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Lecture: Forgotten photographs of the Civil Rights struggle
Tuesday, March 31 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340, BCNM Commons (next to FSM café) Moffitt Undergraduate Library

Police arresting a black woman. Photographer unknownPhotographers shot millions of pictures of the black civil rights struggle between the close of World War II and the early 1970s. Yet, despite the staggering number of photographs shot and preserved, the civil rights story is represented today by a handful of images that are remarkably similar. But there are other stories to be told. Blacks changed America through their action, not their suffering. The talk presents a collection of forgotten photographs that illustrate the action, heroism, and strength of black activists in driving social and legislative change. And it illustrates how and why particular people, events, and issues have been edited out of the photographic story we tell about our past.

Panel discussion: Cultivating justice in food systems
Tuesday, March 31 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Anna Head Alumni Hall, 2537 Haste St, Berkeley

Troy Duster, Saru Jayaraman, Mark BittmanSocial justice is a key element in enabling transformations of food and agriculture systems; yet this matter requires greater public recognition. This interactive forum will address critical needs, policies, and practices that are necessary to confront the causes and consequences of injustices and inequities affecting marginalized and underserved people in food systems. The speakers will discuss the need to protect rights of workers in the food sector, change practices of corporate food companies, ensure the rights of low-income communities who suffer from hunger and lack of access to healthy affordable food, and other policy or political changes. Speakers include food writer Mark Bittman, director of the UC Berkeley Food and Labor Research Center Saru Jayaraman, UC Berkeley professor of law and social policy Troy Duster, Ricardo Salvador of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Ann Thrupp of UC Berkeley’s Food Institute.

Lecture: John Maeda, design in tech trends
Tuesday, March 31 | 6 p.m. | Haas School: Andersen Auditorium

John MaedaDesign expert John Maeda will be discussing the latest innovations in design as they relate to the tech industry. Dr. Maeda is the design partner at leading venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and formerly served as the president of the Rhode Island School of Design. Dr. Maeda is well-known for promoting the role of art in the STEM movement. With design of increasing importance to our interactions with electronic devices, Dr. Maeda will provide insights from the forefront of Silicon Valley.

Seating is limited. Tickets recommended. Buy tickets online.

Lecture: Healthcare 2024 with Kathleen Sebelius
Tuesday, March 31 | 4:10 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House

Kathleen SebeliusFormer Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, Kathleen Sebelius will offer valuable insights into the healthcare reform debate and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Specifics will include health insurance exchanges, the expansion of Medicaid and the significance of moving from fee-based to an outcomes- and value-based payment system. Sebelius will also discuss where she thinks healthcare in the U.S. is headed and what the system will look like in the next ten years. From 2009 to 2014, Kathleen Sebelius served in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet as Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, where she oversaw a trillion-dollar budget and nearly 90,000 employees. From 2003 to 2009, she served as Governor of Kansas.

Special event: Spring weeks at Lawrence Hall of Science
March 28 – April 12, 2015 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Kids and FrogDiscover how plants, animals, and our environment have mixed with humans' curiosity about the world around us. From natural wonders like earthquakes and weather, to manmade innovative technology and cinema, explore the world as scientists do. Visit our exhibits and the Ingenuity Lab, Animal Discovery Room, National Geographic 3D Theater, and more every day during Spring Weeks.

Exhibit: Geographies of Innovation
March 30 – April 24, 2015 every day | 121 Wurster Hall

Graphic of the exhibit Geographies of InnovationGeographies of Innovation reveals a history of design innovation at the intersection of landscape, technology, infrastructure, and ecology as represented by patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office from the late 19th through the mid 20thcentury. The exhibition presents new perspectives and historical research on ecological technology, landscape systems, and green infrastructure across a range of scales, from the invention of the vertical garden in the 1930’s, to living and dynamic levees systems prototyped in the late 19th century.

Exhibit: Close to home yet far away
March 2 – June 12, 2015 every day | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Emiko goes to College painting by Craig NagasawaA painting can reside simultaneously in its material presence—physical, colored minerals, their arrangements on paper or silk—and its illusory presence—the evocation of illusion, forming in the viewer a convincing belief in the presence of space and time. The exchange between the real and the imagined is a perceptual experience where the personal and the public, the local and the foreign can exist simultaneously. Artist Craig Nagasawa uses the techniques of ancient Japanese painting in his work. He reconstructed these time-consuming processes as both a form of resistance to cultural erasure and an acknowledgement of the existence of a space where the personal and the public, the local and the foreign can coexist.

Film: Wildest Weather in the solar system 3D
February 7 – June 12, 2015 every day | 10:30 a.m. | National Geographic 3D Theater Lawrence Hall of Science

Wildest Weather in the Solar System film stillWitness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system, shown in 3D at the Lawrence Hall of Science. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you'll be glad you live on Earth! Fly through the thick atmosphere of Venus, magnetic storms on the sun, liquid methane showers on Titan, and anticyclones whirling at hundreds of miles per hour on Jupiter.

 $4 plus admission

Exhibit: The Secret Language of Flowers
January 27 – June 26, 2015 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

Botanical drawingIn 1984, The Magnes acquired a portfolio of botanical drawings by Shmuel (Samuel) Lerner, a Ukraine-born amateur artist from California. While Lerner’s biography and many details surrounding this work remain obscure, today his drawings open for us a unique window into the landscape, the history and the languages of Israel in the period immediately following the establishment of the State. The exhibition features a selection of 26 botanical drawings from 1949, complete with the author's annotations about plants, places, and language.

Exhibit: Berkeley's Ivory Tower, the Campanile at 100
February 16 – November 2, 2015 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Rowell Cases Bancroft Library

Campanile under constructionSather Tower, also known as the Campanile, looms large both as a physical structure and as the most widely recognized symbol of the Berkeley campus. This exhibition celebrates the centennial of the landmark through holdings from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library's manuscript and pictorial collections.

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Lecture: Federalism, localism and Constitutional conflict
Wednesday, April 1 | 4:10 p.m. | Booth Auditorium Boalt Hall, School of Law

Daniel RodriguezDaniel Rodriguez, professor and dean at Northwestern University Law School, will consider the dynamic relationship between structures of constitutional governance within the United States. He will discuss the tensions in law and politics associated with the doctrines of both federalism (the relations of the states and the national government) and localism (involving state-local relationships, and the historic issue of “home rule”). His discussion will illuminate major issues in contemporary American constitutionalism, and will seek to lay out some promising strategies and opportunities for negotiating constitutional conflict in our modern policymaking environment.

Lecture: The growth of renewable energy in California
Wednesday, April 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 310, Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

David HochschildDavid Hochschild was appointed Commissioner of the California Energy Commission by Governor Jerry Brown in February 2013. He fills the environmental position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law. In this lecture he will discuss the future of renewable energy in California.

registration required for lunch at UC Berkeley. Register online.

Film: Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Rainer
Wednesday, April 1 | 3:10 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from AliIn the unlikely love between a washerwoman (Brigitte Mira) and a Moroccan guest-worker (El Hedi Ben Salem) twenty years her junior, muscular Ali and diminutive Emmi redefine each other. This is Fassbinder’s most beautiful homage to Douglas Sirk, his interpretation of All That Heaven Allows. Where Sirk’s sadness is in America’s split from nature, Fassbinder finds an even more basic split, from humanity. Nowhere is his trademark framing—the indoor long-shot—more aptly integrated, nowhere his jewelbox colors more brilliantly contrasted with the reality they adorn.

 $5.50 UC Berkeley students,  $7.50 BAM/PFA Members,  $8.50 Seniors; Disabled persons; UC Berkeley faculty and staff; Non-UC Berkeley students; Youth 17 and under,  $11.50 General Admission
Buy tickets by calling 510-642-5249.

Music: Campanile centennial concert, "Mysterium Coniunctionis"
Wednesday, April 1 | 12-12:10 p.m. | Campanile (Sather Tower)

Campanile under constructionThe world premiere of Cindy Cox's "Mysterium Coniunctionis" will be given on Cal's 61-bell carillon by Tiffany Ng. Carillonneurs around the world will be premiering the piece from their towers on the same day, joining UC Berkeley in a worldwide celebration of the Campanile's Centennial!

Lecture: Dan Siegel, mindfulness and education
Wednesday, April 1 | 4:30 p.m. | 122 Wheeler Auditorium

Dan SiegelDr. Dan Siegel is a provocative speaker who draws from unlikely perspectives to propose a new way of thinking and living. Join an intimate group discussion and lecture from a mindfulness expert. In a time when our minds are increasingly strained, Dan Siegel's writings encourage people to promote social and emotional well-being for themselves, and those around them. As director of the Mindsight Institute at UCLA, Dr. Dan Siegel has illuminated the unlikely marriage of neurobiology and mindfulness practice. Come discuss mindfulness, and how it compares with other contemporary psychological methods.

Seating is limited. Tickets recommended. Buy tickets online.

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Lecture: System addict
Thursday, April 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Alexander Weheliye, Northwestern UniversityAlexander G. Weheliye, professor of African American Studies at Northwestern University, will consider the significance of contemporary R&B music (a genre frequently neglected in scholarly debates about popular music) as central to Black culture. This talk will also consider how technologies such as voice processing software and mobile gadgets appear as integral parts of the political and aesthetic fabric of R&B music over the last 25 years. In doing so, the talk makes a broader argument about limited definitions of the technological as well as the still fraught relationship between Black culture and technology.

Film: H20mx
Thursday, April 2 | 6 p.m. | Room 160 Kroeber Hall

River under cloudsThe 2014 Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award-winning documentary H20mx highlights the economic, political, and geographical difficulties that stand between Mexico City’s 22 million residents and a safe, reliable water supply. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with UC Berkeley professors Isha Ray and Ivonne del Valle.

Lecture: The de-industrialization of America
Thursday, April 2 | 6-8 p.m. | 209 Dwinelle Hall

UC Public Service Center logoThis 5-part series, led by Prof. Arthur Blaustein, will focus on issues of equal opportunity and economic opportunity, as well as economic, environmental political and social justice. It will examine how individuals, groups and communities organize and mobilize to achieve these goals. It will, in particular, focus on, in succession: the Civil Rights movement; strategies and programs of the landmark Economic Opportunity Act (The War on Poverty); Community and Economic Development movement and its strategies and programs; de-industrialization of America and the decline of the blue collar working class; and growing economic inequality and the economic pressure on the middle class.

Lunch poems: Jane Hirshfield
Thursday, April 2 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Jane HirshfieldJane Hirshfield's eighth poetry book, The Beauty, will be published by Knopf in early 2015, along with a new book of essays, Ten Windows. Previous books include Come, Thief and After, named a best book of the year by The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Financial Times (UK). Her honors include The Poetry Center Book Award, the California Book Award, finalist selection for the National Book Critics Circle Award, England's T. S. Eliot Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the Academy of American Poets, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Noon concert: Piano solos, rhapsody, sonata, sigh
Friday, April 3 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Jason Wu, pianistRoger Tsui, Erard piano, performs Jan Ladislav Dussek, Sonata No. 24, Op. 61 Elegie Harmonique, Movement and Liszt, Three Etudes de Concert, S.144, No. 3 Un Sospiro.

Jason Wu, piano (modern) performs Robert Schumann, Kinderszenen
and Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6.

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