:30 p.m. | Krutch Theatre (Clark Kerr Campus)
Each year, the Chancellor recognizes students, staff, faculty, and community partnerships that embody UC Berkeley's proud tradition of public service and commitment to improving our local and global community. Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, student organizations, and campus-community partnerships are all eligible. Award categories include: civic engagement, community-engaged teaching, research in the public interest, and campus-community partnership.MORE about Chancellor's awards for public service

Film: My Love Affair with the Brain

Wednesday, May 3 | 7-9 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library
This delightful documentary follows renowned brain scientist and UC Berkeley professor emerita of anatomy, Dr. Marian Diamond, introducing us to her groundbreaking accomplishments at a time when so few women entered her field, as well as her entertaining teaching style and charming personality.MORE about <em>My Love Affair with the Brain</em>

Music: University Chorus and Gospel Chorus

Wednesday, May 3 | 8 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
University Chorus and Gospel Chorus presents spirituals and songs about peace, hope and resistance.MORE about University Chorus and Gospel Chorus

Artist talk: Sam Contis

Wednesday, May 3 | 12:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
MATRIX artist Contis talks about her photographs and shifting notions of place, identity, and gender in the American West.MORE about Sam Contis

Special event: Jacobs spring design showcase

May 3 – 4, 2017 every day | Jacobs Hall
At this open house, you can meet student designers, check out innovations in fields from health to socially engaged art, and celebrate the semester over conversation and refreshments. Over the course of two days, students from 16 courses, along with student clubs and other makers, will share their work. With projects spanning a wide range of experience levels, academic fields, and focus areas, this lively showcase is a chance to explore the diversity of the design innovation ecosystem at Jacobs Hall and at Berkeley. MORE about Jacobs spring design showcase

Botanical garden: A journey around color

Thursday, May 4 | 4-5 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
It is not just a question of color as decoration, the idea of color is far more rich and complex than that. Color can be a useful tool to reach different goals in our everyday lives, homes, offices, and institutions. Pia Lopez-Izquierdo, Architect and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Philosophy, will lead us through this talk on how colors belonging to our environment can make spaces higher, wider, or more communicative and joyful. Using photos and sketches, Pia will present examples of how color is used to achieve various outcomes. We will also look for our personal color, the one that makes us feel "home". This presentation will lead us on a fascinating journey around color.MORE about A journey around color

Lecture: The Euro crisis, a look back and forward

Thursday, May 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
This lecture will provide a retrospective on the euro crisis -- which aspects were a surprise and which were predictable -- and sketch a viable way forward for the Eurozone. Professor Eichengreen has published widely on the history and current operation of the international monetary and financial system. He was a senior policy advisor to the International Monetary Fund in 1997 and 1998, although he has since been critical of the IMF. MORE about The Euro crisis, a look back and forward

Reading: Story hour in the library, student readings

Thursday, May 4 | 5-6 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library
Story Hour in the Library is a monthly prose reading series held in UC Berkeley's Morrison Library. In May the program features our student reading. The event will feature short excerpts of work by winners of the year's biggest prose prizes, Story Hour in the Library interns, and faculty nominees.MORE about Story hour in the library, student readings

Film: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

Cassavetes’s Sunset Strip neo-noir is centered around a “classy” strip club and its proprietor (Ben Gazzara). “The curdled charm of Gazzara's lopsided grin has never been more to the point” (Time Out).MORE about <em>The Killing of a Chinese Bookie</em>

Reading: Duncan McNaughton and Norma Cole

Duncan McNaughton has lived in and around the Bay Area since 1973 and established the Poetics Program at New College of California with Louis Patler. His recent books include Tiny Windows and Altoon’s Frog. Norma Cole is a poet living in the sanctuary city of San Francisco whose books include Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside. Her new translation of Jean Daive’s White Decimal is forthcoming in 2017.MORE about Duncan McNaughton and Norma Cole

Music: UC Berkeley symphony orchestra

May 5 – 6, 2017 every day | 8 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of David Milnes, will perform works by Ahn, Elgar and Shostakovich. Established in 1923, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing arts ensemble in the University of California system.MORE about UC Berkeley symphony orchestra

Lecture: The global fight against emerging infectious diseases

Saturday, May 6 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 206 UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center)
New, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, such as pandemic viruses and resistant bacteria, pose a serious public health challenge. A concerted effort of experts from multiple disciplines—microbiologists, immunologists, clinical diagnosticians and epidemiologists—can address this problem by researching the mechanism of disease process (pathogenesis), discovering therapeutics and devising plans to mitigate and monitor the spread of disease. At this event, research epidemiologist and educator Yvette Girard shares her insights on combating the global threat of infectious diseases. MORE about The global fight against emerging infectious diseases

Film: The Great Transmission

This award-winning documentary is the story of one Tibetan refugee lama and his efforts to preserve the sacred texts of his tradition. Witnessing the disintegration of his heritage, Tarthang Tulku dedicated his life to restoring a text tradition that was nearly lost during the turbulence of the twentieth century. Working with a handful of volunteers, he would deliver more than 4.25 million books into Tibetan hands in one of the largest free book distributions in history. MORE about <em>The Great Transmission</em>

Workshop: Beach bucket science

Saturday, May 6 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science
In this Family Learning Workshop, parents will find out about the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and ways to support their children’s critical thinking skills. Kids will explore beach buckets and learn to make detailed observations about sands brought in from around the world.MORE about Beach bucket science

Lecture: Mira Nair

Sunday, May 7 | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | The Chevron Auditorium International House
Mira Nair is a prolific filmmaker who fluidly moves between Hollywood and independent cinema. After several years of making documentary films, she made Salaam Bombay! (1988), the first Indian film to win the coveted Camera D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and more than 25 international awards including an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film. Nair then directed Mississippi Masala (1991), The Perez Family (1995), and My Own Country (1998). Her Monsoon Wedding (2001) won the Golden Lion, Venice’s top prize in cinema. Her most recent films include Amelia (2009), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013), Words With Gods (2014), and Queen of Katwe (2016). MORE about Mira Nair

Dance: RIOULT Dance NY

Sunday, May 7 | 3 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
Pascal Rioult returns to Cal Performances with a thrilling program devoted to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. RIOULT Dance NY performs the French-born choreographer's muscularly elegant, deeply emotive works, celebrated for carrying on the legacies of his early mentors, Martha Graham and May O'Donnell. MORE about RIOULT Dance NY

Film: The Holy Mountain

One man’s (acid) trip toward enlightened consciousness heads across deserts, galaxies, islands, and more. The most outrageously psychedelic film ever made: you can’t understand the early 1970s without this.MORE about <em>The Holy Mountain</em>

Conference: Inclusive AI, technology and policy for a diverse urban future

Monday, May 8 | 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall
Explore the effects of AI-enabled technologies on labor, law enforcement, and public services. The symposium will highlight AI research and its implementation in the urban environment and will raise questions regarding effects of AI on cultural, social, political and economic inclusion.MORE about Inclusive AI, technology and policy for a diverse urban future

Music: Eco Ensemble

Monday, May 8 | 8 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
David Milnes conducts new works by UC Berkeley graduate student composers featuring ECO, our resident professional new music ensemble. The Eco Ensemble’s unique collaboration with CNMAT inspires works that are informed by contemporary explorations into the intersection between science and music.MORE about Eco Ensemble

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