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Critic’s choice

Panel Discussion: Honoring San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

Monday, January 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Room 105 Boalt Hall, School of Law
The Bay Area and the Berkeley Law community lost one of its shining lights when Mayor Ed Lee passed away. Lee was a graduate of Berkeley Law (Class of 1978). His career was dedicated to public service, and he made a difference in many people’s lives and in the Bay Area. Listen to a panel discussion about Ed Lee’s contributions and legacy.MORE about Honoring San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

Lecture: Visualizing the World - Storytelling with Images, Graduate School of Journalism

Monday, January 22 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
While at the J-School, students have produced outstanding, award-winning documentaries, photography and innovative multi-media projects. These works cover every topic from public health, immigration, human rights, and politics with still and moving imagery from around the world, dramatic personal narratives and visual design of data. The works use 360 video, drone photography, animation and more. Come see the best of advanced work being done at the J-School. With Graduate School of Journalism faculty Edward Wasserman, Richard Koci Hernandez, Orlando Bagwell and Ken Light.MORE about Visualizing the World - Storytelling with Images, Graduate School of Journalism

Seminar: Design Field Notes, Sara Cinnamon

Tuesday, January 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall
Product design firm LUNAR's technical lead Sara Cinnamon will speak at Jacobs Hall, sharing perspectives from her time in grad school at MIT to running her own startup in consumer healthcare to joining a world-class design firm. She is also an alumna of UC Berkeley Mechanical Engineering. MORE about Design Field Notes, Sara Cinnamon

Lecture: Artist Talk with Anicka Yi - Sensing as Research

Thursday, January 25 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Maude Fife Room, 3rd Floor Wheeler Hall
Artist Anicka Yi will talk about her work and artistic practice as it relates to synthetic biology, bio engineering, extinction, and bio fiction. Using her 2016 Guggenheim Museum Hugo Boss Prize exhibit “Life Is Cheap” as a case study, she will examine her concept of “biopolitics of the senses,” or how assumptions and anxieties related to gender, race, and class shape physical perception.MORE about Artist Talk with Anicka Yi - Sensing as Research

Curators’ Talk: Lawrence Rinder and Julia White on To the Letter

Thursday, January 25 | 12 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Join director and chief curator Lawrence Rinder and senior curator for Asian art Julia White for an in-depth look at their exhibition about art that incorporates writing and letterforms as a motif or key theme.MORE about Lawrence Rinder and Julia White on <em>To the Letter</em>

Film: Free Speech and Its Limits - An Unfinished Conversation

Thursday, January 25 | 7:10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The First Amendment’s protection of freedom of expression has allowed progressive voices to argue powerfully for tolerance, equality, and social change. But what happens when that freedom is used to express intolerance and hate? Charlene Stern’s documentary Near Normal Man, about her father, Holocaust survivor Ben Stern, illustrates the challenges of maintaining First Amendment rights while protecting the wellbeing of all citizens. Stern and First Amendment advocate Ira Glasser explore how the questions and challenges they faced reverberate in America forty years later. Charlene Stern, Manu Meel, and others add their voices to a discussion moderated by Edward Wasserman.MORE about Free Speech and Its Limits - An Unfinished Conversation

Workshop: Fundamentals of Pruning

Thursday, January 25 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Learn the basics of pruning from landscape horticulturist Mathew McMillan.MORE about Fundamentals of Pruning

Exhibit: Twentysix Artists' Books

Friday, January 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 210 - Environmental Design Library Atrium Wurster Hall
Artists’ books defy conventional “reading” and involve the viewer through sight, touch and physical manipulation. Ed Ruscha’s "Twentysix Gasoline Stations" was seminal in bringing the concept of artists’ books into common consciousness. The Environmental Design Library will have several Ruscha books on hand and a number of other related works to touch, turn pages, and explore. Wine and light refreshments will be served.MORE about <em>Twentysix Artists' Books</em>

Lecture: America’s Dream Hoarders, Richard Reeves

Friday, January 26 | 1-3 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall
In his new book, Dream Hoarders: How the American Middle Class is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That is a Problem, and What to Do About It, Richard Reeves argues that we can do much more to protect opportunity for all and prevent the United States from becoming the very class-based society that early Americans rebelled against. Discussion will be moderated by Cybelle Fox, Berkeley sociology, and Paul Pierson, Berkeley political science.MORE about America’s Dream Hoarders, Richard Reeves

Dance: Peking Acrobats

Saturday, January 27 | 2-4 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
The Peking Acrobats combine the tradition and training of ancient folk arts with the theatricality and technical savvy of the 21st century. Accompanied by live music, the acrobats perform aerial routines, juggling, tumbling, somersaults, gymnastics, and stunts like trick cycling and the human pyramid.MORE about Peking Acrobats

Lecture: Duane Deterville: The Future Blackwards - Afrifuturism and Black Visual Culture

Saturday, January 27 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Artist, writer, and visual culture scholar Duane Deterville delivers a presentation on the emergence of Afrifuturism (Deterville’s preferred spelling of what culture critic Mark Dery called “Afro-futurism”) and its manifestations in various media. Afrifuturism is the creation of speculative futures based in the black experience and advanced technology.MORE about Duane Deterville: The Future Blackwards - Afrifuturism and Black Visual Culture

Dance: Peking Acrobats

Saturday, January 27 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Performances by the Peking Acrobats combine the tradition and training of ancient folk arts with the theatricality and technical savvy of the 21st century. Accompanied by live music on Chinese instruments, the acrobats perform aerial routines, juggling, tumbling, somersaults, gymnastics, and stunts.MORE about Peking Acrobats

Film: Woodstock

Saturday, January 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A young Martin Scorsese pitched in on the editing (beginning a longtime collaboration with lead editor Thelma Schoonmaker) for this influential music documentary on the landmark Woodstock event. While its selection into the National Film Registry may have more to do with the way it captures a sixties counterculture at the height of its free-spirit, anything-goes mystique, it’s also a staggering document of genius musical performances by artists including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Country Joe and the Fish, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Sly and the Family Stone, among many others.MORE about <em>Woodstock</em>

Workshop: Mushrooms in the Garden

Sunday, January 28 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Join local naturalist and mycologist Debbie Viess, Bay Area Mycological Society co-founder, for a talk on mushrooms that occur in local Bay Area woods, lawns and even gardens. Beautiful photos, stories and easy-to-digest science will be included.MORE about Mushrooms in the Garden

Lecture: Indexical Ambivalence, Kris Paulsen

Monday, January 29 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The interface is a place where opposites touch: here and there, now and then, I and you, actual and virtual, true and false. The age of screens and digital might seem to have killed the index, but instead it has revitalized and resurrected it. Kris Paulsen, associate professor in the History of Art and the Film Studies Program atThe Ohio State University, explores this space.MORE about Indexical Ambivalence, Kris Paulsen

Lecture: The Science of Cannabis - The Environmental Impact of Large Scale Cannabis Cultivation

Thursday, February 1 | 6-7:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
The current system for growing cannabis has caused significant environmental degradation due to pollutants, heavy water use, clear cutting natural areas, and other man-made impacts. Explore the current environmental issues, and how they can be addressed as cannabis production scales.MORE about The Science of Cannabis - The Environmental Impact of Large Scale Cannabis Cultivation

Reading: Lunch Poems, TC Tolbert

Thursday, February 1 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library
Enjoy a poetry reading by TC Tolbert, recently named Tucson’s Poet Laureate and author of Gephyromania and three chapbooks. Tolbert is also co-editor (along with Trace Peterson) of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics.MORE about Lunch Poems, TC Tolbert

Lecture: Connectivity as Human Right, Nicholas Negroponte

Monday, February 5 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Nicholas Negroponte is a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966. He gave the first TED talk in 1984, and 13 since, and is author of the 1995 bestseller, Being Digital. In 2005 he founded the non-profit One Laptop per Child, which deployed $1 billion of laptops for primary education in the developing world. In the private sector, Negroponte served on the board of directors of Motorola and he has provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies, including Zagats and Wired magazine.MORE about Connectivity as Human Right, Nicholas Negroponte

Lecture: The Science of Cannabis - The Genetics of Cannabis Breeds

Thursday, February 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
There is a rich informal taxonomy of Cannabis strains with exotic and evocative names. How do these breeds reflect the genetic relationships among different strains, and how do those genetic relationships reflect the chemical properties of the specific plants?MORE about The Science of Cannabis - The Genetics of Cannabis Breeds

Lecture: The Strange Career of William Ellis

Thursday, February 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall
Guillermo Eliseo was a wealthy Mexican, the proud owner of a luxury apartment overlooking Central Park, a busy Wall Street office, and scores of mines and haciendas in Mexico. But Eliseo had a secret: he was not from Mexico. He had begun life as a slave named William Ellis, born on a cotton plantation in southern Texas. Hear Columbia historian Karl Jacoby discuss Ellis’s incredible story.MORE about The Strange Career of William Ellis

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