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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Proving and Using Pseudorandomness

Workshop | March 6 – 10, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

One theme of this workshop will be how to leverage weak pseudorandomness properties, fooling simple classes of tests, in order to derive stronger pseudorandomness properties related to more complex tests. In the setting of additive combinatorics, what is the minimal set of tests that primes have to satisfy in order to guarantee that they contain arithmetic progressions (or other structures)? For...   More >

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RAPDP - Intermediate - FM1 New Awards

Course | March 9 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An intermediate workshop that details the processes for setting up a newly finalized sponsored award, including interpreting a Notice of Award, and processing a BFS budget upload.

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Ana Hatherly and The Portuguese Concrete Poetry

Colloquium | March 9 | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 Carlos Reis, Professor, University of Coimbra, Portugal; Professor Arthur Askins, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies

Water's Extreme Journey

Special Event | January 29 – April 30, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Become a raindrop and go on an interactive adventure through a water-cycle-themed maze. Have fun riding the Watershed Zip Line, walk through a giant wetland, and snap a pic of your family "swimming" with the dolphins—all while developing a deeper understanding of your place in the water ecosystem.

$10–12 Water's Extreme Journey is included with your admission. Free for members.


Water's Extreme Journey at the Lawrence Hall of Science

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | March 9 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

Inside NIH

Workshop | March 9 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Erica Whitney, Berkeley Research Development Office

 Berkeley Research Development Office

This workshop will explain how NIH is structured, how it functions, and how it reviews proposals, with an eye towards how trends and federal policies affect its work. This session will help faculty apply an understanding of how NIH works to their funding strategies.

Finding Health Statistics and Data

Workshop | March 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 356: D-Lab Convening Room

 Michael Sholinbeck, Outreach/Instruction Librarian, Sheldon Margen Public Health Library


Participants in this workshop will learn about some of the issues surrounding the collection of health statistics, and will also learn about authoritative sources of health statistics and data. We will look at tools that let you create custom tables of vital statistics (birth, death, etc.), disease statistics, health behavior statistics, and more. The focus will be on U.S. statistics, but sources...   More >

2017-2018 Graduate Fellows Program Application Workshop

Workshop | March 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Duster Conference Room

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

We are conducting a workshop for all graduate students interested in applying for the Graduate Fellows Program either this year or in a future year. Attending the workshop is not required.

Graduate Fellows Program Workshop

Thursday March 9th, 12-1pm

Duster Conference Room, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

2420 Bowditch Street, Berkeley, CA

In its forty years of existence,...   More >

Distance Learning: Comparing Stanford and Berkeley

Seminar | March 9 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio Dwinelle 117

 Diana Wu, Founding Executive Director of the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education (BRCOE) & Dean of UC Berkeley Extension; Mitchell L. Stevens, Associate Professor of Education and Sociology & Director, Center for Advanced Research through Online Learning (CAROL)

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Distance learning has become a significant method of conducting higher education in recent years, facilitated by enhanced information and visual technologies. Such initiatives as massive open online courses (MOOCs) are now commonplace. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this approach? This colloquium will present perspectives by Professor Mitchell Stevens, who has studied the Stanford...   More >

ESPM 2017 Seminar Series - Isabelle Bruno and Gregory Salle

Seminar | March 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Isabelle Bruno & Gregory Salle, French National Center for Scientific Research, Lille

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

"The Right to the Beach: Towards a Comparative Sociology of Appropriation Struggles and Coastal Patrimonialization Strategies in the San Francisco Bay Area and on the Saint-Tropez Peninsula"

Refreshments at 11:30 in 132 Mulford Hall

Research Colloquium: Raúl Chávez

Colloquium | March 9 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Social Welfare, School of

"The toughest job in the world": Latino identity formation and the precarious path to skilled employment

Social scientist Marie Jahoda long ago predicted that the growing abundance of low-skilled workers and the rise of tech-heavy economies would produce a long-term mismatch that would puzzle policymakers for decades. In this presentation, doctoral candidate Raúl Chávez will...   More >

Buying Your First Home (BEUHS341)

Workshop | March 9 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Patrick Ignacio, Banking Industry Expert

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

California housing markets are constantly changing, and there are overwhelming amounts of information available to the public, making it hard to know where to start. During the most recent housing crisis, financing options also changed (and in some cases disappeared altogether). As a result you may be asking yourself, what programs are available to me and how will they fit my personal situation?...   More >

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IB SEMINAR: Swimming and crawling in a turbulent world

Seminar | March 9 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Mimi Koehl, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Integrative Biology

Earth Week Planning Committee

Meeting | February 2 – April 27, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 1-2 p.m. | 102 Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Interested in planning Earth Week 2017 at UC Berkeley? The Student Environmental Resource Center is (SERC) is recruiting individual students and student representatives from environmental and sustainability student organizations to join the Earth Week 2017 Planning Committee.

Meetings will be held weekly on Thursdays from 1pm-2pm in Sproul 102. Drop-ins are welcome.

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | March 9 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 370 University Hall | Note change in location

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – December 30, 2018 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Lafayette Info Session

Information Session | March 9 | 1:30-3 p.m. |  Lafayette Library and Learning Center

 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA 94549

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Meet Lafayette faculty and OLLI members and learn about the courses and workshops offered in Lafayette!

Redefining Japaneseness: Japanese Americans in the Ancestral Homeland

Lecture | March 9 | 2-5 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Dr. Jane H. Yamashiro, Author

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), The Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program

Lecture and Book Signing with Dr. Jane H. Yamashiro
Introduction by Michael Omi

Redefining Japaneseness chronicles how Japanese American migrants to Japan experience
both racial inclusion and cultural dislocation while negotiating between the categories of Japanese and “foreigner.” Drawing from extensive observations and interviews with Japanese Americans who are...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: "The Vanishing Middle Class"

Seminar | March 9 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Blum Hall, 330 East Building, Board Room

 Peter Temin, MIT

 Department of Economics

*Please note special time (Thursday) and venue (Blum Center) for this event

Student Applied Math Seminar: Mathematical Introduction to Many Body Perturbation Theory

Seminar | January 26 – March 23, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 2-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Lin Lin, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this series of lectures, we discuss quantum many body perturbation theory from a mathematical perspective. The starting point is Feynman diagrams for Gaussian integrals. This only requires the knowledge of freshman calculus. Then assuming basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, we discuss Feynman diagrams for quantum statistical mechanics, and proceed to many body perturbation theory for...   More >

From Genetics to CRISPR Gene Editing with Machine Learning

Seminar | March 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Jennifer Listgarten, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research New England

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk I will start by explaining some of the modelling challenges in finding the genetic underpinnings of disease, which is important for screening, treatment, drug development, and basic biological insight.

Seminar 242, Econometrics: TBA

Seminar | March 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Takuya Ura, UC Davis

 Department of Economics

Dr. Jennifer Listgarten, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research New England: From Genetics to CRISPR Gene Editing with Machine Learning

Seminar | March 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Center for Computational Biology

Molecular biology, healthcare and medicine have been slowly morphing into large-scale, data driven sciences dependent on machine learning and applied statistics. In this talk I will start by explaining some of the modelling challenges in finding the genetic underpinnings of disease, which is important for screening, treatment, drug development, and basic biological insight. Genome and...   More >

DiPerna Lecture: Regularity and asymptotics of solutions to the porous medium equation

Lecture | March 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Herbert Koch, Bonn University

 Department of Mathematics

The porous medium equation is one of the simplest equations describing the propagation of gas in a porous medium. Its most striking feature is the propagation of the front, which is the boundary of the area filled by gas. Many questions about its regularity are open.

In this lecture I will explain old and new results and open questions. Caffarelli devised a scheme for proving regularity of...   More >

antification of Structure-Property Relationships at Interfaces

Seminar | March 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Professor Susan B. Sinnott, Pennsylvania State University

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

The optimization and control of surface chemistry is important for material growth and interfacial structure. Computational methods provide new insights at the atomic and electronic structure levels that enhance our understanding of key aspects of surface chemistry. This presentation will review the evolution of some widely used computational methods and discuss their integration with...   More >

Staging Grounds: Camp and the Asian Female Body in Contemporary Dance

Lecture | March 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 44B Dwinelle Hall

 Martha Nguyen Donohue

 Center for Race and Gender, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, The Institute of International Studies Interdisciplinary Faculty Program on Gender and the Transpacific World

Maura Nguyen Donohue shares her choreographic focus on the site of the Asian body as a staging ground for complex cultural, racial, and gendered projections in American culture by discussing her 2011 dance work, strictly a female female. She will share how the deployment of a camp aesthetic allows her to destabilize gender norms and traditional concert dance audience/performer relationships....   More >

States of Apology: The Culture of Commemoration: CRG Thursday Forum Series

Lecture | March 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

STATES OF APOLOGY: The Culture of Commemoration

Sexual Slavery and the Memorialization of Comfort Women
Amandu Su, English

Politics of Reconciliation in South Korean War and Peace Memorial Museums
Kristen Sun, Ethnic Studies

The Pilgrimage: Interethnic Coalitions and Cross-Race Solidarity at Former Sites of Japanese American Confinement
Desirée Valadares, Architecture

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: "Measuring Polarization in High-Dimensional Data: Method and Application to Congressional Speech"

Seminar | March 9 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall

 Ryan Bubb, NYU, Haas School of Business

 Haas School of Business

Part of the Haas School's Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

Story Hour in the Library featuring Joyce Carol Oates

Reading - Literary | March 9 | 5-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Joyce Carol Oates


Story Hour in the Library is a monthly prose reading series held in UC Berkeley's Morrison Library. In March the program features author Joyce Carol Oates.

Film Screening: Advantageous

Film - Feature | March 9 | 5-7:30 p.m. | The Law Building, Room 100

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Please join us at 5:00 pm on March 9, 2016 at UC Berkeley for the first screening of the 2017 series Being Human in a Biotech Age: Advantageous.

Professor Osagie Obasogie and Professor Charis Thompson will be with us in person to comment on the film after the screening.

About the film:

Advantageous posits a future a hundred or so years from now where declining fertility, economic crisis...   More >

The Prison Church: Historical, Theological and Ethnographic Perspectives

Lecture | March 9 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Jason Sexton, Lecturer, Cal State Fullerton

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Jason Sexton is a Lecturer in the Honors Program at Cal State Fullerton, where he teaches a variety of interdisciplinary courses. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, and has written widely in the areas of California studies, prison studies, religious studies, and contemporary theology...   More >

Excavating a Sacred Outcropping at Northwest Saqqara: The Ramesside Tomb of Isisnofret

Lecture | March 9 | 5-6 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Nozomu Kawai, Associate Professor, Kanazawa University (Japan)

 Near Eastern Studies

A Japanese mission has been excavating at a remote rocky outcropping to the North-west of the major cemetery in Saqqara since 1991. The team has discovered several important archaeological remains at the site. In this lecture, some major highlights will be represented and the most recent work in the Ramesside tomb of Isisnofret led by Nozomu Kawai will be discussed in detail.

Nozomu Kawai...   More >

Ramesside tomb of Isisnofret

Applied Algebra Seminar: Decomposition and unfolding of higher-order tensors

Seminar | March 9 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Yun Song, University of Pennsylvania and UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Recently, tensors of order 3 or greater, known as higher-order tensors, have attracted increased attention in many fields across science and engineering. A common paradigm in tensor-related algorithms advocates unfolding (or flattening) the tensor into a matrix and applying classical methods developed for matrices. In this talk, I will consider all possible unfoldings of a tensor into lower order...   More >

Our Terrible Country: Contemporary Syrian Documentaries

Film - Documentary | March 9 | 5:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Our Terrible Country (2014, Ali Atassi)

Contemporary Syrian Documentaries
curated by Nathalie Khankan (Near Eastern Studies)
in partnership with the Arab Film Festival

Part of "To Aleppo Gone:" Syrian Culture Today, series of programs exploring the arts in Syria.

SERC Community Retreat

Workshop | March 9 | 6-8 p.m. | 2038 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Student Environmental Resource Center

SERC will be hosting an on-campus community-wide retreat on Thursday, March 9th to gather community input on SERC's Strategic Plan, new space, and SERC vision. Food will be provided. Please share this invitation with any interested students and student organizations. Hope to see you there! ***RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/serccommunityretreat2

 RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/serccommunityretreat2

Plato's lexicon of logos: Sather Classical Lectures

Lecture | March 9 | 6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Mary Margaret McCabe, King's College London

 Department of Classics

The fifth lecture in the 2017 Sather series "Seeing and Saying: Plato on Virtue and Knowledge"

ARCH Lecture: James Carpenter “Light in the Public Realm”

Lecture | March 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

THURS., MAR 9, 6:30pm, 102 Wurster -- At the intersection of art, engineering and architecture “Light in the Public Realm” will explore James Carpenter’s focus upon the phenomenological qualities of light as a central organizing principle of the public re

Palestine...it is something colonial

Lecture | March 9 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Ethnic Studies Library, 30 Stephens Hall

 Dr. Hatem Bazian

 Center for Race and Gender

Eastwind Books of Berkeley, The Ethnic Studies Library at UC Berkeley, and The Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley present

Palestine...it is something colonial
Dr. Hatem Bazian Book Launch Discussion

March 9, 2017
6:30pm - 9pm

Ethnic Studies Library
30 Stephens Hall
UC Berkeley


Professor Hatem Bazian (UC Berkeley) provides a decolonial analysis of...   More >

Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in It (Akounak tedalat taha tazoughai) | Christopher Kirkley | United States, Niger, 2015

Film - Feature | March 9 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A wandering guitarist strums down his rivals—and the scorn of his own father—in this riveting musical/ethnography/narrative hybrid, which sets a sly tribute to Prince’s Purple Rain amidst the Tuareg music scene of Saharan Niger. Astride a purple motorcycle, a mysterious purple-clad guitarist (Mdou Moctar, a well-known musician) rides into the desert town of Agadaz looking for fame, love, and...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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Crafter-Dark: Free, drop-in crafting, in the Student Union

Workshop | October 13, 2016 – June 8, 2017 the second Thursday of the month every month with exceptions | 8-10 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Living Room

 ASUC Art Studio

Get crafty with us! We’re hosting free, drop-in arts & crafts workshops in the MLK Jr. Student Union campus living room every 2nd Thursday of the month.

This October, we'll be making some spooky-looking velum Halloween Lanterns– taught by Cal C.R.E.A.T.E. (Creative Residencies for Emerging Artists Teaching Empowerment). Hope to see you there!

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 >

Andy Warhol: Still Lifes and Portraits

Exhibit - Multimedia | November 23, 2016 – March 12, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A prominent figure of the American Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol (1928–1987) was one of the first to integrate fine art with celebrity culture, media spectacle, and mass production. This exhibition presents a selection of new gifts to BAMPFA from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, on view here for the first time, alongside previous gifts to the collection. The prints on display span...   More >

 Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons $12 General admission

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 >

Hippie Modernism: Cinema and Counterculture, 1964–1974

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 11 – May 13, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Cinema’s radical streak goes back to its earliest beginnings, but the period explored in Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia was an unusually fertile time for politically charged, aesthetically innovative filmmaking. Encompassing documentary, fiction, and experimental cinema—often in the course of a single feature—the films in this series intersected with and...   More >

 Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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.

Art Wall: Lawrence Weiner

Exhibit - Multimedia | March 1 – October 1, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

BAMPFA’s current commission for the Art Wall showcases the work of Lawrence Weiner, a central figure of Conceptual art. Like many other artists working in the late 1960s and ’70s, Weiner is deeply interested in methods of display that challenge the assumption that the work of art exists as a discrete object in the physical world.

Weiner decisively turned to language as the material object for...   More >

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 >