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Artist talk: Ramiro Gomez in Conversation with Lawrence Weschler
Monday, May 2 | 4 p.m. | Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Wheeler Hall

Art of Ramiro GomezLawrence Weschler’s book Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez delves into the life and art of a rising young Los Angeles artist to raise questions of social equity and explore the chasms separating cultures and classes in America today. Gomez is an artist whose work evokes the divide between affluent Angelenos and their usually invisible domestic help—the nannies, gardeners, housecleaners, and others who make their lifestyles possible.

Conference: Lingering Latinidad
Monday, May 2 | 2-4 p.m. | Center for Latino Policy Research, 2547 Channing Way @ Bowditch St., Berkeley

This collaborative event between queer Latina/o scholars Joshua Guzmán, Christina León, and performance artist Xandra Ibarra will investigate how the emerging field of Latina/o Studies is indebted, enabled, and pushed forward by questions of theory and aesthetics.

Exhibit: Teaching design with people in mind
March 1 – May 27, 2016 every day | Volkmann Reading Room, Environmental Design Library 210 Wurster Hall Wurster Hall

The exhibit highlights Social Factors concepts in the 1960s through the 1980s as well as their widespread influence today. The exhibit is curated by Raymond Lifchez, Caitlin DeClercq, and Ayda Melika.

Exhibit: The Origins of The National Park Service
February 26 – October 7, 2016 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Rowell Cases & 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library Bancroft Library

Mt. Rainier parkSigned 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 drawn from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library collections.


Film: National Bird, 59th San Francisco International Film Festival
Tuesday, May 3 | 4 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Drone graffitiExecutive produced by Wim Wenders and Errol Morris, this elegant and chilling documentary provides a glimpse of what the US government doesn’t want you to know about drone warfare by focusing on three veterans whose service experience caused them to question the use of drones in overseas combat.

 $15 General Admission,  $13 UC Berkeley Students, BAMPFA Members, San Francisco Film Society Members,  $14 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, Disabled persons
Please note that our second-feature discount does not apply to these programs. Tickets are nonrefundable, and may not be exchanged. CineVouchers may not be redeemed in person at BAMPFA. Tickets go on sale April 1. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808.

Lecture: Ben Jealous, Former President and CEO of the NAACP
Tuesday, May 3 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

Ben JealousThe keynote presentation for "The [in]Justice System," a series focused on the crisis of mass incarceration in the United States, will feature Benjamin Todd Jealous, former president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.

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Lecture: Apple, the FBI and government access to consumer devices and data
Wednesday, May 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall (HP Auditorium) Soda Hall

John VillasenorWhat obligations should American technology companies have to facilitate government access to consumer devices and data? While this issue has been a recurring topic of discussion for decades, it was brought into sharp relief earlier this year in a high profile, now-averted legal battle between the government and Apple over access to an iPhone used by one of the perpetrators of the December 2015 San Bernardino attack. This talk, which is intended to be highly interactive, will explore the technological, legal, policy, and business implications of government-mandated “back doors” and related frameworks for compelled access.

Lecture: Dr. Jessica Zitter on life-prolonging treatments and
Wednesday, May 4 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Lounge Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

Dr. Jessica ZitterDr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, critical care physician at Highland Hospital, makes the case for bringing communication back into the patient-doctor relationship, encouraging doctors to step out from behind their equipment and procedures to engage in honest conversations with patients and their families about life-prolonging treatments.

Registered attendees will be seated first. RSVP by May 3 online, or or by emailing Niki Shapiro at

Special event: Jacobs spring design showcase
Wednesday, May 4 | Jacobs Hall, 2530 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Student design projectStudents from 16 courses held in Jacobs Hall, Berkeley's newest hub for design innovation, will present projects at the spring showcase. Students' project displays and demos will span disciplines, skill levels, and topic focuses.

Exhibit: Architecture of Life
January 31 – May 29, 2016 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

image Johannes Itten: Encounter, 1916; oil on canvas; 41 ⅓ x 31 ½ in.; collection of Kunsthaus Zürich. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Zürich.Architecture of Life, the inaugural exhibition in BAM/PFA's landmark new building, explores the ways that architecture—as concept, metaphor, and practice—illuminates various aspects of life experience: the nature of the self and psyche, the fundamental structures of reality, and the power of the imagination to reshape our world. Occupying every gallery in the new building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the exhibition comprises over two hundred works of art in a wide range of media, as well as scientific illustrations and architectural drawings and models, made over the past two thousand years.

 $12 General admission,  $0 UC Berkeley Students, Staff, Faculty and BAM/PFA Members,  $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and young adults (13-17)

Exhibit: The Papyrus in the Crocodile
May 4 – July 29, 2016 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Bancroft Library

Students in the exhibit hallThe collections assembled by Berkeley’s many patrons and collectors over the last 150 years have formed the foundation of a wide variety of the university’s academic disciplines and institutions. Curated entirely by graduate students, The Papyrus in the Crocodile illuminates a key selection of these invaluable objects as testaments to the cosmopolitan ideologies of Berkeley’s visionary patrons, donors, and scholars.

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Reading: Story hour in the library, student readings
Thursday, May 5 | 5-6 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Morrison LibraryStory Hour in the Library celebrates the writers in our campus community with an annual student reading. The event will feature short excerpts of work by winners of the year’s biggest prose prizes, Story Hour in the Library interns, and faculty nominees.

Reading: The Sympathizer, a reading by 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen
Thursday, May 5 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

Jacket image for The SympathizerViet Thanh Nguyen, English Department alumnus and recent winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, will be giving a reading from his prize winning novel, The Sympathizer.

Lunch poems: Student reading
Thursday, May 5 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Morrison Reading Room Doe LibraryOne of the year’s most lively events, the student reading includes winners of the following prizes: Academy of American Poets, Cook, Rosenberg, and Yang, as well as students nominated by Berkeley’s creative writing faculty, Lunch Poems volunteers, and representatives from student publications.

Theater: Helen and Edgar, Edgar Oliver
May 5 – 7, 2016 every day | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse

Edgar OliverIn his "utterly absorbing and unexpectedly moving" (The New York Times) one-man show, seasoned raconteur Edgar Oliver spins the tale of Helen & Edgar, the mesmerizing, hilarious, and heartbreaking account of his and his sister Helen's strange childhood in Savannah, Georgia, and their mother's struggle with madness. A collaboration with the hugely popular Moth storytelling series and its Peabody Award-winning radio program, Helen & Edgar celebrates the spontaneous, unadorned medium of long-form storytelling.

Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

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Last lecture: David Patterson, how to be a bad professor
Friday, May 6 | 4-5 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House

David PattersonIf this were your last public lecture before retiring, what would you say? We’ll take a tongue-in-cheek look at how to be awful at all the responsibilities of professorship: research, classroom teaching, graduate student advising, service to the field and service to the campus. As I’ve got nothing left to hide, I’ll use tell-all examples from my four decades at Berkeley.

Symposium: The gig economy and occupational health and safety
Friday, May 6 | 8:50 a.m.-4 p.m. | David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

A panel of speakers will provide an overview of how the changing world of work – the new contingent workforce, widening income inequality, and effects on the labor movement – are impacting occupational safety and health. Featured speakers are Lenny Mendonca (Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company) and John Howard (Director of NIOSH).

 $15 Faculty and Students,  $15 State/Local Government Agencies and Non-Profits,  $50 All Others
Register online, or by calling Laura Boytz at 510-643-7277, or by emailing Laura Boytz at

Music: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and University Chorus
May 6 – 7, 2016 every day | 8-10 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Symphony concert poster imageThe UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and University chorus will perform Mahler Symphony No. 9 and Brahms Schicksalslied.

 $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)
Purchase tickets at the door starting one hour before the performance. Tickets go on sale April 30. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988.

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Botanical garden: Flower crowns
Saturday, May 7 | 10-11 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Flower crownsCome make a beautiful floral crown to wear with mom to celebrate Mother's Day. We'll use a variety of greenery and flowers to put together our crowns. A fun and festive way to spend the day! Sip some tea made from flowers while you craft away.

 $20 Adult, $20 Child, $18 Member Adult, $18 Member Child, $12 Additonal Sibling or Parent Chaperone
Register online, or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing

Music: David Finckel and Wu Han
Saturday, May 7 | 8 p.m. | First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

David Finckel and Wu HanThe chamber music world's bicoastal "power couple" (Wall Street Journal) and Cal Performances favorites David Finckel and Wu Han return with a program that delves into the power of music to express the heights of human emotion. Co-directors of Music@Menlo and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Finckel and Han share their remarkable musical insight and sparkling virtuosity in The Passionate Cello, from the youthful exuberance of Strauss, to the burning desire of Chopin, to the profoundly spiritual Messiaen.

Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

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