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Opening reception: Birds Do It, Bees Do It
Wednesday, October 1 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Sex ed imagePlease join us for a reception celebrating the opening of the exhibit "Birds Do It, Bees Do It: A Century of Sex (Mis)Education in the USA," appearing in the Bernice Brown Gallery, Doe Library, through Feb. 28, 2015. The reception, in Morrison Library, will feature distinguished speakers Tom Laqueur, UC Berkeley professor of history, Malcolm Potts, UC Berkeley professor of public health, and Robin Mills, sex health educator with the University Health Services.

Special event: Free Speech Movement 50th anniversary rally
Wednesday, October 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Sproul Plaza

FSM 50th anniversary graphicJoin us as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement with a noon rally on the Mario Savio steps at Sproul Hall. Speakers will include FSM Veterans: Lynne Hollander Savio, Bettina Aptheker, and Jack Weinberg; as well as labor organizer, immigrant rights and women's rights advocate Dolores Huerta.

Lecture: Healthcare reform in California
Wednesday, October 1 | 5:30-7:15 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Dave JonesCalifornia Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, will discuss the healthcare reform opportunities and challenges facing California voters this November. A reception will precede the lecture, and a Q&A will follow.

Film: Mercedes Sosa, The Voice of Latin America
Wednesday, October 1 | 7 p.m. | Room 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building

Mercedes SosaOne of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa fought South America’s dictators with her voice. This intimate documentary follows the arc of her 50-year career and explores the impact she had on the musical and political heritage of Latin America.

Panel discussion: Food, labor and a sustainable food policy agenda for California
Wednesday, October 1 | 2-4 p.m. | GSPP Living Room Goldman School of Public Policy

Garden of greensIn the last 20 years, there has been a dramatic decline in wages and working conditions for California’s grocery store workers. During the same 20 years, consumer demand for locally sourced, organic, sustainable cuisine has changed products in even the unlikeliest companies, including Walmart, but stopped short of passing CA legislation such as GMO labeling and soda taxes. In this panel discussion, food movement leaders, labor leaders and legislators will look ahead to what a food policy agenda for 2015 might look like. Panel will be moderated by Saru Jayaraman of UC Berkeley’s Food Labor Research Center.

RSVP by emailing Wendy Chuew at

Panel discussion: The operation of the machine, UC then and now
Wednesday, October 1 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

FSM 50th anniversary graphicAn illustrious panel of UC faculty and students will lead a teach-in on the nature of the public university. Looking at the state cutbacks to education funding and the university's increased reliance on private sources of funding since the 1960s, the teach-in will examine race and educational access, student debt and rising inequality, the marketization of research, and other pressing issues of the day.

Exhibit: Scores for a Room
September 17 – October 17, 2014 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 12-5 p.m. | Worth Ryder Art Gallery - Kroeber 116 Kroeber Hall

The Worth Ryder Art Gallery presents Scores for a Room with work by David Haxton and Jim Melchert. Guest curated by Tanya Zimbardo, the exhibition brings together for the first time historic works by these two artists, exploring their different approaches to the description of space through structured activity performed for the camera. Both renowned artists turned to the projected image in the seventies, highlighting the shifting awareness of spatial perception in the interaction between illusionistic filmed space and a physical location.

Exhibit: Gourmet Ghettos, Modern Food Rituals
August 28 – December 19, 2014 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

For thousands of years, food rituals have been essential to constructing and maintaining Jewish identities throughout the diaspora. But the significance of these rituals might be more pervasive than we think. Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals explores the broader linkages between food, ritual, identity, and activism that inform Jewish life.

Exhibit: American Wonder
October 1 – December 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

John Brewster, Jr. (attributed to): Portrait of a Boy in Green, c. 1805–10; oil on canvas; 53 ¾ x 32 ¼ in.; gift of W. B. Carnochan.American Wonder captures our burgeoning nation during a time of enormous change, from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the onset of the Civil War in 1861. The exhibition includes approximately fifty portraits, landscapes, commemorative mourning pictures, weather vanes, and decorative sculptures from the BAM/PFA collection. This distinguished collection is one of the finest of American folk art in California.

 $10 General Admission,  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Young adults (13-17),  $0 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and retirees; Children (12&under)

Exhibit: John Zurier
September 12 – December 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

John Zurier: Cold July, 2014; distemper on linen; 25 5/8 x 16 1/2 in.; courtesy the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York.Berkeley-based artist John Zurier (b. 1956) paints abstract, luminous canvases with hand-mixed pigments that range from subtle, muted earth tones to vibrant, saturated hues. He uses a wide range of brushwork and surface treatments to draw attention to the varied textures of the canvas—often applying distemper (a tempera paint made with dry pigments in animal glue) in thin brushy layers—to capture qualities of light and the changing effects of the atmosphere. Informed by a wide range of references—Abstract Expressionism, Italian Renaissance painting, Minimalism, Japanese painting, and poetry—Zurier’s work transcends the mundane to enter an affective realm.

 $10 General Admission,  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Young adults (13-17),  $0 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and retirees; Children (12&under)

Exhibit: Birds Do It, Bees Do It
September 8, 2014 – February 28, 2015 every day | Bernice Layne Brown Gallery Doe Library

Sex ed imageFrom junior high school hygiene films to websites, public health campaigns, scientific studies, children’s books, bodice-ripper novels and (sometimes) parents, Americans have always found ways to learn about sex. That information has at times been incorrect or incomplete, and has rarely been delivered without a larger political or moral agenda. While attitudes towards sex education swing from the blissfulness of ignorance to the empowerment of liberation, every generation finds new ways to answer the old questions. Our desire to learn about desire has not changed. This exhibition draws from the resources of campus libraries, from our academic programs, and from social services provided for the Berkeley campus community.

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Panel discussion: Online education and the knowledge economy of the 21st century
Thursday, October 2 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Suite 200 World Affairs Council Auditorium, 312 Sutter Street, San Francisco

Chancellor Nicholas DirksAccess to online education has the potential to democratize education and skill advancement around the world. In what ways and for whom has online education been most successful so far? What are the platform's limitations and where are the gaps? Join us for a discussion of online education’s potential role in preparing a global labor force for the knowledge economy of the 21st century.

This discussion between UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and CEO of Udacity, Sebastian Thrun will be moderated by New York Times Deputy Technology Editor, Quentin Hardy.

UC Berkeley staff and alumni, use promo code calbusinessforum for free admission. Buy tickets online.

Lecture: The Californian Master Plan for Higher Education in the World
Thursday, October 2 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Goldman Theater, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 UC Berkeley Campus

Cover of Time Magazine with Clark KerrThe high participation higher education system first developed in California has spread to national systems across the world. In 2012 more than half the school leaver age group was enrolled in higher education in over fifty countries. Research universities are also springing up in more and more countries. At the same time there has been a great growth in the level of cross-border engagement and American universities are collaborating all over the world. Although the United States continues to sustain the leading higher education and research system, the university world is rapidly become more plural. Relations between universities in the Anglo-American countries and China will be a key influence in shaping future world society. The 2014 Clark Kerr Lecturer, Simon Marginson, Professor of International Higher Education at the Institute of Education, London, will discuss.

Lecture: Saru Jayaraman, Out of the kitchen and into the streets?
Thursday, October 2 | 8 p.m. | Wheeler Auditorium

Saru JayaramanThis memorial lecture series honors the memory of the late Mario Savio, a spokesperson for Berkeley's Free Speech Movement in 1964, and the spirit of moral courage which he and other activists of his generation exemplified. In this lecture, Saru Jayaraman will discuss the fight of food service workers and their struggle for workplace justice. Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United), and the director of UC Berkeley's Food Labor Research Center.

Tickets will be available in Wheeler prior to the event.

Film: Facing Mirrors and Border Cafe
Thursday, October 2 | 6-10 p.m. | 340, Sultan Conference Room Stephens Hall

Facing Mirrors film posterSituated at the crossroads of several art forms, contemporary Iranian cinema provides a global screen on which the profound paradoxes and contradictions of life for women in Iran today are projected. This curated film series highlights the changing image of women, and questions of gender more broadly, in Iranian film. Dealing with themes like sexual abuse, transgender identities, and women in the workplace, these films shed new light on a quiet revolution in which one can neither scream out against injustice nor remain silent. This screening of "Facing Mirrors" and “Border Café” will be followed by a discussion with film series curator, Shahrzad Shirvani.

Lunch poems: Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems Turns 50 - An Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, October 2 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Lunch Poems book jacketIn partnership with City Lights Books, who first published Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems 50 years ago, we present a special event featuring readings from a newly expanded edition that also includes communiqués by O’Hara pulled from the City Lights archive housed at the Bancroft Library. Participants include: Garrett Caples, C. S. Giscombe, Jayne Gregory, Robert Hass, Owen Hill, Elaine Katzenberger, Evan Klavon, giovanni singleton, Julianna Spahr, and Matthew Zapruder.

Music: UC Berkeley symphony orchestra
October 2 – 4, 2014 every day | 8-10 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

UC Berkeley symphony orchestra poster imageEnjoy the soaring sounds of UC Berkeley’s symphony orchestra, conducted by David Milnes. Program will include Cindy Cox’s Las Aguas del Sur, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 7, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6.

 $16 general admission (all seats unreserved),  $12 students (non-UCB), seniors,  $5 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 September 5. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

Botanical garden: Foods of the Americas exhibit
October 2 – 17, 2014 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Aztec graphicColorful marketplaces will be filled to the brim with Foods of the Americas. From chocolate to quinoa, discover the cornucopia of food crops that originated in the Americas thousands of years ago.

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Film: 2001, A Space Odyssey
Friday, October 3 | 7:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from 2001 A Space OdysseyNot so much a sci-fi film, though it has the requisite techno-gadgets, as an inquiry into the origins of consciousness, Kubrick’s foray into heady mythmaking required a quantum leap in visualization. Between Douglas Trumbull’s “split-scan” psychedelia and the wizardry of the revolving Discovery interiors, the visual awe bursts like a supernova. But all this pictorial pyrotechnic was applied in the service of '2001'’s cosmological probe, keeping it sharply relevant and exhilarating even in 2014.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

Lecture: A broken promise? What the West told Moscow about NATO expansion
Friday, October 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Professor SarotteMary Sarotte, professor of history and international relations at the University of Southern California, will examine relations between the West and Moscow in the early 1990s, and communications regarding NATO expansion. Sarotte’s research focuses on the post-Cold-War era. Her book, 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe was a Financial Times Book of the Year. Sarotte is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Social event: Cal clean-up day
Friday, October 3 | 1-4 p.m. | Sather Gate

Students walking by Sather GateAll members of the Berkeley community are invited to join us in beautifying our campus before Homecoming Week. Check in at the tent by Sather Gate on Clean-Up Day to pick up some bags and gloves. We will have prizes available for the individual and team that collect the most cigarette butts. Help us kick the butts of campus! First 150 participants that turn in trash will also receive a limited edition Clean -Up Day T-Shirt.

Special event: Cal Hacks
October 3 – 5, 2014 every day | Memorial Stadium

Cal Hacks logoCal Hacks is the first major collegiate hackathon in the Bay. Student hackers and innovators from across the nation are welcome to converge at UC Berkeley's California Memorial Stadium to create incredible software and hardware projects. Resources for the event will be available including: mentorship for first-time hackers, free hardware hacking equipment, buses to and from California universities, and travel scholarships for visiting hackers.

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Film: Little Red Devils
Saturday, October 4 | 6:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Little Red DevilsJay Leyda considered 'Little Red Devils' “the first Soviet (Georgian) film to compete successfully with all foreign products on the country’s screens.” Set in the Ukraine during the Civil War, the film adopts the styles of American adventure films à la Douglas Fairbanks in narrating the exploits of two daredevil teenagers (brother and sister) and a young black acrobat who volunteer as scouts in the Red Cavalry.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

Film: Dr. Strangelove
Saturday, October 4 | 8:40 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Dr. StrangeloveBelieving that Commie-instigated water fluoridation has made him impotent, Gen. Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) launches a big SAC attack against the Soviet Union. Pretty soon President Muffley (Peter Sellers) is sitting around the war table with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a gaggle of gimcrack generals lead by "Buck" Turgidson (George C. Scott), fielding doomsday scenarios. Desperate, the prez turns to ex-Nazi physicist Dr. Strangelove (Sellers, again) who calculates that the gene pool can survive such a theoretical annihilation. Cold War camp, 'Dr. Strangelove''s look, tightly designed sets illuminated with expressive pools of light, creates a militarized zone of otherworldliness, reifying the alienation of the high command.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

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Film: Comment ça va
Sunday, October 5 | 5 p.m. | PFA Theater

Jean Luc Godard(a.k.a. How’s It Going). A journalist, who is making a video on his newspaper’s production process, discusses the rough cut with his collaborator. For her, it’s not going well. Why is that image used instead of this? Why is this image cut here rather than there? They realize—as Godard did so often—that they must start over, differently…. Much like 'Ici et ailleurs', completed two years earlier, this is a work of deconstruction, both of cinema and its processes and of the transmission and control of information whether via the press, a photograph, a letter, or a film.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

Botanical garden: Family program, Foods of the Americas
Sunday, October 5 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Kids enjoying the botanical garden Bring the family to explore the Foods of the Americas exhibit at UC Berkeley’s Botanical garden. Kids of all ages will enjoy crafts, food, talks by garden docents, tours, corn husk dolls and demos. Event is free with garden admission.

Gallery talk: Bliss Carnochan on American Wonder
Sunday, October 5 | 3-4 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Bliss CarnochanBliss Carnochan, who collected the works on view in the exhibit American Wonder with Nancy Edebo between 1966 and 1975, shares his passion for American folk art in this informal gallery talk. Carnochan is professor of humanities, Emeritus at Stanford University, and will discuss selected portraits, landscapes, sculptures, and commemorative mourning pictures, and address the complex status of folk art per se and as a field for collecting.

 $10 General Admission,  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Young adults (13-17),  $0 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and retirees; Children (12&under)
BAM/PFA Galleries. Included with admission.

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Panel discussion: Privacy, government surveillance, and network effects
Monday, October 6 | 3-6:30 p.m. | Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

7th Annual Privacy Lecture graphicsThe Snowden revelations have taught us that many of the world's governments share intelligence behind the scenes. Information economics applies to the public sector, just as it applies to private business. The forces that lead to pervasive monopolies in the information industries - network effects, technical lock-in and low marginal costs - are pervasive in the affairs of states too, once we look for them; they are just not yet recognized as such. There are many significant implications, from international relations through energy policy to privacy. There are some upsides too; but to identify and exploit them, we need to start thinking in a more grown-up way about what it means to live in a networked world.

Registration is complimentary but required. RSVP online.

Lecture: Agrifood movements and social action
Monday, October 6 | 4-5 p.m. | Morgan Lounge Morgan Hall

People standing around a food gardenFrom Slow Food to better school food to Occupy Big Food and well beyond, the agrifood arena has become a hotbed of social action and concern. Media pundits, food commentators and everyday enthusiasts now speak almost offhandedly of a “food movement.” However, beneath the broadbrush of a “food movement” lies considerable diversity in social movement antecedents and commitments, levels of organization and forms of action. We readily view diversity, perhaps especially agrobiodiversity, as a valuable and desirable attribute of farming systems. How should we think about the implications of an agrifood movement field manifesting diverse and sometimes contradictory forms of social action? This lecture will present a developing sociological framework for considering diversity, divergence, change and impacts of both unorganized and more organized social action and initiatives related to agrifood issues.

Lecture: Brett Cook, embodying liberation
Monday, October 6 | 7:30-9 p.m. | David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

Art installation with an image of MLKDiverse social and political initiatives were rallying points for Berkeley’s free speech/civil rights movement fifty years ago. Today, pioneering methods for working in diverse communities continue by considering the history, culture, and expertise of the area to provide socially relevant, localized outcomes. Artist and educator, Brett Cook, will share extraordinary examples of socially engaged education including his current Reflections of Healing/Life is Living/Oakland Museum of California projects. Participants in this dialogue will model inherently revolutionary ideas about what the practice of art can be, its societal benefits, and how it can be a force for intellectual discovery and social change.

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Panel discussion: Securing our digital future
Tuesday, October 7 | 6 p.m. | Asia Society, Bechtel Conference Room, 500 Washington Street, S.F.

Graphic of cyber informationThe media report nearly every day on sophisticated cyber attacks on government or massive thefts of sensitive corporate data, and everyone is vulnerable to cyber attack, be it phishing, identity theft, or other scams. The Internet, depository of everything we know about the world today, was created to share information, not protect it, and security experts have been playing catch up ever since. It’s not just the U.S. at risk; Asia is home to some of the world’s most connected societies – in Korea, Hong Kong, China, and Japan – and even more vulnerable to attacks, from both within and without. How are the tools and tactics of cyber attacks, and cyber defense, evolving?

Lecture: Clark Kerr and rebuilding the social foundations of higher education
Tuesday, October 7 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Goldman Theater, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 UC Berkeley Campus

Clark Kerr at the Greek TheaterThe Clark Kerr Lectures series honors Clark Kerr, president of the University of California from 1958 to 1967, and will provide a forum for analysis and reflection about the forces shaping universities and the complex roles they play in modern society. The 2014 Clark Kerr Lecturer is Simon Marginson, Professor of international higher education at the Institute of Education, London. In this lecture, Marginson will discuss the bedrock of the California Model of higher education, a compact between individual self-realization and the common good which gave every family a stake in a higher education system committed to expanding opportunity for all. While higher education has never been more globally effective, its social foundations have fractured. The cost of tuition is outstripping the capacity to pay. Do we have the vision and energy to find the road map through?

Lecture: Ambassador Nirupama Rao, women who lead
Tuesday, October 7 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Maude Fife Room (315) Wheeler Hall

Nirupama RaoAmbassador of India Nirupama Rao, will discuss women in leadership roles in the Indian subcontinent. Rao assumed her responsibilities as ambassador of India to the United States in September 2011, a position she held until November 2013. Prior to that, Rao was appointed foreign secretary, the highest office in the Indian Foreign Service, where she served a two-year term until July 2011. She joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973. In a diplomatic career spanning four decades, she served in various world capitals, including Washington, Beijing, and Moscow.

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Lecture: The Supreme Court's last term
Wednesday, October 8 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley

Supreme Court buildingReview the blockbuster decisions made by SCOTUS in 2014 and how they will be implemented throughout the country. Marshall Krause was chief attorney for the ACLU of Northern California, a reporter for KQED, and a professor of political science at San Francisco State. He practiced law in Marin County from 1974 to 2000 and handled seven cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. William Sokol teaches labor law at San Francisco State University. He has also taught at University of California at Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, Laney College, and San Francisco City College.

 $10 general admission,  Free to OLLI members and UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students (with OLLI or UC Berkeley ID)
Tickets in advance or at the door. All purchases are nonrefundable. Buy tickets online.

Film: Bay Area Student Film Festival 2014
Wednesday, October 8 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still from animated student filmThis year‘s student film festival brings together exciting new short films from colleges throughout the Bay Area. They look both forward and backward in time, from 'Bad Connection', a collage homage to the rotary telephone, and the Cold War nightmares of 'Dilemmas of the Day', to a depiction of our evolving digital identity in 'The Password Was SNACKS'. 'Ghost Syndrome', a portrait of a Moroccan lesbian living in the United States and 'My Homeland', the story of one family’s emigration from Iraq, illustrate the emotional resonances of living in-between cultures, while 'Heklina', 'Lost Cities', and 'Counting the Dead' explore San Francisco, then and now. 

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

Panel discussion: Voter suppression
Wednesday, October 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

photo by Bruce DavidsonMario Savio participated in the Freedom Summer, registering African Americans to vote in Mississippi, before he returned to the Berkeley campus and became the leader of the Free Speech Movement. Fifty years later we find that voter suppression is still a threat to our democracy. In this On the Same Page panel event we bring together experts with a range of viewpoints to discuss the best way to combat voter suppression. Panelists include Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, Janai Nelson of the NAACP legal and education defense fund, and Bertrall Ross of UC Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law.

Noon concert: University Gospel Chorus
Wednesday, October 8 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

University Gospel ChorusA Tribute to Gospel Music Pioneer and Matriarch, Dr. Helen J.H. Stephens, whose community choir movement with the 1960s-1970s Gospel Chorus "The Voices of Christ" set the standard of the Bay Area Gospel Community Choir style and musical sound. The chorus will perform “I Still Have a Song To Sing,” under the direction of D. Mark Wilson.

Exhibit: California, Captured on Canvas
October 8, 2014 – March 6, 2015 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Bancroft Library

This exhibit portrays California both as a vast landscape of mountains, ocean, and forests and as an intimate home for vastly different inhabitants. Scenes of Yosemite and the Gold Rush are displayed, along with more recent work such as colorful paintings by John Sackas of the Golden Gate Produce Market. Also featured are Augustus John’s vibrant portrait of San Francisco’s tennis champion Helen Wills, and an imposing painting by Charles Grant of the Great White Fleet entering the Golden Gate on May 5th 1908. The exhibit conveys the variety of artistic prisms through which the Golden State has been captured on canvas.

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Lecture: An engineer's view of climate change
Thursday, October 9 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

Wayne CloughDr. Wayne Clough, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, will discuss Smithsonian science in multiple disciplines spanning from the Eocene to the Anthropocene that is adding to the body of evidence about climate change and its consequences. He will also examine how that information can guide engineers’ thinking in creating a more sustainable and resilient future.

Film: Sons and Daughters
Thursday, October 9 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Sons and DaughtersThough it inspired the political engagement of thousands of young activists, the Free Speech Movement lasted but a few months. It was quickly eclipsed by the mounting urgency of the Vietnam War as the actions of the United States escalated abroad. Founded in Berkeley, the Vietnam Day Committee, led by Jerry Rubin and others, was the first large-scale resistance to the war. Jerry Stoll’s formidable but forgotten film, Sons and Daughters, tracks a two-day protest (October 15 and 16, 1965) in which thousands of antiwar activists marched from Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus to the Oakland Army Terminal, where GIs were processed for overseas duty. Screening will include Q&A with special guests cinematographer Stephen Lighthill, antiwar activist Mike Smith, and environmental journalist Gar Smith.

 $9.50 General Admission,  $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under),  $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students

Reading: Story hour in the library featuring Joyce Maynard
Thursday, October 9 | 5-6 p.m. | Morrison Libary Doe Library

Joyce MaynardJoyce Maynard has been a writer of both fiction and nonfiction since the age of 18. Her memoir At Home in the World has been translated into fifteen languages. Her eight novels include the newly released After Her, as well as To Die For and the New York Times bestseller, Labor Day. In addition to writing, Maynard performs frequently as a storyteller with The Moth in New York City, and is the founder of the Lake Atitlan (Guatemala) Writers' Workshop.

Symposium: Food and identity in contemporary American Culture
Thursday, October 9 | 1-5:30 p.m. | Maude Fife Room (315) Wheeler Hall

Latino Gothic paintingMany new theories have bound food production and consumption to representation, and the construction of identity. How has food discourse helped produce and exclude certain permutations of race, class, gender, and sexuality? This conference will examine food as both a site and a sign to understand how bodies are constructed, ideals are maintained and monitored, and how those constructs get undone through various interventions. How is alimentary desire shaped by what we see? How are paradigms like race, class, gender, and sexuality policed and regulated through food? We will discuss these questions in terms of the larger “culture”—film, television, everyday practices, fine art, and performance paradigms. For a list of panelists and schedule, click here.

Lecture: The Nile Project
Thursday, October 9 | 5 p.m. | 340, Sultan Conference Room Stephens Hall

The Nile Project performingEgyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero founded the Nile Project in 2011 with a mission to inspire, inform, and empower citizens to collaboratively foster the sustainability of the Nile River’s ecosystem. In 2013, the Nile Project brought together musicians from various Nile countries to compose, perform and record a new body of songs drawn from the Nile Basin’s diverse musical traditions and instruments. The resulting album, “Aswan,” is the first cross-cultural collaboration among musicians from the various Nile Basin countries. The Nile Project will be in residence at Berkeley in February 2015 for a week of workshops and performances. In this lecture, Mina Girgis will introduce the project's vision, musical collaborations, and innovative environmental and educational initiatives.

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Film: This is Spinal Tap, free screening
Friday, October 10 | 7:30 p.m. | On the Crescent Lawn - Oxford Street between Center and Addison Streets West Gate

Still image from This Is Spinal TapFREE outdoor movie on the Crescent lawn, Oxford Street between Center and Addison Streets. Say it loud! Spinal Tap is back, touring behind their new LP, 'Smell the Glove'. It’s Nigel, David, and Derek, the loudest metal trio in the UK, chunkin’ anthems like “Hell Hole,” “Big Bottom,” and “Sex Farm.” Neither death nor speed metal, but something more like ore, metal before metal. Reiner’s mock-doc sticks close to the Tap as their US tour, more a de-tour, circulates through failed shows and cancellations, until they amp up the attraction with the stoner Stonehenge, a mega-Druid spectacle. Push it to eleven. Not just loud, but volumes funnier than ten. Spinal Tap: let your mullets fly.

Lecture: West Coast cocktails, an oral history
Friday, October 10 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Maude Fife Room Wheeler Hall

Shanna FarrellShanna Farrell of The Oral History Center of The Bancroft Library will be discussing the oral history project on West Coast cocktail culture and the issues that are being explored through interviews, including libations of lore, today’s “garden to glass” movement in which bartenders are shopping alongside chefs for local, seasonal ingredients, and racial and gender discrimination that was manifested in physical boundaries in bars and state laws—social and cultural themes you may have never realized intersect in a cocktail glass.

Lecture: Wordless! Art Spiegelman and Philip Johnston
Friday, October 10 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Art SpiegelmanThe Pulitzer Prize-winning author of MAUS and the grandfather of modern comics, Art Spiegelman has been an innovator and instigator of American culture for decades, first as co-editor of RAW magazine, and later as a cover artist at The New Yorker. WORDLESS!, a multimedia presentation of slides, stories, history, and live jazz by Phillip Johnston, is Spiegelman's personal tour of the wordless novels of the early 20th century that influenced him and generations of graphic artists to come.

 $22 and up

Gallery Talk: California Captured on Canvas
Friday, October 10 | 2-2:30 p.m. | Gallery Bancroft Library

Jack von Euw, Curator of the Pictorial Collection, will give a insightful and descriptive Gallery Talk of our current exhibit, California: Captured on Canvas.

Special event: Homecoming 2014
October 10 – 12, 2014 every day | Campanile (Sather Tower)

Sather Gate at sunsetUC Berkeley's largest annual gathering will welcome thousands of alumni, parents, and students to campus for three days of fun. Festivities include alumni parties, family events, the Bear Affair BBQ, faculty seminars, campus tours, museum and library open houses, the Homecoming football game, and more.

Register online.

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Sale: University library $1 book sale
Saturday, October 11 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Room 303 Doe Library Doe Library

Books on a tableCome pick up some books for your home library at the annual book sale in Doe Library. Hunt for treasures in our selection of thousands of hardcover and softcover books for sale for only $1.

Lecture: Challenges to Free Speech in a polarized era
Saturday, October 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

Henry Brady, Robin Lakoff, Waldo MartinFifty years after the Free Speech Movement, engagement in civic life can still involve challenging authority and current policy. But it is consensus through civil discourse - not just protest or partisan opposition for its own sake - which holds the greatest promise for inspiring public involvement and stimulating social progress. Panelists Henry E. Brady, Robin Lakoff and Waldo E. Martin, Jr. will discuss civility and free speech in a polarized society - particularly as they play out in university settings - and address the ways public institutions can best foster thoughtful conversations, spirited debate, and constructive dissent. Moderated by Richard “Dick” Beahrs (’68).

Music: Afropop Spectacular, Bassekou Kouyate and the Krar Collective
Saturday, October 11 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Musicians of Afropop SpectacularIn a double bill traversing earthy African blues and hypnotic ancient grooves, the Afropop Spectacular features performances by virtuoso ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate and the Ethiopian trio Krar Collective. Kouyate descends from a long line of Malian griots and combines generations of tradition with innovative rock-inflected techniques on the banjo-like ngoni. In the Krar Collective, soaring female vocals are bolstered by an amplified krar, or six-string harp, playing infectious riffs complemented by the spellbinding rhythms of the kebero drum.

 $18 and up
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

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Workshop: iPhoneography
Tuesday, October 21 | 6-9 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

iPhone with image of flowersThe best camera is the one that is with you! Let expert iPhone photographer Yoni Mayeri show you how to capture and edit images with your iPhone. The class will cover: essential phone camera tips for optimizing digital capture, choosing subjects and framing that work best with the iPhone, best practices for saving, uploading and transferring images and using apps for basic editing and enhancing images...all done on the iPhone. Whether you shoot people, flora and fauna, landscape or abstract subjects or just want to make great images with the iPhone this class will help you take your iPhoneography to the next level.

 $60, $50 members
Register online, or by calling 510-642-7082, or by emailing

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Botanical garden: Garden shop holiday fete
Saturday, December 6 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Find beautiful and unusual gifts for the holidays at the special holiday shopping party in the botanical garden’s gift shop. There will be tastings, music and fun botanical wrapping for your gifts. Enjoy an extra 10% off your holiday purchases which directly benefit the Botanical Garden.

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