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Lecture: The path to high performance
Wednesday, April 16 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Jacket image for Winning the Battle WithinThis presentation will focus on the principles for training into the “zone” of high performance. Dr. Glen Albaugh, author of Winning the Battle Within, will share his insights into the inner-game gleaned from a decade of collaboration with pro athletes. Hear about how Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll have woven inner game principles into their coaching philosophies. Whether it’s elevating your golf game, learning new dance steps, yearning to sing close harmony, or preparing your next keynote address, the inner game will light your path.

 $10 general admission,  Free to OLLI members and UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students (with OLLI or UC Berkeley ID)

RSVP online, or by calling 510.642.9934.


Film: Silent River
Wednesday, April 16 | 6 p.m. | Library North Gate

Image of the Santiago RiverSince the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement 20 years ago, U.S. companies have used the Santiago River as their own “waste canal.” This documentary follows a young woman and her family as they defy death threats to try and save one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico. Filmmakers Steve Fisher and Jason Jaacks are both students at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Fisher is an Univision Fellow at the Center for Latin American Studies. Jaacks is the founder of SplitFrame Media, and the winner of the 2014 Dorothea Lange Fellowship. A discussion with Berkeley professors Cynthia Gorney and Harley Shaiken will follow the screening.



Lecture: Island archaeologist
Wednesday, April 16 | 4:10-7 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

Patrick Kirch In 1964, a precocious Honolulu teenager dug his first test pit into a sandy dune site in the Halawa Valley on Moloka'i, launching a career that now spans five decades and has taken UC Berkeley professor Patrick Kirch to dozens of islands across the vast Pacific. In this retrospective, Kirch will recount some of the highlights of his fieldwork. These include lengthy stays on the remote islands of Tikopia and Anuta in the eastern Solomons; the discovery of the oldest known Lapita village of Talepakemalai in the Mussau Islands of Papua New Guinea; tracing the origins of Polynesian culture in Futuna, Niuatoputapu, and Manu'a in Western Polynesia; exploring the marae temple complexes of the 'Opunohu Valley on Mo'orea; and, Kirch's extensive research through the islands of Hawai'i.



Colloquium: Opportunities and challenges for the public university
Wednesday, April 16 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Penthouse Skydeck, 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Robert BirgeneauRobert Birgeneau, former chancellor of UC Berkeley, and Heather Munroe-Blum, former president and vice-chancellor of McGill University, will discuss the current state of the public university. The conversation will illuminate both the challenges and opportunities unique to public institutions of higher learning. Birgeneau is well known for his commitment to diversity and equity in the academic community. Munroe-Blum is a distinguished academic administrator and renowned scholar in the fields of psychiatric epidemiology and public policy.


RSVP by April 14 by calling Rita Ross at 510-642-0531, or by emailing Rita Ross at canada@berkeley.edu.


Exhibit: Why Are You Against Sexual Assault?
April 14 – 17, 2014 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | D-37 - Multicultural Community Center (MCC) Hearst Field Annex

Sexual assault awareness month logoThe "Why Are You Against Sexual Assault" Facebook Photo Campaign, Take Back the Night (TBTN) will be on display as an installation of signs made by members of the campus community. This event is part of UC Berkeley’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month.


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Special event: Take back the night fair, rally and open mic
Thursday, April 17 | 4:45-7 p.m. | Upper - Savio Steps Sproul Plaza

Sexual assault awareness month graphicIn honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, student groups, campus and community resources will be tabling before Take Back the Night Resource Fair. TBTN is open to folks of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, abilities, and class backgrounds. TBTN is a national movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual violence by utilizing various art forms. UC Berkeley's Take Back the Night is an evening of empowerment, education, and entertainment, with a full set list of community performances, and the opportunity for folks to participate in an open mic. We will end the night with a silent candlelit vigil and march in honor of the lives that have been lost and impacted by sexual violence.



Author talk: The ADHD Explosion, Stephen Hinshaw
Thursday, April 17 | 4:10-5:10 p.m. | Education Psychology Library Tolman Hall

Stephen HinshawStephen Hinshaw, UC Berkeley Professor of Psychology and author of The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money and Today's Push for Performance, will discuss and clarify an extremely important, controversial and complex public health topic. No disorder in recent times has been so controversial, so terribly misrepresented and sensationalized in the media, or so polarizing among the general public as ADHD.



Seminar: Privacy at Facebook
Thursday, April 17 | 1-2 p.m. | Wozniak Lounge Soda Hall

Maritza JohnsonMaritza Johnson, technical privacy manager on Facebook’s privacy and public policy team, will discuss Facebook’s key privacy principles: transparency, control and accountability. She will discuss several existing processes that ensure privacy is considered on the steps along the way to new features, as well as new initiatives that help Facebook understand users’ experiences and expectations. Johnson received her Ph.D. in computer science at Columbia University and was a postdoc at UC Berkeley’s department of electrical engineering and computer science.



Lecture: David Chase on television culture
Thursday, April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

David ChaseDavid Chase, creator of the hit TV series the The Sopranos, will discuss television culture in the US. As television has become increasingly popular in American culture, many look to The Sopranos as one of the most influential series in the past decade. However, despite hit series becoming increasingly ingrained in the lives of Americans, much obscurity surrounds the television industry. Mr. Chase will share his experiences in the television industry, as well as his views on the future of that very industry.


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Symposium: California in drought
Friday, April 18 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

David SedlakCalifornia is experiencing its worst drought in recorded history, but droughts are not new to California. Over the past 150 years, during which California’s water infrastructure and its expectations for water supply developed, may have actually been a wet anomaly in California’s deeper history of aridity. Adding climate change-induced variability, drought will be part of the ‘new normal’ for California. Join us for panel discussions exploring the state of the drought and how to address these issues. Keynote address by UC Berkeley professor David Sedlak. For a schedule and list of speakers, click here.



Conference: Animation/Reanimation
Friday, April 18 | 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Catherine MalabouThis one-day conference will explore reports of near-death experiences as well as fictions of after-death journeys from the perspectives of psychoanalysis, philosophy, anthropology, and film. From Plato’s myth of Er to Foucault’s “death of the author;” from Freudian concepts of repression and foreclosure to contemporary “post-mortem” cinema; from PTSD, trauma, and coma to diverse aesthetic practices, we aim to analyze the current state of the border between the living and the non-living. For a conference schedule and list of speakers click here.



Lecture: The problem of scale in human history
Friday, April 18 | 5-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

Dipesh ChakrabartyUniversity of Chicago Historian, Prof. Dipesh Chakrabarty will discuss certain rifts in the literature on climate change to demonstrate the role that the problem of scale plays in making the phenomenon of global warming into a human predicament. Chakrabarty is the author of several books, and is currently at work on The Climate of History: Four Theses.



Conference: Berkeley Korea Law Center
Friday, April 18 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House

US and Korean flagsBerkeley Law will celebrate the establishment of the Korea Law Center, a new center for cutting-edge thinking on significant public and private law issues affecting Korea and the United States. Panels at the inaugural conference will include: innovation and intellectual property in the high-technology industry; the impact of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement on U.S-Korean legal practice. Leading judges, officials, scholars, and practitioners from both countries will participate. For a complete list of speakers, click here.


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Film: Weekend
Saturday, April 19 | 8:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from WeekendWeekend is an explosion of images and ideas screeching toward a car wreck of a plot, along the way shattering all illusions of fiction or comfortable “art.” Here we see une femme mariée—Mireille Darc—romping through car-nage and forest in her Paris fashions, throwing a tantrum over the loss of her Hermès handbag in a bloody auto wreck, confronting the Maoists of La Chinoise, who themselves have evolved beyond summer-vacation theorizing. Just after the fiery crash, enter Jean-Pierre Léaud, dressed as St. Just and calmly reading the latter’s revolutionary prose, one of many such well-placed anomalies. (105 mins, In French with English subtitles, Color)

 $5.50 BAM/PFA member; Cal Student, Staff, Faculty, and retirees; Children (12 and under),  $6.50 Cal Faculty and Staff; Disabled Patron; Non Cal Student; Senior Patron ( 65 & Older); General Admission Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission

Workshop: deBUG
Saturday, April 19 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

deBugging with wiresCelebrate Earth Day by taking your "Make"-ing cues from the tiny creatures that roam the planet. Engineer your own insect robots, cook up edible creepy-crawler snacks, and discover inventions that will attract pollinators to your garden.



Workshop: Naturally dyed eggs
Saturday, April 19 | 10-10:45 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Colored eggsThis hands-on workshop will introduce children to the joy of natural dyes while they make their own patterns on eggs with brilliant plant-based colors. Price includes 4 eggs per participant. Two session times available: 10 - 10:45 am or 2 – 2:45 pm. Registration required. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

 $15/$12 members
Price includes admission to the Botanical Garden. Register online, or by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.

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The Possible: Sound manipulation and participatory jam
Sunday, April 20 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join The Something as they create the final round of instruments for analog video and sound manipulations for their massive participatory jam as part of L@TE on April 25. The day involves sound and video experimentation, as well as demonstrations in electronics and other related forms, by guest artists and The Possible recording studio leader Jamie Dutcher.

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

Special event: Thai night of culture and cuisine
Sunday, April 20 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House

Thai Night event imageEnjoy traditional and delicious Thai cuisine as well as authentic and interactive Thai musical, theatrical, and martial arts performances from professional Thai organizations from all over the Bay Area. There will also be several activity booths, a contest for the audience and a Thai-themed photo booth.

 $10.00 Advanced Ticket Purchase,  $15.00 Tickets at the Door
Tickets will be sold at our table on Sproul after spring break. Tickets go on sale April 1.

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Lecture: Rolezinhos, youth and public space in Sao Paulo
Monday, April 21 | 12 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall

Street party in Sao PauloYoung people, especially men, have been transforming the public space in São Paulo through a series of practices of circulation and cultural production. This talk will reflect on one of the most intriguing of these practices, rolezinhos, public gatherings organized by social media, and on the deep social anxieties they generate. Teresa Caldeira is professor of city & regional planning at UC Berkeley.



Panel discussion: American Cultures alumni and students
Monday, April 21 | 5-7 p.m. | 30, Ethnic Studies Library Stephens Hall

American Cultures 25th anniversary graphicThe American Cultures Requirement was a unique concept developed at UC Berkeley in which all undergraduate students needed to take and pass at least one course on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States in order to graduate. The requirement offered an exciting intellectual environment and became a nationwide model implemented at eight other University of California campuses and at colleges and universities throughout the country. In this discussion, the 1989 UC Berkeley undergraduates Jeff Chang (Stanford University), Regina Freer (Occidental College), Mark Min (City Span) and Rickey Vincent (UC Berkeley) will be in conversation with the current AC Student Advisory Board.

RSVP by April 10 by calling Douglas Parada at 510-664-7065, or by emailing Douglas Parada at dparada@berkeley.edu.


Author talk: It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
Monday, April 21 | 5-7 p.m. | 210 South Hall

Danah BoydWhat is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? Youth culture and technology expert Danah Boyd will uncover some of the major myths regarding teens’ use of social media. In her new book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, Boyd explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Ultimately, she argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers’ ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions.


Make reservations online.


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

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


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Film: Elena
Tuesday, April 22 | 6:30 p.m. | 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building

Still image from film ElenaElena travels to New York to become an actress, leaving behind a childhood spent in hiding from the military dictatorship. She also leaves Petra, her seven-year-old sister. Two decades later, Petra also an actress, goes to New York in search of her lost sister. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Petra Costa. (80 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.)



Dance: Hablando Bomba
Tuesday, April 22 | 9:30-11 a.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Graphic image for performers of Hablando BombaLearn about the history and performance of Afro-Puerto Rican bomba drumming, dance, and song. Tamara Roberts (UC Berkeley assistant professor of music) will host two bomba artist-scholars from Puerto Rico, Dr. Pablo Luis Rivera and Rafael Maya. Bomba is an Afro-Puerto Rican tradition of drumming, dance, and song originally created by enslaved Africans on the island's sugarcane plantations. Luis and Maya are part of a new generation of bomba practitioners that has taken the form from the folkloric stage back into community spaces, night clubs, popular music, and even video games. Don’t miss the free bomba dance workshop following the lecture.



Panel discussion: The art of American Cultures
Tuesday, April 22 | 6-8 p.m. | Hearst Annex D-37 Hearst Field Annex

American Cultures graphic imageIn celebration of the 25th anniversary of the American Cultures program at UC Berkeley, the AC Center will showcase its past art and posters from 25 years of programming. The American Cultures requirement was a unique concept developed at UC Berkeley in which all undergraduate students must take and pass at least one course on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States in order to graduate. In this panel discussion, the anniversary poster by Melanie Cervantes (Dignidad Rebelde) will be announced. Cervantes will introduce the new artwork and host a conversation on the role of art and activism.

RSVP by April 10 by calling Douglas Parada at 510-664-7065, or by emailing Douglas Parada at dparada@berkeley.edu.


Lecture: The trafficking of girls
Tuesday, April 22 | 6:30-8 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

Dr. Aruna UpretyWhen she traveled to Mumbai and saw firsthand the horrors that await the thousands of young girls sold or lured by traffickers each year, Dr. Aruna Uprety made it her life’s work to protect and empower Nepal’s most vulnerable girls. So, Aruna began a partnership with the American Himalayan Foundation to transform counter-trafficking .The 15 year partnership has grown from 52 girls in one district to 10,500 girls in 519 schools all across Nepal. And each year, hundreds of them graduate as educated, independent young women. Dr. Uprety will discuss her work and look ahead to address this global issue.


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

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



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

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



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

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


RSVP by April 10 by calling Douglas Parada at 510-664-7065, or by emailing Douglas Parada at dparada@berkeley.edu.


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

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


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Special event: Portuguese youth day
Thursday, April 24 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Toll Room Alumni House

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



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

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



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

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


RSVP by April 15 online, or by calling Douglas Parada at 510-664-7065, or by emailing Douglas Parada at dparada@berkeley.edu.


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

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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


RSVP by April 16 online, or by calling Douglas Parada at 510-664-7065, or by emailing Douglas Parada at dparada@berkeley.edu.


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

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

 $30 and up
Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.

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

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

Buy tickets online.


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

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

 $30
Register online, or by calling 510-642-5134.


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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

 $16 general admission, $12 other students, seniors, current & retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups of 10 or more, $5 UC Berkeley students (student ID required)
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Film: Little Brother
Monday, April 28 | 6:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

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

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

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

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



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

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



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