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Critic’s choice

Colloquium: From Basic Idea to Impact — The Story of Modern Cryptography with Shafi Goldwasser

Wednesday, September 26 | 3-4 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall
Computer science inventions impact every aspect our life. In this talk, computer science professor Shafi Goldwasser will highlight the progression from idea to impact in the field of cryptography in the last 40 years.MORE about From Basic Idea to Impact — The Story of Modern Cryptography with Shafi Goldwasser

Lecture: The Senses of Democracy: Perception, Politics, and Culture in Latin America, Francine Masiello

Wednesday, September 26 | 12-1 p.m. | Geballe Room Stephens Hall
In The Senses of Democracy: Perception, Politics, and Culture in Latin America, Francine Masiello traces the evolution of “sense work” in literary texts, the visual arts, periodical culture, and history. She argues that when the discourse on democracy is altered or threatened, the representation of our sensing bodies helps shape democratic practice and rebellion, cultural crisis, and social change.MORE about The Senses of Democracy: Perception, Politics, and Culture in Latin America, Francine Masiello

Panel Discussion: Covering and Uncovering Iran in the Age of Trump: A Conversation with Journalists Jason Rezaian and Melissa Etehad

Thursday, September 27 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall | Note change in location
Reporting about Iran and U.S.-Iran relations, covering the "Muslim Ban" and its impact on Iranian Americans, as well as recognizing the current administration's policies in the Middle East, has made accurate and thoughtful coverage about Iran and its diaspora even more critical. Join a conversation with Iranian-American journalists Jason Rezaian (Washington Post and CNN) and Melissa Etehad (Los Angeles Times), moderated by Dr. Persis Karim of SF State's Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, on why reporting on these topics is more important than ever.MORE about Covering and Uncovering Iran in the Age of Trump: A Conversation with Journalists Jason Rezaian and Melissa Etehad

Panel Discussion: Archaeological Perspectives on Fire and People — From Ancient Neanderthals to Contemporary California

Thursday, September 27 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
This event brings together archaeologists from UC Berkeley’s Archaeological Research Facility and the US Forest Service in a panel discussion exploring what we might learn from humanity's long experience with fire.MORE about Archaeological Perspectives on Fire and People — From Ancient Neanderthals to Contemporary California

Archaeological Perspectives on Fire and People

Lecture: Deportations — When Immigrants Are Sent Back with Rafael Alarcon

Thursday, September 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A graduate of UC Berkeley, Rafael Alarcon is a senior professor at the research institute at Tijuana, Mexico, the Colegio de la Frontera Norte. He has published numerous articles and books, including, most recently, Making Los Angeles Home: The Integration of Mexican Immigrants in the United States and coauthored Return to Aztlan: The Social Processes of Migration from Western Mexico. He is currently conducting research on deported immigrants and their families, which will inform this lecture.MORE about Deportations — When Immigrants Are Sent Back with Rafael Alarcon

Lecture: An Evening with Frederick Wiseman

Thursday, September 27 | 7-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In this lecture illustrated with clips from his films, Frederick Wiseman will address how he chooses a documentary subject, how he tells a story, and what factors influence his aesthetic decisions.MORE about An Evening with Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman

Lecture: Why Read Machiavelli's The Prince?

Thursday, September 27 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Round-table and discussion with Albert R. Ascoli, UC Berkeley; Julia Lupton, UC Irvine; David Marno, UC Berkeley; and Nadia Urbinati, Columbia University.MORE about Why Read Machiavelli's <em>The Prince</em>?

Dance: Mark Morris Dance Group — Pepperland

Friday, September 28 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Mark Morris celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with a new dance work that revels in the eccentric charm and joyful optimism of the Beatles’ groundbreaking album. Continues September 29-30.MORE about Mark Morris Dance Group — <em>Pepperland</em>

Mark Morris Dance Group

Film: High School

Friday, September 28 | 3:30-4:45 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
At a middle-class, mostly white school, obedience to authority is lesson number one. Taken on its release in 1969 as an antiestablishment cry against institutional conformity, Frederick Wiseman’s documentary has acquired added resonance with age.MORE about <em>High School</em>

High School

Lecture: Catherine Lusheck — Why Style Matters: Connoisseurship and the Old Masters

Saturday, September 29 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Catherine Lusheck, associate professor of art history/arts management at the University of San Francisco, delves into the intriguing issues of artistic style and connoisseurship — traditional art-historical interests long since eclipsed by newer methodologies.MORE about Catherine Lusheck — Why Style Matters: Connoisseurship and the Old Masters

Performing Arts: Black Life — Cat Brooks

Saturday, September 29 | 6-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Cat Brooks performs Tasha, a one-woman show loosely based on the 2015 murder of Natasha McKenna, a thirty-eight-year-old woman living with schizophrenia, while she was in custody in Virginia’s Fairfax County Jail. This compelling examination of the intersection of race, gender, mental health, and policing is directed by Ayodele Nzinga and is a Salon Series finalist.MORE about Black Life — Cat Brooks

Film: The Day I Became a Woman

Saturday, September 29 | 6-7:20 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The first feature from Marziyeh Meshkini (Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s wife) is an intense, allegorical triptych covering the challenges of life as a woman in Iran. It puts a defiantly feminist spin on the Makhmalbaf Film House’s adept blend of documentary realism and dreamlike fable.MORE about <em>The Day I Became a Woman</em>

Film: A Hard Day’s Night

Saturday, September 29 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Bringing together influences ranging from the BBC’s Goon Show to the Marx Brothers and TV commercials, Richard Lester invented a style of film editing that expressed the consciousness just emerging from the culture that made (and then embraced) the Beatles. As it follows the adventures of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, A Hard Day’s Night perfectly captures the spirit of the times.MORE about <em>A Hard Day’s Night</em>

A Hard Day’s Night

Film: The Rite

Saturday, September 29 | 8-9:10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The Rite is one of Ingmar Bergman’s most stylized and political films. Taut, bold, and dark, The Rite confronts artistic censorship while also investigating central Bergman themes such as sexual violence and the nature of performance.MORE about <em>The Rite</em>

Special Event: Fall Plant Sale

Sunday, September 30 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
The annual Fall Plant Sale offers a Room of Rares, a boutique sale of plants carefully selected by Garden Horticulturists, and the chance to buy rare cycads and palms, carnivorous plants, succulents, subtropical, houseplants, and a wide selection of drought-tolerant plants from around the world.MORE about Fall Plant Sale

Fall Plant Sale

Music: Yo-Yo Ma, cello — The Complete Bach Suites

Sunday, September 30 | 7-9 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre
Yo-Yo Ma returns to the Greek Theatre for a special chamber music concert. Ma has been performing Bach’s complete cello suites for decades and lends a wisdom, playfulness, and depth of expression to these seminal works.MORE about Yo-Yo Ma, cello — The Complete Bach Suites

Yo-Yo Ma

Seminar: Design Field Notes — Mike Marzalek

Monday, October 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall
Mike Marzalek gradually lost his hearing over time and twelve years ago got a cochlear implant (CI): a bionic ear. Music with a CI is not great, so he decided to try to improve things by hacking his CI and building his own sound processor.MORE about Design Field Notes — Mike Marzalek

Lecture: Colombia — Lessons from a Presidential Campaign with Sergio Fajardo

Tuesday, October 2 | 5 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall
Something extraordinary is happening in Colombia, and Sergio Fajardo has a unique perspective. Fajardo has followed a nontraditional path in public life: from mathematician to presidential candidate. He will share his experiences as a public servant, his perspectives on the recent election, and an analysis of Colombia today.

Sergio Fajardo recently ran for president of Colombia and received 24% (4.5 million) of the votes cast. Formerly, he served as the governor of Antioquia (2012-2015) and the mayor of Medellin (2004-2007). He was highly innovative in both offices emphasizing education, public works, and community participation. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.MORE about Colombia — Lessons from a Presidential Campaign with Sergio Fajardo

Sergio Fajardo

Lecture: Environmental Change and Migration in Historical Perspective

Tuesday, October 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Current debates about "climate refugees" have triggered interest in the larger connections between environmental change and migration. But what can history contribute to this new field of research? Focusing on historical case studies of environmental migration in general and displacement after natural disasters in particular, Uwe Lübken’s talk will highlight the potential of historical research for this debate.MORE about Environmental Change and Migration in Historical Perspective

Lecture: The Challenge of Big Data and Data Science for the Social Sciences with Henry Brady

Tuesday, October 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library
The 2005 National Science Foundation workshop report on "Cyberinfrastructure for the Social and Behavioral Sciences" (Fran Berman and Henry Brady) argued that the methods of doing research in the social sciences would be transformed by big data and data science and that the social sciences should be centrally involved in studying the impacts of big data and data science on society. In "The Challenge of Big Data and Data Science," just completed for the Annual Review of Political Science, Henry Brady has brought these arguments up-to-date.MORE about The Challenge of Big Data and Data Science for the Social Sciences with Henry Brady

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