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Panel discussion: Reversing the school-to-prison pipeline
Monday, February 8 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | 8th Floor, Social Science Matrix Barrows Hall

Drawing of a prisonerThe equation is simple: prison and post-prison education = lower recidivism. How and why are these programs working and why isn’t prison education a top priority? Join us for this ongoing human rights series on California prisons: The [in]Justice System. Panelists include Simon Woodard of the Prison University Project, Ron Moss of the Street Scholars peer mentoring program, Violeta Alvarez of the Underground Scholars Initiative and moderator Patricia Hilden of UC Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies department.

Panel discussion: Health equity and for-profit milk banks
Monday, February 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Sibley Room Alumni House

Advocacy Initiative logoA growing number of biotech companies are competing for scarce supplies of breast milk, the fundamental first food for humans, for use in new medical products. What’s the impact on non-profit milk banks and their ability to supply donated mother’s milk to vulnerable premature infants -- many of whom are from disadvantaged communities? Will the commercialization of breast milk exacerbate health inequities in low-income communities? Join us for a lively discussion, moderated by nationally known journalist and health equity advocate Kimberly Seals Allers.

Lecture: Diversified farming systems and agroecology
Monday, February 8 | 4-5 p.m. | Morgan Lounge Morgan Hall

Tractor on farmThe intergovernmental process on agriculture has often been fraught with disagreement. While major issues are recognized with a food system that is failing to nourish a large percentage of the global population, radically divergent paradigms of the future of agriculture are proposed as solutions. Unlike agreements on biodiversity or climate change, there are no negotiated agreements between governments on commonly agreed targets in the agriculture sector. In 2014, a process was begun at the Food and Agriculture Organization to discuss and recognise alternative pathways, specifically agroecology. This process, and its status, will be presented. Dr. Barbara Gemmill-Herren, formerly of the UN food and agriculture organization, will lead a roundtable discussion.

January 11 – February 12, 2016 every day | 121 Wurster Hall

In June of 2011, a group of students and recent graduates from the UC Berkeley Department of Landscape Architecture assembled for a figure drawing night with the intention of exercising their drawing skills and sharing their completed artwork with each other. It was at this first gathering that the group named itself Space Open, a name meant to convey the spirit of the group’s artistic attitude - come in, create, and share. Space Open is a daily practice of seeing and rendering the world in the spirit of the Great Masters. Members of the group are not yet masters, but contemporary creative explorers and inspired idealists who find a calling in their surrounding landscape and among each other. This exhibition captures a moment in time when as a group Space Open is questioning the reality of life in the profession: Outside the office, just what is landscape architecture?

Exhibit: Paintings by Jerry Carniglia
February 1 – June 3, 2016 every day | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Painting by CarnigliaAfter joining the Navy and serving in Vietnam, Carniglia earned a BA in English and Dramatic Arts from UC Berkeley. He then entered the Bay Area independent theater scene, designing and building sets, and serving as a founding member of the Berkeley Lights Theater Ensemble and San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre. Carniglia supported himself meanwhile as a cabinetmaker. His artistry as a fine woodworker led to gallery and museum recognition. Eventually feeling limited by the functional requirements of furniture-making, Carniglia, at age 46, earned an MFA in painting from UC Berkeley. For the rest of his life he dedicated himself to exploring abstraction in paint.

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Lecture: Judicial independence in Latin America
Tuesday, February 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Javier CousoDecades after Guillermo O’Donnell and others denounced the dangers of the “(un) rule of law” in Latin America, judicial independence faces even greater challenges. In his talk, professor Javier Couso of the Universidad Diego Portales (Chile) will provide an overview of this critical element of the rule of law, highlighting what’s at stake as well as advancing ideas on why judicial independence has proven so elusive in most of Latin America.

Lecture: Raj Patel and Mark Bittman, Edible Education 101
Tuesday, February 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Wheeler Auditorium

Mark BittmanAs part of the 2016 Edible Education 101 course, Raj Patel traces the origins of your confusion about what to eat from fifteenth century Portuguese colonies to eighteenth century London to twenty-first century Berkeley.

 $0 Free General Admission
Tickets go on sale February 2. Buy tickets online.

Author talk: Karin Sveen, The Immigrant and the University
Tuesday, February 9 | 4-6 p.m. | Stebbins Lounge Women's Faculty Club

Book jacket for The Immigrant and the UniversityAuthor Karin Sveen presents her book on the life and times of Peder Sather with a focus on Sather's lasting legacy to the University of California.

Make reservations by February 8 by calling Front Desk staff at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk staff at

Presentation: Dying in America
Tuesday, February 9 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 101 Morgan Hall

Marcia Angell, MD, MACPDying in America changed greatly after World War II, mainly because of the development of new drugs and technologies that made it possible to stave off deaths that would have come rapidly in earlier years. Although that resulted in many welcome cures, it also created great suffering in patients who were terminally ill. In the 1990s, a controversial movement arose that argued that physicians should have the right to help such patients end their lives faster and more peacefully. Now, assisted dying (also known as physician-assisted suicide) is legal in five states, including California. Marcia Angell, MD, MACP, will discuss this issue and its implications.

Seating available for registered attendees, first. RSVP by February 8 online.

Exhibit: From Mendelssohn To Mendelssohn
January 26 – June 24, 2016 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Main Gallery Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

Lavater and Lessing Visit Moses MendelssohnMoritz D. Oppenheim (1800-1882), often celebrated as the first modern Jewish painter, created Lavater and Lessing Visit Moses Mendelssohn in 1856. The painting portrays an imagined mid-18th century meeting among scholars and intellectual associates Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781), and the Swiss theologian Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801), taking place at the Mendelssohn residence in Berlin. From Mendelssohn To Mendelssohn reawakens the original setting of the painting and the history of the Mendelssohn family, including the lives and works of Moses Mendelssohn’s grandchildren, composers Fanny (1805-1847) and Felix (1809-1847), by activating the extensive holdings of German-Jewish ritual art, prints, rare volumes, manuscripts, and material culture. The installation, aimed at creating a renewed imagined space of intercultural dialog animated by the presence of a historic piano (Wieck, Dresden, ca. 1860) from UC Berkeley’s musical instrument collection, is the new setting of a salon-like space of intellectual and artistic gathering. The exhibition is part of The Mendelssohn Project, a series of lectures and musical performances at The Magnes.

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Berkeley Talks: Eric Schmidt
Wednesday, February 10 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Eric SchmidtEric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet Inc. and the former CEO of Google Inc. will talk with UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks about his experiences in academia and industry, as well as what it takes to reach the top of the tech world while continuing to re-invent and innovate.

 A very limited number of free tickets are available.
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

Lecture: Matías Tarnopolsky on Berkeley RADICAL
Wednesday, February 10 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison, Berkeley

Matías TarnopolskyIn 2015 Cal Performances launched Berkeley RADICAL – Research and Development Initiative in Creativity, Arts and Learning – a project to cultivate public artistic literacy, develop engaging programming for the arriving generation, and to digitally document and disseminate Cal Performances’ work. Join Cal Performances’ Executive and Artistic Director Matías Tarnopolsky for an introduction to this exciting new initiative to connect the intellectual life of UC Berkeley and our community with the most inspiring artists of our time, and create programs that help engage new generations with great works of art to pave the way to life-long artistic literacy.

Lecture: Lawrence Rinder on Architecture of Life
Wednesday, February 10 | 12 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Lawrence RinderBerkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive director, Lawrence Rinder, will discuss Architecture of Life, the inaugural exhibition in the new BAMPFA.

 $12 General Admission,  $10 non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons,  Free BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley Students, Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; 18 & under + guardian
Gallery Talks are included with Gallery Admission. Buy tickets online.

Please reference course number UNEX 1294-001. Register online, or by calling 510-642-4111.

Noon concert: Winds and Celli
Wednesday, February 10 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

photograph of Celli ensemble at Hertz HallFirst half: Spiget Wind Quintet, with Lucian Pixley, clarinet; Austin Young, bassoon; Mia Nakajima, flute; Claire Olmstead, oboe; Jackson Meyers, horn; performing Ligeti Six Bagatelles

Second half: Celli@Berkeley, student cellists perform Ravel Pavane pour use infante defunte and Bartòk Romanian Folk Dances. Performers include James Lim, Rachel Lee, Yuki Mizuno, Leo Steinmetz, Susie Yoo.

Exhibit: Architecture of Life
January 31 – May 29, 2016 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

image Johannes Itten: Encounter, 1916; oil on canvas; 41 ⅓ x 31 ½ in.; collection of Kunsthaus Zürich. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Zürich.Architecture of Life, the inaugural exhibition in BAM/PFA's landmark new building, explores the ways that architecture—as concept, metaphor, and practice—illuminates various aspects of life experience: the nature of the self and psyche, the fundamental structures of reality, and the power of the imagination to reshape our world. Occupying every gallery in the new building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the exhibition comprises over two hundred works of art in a wide range of media, as well as scientific illustrations and architectural drawings and models, made over the past two thousand years.

 $12 General admission,  $0 UC Berkeley Students, Staff, Faculty and BAM/PFA Members,  $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and young adults (13-17)
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Author talk: Florynce "Flo" Kennedy, Sherie Randolph
Thursday, February 11 | 4-6 p.m. | Multicultural Community Center Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

Book jacket for Florynce Flo KennedyOften photographed in a cowboy hat with her middle finger held defiantly in the air, Florynce "Flo" Kennedy (1916–2000) left a vibrant legacy as a leader of the Black Power and feminist movements. In the first biography of Kennedy, Sherie M. Randolph traces the life and political influence of this strikingly bold and controversial radical activist. Rather than simply reacting to the predominantly white feminist movement, Kennedy brought the lessons of Black Power to white feminism and built bridges in the struggles against racism and sexism.

Author talk: Anthony Marra
Thursday, February 11 | 5-6 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Anthony MarraStory Hour in the Library is a monthly prose reading series held in UC Berkeley's Morrison Library. In February the program features author Anthony Marra. Anthony Marra has won a Whiting Award, Pushcart Prize, and the Narrative Prize. His first novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, won the National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, as well as the inaugural Carla Furstenberg Cohen Fiction Award. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he currently teaches as the Jones Lecturer in Fiction.

Workshop: Innovations in earthquake preparedness
Thursday, February 11 | 1-3 p.m. | 310, Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

No one likes to be reminded that there’s a 99.7% chance that California will experience a major earthquake in the next 30 years. But new innovations in earthquake early warning, preparedness, and response can help. Join a public forum where we will discuss the data and lessons learned from QuakeCAFE with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom followed by a panel discussion with leading experts in seismology and new innovations for earthquake early warning, preparedness, and response.

Register online.

Lecture: Frances Dinkelspiel on wine, gold and California today
Thursday, February 11 | 4:10 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House

Frances DinkelspielPower, money, gold and wine in the making of California. Hear award-winning author Frances Dinkelspiel in conversation with Deirdre English of Berkeley’s Journalism Graduate School. Frances Dinkelspiel is an award-winning author and journalist. Her most recent book, Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California, is both a New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller.

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Lecture: Edmund Campion on Iannis Xenakis’s architectural sketches
Friday, February 12 | 12:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Edmund Campion, professor of music composition and director of the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley, studied in Paris, where he became deeply familiar with the music of Iannis Xenakis. One of the most important postwar avant-garde composers, known for his pioneering application of mathematical models such as set theory to musical composition, Xenakis was also an architect-engineer who worked in the office of Le Corbusier. Xenakis’ work is on display as part of the Architecture of Life exhibit at the new BAMPFA.

 $12 General Admission,  $10 non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons,  Free BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley Students, Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; 18 & under + guardian
Lectures are included with Gallery Admission. Buy tickets online.

Film: The Forbidden Room
Friday, February 12 | 8:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from the Forbidden RoomFive years in the making, The Forbidden Room is a masterful and mischievous ode to cinema. Guy Maddin and co-director Evan Johnson researched the terrain of lost cinema, using it as the inspiration for their narrative, an epic phantasmagoria where parenthetical stories are nested within stories, running the gamut from tales of amnesia, captivity, deception, and murder to skeleton women and vampire bananas. Wild and relentless, the creative energy of this work is exceptional. Featuring an international cast—Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier, Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, and Jacques Nolot, among others—the film re-creates the look of now long-obsolete film stocks.

 $12 General Admission,  $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons,  $7 BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley Students,  Free Cal Student Film Pass Holders
Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online.

Music: UC Berkeley symphony orchestra
February 12 – 13, 2016 every day | 8 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra performs “Suite Romance” under the direction of David Milnes, conductor. Performance includes Tchaikovsky’s Suite from Sleeping Beauty, Prokofiev’s Suite from Cinderella and Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra.

 $16 General admission (all seats unreserved)
Tickets go on sale March 9. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988.

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Film: Modern Times
Saturday, February 13 | 3:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from Modern TimesChaplin’s politically outspoken film also contains some of his funniest scenes, in which Charlie causes complete chaos simply by being human.

 $12 General Admission,  $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons,  $7 BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley Students,  Free Cal Student Film Pass Holders
Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online.

Conference: Armenia 2016
Saturday, February 13 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Armenian flagThe annual Armenian studies conference includes a full day of discussions about Armenian social issues, history, civil movements, governance and geopolitical changes. The speakers include scholars, professors and analysts from Armenian and American universities. For a full agenda of the day, visit the event listing.

Botanical garden: Valentine's Day tea
Saturday, February 13 | 10-11:30 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Child at the Valentine's Day teaOur annual tradition returns with a lovely botanical tea in honor of Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a celebration of herbs and flowers at this educational walk and tea party. We'll use all of our senses as we explore the nature of these fragrant edibles, with a special opportunity to collect for our make-your-own tea party snacks and garden drinks. Finish the fun by making valentines from pressed botanicals to take home.
Two Program Times: 10am and 1pm. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Includes Garden admission.

 $20 Adult, $15 Adult Members,  $18 Child, $13 Member Child
Register online, or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing

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Film: Dishonored
Sunday, February 14 | 5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from DishonoredIn one of his funniest films, Sternberg cast Marlene Dietrich as an Austrian spy and reinvented World War I as a masquerade. Espionage is merely an excuse for Dietrich’s intrepid Agent X-27 to attend a brilliantly choreographed ball in giant feathered helmet and metallic mini-cape, fly off to the front in a taut leather jumpsuit accompanied by her black pussycat, or pose as a pasty, thick-waisted Russian maid enveloping the enemy in her voluminous skirts. As the Marlenes multiply, X-27’s adversary and lover Victor McLaglen expresses the net effect: “the more you cheat and the more you lie, the more exciting you become.”

 $12 General Admission,  $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons,  $7 BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley Students,  Free Cal Student Film Pass Holders
Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online.

Sunday, February 14 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from LoulouIn a crowded nightclub, Nelly (Isabelle Huppert), bourgeois-bred and married to an advertising executive, is taking her passions out for air. She finds herself dancing with a happy, drunken lout, leaves with him, and stays with him. Maurice Pialat, consummate director of character, explores a woman's multifarious desires for sexual liberation in Loulou. Though the title carries the name of Gérard Depardieu's leather-jacketed lothario Loulou, it is as object, not subject.

 $12 General Admission,  $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons,  $7 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students,  Free Cal Student Film Pass holders
Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808.

Music: eighth blackbird
Sunday, February 14 | 7 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

eighth blackbirdFor Hand Eye, six dazzling young instrumentalists collude with six leading lights in contemporary composition to create a new evening-length work that defies stylistic boundaries. The Chicago-based, three-time Grammy-winning new music ensemble eighth blackbird, collaborates with the daring New York composers collective Sleeping Giant. Together, the composers create a suite for the ensemble, embracing a wide range of sounds, from rambunctiousness to lyricism, athletic virtuosity to atmospheric beauty.

Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

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Holiday: Presidents' Day
Monday, February 15 | Academic & Administrative Holiday

US FlagAcademic and administrative holiday.

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Lecture: Bearing witness to the 1937 Haitian massacre
Tuesday, February 16 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 132 Boalt Hall, School of Law | Note change in location

Haitian mapEdward Paulino, professor of global history, will examine the 1937 Haitian Massacre and how Dominicans and its diaspora remember and respond to the memory of this 20th century genocide in the Americas.

Lecture: Strengthening regional food systems
Tuesday, February 16 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Wheeler Auditorium

Graphic for Edible Education 101 classMany believe the future of regenerative food in the United States is regional; James Barham of the USDA, Halie Johnston of Common Market, and Michael Rozyne of Red Tomato will be in conversation with Kathleen Frith, President of Glynwood in New York's Hudson Valley.

 $0 Free General Admission
Tickets go on sale February 2. Buy tickets online.

Film: No Más Bebés
Tuesday, February 16 | 4 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

Film poster for No Mas BebesThey came to have their babies. They went home sterilized. The story of immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were prodded into sterilizations while giving birth at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s. Led by an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing young doctor, the mothers faced public exposure and stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice. Film screening will be followed by discussions with film directors and/or faculty.

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Author talk: On The Wire, Linda Williams
Wednesday, February 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Book jacket for On The WireProfessor of Film & Media and Rhetoric Linda Williams is a leading film scholar specializing in popular moving-image genres, including pornography and melodrama. Her book, On The Wire, examines the HBO television series The Wire in light of genre.

Lecture: Power, accountability and human rights in a networked world
Wednesday, February 17 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

Rebecca MacKinnonWill Facebook play a decisive role in the 2016 presidential primaries? Should Twitter be blamed for the rise of the Islamic State? Has the Chinese government successfully marginalized political dissent by controlling the companies that run China’s Internet? The fast-evolving power relationships and clashes among governments, corporations, and other non-state actors across digital networks pose fundamental challenges to how we think about governance, accountability, security, and human rights. Without new approaches to governance and accountability by public as well as private actors, the Internet of the future will no longer be compatible with the defense and protection of human rights. In this lecture, Ranking Digital Rights director Rebecca MacKinnon discusses the project’s Corporate Accountability Index as a concrete example how stakeholders around the globe are working to create new frameworks, mechanisms, and processes for holding power accountable and promoting the protection of human rights in a digitally networked world.

Noon concert: Fire Scottish Band
Wednesday, February 17 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

photo of Fire Scottish Band membersThe Fire Scottish Band: Rebecca Lomnicky, Scottish violin; and David Brewer, Scottish bagpipes, Irish whistles, bodhran, and guitar. Performing traditional and contemporary Scottish tunes, including Fred's Snowy Day and Roslin Castle.

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