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Guided Tours — Strange

September 8 – November 17, 2019 every Sunday | 2 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange, which features a diverse array of works from the BAMPFA collection invoking the improbable, uncanny, mysterious, and miraculous.MORE about

Exhibit: Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer | The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances

March 15 – December 15, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology
The Hearst Museum considers the complex social and economic dynamics behind ten mind-altering drugs. MORE about Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer | The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances

Presentation: Patrick Martinez — Excavations of Recent History

Monday, September 16 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Patrick Martinez will share works from multiple intersections of his practice, with an emphasis on sculptural paintings, figurative works, and how they support the possibility of sending direct messages to communities.MORE about Patrick Martinez — Excavations of Recent History

Lecture: Bank with California State Treasurer Fiona Ma

Monday, September 16 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Alumni House
Join California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, the Center for Environmental Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Berkeley Forum for a discussion on major finance policy issues facing the State of California, including green bonds and sustainable finance.MORE about Bank with California State Treasurer Fiona Ma

Presentation: The 2nd Amendment: American Society's Interpretation Across Time

Monday, September 16 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." What does that mean for us today? Campus experts discuss and debate the current issues from legal, historical, and political science perspectives.MORE about The 2nd Amendment: American Society's Interpretation Across Time

Open House: Intoxicating Plants Tour

Tuesday, September 17 | 1-2 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Learn about the plants people have used to heal pain, cause pain, bring about pleasure, celebrate the sacred, and symbolize faith. MORE about Intoxicating Plants Tour

Conference: ART Summit 2019 — Disrupting Neurodegenerative Diseases

Tuesday, September 17 | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Pauley Ballroom Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
The theme for the 2019 ART Summit focuses on Disrupting Neurodegenerative Diseases.MORE about ART Summit 2019 — Disrupting Neurodegenerative Diseases

Reading: Amitav Ghosh | Gun Island

Tuesday, September 17 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
A talk by Author, Amitav GhoshMORE about Amitav Ghosh | Gun Island

Lecture: Minner Distinguished Lecture — Can We Recover From an Attack on our Election?

Wednesday, September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor Sutardja Dai Hall
The Minner Lecture will feature Barbara Simons (Ph.D.’81 EECS), board chair, Verified Voting. Dr. Simons will discuss "Can we Recover from an Attack on our Election" with Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu. This annual lecture is supported by the Minner Endowment, a generous gift from Berkeley Engineering alumnus Warren Minner (B.S.’51 CE) and his wife, Marjorie. The program will start at noon in the Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, and lunch will be provided.MORE about Minner Distinguished Lecture — Can We Recover From an Attack on our Election?

Lecture: Art/archaeology: a space beyond explanation - the Ineligible Project

Wednesday, September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)
In a series of recent publications, Professor Bailey has urged archaeologists to seek a new space in which to work, a space that exists beyond the boundaries of archaeology and of art practice and art history.MORE about Art/archaeology: a space beyond explanation - the Ineligible Project

Lecture: Cannabis Neurobiology — More Complex than Black-Hole Astrophysics

Wednesday, September 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Join neurobiologist Dr. David Presti for a look into the complicated interactions between cannabis and the human brain.
MORE about Cannabis Neurobiology — More Complex than Black-Hole Astrophysics

Exhibit: Strange

September 4 – November 27, 2019 every Wednesday | 12:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange, which features a diverse array of works from the BAMPFA collection invoking the improbable, uncanny, mysterious, and miraculous.MORE about Strange

Lecture: View from the Top — Tom Siebel

Thursday, September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor Sutardja Dai Hall
Discussion of the book “Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction” with Professor Shankar Sastry. Reception and book signing in the Kvamme Atrium to follow.MORE about View from the Top — Tom Siebel

Film: Black Is . . . Black Ain’t

Thursday, September 19 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Marlon Riggs’s bold and richly textured exploration of black American identity.MORE about <em>Black Is . . . Black Ain’t</em>

Lecture: Christine Gaspar — Designing with People: The Work of the Center for Urban Pedagogy

Thursday, September 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Christine Gaspar discusses her work as executive director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York–based nonprofit whose mission is to use the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement, particularly among historically underrepresented communities. MORE about Christine Gaspar — Designing with People: The Work of the Center for Urban Pedagogy

Lecture: Cartoonist and Author of American Born Chinese Gene Luen Yang at the Berkeley Forum

Thursday, September 19 | 6-7 p.m. | C230 Cheit Hall
Hear how Gene Luen Yang combats negative representation and, instead, promotes cultural awareness as an Asian-American cartoonist.
MORE about Cartoonist and Author of American Born Chinese Gene Luen Yang at the Berkeley Forum

Workshop: Botanical Illustration — Edibles and Herbs with Catherine Watters

September 19 – 20, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
This two-day class will focus on edible plants and herbs and introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art.MORE about Botanical Illustration — Edibles and Herbs with Catherine Watters

Performance: Mark Morris Dance Group

Friday, September 20 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
More than a decade after its West Coast premiere in Cal Performances’ 2007–08 season Mark Morris’ Mozart Dances returns to Zellerbach Hall. MORE about <em>Mark Morris Dance Group</em>

Lecture: Our changing atmosphere

Saturday, September 21 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building
Drawing on recent scientific papers organized for a course he teaches at Berkeley, Jeff Reimer will show how the atmosphere is changing, that humans are the cause, and that there are consequences. MORE about Our changing atmosphere