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Sports: Softball vs. Stanford

Monday, March 27 | 3 p.m. | Levine-Fricke Field
Cal Softball hosts Stanford in conference action at Levine-Fricke Field.MORE about Softball vs. Stanford

Workshop: Representation learning

This workshop will focus on dramatic advances in representation and learning taking place in natural language processing, speech and vision. For instance, deep learning can be thought of as a method that combines the tasks of finding a classifier (which we can think of as the top layer of the deep net) with the task of learning a representation (namely, the representation computed at the last-but-one layer). The workshop will draw a mix of theorists and practitioners.MORE about Representation learning

Exhibit: War Ink

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

Lecture: Eric Drooker on the art of political activism

Eric Drooker's drawings and posters are a familiar site in the global street art movement, while his paintings appear frequently on covers of The New Yorker. A Berkeley resident for many years, Drooker was born and raised in New York City, where he began to slap his images on the streets as a teenager. Over time, his reputation as a social critic led to countless editorial illustrations for The Nation, the New York Times, the Progressive, the Village Voice. Drooker won the American Book Award for Flood! A Novel in Pictures, followed by Blood Song, and most recently, Howl: A Graphic Novel. MORE about Eric Drooker on the art of political activism

Film: Pickpocket

Wednesday, March 29 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A young recluse, Michel, drawn inexorably to picking pockets, suffers not guilt, but a kind of performance anxiety based on his Nietzschean theories of the superior man. Michel’s bewilderment as to his motivations is as thorough as ours, which is only one of the fascinating aspects of the film, obliquely but famously based on Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment.MORE about <em>Pickpocket</em>

Special event: Water's extreme journey

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

Exhibit: Hippie Modernism, cinema and counterculture

February 11 – May 13, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Cinema’s radical streak goes back to its earliest beginnings, but the period explored in the exhibit Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia was an unusually fertile time for politically charged, aesthetically innovative filmmaking. Encompassing documentary, fiction, and experimental cinema—often in the course of a single feature—the films in this series intersected with and actively participated in emerging counterculture movements.MORE about Hippie Modernism, cinema and counterculture

Film: The Great Dictator

Thursday, March 30 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The physical resemblance between the Little Tramp and another famous man with a small black moustache was not lost on Charlie Chaplin. In his first all-talking picture, he plays a Jewish barber and his double, the dictator Adenoid Hynkel. As Hynkel and his henchmen engineer the persecution of Jews and the invasion of a neighboring nation, the amnesiac barber may be the only person innocent enough to stop them. Chaplin exploits the deflating power of parody, but in the finale he abandons both character and comedy to deliver an impassioned plea for tolerance.MORE about <em>The Great Dictator</em>

Botanical garden: Gardens for the senses with Javier Mariategui

Thursday, March 30 | 4-6 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Spanish landscape designer Javier Mariátegui will talk about his approach to garden design and some of the gardens featured in his book, The Spanish Gardens of Javier Mariátegui: Gardens for the Senses. After completing the landscape gardening and design program at the Escuela de Paisajismo y Jardineria Castillo de Batres in Madrid, Javier worked as a gardener in England. Back in Spain, he founded Jardines de Espana nursery, which employs handicapped children. For the past thirty years, he has created many gardens across Spain and in several other European countries. A reception will follow the talk. MORE about Gardens for the senses with Javier Mariategui

Film: Gerhard Richter Painting

Friday, March 31 | 4 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Gerhard Richter Painting is a strikingly visual document of Richter’s creative process. Filmmaker Corinna Belz and her crew observe the seventy-nine-year-old German artist in his studio. Richter’s distinctive technique, which involves applying paint followed by a major reworking of the material with massive squeegees, reveals the forces of creation and destruction at play in his work. MORE about Gerhard Richter Painting

Sports: Baseball vs. Washington State

Friday, March 31 | 7:05 p.m. | Evans Field
Cal Baseball hosts Washington State in conference action at Evans Diamond.MORE about Baseball vs. Washington State

Film: Space is the Place

Saturday, April 1 | 8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Inspired by Sun Ra’s 1971 UC Berkeley course The Black Man in the Cosmos and filmed in Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, and Richmond, Space Is the Place is an otherworldly frolic combining intergalactic bebop with riffs on black liberation. Director Coney's boldly mystical blaxploitation film takes to heart Sun Ra's cosmic philosophy of music as a liberating force. MORE about <em>Space is the Place</em>

Lecture: Michael Pollan and Simon Sadler in conversation

Saturday, April 1 | 1 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Journalist and best-selling author Michael Pollan is joined by noted architectural and urban historian Simon Sadler to discuss the history and new use of psychedelics for therapeutic purposes, the subject of Pollan’s new book and an area illuminated by Sadler’s investigation of the philosophy he calls “hippie holism.” The conversation also touches on the counterculture pursuit of “evolved consciousness” and cultural outcomes ranging from the San Francisco Summer of Love to Bay Area ecology and ecopsychology movements. Moderated by Greg Castillo, guest curator of the ongoing exhibit at BAMPFA, Hippie Modernism.MORE about Michael Pollan and Simon Sadler in conversation

Special event: Spring science days 2017

April 1 – 9, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science
Every day during Spring Science Days is an opportunity to learn something new about Earth’s oceans, lakes, rivers, and other waterways. Discover what it means to be part of the water ecosystem, and explore how you can help us protect this important resource. Visit the deepest parts of the ocean during special screenings of James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D; learn how water has helped create the San Francisco Bay Area in our outdoor exhibit, Forces That Shape the Bay; and take on a giant, water-cycle themed maze in our featured exhibit, Water’s Extreme Journey.MORE about Spring science days 2017

Botanical garden: Perennial garden design

Sunday, April 2 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Spend the day turning your garden dreams into a reality! Join horticulturist for the Garden's Australasian and California collection, Clare Al-Witri for a perennial garden design workshop. Come with an idea for a garden design project and create your own concept design collage to work through design challenges and ideas on paper before breaking ground. You'll study concepts of garden design, such as contrasting foliage, negative space, repetition, color and more, that can be applied in your home garden, whatever the scale. MORE about Perennial garden design

Film: Sembène!

Sunday, April 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A former dockworker who rose to become a founding figure of African cinema and one of the greatest postwar filmmakers of any continent, Ousmane Sembène lived a life as dramatic as any of his characters’. Coming of age when all of Africa dreamed of independence from colonial rule, Sembène channeled the hopes and struggles of an entire continent into his novels and films. This documentary, co-helmed by his colleague and biographer Samba Gadjigo, unveils the brilliance and complexities of an artist who fought to give Africans a voice, and a way to be seen.MORE about <em>Sembène!</em>

Lecture: The new role of visual journalism

Monday, April 3 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The image-sphere is upon us. Images have surpassed words and visuals now play a central role in shaping conversation. But the advent of new technologies brings with it challenges for journalism. How do we tell true stories in the age of virtual reality? What is visual truth when viewed in virtual or augmented worlds? What are the dangers and opportunities when journalists craft these digital narratives? In an examination of the principles of multimedia journalism, experienced journalist Richard Koci Hernandez will discuss the characteristics of the new, often experimental story forms that appear on today's digital news platforms, the importance of story design in an era of convergence storytelling, and the ethical challenges that face visual journalists.MORE about The new role of visual journalism

Seminar: Smart city modeling

Monday, April 3 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall
In recent years, personal location data is continuously captured by mobile devices, GPS chips and other sensors. Such data provides a unique learning opportunity on individuals’ mobility behavior that may be used for various applications in transportation, marketing, homeland security and smart cities. Nonetheless, modeling such data poses new challenges related to data volume, diversity, inhomogeneity and the required granularity level. In this talk, we will address a real ‘smart city’ use-case and cover some of its associated opportunities and challenges. MORE about Smart city modeling

Exhibit: Free opening week at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology

April 3 – 9, 2017 every day | 102 Kroeber Hall Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Why do we sometimes know a lot about who made things, and why do we sometimes not? Why does it sometimes matter to us, and why might it sometimes not? These are the questions that will be raised in the exhibit that will inaugurate the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s renovated Kroeber Hall Gallery. The Museum will display objects from the collection that urge visitors to think critically about how perceptions of makers have varied in different times and different places. MORE about Free opening week at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Lecture: Digital doomsday

Tuesday, April 4 | 5-6 p.m. | 340, BCNM Commons Moffitt Undergraduate Library
This talk will probe the shaping of the online self, going back to Norbert Wiener, Alan Turing and Marvin Minsky to point out that their Freudian inspirations. If one wants to envision another possible digital World (and Self), is it possible to keep the (neuro)psychologization out of the game, that is to construct a technology and a digitality free of psy-theories?MORE about Digital doomsday

Lecture: Duterte's violent populism in the Philippines

Tuesday, April 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Since becoming Philippine President in July 2016 Rodrigo R. Duterte has launched a violent crackdown on drugs, with nearly 7,000 people killed (as of January 2017) from police “encounters” and vigilante killings. Elected in a free and fair election in May 2016, Duterte’s regime is post-liberal but not explicitly anti-democratic, with the press still free and the powers of Congress and the Courts not yet formally curtailed. Mark R. Thompson is head of the Department of Asian and International Studies (AIS) and director of the Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC) at the City University of Hong Kong.MORE about Duterte's violent populism in the Philippines

Colloquium: Deception and trust in a post-truth world

Wednesday, April 5 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall
How is the rewiring of communication in the network age changing how we deceive and trust one another? How can we trust that news story, or a hotel’s online review, or that text message about someone being on their way? In this talk we’ll go over how principles from psychology and communication intersect deception and trust with technology. We’ll cover the state-of-the-art in deception detection research, explore some new forms of deception and discuss concerns of a post-truth society, and examine how different technologies affect both how we lie and trust online. MORE about Deception and trust in a post-truth world

Artist talk: Stephanie Syjuco

Wednesday, April 5 | 12 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Born in the Philippines, Oakland-based artist and Assistant Professor in Sculpture at UC Berkeley Stephanie Syjuco creates large-scale spectacles of collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors. At Berkeley, she is working to expand a conceptual and materials-based pedagogy, combining methods of the handcrafted with digital technologies and social engagement in order to speak of the frictions within late-capitalist society. MORE about Stephanie Syjuco

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