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Workshop: Contemplating Desire — Photography

Monday, October 15 | 1-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
In this contemplative photography workshop, participants will wander the Garden of Eden as voyeurs to nature’s inherent sensuality.MORE about Contemplating Desire — Photography

Lecture: Sholem Aleichem on the South Side of Chicago

Forgotten and never staged, Sholem Aleichem's original handwritten Yiddish manuscript of Stempenyu turned up over a century later in the basement of a home slated for demolition in Chicago’s once-Jewish South Shore neighborhood. This program tells the story of the manuscript’s reemergence, and brings to life the author’s original Stempenyu – the story of a community bound by language, tradition and music.MORE about Sholem Aleichem on the South Side of Chicago

Film: Mother, Daughter, Sister

Tuesday, October 16 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law
Filmmaker Jeanne Hallacy screens her newest film on sexual and gender based violence in in Myanmar in both Rakhine state (against the Rohingya) and Kachin states. She will be joined in a panel discussion by Muslim Burmese interfaith activist Myo Win, Rohingya lawyer and activist Wai Wai Nu, and UC Berkeley Burmese lecturer Kenneth Wong.MORE about <em>Mother, Daughter, Sister</em>

Workshop: Natural Perfume with Jessica Hannah

Tuesday, October 16 | 6-8 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
This two-hour beginners natural perfume workshop will teach the history and art of natural perfumes. Participants will create a formula with oils from around the world, including Italian bergamot, Haitian vetiver, Bulgarian rose, and more. Suitable for new and returning students. MORE about Natural Perfume with Jessica Hannah

Panel Discussion: Dubravka Simonovic, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences

Wednesday, October 17 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law
Special Rapporteur Dubravka Simonovic, the Human Rights Center's Alexa Koenig and Amnesty International's Danielle Cass will address the need for tech companies to more effectively prevent and respond to rampant online violence against women and girls, and to establish transparent, more effective complaint mechanisms to better protect them from online abuse.MORE about Dubravka Simonovic, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences

Colloquium: Thinking about Climate Risk in an Era of Extremes

Wednesday, October 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall
Daniel Swain will offer perspectives on recent developments in the field of climate extremes, and discuss recent work on increasing “precipitation whiplash” in California in the broader context of climate risk assessment and adaptation.MORE about Thinking about Climate Risk in an Era of Extremes

Lecture: What is in a Category? Telling Political Refugees and Economic Migrants Apart

Wednesday, October 17 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Toll Room Alumni House
Unlike Europe, where there are two separate migration issues that are coming together in a complicated way, the U.S. conversation on migration has until recently been more neatly divided between economic immigrants coming from Latin America and East/South Asia and refugees being resettled in the country largely from the Middle East and Africa. But numerous issues have brought the U.S. conversation closer to where Europe is – trying figure out how to differentiate between the two groups and clarifying their rights and our responsibilities to them. With David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, followed by a conversation with Jutta Allmendinger, president of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.MORE about What is in a Category? Telling Political Refugees and Economic Migrants Apart

Colloquium: Towards a Conscious AI with Manuel Blum

Wednesday, October 17 | 4-5 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall
Thanks to major advances in neuroscience, we are on the brink of a scientific understanding of how the brain achieves consciousness. This talk will describe neuroscientist Bernard Baars' Global Workspace Model (GWM) of the brain, its implications for understanding consciousness, and a novel computer architecture that it inspires. With Manuel Blum, a pioneer in theoretical computer science and the winner of the 1995 Turing Award.MORE about Towards a Conscious AI with Manuel Blum

Lecture: Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat — Bryan Wagner

Wednesday, October 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Geballe Room Stephens Hall
In The Tar Baby: A Global History, Bryan Wagner offers a fresh analysis of this deceptively simple story of a fox, a rabbit, and a doll made of tar and turpentine, tracing its history and connections to slavery, colonialism, and global trade.MORE about Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat — Bryan Wagner

Colloquium: Daring to Dream

Wednesday, October 17 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
This session shares the reflections of a young African scientist on the state of scientific research in Africa and why there is cause for optimism. It is one session in the Fall 2018 African Studies Colloquium series, which continues through November 14.MORE about Daring to Dream

Panel Discussion: Online Fact-Finding and the Future of Journalism

Thursday, October 18 | 6-7 p.m. | Library North Gate Hall
Panelists will discuss the future of journalism and online facts. Includes Edward Wasserman, dean, School of Journalism, UC Berkeley; Christiaan Triebert, senior investigator and lead trainer, Bellingcat; Alexa Koenig, executive director of the Human Rights Center. Moderated by Félim McMahon, director, Human Rights Investigations Lab, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law.MORE about Online Fact-Finding and the Future of Journalism

Conference: Coping with the Global Backlash

October 18 – 19, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
This two-day conference addresses new developments in the global economy. Participants will examine empirical trends, how the national strategies of key global players are likely to alter the context for multinational corporations, the technology strategies of countries and industrial policy, and a forum with practitioners from leading MNCs on business-government relations in a new global context.MORE about Coping with the Global Backlash

Film: Zama

Friday, October 19 | 4-6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Adapted from the 1956 novel by Argentine writer Antonio di Benedetto, Zama is a Buñuelian glimpse into a colonial abyss via the mind and body of Don Diego de Zama. An officer of the Spanish crown stationed at a remote proto-Paraguayan outpost, Zama exists in perpetual anticipation of his transfer home.MORE about <em>Zama</em>


Film: CineSpin — The Blood of a Poet

Friday, October 19 | 9:30-10:20 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Join the BAMPFA Student Committee for the fall 2018 iteration of CineSpin. Live student DJs and musicians will play a dynamic, original score over Jean Cocteau’s The Blood of a Poet. Cocteau plays with narrative expectation, stringing together a series of discontinuous images that blend seamlessly into a work of surrealist and absurdist brilliance. Also includes surprise short films and a small reception.MORE about CineSpin — <em>The Blood of a Poet</em>

The Blood of a Poet

Lecture: Why Read Montaigne’s Essays?

Friday, October 19 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Round-table and discussion with Carla Freccero, UC Santa Cruz; Jane O. Newman, UC Irvine; Diego Pirillo, UC Berkeley; and Antonia Szabari, USC.MORE about Why Read Montaigne’s Essays?

Tour: Fall Bird Walk with Chris Carmichael

Friday, October 19 | 9:30-11 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Fall migrants are arriving in the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. Come see the first winter sparrows, and search for other newcomers such as warblers and thrushes.MORE about Fall Bird Walk with Chris Carmichael

Conference: Hacking Politics

Friday, October 19 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall
In the shadow of the the 2018 midterm elections, join the UC Berkeley Center for New Media, SFMOMA’s Public Knowledge Initiative, the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, and Boalt School of Law, in collaboration with For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative, for a symposium, Hacking Politics. Together, explore how our political system has been — and might be — manipulated, transformed, and even remade in ways its framers could never have imagined.MORE about Hacking Politics

Lecture: Jacobs Design Conversations — Camille Utterback

Friday, October 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall
Camille Utterback, Stanford professor and internationally acclaimed artist, will speak at Jacobs Hall about her pioneering work in the field of digital and interactive art.MORE about Jacobs Design Conversations — Camille Utterback

Conference: 4th Annual CDAR Symposium 2018

Friday, October 19 | 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | University Club Memorial Stadium
The Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk conference will feature new developments in data science, highlighting applications to finance and risk management. Confirmed speakers include Jeff Bohn, Olivier Ledoit, Ulrike Malmendier, Steven Kou, Ezra Nahum, Roy Henriksson, and Ken Kroner.MORE about 4th Annual CDAR Symposium 2018

Film: Two-Legged Horse

Saturday, October 20 | 5:30-7:10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
“If you are here to watch a soft and poetic film, don’t waste your time,” Samira Makhmalbaf warns of her infamous third feature, which shares the child-centered focus of other Iranian films but unexpectedly delivers one of cinema’s harshest, most nihilistic condemnations of the darkness at the heart of human nature.MORE about <em>Two-Legged Horse</em>

Two-Legged Horse

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