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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Earth Week 2018 Planning Committee

Meeting | January 31 – April 18, 2018 every Wednesday with exceptions |  Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Are you interested in planning UC Berkeley's 2018 Earth Week? SERC is recruiting individual student leaders and/or student representatives from environmental student organizations to join the Earth Week 2018 Planning Committee. Sign up at tinyurl.com/EarthWeekCommittee

How, Where, and What to Publish: UC Berkeley Scholarly Publishing Symposium

Conference/Symposium | January 31 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Sproul Hall, 309 (Graduate Professional Development Center)

 Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library

Editors from Elsevier, Springer-Nature, PLOS, UC Press, and more


Hear from scholarly journal and book publishers Elsevier, Springer-Nature, PLOS, UC Press, and more during a half-day symposium in which editors cover all aspects of how, where, and what to publish. Panel presentations and discussions will include:

• Intro to Scholarly Publishing: Targeting the “right” journal for submission; overview of the editorial process (Submission to...   More >

  Register online

Round Table on Parks, Conservation, and Your Career

Information Session | January 31 | 9-10 a.m. | 139 Mulford Hall

 Jon Jarvis, Executive Director, The Berkeley Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity; Patrick Gonzalez, Principal Climate Change Specialist, U.S. National Park Service; Sarah Allen, Science Program Lead, U.S. National Park Service

 California Outdoor Engagement Coalition

The Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity is excited to announce an opportunity for students to join Jon Jarvis, Sarah Allen, and Patrick Gonzalez for a monthly one hour event where they can ask questions and seek advice about the National Park Service, climate change, careers, conservation, and much more. Space is limited, you must RSVP to attend the event.

 You MUST R.S.V.P. to attend! Seats are limited. If seats are filled, you will be asked to add your name to a waitlist.

 If seats are filled, you will be prompted to add your name and e-mail to a waitlist. RSVP online or or by emailing Rhonie Roggers at rhoniedee1993@berkeley.edu by January 31.

CACS Event: The How and Why of Developing Zero-net Carbon UC Student Housing

Panel Discussion | January 31 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 305 Wurster Hall

 Jason E. Smith, Partner, KieranTimberlake; Peter Rumsey, Founder, Point Energy Innovations; Beth Piatnitza, UCSF's Capital Programs Housing Program Manager & Project Manager, UCSF

 Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS)

Across the UC system student housing is under development and UC's sustainability practices policy is calling on these new facilities to be zero-net carbon buildings. UC Berkeley's Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) is hosting a conversation to explore this timely topic with UC San Francisco's Minnesota Street Graduate Student and Trainee Housing project design team.

The Palatine East Pottery Project: The Study and On-Line Publication of 20 Tons of Pottery from Downtown Rome

Lecture | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 J. Theodore Peña, Professor, University of California, Berkeley Classics

 Archaeological Research Facility

During the period 1989-1996 the American Academy in Rome undertook the excavation of large mid- to late-imperials structure located at the foot of the northeast slope of the Palatine Hill in downtown Rome. The speaker is in charge of the study and publication of the ca. 20 metric tons of Roman-period pottery recovered in the course of this project. The assemblage, what spans most of the first...   More >

Fear and the Safety Net: Evidence from Secure Communities: Marcella Alsan MD, MPH, PhD

Colloquium | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Marcella Alsan MD, MPH, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Stanford University

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

“Comprehensive Computational Design of Ordered Peptide Macrocycles”

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Parisa Hosseinzadeh, University of Washington

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Mixed chirality peptide macrocycles such as cyclosporine are among the most potent therapeutics identified to-date, but there is currently no way to systematically search through the structural space spanned by such compounds for new drug candidates. Natural proteins do not provide a useful guide: peptide macrocycles lack regular secondary structures and hydrophobic cores and have different...   More >

Dissecting the form and function of host–microbe relationships within the intestine

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Travis Wiles**, University of Oregon

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Noon Concert: Trevor Van de Velde, piano

Performing Arts - Music | January 31 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Fall welcome misc.

 Department of Music

John ADAMS China Gates
Philip GLASS Mad Rush
David LANG Cello
Steve REICH Piano Counterpoint


Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in...   More >

Sensory Integration, Density Estimation, and Information Retention

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Joe Makin, UCSF

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

A common task facing computational scientists and, arguably, the brains of primates more generally is to construct models for data, particularly ones that invoke latent variables. Although it is often natural to identify the latent variables of such a model with the true unobserved variables in the world, the correspondence between the two can be more complicated, as when the former are...   More >

Haas Scholars Program Info Session: $13,800 to carry out final project in *ANY* major

Information Session | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Learn about how to apply to this research program for your last year!

The Haas Scholars Program supports twenty undergraduates with financial need with their interest for conducting research during their final year at UC-Berkeley. Applicants are evaluated primarily on the merit and originality of their proposal for an independent research or creative project that will serve as the basis for a...   More >

Indigenous Rights, Gender Violence, and American Outrage: Canadian Studies Colloquium

Colloquium | January 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Cheryl Suzack, University of Toronto

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Canadian Studies Colloquium.
"Indigenous Rights, Gender Violence, and American Outrage."

Prof. Cheryl Suzack
English & Indigenous Studies
University of Toronto

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
223 Moses Hall | 12 Noon
Co-Sponsored by Ethnic Studies
Buffet lunch at 12 noon followed by lecture at 12:10.
Free Event | Open To Everyone
Part of the Canadian Studies Colloquium...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Evolution in rapidly adapting populations"

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Michael Desai, Harvard University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Natural selection and other evolutionary forces lead to particular patterns of evolutionary dynamics, and they leave characteristic signatures on the genetic variation within populations. We use a combination of theory and experiments to study the dynamics and population genetics of natural selection in asexual populations such as microbes and viruses.

A Talk with Barbara Hammer

Lecture | January 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Barbara Hammer, Visual Artist and Filmmaker

 Arts + Design

Barbara Hammer is a pioneering Bay Area feminist and Lesbian Experimental filmmaker. Hammer has made dozens of films on women's issues gender roles, lesbian relationships and aging.

Barbara Hammer, Visual Artist and Filmmaker

Pioneering visual artist and filmmaker Barbara Hammer, has a multiple praxis for the past 40 years with resonating impact on young artists today. Her work was...   More >

Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat: Richard Cándida Smith: Improvised Continent: Pan-Americanism and Cultural Exchange

Lecture | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Illuminating the story of how cultural exchange programs brought many of the most important Latin American artists and writers to the United States, Richard Cándida Smith explores Pan-American cultural exchange in the twentieth century.

Econ 235, Financial Economics: Job Market Seminar

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Matteo Benetton, LSE

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar and Real Estate Seminar

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Michael Harvey: Ecology as a driver of evolutionary diversity within Amazonian bird species

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Michael Harvey (MVZ/IB Faculty Candidate)

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Colloquium | January 31 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Arlie Hochschild, Professor Emerita, UC Berkeley Department of Sociology

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Arlie Hochschild's latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press, September 2016) focuses on the rise of the American right. Based on intensive interviews of Tea Party enthusiasts in Louisiana, conducted over the last five years and focusing on emotions, Hochschild scales an “empathy wall” to learn how to see, think and feel as they do. What do...   More >

Keys Track 3d- Supervising in a Union Environment

Course | January 31 | 1-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Julie Hoxie

 Human Resources

Supervisors will learn how to manage their represented employees within the constraints of the laws and the labor contracts. They will also learn about management rights, employee rights and union rights, and how to communicate with represented employees and unions. This workshop addresses the following Core Competencies: * Inclusiveness * Managing People * Communication

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Ricci flow with surgery and the classification of 3-manifolds

Seminar | January 31 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Richard Bamler, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will give an accessible introduction to Ricci flow in low dimensions, highlighting its connection to the study of the corresponding static equation, the Einstein equation, and to related topological theorems, such as the Uniformization theorem and the Poincaré and Geometrization Conjectures. I will then discuss the singularity formation of such flows and provide an overview of Perelman’s...   More >

How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop

Workshop | January 31 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email a professor you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response, or not the one you hoped? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals ...   More >

Computational psychiatry: When good decisions go bad

Seminar | January 31 | 3 p.m. |  5101 Tolman Hall

 **Peter Dayan**

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Substantial efforts across the fields of computer science, artificial intelligence, statistics, operations research, economics, and control theory have provided us with a psychologically- and neurobiologically-grounded account of how humans and other animals learn to predict rewards and punishments, and choose actions to maximize the former and minimize the latter. It becomes an obvious...   More >

Coffee Break

Social Event | January 31 | 3-4 p.m. |  Julie's Cafe

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Coffee Break is a chance to meet new people from all over the world, have interesting discussions, and drink FREE coffee together--a relaxing break in the middle of the school week! We meet every Wednesday from 3-4 PM at Julie's Cafe.

This week we're talking about that Bay Area life! Whether it's sharing your favorite hangouts or complaining about the housing market, let's chat about the...   More >

SURF Summer Research Scholarships Info Session

Information Session | January 31 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

OURS Staff will discuss eligibility criteria for SURF programs, benefits of the fellowship and tips for a successful application


Film - Feature | January 31 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Telling of a factory workers’ strike in czarist Russia in 1912 and its brutal suppression, Strike, in its brilliant mixture of agitprop techniques and comic-grotesque stylization, reveals the influence of the explosively rich Soviet theater in which Eisenstein was involved. In surprise associations—intercutting shots of the secret police with animals, or a massacre with an abattoir—Eisenstein is...   More >

Big Data and Cartography

Colloquium | January 31 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 James Cheshire, University College London

 Department of Geography

Maps are an increasingly important tool for interrogating, disseminating and communicating large and complex geographic datasets. This talk will outline the ways in which innovative cartography can be used to inform researchers, and the public more broadly, about the value, and pitfalls, of “Big Data”. It will draw insights from three highly successful mapping projects that have sought to...   More >

Career Chat: Data Science

Information Session | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. |  2451 Ridge Road, Shire Hall (Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership)

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Interested in exploring data science as a career path? Come learn insights about critical skill-sets and how to get hired from current part-time MEng student, Farshad Miraftab.

Farshad is currently a Data Scientist on Asurion's Big Data team responsible for driving customer engagement using machine learning principals. He's developed various models to predict customer churn, improve customer...   More >

 Only open to Master of Engineering students.

Statistical Inference for Finite Alphabet Structures

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Merle Behr, University of Göttingen

 Department of Statistics

A challenging problem in cancer genetics is that tumors often consist of a few different groups of cells, so called clones, where each clone has different mutations, like copy-number (CN) variations. In whole genome sequencing the mutations of the different clones get mixed up, according to their relative unknown proportion in the tumor. However, CN's of single clones can only take values in a...   More >

Engineering the Entropic Bond

Colloquium | January 31 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Sharon Glotzer, University of Michigan

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Entropy, information, and order are important concepts in many fields, relevant for materials to machines, for biology to econophysics. Entropy is typically associated with disorder; yet, the counterintuitive notion that a thermodynamic system of hard particles might - due solely to entropy - spontaneously assemble from a fluid phase into an ordered crystal was first predicted in the mid-20th...   More >

Study Abroad in Public Health Information Session

Information Session | January 31 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come learn about public health opportunities abroad! Study Abroad Advisers, Public Health Advisers and students will discuss how study abroad works, program opportunities, guidelines for course approvals, financial aid/scholarships and more!

EECS Colloquium: Pen- and Touch-Interaction with 2D Information Spaces

Colloquium | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Andries van Dam, Brown University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This presentation covers two of my graphics group’s projects, Vizdom and Dash. Rather than a formal exposition of completed research we will present two demos of work-in progress that are intended to illustrate directions we think will be fruitful for information exploration and sensemaking.


Andries van Dam, is the Thomas J. Watson Jr. University Professor of Technology and...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Classification of diffeomorphism groups of 3-manifolds through Ricci flow

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Richard Bamler, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will present recent work of Bruce Kleiner and myself in which we classify the homotopy type of all spherical and hyperbolic 3-manifolds, except for $RP^3$. This partially resolves the Generalized Smale Conjecture in the spherical case and reproves a theorem due to Gabai in the hyperbolic case.

Our proof is based on a uniqueness theorem for singular Ricci flows, which we established in previous...   More >

Cosmopolitanism and Belonging: Craig Calhoun, President, Berggruen institute

Lecture | January 31 | 4-6 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Craig Calhoun, President, Berggruen institute

 Social Science Matrix

Social Science Matrix is honored to welcome Craig Calhoun, President of the Berggruen Institute, for the Social Science Matrix Distinguished Lecture, to be delivered on January 31 from 4-6pm. A reception will follow Space is limited; RSVP to attend.

  RSVP online by January 28.

Craig Calhoun, President, Berggruen Institute

Applied Math Seminar: Efficient solvers and preconditioners for the implicit time integration of discontinuous Galerkin methods

Seminar | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Will Pazner, Brown University and UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Implicit time integration for discontinuous Galerkin (DG) discretizations is important in the context of boundary layer flows, anisotropic, unstructured meshes, and high degree polynomial approximations. Effective preconditioning strategies are essential to the efficient iterative solution of the resulting large, sparse linear systems. In this talk, I will discuss two topics: (1) fully implicit...   More >

“Does This Vehicle Belong to You?” Processing the Language of Policing for Improving Police-Community Relations

Lecture | January 31 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Dan Jurafsky

 Information, School of

A linguistic analysis of policy body-camera data from traffic stops reveals race-based differences. How can the findings improve police-community relations?

Job Market Seminar: "Reputation Effects under Interdependent Values"

Seminar | January 31 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Harry Di Pei, MIT Economics

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Theory, Organizational Economics, Political Economy

UCDC Info Session: Fall 2018 application deadline, Feb 22, 2018

Information Session | January 31 | 5-6 p.m. | 262 Evans Hall

 Marcia Condon, UCDC

 The UC Berkeley Washington Program

Come learn about Berkeley's program in DC, where students from any major intern and research in Washington DC, earning a full semester of Berkeley credit.

Innocence and Violence: The Theology of a Gun Culture

Lecture | January 31 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Dominic Erdozain, Freelance Writer

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Gun rights are typically identified with the Second Amendment – a legal, indeed constitutional, prerogative. This lecture argues that they are better understood as part of a culture and a belief system, centering on ideas of innocence and legitimate violence.

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | July 2, 2014 – June 27, 2018 every Wednesday with exceptions | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable, safe, self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.

Torre Bela

Film - Documentary | January 31 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A supporter of the revolution that ousted the Salazar dictatorship in Portugal, the German leftist Thomas Harlan was inspired by the Portuguese land reform movement to make this documentary on efforts to turn over the large estate of Torre Bela to local workers. “The resulting film remains one of the emblematic Portuguese films of the revolutionary period, and one of the purest examples of...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Veronica De Jesus/ MATRIX 268

Exhibit - Multimedia | October 25, 2017 – February 25, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

De Jesus's memorial portraits honor artists, writers, and diverse cultural figures, testifying to the fact that each life is valuable and worthy of recognition.

Buddhist Realms

Exhibit - Multimedia | October 25, 2017 – April 22, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This presentation showcases exquisite examples of Buddhist art from the Himalayan region.

Art Wall: Karabo Poppy Moletsane

Exhibit - Painting | November 22, 2017 – July 15, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Moletsane’s vibrant, large-scale portraits for the Art Wall draw on both traditional African visual culture and Afrofuturism.

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 16, 2017 – June 3, 2018 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’
cartoons, jokes, and satire throughout the years selected
from their humor magazines and other publications.

Environmental Design Archives Exhibition: Hollywood and Vine

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 22 – May 15, 2018 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

See the homes of the STARS!! Or more precisely, designs for the homes and gardens of film stars, directors, screen writers, and designers curated by head archivist at the Environmental Design Archives, Waverly Lowell.

ARCH Exhibition: 2017 Branner & Stump Fellows

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 29 – February 9, 2018 every day | 121 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: JAN 29-FEB 9, MON-FRI 10am-5pm. The 2017 Branner &amp; Stump Fellows Exhibition surveys the experiences and findings of recent fellowship recipients after their international travels. Free and open to the public!

Way Bay

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 17 – May 6, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Way Bay is a sweeping exploration of the creative energies that have emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area over the past two hundred years. The exhibition features nearly two hundred works of art, film, performance, poetry, and archival materials by Bay Area artists and others whose work engages with the region’s geographic, social, and cultural landscape.

The exhibition takes a nonlinear...   More >

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 31 – April 22, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee offers viewers an opportunity to experience the work of this prolific artist in a new way, through her best-known work, the artist’s book Dictee. Placing the book as a point of entry into her wider creative production, the exhibition explores resonances between Dictee’s ten thematic sections (nine of them named for the Greek muses) and artworks drawn from the...   More >

Horizontals: Rusted

Exhibit - Photography | January 3 – February 1, 2018 every day |  Faculty Club

 Faculty Club

“Horizontals: Rusted." Sally Mack’s new abstract photos are the result of her year-long exploration of industrial rust at Mare Island shipyard near Vallejo CA. Initially intrigued by the scale of rusted materials, the details fascinated her. Horizontal bands of color changed with the light; vivid colors brought out in bright sunlight. Please stop by The Faculty Club to view the photos, they may...   More >

ARCH Exhibition: Americans on the Road (1950-1980)

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 17 – February 2, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 108 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: JAN 17-FEB 2, MON-FRI 12-7pm. This exhibition investigates a period when Americans took to the road in record numbers, creating a culture of tourism and commerce and transforming space and time in unprecedented ways. Open to the public!

The Invisible Museum: History and Memory of Morocco

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Since its inception in 1962, the former Judah L. Magnes Museum distinguished itself by directing its collecting efforts outside the focus on European Jewish culture and history that was prevalent among American Jewish museums at the time. During the 1970s and 1980s, its founders, Seymour and Rebecca Fromer, actively corralled an informal team of activist collectors and supporters. Together, they...   More >

The Worlds of Arthur Szyk | The Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection: Auditorium installation of enlarged reproductions of select collection items

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Acquired by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in 2017 thanks to an unprecedented gift from Taube Philanthropies, the most significant collection of works by Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) is now available to the world in a public institution for the first time as the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection.

Born into a middle-class Polish...   More >

¡Viva La Fiesta! Mexican Traditions of Celebration

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – February 28, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, The Bancroft Library Gallery

 Bancroft Library

¡Viva la Fiesta! explores the cycle of traditional religious and
patriotic celebrations that have for centuries marked the
Mexican calendar. The exhibition draws on unique historical
representations of the fiestas and examines their relationship
to communal identities, national politics, religious practices,
and indigenous customs. These original materials, which are
preserved in the...   More >

High Holy Days at the Luna Park: Show-card Posters from the Firschein Press (Brooklyn, NY, 1920-1974)

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 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

This exhibition presents a selection from the over one hundred “show-card” posters printed by the Firschein Press, a small business operated by East European Jewish immigrants, that served local Jewish and non-Jewish communities in Brooklyn for the better half of the 20th century. Oscar Firschein brought the posters to California once the Press ceased its activities. He and his wife, Theda,...   More >

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 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

A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >

Opening Reception l High Holy Days at the Luna Park: Show-card Posters from the Firschein Press, Brooklyn, NY, 1920–1974 and The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 31 | 5-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
cordially invites you to an opening reception for
its two new exhibitions

"High Holy Days at the Luna Park: Show-card Posters from the Firschein Press, Brooklyn, NY, 1920–1974"
"The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo"

George Breslauer, Faculty Director, The Magnes
Francesco Spagnolo, Curator, The...   More >


  RSVP by January 25 online.