Upcoming Events

Monday, September 10, 2018

Navigating Bureaucracy and Generating Vulnerability at an Agri-environmental Research Institute

Colloquium | September 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Tim McLellan, Center for Chinese Studies Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-2019

 Rachel Stern, Professor, School of Law, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Conducting research in China throws up numerous headaches, from acquiring official invitation letters and securing permissions for field research to navigating the anti-corruption measures that govern the use of research funding. One well-documented strategy for overcoming such challenges is to leverage informal social relationships (guanxi) with government officials to circumvent formal rules...   More >

Roxane Gay: With One N: Presented by Berkeley Center for New Media

Lecture | September 10 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Roxane Gay

 Arts + Design, Berkeley Center for New Media

Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.

Words like “courage,” “humor,” and “smart” are frequently deployed when...   More >

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Investing in People: Jefferson Memorial Lecture featuring Michael Tubbs

Lecture | September 13 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium | Canceled

 Michael Tubbs, Mayor, City of Stockton

 Graduate Division

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Mayor Michael Tubbs will present the Jefferson lecture on Thursday, September 13, 2018, in conjunction with the observance of Constitution Day. The lecture, entitled "Investing in People," will be held in the Chevron Auditorium of International House and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Patricia Williams in Conversation with Ramona Naddaff: When Not to Write Like a Lawyer: The Art of Genre Transgression

Lecture | September 14 | 4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Patricia Williams is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University. A scholar of race, gender, and law, she is a prolific writer across a variety of genres. Her books include The Alchemy of Race and Rights and Open House: Of Family, Food, Piano Lessons, and The Search for a Room of My Own. She is a columnist for the Nation.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Presidential Power and Individual Rights: a discussion with Prof. Daniel Farber in Honor of Constitution Day

Lecture | September 25 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Free Speech Movement Café (Moffitt Library)

 Prof. Daniel Farber, Berkeley Law

 Free Speech Movement Café Educational Programs

Presidential power is always a hot topic, but never more so than today. This lecture will explain the constitutional limits on the President and how individual rights are affected. The President is uniquely powerful -- but not above the law. Come to learn about the expansion and limits of presidential power and its impact on American people.

Dan Farber, Berkeley Law

Dan Farber is the Sho...   More >

Prof. Daniel Farber

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat: Francine Masiello: The Senses of Democracy: Perception, Politics, and Culture in Latin America

Lecture | September 26 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Masiello explores the textual and visual representation of the senses during moments of crisis in Latin America from the early nineteenth century to the present.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Revolutionary Blackness in the Soviet Imagination

Lecture | September 27 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Jonathan Flatley, Professor of English, Wayne State University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of English, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Comparative Literature

In the present moment, amidst a global rise of white supremacy and racism, this paper recalls a moment of state supported global anti-racism. It focuses on the work of Soviet artist Victor Koretsky, whose posters from the from the 1930s to the 1970s present black revolutionaries combating racist imperial capital around the world. My hope is that his work may stimulate our political imaginaries,...   More >

Monday, October 1, 2018

Why Free Speech Matters Now: Lauren Cooley at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | October 1 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Lauren Cooley, Red Alert Politics Editor at the Washington Examiner

 The Berkeley Forum

While freedom of speech is upheld legally by the Constitution and the Supreme Court, the First Amendment is on trial in American culture - especially on campus. Join Lauren Cooley, editor at the Washington Examiner, at the Berkeley Forum as she speaks about the need for civil discourse and deep conversations, especially in higher education. In this talk, Lauren Cooley will separate emotion from...   More >

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America

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

 Kathleen Belew, Assistant Professor, Kathleen Belew, Assistant Professor of History and the College, University of Chicago

 Center for Right-Wing Studies, Department of Sociology, Department of History

The white power movement in America wants a revolution. It has declared all-out war against the federal government and its agents, and has carried out—with military precision—an escalating campaign of terror against the American public. Its soldiers are not lone wolves but are highly organized cadres motivated by a coherent and deeply troubling worldview of white supremacy, anticommunism, and...   More >

Friday, October 12, 2018

Why the Common Good Disappeared and How We Get It Back

Lecture | October 12 | 1-2 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Goldman School of Public Policy

The Class of '68 50th Reunion Lecture
HOMECOMING WEEKEND, OCTOBER 12-14, 2018

PROFESSOR ROBERT B. REICH ignites a discussion of the good we have had in common, what happened to it, and what we might do to restore it. His goal is not that we all agree on the common good. It is that we get into the habit of thinking and talking about it, listening to each other’s views and providing a means for...   More >

“I don't want to be a publisher!” Regulating liability for the sticky parts: An exploration of CDA Section 230, sex work, and user content

Seminar | October 12 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Peter Brantley

 Information, School of

Threats to information sharing, users, and free speech

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

2018 CAL Ballot Breakdown: Boots on the Ground: Your Vote Counts

Special Event | October 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Dan Morain, Senior Editor, CALmatters

 Public Health, School of

Do you want to make a real impact on important issues of health and social justice in California? Do you care about affordable housing, mental health, access to safe and clean drinking water, treatment of farm animals?

Come to University Hall 150 on Tuesday, October 23 from 4:00-5:30 PM to learn about the 2018 California ballot initiatives at this session led by Dan Morain from CALMatters, an...   More >

We the People: Raising Our Voices: with Erwin Chemerinsky and Jeffrey Edleson

Panel Discussion | October 23 | 7 p.m. |  JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA, CA 94709

 Jeffrey Edleson, Dean, School of Social Welfare; Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Boalt Law School

 Social Welfare, School of

An intimate discussion with Erwin Chemerinsky (dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law) and Jeffrey Edleson (dean and professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare)
The foremost authority of the first amendment and free speech (Chemerinsky) and a leading expert on domestic abuse (Edleson) discuss the rights and privileges of our voices—how...   More >

 $12.00 Members $15.00 Public

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat: Hertha Sweet Wong: Picturing Identity: Contemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text

Lecture | October 24 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Wong explores the intersection of writing and visual art in the autobiographical work of Art Spiegelman, Faith Ringgold, Leslie Marmon Silko, and other American writers-artists who experiment with hybrid forms of self-narration.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Free Speech Movement Cafe Educational Programs Presents… 50 Years of 1968: A Conversation with Bobby Seale, Max Elbaum, and Watson Ladd

Panel Discussion | October 25 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Free Speech Movement Café (Moffitt Library)

 Bobby Seale; Max Elbaum; Watson Ladd

 Free Speech Movement Café Educational Programs

For half a century, 1968 has represented a high-water mark of social and political transformation, a year of social upheaval that spanned the entire globe. Ushered in by a New Left that sought to distinguish itself from the Old Left that emerged in the 1920s and ’30s, the monumental events of 1968 set the tone for everything from protest politics to academic leftism.

Today, with the U.S....   More >

 The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, including sign-language interpretation, please contact the event sponsor, fsmprograms@lists.berkeley.edu, ideally

Friday, October 26, 2018

2018 Human Rights Fellowship Conference

Conference/Symposium | October 26 | 12-5 p.m. | 215 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Heba Alnajada; Safa Ansari-Bayegan; Pieter Baker; Karin Bashir; Tania Docarmo; Derrika Hunt; Seigi Karasaki; Jennifer Jones; Bernadette Lim; Sammy Mehtar; Sophie Perl; Raed Rafei; Olivia Rempel; Aleksandra Simonova; Mavis Siu; Yasemin Taskin-Alp; Levi Vonk

 Human Rights Center

Our 2018 Fellows have returned from their summer fieldwork and will discuss pressing human rights topics at our annual Human Rights Fellowship Conference. Enjoy brief TED-style talks and panel
discussions related to racial injustice and the death penalty, child
labor, the mental health effects of separating families at the
U.S./Mexico border as well as inspirational lessons from human rights...   More >

 

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Book Talk: Power Shift: How Latinos in California Transformed Politics in America

Lecture | October 26 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 109 Moses Hall

 David R. Ayón, Author; George L. Pla, Author

 Lisa García Bedolla, IGS Director

 Institute of Governmental Studies

Come join us for a dialogue among authors David R. Ayón and George L. Pla and IGS Director Lisa García Bedolla.

Register at: bit.ly/PowerShiftBook

Organized by the Institute of Governmental Studies and the Matsui Center.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Free Speech and Voting Rally

Special Event | October 29 | 12-1 p.m. | Sproul Plaza, Savio Steps

 Lynne Savio, widow of Free Speech activist Mario Savio; Leon Wofsy, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry; Leon Litwack, Professor Emeritus of History; Charles Sellers, Professor Emeritus of History; Malcolm Burnstein, Free Speech Movement Attorney

 Carol Christ, Chancellor

 Department of History, Division of Student Affairs

“Free speech doesn’t come from a simple declaration. It is a process of engagement.” - Chancellor Carol Christ

Revisit the 1964 Free Speech Movement with remarks by UC Berkeley emeriti who lived through it. Prepare to exercise your right to vote on November 6 with remarks by current faculty and students.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Bernard Moses Memorial Lectures featuring Wendy Brown: Neoliberalism’s Scorpion Tail: Markets and Morals Where Democracy Once Was

Lecture | October 30 | 4:10 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Wendy Brown, Class of 1936 First Chair Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

 Graduate Division

Wendy Brown will present the Bernard Moses Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 titled "Neoliberalism’s Scorpion Tail: Markets and Morals Where Democracy Once Was." The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Immigration, Imprisonment and Deportation: Movie Night at the IGS Library

Film - Series | November 1 | 6 p.m. | 109 Moses Hall

 Institute of Governmental Studies, Institute of Governmental Studies

 Institute of Governmental Studies

Join us for popcorn and movies to help us celebrate our new library exhibit: "Immigration, Deportation & Citizenship, 1908-2018"! Featuring four videos from Brave New Films’ Immigrant Prisons Series: Immigrant Prisons, Immigrants for Sale, No More Detention: Free Pastor Noe, and Trauma at the Border.

The IGS Library exhibit "Immigration, Deportation & Citizenship, 1908-2018" contains items...   More >

Friday, November 2, 2018

MENA Salon: The Jamal Khashoggi Case and Regional Rivalries

Workshop | November 2 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Jamal Khashoggi case has had an enormous impact on international relations in the Middle East. Turkey has been at the center of the investigation, providing key evidence to the global audience, pinning Saudi Arabia and MBS to the crime. This has given them a moral high ground despite their abysmal track record with protecting journalists and securing free speech. Given the irony of the...   More >

Monday, November 5, 2018

Avenali Lecture: Todd Gitlin: The Other 1968s: Counterrevolution, Communism and Desublimation

Lecture | November 5 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

In his exploration of the political culture of the 1960s, Todd Gitlin (Columbia University) questions the popular image of that era as a politically progressive one. He traces the resurgence of white supremacy, rule by a wealthy elite, and other signs of a repressive “counterrevolution” which, in his view, led to the current political moment.

Todd Gitlin Photo by Edwin Tse

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

2018 Election Night Watch Party

Social Event | November 6 | 4:30-8:30 p.m. | 109 Moses Hall

 Institute of Governmental Studies

The Matsui Center, the Institute of Governmental Studies and Cal Undergraduate Political Science Association are hosting an Election Night Watch Party.

Come watch the election results! Join us for a fun night of games and prizes. Food and Drinks will be provided.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1893761134053392/

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Summary Execution: The Seattle Assassinations of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes: Book Talk with Michael Withey

Reading - Nonfiction | November 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Large Conference Room

 Human rights lawyer Michael Withey

 UC Berkeley Labor Center

Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes were Filipino American labor activists and officers of ILWU Local 37 who were murdered in their Seattle union office in 1981. Mike Withey, lead attorney on the case, demonstrates in his book the legal twists and turns of citing the Philippine government as the culprit.

“Some lawyers shamelessly seek attention. And some lawyers deserve attention because they...   More >

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Conversation Across the Divide: David French and Erwin Chemerinsky Discuss the National Climate

Panel Discussion | November 14 | 2-3:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 David French, Senior Fellow, National Review Institute; Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Berkeley Law

 Office of Chancellor

We are thrilled to welcome students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends of the campus to the second event in the Conversations Across the Divide speaker series we are continuing to host this year. You can view the first in this series between Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor and Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Public Policy and former Secretary of Labor and Stephen Moore, Distinguished Visiting...   More >

Monday, November 19, 2018

The Tumultuous Sixties: 1968 Around The Globe

Lecture | November 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 202 UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center)

 Christina Gerhardt, Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and Associate Professor of Film and German Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

 UC Berkeley Extension

In 1964, the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley achieved national visibility with a series of student protests responding to the administration’s decision to ban information tables regarding the Civil Rights Movement. They mark the first time that the civil disobedience tactics of the Civil Rights Movement were brought to a college campus and served as a foundation for future protests such as...   More >

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CANCELED: Mario Savio Memorial Lecture and Young Activist Award: Free Speech in Angry Times

Lecture | November 19 | 8-10 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom | Canceled

 Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley

 College of Letters & Science, Goldman School of Public Policy, Library

This event has been postponed until the spring semester due to poor air quality.

The Mario Savio Memorial Lecture and Young Activist Award are presented annually to honor the memory of Mario Savio (1942-
1996), a spokesperson for Berkeley's Free Speech Movement of 1964, and the spirit of moral courage and vision which he and
countless other activists of his generation exemplified...   More >

 Free admission. Open to the public; first come, first served.

Professor Robert Reich

Friday, February 1, 2019

Book Talk: The Feminist Awakening in China

Colloquium | February 1 | 3 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room (510A)

 Leta Hong Fincher

 Lü Pin

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

On the eve of International Women’s Day in 2015, the Chinese government arrested five feminist activists and jailed them for 37 days. The Feminist Five became a global cause célèbre, with Hillary Clinton speaking out on their behalf, and activists inundating social media with #FreetheFive messages. But the Feminist Five are only symbols of a much larger feminist movement of university students,...   More >

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Reimagining Labor Law

Lecture | February 13 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Catherine Fisk, Berkeley Law

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Transformation of work through the gig economy and through the decline of unions presents unprecedented challenges for regulating work for the common good. But it also presents opportunities for a fresh start. This lecture will examine some of the recent radical changes in the law of the workplace in California and nationwide.