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Critic’s choice

Film: Blind Chance

Sunday, November 18 | 7-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Made during the beginning of the Solidarity period in Poland but banned after the declaration of martial law, Blind Chance is a trilogy-in-one, following three possible life paths of its main character. Highlighting the interconnected nature of fate, secondary characters from one segment turn up in another, while the ending unites them in a final tragedy.MORE about <em>Blind Chance</em>

CANCELED: Lecture: Daemons Tools Art Tech with Marisa Morán Jahn

Monday, November 19 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Osher Theater, BAMPFA | Canceled
A “daemon” for ancient Greeks referred to a divinity or being betwixt and between humans and the supernatural, an inner spirit or inspiring force. Today, “daemon” commonly refers to a discrete background process that handles requests for services such as print spooling and file transfers, and is dormant when not required. Artist Marisa Morán Jahn weaves together her interest in creative technology as myth-making and co-designing with and for historically under-served communities (specifically low-wage workers, immigrants, youth, and women).MORE about Lecture: Daemons Tools Art Tech with Marisa Morán Jahn

Lecture: The Tumultuous Sixties

Monday, November 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 202 UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center)
In this public lecture, Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley Christina Gerhardt will contextualize the tumultuous sixties in post-war society and politics, its importance for the U.S. and Western European countries as well as its alignment with international liberation and solidarity movements. She will also address the question of how and why the protest movements of the sixties are still relevant today.MORE about The Tumultuous Sixties

Lecture: Mario Savio Memorial Lecture and Young Activist Award with Robert Reich

Monday, November 19 | 8-10 p.m. | Pauley Ballroom Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
Robert B. Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, will discuss "Free Speech in Angry Times" for the Mario Savio Memorial Lecture and Young Activist Award, presented annually to honor the memory of activist Mario Savio.MORE about Mario Savio Memorial Lecture and Young Activist Award with Robert Reich

Lecture: Design Field Notes with Nick Seaver

Monday, November 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall
The algorithms that have begun to shape human culture are often described as purely computational, but they are profoundly shaped by the people who build and maintain them. Nick Seaver, assistant professor of Department of Anthropology and Program on Science, Technology, and Society at Tufts University, will speak on "Hooking and Trapping: The Anthropology of Algorithmic Systems," drawing on the anthropology of animal trapping to make sense of the very human ideas underlying algorithms designed to hook users' attention.MORE about Design Field Notes with Nick Seaver

Film: The Third Murder

Friday, November 23 | 7-9:05 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
It looks at first like an open-and-shut case: a factory owner has been murdered and an employee, Misumi (Koji Yakusho), has confessed to the crime. But when a defense lawyer tries to establish Misumi’s motive, he wanders into a web of uncertainties that are not just factual, but existential.MORE about <em>The Third Murder</em>

Film: Howl’s Moving Castle

Saturday, November 24 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle is brimming with Hayao Miyazaki’s customary visual wit and imagination. In an intricately rendered European storybook land, magic lives in the skies above, and sometimes in the towns below.MORE about <em>Howl’s Moving Castle</em>

Howl’s Moving Castle

Film: Conversation Piece

Sunday, November 25 | 7-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Burt Lancaster stars as an aging American art historian who has retreated from the world into the dark Roman palazzo he inherited from his Italian mother. When he rents the upstairs flat to a Roman matron (Silvana Mangano) and her amoral gigolo (Helmut Berger), his life’s denouement is invaded by la dolce vita.MORE about <em>Conversation Piece</em>

Lecture: Creating the Future of Nuclear Energy with Rachel Slaybaugh

Tuesday, November 27 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library
The nuclear energy industry is at a crossroads: Existing nuclear reactors are struggling to operate economically in some tough markets, and construction of new designs in the U.S. is slow and over budget. At the same time, interest in and development of the next generation of nuclear reactors is growing at an unprecedented rate. Rachel Slaybaugh will discuss how many new technologies, including Data Analytics and Machine Learning, can be impactful.MORE about Creating the Future of Nuclear Energy with Rachel Slaybaugh

Film: The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand

Wednesday, November 28 | 6:30-8 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
This is the first documentary ever produced about the life and gardens of Beatrix Farrand, the most successful female landscape architect in early 20th century America and one of the founders of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Includes a Q&A with the filmmaker, Karyl Evans. MORE about <em>The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand</em>

Film: Fanny and Alexander

Wednesday, November 28 | 3:10-6:20 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Director Ingmar Bergman’s dreamlike family chronicle is set in turn-of-the-century Sweden, where the members of an upper-middle-class theatrical clan are sheltered by their own theatrics from the deepening chaos of the outside world. MORE about Fanny and Alexander

Film: The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors — Three Films

Wednesday, November 28 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
What are the experiences that shape the long lives of those we live among? In The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors, a ninety-two-year-old neighbor recounts the experience of being one of the first US Navy seamen sent into Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two weeks after the atom bombs were dropped. His intimate testimony is paired here with two films exploring two other catastrophic events of World War II — the internment of Japanese Americans and the “death march” of prisoners out of Auschwitz. In each, witnesses struggle to articulate these shattering experiences that were central to their lives.MORE about <em>The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors</em> — Three Films

Conference: Inequality in Life and Death — Policy and Prospect

Thursday, November 29 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Bantao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall
Inequality has become a central focus of policy discussions, but inequality has multiple dimensions and many potential policy interventions. This mini-conference will consider inequality from this broad perspective, with presentations by international experts on the Berkeley faculty and a keynote by Peter Orszag, Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and Global Co-Head of Healthcare at Lazard, former director of the Office of Management and Budget under the Obama Administration.MORE about Inequality in Life and Death — Policy and Prospect

Lecture: Race and the Apparatus of Disposability with Sherene H. Razack

Thursday, November 29 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Multicultural Community Center Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
Disposability, a condition written on the body, is a racial project. Populations that stand in the way of the progress of capital accumulation, are targeted for disposability, and relegated to the realm of “sub-humanity.” Sherene H. Razack is Distinguished Professor and the Penny Kanner Endowed Chair in Gender Studies, UCLA, pursues what race has to do with disposability through an examination of the death in custody of a Roma refugee. MORE about Race and the Apparatus of Disposability with Sherene H. Razack

Film: The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan — Summer in Sanrizuka

Thursday, November 29 | 7-8:40 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In 1968, Shinsuke Ogawa and the new filmmaking collective Ogawa Pro “followed a brigade of student activists and joined the growing movement of resistance by the farmers and their allies against the forced eviction from their lands to build a new international airport in Narita, near Tokyo....The film shows how the students and the farmers were able to forge an alliance and find common ground in order to organize and strengthen their cooperative struggle.” (Cinéma du Réel)MORE about <em>The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan — Summer in Sanrizuka</em>

Film: The Innocent

Friday, November 30 | 7-9:10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A book lying on red satin sheets serves as an appropriate opening image for director Luchino Visconti’s last work, a film full of the abstractions of nineteenth-century philosophy and the concerns of twentieth-century political thought.MORE about <em>The Innocent</em>

Conference: Cleantech to Market Symposium

Friday, November 30 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Chou Hall, Spieker Forum (6th floor) Haas School of Business
Join the 10th anniversary of Cleantech to Market. Learn about this year's startups and hear C2M alumni reflect on the program’s 10-year impact. This is an opportunity to hear about the most innovative and impactful clean technologies and network with cleantech professionals and next-generation leaders.MORE about Cleantech to Market Symposium

Workshop: Botanical Perfume Gift Workshop with Jessica Hannah

Saturday, December 1 | 2-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Join a two-hour beginner's natural perfume gift workshop. Learn about the history and art of natural perfumes, and create a formula with oils from around the world, including Italian bergamot, Haitian vetiver, Bulgarian rose, and more.MORE about Botanical Perfume Gift Workshop with Jessica Hannah

Workshop: Chai and Spice

Sunday, December 2 | 2-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Come enjoy and learn about the botanical garden’s tropical plant collection that provide the spicy ingredients for chai. Deepa Natarajan will lead you on a journey through spice history and and teach you a couple of recipes for making masala chai. Take home a recipe and spice blend and sip lots of chai along the way.MORE about Chai and Spice

Chai and Spice Workshop

Music: Shai Wosner, piano

Sunday, December 2 | 3-5 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Born in Israel and educated at Juilliard, pianist Shai Wosner is internationally acclaimed for his insightful interpretations of the music of Schubert. In Wosner's hands, complex works speak with clarity, and here he explores three of the composer's mercurial middle-period sonatas.MORE about Shai Wosner, piano

Shai Wosner

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