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Film: The Third Murder

Friday, November 23 | 7-9:05 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
It looks at first like an open-and-shut case: a factory owner has been murdered and an employee, Misumi (Koji Yakusho), has confessed to the crime. But when a defense lawyer tries to establish Misumi’s motive, he wanders into a web of uncertainties that are not just factual, but existential.MORE about <em>The Third Murder</em>

Film: Howl’s Moving Castle

Saturday, November 24 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle is brimming with Hayao Miyazaki’s customary visual wit and imagination. In an intricately rendered European storybook land, magic lives in the skies above, and sometimes in the towns below.MORE about <em>Howl’s Moving Castle</em>

Howl’s Moving Castle

Film: Conversation Piece

Sunday, November 25 | 7-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Burt Lancaster stars as an aging American art historian who has retreated from the world into the dark Roman palazzo he inherited from his Italian mother. When he rents the upstairs flat to a Roman matron (Silvana Mangano) and her amoral gigolo (Helmut Berger), his life’s denouement is invaded by la dolce vita.MORE about <em>Conversation Piece</em>

Lecture: Creating the Future of Nuclear Energy with Rachel Slaybaugh

Tuesday, November 27 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library
The nuclear energy industry is at a crossroads: Existing nuclear reactors are struggling to operate economically in some tough markets, and construction of new designs in the U.S. is slow and over budget. At the same time, interest in and development of the next generation of nuclear reactors is growing at an unprecedented rate. Rachel Slaybaugh will discuss how many new technologies, including Data Analytics and Machine Learning, can be impactful.MORE about Creating the Future of Nuclear Energy with Rachel Slaybaugh

Film: The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand

Wednesday, November 28 | 6:30-8 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
This is the first documentary ever produced about the life and gardens of Beatrix Farrand, the most successful female landscape architect in early 20th century America and one of the founders of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Includes a Q&A with the filmmaker, Karyl Evans. MORE about <em>The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand</em>

Film: The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors — Three Films

Wednesday, November 28 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
What are the experiences that shape the long lives of those we live among? In The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors, a ninety-two-year-old neighbor recounts the experience of being one of the first US Navy seamen sent into Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two weeks after the atom bombs were dropped. His intimate testimony is paired here with two films exploring two other catastrophic events of World War II — the internment of Japanese Americans and the “death march” of prisoners out of Auschwitz. In each, witnesses struggle to articulate these shattering experiences that were central to their lives.MORE about <em>The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors</em> — Three Films

Film: Fanny and Alexander

Wednesday, November 28 | 3:10-6:20 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Director Ingmar Bergman’s dreamlike family chronicle is set in turn-of-the-century Sweden, where the members of an upper-middle-class theatrical clan are sheltered by their own theatrics from the deepening chaos of the outside world. MORE about Fanny and Alexander

Film: The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan — Summer in Sanrizuka

Thursday, November 29 | 7-8:40 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In 1968, Shinsuke Ogawa and the new filmmaking collective Ogawa Pro “followed a brigade of student activists and joined the growing movement of resistance by the farmers and their allies against the forced eviction from their lands to build a new international airport in Narita, near Tokyo....The film shows how the students and the farmers were able to forge an alliance and find common ground in order to organize and strengthen their cooperative struggle.” (Cinéma du Réel)MORE about <em>The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan — Summer in Sanrizuka</em>

Conference: Inequality in Life and Death — Policy and Prospect

Thursday, November 29 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Bantao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall
Inequality has become a central focus of policy discussions, but inequality has multiple dimensions and many potential policy interventions. This mini-conference will consider inequality from this broad perspective, with presentations by international experts on the Berkeley faculty and a keynote by Peter Orszag, Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and Global Co-Head of Healthcare at Lazard, former director of the Office of Management and Budget under the Obama Administration.MORE about Inequality in Life and Death — Policy and Prospect

Lecture: Race and the Apparatus of Disposability with Sherene H. Razack

Thursday, November 29 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Goldberg Room, room 297, Berkeley Law Simon Hall
Disposability, a condition written on the body, is a racial project. Populations that stand in the way of the progress of capital accumulation, are targeted for disposability, and relegated to the realm of “sub-humanity.” Sherene H. Razack is Distinguished Professor and the Penny Kanner Endowed Chair in Gender Studies, UCLA, pursues what race has to do with disposability through an examination of the death in custody of a Roma refugee. MORE about Race and the Apparatus of Disposability with Sherene H. Razack

Conference: Cleantech to Market Symposium

Friday, November 30 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Chou Hall, Spieker Forum (6th floor) Haas School of Business
Join the 10th anniversary of Cleantech to Market. Learn about this year's startups and hear C2M alumni reflect on the program’s 10-year impact. This is an opportunity to hear about the most innovative and impactful clean technologies and network with cleantech professionals and next-generation leaders.MORE about Cleantech to Market Symposium

Film: The Innocent

Friday, November 30 | 7-9:10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A book lying on red satin sheets serves as an appropriate opening image for director Luchino Visconti’s last work, a film full of the abstractions of nineteenth-century philosophy and the concerns of twentieth-century political thought.MORE about <em>The Innocent</em>

Workshop: Botanical Perfume Gift Workshop with Jessica Hannah

Saturday, December 1 | 2-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Join a two-hour beginner's natural perfume gift workshop. Learn about the history and art of natural perfumes, and create a formula with oils from around the world, including Italian bergamot, Haitian vetiver, Bulgarian rose, and more.MORE about Botanical Perfume Gift Workshop with Jessica Hannah

Workshop: Chai and Spice

Sunday, December 2 | 2-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Come enjoy and learn about the botanical garden’s tropical plant collection that provide the spicy ingredients for chai. Deepa Natarajan will lead you on a journey through spice history and and teach you a couple of recipes for making masala chai. Take home a recipe and spice blend and sip lots of chai along the way.MORE about Chai and Spice

Chai and Spice Workshop

Music: Shai Wosner, piano

Sunday, December 2 | 3-5 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Born in Israel and educated at Juilliard, pianist Shai Wosner is internationally acclaimed for his insightful interpretations of the music of Schubert. In Wosner's hands, complex works speak with clarity, and here he explores three of the composer's mercurial middle-period sonatas.MORE about Shai Wosner, piano

Shai Wosner

Lecture: Maps of a Rising Water Table — The Hidden Component of Sea Level Rise with Kristina Hill

Tuesday, December 4 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library
Map-based data viewers have been available for several years that reveal where coastal flooding is likely to occur as oceans warm and ice sheets melt. Recently, geologists have begun to study the influence of sea level rise on groundwater, and have concluded that in some coastal areas, as much or more land could flood as a result of rising groundwater than will flood directly from saltwater. Kristina Hill will present both the new maps of coastal groundwater depth and some strategies for urban adaptation.MORE about Maps of a Rising Water Table — The Hidden Component of Sea Level Rise with Kristina Hill

CANCELED: Lecture: Accidental Orientalists: Modern Italian Travelers in Ottoman Lands, Barbara Spackman

Wednesday, December 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Geballe Room Stephens Hall | Canceled
Barbara Spackman’s account, which won the 2017 American Association for Italian Studies Best Book Prize, examines narratives by Italians who, through historical accident, found themselves in Ottoman Egypt and Anatolia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.MORE about Lecture: <em>Accidental Orientalists: Modern Italian Travelers in Ottoman Lands</em>, Barbara Spackman

Reading: Lunch Poems — Mary Jo Bang

Thursday, December 6 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library
Lunch Poems presents poet Mary Jo Bang, author of eight books of poems — including A Doll For Throwing, Louise in Love, The Last Two Seconds, and Elegy, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award.MORE about Lunch Poems — Mary Jo Bang

Music: Charles Lloyd and The Marvels with Lucinda Williams

Thursday, December 6 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
In response to the presidential inauguration of 2017, saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd and his band The Marvels joined Lucinda Williams to release a rendition of Bob Dylan’s protest song “Masters of War.” The success of that single has led to a new collaboration and Blue Note album, Vanished Gardens, that adds Williams’ distinctive voice to an all-star lineup that includes jazz-Americana heroes Greg Leisz on pedal steel, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Eric Harland on drums.MORE about Charles Lloyd and The Marvels with Lucinda Williams

Sale: Garden Holiday Pop-Up Shop

December 6 – 9, 2018 every day | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Julia Morgan Hall UC Botanical Garden
Enjoy holiday shopping while finding beautiful and unusual gifts at a special holiday shopping party in the Garden’s Julia Morgan Hall. Choose from a curated selection of gifts from local vendors as well as unique hand-crafted gifts from the Botanical Garden. Proceeds from holiday purchases benefit the Botanical Garden.MORE about Garden Holiday Pop-Up Shop

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