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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

That Other Irish Literature: The Best Books in Irish 1893-2016

Lecture | March 14 | D37 Hearst Field Annex

 Department of English

A lecture by Philip O’Leary, Professor of English, Boston College

Nuclear Policy Working Group

Meeting | March 14 – May 9, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | NSSC Suite, Suite 230

 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

 Nuclear Engineering (NE)

Forest Products and Woody Biomass Job Talk - Daniel L. Sanchez, Ph.D.

Seminar | March 14 | 338 Koshland Hall

 Daniel L. Sanchez, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

"Commercialization of Carbon-Negative Bioenergy Systems"

Refreshments to follow in 139 Mulford Hall

Geometric Design for California

Workshop | March 14 – 16, 2017 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Hilton Garden Inn

 11481 Mission Vista Dr, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

 Robert Himes, Mark Thomas & Company, Inc.; Adrian Engel, Echelon Transportation Group

 Technology Transfer Program

This 3-day course covers the principles and best practices of roadway geometric design for various functional classes of roadways, including local streets, arterials and freeways, intersections and interchanges. This course focuses on practical, real world applications of geometric design methods. Developed with professionals in California in mind, the course will use design standards and...   More >

 This class is intended for roadway design engineers and technicians who have some basic prior knowledge of or experience with geometric design, as well as for those more experienced who seek a refresher course.

So Many Birds, So Little Time...: Interview with Luke Bloch, Department of Integrative Biology

Seminar | March 14 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7FM

 Luke Bloch, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology; Tesla Monson, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7FM

In this episode of The Graduates, Luke Bloch, ornithologist and conservation biologist, talks about his work studying birds in Indonesia, and at other field sites around the globe.

The Graduates, highlighting graduate student research at Berkeley and around the world, is broadcast every other Tuesday at 9AM on KALX 90.7FM and on the web.   More >

 Radio broadcast, ON-AIR only, 90.7 FM

Luke in Sulawesi, Indonesia

Caltime KRONOS 8 – Managers/Supervisor Training

Course | March 14 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Lydia Jenkins

 Human Resources

Objective/Focus - KRONOS 8 Upgrade Changes:
Cosmetic features and functionality of CalTime KRONOS 8
Access to CalTime via Citrix – one timecard view
Edit personal Timecard
Edit timecards for employees
View Accruals and Totals on timecards
Icons, and color alerts to guide to the next task
Approve Employee Timecards - individual and mass approval
Instructor-led, hands-on training using...   More >

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Organic Syntheses Seminar: Exploring New Methodologies to Enhance Synthetic Efficiency

Seminar | March 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Dawei Ma, State Key Laboratory of Bio-Organic and Natural Products Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Discovery of new synthetic methodologies not only prompts diverse synthesis of natural and designed functional molecules, but also leads to more efficient synthesis (step-economical and cost-effective) of known compounds with important functions. In this lecture I will summarize our recent results on methodology development, which include preparation of spiro-fused indolines via intramolecular...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Dynamics for the Top Eigenvalue and Eigenvector of Empirical Correlation Matrices of Financial Data

Seminar | March 14 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Carl-Fredrik Arndt, Two Sigma

 Center for Risk Management Research

In this talk we will discuss how the top eigenvalue/eigenvector pair evolves through time for estimators of covariance and correlation matrices of equity return type data. By this we mean that the matrices have a top eigenvalue which is well separated from the others. Our main results are that both the eigenvalue and eigenvector of a correlation matrix has an extra stability effect,...   More >

UCMP Fossil Coffee: Current paleontological research and opportunities at Petrified Forest National Park

Seminar | March 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP Fishbowl)

 Adam Marsh, Petrified Forest National Park

 Museum of Paleontology

Cal Alumni Club of Chicago: River City Food Bank presents Empty Bowls 2017

Social Event | March 14 | 11:30 a.m. |  Sacramento Convention Center

  1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

 Cal Alumni Club of Sacramento


Empty Bowls is River City Food Bank's largest fundraising event to raise awareness in the fight against hunger in Sacramento County. Our 14th Annual event will take place on March 13th and 14th, 2017 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Empty Bowls 2016 was attended by more than 1,500 people and raised more than $200,000, 96% of which directly...   More >


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The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century

Lecture | March 14 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Rachel Stern, Berkeley School of Law

 Stein Ringen, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Professor Ringen will presents his book, The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century. The Chinese political economy is like no other system known to man, now or in history. This book explains how the system works and where it may be moving.
- What are the intentions and priorities of the Chinese leaders?
- What kind of leader is Xi Jinping, where is he leading China and how radically is...   More >

Programs for "Under-Prepared" College Students: A Tale of Unintended Consequences

Seminar | March 14 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio Dwinelle 117

 Katie Hern, English Instructor, Chabot College and Co-Founder of the California Acceleration Project (CAP); Myra Snell, Professor, Mathematics, Los Medanos College and Co-Founder of the California Acceleration Project (CAP)

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Traditionally, about 80% of California community college students have been classified “unprepared” upon entry and required to enroll in remedial courses in English, reading, math, and/or English as a second language. These courses are intended to help students be more successful, but the more remedial courses students are required to take, the less likely they are to ever reach their college...   More >

Two Views on Education in the Nordic Countries: Computers and Learning in Danish Schools Inequality in Finnish Education  

Lecture | March 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Jeppe Bundsgaard, Professor of Education, Aarhus University, Copenhagen; Veronica Salovaara, Doctoral Student in Sociology, University of Helsinki

 Institute of European Studies

Denmark is among the countries with most widespread use of computers in K-9, with positive attitudes both from teachers and politicians toward the use of computers. Jeppe Bundsgaard will discuss the Danish situation, including the challenges that (still) exist.

Veronica Salovaara, who has been working in different comparative European and Nordic research projects, analyzes how inequality is...   More >

The psychology of political risk in autocracy: Evidence from Zimbabwe

Colloquium | March 14 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Lauren Young, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), Stanford

 Center for African Studies

One of the Center for African Studies weekly sessions in our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series.

Lauren Young

Development Lunch:"The effect of ambient light on criminal activity: Evidence from Chile"

Seminar | March 14 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Patricio Dominguez

 Department of Economics, CEGA

Understanding Person Recognition: Psychological, Computational, and Neural Perspectives

Seminar | March 14 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Alice O’Toole, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences The University of Texas at Dallas

 Department of Psychology

The study of person recognition over the last decade has concentrated almost entirely on recognition from the faces. In the real world, recognition of others often begins at a distance, where identity-specific information in the face is poorly resolved. At this distance, identity information in the shape of the body can support and constrain recognition. Remarkably little is known about how we...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Reshetikhin-Turaev for the Drinfeld Double of a Finite Group

Seminar | March 14 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kevin Donoghue, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Reshetikhin and Turaev built a machine which takes as input a certain kind of Hopf algebra and outputs a link invariant. This talk will reverse the process: if you start with a particular link invariant, namely the number of homomorphisms of the link group to a finite group, the corresponding Hopf algebra and its tensor diagrammatics appear after some simple topological considerations.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: A new approach to contact problems in geometry

Seminar | March 14 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Joe Harris, Harvard University

 Department of Mathematics

Geometric problems involving order of contact—for example, how many flexes does a plane curve of degree $d$ have?---can often be solving by considering the relevant {\it bundle of principle parts}. When we're dealing with a family of varieties, though—for example, in a pencil of plane curves of degree $d$, how many have hyperflexes?---difficulties arise: some members of the family will have...   More >

The lifetime of atmospheric nitrogen oxides

Seminar | March 14 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Ronald Cohen, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

 College of Chemistry

Data Tidying in R and Python: The Hacker Within

Workshop | March 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This Week's The Hacker Within

Topic: Data Tidying in R and Python


This is a weekly meeting for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation.

Islamophobia Across the Atlantic: Trump, Europe's Far Right, and the Place of Civil Society: CRG Thursday Forum Series

Lecture | March 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Dr. Farid Hafez

 Center for Race and Gender

Islamophobia Across the Atlantic: Trump, Europe's Far Right, and the Place of Civil Society
Dr. Farid Hafez, Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project

This talk discusses the emergence of Islamophobia in Europe and the USA and its specific role in party politics. It discusses the announcement and introduction of Trump's anti-Muslim policies at the backdrop of precedent policies in Europe....   More >

Softball vs. Lehigh

Sport - Intercollegiate - Baseball/Softball | March 14 | 4 p.m. |  Levine-Fricke Field

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Softball hosts Lehigh at Levine-Fricke Field.

Rita Chattopadhyay | Women, Crime, and Retribution: An Ancient Indian Perspective

Lecture | March 14 | 4-6 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 341 (DSSEAS Library)

 Rita Chattopadhyay, Professor, Department of Sanskrit, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

 Robert P. Goldman, Professor of Sanskrit, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Chair in South and Southeast Asian Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

A talk by Dr. Rita Chattopadhyay, Professor in the Department of Sanskrit at Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

Violence, Stigma, and Health Disparities of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth

Conference/Symposium | March 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Paul R. Sterzing, PhD., Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley; Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, PhD, Associate Professor, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; Dorothy L. Espelage, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Florida

 Public Health, School of, Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, Social Welfare, School of, Berkeley Institute of Human Development, The Center for Child and Youth Policy

This two hour symposium presents research from the three leading scholars working at the intersection of social welfare and public health. Examining stigma and violence exposure among sexual and gender minority youth and associated impacts on mental and behavioral health, the panel of scholars will discuss recommendations for future research and the development of prevention, intervention, and...   More >

Red Globalism: The 'Other' Europe, Decolonization and African Heritage

Lecture | March 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Paul Betts, Professor of Modern European History at St Antony's College, University of Oxford

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

The study of the Cold War has undergone fundamental transformation in recent years. While most of the scholarship on superpower confrontation has given way to wider notions of a global Cold War, comparatively little attention has been accorded to trans-continental interactions between smaller states, such as the relationship between Eastern Europe and its socialist partners in Africa and Asia....   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Ownership of the Means of Production"

Seminar | March 14 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C110 Cheit Hall

 Glen Weyl, Microsoft Research

 Department of Economics

(joint with Economic Analysis and Policy Group Seminar)

The Present Political Divide: What To Do Now

Colloquium | March 14 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Institute

 George Lakoff, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics, UC Berkeley

 Center for Right-Wing Studies, Department of Sociology, Department of Linguistics, Berkeley Center for Neural Mind & Society

How does Trump think, how does he control public discourse, and why does he have the appeal that he has? What do the Democrats fail to understand about Trump and his followers? And what can those in the American majority that oppose Trump do now, and what should the majority and the media not do that would only help Trump?

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The implicitization problem for rational normal scrolls

Seminar | March 14 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Alessio Sammartano, Purdue University

 Department of Mathematics

We study the defining ideals of the Rees algebra and of the special fiber ring for ideals of a rational normal scroll in $P^n$. In particular, we show that these rings are Koszul algebras.

Mecca's Perspective as Symbolic Form

Lecture | March 14 | 5-7 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Avinoam Shalem, Riggio Professor of the History of the Arts of Islam, Columbia University

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

The “Sacred” and the “Holy” (haram in Arabic and, to some extent, al-quds or al-muqaddas), are Semitic words (see Herem and Kadosh in Hebrew) denoting the act of separation, parting, or setting aside, and imply the apparent human faculty of setting distinctive borders between holy and profane zones. Constrained to time, these spaces become chronotopes. But,...   More >

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | January 31 – May 9, 2017 every Tuesday | 6-7 p.m. |  Jupiter Taproom

 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Jupiter Taproom. This is an informal gathering to connect with other Swahili speakers on campus and in Berkeley. Each person will support their own beverage purchases, but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and experience levels are welcome. Karibuni sana!

Spring Art and Film Series: Wedding Doll

Film - Feature | March 14 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room

 Nitzan Gilady, Filmmaker

 Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

In Nitzan Gilady's award-winning debut film, Hagit, a young woman with mild mental deficiency, works in a toilet-paper factory. She lives with her mother Sarah, a divorcee who gave up her life for her daughter. Hagit strives for independence and Sarah is torn between her desire to protect her, and her own will to live. When a relationship develops between her and the son of the factory owner,...   More >

Lacrosse vs. UConn

Sport - Intercollegiate - Lacrosse | March 14 | 6 p.m. |  Memorial Stadium

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Lacrosse hosts UConn at Memorial Stadium.

Sonja D. Williams: "Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom"

Reading - Nonfiction | March 14 | 6:30-8 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Library

 Graduate School of Journalism

The life of an inventive African American media writer and tireless champion of freedom, equality, and justice.

Posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007, Richard Durham creatively chronicled and brought to life the significant events of his times. Durham's trademark narrative style engaged listeners with fascinating characters, compelling details, and sharp images of...   More >

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General Motors (GM) Tech Talk: The Future of Mobility

Information Session | March 14 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Mike Ableson, VP of Global Strategy

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come to the Woz for a talk on 'The Future of Mobility' by Mike Ableson, GM's Vice President of Global Strategy. Learn how General Motors leverages OnStar, Connectivity, Car Sharing, Electrification & Autonomous Systems to drive its Mobility Strategy. Mike (a Berkeley grad himself) is excited to be speaking to students about the future of the automobile industry, so bring lots of...   More >

Sustain U: Green Up Your Life

Course | January 31 – April 25, 2017 every Tuesday with exceptions | 6:30-8 p.m. | 228 Dwinelle Hall

 Sharon Chen; Mary Thomasmeyer

 Student Environmental Resource Center

This course, presented by the Student Environmental Resource Center, is meant to introduce sustainability as a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary concept embodying business, economics, public health, engineering, and ethnic studies, as well as its real practical applications in students’ lives.

Marian Diamond Day

Film - Documentary | March 14 | 7-9 p.m. |  OLD CITY HALL

 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. WAY, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In conjunction with the PBS broadcast of MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE BRAIN; THE LIFE AND SCIENCE OF DR. MARIAN DIAMOND, the City of Berkeley is honoring Marian with:

Marian Diamond Day proclaimed in Berkeley on March 14, 2017 7pm OLD CITY HALL AT 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. WAY

Inside the BAMPFA Film Collection

Special Event | March 14 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

For BAMPFA Members and Cal Students Only

Join us for this fifth annual event, an insider’s view into how we shape our film collection. In conjunction with Member Appreciation Month, our curators and film collection staff present a selection of works from BAMPFA’s holdings and share insights into their significance, both for our collection and for the history of film. Highlights include...   More >

Admission to this lecture is free. This event is only open to BAMPFA members and UC Berkeley Students only

3 Truths About Trumpism: with Abby VanMuijen

Lecture | March 14 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 210 - Environmental Design Library Atrium

 Abby VanMuijen


Abby VanMuijen (UC Berkeley Landscape Architecture graduate) teams up with Ananya Roy again to produce one of the most cogent commentaries about the recent election and it’s aftermath. This six-minute animated video expresses in words and images a concise critique of “Trumpism” and some of the narratives that enable it. Abby will discuss the process of developing the content and images which can...   More >

Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud

Reading - Nonfiction | March 14 | 7 p.m. | D37 Hearst Field Annex

 Elizabeth Greenwood, Author

 Department of English

"Ms. Greenwood leaps into an anecdote-filled history of — and rough primer for — erasing yourself. She shrewdly notes that our fascination with vanishing is only heightened by the ‘hypervisibility of our age.’… The fun in Greenwood’s book — much of it admittedly grim fun — is in learning the details."
New York Times

Abby VanMuijen, 3 Truths About Trump

Lecture | March 14 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 210 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Aby VanMuijen (B.A. Urban Studies '12) discusses teaming up UCLA Professor of Urban Planning and Social Welfare Ananya Roy on a biting animated commentary about Trump.

Baseball vs. Minnesota

Sport - Intercollegiate - Baseball/Softball | March 14 | 7:05 p.m. |  Evans Field

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Baseball hosts Minnesota at Evans Diamond.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Performing Arts - Dance | March 14 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

A pillar in the American arts landscape for more than a half century, the revered Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns for its annual residency, with a bold mix of new and recent works as well as timeless Ailey classics, including his unforgettable and uplifting Revelations. "Restraint and release, spirituality and energy: they are all there in Ailey's masterpiece, Revelations" (Financial...   More >

starting at $36

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Protecting the New Wonderland: The Origins of the National Park Service

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 26, 2016 – April 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases & 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Signed by President Woodrow Wilson in August 1916, the Organic Act created the National Park Service, the federal bureau that protects our national parks and monuments. Several UC Berkeley alumni with conservationist interests and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco played key roles in its development. This exhibition explores the origins of the NPS with materials...   More >

Beyond Tintin and Superman: The Diversity of Global Comics

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 19, 2016 – April 23, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


You are invited to this exhibit of comics and graphic novels owned by the UC Berkeley Library. These materials often reflect the socioeconomic, ideological and political realities of the societies in which they are produced. To highlight these diverse realities, and to celebrate our differences, this exhibit presents a selection of comics and graphic novels published in many countries.

We...   More >

Guerra Civil at 80

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 1, 2016 – July 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, the exhibition Guerra Civil @ 80 features selections from The Bancroft Library's Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records and photographic collections, along with posters, books, pamphlets, and other ephemera. A visual and textual display of the struggle to defend the Second Spanish Republic, the...   More >

War Ink: California Veterans Exhibit

Exhibit - Photography | November 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Brown Gallery (east wing)

 Cal Veteran Services Center

Photographs from the celebrated War Ink Project will be on display in Berkeley’s Doe Library in November. 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.” The project is “both exhibit...   More >

Designs from a Distance

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 30 – May 19, 2017 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

CLOSES May 19. This exhibit features design and planning projects on six continents by architects based in the San Francisco Bay Area and held by the Environmental Design Archives.

Literatura de Cordel in Moffitt Library

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 16 – June 30, 2017 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition highlights a collection of Brazilian chapbooks or Literatura
de Cordel in the Moffitt Library. These chapbooks are still produced for
mass consumption in the Northeastern Brazil. These are called literature de
cordel as they are hung from a cord in the book-stands so that the consumers
can browse them and select them according to their desires. There are
several themes that...   More >

Native Americans: An Intimate View from Afar

Exhibit - Photography | March 9 – April 24, 2017 every day | Stephens Hall, Ethnic Studies Library

 Ethnic Studies Library

Jun Kamata, Associate Professor at ASIA University in Tokyo, has published eight books in Japan. This exhibit includes 25 of his photographs of the Pomo people of northern California. Kamata holds a BA in Native American Studies from UC Berkeley, an MA in American Indian Studies and a Ph.D. in urban planning from UCLA.

I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew: Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 30, 2016 – June 30, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way), Warren Hellman & Charles Michael Galleries

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Never before the creation of the State of Israel did Jews of so many origins live together, and in such a stimulating environment, as they did in the land they soon started calling in Hebrew i-tal-yah, an “Island of Divine Dew”. The exhibition highlights Italian Jewish art and artifacts from The Magnes Collection.

The Power of Attention: Magic and Meditation in Hebrew "shiviti" Manuscript Art

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 24 – June 23, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Created from the early-modern period and into the present, shiviti manuscripts are found in Hebrew prayer books, ritual textiles, and on the walls of synagogues and homes throughout the Jewish diaspora. Wrestling with ways to externalize the presence of God in Jewish life, these documents center upon the graphic representation of God's ineffable four-letter Hebrew name, the Tetragrammaton, and...   More >

From the Photographer’s Archive: Roman Vishniac

Exhibit - Photography | January 24 – June 20, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The work of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born photographer, most notable for his documentary photographs of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the years immediately preceding its destruction, has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. Following the photographer's death, his daughter, Mara Vishniac Kohn, became the executor of Roman Vishniac’s estate. In 2007, the...   More >