Critic’s choice

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Critic’s choice
through 12/11
Fri. 10/28 – 10/29
Sat. 10/29 – 10/30

Special event: The UN celebration and awards dinner

Sunday, October 23 | 5-8:30 p.m. | International House
Learn about the growing humanitarian crisis with speaker Hans Van De Weerd, International Rescue Committee’s VP of US Programs with representatives of crisis countries for outstanding achievements assisting those displaced, victimized by violence, or threatened by genocide.MORE about The UN celebration and awards dinner

Dance: Cullberg Ballet and Deborah Hay

Sunday, October 23 | 3 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Sweden's innovative Cullberg Ballet presents the latest work by pioneering postmodern choreographer Deborah Hay, set to a shimmering score by Laurie Anderson. In Hay's words, "the 21 dancers and the stage are like a sea of endless possibilities—a place for self-reflection, and seeing oneself see."MORE about Cullberg Ballet and Deborah Hay

Botanical garden: Native plant sale extravaganza

Sunday, October 23 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
We are participating in the Native Plant Sale Extravaganza organized by the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour. Shop from our large selection of California native plants, some which were introduced to the trade by the UC Botanical Garden. MORE about Native plant sale extravaganza

Exhibit: Sojourner Truth, photography, and the fight against slavery

July 27 – October 23, 2016 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Runaway slave Sojourner Truth gained fame in the nineteenth century as an abolitionist, feminist, and orator. This exhibition showcases the photographic "carte de visite" portraits of Truth that she sold at lectures and by mail as a way of making a living. Truth could not read or write, but she had her statements repeatedly published in the press, enthusiastically embraced new technologies such as photography, and went to court three times to claim her legal rights. MORE about Sojourner Truth, photography, and the fight against slavery

Exhibit: Berkeley Eye

July 13 – December 11, 2016 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Berkeley Eye focuses on art that activates the senses to stimulate the sixth sense, the mind. The works are presented in eight thematic groupings to be experienced and enjoyed in no particular order, according to the interests of individual viewers: Bible Stories, Nature; Human Nature; Barriers & Walls; Connection & Change; Space, Time, Energy; Black, White, Gray; and Into the Light. MORE about <em>Berkeley Eye</em>

Exhibit: The Gift to Sing, highlights of of the Leon F. Litwack and Bancroft Library African American Collections

September 23, 2016 – February 17, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Gallery Bancroft Library
For decades professor emeritus of history Leon F. Litwack has been accumulating what is arguably the world’s finest private collection of books on African American history and culture. This exhibition displays highlights of the collection that will be coming to The Bancroft Library as a bequest. MORE about The Gift to Sing, highlights of of the Leon F. Litwack and Bancroft Library African American Collections

Exhibit: Beyond Tintin and Superman, the diversity of global comics

September 19, 2016 – March 31, 2017 every day | Bernice Layne Brown Gallery Doe Library
Comics and graphic novels reflect the socioeconomic, ideological and political realities of the societies in which they are produced. To highlight these diverse realities, and to celebrate our differences, this exhibit presents a selection of comics and graphic novels published in many countries. MORE about <em>Beyond Tintin and Superman</em>, the diversity of global comics

Film: The films of Antonello Branca

Monday, October 24 | 6-9 p.m. | 142 (The Nestrick Room) Dwinelle Hall
In honor of the work of Italian filmmaker Antonello Branca (1935 - 2002), there will be a screening of a series of documentaries focusing on the pressing social and cultural issues of the 1960s in California and the US. Branca was one of the few Italian filmmakers able to witness American society from within. MORE about The films of Antonello Branca

Social event: Eat and greet community mixer

Monday, October 24 | 7:30-9 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall
Looking to get involved in Cal's diverse food club community? Explore your interest in food consulting, food engineering, food publication, nutrition education, food recovery, food policy, food systems, food innovation, or even just cooking. Clubs that will be represented include: Berkeley Student Food Collective, FoodInno, GradFood, Food@Haas, SNAC, FEED, Spoon University, Food Pantry, and Food Science and Tech at Cal. MORE about Eat and greet community mixer

Exhibit: Power to the People, the world of the Black Panthers

August 29, 2016 – January 5, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | North Gate Hall
This fall marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party's founding. The group would become emblematic of the Black Power movement that helped shape the tumultuous years of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Shames, a student at the University of California, Berkeley, first encountered and photographed Panther Chairman Bobby Seale in April 1967 at an anti–Vietnam War rally. Seale became a mentor to Shames, and Shames, in turn, became the most trusted photographer to the party.MORE about <em>Power to the People, the world of the Black Panthers</em>

Author talk: World Rescue, Richard Register

Tuesday, October 25 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 210 - Environmental Design Library Atrium Wurster Hall
Author of Ecocity Berkeley and Ecocities, Richard Register’s new book explores nature’s economics is the foundation for human economics and survival. This book confronts our nature-suffocating numbers, our agricultural system, and our built environment of cities, towns and villages. MORE about <em>World Rescue</em>, Richard Register

Panel discussion: Who is framing the debate on gun violence?

Tuesday, October 25 | 5-7 p.m. | Room 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law
How do advocates for gun rights, and for gun violence prevention, frame their cases in the media—or fail to do so? How has this framing contributed to the partisan divide among voters and legislators that has prevented meaningful federal gun legislation from passing in the last 20 years? This expert panel will pull back the curtain on the messaging, linguistics, and spin used to frame the discussion of gun violence. MORE about Who is framing the debate on gun violence?

Lecture: What does it mean to be a man?

Tuesday, October 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) Stephens Hall
Saad Khan will deliver a lecture on his current project, “Photo/Narratives on Masculinity in Bangladesh," an attempt to explore how masculinity is expressed in different locations and intersections of Bangladesh. Khan is a researcher at James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University.MORE about What does it mean to be a man?

Panel discussion: Building equitable and inclusive food systems at UC Berkeley

Wednesday, October 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Tamalpais Room David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
This panel considers the tangible and conceptual outcomes of undoing inequality in the context of the UC Berkeley food system. Panelists will address issues of student, faculty and staff representation and participation, with the aim of redesigning the social, cultural and political institutions that determine food studies and food access on campus.MORE about Building equitable and inclusive food systems at UC Berkeley

Author talk: Hiding in Plain Sight, Eric Stover

Wednesday, October 26 | 12-1 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall
Eric Stover, Victor Peskin, and Alexa Koenig tell the story of the global effort to apprehend the world’s most wanted war criminals. Their book follows the flight and pursuit of high-level war crimes suspects from Nazis to President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, and the Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. MORE about <em>Hiding in Plain Sight</em>, Eric Stover

Colloquium: Clinton's tuition free proposal, would it work?

Wednesday, October 26 | 3-4 p.m. | Social Science Matrix- Barrows Hall, Room 832 Barrows Hall
Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton proposes that all public colleges and universities be made tuition-free for students from families with incomes of up to $85,000 initially, rising to $125,000 by 2021. Clinton also promises a new plan for repayment and refinancing for all federal student loan borrowers. The panel will discuss the merits of Clinton’s current proposal and, if implemented, how it might work in California.MORE about Clinton's tuition free proposal, would it work?

Lecture: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on our environmental destiny

Thursday, October 27 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House
The first among a new breed of environmentalists, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeepers, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and president-at-large of the Waterkeeper Alliance.MORE about Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on our environmental destiny

Author talk: Sophie Egan, Devoured

Thursday, October 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Toll Room Alumni House
Join us for a conversation with Sophie Egan--author of Devoured, Berkeley SPH alum, and Culinary Institute of America program director--as we explore the meaning of our national food culture and examine how to help prevent the 80 percent of chronic diseases related to lifestyle by cultivating a healthier foodscape.MORE about Sophie Egan, <em>Devoured</em>

Lecture: Democracy in history, Snowden, Assange and Manning

Thursday, October 27 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall
Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Chelsea Manning are often simply considered “whistleblowers” whose activities involved diffusing information. But, in fact, they are much more than that. Their very lives express something that must be heard: the advent of a new political subject that enables us to interrogate received ways of thinking about politics, democracy and resistance. Geoffroy de Lagasnerie is a philosopher and sociologist. MORE about Democracy in history, Snowden, Assange and Manning

Lecture: Preventing sexual violence and harassment, Dr. Keith Edwards

Thursday, October 27 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Pauley Ballroom Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
Learn what we all have to gain from creating a campus and communities free of sexual violence and harassment. This presentation motivates all of us, including men, to be active in efforts to end sexual and intimate partner violence and harassment and offers specific strategies and practices in order to change our campus culture and society at large. MORE about Preventing sexual violence and harassment, Dr. Keith Edwards

Exhibit: Hands-on 6, artists' books

Friday, October 28 | 4-6 p.m. | 210 - Environmental Design Library Atrium Wurster Hall
Artists' books defy conventional "reading" and involve the viewer though sight, touch, and physical manipulation. Too often locked behind exhibit cases, Hands On events make them available for you to touch, turn pages, and explore. MORE about Hands-on 6, artists' books

Lecture: Viet Thanh Nguyen, on writing as a radical act

Friday, October 28 | 2-4 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall
For minority writers in the United States who wish to be published by the mainstream, the usual options are to embrace being victims to a claim a voice. What if these options are deeply limiting? What if they perpetuate literary and political ghettoization? Offering examples from his novel The Sympathizer and its nonfiction sequel Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam, alumnus and Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen argues for a more radical approach to writing that foregrounds resistance, decolonization, and a recognition of inhumanity.MORE about Viet Thanh Nguyen, on writing as a radical act

Music: Symphony Orchestra

October 28 – 29, 2016 every day | 8 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
The UC Berkeley symphony orchestra, under the direction of David Milnes, will perform Dukas, Sorcerer’s Apprentice; C. Jones, Hoodoo City; Holst, The Planets (with members of the University Chorus).MORE about Symphony Orchestra

Symposium: Zika, a frontline update

Saturday, October 29 | 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | 2nd Floor Auditorium Li Ka Shing Center
Please join us for the 2016 UC Berkeley Symposium on Zika. This half-day symposium will be results-oriented, describing the molecular pathogenesis of the virus, immunological studies, epidemiologic studies/surveillance, the reproductive health implications of ZIKV infection, entomological aspects, prevention efforts, and the local response to the epidemic. MORE about Zika, a frontline update

Special event: Happy creepy Halloween

October 29 – 30, 2016 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science
Start your Halloween early and celebrate all weekend long during Happy Creepy Halloween. From pumpkin lifts in the Ingenuity Lab to creepy animal encounters in the Animal Discovery Room, you're sure to find the perfect way to celebrate with science.MORE about Happy creepy Halloween

Conference: Paganism past

October 29 – 30, 2016 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
What happens to a religious system when it becomes part of the past instead of the present? What interpretive models are used to understand religious traditions one has turned away from? How does myth change through codification? What has been forgotten? Does myth require specific memory practices? These and related questions will be discussed at the two-day conference.MORE about Paganism past

Special event: Halloween harvest festival

Sunday, October 30 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | UC Gill Tract Community Farm,  San Pablo Ave., Albany
The harvest festival will include workshops on herbalism and food justice, a meal harvested and cooked at the Gill Tract Farm, children's activities, live music from local artists, and excellent company.MORE about Halloween harvest festival

Theater: Heart of Spain

Sunday, October 30 | 2 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
Heart of Spain is a musical that tells the story of US citizens who volunteered to fight against fascism in Spain during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). The show follows the volunteers across the Atlantic, over the Pyrenees, and into battle as they fight to protect the Spanish Republic from General Francisco Franco’s fascist coup. MORE about <em>Heart of Spain</em>

Botanical garden: Pine needle basketry

Sunday, October 30 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Judith Thomas, weaver and Waldorf handwork teacher will instruct students how to source materials and craft a pine needle basket. Learn how to work with pine needles to create a small coiled basket, using a needle and waxed linen to bind the bundles of needles together. All levels welcome.MORE about Pine needle basketry

Symposium: New insights into health and disease

Monday, October 31 | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
Biomedical research and clinical therapies are being revolutionized by new technologies and approaches, often subsumed under the name “Precision Medicine.” These range from genome editing, molecular imaging and immunotherapy to the use of wearable sensors and large-scale genetic data. Find out about these and other new technologies and what it means for our understanding of many different diseases, including cancer, infectious disease, diabetes, aging, neurodegenerative disease and obesity. MORE about New insights into health and disease

Seminar: Supermassive black holes in nearby galaxies

Monday, October 31 | 4:15-5 p.m. | Lecture Hall 1 LeConte Hall
For over three decades, the giant elliptical galaxy Messier 87 in the Virgo Cluster has hosted the most massive known black hole in the local universe. New observational data and improved stellar orbit models in the past several years have substantially expanded and revised measurements of black hole masses at the centers of nearby galaxies. This talk will describe recent progress in discovering black holes up to twenty billion solar masses in ongoing surveys of massive elliptical galaxies. MORE about Supermassive black holes in nearby galaxies

Lecture: biologically-diversified farming systems in California's Central Coast

Monday, October 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 112 Hilgard Hall
Biologically diversified farming systems (DFS) are thought to generate important ecosystem services that provide critical inputs to farm productivity as well as clean water, clean air, and beautiful landscapes that promote human health and well-being. Yet, these systems have been neither widely studied, nor broadly adopted. This discussion will quantify how these ecosystem services contribute to farm economic performance and the benefits, costs, and tradeoffs.MORE about biologically-diversified farming systems in California's Central Coast

Author talk: Christopher Bollas, Mental Pain

Tuesday, November 1 | 5 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library
Christopher Bollas, the most influential psychoanalyst writing in English today, asserts that mental life is innately hazardous. The steps we take through childhood are marked by mentally painful episodes that constitute ordinary breakdowns in the self. Rather than approaching mental pain as a condition to be ignored, minimized, or suppressed through medication, Bollas examines it as a constitutive element of human psychic development.MORE about Christopher Bollas, <em>Mental Pain</em>

Author talk: Alison Gopnik, The Gardener and the Carpenter

Tuesday, November 1 | 5:10-6 p.m. | Seminar Room, Education Psychology Library, 2600 Tolman Hall Tolman Hall
Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, will discuss her new book, The Gardener and the Carpenter. In her book, Gopnik argues that the twenty-first-century model of "parenting"—based on a goal of raising a particular kind of child and therefore a particular kind of adult—is profoundly wrong and potentially harmful to children and parents.MORE about Alison Gopnik, <em>The Gardener and the Carpenter</em>

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