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
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 >
Lecture | September 10 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
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 >
Lecture | September 13 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium | Canceled
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.
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
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.
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
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 >
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
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.
Lecture | September 27 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall
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 >
Lecture | October 1 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall
Lauren Cooley, Red Alert Politics Editor at the Washington Examiner
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 >
Colloquium | October 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room
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 outwith military precisionan 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 >
Lecture | October 12 | 1-2 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
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 others 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
Threats to information sharing, users, and free speech
Special Event | October 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 150 University Hall
Dan Morain, Senior Editor, CALmatters
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 >
Panel Discussion | October 23 | 7 p.m. | JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch
1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA, CA 94709
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 voiceshow... More >
$12.00 Members $15.00 Public
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
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.
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
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 >
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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
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 >
Lecture | October 26 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 109 Moses Hall
David R. Ayón, Author; George L. Pla, Author
Lisa García Bedolla, IGS Director
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.
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
Free speech doesnt 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.
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 will present the Bernard Moses Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 titled "Neoliberalisms Scorpion Tail: Markets and Morals Where Democracy Once Was." The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
Film - Series | November 1 | 6 p.m. | 109 Moses Hall
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 >
Workshop | November 2 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
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 >
Lecture | November 5 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
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.
Social Event | November 6 | 4:30-8:30 p.m. | 109 Moses Hall
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.
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
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 >
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
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 >
Lecture | November 14 | 5-7 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall
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
In 1964, the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley achieved national visibility with a series of student protests responding to the administrations 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 >
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
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.
Lecture | January 22 | 12-1 p.m. | Sproul Hall, Mario Savio Steps
Paola Bacchetta, Faculty Member, Gender and Women's Studies; Hatem Bazian, Faculty Member, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley, http://ethnicstudies.berkeley.edu/faculty-profile/hatem-bazian, Provost, Co-founder and Faculty Member of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College; Oliver Jones, 1969 TWLF Student Striker, Member of the Afro-American Students Union, and Civil Rights Attorney; Jeff Leong, Poet, Author, 1969 TWLF Student Striker, and Member of the Asian American Political Alliance; Ysidro Macias, Poet, Author, Artist, Retired Attorney, Tortilla Maker, 1969 TWLF Student Striker, and Member of Mexican-American Student Confederation; Lulu Matute, Artist and Undergraduate Scholar, UC Berkeley; LaNada War Jack, 1969 TWLF Student Striker, Member of Native American Students Union, and Shoshone-Bannock Nation Activist, Writer, Educator and 1969 TWLF Student Striker, Indigenous Visions Network; Eddie Zheng, Former San Quentin incarceree, and Founder of Asian Prisoners Support Committee, Asian Prisoners Support Committee; Marcelo Garzo Montalvo, Artist, Musician, Ph.D. Candidate, The Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley, Graduate Student Researcher, Center for Race and Gender; Floyd Huen, 1969 TWLF Student Striker and Member of Asian American Political Alliance; Cynthia Ledesma; Abraham Ramirez, PhD. Candidate, The Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley; Vicci Wong, 1969 TWLF Student Striker and Member of the Asian American Political Alliance
American Cultures, TWLF 1969/twLF veterans, TWLF Research Initiative, Asian Pacific American Student Development, Department of African American Studies, Chicanx Latinx Student Development, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Asian Prisoner Support Committee, Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project, Native American Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, REACH!
Rally to celebrate the first day and 50th anniversary of the Third World Liberation Front strike.
Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat with Allan deSouza: How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change
Lecture | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
What terms do we use to describe and evaluate art? How do we judge if art is good, and if it is for the social good? DeSouza investigates the terminology through which art is discussed, valued, and taught.
Conference/Symposium | January 30 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 175
Alan Dershowitz, Professor of Law Emeritus, Harvard Law School; Richard Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
Janice Rogers Brown, Judge, Former U.S. Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeal, District of Columbia
Public Law and Policy Program, the Steamboat Institute
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Booth Auditorium 175, Berkeley Law
Reception to follow (5:30pm to 6:30pm) in the Goldberg room 297
Register at: https://tinyurl.com/CampusFreeSpeechZones
To gain entry to the event, attendees will be required to present their photo ID at the front doors, along with their printed admission ticket. Please note that the event will begin... More >
Colloquium | February 1 | 3-5 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), IEAS Conference Room (510A)
On the eve of International Womens 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 >
Lecture | February 13 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704
Catherine Fisk, Berkeley Law
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.
Lecture | March 6 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
Oatess latest novel is the dystopian story of a young woman living in a bleak future dictatorship, who is punished for her transgressions by being sent back in time.
Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat with Anthony Long: How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life
Lecture | March 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
Born a slave, the ancient Roman Stoic philosopher Epictetus taught that mental freedom is supreme, since it can liberate one anywhere, even in a prison. Long presents a new edition of Epictetuss famed handbook on Stoicism.
Lecture | March 13 | 8-10 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom
Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
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; to promote the ideas and values he struggled to advance throughout his life; and to recognize and... More >
Free admission. Open to the public; first come, first served.
Lecture | March 14 | 4-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Room TBA
Zizi Papacharissi, Professor and Head of the Communication Department, Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois-Chicago
Zizi Papacharissi is Professor and Head of the Communication Department, Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and University Scholar at the University of Illinois System. Her work focuses on the social and political consequences of online media. She has published nine books, over 70 journal articles and book chapters, and serves on the editorial board of fifteen... More >
Lecture | April 15 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater
Zeynap Tufekci, Independent Writer and Public Scholar
D- Lab and Digital Humanities at Berkeley, Berkeley Center for New Media, The Center for Technology and Society at the Anti-Defamation League, Digital Humanities Working Group, The Library, Office of the vice Chancellor for Research, The Visual Resources Center
Since the launch of Donald Trumps presidential campaign, reports of hate speech targeting various minority groups have risen dramatically. Although this surge is well-reported, it remains difficult to quantify the magnitude of the problem or even properly classify hate speech, let alone identify and measure its effects. Keyword searches and dictionary methods are often imprecise and overly blunt... More >
Lecture | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
Hamptons close examination of Bob Dylan's songs locates the artists transgressive style within a long history of modern (and modernist) art.