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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Free Wednesday at the Garden

Special Event | January 4 – December 6, 2017 the first Wednesday of the month every month with exceptions |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Every first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.

Water's Extreme Journey

Special Event | January 29 – April 30, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Become a raindrop and go on an interactive adventure through a water-cycle-themed maze. Have fun riding the Watershed Zip Line, walk through a giant wetland, and snap a pic of your family "swimming" with the dolphins—all while developing a deeper understanding of your place in the water ecosystem.

$10–12 Water's Extreme Journey is included with your admission. Free for members.


Water's Extreme Journey at the Lawrence Hall of Science

2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series: An Overview of Occupational Epidemiology and the Healthy Worker Effect with Erika Garcia, PhD Candidate

Lecture | March 1 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. |  2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series

 Erika Garcia, http://ehs.sph.berkeley.edu/garcia

 Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Continuing Education (COEH-CE) Program

In this webinar, Erika Garcia, a PhD candidate in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, UC Berkeley will provide an overview of occupational epidemiology and the Healthy Worker Effect.

On completion of this webinar participants will:
Gain an understanding of the purpose of occupational epidemiology
Become aware of exposure assessment methods in occupational...   More >

$0 Free Webinar, $30 CE Credit

  Enrollment opens January 30. Enroll online or by calling 510-643-7277, or by emailing info@coehce.org by March 1.

Newt Discovery Station

Special Event | March 1 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Newts return! Each year, the winter rains prompt newts to migrate to the Garden’s Japanese Pool where their mating behaviors can be easily observed. Docents will be on hand to provide garden visitors with an up-close look at newts at all stages of their life cycle, and to answer questions about these amazing and adorable animals. Free with Garden admission.

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Sparse Recovery via Differential Inclusions

Seminar | March 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Yuan Yao, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

 Department of Mathematics

Estimate or recovery of sparse parameters from their noisy measurements is a fundamental problem in compressed sensing and high dimensional statistics, etc. In the past two decades, convex regularization approach such as LASSO or BPDN has been made popular for its algorithmic tractability. However, a well-known shortcoming of LASSO and any convex regularizations lies in the bias of estimators,...   More >

Mobile Technologies for Health

Lecture | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Ida Sim, Professor, UCSF

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Dr. Ida Sim is a primary care physician, informatics researcher, and entrepreneur. She is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she co-directs Biomedical Informatics at UCSF's Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Her current research focuses on the use of mobile apps and sensors to improv


 Free lunch available (limited #s). You must register by the Monday before the event for lunch. Register online

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "From the Evolution of an Organelle to Photosynthetic Function"

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Arthur Grossman, Stanford University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Our activities over the last five years have been extremely diverse, crossing over various disciplines. We have explored areas ranging from identifying new functions associated with photosynthetic processes, the mechanism(s) of coral bleaching and the impact of temperature and light on the bleaching process, metagenomic and genomic diversity among primary producers in hot spring mats, metabolic...   More >

Arthur Grossman

Beyond Hype, Hysteria, and Headlines: Strategies for Addressing Media Literacy Gaps in the Classroom

Colloquium | March 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 117 (Level D) - Academic Innovation Studio

 Beverly Crawford, Political Science / Economy; Leslea Hlusko, Integrative Biology; Jean Retzinger, Media Studies; Edward Wasserman, Journalism

 Cody Hennesy, Doe Library

 Michael Larkin, College Writing Program

 Academic Innovation Studio, Library, Center for Teaching and Learning

How do we help students understand, navigate, and engage with a rapidly changing and increasingly complex online information landscape--in an era of echo chambers, filter bubbles, and misinformation? Faculty from political science, journalism, media studies, biology and college writing will share teaching examples and lead a discussion about what we can and should do to help students.

 This event is intended for Berkeley faculty, graduate students, and academic support staff.

Models of Settlement Systems in Pre-Hispanic and Modern Mesoamerica

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

 Mario Castillo, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk details collaborative work on settlement patterns in the Valle de Mezquital, Mexico, with scholars and descendant community members. The first an analysis of regional settlement ecology in the Tula region of Ancient Mesoamerica. The second is a survey of vernacular housing from Mexico's post-revolutionary period. In regards to Tula this presentation will discuss the development of a...   More >

BioE Seminar: “Examining cellular signaling in complex environments with microscale systems”

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Ashleigh Theberge, University of Washington

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series

Wednesday, March 1
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

“Examining cellular signaling in complex environments with microscale systems”

Ashleigh Theberge
Assistant Professor of Chemistry - University of Washington
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urology - University of Washington School of Medicine

Small molecule and protein signals provide a rich...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Carlos Daniel Cadena "Tropical mountains: Biodiversity hotspots and hotbeds for studying evolutionary diversification"

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Carlos Daniel Cadena

 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 >

The Director’s Cut: Challenges and Delights of Oral History Narratives with Syrian Refugee Women: CMES Visiting Scholars Lecture Series

Lecture | March 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Ozlem Ezer, CMES Visiting Scholar

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Graduate workshop to follow.

PopUp Exhibition: Alan Elbaum | Between Magic and Medicine: Karaite Manuscripts at The Magnes

Lecture | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Alan Elbaum is a second-year medical student at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. While at Berkeley, he is working toward a master's degree in the history of medicine, using manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah. More broadly, Elbaum is interested in the literature and culture of the Jews of Arab lands; historical perspectives on medicine and the social determinants of health; and how...   More >

California Countercultures: Pynchon’s Paranoid California with Michael Cohen

Lecture | March 1 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 1964, Thomas Pynchon applied for graduate study in the math department at UC Berkeley. Fortunately for world literature, Berkeley rejected Pynchon, who went on to write several of the greatest works of postwar American literature, including The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), Gravity’s Rainbow (1973), Vineland (1990), and Inherent Vice (2009). Though he was rejected by Cal, the Long Island–born...   More >

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission | Event is included with admission

Real-Time and Adaptive Auditory Neural Processing

Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Sahar Akram, Starkey Hearing Research Center

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Decoding the dynamics of brain activity underlying conscious behavior is one of the key questions in systems neuroscience. Sensory neurons, such as those in the auditory system, can undergo rapid and task-dependent changes in their response characteristics during attentive behavior, and thereby result in functional changes in the system over time. In order to quantify human’s conscious...   More >

Noon Concert: University Wind Ensemble

Performing Arts - Music | March 1 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

University Wind Ensemble
Robert Calonico, director
MASLANKA Symphony No. 4
SPITTAL Scherzo: Cat and Mouse


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...   More >

A connectionist approach to value based decision making

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

 Gaurav Suri, Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Connectionist approaches involving neural network modeling have been broadly and successfully applied in many areas of cognitive psychology including language, memory, learning and perception. However they have been infrequently applied in 'hot' psychological processes that feature affect and motivation. In this talk I will propose an Interactive Activation and Competition (IAC) neural network...   More >

Family Wealth as Intergenerational Insurance: Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | March 1 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Demography Seminar Room

 Fabian Pfeffer, University of Michigan

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion series, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to the population sciences broadly defined.

Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life with Adam Greenfield: a part of COMMONS CONVERSATIONS: TECHNOLOGY and PUBLIC LIFE IN CHANGING TIMES

Panel Discussion | March 1 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library | Note change in date

 Adam Greenfield, University College London

 Center for New Media

Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life with Adam Greenfield
Co-sponsored with the Institute of Urban and Regional Development

Everywhere we turn, our everyday experience of the world is being transfigured by the advent of startling new technologies. But at what cost? In this urgent and revelatory...   More >

Study Abroad Office Hours at the Transfer Center

Information Session | January 25 – May 3, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 1-3 p.m. | 100 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad as a transfer student? A Berkeley Study Abroad Peer Adviser will be holding drop-in office hours at the Transfer Student Center every Wednesdays 1-3pm this spring semester. Come learn about different programs offered, how to apply and additional services available.

Oral History and Research Methods Workshop

Workshop | March 1 | 1:30-3 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Ozlem Ezer, CMES Visiting Scholar

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join CMES Visiting Scholar Dr. Ozlem Ezer (Bogazici University) for a hands-on, interactive, interdisciplinary workshop that will benefit graduate students new to fieldwork or seasoned interviewers. In addition to some key works/readings of oral history, participants will tackle a variety of provocative scenarios inspired by real-life situations and questions.

Discussion will mainly focus on...   More >

 Open to current students and academic affiliates only. RSVP by emailing cmes@berkeley.edu

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | February 1, 2017 – December 5, 2018 the first Wednesday of the month every month with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Gilman Scholarship Essay Review

Workshop | March 1 | 2-4 p.m. | 160 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are you applying to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship?

Come to the Gilman Scholarship Essay Review and get feedback on your application essays from recent Gilman Scholars from UC Berkeley.

The Gilman Scholarship deadline for Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and Year 17-18 study abroad programs and internships is 9:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

For more information or to apply,...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Introdution to fully extended topological field theories and the Cobordism Hypothesis

Seminar | March 1 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Claudia Scheimbauer, Max Planck

 Department of Mathematics

Atiyah and Segal's axiomatic approach to topological and conformal quantum field theories provided a beautiful link between the geometry of "spacetimes" (cobordisms) and algebraic structures. Combining this with the physical notion of "locality" led to the introduction of the language of higher categories into the topic. In this talk I will give an introduction to topological field theories and...   More >

Study Abroad in Japan

Presentation | March 1 | 3-5 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Learn about study abroad opportunities in Japan and a variety of financial resources, including scholarships from the Japanese government. During this event, students will have the opportunity to hear from past study abroad students and representatives from the Japanese Consulate, partner universities in Japan, and Berkeley Study Abroad. Students are invited to stay for refreshments after the...   More >

Softball vs. Pacific

Sport - Intercollegiate - Baseball/Softball | March 1 | 3 p.m. |  Levine-Fricke Field

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Softball hosts Pacific at Levine-Fricke Field.

Coffee Break!

Social Event | August 31, 2016 – April 26, 2017 every Wednesday | 3-4 p.m. |  Julie's Cafe

 2562 Bancroft Way.

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join the Coffee Break every Wednesday afternoon! Boost your global network and meetup with friends.

Coffee break, hosted by Berkeley International Office, is an informal weekly event where Cal students can connect, share stories, or learn about different culture and language. Free coffee for UCB students! Both international students and domestic students are welcome.

Some Like It Hot | Billy Wilder | United States, 1959

Film - Feature | March 1 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 David Thomson

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With a lecture of the film from David Thomson

Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft,

Billy Wilder thumbs his nose at all the rules, mixing slapstick and screwball, gangster film and musical into a racy, transvestite farce. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, Prohibition-era jazz musicians on the run from gangland Chicago, don drag and sign on with a touring all-woman...   More >

Special Admission Applies: General admission: $13.50 | BAMPFA members: $9.50 | UC Berkeley students: $7.50 | 65+, disabled persons, UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, and 18 & under: $10.50

  Buy tickets online

Optimal Surviving Strategy for the “Up the River” Problem

Seminar | March 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Wenpin Tang, U.C. Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

The "Up the River" problem was formulated by Aldous (2002), where a unit drift is distributed among a finite collection of Brownian particles on R+, which are annihilated once they reach the origin. Starting K particles at x = 1, we prove Aldous’ conjecture that the push-the-laggard strategy of distributing the drift asymptotically (as K → ∞) maximizes the total number of surviving...   More >

The Remittance Forest and Other New Frontiers.

Colloquium | March 1 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 Professor Nancy Peluso, University of California Berkeley

 Department of Geography

Number Theory Seminar: The functor $L_\eta $

Seminar | March 1 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Joe Stahl, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Transition from Complex Chemistry to Simple Biology Part 2. Systems Level Puzzles in Protocell Design

Seminar | March 1 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Jack Szostak, Simches Research Center Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Molecular Biology, and Center for Computational and Integrative Biology 7215

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Allan C. Wilson Memorial Lectures

ERG Colloquium: Andrew McAllister: ZNet Energy Buildings and the Art of Energy Policy

Colloquium | March 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

 Energy and Resources Group

In the mid-2000's, California began to establish policy goals for Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings. Commissioner McAllister will discuss progress toward these goals in terms of energy-related building codes, trends in buildings-related technologies and markets, local government authority and overall energy systems planning. ZNE buildings serve as a jumping-off point for a broader...   More >

Queer Reparations of Russia’s Periphery: in non-Metropolitan Time and Space

Lecture | March 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Veronika Lapina, Wayne Vucinich Fellow, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Stanford University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

Guided by the assumption that some spaces more than others produce and are shaped by homophobia, researchers seem to fall into a trap of paranoia, which Eve Sedgwick famously narrated as paying attention only to how systemic oppression functions, thus drifting away from illuminating the ways in which sexuality exhibits itself. Contagious paranoia rearticulates spaces and places - even territories...   More >

Novel Methods for Classical Polarizable Molecular Dynamics Simulations/Molecular Simulations of Amyloid-β Peptide

Colloquium | March 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Alex Albaugh, Ph.D. student in the Head-Gordon Group; Sukanya Sasmal, Ph.D. student in the Head-Gordon Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Convex cost closure and Markov Random Fields problems: Applications and fastest-possible algorithms

Seminar | March 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Dorit S. Hochbaum, IEOR dept UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Many problems in fitting observations while satisfying rank order constraints, occur in contexts of learning, Lipschitz regularization and Isotonic regression (with or without fused Lasso). All these problems can be abstracted as a convex cost closure problem which is to minimize the cost of deviating from the observations while satisfying rank order constraints. Any feasible solution that...   More >

Oh, God! The Religious Right to Sexual Pleasure on Christian Sexuality Websites

Colloquium | March 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Kelsy Burke, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

 Center for Right-Wing Studies, Department of Sociology, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

This talk examines how some conservative evangelical Christians justify a wide range of sexual practices and pleasures within the confines of religious orthodoxy and heterosexuality.

The Cost of Color: The Health and Social Consequences of Skin Color for People

Seminar | March 1 | 4-5 p.m. |  International House

 Nina Jablonski, Pennsylvania State University

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Better understanding of non-convex methods in machine learning

Seminar | March 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Tengyu Ma, Princeton University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We show that matrix completion — a famous problem in machine learning — can be solved by stochastic gradient descent on the straightforward non-convex objective function in polynomial time.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Fully extended twisted field theories

Seminar | March 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Claudia Scheimbauer, Max Planck

 Department of Mathematics

After recalling functorial field theories I will explain a natural generalization thereof, called "twisted" field theories by Stolz-Teichner and closely related to Freed-Teleman's "relative" boundary field theories. A natural target for such a twisted field theory is the higher Morita category of algebras, bimodules, and intertwiners, and generalizations. Using the Cobordism Hypothesis, we will...   More >

The Cost of Color: The Health and Social Consequences of Skin Color for People Today: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Dr. Nina Jablonski

Lecture | March 1 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Dr. Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University

 Graduate Division

Dr. Nina Jablonski will present the Hitchcock lectures on February 28 and March 1, 2017. The second lecture is titled "The Cost of Color: The Health and Social Consequences of Skin Color for People Today" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About the lecture
Skin is the primary interface between ourselves and our environment, and changes in the...   More >

Dr. Nina Jablonski

C3 IoT Info-Session

Information Session | March 1 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Career Connections Series: Writing and Media

Social Event | March 1 | 5:30-8 p.m. |  Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)

 Career Center

CAA has teamed up with the UC Berkeley Career Center to help students make connections and gain clarity in their career pursuits.

We are seeking a diverse group of approximately 15-20 Cal alumni who work in print and broadcast journalism, and/or digital media. The event will require minimal prep-work from attendees; simply arrive and share your insider knowledge through introductions & casual...   More >

  RSVP online by February 22.

MIT Broad Professor Feng Zhang at the Berkeley Forum: Harnessing Nature's Diversity for Biotechnology

Seminar | March 1 | 6-7:15 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 The Berkeley Forum

Recent advances in genome editing technology have made it possible to modify organisms, including humans, at the genetic level with relative ease. While such developments bode well for the treatment of many previously incurable conditions, they also open the door for the creation of arbitrary modifications to the genome for aesthetic and other non-medical purposes. Such possibilities are the...   More >

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Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | July 2, 2014 – December 18, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3106 Etcheverry 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.

Rugby vs. Santa Rosa JC

Sport - Intercollegiate - Rugby | March 1 | 6:30 p.m. |  Witter Rugby Field

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Rugby hosts Santa Rosa JC at Witter Rugby Field.

Agents of Change: March Movie at Moffitt

Film - Documentary | March 1 | 7-9 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library


Movies @ Moffitt happens on the first Wednesday of each month of the semester. M@M is free.

Agents of Change documents university student activism in the late 1960s that worked toward a variety of goals including the establishment of black and ethnic studies programs and building resistance to the war in Vietnam. The filmmakers envision their project as part of a social movement rather than...   More >

 Must have a UCB student ID for entrance.

Cameraperson | Kirsten Johnson | United States, 2016

Film - Documentary | March 1 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Kirsten Johnson has been the principal cinematographer on more than forty documentaries. For her, “The joys of being a documentary cameraperson are endless . . . and yet, the dilemmas I face while holding my camera are formidable.” In Cameraperson, she assembles a selection of her footage—whose subjects include a Nigerian midwife, an Afghan boy, and Jacques Derrida, as well as her twin children...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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Science Cafe - Searching for dark matter: with Matt Pyle

Presentation | March 1 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

 1403 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

 Matt Pyle, Department of Physics


What is dark matter? For decades, firm astronomical evidence from observations of stars and galaxies has indicated that most of the matter in the universe cannot be seen directly in telescopes. Instead, this matter must be observed indirectly through its gravitational pull on the objects that we can see. This is how the term “dark matter” was coined…But how do we search for something we can’t...   More >

Searching for dark matter

Berkeley Talks: Marlon James

Performing Arts - Other | March 1 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Jamaican author Marlon James, whose monumental latest novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, earned him the prestigious Man Booker Prize, visits for a discussion with Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks as part of the Berkeley Talks speaker series. Praised for his "vaulting ambition and prodigious talent" (The New York Times), James will discuss his writing process, as well as the themes that...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Protecting the New Wonderland: The Origins of the National Park Service

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 26, 2016 – April 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases & 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Signed by President Woodrow Wilson in August 1916, the Organic Act created the National Park Service, the federal bureau that protects our national parks and monuments. Several UC Berkeley alumni with conservationist interests and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco played key roles in its development. This exhibition explores the origins of the NPS with materials...   More >

Beyond Tintin and Superman: The Diversity of Global Comics

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 19, 2016 – April 23, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


You are invited to this exhibit of comics and graphic novels owned by the UC Berkeley Library. These materials often reflect the socioeconomic, ideological and political realities of the societies in which they are produced. To highlight these diverse realities, and to celebrate our differences, this exhibit presents a selection of comics and graphic novels published in many countries.

We...   More >

Guerra Civil at 80

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 1, 2016 – July 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, the exhibition Guerra Civil @ 80 features selections from The Bancroft Library's Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records and photographic collections, along with posters, books, pamphlets, and other ephemera. A visual and textual display of the struggle to defend the Second Spanish Republic, the...   More >

Andy Warhol: Still Lifes and Portraits

Exhibit - Multimedia | November 23, 2016 – March 12, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A prominent figure of the American Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol (1928–1987) was one of the first to integrate fine art with celebrity culture, media spectacle, and mass production. This exhibition presents a selection of new gifts to BAMPFA from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, on view here for the first time, alongside previous gifts to the collection. The prints on display span...   More >

 Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons $12 General admission

War Ink: California Veterans Exhibit

Exhibit - Photography | November 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Brown Gallery (east wing)

 Cal Veteran Services Center

Photographs from the celebrated War Ink Project will be on display in Berkeley’s Doe Library in November. The exhibit features striking images of tattoos that express the impact of combat experiences on California veterans. Jason Deitch, co-creator of War Ink and a Cal veteran, hopes the display will “bridge the divide between the veterans and civilian communities.” The project is “both exhibit...   More >

Hippie Modernism: Cinema and Counterculture, 1964–1974

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 11 – May 13, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Cinema’s radical streak goes back to its earliest beginnings, but the period explored in Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia was an unusually fertile time for politically charged, aesthetically innovative filmmaking. Encompassing documentary, fiction, and experimental cinema—often in the course of a single feature—the films in this series intersected with and...   More >

 Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission

Designs from a Distance

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 30 – May 19, 2017 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

CLOSES May 19. This exhibit features design and planning projects on six continents by architects based in the San Francisco Bay Area and held by the Environmental Design Archives.

Literatura de Cordel in Moffitt Library

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 16 – June 30, 2017 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition highlights a collection of Brazilian chapbooks or Literatura
de Cordel in the Moffitt Library. These chapbooks are still produced for
mass consumption in the Northeastern Brazil. These are called literature de
cordel as they are hung from a cord in the book-stands so that the consumers
can browse them and select them according to their desires. There are
several themes that...   More >

Los Calendarios: Chicano Art Posters

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 17 – March 6, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 30 Stephens Hall

 Ethnic Studies Library

The blue walls of the Ethnic Studies Library display the work of eleven Chicana/o artists, including Patricia Rodriguez, Francisco X. Camplis, Jose Montoya, Irene Perez, etc. There are 8 works from 1975 and 3 from 1977, so these are part of the Chicano Movement era. Each piece is a political, social or artistic statement while providing a calendar month as well. Display is available for viewing...   More >

Art Wall: Lawrence Weiner

Exhibit - Multimedia | March 1 – October 1, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

BAMPFA’s current commission for the Art Wall showcases the work of Lawrence Weiner, a central figure of Conceptual art. Like many other artists working in the late 1960s and ’70s, Weiner is deeply interested in methods of display that challenge the assumption that the work of art exists as a discrete object in the physical world.

Weiner decisively turned to language as the material object for...   More >

I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew: Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 30, 2016 – June 30, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way), Warren Hellman & Charles Michael Galleries

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Never before the creation of the State of Israel did Jews of so many origins live together, and in such a stimulating environment, as they did in the land they soon started calling in Hebrew i-tal-yah, an “Island of Divine Dew”. The exhibition highlights Italian Jewish art and artifacts from The Magnes Collection.

The Power of Attention: Magic and Meditation in Hebrew "shiviti" Manuscript Art

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 24 – June 23, 2017 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

Created from the early-modern period and into the present, shiviti manuscripts are found in Hebrew prayer books, ritual textiles, and on the walls of synagogues and homes throughout the Jewish diaspora. Wrestling with ways to externalize the presence of God in Jewish life, these documents center upon the graphic representation of God's ineffable four-letter Hebrew name, the Tetragrammaton, and...   More >

From the Photographer’s Archive: Roman Vishniac

Exhibit - Photography | January 24 – June 20, 2017 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

The work of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born photographer, most notable for his documentary photographs of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the years immediately preceding its destruction, has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. Following the photographer's death, his daughter, Mara Vishniac Kohn, became the executor of Roman Vishniac’s estate. In 2007, the...   More >