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Panel discussion: Water policy and the drought
Saturday, October 3 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 145 Dwinelle Hall

Scientists agree that California’s droughts are cyclical and appear to be growing worse. While we have developed technologies to address our water challenges, water policy remains a hot-button issue in the Golden State, and not necessarily on traditional Republican-Democratic policy lines. Along with the need for major new infrastructure, deep conflicts divide agricultural and urban industries, Central Valley and coastal communities, environmentalists and fracking proponents, and others. Join us for a timely discussion on how we can build consensus and create bipartisan solutions to ensure a sustainable water future for our state.

Special event: Campanile 100th birthday party
Saturday, October 3 | 11 a.m. | Campanile (Sather Tower)

Join us on the esplanade to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Campanile!

Conference: Public health and innovation in the Middle East
October 2 – 3, 2015 every day | 7 p.m. | Li Ka Shing Center

Center for Middle Eastern Studies logoPolitical upheaval has swept the Middle East and North Africa in the last five years. For many people, sectarian violence and political instability have led to entrenched poverty and lack of access to basic health services. With large swathes of the MENA region in crisis, new ideas are needed to address chronic disease and improve access to preventative medicine. This summit will examine the role of innovation and public health as twin engines of social, economic, and political order, and how they might be deployed in shaping and reshaping the future of this critical world region. For a complete program and to register, please visit the CMES website.

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Music: UC Berkeley symphony orchestra
October 2 – 3, 2015 every day | 8-10 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

UC Berkeley symphony orchestra photoDavid Milnes conducts the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and Matthew Schumaker's As I ride the late night freeways.

 $16 General admission (all seats unreserved),  $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current & retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups of ten or more,  $5 UC Berkeley students (student ID required),  $free for music majors, music graduate students (with UCB student ID card) for music majors, music graduate students (with UCB student ID card)
Advance tickets from the Zellerbach Hall ticket office or at the door starting one hour before the performance. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

Dance: Mariinksy Ballet and Orchestra presents Cinderella
October 1 – 4, 2015 every day | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Mariinsky ballet dancersOne of the most revered companies in classical dance, the Mariinsky Ballet has endured as a bastion of arts excellence and innovation for more than two centuries. The company presents one of the most celebrated works in its repertoire, Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella. Commissioned for the Mariinsky in 2002, the production launched the choreographer to international stardom, earning him a reputation for revitalizing classic ballet with urbane sophistication and modern storytelling. Ratmansky's enchanting version of the fairy tale draws its drama from the wellspring of Prokofiev's glorious, bittersweet score performed by the unparalleled Mariinsky Orchestra.

 $45 and up
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Special event: Homecoming 2015
October 2 – 4, 2015 every day | Sproul Plaza

Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming is UC Berkeley’s premier annual gathering for thousands of alumni and parents. Let your heart lead you to campus for three days of alumni parties, family events, faculty seminars, special tours, museum and library open houses, the Homecoming football game, and much more.

Exhibit: Behind the Beautiful Forevers
August 10 – October 16, 2015 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library

Book jacket for Behind the Beautiful ForeversBehind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity won the National Book Award (2012) and The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among many other prizes, and has appeared on numerous “best books of the year” lists. It is also the reading selection for this year’s On the Same Page program, and the focus of numerous public events and courses this Fall. This exhibit in the lobby of Moffitt Library showcases the variety of library collections pertaining to the book, including dissertations, scholarly journal articles, government documents, personal narratives, maps, pictorial works, statistics, magazine and newspaper articles, DVDs and children’s literature.

Exhibit: Exceptional expositions
September 8 – December 16, 2015 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

Exceptional Expositions presents the architecture and landscape of two world’s fairs held in the San Francisco Bay Area; the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) of 1915 and the Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE) of 1939. Original architectural and landscape drawings, photographs, and ephemera from the Environmental Design Archives, Visual Resources Center, and Environmental Design Library illustrate how each exposition was planned, designed, and experienced.

Exhibit: Nothing About Us, Without US
September 18, 2015 – February 12, 2016 every day | Bernice Layne Brown Gallery Doe Library

Graphic for the 25th anniversary of ADAThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. The exhibition draws on the history of the Disabled, the activism of the 1970s, and events which led to the passage of the ADA.

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Botanical garden: Foods of the Americas family day
Sunday, October 4 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Kids enjoying the foods of the americas exhibitJoin us at the UC Botanical Garden for our Foods of the Americas family day. Crafts, food, talks, docent tours, corn husk dolls and demonstrations are open to all.

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Film: screening of "2015 Videodanza Festival" presented by Argentine dance theater artist Silvina Szperling
Monday, October 5 | 5:30 p.m. | Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

Silvina SzperlingArgentine Dance Theater dance choreographer, videographer and dance critic Silvina Szperling directs an annual video festival entitled Festival Internacional de Video-danza de Buenos Aires, or Videodanza Festival. Join us for a showing of this year’s participating films.

Presentation: War, disaster and data
Monday, October 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 714C University Hall

Bixby Center logoThe humanitarian response landscape is changing rapidly. Many active conflict zones are now in middle-income countries and these conflicts are spilling over to neighboring regions. In order to target diminishing resources and facilitate humanitarian responder coordination it is imperative that innovative approaches are used. The integration of technology and humanitarian aid is in its infancy but represents a potential paradigm to a data-driven response model from the old, anecdotal one. This presentation will explore solutions in the emerging field of technology for humanitarian aid. Jesse Berns, MPH is a field epidemiologist and clinician with over a decade of service in complex, humanitarian emergencies.

Panel discussion: Student loans and the rising cost of higher education
Monday, October 5 | 3-4 p.m. | Living Room Goldman School of Public Policy

Goldman School logoHear four unique perspectives ranging from the U.S. Congress, U.C. Berkeley administration, academia, and a student financial aid recipient in this panel discussion. Students are encouraged to attend and participate in the Q&A portion of the panel. Panelists include Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy, Henry Brady, and UC Berkeley associate vice chancellor of admissions & enrollment, Anna De Luca.

Exhibit: Multitudes, the paintings of Andres Waissman
August 27 – December 18, 2015 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Painting by Andres WaissmanAndres Waissman’s work conveys not only a visual but also a deep philosophical and political statement—a whole body of thought rendered through images. In 2005, the book Waissman/A pilgrim artist by Rodrigo Alonso was published and his life and work was the subject of a PBS documentary by Eduardo Montes Bradley entitled Waissman (2010). The artist currently lives and works in Argentina where he created Studio Cri Program, a space for young artists to work and discuss their work.

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Lecture: A photographic narrative of cloistered religious life
Tuesday, October 6 | 5-7 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley Stephens Hall | Note change in location

Toni GreavesThe sudden revelation of a powerful religious calling was an entirely unexpected event in the life of a college student named Lauren. But when it became clear to her that she had a spiritual vocation, she made the exceptional decision to dedicate her life to God. Drawing upon many visits to the cloistered religious community of Dominican nuns in Summit, New Jersey, photographer Toni Greaves has created a luminous body of work that follows the transformative journey by which Lauren became Sister Maria Teresa of the Sacred Heart. Greaves’ meditative photographs capture the radical joy of a life dedicated unequivocally to love. Toni Greaves will present and discuss her long-term project photographing within a community of cloistered nuns, her personal journey along the way, and the just-published monograph of this seven-year body of work.

Lecture: Rediscovering our lost "farmacy"
Tuesday, October 6 | 4-5 p.m. | Morgan Lounge Morgan Hall

Daphne MillerWhat protective health factors are lost when moving from an acroecological to an industrial model of agriculture? It is well documented that populations experience a sharp increase in the prevalence of most chronic diseases – including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune diseases, cancer and depression – when they abandon a traditional lifestyle in favor of a more industrial one. Event speaker Daphne Miller is a practicing family physician, author, and associate clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco.

Lecture: Is the Constitution Libertarian?
Tuesday, October 6 | 4:15-7 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Fred Smith, Jr. and Randy BarnettWe welcome Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett as he poses the question, is the Constitution Libertarian? He will be followed by a response from Professor Fred Smith, Jr. of Berkeley Law. There will be a reception following the lecture.

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Berkeley book chat: Katrina Dodson, The Complete Stories of Clarice Lispector
Wednesday, October 7 | 12-1 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Book cover of Katrina Dodson's complete storiesKatrina Dodson is currently completing her Ph.D. in the Department of Comparative Literature with a designated emphasis in Gender, Women, and Sexuality. Her research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Brazilian and Anglo-American literature. Dodson’s recent translation of Clarice Lispector’s Complete Stories collects for the first time all 85 short stories by one of Brazil’s most important writers, from Lispector’s first published story in 1939 at the age of 19 to her last written in 1977. A renowned literary figure in Brazil, Clarice Lispector has long been recognized as a prominent figure of Latin American literature and gender studies.

Noon concert: Songs and arias by Debussy, Barber, Donizetti
Wednesday, October 7 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Christina Swindlehurst-ChanChristina Swindlehurst-Chan, soprano, will performs songs and arias by Debussy, Barber, Donizetti and more.

 free and open to the public

Film: Wild Tales
Wednesday, October 7 | 7-9 p.m. | Room A0001 Hearst Field Annex

Still image from Wild TalesIn this 2015 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign-Language Film, six tales of revenge play out in a series of one-act vignettes that take their characters' to outrageous extremes. Murder, violence, betrayal and unchecked rage mark the actions of a wide variety of individuals as they respond to situations that bring out the worst in them. 122 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

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Lecture: The nation behind bars; U.S. prisons and human rights
Thursday, October 8 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

Prisoners walking behind barsAlison Parker and Jamie Felner of Human Rights Watch will discuss a report on the the human rights crisis facing U.S. prisons today.

Seminar: Climate change in global and U.S. national parks
Thursday, October 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

Dr. Patrick GonzalezPatrick Gonzalez is the Principal Climate Change Scientist of the US National Park Service and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. A forest ecologist, he conducts research to detect impacts of climate change, analyze vulnerabilities, and quantify ecosystem carbon. He works to adapt resource management to climate change, with policymakers to integrate science into policy, and with local people to implement community-based natural resource management.

Reading: Story hour in the library featuring Yang Huang
Thursday, October 8 | 5-6 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Yang HuangYang Huang grew up in Jiangsu, China and came to the U.S. to study computer science. While working as an engineer, she attended Boston College and earned an MFA from the University of Arizona. Her debut novel Living Treasures is a Pen/Bellwether Prize finalist and an INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist. Her fiction and a feature-length screenplay have appeared in Asian Pacific American Journal, The Evansville Review, Futures, Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine, Nuvein, and Stories for Film. Story Hour in the Library is a monthly prose reading series held in UC Berkeley's Morrison Library.

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Music: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club
Friday, October 9 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Orquesta Buena Vista Social ClubThe Grammy-winning global ambassadors for Cuban music, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club bids farewell in its final world tour after 16 years on the road. The groundbreaking ensemble includes several stars featured on the landmark Buena Vista Social Club recording, amongst them singer-guitarist Eliades Ochoa, trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, laúd virtuoso Barbarito Torres, and Cuban diva Omara Portuondo.

 $40 and up
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Music: Ben Howard with guest Daughter
Friday, October 9 | 8 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre

Ben HowardCritically celebrated British singer and songwriter Ben Howard will perform at the Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley on October 9th. I Forget Where We Were is the critically acclaimed follow up to Ben's 2011 debut, Every Kingdom. Regarded as one of the most exciting live acts in recent years, Ben has recently completed back to back sell-out tours in Europe and the US and is currently embarking on a massive UK arena tour.

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Conference: From Caitlyn Jenner to Rachel Dolezal, the social construction of race and gender
Friday, October 9 | 4-6 p.m. | Room 295 Boalt Hall, School of Law

Vanity Fair July 2015 cover imageOver the summer, media coverage of two women, Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal, sparked a heated public conversation about identity and change. This panel will engage the discourse concerning the extent to which race, gender, and sexuality are socially constructed and can change, and whether we should accept all assertions of self-identity. Are race, gender, and sexual orientation similarly situated? Might we reject some claims of racial identification, even as we affirm all assertions of gender identification? Should people of color welcome whites who wish to identify as a racial minority, at least insofar as such people are fighting for racial justice? How has the media spotlight on Caitlyn Jenner’s identity impacted more marginalized transwomen, including those who are poor and of color?

Exhibit: Art+Village+City
October 9 – November 15, 2015 every day | 121 Wurster Hall

Exhibition posterAn exhibition exploring Two Cities, Four Villages, and the Uses of Art in the Pearl River Delta in Southern China. Curated by Margaret Crawford and Winnie Wong. Featuring works by the Art+Village+City Research Studio UC Berkeley, SHIMURAbros (as researchers at Studio Olafur Eliasson), Sascha Pohle, Jing Wen, and José Figueroa.

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Botanical garden: Growing food in the Bay Area's secret season
Saturday, October 10 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Lettuce plants growing in potsJanuary through March is one of the best growing seasons of the Bay Area, and the one least utilized. Crops growing at this time use any rainfall they get to produce some of the most tender, crisp, and delectable harvests of our year. In this class you will learn will learn how to get the most from this least appreciated season. The Bay Area's vegetable garden guru, Pam Peirce, will explain how to select varieties for this time of year, when and how to start them, using winter's wild edibles, and what crops are best for winter-into-spring container gardens.

 $25/ $20 Garden members
Register online, or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing

Music: Beirut with guest Julia Holter
Saturday, October 10 | 8 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre

Beirut musiciansIf the darkest hour is right before the dawn, Zach Condon's dawn is the brightest point in his still-young career. He's found his true artistic identity as a songwriter – one that greatly abandons many of the formulas for which he was first known. The songwriter within Condon has always been there, albeit sonically veiled on past records. It's never been presented so prominently, and finds Beirut on its most stable and convincing footing yet.

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Lecture: Anne Frank house's empty rooms
Sunday, October 11 | 3-4 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Anne FrankEvery year, more than 1.2 million people visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. They patiently wait in line, sometimes for hours, to visit the empty rooms of the hiding place – to see the Secret Annex, which since its opening as a museum in 1960 serves as reminder of one of the darkest periods in human history. At the same time this unique place encourages us to reflect on its significance to our own lives. Yet, we must also ask ourselves, why do we need the tragedies of the past to inspire us to build a better future? Can history really teach us anything, and if so what, and how can we learn from it? Why do these empty rooms attract so many visitors? Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank house, will discuss his impressions.

Dance: Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India
Sunday, October 11 | 7 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Bollywood Masala dancers and orchestraSixteen artists strong, the Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers take us on a lively musical journey from Rajasthan to Mumbai, in a colorful celebration of traditional and contemporary Indian music and dance. The repertoire is truly eclectic, from the electrifying rhythms of brass-band music to the lush melodies of classical instrumental music. The musicians play a mix of Indian and Western instruments such as bass and side drums, trombone, tabla, dholak, harmonium, and clarinet, accompanying singers and dancers in traditional Rajasthani songs, court dances, acrobatic routines, and, of course, the irresistible scores of Bollywood film soundtracks.

 $25 and up
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Music: Takács Quartet
Sunday, October 11 | 3 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Takacs QuartetThe Takács Quartet's recording of Schubert's Death and the Maiden ranks among the definitive recordings of that enduring work. The quartet complements Schubert's haunting lyricism with Haydn's bold and brilliant Quartet No. 1 from Op. 74, and Shostakovich's restless Quartet No. 3, composed during the turmoil of World War II at the height of the composer's confrontations with the Stalinist regime.

 $64 and up
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Lecture: Kaija Saariaho
Monday, October 12 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Photo of Kaija Saariaho by Maarit KytöhajuRenowned composer, Kaija Saariaho, discusses her history, process and works with moderator Matias Tarnopolsky, Director of Cal Performances, Edmund Campion, Professor of Music Composition and Director of CNMAT, and Mary Ann Smart, Professor of Historical Musicology.

 free and open to the public

Colloquium: Historical legacies in East Asian international relations
Monday, October 12 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Seo-Hyun ParkIn the study of international relations in East Asia, it is almost taken as a given that historical memory or context influences foreign policy outcomes. But given that there are multiple historical “lessons” and “traumas” that inform contemporary security debates, it is important to ask which historical legacies matter in and what kinds of impact they have on international relations in the East Asian region. Seo-Hyun Park is Assistant Professor of Government and Law at Lafayette College. Her research interests include international security, alliance politics, national identity politics, causes of war, the role of sovereignty in international relations, and East Asian politics.

Lecture: If only I can be myself
Monday, October 12 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

Ronald LeopoldOn April 11, 1944, Anne Frank wrote in her diary: “I know what I want, I have a goal, I have opinions, a religion and love. If only I can be myself, I'll be satisfied.”
In today’s European context with its rapidly changing multicultural societies, questions about identity – about who we are and what we want to be – take on a new dynamic. How can we be ourselves and at the same time give others the space to be themselves? What kinds of skills are required to take part in a society where people differ greatly from each other but still need to form a community together? What kinds of educational challenges do we face in the European quest for diverse identities? Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House, will discuss these questions.

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Botanical garden: Native plant sale
Sunday, October 25 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

This full-day shopping opportunity will offer native plant fans a good selection of native plants at the best time of year to plant them. The Extravaganza provides the opportunity to purchase unique or hard-to-find native plants that are not normally available in most nurseries. Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to help shoppers select the best plants for their gardens. Event is free and open to the public.

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