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Noon concert: Gamelan of Java and Bali
Wednesday, April 23 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

GamelanHear the unique sounds of the traditional gamelan, performed by Javanese & Balinese gamelan students. The performance includes new and old repertoire, directed by Midiyanto and I Dewa Putu Berata with Ben Brinner and Lisa Gold.

Lecture: Saru Jayaraman on food justice
Wednesday, April 23 | 2:30-5 p.m. | Auditorium, Room 112 Wurster Hall

Saru JayaramanSaru Jayaraman is a visiting scholar at the Berkeley Food Institute and the co-founder and co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. She was recently named one of CNN's 10 Visionary Women, who noted that she "has spent her career fighting for service workers to get a fair wage in a respectful, safe environment." Jayaraman will discuss her work and look ahead in the fight for food justice.

Panel discussion: The early years of the AC center
Wednesday, April 23 | 3-5 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

AC 25Yr AnniversaryIn celebration of the 25th anniversary of the American Cultures program at UC Berkeley, the AC Center will host a TED-style Talk with the former AC Center Research Director Troy Duster (Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley) and the first AC Center Assistant Director Ron Choy. The discussion will follow the initiation of the idea for the AC requirement, and the first roll-out of the program. The requirement offered an exciting intellectual environment and became a nationwide model implemented at eight other University of California campuses and at colleges and universities throughout the country.

Special event: Denim Day 2014
Wednesday, April 23 | Sather Gate

Denim Day national logoPart of a national campaign originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign, community members, elected officials, businesses and students are asked to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

Lecture: Hollywood and the marketing of American Jesus
Wednesday, April 23 | 4 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Edward BlumWhen United States first formed, it was one of the most inhospitable locations for images of Jesus Christ in the Christian world. Two hundred and fifty years later, the U.S. is one of the world's leading creators and global distributors of new Jesus imagery. When, how, and why did this massive change take place? Historian Edward J. Blum will draw from his award-winning co-authored book, The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America, to discuss the crucial role of southern California and the early film industry in making that transformation.

Special event: Earth week 2014
April 21 – 28, 2014 every day | 8 a.m.-10 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus

Earth Week logoUC Berkeley celebrates Earth Week with over 30 events ranging from lectures, teach-ins, performances and garden walks. Learn to brew a compost tea. Find out about the growing solar industry. Learn about bees and the global food system. For a list of events and details, click here.

Exhibit: Envisioning human rights
April 23 – September 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Envisioning human rights logoThis exhibit includes paintings, photographs, and prints by emerging artist/activists from across the state, addressing critical human rights issues. In conjunction with this juried exhibition, the exhibit will also present a selection of works from the Abu Ghraib series by world-renowned artist Fernando Botero that the artist generously donated to BAM/PFA in recognition of Berkeley’s historic role in the arena of human rights.

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Special event: Portuguese youth day
Thursday, April 24 | 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Toll Room Alumni House

Portuguese Folklore DanceThe Portuguese Studies Program, in conjunction with high school Portuguese clubs throughout California, will sponsor its annual Portuguese Youth Day at Cal to introduce hundreds of youth to UC Berkeley and public higher education opportunities, as well as commemorate the 40th anniversary of Portugal's Flower Revolution. The event is highlighted by a lively festival of folkloric dance at noon on the Sproul Hall steps, where students in traditional costumes will entertain the crowds while celebrating their heritage. The celebration will kick-off the four-day 38th Annual Conference on Portuguese-American Education & Culture.

Multimedia exhibit: Light, motion, music and technology
Thursday, April 24 | 6-10 p.m. | Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave., Berkeley

Neon lightsThis will be an evening of light, motion, music, technology, innovation, and dance. In addition to interactive installations, live performances, and a jam room, by the Multimedia Orchestra @Berkeley, the event will also feature original art made by students of the UC Berkeley Art & Science DeCal and the Synesthesia Association at Berkeley. All are welcome to join in exploring the intersection of live performance, technology, science, and art. Bring your curiosity and creativity! Light refreshments will be served.

 $0-15 Donation-Based Admission
Please print or bring an electronic copy of your ticket to show at the door. Register online.

Panel discussion: Money in politics
Thursday, April 24 | 7-9 p.m. | Heyns Room Faculty Club

28th Amendment National Roadshow posterMoney in politics is the single issue at the heart of every policy challenge facing America. This April in McCutcheon v FEC, the Supreme Court declared unlimited individual donations to political campaigns Constitutional. This event will explore recent developments that have opened the floodgates to money in our political system and various solutions, including a constitutional amendment supported by 150 legislators. Panelists will include Mayor Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond, renowned political scientist and UCB Professor Paul Pierson, Jeff Clements, bestselling author of Corporations Are Not People, and Jim Forbes of Wolf-PAC, among others, and will be the first in a national series of events around the country working to build a national movement.

RSVP online.

Symposium: Community engaged scholarship
Thursday, April 24 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

25th anniversary of AC program at BerkeleyCommunity engaged scholarship can reshape how we view the university and “the public,” amplifying the relationship between the two in favor of movements, such as environmental justice, prison abolition, indigenous movements, the fight for K-12 education, and the arts in social justice. This Symposium will hold a critical conversation about university-community partnerships that take the form of community engaged scholarship, particularly focusing on how this work can support movements for social justice.

RSVP by April 22 online, or by calling Douglas Parada at 510-664-7065, or by emailing Douglas Parada at

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Music: Brahms clarinet quintet
Friday, April 25 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

ClarinetsDepartment of music students will perform Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet. Students include Lucia Petito, violin; Madison Alan-Lee, violin; Christina Simpson, viola; Mosa Tsay, cello; and Cameron Winrow, clarinet.

Dance: Mark Morris Dance Group Acis and Galatea
Friday, April 25 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Acis and GalateaCal Performances, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra present their latest joint undertaking, the world premiere of a production featuring Mozart's brilliant arrangement of a Handel score. An epic love story from Ovid's Metamorphoses set along the pastoral banks of the Mediterranean, Acis and Galatea is performed in English by four vocalists and the Mark Morris Dance Group, joined by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale. A feast for the eyes as well as the ears, the new production features sets and costumes by Adrianne Lobel and Isaac Mizrahi. For all performance dates and times, click here.

 $30 and up
Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

Lecture: Lives in common, Arabs and Jews in Israeli cities
Friday, April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 340, Sultan Conference Room Stephens Hall

Menachem KleinMenachem Klein, professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University will discuss his new book, which tells the intertwined histories, from street level upwards, of three cities—Jerusalem, Jaffa, and Hebron—and their intermingled Jewish, Muslim and Christian inhabitants, from the nineteenth century to the present. Prof. Klein will discuss the unequal power relations and increasing violence between Jews and Arabs from 1948 onward. Klein’s recent work is based not on the official record but rather on a hitherto hidden private world of Jewish-Arab encounters, including marriages and squabbles, kindnesses and cruelties, as set out in dozens of memoirs, diaries, biographies and testimonies.

Special event: Social justice in higher education
Friday, April 25 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

American Cultures graphic imageProfessor Pedro Noguera (professor of education, New York University) will give the keynote speech and discuss the connections and dislocations between the anti-apartheid struggle and the AC Requirement. His speech will be followed with a Q&A session with AC Senate Chair, Professor Lisa Garcia-Bedolla (Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley). This conference commemorates the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the American Cultures program at UC Berkeley.

RSVP by April 23 online, or by calling Douglas Parada at 510-664-7065, or by emailing Douglas Parada at

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Workshop: Creating letter lights
Saturday, April 26 | 1-3 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Girl holding her LED-light assemblyDesign and assemble an "LED-der" initial in cardboard at this month's Techtorials workshop at the Lawrence Hall of Science. In the process you will work with some of the choice tools for hackers—soldering irons, capacitors, resistors, and switches.

Register online, or by calling 510-642-5134.

Special event: Community farm day at the Gill Tract
Saturday, April 26 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | The Gill Tract Farm,  Jackson St. & Ohlone Ave Entrance, near the corner of San Pablo & Marin Ave, Albany

Seedlings ready to plant on farm dayA unique partnership between community members, UC Berkeley students, academics and staff has been preparing a 1.5 acre urban farm and research center on the Gill Tract. Come join us as we celebrate this new joint venture by planting, learning, playing, and eating together. Event will include presentations by community organizations, discussion about the future of the farm, and lunch provided by the Berkeley Student Food Collective and pot luck.

Symposium: Farmland in the 21st century
Saturday, April 26 | 6-8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall and The David Brower Center

Berkeley Food Institute logoIn the next 20 years, 400 million acres of U.S. farmland will change hands. Will that land be consolidated into larger holdings and treated as a commodity or investment asset? Or will it prove the foundation for a new business, a next-generation farmer, a passionate entrepreneur? Join us for a weekend program to tackle the historical context, long-range implications and economic impact, and stewardship potential of the transition ahead. For a list of speakers and complete schedule, click here.

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Conference: Buddhism, mind and cognitive science
Saturday, April 26 | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Toll Room Alumni House

Painting of Buddhist monksThis conference is dedicated to the exploration of the current intersections of Buddhism and cognitive science. Is there a way to bring these disparate traditions into conversation without sacrificing the intellectual depth and sophistication of each? Or is such an endeavor misguided in principle? Is it merely another in a long history of attempts to legitimize Buddhism by claiming its compatibility with science? Our interest lies not in reviewing the critiques, but in exploring how the intersection might move forward. For a list of speakers and a conference schedule, click here.

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Music: University wind ensemble
Sunday, April 27 | 3-5 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

photograph of wind ensemble members performingRobert Calonico will direct the University Wind Ensemble in a performance including Felice’s Power Plays, Whitacre’s Equus, Mackey’s Asphalt Cocktail, Mendelssohn’s Overture for Band, Ticheli’s Nitro, and Reed’s Third Suite.

 $16 general admission, $12 other students, seniors, current & retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups of 10 or more, $5 UC Berkeley students (student ID required)

Film: Blind Dates
Sunday, April 27 | 8:15 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Blind DatesStuck living at home with his parents and still single at forty, schlubby Sandro (Andro Sakhvarelidze) has zero prospects when it comes to finding true love. Set-ups with women visiting from the Georgian provinces and nights out with his ever-optimistic best friend (Archil Kikodze) only make the situation seem that much more hopeless. Fate lends a hand when this history teacher runs into a former student’s mom, Manana (Ia Sukhitashvili). Their chemistry is immediate, but there’s a catch: Manana’s husband, a man with a history of violence, is getting out of prison the next day. Winner of a special jury prize at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. Presented as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival at BAM/PFA.

 $13 BAM/PFA members, San Francisco Film Society members, UC Berkeley students,  $15 General Admission,  $14 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons

Botanical garden: Spring plant sale
Sunday, April 27 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Yucca tree photo by Melanie HofmannJoin the botanical garden’s annual Spring Plant Sale. The event will feature a wide range of drought-resistant, water-wise plants. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers will be available to discuss plant selection, gardening ideas, and tips to help conserve water while maintaining a beautiful garden. As always, there will be a rich selection of exotic and rare plants including an expanded selection of Mediterranean-climate plants well suited to the Bay Area climate.

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Panel discussion: The hard work of reconciliation, celebrating Nelson Mandela
Monday, April 28 | 2-6 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House

Event graphic from posterIn celebration of the legacy of Nelson Mandela, two panels will discuss the hard work and journey of reconciliation. The first panel will feature a keynote by Justice Albie Sachs of the South African Constitutional Court, and Linda Biehl, Co-Founder and Director of the Amy Biehl Foundation US and the Amy Biehl Trust SA. Mother of Amy Biehl, who was murdered in political violence in Gugulethu Township, Cape Town, 1993. Linda Biehl now works with Ntobeko Peni, also on the panel, a convicted murderer in the Amy Biehl case. The second panel will feature Davi Kopenawa, Spiritual Leader of the Yanomami Indians in Brazil, as he discusses the assault on Indigenous peoples. Event will be introduced by UC Berkeley professor of anthropology, Nancy Scheper-Hughes.

Film: Hip-Hop, Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Monday, April 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 202 - Gender Equity Resource Center Community Space César E. Chávez Student Center

Header for the film Hip-Hop Beyond Beats and RhymesHip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Director Byron Hurt, former star college quarterback, longtime hip-hop fan, and gender violence prevention educator, conceived the documentary as a "loving critique" of a number of disturbing trends in the world of rap music. He pays tribute to hip-hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for glamorizing destructive, deeply conservative stereotypes of manhood. A discussion will follow the screening.

Film: Little Brother
Monday, April 28 | 6:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from film Little BrotherEight-year-old Yerkin is an immensely resourceful if irascible third grader. He lives in Bulak, a small village on the steppes of Kazakhstan, where his keen observations of grown-ups are sometimes humorous and always honest. Yerkin makes bricks for a living when not in school, where he gets in trouble for shooting spitballs and learns how to recite Lermontov in Russian. At an age when he can pass under the radar of adults undetected or ignored, this determined lad provides a uniquely unfiltered view of his village and its quirky inhabitants. Presented as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival at BAM/PFA.

 $13 BAM/PFA members, San Francisco Film Society members, UC Berkeley students,  $15 General Admission,  $14 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons

Panel discussion: Seeds in diversified farming systems
Monday, April 28 | 3-5 p.m. | Morgan Lounge Morgan Hall

Brown seedsSeeds are an essential part of agri-food systems. Without seeds, we would not have food crops to feed humans and animals; and without the thousands of years of plant breeding that farmers have carried out, we would not have the countless varieties that enrich our food cultures. With the rise of industrialized agriculture, highly concentrated seed companies, and GM crops, seed diversity has begun to shrink greatly. This panel will explore the role of seeds and seed breeding in fostering sustainable agriculture. Specifically, we will look at how seeds can be developed for the conditions of diversified farming systems. Panelists include Kevin Murphy, assistant professor of soil science at Washington State University; Matthew Dillon, manager of agricultural programs at Clif Bar; and Charlie Brummer, director of the center for plant breeding at UC Davis.

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Film: Stop the Pounding Heart
Tuesday, April 29 | 6:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Stop The Pounding HeartItalian director Roberto Minervini ventures deep into Texas’s rural Bible belt, achieving an intimacy with his subjects so deep that it seems spiritual. Focused on teenage Sara Carlson and her rising discomfort as she begins to feel the full confinement of her fundamentalist upbringing on a goat farm, the film quietly observes her daily life with its chores, sermons, and the rare moments of freedom that entice her to see beyond the fences. The characters and circumstances are real, but certain scenes are nudged or set up to find a deeper truth. The remarkable communion Minervini has achieved with his characters provides a portrait of a little-known piece of America that is deeply personal and alive. Presented as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival at BAM/PFA.

 $13 BAM/PFA members, San Francisco Film Society members, UC Berkeley students,  $15 General Admission,  $14 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons

Author talk: Global Health Law, Lawrence Gostin
Tuesday, April 29 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Alumni House

Jacket image for Global Health LawThe international community has made great progress in improving global health. But staggering health inequalities between rich and poor still remain, raising fundamental questions of social justice. In a book that systematically defines the burgeoning field of global health law, Lawrence Gostin drives home the need for effective global governance for health and offers a blueprint for reform, based on the principle that the opportunity to live a healthy life is a basic human right. Lawrence Gostin is a professor, director of the WHO collaborating center on public health law and human rights, and policy maker and advisor for global health initiatives internationally. Global Health Law is a foundational resource for teaching, advocacy, and public discourse in global health.

Panel discussion: Nuclear security experts
Tuesday, April 29 | 7-9 p.m. | 310 Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Nuclear Policy logoThis panel will focus on ethical issues at the interface of nuclear science and global nuclear security policies. The panel will be moderated by Raluca Scarlat, postdoctoral scholar of nuclear engineering and lecturer for engineering, ethics, and society at UC Berkeley. Panelists include Zachary Davis of the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Charles Ferguson of the Federation of American Scientists, George Lucas, professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, and Per Peterson of UC Berkeley’s department of nuclear engineering.

Lecture: Women in journalism with Suzanne Franks
Tuesday, April 29 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Library North Gate Hall

Suzanne FranksSuzanne Franks, journalist, producer and professor, looks at the key issues surrounding female journalists - from onscreen sexism and ageism to the dangers facing female foreign correspondents reporting from war zones. She also analyses the way that the changing digital media have presented both challenges and opportunities for women working in journalism and considers this in an international perspective.

RSVP by April 28 online.

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Conference: Emerging technology for environmental monitoring
Wednesday, April 30 | 1-5 p.m. | 310 Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Logo for discussion about Groundtruth and AirwavesTechnology, as remote as satellites and as close as our smartphones, offers new opportunities for collecting data about environmental topics. Evidence of rising sea levels, poor air quality, noise pollution and more can now be gathered from wireless sensor networks, open public data sets, and user-generated data from social media platforms. These tools make it simpler to gather, analyze and visualize data, helping to drive news stories for journalists and more thoughtful engagement and advocacy by activists. In developing countries, where 80% of the world’s population resides and where environmental degradation is felt most acutely, environmental hotspots are often “data deserts.” What does this rise of “sensor journalism” mean for environmental news?

 $20 General Admission,  $10 Faculty or Staff,  $5 Students
Registration opens February 20. Register by April 28 online, or or by emailing Cheryl Martinez at

Lecture: Jared Diamond
Wednesday, April 30 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Auditorium International House

Jacket image for The World Until YesterdayPulitzer-Prize winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and UCLA professor of geography Jared Diamond will discuss his most recent research and book, The World Until Yesterday. The book delves into how traditional peoples differ from members of modern industrial societies in their reactions to danger. A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.

Lecture: Talking with the Pakistani Taliban
Wednesday, April 30 | 12-2 p.m. | 10 (CSAS Conf. Room) Stephens Hall

Dr. Mona SheikhThe question of whether governments should engage with talks with terrorist groups is presently at the center of international controversy due to attempts to negotiate with the Taliban movement in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In spite of heavy criticism, both the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan have been reaching out to elements of the Taliban movements in Pakistan or Afghanistan, albeit with distinct agendas. This talk will focus on the case of Pakistan and draw out the counterinsurgency rationale behind talks with insurgent groups as well as the potential conflict de-escalating effects of meeting with the militants. Dr. Mona Sheikh, visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, will also draw on her own experiences from meeting militants in Pakistan.

Lecture: Why nations succeed
Wednesday, April 30 | 5-6 p.m. | Morrison Reading Room Doe Library

David JohnstonDavid Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will discuss the “diplomacy of knowledge,” and what innovation means across international borders. Prior to becoming Governor General of Canada, David Johnston served 44 years in the academic world. His academic specializations include securities regulation, information technology and corporate law. He is the author or co-author of 24 books, holds honorary doctorates from over 20 universities and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Registration opens April 16. Register by April 29 online.

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Music: UC Berkeley symphony orchestra
Thursday, May 1 | 8-10 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

UC Berkeley symphony orchestra poster imageDavid Milnes conducts the UC Berkeley symphony orchestra in a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. The University Chorus and Chamber Chorus, directed by Marika Kuzma joins the performance, as does the Alumni Chorus directed by Mark Sumner. Featured soloists include Ann Moss and Elizabeth Moss, soprano and mezzo-soprano, respectively.

 $20 general admission, $15 other students, seniors, current & retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups of 10 or more, $12 UC Berkeley students (student ID required) general admission (all seats unreserved),  $15 students (non-UCB), seniors students (non-UCB), seniors,  $12 UC Berkeley students (student ID required)
Advance tickets from the Zellerbach Hall ticket office or at the door starting one hour before the performance. Tickets go on sale January 21. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

Lunch poems: Student readings
Thursday, May 1 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Lunch Poems headerOne of the year’s most lively events, the student reading includes winners of the following prizes: Academy of American Poets, Cook, Rosenberg, and Yang, as well as students nominated by Berkeley’s creative writing faculty, Lunch Poems volunteers, and representatives from student publications.

Lecture: Arab America
Thursday, May 1 | 5:30-8 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Nadine NaberNadine Naber, professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago, tells the stories of second generation Arab American young adults living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of these young people are political activists engaged in two culturalist movements that draw on the conditions of diaspora, a Muslim global justice and a Leftist Arab movement. Writing from a transnational feminist perspective, Naber reveals the complex and at times contradictory cultural and political processes through which Arabness is forged in the contemporary United States.

Reading: Story hour in the library, student readings
Thursday, May 1 | 5-6 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Story Hour headerStory Hour in the Library celebrates the writers in our campus community with an annual 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.

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Symposium: Breaking barriers, building community
Friday, May 2 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

Breaking barriers, building community header graphicWhat is the relevance of the academy to achieving social justice? What does it mean to be a social change scholar? How can the academy be (re-)made to reflect the diversity and complexity of society, where students and communities have active voices and roles in shaping the pedagogy, research approaches, and policy production of the research university? 2014 marks the 35th anniversary of graduate training at the Institute for the Study of Social Change (now the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues). In recognition of this anniversary, this one-day conference will feature presentations by alumni of the graduate training program, now distinguished academics, whose groundbreaking work on stratification and social change in US cities challenges the presumptions of power and the powerful. For a list of panelists and complete schedule, click here.

Register online.

Film: All That Jazz
Friday, May 2 | 8:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from All That Jazz“To be on the wire is life; the rest is waiting,” Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider) says in Bob Fosse’s self-referential, self-lacerating penultimate feature. Like his creator, Gideon is a celebrated choreographer and stage and screen director and a dedicated womanizer, juggling estranged wife (and star of his new musical) Audrey (Leland Palmer), girlfriend Kate (Ann Reinking), and various one-night stands. Genuine tenderness he reserves for his young daughter Michelle (Erzsebet Foldi). Frantically ping-ponging between his messy personal life, the edit on a Lenny-like feature film, and show rehearsals, Gideon greets each morning the same way: eye drops, Alka-Seltzer, Dexedrine, and a forced smile, “It’s showtime, folks!” Lately there is a new wrinkle: a fantasy life in which, in the company of a gorgeous, sardonic figment, Angelique (Jessica Lange), he grapples with intimations of his own mortality while looking ruefully back at his past.

 $13 BAM/PFA members, San Francisco Film Society members, UC Berkeley students,  $15 General Admission,  $14 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons

Music: Del Sol String Quartet
Friday, May 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Del Sol String Quartet musicians playingDel Sol goes beyond the boundaries of classical music in riveting, dynamic performances of new music with a global pulse. For this performance, the ensemble will play a recent work by UC Berkeley professor Ken Ueno that incorporates throat singing, as well as pieces by the Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw and the acclaimed Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe.

 $7 General Admission,  Free BAM/PFA Members, UC Berkeley Students, faculty, staff

Music: Marcus Shelby Orchestra
Friday, May 2 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Marcus ShelbyThe Marcus Shelby Orchestra presents “The Legacy of Duke Ellington: 50 Years of Swing!” From 1924 until his passing in 1974, Duke Ellington was one of the world's most prolific, inventive composers. He wrote for the Cotton Club, theater on Broadway, dances at the Savoy Ballroom, and later he composed film scores, ballets, tone poems, suites, sacred music, and much more. Bay Area jazz great Marcus Shelby and his orchestra headline this specially curated, all-star concert, celebrating the legacy of America's jazz master, with music that spans from 50 years of his career.

 $22 and up
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Symposium: Liberating dreams
Saturday, May 3 | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Atrium César E. Chávez Student Center

Graphic of woman against colorful backgroundThis symposium will explore how we begin to “Liberate Our Dreams.” Our guiding questions for the day are what does it mean to liberate our dreams and how do we begin? Nikky Finney, John H. Bennett, Jr. chair of Southern Literature & Creative Writing, English & African American Studies, University of South Carolina will deliver the keynote address. Interactive workshops will help participants access their creative selves will also be featured. This gathering is in an effort to reintroduce hope, beauty, and love into our lives and communities. Come and dream with us. For a list of speakers and symposium schedule, click here.

Film: The Dog
Saturday, May 3 | 8:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from The DogIt was a bizarre happening: a Brooklyn bank robbery on a hot August afternoon turned hostage crisis, with one of the thieves admitting that he did it to pay for his transgender bride’s sex-change operation. Film fans know the story from Sidney Lumet’s gritty 1975 classic Dog Day Afternoon. But there is much more to this ripped-from-the-headlines tale and to John Wojtowicz, the robber whose antics inspired Al Pacino’s Sonny Wortzik character. The Dog employs archival footage and contemporary interviews to separate truth from fiction to get to the heart of Wojtowicz’s story. Ten years in the making, Alison Berg and Frank Keraudren’s lively documentary captures the essence of Wojotwicz and his times.

 $13 BAM/PFA members, San Francisco Film Society members, UC Berkeley students,  $15 General Admission,  $14 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons

Music: David Finckel, cello and Wu Han, piano
Saturday, May 3 | 8 p.m. | First Congregational Church,  Intersection of Durant Ave and Dana St, Berkeley

David Finckel and Wu HanCellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han are a force of nature: praised for the boldness, imagination, and collaborative intimacy of their performances, as well as the vision and energy they bring to their work as chamber music ambassadors. Their partnership, which just celebrated its 30th year, has brought them accolades for stunning performances and creative programming on both coasts, including their co-directorship of the Music@Menlo festival and institute. This season, the duo takes a journey through the centuries, from Bach to the birth of 20th-century music with Debussy and Britten.

 $56 and up
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Special event: 35th annual spring powwow
Saturday, May 3 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | CRESCENT LAWN AREA West Gate

Berkeley's west gateUC Berkeley will celebrate the 35th annual spring powwow with traditional drumming, singing and dancing. Tribal members from across the nation will gather on the lawn at West Gate for a day of celebration, competitions, and performances for the community.

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Lecture: Nate Silver
Sunday, May 4 | 3 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Nate SilverInfamous number-cruncher, blogger, and bestselling author Nate Silver has managed to make statistics sexy, in a career that began with predicting the World Series and moved towards uncannily accurate political forecasting on his blog Named one of "The World's 100 Most Influential People" by Time magazine before he was thirty, Silver was voted "Coolest Man of the Year" in the San Francisco Chronicle's reader's poll last year, after accurately predicting 50 out of 50 states in the 2012 election (and 49 out of 50 in 2008). He changed how political campaigns are understood and made sense of big data for the masses.

 $20 and up
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The Possible: Leslie Ceramics
Sunday, May 4 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ceramics and ceramic toolsJoin The Possible ceramics team and a host of special guests including John Toki of Leslie Ceramics to talk ceramics and see the results of the Pope Valley wood-firing. Artist Chris Duncan leads a wall rubbing printmaking session to explore the patterns of the BAM/PFA building's surfaces. The dye lab will be open, as well as the print shop.

 $10 General Admission,  Free BAM/PFA Members, UC Berkeley Students, faculty, staff, and retirees, children (12 & under),  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons, young adults (13-17)

Film: Manila in the Claws of Light
Sunday, May 4 | 6 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Manila in the Claws of LightManila in the Claws of Light is one of director Brocka’s most representative, trenchant examples of social criticism and ruthless determinism. The story describes the experiences of a provincial youth, Julio, who comes to Manila in search of his childhood sweetheart, Ligaya. The city is a totally destructive force and Brocka quite unflinchingly exposes the exploitation of construction workers, the torpid atmosphere of overcrowded slum areas, and the creeping degradation that eventually smothers all.

 $13 BAM/PFA members, San Francisco Film Society members, UC Berkeley students,  $15 General Admission,  $14 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons
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Reception: Chancellor's awards for public service
Monday, May 5 | 3-5:30 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

Chancellor Nicholas DirksEach 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. Awards presentation will be followed by a reception.

Colloquium: Participatory research in agriculture
Monday, May 5 | 3-5 p.m. | Lounge Morgan Hall

Farmer's market vegetablesHow can farmers be engaged with agricultural research? Can farmer participation extend the boundaries of agricultural research? Jennifer Sowerwine is a research associate with the University and Jepson Herbaria at UC Berkeley, and leads a number of innovative and participatory research projects within key agricultural sites of California.

Film: Art and Craft
Monday, May 5 | 8:40 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Art and CraftA philanthropist, a grieving brother, and a Jesuit priest are among the personas and aliases Mark Landis has created over a span of thirty years. One of the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history, Landis used his disguises to dupe more than forty museums across twenty states with an impressive array of ingeniously crafted fake masterpieces ranging from sixteenth-century religious paintings to Picassos. Landis finally found a nemesis in Matthew Leininger, a registrar at the Cincinnati Art Museum whose obsessive, implacable efforts to track down the counterfeits at various institutions finally culminated in the unraveling of Landis’s fraud. While posing questions around the definition of art and the value of authenticity, Art and Craft ultimately becomes a captivating study not only of living life with a mental illness, but of our fundamental desire for recognition and acceptance.

 $13 BAM/PFA members, San Francisco Film Society members, UC Berkeley students,  $15 General Admission,  $14 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons
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Botanical garden: Butterfly walk
April 22 – October 28, 2014 the fourth Tuesday of the month every month | 3-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Butterfly and purple flowersJoin Sally Levinson, UC Berkeley botanical garden volunteer propagator, docent and caterpillar lady, on a guided walk through the collection in search of butterflies. Space is limited. Children welcome. Free with garden admission.

 Free with Garden admission
Register by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing

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