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Critic’s choice

Music: Ritual Noise - LEXAGON, Titania Kumeh, Earthbound

Saturday, February 24 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Programmed by Chika Okoye and David Brazil, the three-part performance event of sound and ritual LEXAGON brings an Afrofuturist sonic mirage, weaving together loops of soulful vocals, clarinet, and theremin. Titania Kumeh’s performances are meditations on her family, ancestry, and experiences as a first-generation, Liberian-Bahamian American. Kumeh has performed with the Brontez Purnell Dance Company and in numerous other productions.MORE about Ritual Noise - LEXAGON, Titania Kumeh, Earthbound

Workshop: Natural Perfume Workshop, Jessica Hannah

Saturday, February 24 | 2-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Join a two-hour beginners' natural perfume workshop. Learn about the history and art of natural perfumes. Create a formula with oils from around the world, including Italian bergamot, Haitian vetiver, Bulgarian rose, and more.MORE about Natural Perfume Workshop, Jessica Hannah

Berkeley Dance Project 2018

February 22 – 24, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
Berkeley Dance Project 2018 features new choreography by Katie Faulkner and James Graham, as well as several TDPS students. James Graham’s collaborative piece explores gender identity, self-understanding, and how we present ourselves in the world, while Katie Faulkner’s multimedia dance work builds imaginative connections between stories of metamorphosis, surreality, and the supernatural. Read the story on the News Center.MORE about

Workshop: The Science of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

February 23 – 24, 2018 every day | Chevron Auditorium International House
Since the publication of Kristin Neff's groundbreaking book, Self-Compassion, there has been a surge of interest in the science and practice of self-compassion, particularly in clinical settings. But what is self-compassion, how does it relate to the practice of mindfulness, and how can it benefit yourself and your clients, patients, colleagues and loved ones? Self-compassion is made up of three elements: mindfulness, common humanity, and self-kindness. Better understand the relationship among these elements at this two-day immersive workshop with Kristin Neff and Shauna Shapiro, internationally recognized experts on self-compassion and mindfulness.MORE about The Science of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Lecture: What happened before the big bang and other big questions about the universe, Michael S. Turner

Monday, February 26 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House
Big ideas like the deep connections between quarks and the cosmos and powerful instruments like the Hubble Space Telescope and Large Hadron Collider have advanced our understanding of the universe. This lecture will describe what we know, what we are trying to figure out and the excitement of the adventure.MORE about What happened before the big bang and other big questions about the universe, Michael S. Turner

Conference: Race and Inequality in America - The Kerner Commission at 50

Tuesday, February 27 | 4 p.m. | Pauley Ballroom Pauley Ballroom, UC Berkeley, 2475 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
The "Race & Inequality in America: The Kerner Commission at 50" conference aims to serve as a landmark, comprehensive investigation of race in American society. The conference will be held February 27-March 1, 2018 at UC Berkeley. Numerous speakers are scheduled to appear. See the website for full information.MORE about Race and Inequality in America - The Kerner Commission at 50

Seminar: Design Field Notes, Paula Te

Tuesday, February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall
Paula Te thinks and makes with her hands at Dynamicland, a non-profit research lab and community space. She's there to create a platform for learning that values the whole human body. Moreover, she is driven to make technology accessible in the widest possible sense—across cultures, abilities, and socio-economic statuses. Her research on tangible interfaces for digital fabrication has been featured at SIGCHI IDC and Prix Ars Electronica. MORE about Design Field Notes, Paula Te

Lecture: Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat - Mark Danner with Joyce Carol Oates

Wednesday, February 28 | 12-1 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Stephens Hall
George W. Bush's War on Terror has led to seventeen years of armed conflict, making it the longest war in U.S. history. Professor Mark Danner examines this state of perpetual struggle and its widespread acceptance in the name of American security. After an introduction by Joyce Carol Oates, Danner will speak briefly about his work and then open the floor for discussion.MORE about Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat - Mark Danner with Joyce Carol Oates

Lecture: Opening UC History and Success to the World, Jud King

Wednesday, February 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library
150 years following its founding in 1868, the University of California is regarded by many as the most successful and highly-respected public research university in the world. In his new book, Judson King, former Berkeley and University of California provost and former CSHE director, explores the most important factors for this academic success, and what makes UC tick. King is joined by Chancellor Carol T. Christ and University Librarian Jeff Mackie-Mason. RSVP required.MORE about Opening UC History and Success to the World, Jud King

Music: Noon Concert - Spring Choral Collage

Wednesday, February 28 | 12 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Chamber Chorus director Magen Solomon and University Chorus director Nikolas Nackley present music from the last 600 years.MORE about Noon Concert - Spring Choral Collage

Lecture: ARCH Lecture, Daniel M. Abramson

Wednesday, February 28 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall
Professor and author Daniel M. Abramson discusses why the idea of architectural obsolescence was invented in early-twentieth-century America and how it has influenced design and urbanism up to the present age of sustainability.MORE about ARCH Lecture, Daniel M. Abramson

Lecture: The Software Arts, Warren Sacks

Thursday, March 1 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall
Media theorist, software designer, and artist Warren Sacks argues computing grew out of the arts. This argument will be a provocation for some, especially for those who see a bright line dividing the “two cultures” of the arts and the sciences. For others, the argument will not seem provocative at all.MORE about The Software Arts, Warren Sacks

Lecture: The Science of Cannabis - Cannabis as Medicine

Thursday, March 1 | 6-7:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
What are the potential therapeutic benefits of Cannabis to ameliorate physical and psychological illnesses? Because of the constraints on conducting medical research on Cannabis and related products, much available information is empirical and has not been subjected to the rigors of the scientific method. What are the outstanding questions, and how might they be most usefully addressed through research and clinical practice? MORE about The Science of Cannabis - Cannabis as Medicine

Lecture: Pioneering Tech Journalist and Author Kara Swisher

Thursday, March 1 | 6:15-7:45 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
Listen to Kara Swisher, executive editor of Recode, host of the Recode Decode podcast and co-executive producer of Code Conference. Swisher began covering the digital economy for The Wall Street Journal's San Francisco bureau in 1997. Swisher is author of two books, aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web and There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future.MORE about Pioneering Tech Journalist and Author Kara Swisher

Colloquium: California Through Native Eyes - Reclaiming History

Thursday, March 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 220 Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
Traditionally, scholars have treated oral traditions as quaint myths. This presentation argues that California Indian oral traditions present an Indigenous version of California’s history and engaged in the political events of the Great Depression. California Indians used their oral traditions to challenge pre-existing narratives of California’s past, to claim land and place in the 1930s and provide California Indians with a path to follow in the future.MORE about California Through Native Eyes - Reclaiming History

Reading: Lunch Poems - Rosa Alcala

Thursday, March 1 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library
Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, Rosa Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry, most recently MyOTHER TONGUE. Her poetry also appears in a number of anthologies, including Stephen Burt’s The Poem is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, her translations are featured in the forthcoming Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems.MORE about Lunch Poems - Rosa Alcala

Theater: Oh My Sweet Land - A Play and Conversation on the Syrian Conflict

Thursday, March 1 | 7-9 p.m. | Anthony Hall
Join the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Golden Thread Productions for a performance of the play Oh My Sweet Land, followed by food sharing and community conversation. RSVP required.MORE about <em>Oh My Sweet Land</em> - A Play and Conversation on the Syrian Conflict

Lecture: Jacobs Design Conversations, Allison Arieff

Friday, March 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall
Allison Arieff, editorial director of SPUR and contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, will speak on “Solving All the Wrong Problems” as part of the Jacobs Design Conversations series.MORE about Jacobs Design Conversations, Allison Arieff

Conference: The Global Women in Data Science Conference

Monday, March 5 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | South Hall
The Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference is an annual one-day technical conference based at Stanford, which brings together data scientists and professionals in adjacent fields from around the globe to discuss the latest research and applications of data science. WiDS Berkeley is a regional event that features live-streamed keynotes and technical talks from the WiDS conference. All genders are invited to participate. MORE about The Global Women in Data Science Conference

Music: Kaleidoscope of Song - Classical, Jazz and Musical Theater

Tuesday, March 6 | 4-6 p.m. | Stebbins Lounge Women's Faculty Club
Candace Johnson with pianist Ben Flint performs a variety of songs from a wide range of traditions - classical, jazz and musical theater.MORE about Kaleidoscope of Song - Classical, Jazz and Musical Theater

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