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Film: Soft Vengeance, Albie Sachs and the new South Africa
Monday, September 29 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Gund Theater Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Film poster for Soft VengeanceSoft Vengeance tells the story of Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter, set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa. Shining a spotlight on Albie’s story provides a prism through which to view the challenges faced by those unable to tolerate a society founded on principles of slavery and disempowerment of South Africa’s majority black population. As a young man, Albie defended those committed to ending apartheid in South Africa. For his actions as a lawyer, he was imprisoned in solitary confinement in Cape Town, tortured through sleep deprivation and forced into exile. In 1988 he was blown up by a car bomb set by the South African security forces in Maputo, Mozambique, which cost him his right arm and the sight of one eye, but miraculously he survived and after a long year of rehabilitation in England, he recovered. Returning to South Africa following the release of Nelson Mandela, Albie helped write the new Constitution.

Panel discussion: UC Berkeley, the Free Speech Movement, and South Africa divestment movement
Monday, September 29 | 4-6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum, Gund Theater Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Divestment button related to South AfricaA panel of faculty, alumni and students will revisit the anti-Apartheid divestment movement and consider the lessons learned. The panel will also relate the movement to the Free Speech Movement as part of a wider discussion about the University of California, current social movements and social change.

Colloquium: Sentimental youths in 1910s Korea
Monday, September 29 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

During the first decade after Japan’s annexation of Korea (1910), short stories portraying sentimental men emerged in the Korean literary landscape. These stories often revolved around the emotional agonies of men who suffered from physical or psychological illness, a lover’s death or betrayal, the loss of a job, or perennial poverty. Written by fledgling male writers who were coming of age in the late 1900s when traditional institutions, values, and relations were extensively questioned by reformists, these stories are known as the first literary works that introduced to Korean literature the quintessential modern character in world literature, the “individual” who disengages from social and familial obligations in the quest for his interiority. Yoon Sun Yang, professor at Boston University, will discuss this affective turn.

Lecture: What is missing? With Maya Lin
Monday, September 29 | 7:30-9 p.m. | David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

Maya LinMaya Lin’s work encompasses large-scale environmental installations, intimate studio artworks, architectural works, and memorials. She will discuss her body of work focused on a profound respect and love for the natural environment along with her final memorial, the What is Missing? project asks viewers to reconsider nature and the environment at a time when it is crucial to do so. The talk will be followed by a short Q&A and attendees will be invited to add their own environmental memories to the What is Missing? archive in the Brower Center gallery.

Register online.

Exhibit: Birds Do It, Bees Do It
September 8, 2014 – February 28, 2015 every day | Bernice Layne Brown Gallery Doe Library

Sex ed imageFrom junior high school hygiene films to websites, public health campaigns, scientific studies, children’s books, bodice-ripper novels and (sometimes) parents, Americans have always found ways to learn about sex. That information has at times been incorrect or incomplete, and has rarely been delivered without a larger political or moral agenda. While attitudes towards sex education swing from the blissfulness of ignorance to the empowerment of liberation, every generation finds new ways to answer the old questions. Our desire to learn about desire has not changed. This exhibition draws from the resources of campus libraries, from our academic programs, and from social services provided for the Berkeley campus community.

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Lecture: Ro Khanna on tech and manufacturing in a global economy
Tuesday, September 30 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

Ro KhannaRo Khanna, 2014 candidate for California's 17th congressional district, will discuss technology and manufacturing in a global economy. With the start-up business model quickly spreading from Silicon Valley, the tech industry has gained a unique opportunity for stronger political traction. Ro Khanna, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce under President Obama, seeks to seize that opportunity by giving tech a voice in Washington. In his address, Khanna will discuss some of the ties between technology, politics, and the economy, as well as the unique economic role his district will play in coming years.

Lecture: Clark Kerr and the Californian model of higher education
Tuesday, September 30 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Goldman Theater, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 UC Berkeley Campus

Professor MarginsonThe Clark Kerr Lectures series honors Clark Kerr, president of the University of California from 1958 to 1967, and will provide a forum for analysis and reflection about the forces shaping universities and the complex roles they play in modern society. The 2014 Clark Kerr Lecturer is Simon Marginson, Professor of international higher education at the Institute of Education, London. In this opening lecture, Marginson will discuss Clark Kerr’s Master Plan for higher education, 50 years after its inception. Features of the California Model have become a universal template for research universities and system design, yet the model is also specific to its time and place. Marginson will discuss the formation of the Master Plan, its profound effects, and what has changed since it was implemented.

Film: Will There Be a Theater Up There?
Tuesday, September 30 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Will There Be a Theater Up ThereStarring one of the most popular Georgian actors, Kahki Kavsadze, and based on the true-life experiences of the Kavsadze family, this powerful film is part historical essay and part recreated biography; it uses the tragic circumstances of the twentieth century (World War II and the aftermath of the Soviet regime) as a backdrop for the chronicle of a Georgian family. Opening scenes depict a former railroad car repair plant bearing the name of Stalin; then the film proceeds to the stage of Tbilisi’s Rustaveli Theater, an apt location filled with poetic resonances for this poignant work of reclaimed history. Director Nina Janelidze will be present at the screening for questions and discussion.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

Reading: An evening of political poetry
Tuesday, September 30 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Free Speech Movement Café (Moffitt Library)

Josh HealeyPoets from the Free Speech Movement generation including Al Young, Peter Dale Scott, Julia Vinograd and Julia Stein, will be joined by poets writing today, including Josh Healey, Aya de Leon, ChristSna Sot, Jade Cho and Tria Andrews. Together they will join hands in a dynamic evening of political poetry.

Event is free, open to the public, and all are invited to participate.

Exhibit: Scores for a Room
September 17 – October 17, 2014 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 12-5 p.m. | Worth Ryder Art Gallery - Kroeber 116 Kroeber Hall

The Worth Ryder Art Gallery presents Scores for a Room with work by David Haxton and Jim Melchert. Guest curated by Tanya Zimbardo, the exhibition brings together for the first time historic works by these two artists, exploring their different approaches to the description of space through structured activity performed for the camera. Both renowned artists turned to the projected image in the seventies, highlighting the shifting awareness of spatial perception in the interaction between illusionistic filmed space and a physical location.

Exhibit: Gourmet Ghettos, Modern Food Rituals
August 28 – December 19, 2014 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

For thousands of years, food rituals have been essential to constructing and maintaining Jewish identities throughout the diaspora. But the significance of these rituals might be more pervasive than we think. Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals explores the broader linkages between food, ritual, identity, and activism that inform Jewish life.

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Special event: Free Speech Movement 50th anniversary rally
Wednesday, October 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Sproul Plaza

FSM 50th anniversary graphicJoin us as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement with a noon rally on the Mario Savio steps at Sproul Hall. Speakers will include FSM Veterans: Lynne Hollander Savio, Bettina Aptheker, and Jack Weinberg; as well as labor organizer, immigrant rights and women's rights advocate Dolores Huerta.

Film: Mercedes Sosa, The Voice of Latin America
Wednesday, October 1 | 7 p.m. | Room 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building

Mercedes SosaOne of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa fought South America’s dictators with her voice. This intimate documentary follows the arc of her 50-year career and explores the impact she had on the musical and political heritage of Latin America.

Panel discussion: Food, labor and a sustainable food policy agenda for California
Wednesday, October 1 | 2-4 p.m. | GSPP Living Room Goldman School of Public Policy

Garden of greensIn the last 20 years, there has been a dramatic decline in wages and working conditions for California’s grocery store workers. During the same 20 years, consumer demand for locally sourced, organic, sustainable cuisine has changed products in even the unlikeliest companies, including Walmart, but stopped short of passing CA legislation such as GMO labeling and soda taxes. In this panel discussion, food movement leaders, labor leaders and legislators will look ahead to what a food policy agenda for 2015 might look like. Panel will be moderated by Saru Jayaraman of UC Berkeley’s Food Labor Research Center.

RSVP by emailing Wendy Chuew at

Lecture: Healthcare reform in California
Wednesday, October 1 | 5:30-7:15 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Dave JonesCalifornia Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, will discuss the healthcare reform opportunities and challenges facing California voters this November. A reception will precede the lecture, and a Q&A will follow.

Opening reception: Birds Do It, Bees Do It
Wednesday, October 1 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Sex ed imagePlease join us for a reception celebrating the opening of the exhibit "Birds Do It, Bees Do It: A Century of Sex (Mis)Education in the USA," appearing in the Bernice Brown Gallery, Doe Library, through Feb. 28, 2015. The reception, in Morrison Library, will feature distinguished speakers Tom Laqueur, UC Berkeley professor of history, Malcolm Potts, UC Berkeley professor of public health, and Robin Mills, sex health educator with the University Health Services.

Panel discussion: The operation of the machine, UC then and now
Wednesday, October 1 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

FSM 50th anniversary graphicAn illustrious panel of UC faculty and students will lead a teach-in on the nature of the public university. Looking at the state cutbacks to education funding and the university's increased reliance on private sources of funding since the 1960s, the teach-in will examine race and educational access, student debt and rising inequality, the marketization of research, and other pressing issues of the day.

Exhibit: American Wonder
October 1 – December 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

John Brewster, Jr. (attributed to): Portrait of a Boy in Green, c. 1805–10; oil on canvas; 53 ¾ x 32 ¼ in.; gift of W. B. Carnochan.American Wonder captures our burgeoning nation during a time of enormous change, from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the onset of the Civil War in 1861. The exhibition includes approximately fifty portraits, landscapes, commemorative mourning pictures, weather vanes, and decorative sculptures from the BAM/PFA collection. This distinguished collection is one of the finest of American folk art in California.

 $10 General Admission,  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Young adults (13-17),  $0 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and retirees; Children (12&under)

Exhibit: John Zurier
September 12 – December 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

John Zurier: Cold July, 2014; distemper on linen; 25 5/8 x 16 1/2 in.; courtesy the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York.Berkeley-based artist John Zurier (b. 1956) paints abstract, luminous canvases with hand-mixed pigments that range from subtle, muted earth tones to vibrant, saturated hues. He uses a wide range of brushwork and surface treatments to draw attention to the varied textures of the canvas—often applying distemper (a tempera paint made with dry pigments in animal glue) in thin brushy layers—to capture qualities of light and the changing effects of the atmosphere. Informed by a wide range of references—Abstract Expressionism, Italian Renaissance painting, Minimalism, Japanese painting, and poetry—Zurier’s work transcends the mundane to enter an affective realm.

 $10 General Admission,  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Young adults (13-17),  $0 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and retirees; Children (12&under)
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Lunch poems: Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems Turns 50 - An Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, October 2 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Lunch Poems book jacketIn partnership with City Lights Books, who first published Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems 50 years ago, we present a special event featuring readings from a newly expanded edition that also includes communiqués by O’Hara pulled from the City Lights archive housed at the Bancroft Library. Participants include: Garrett Caples, C. S. Giscombe, Jayne Gregory, Robert Hass, Owen Hill, Elaine Katzenberger, Evan Klavon, giovanni singleton, Julianna Spahr, and Matthew Zapruder.

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