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Monday, May 1, 2017

The Future of Western Democracies: Defending Freedom and Open Societies

Lecture | May 1 | 12-1 p.m. |  Moses Hall

 Ralf Fücks, President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation

 Institute of European Studies

In his most recent book “In Defense of Freedom – How We Can Win the Battle for Our Open Societies”, Ralf Fuecks analyses the reasons behind racism, nationalism, and the collapse of the political center. We are in the midst of a crisis of liberal democracy. The widespread fear of economic decline, unchecked globalization, and uncontrolled migration is resulting in increasingly nationalist rhetoric...   More >

Armenian in New York City: A Fascinating History

Lecture | May 1 | 12-2 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Harold Takooshian, Professor of Psychology & Urban Studies; Director of the Organizational Leadership Program, Fordham University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program

The Armenian diaspora has a fascinating history in the USA. In New York City, this includes some notable facts across the past two centuries--a rich history of triumph, scandal, tragedy, achievement despite adversity, with such colorful notables as Kristapor der Seropian, M. Vartan Malcom, Raymond Damadian, Nicholas Kristoff, Haik Kavookjian.

Harold Takooshian, PhD, is on the faculty of...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Optomechanical Dynamics in Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers

Lecture | May 1 | 2-3 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540AB (DOP Center)

 S. Adair Gerke, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The Future of Media in the Trump Era: Dave Pell, moderated by Deirdre English

Lecture | May 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts + Design

Dave Pell is the founder and editor of NextDraft, a curated compilation of daily news and analysis. Deirdre English is former editor-in-chief of Mother Jones magazine.

Arts + Design Mondays: The Future of Media in the Trump Era, with Dave Pell and Guests

Lecture | May 1 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Dave Pell is a writer, angel investor, and founder of NextDraft, a curated compilation of daily news and analysis. He has degrees from UC Berkeley and Harvard University and has written for numerous media sites, including Gizmodo, NPR, Medium, and Forbes.

This event is part of The Future of Cultural Criticism, a series featuring some of the most innovative and incisive commentators on culture,...   More >

 Admission to this event is free

The Great American Eclipse: Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lectures

Lecture | May 1 | 7:30-9 p.m. | California Academy of Sciences, Planetarium

 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

 Dr. Laura Peticolas, Space Science Laboratory, UC Berkeley


For the first time since 1918, there will be a total solar eclipse crossing the United States from the Pacific to the Atlantic on August 21, 2017. Dr. Peticolas will provide an overview of the eclipse, describe research that will result during this eclipse, and invite members of the audience to participate in gathering images for the Eclipse Megamovie.

$12 Members, $15 General, $12 Seniors

 Reservations: Members: $12, General $15, Seniors $12. Seating is limited and advanced ticketing is required. To reserve a place today, buy a member or non-member ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831. Tickets go on sale April 25. Buy tickets online or by calling California Academy of Sciences at 877-227-1831

The Great American Eclipse