Events & Exhibits

Upcoming Events

Ongoing Exhibits

Protecting the New Wonderland: The Origins of the National Park Service

Exhibit - Artifacts: Bancroft Library | February 26, 2016 – April 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases & 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Signed by President Woodrow Wilson in August 1916, the Organic Act created the National Park Service, the federal bureau that protects our national parks and monuments. Several UC Berkeley alumni with conservationist interests and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco played key roles in its development. This exhibition explores the origins of the NPS with materials...   More >

Teaching Design with People in Mind: Social Factors at the College of Environmental Design

Exhibit - Multimedia: Environmental Design Library | March 1 – May 27, 2016 every day | Wurster Hall, Volkmann Reading Room, Environmental Design Library 210 Wurster Hall


The exhibit highlights Social Factors concepts in the 1960s through the 1980s as well as their widespread influence today.

No Legacy || Literatura Electrónica

Exhibit - Multimedia: Doe Library | March 11 – September 2, 2016 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


This exhibition, NL||LE, presents a collection of digital works of literature—in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan as well as English—side by side with experimental print materials from the past century. Meant to be read on computers and other digital devices, the electronic stories and poems reveal new ideas about literary and media developments and encourage visitors to interact with the machines.

The Papyrus in the Crocodile: 150 Years of Exploration, Excavation, Collection, and Stewardship at Berkeley

Exhibit - Artifacts | May 6 – July 29, 2016 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions |  Bancroft Library

 Bancroft Library

The collections assembled by Berkeley's patrons and collectors over the last 150 years form the foundation of many of the university's academic disciplines. This unprecedented exhibition, sponsored by the Mellon Foundation and co-curated by graduate students from the History of Art Department, brings together materials from The Bancroft Library, the Hearst Museum of Anthropology, the...   More >

Art for Your Apartment (and dorm)

Exhibit - Painting | August 31 | 5-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Room


The best way to appreciate art is to live with it!

Come see and learn about the Graphic Arts Loan Collection. This is framed art prints you can bring home and hang on your wall for the school year.

Event takes place in the historic Morrison Room (housed within the Doe Library). A brief presentation will be followed by ample time to browse representative works and initiate the borrowing...   More >

 Note: borrowing from the Graphic Arts Loan Collection is limited to UCB students, faculty and staff and is free

Guerra Civil at 80

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 1, 2016 – July 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, the exhibition Guerra Civil @ 80 features selections from The Bancroft Library's Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records and photographic collections, along with posters, books, pamphlets, and other ephemera. A visual and textual display of the struggle to defend the Second Spanish Republic, the...   More >

Beyond Tintin and Superman: The Diversity of Global Comics

Exhibit - Multimedia: Doe Library | September 19, 2016 – April 23, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


You are invited to this exhibit of comics and graphic novels owned by the UC Berkeley Library. These materials often reflect the socioeconomic, ideological and political realities of the societies in which they are produced. To highlight these diverse realities, and to celebrate our differences, this exhibit presents a selection of comics and graphic novels published in many countries.

We...   More >

The Gift to Sing: Highlights of the Leon F. Litwack and Bancroft Library African American Collections

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 23, 2016 – February 17, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery

 Bancroft Library

For decades professor emeritus of history Leon F. Litwack has been accumulating what is arguably the world’s finest private collection of books on African American history and culture. This exhibition displays highlights of the collection that will be coming to The Bancroft Library as a bequest. The Litwack collection is particularly noteworthy for its Harlem Renaissance first editions in...   More >

SIX degrees

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 29 – December 14, 2016 every day | Wurster Hall, Environmental Design Library, Wurster room 210

 Environmental Design Archives

This exhibition takes the theory of six degrees of separation and applies it to the architects and landscape architects whose collections are held at the Environmental Design Archives. SIX degrees showcases projects that resulted from both personal and professional connections, illustrating the interconnectedness that existed and continues to exist among Bay Area designers.

Curator: Chris...   More >

Hands-On 6: Never Before Seen Artists' Books

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 28 | 4-6 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 210 - Environmental Design Library Atrium


Artists' books defy conventional "reading" and involve the viewer though sight, touch, and physical manipulation. Too often locked behind exhibit cases, Hands On events make them available for you to touch, turn pages, and explore.

Our artists books are also available for viewing during reference desk hours, usually 1-5 Monday - Friday. While no appointment is necessary, you may want to...   More >

War Ink: California Veterans Exhibit

Exhibit - Photography | November 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Brown Gallery (east wing)

 Cal Veteran Services Center

Photographs from the celebrated War Ink Project will be on display in Berkeley’s Doe Library in November. The exhibit features striking images of tattoos that express the impact of combat experiences on California veterans. Jason Deitch, co-creator of War Ink and a Cal veteran, hopes the display will “bridge the divide between the veterans and civilian communities.” The project is “both exhibit...   More >

Art for Your Apartment (and dorm)

Exhibit - Painting | January 31 | 5-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Room


In the mood for some spring spruce up?

Come see and learn about the Graphic Arts Loan Collection. This is framed art prints you can bring home and hang on your wall for the school year. Prints comprise a survey of movements and artists - from Impressionism to Cubism, and from Rembrandt to Miro.

This special event takes place in the historic Morrison Room (housed within the Doe Library). A...   More >

 Note: borrowing from the Graphic Arts Loan Collection is limited to UCB students, faculty and staff and is free

Literatura de Cordel in Moffitt Library

Exhibit - Artifacts: Moffitt Library | February 16 – June 30, 2017 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition highlights a collection of Brazilian chapbooks or Literatura
de Cordel in the Moffitt Library. These chapbooks are still produced for
mass consumption in the Northeastern Brazil. These are called literature de
cordel as they are hung from a cord in the book-stands so that the consumers
can browse them and select them according to their desires. There are
several themes that...   More >

Los Calendarios: Chicano Art Posters

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 17 – March 6, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 30 Stephens Hall

 Ethnic Studies Library

The blue walls of the Ethnic Studies Library display the work of eleven Chicana/o artists, including Patricia Rodriguez, Francisco X. Camplis, Jose Montoya, Irene Perez, etc. There are 8 works from 1975 and 3 from 1977, so these are part of the Chicano Movement era. Each piece is a political, social or artistic statement while providing a calendar month as well. Display is available for viewing...   More >

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Finding Health Statistics and Data: a D-Lab Training

Workshop: Science Libraries | March 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 356 Barrows Hall (D-Lab Convening Room)


Participants in this workshop will learn about some of the issues surrounding the collection of health statistics, and will also learn about authoritative sources of health statistics and data. We will look at tools that let you create custom tables of vital statistics (birth, death, etc.), disease statistics, health behavior statistics, and more. The focus will be on US statistics, but sources...   More >

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Julia: The Hacker Within

Meeting | March 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This Week's The Hacker Within

Speakers: Tony Kelman and Kyle Barbary
Topic: Julia

This is a weekly meeting for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation.

Book Talk with Professor Scharlach

Reading - Nonfiction | March 2 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Social Research Library


Professor Andy Scharlach, School of Social Welfare, will be discussing his new book, Creating Aging Friendly Communities (CAFC). CAFC focuses on the need to redesign our communities to respond to the realities of our rapidly aging society. This topic effects all of us, and grapples with important questions of how to make sure that all older adults are actively involved, valued and supported....   More >

Lube Job: March Movie at Moffitt

Film - Documentary | March 2 | 7-9 p.m. | 150 D Moffitt Undergraduate Library


Movies @ Moffitt film series happens on the 1st Wednesday of each month. M@M events are always free.

Synopsis: Lube Job is an in-depth look at Louisiana's century-old relationship with oil and gas, and the resulting environmental catastrophe devastating its treasured wetlands and age old way of life.

 Must have UCB student ID for entrance

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Contentious Diffusion of Human Rights: Evidence from South Korean Print Media, 1990-2010

Colloquium | March 3 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jeong-Woo Koo, Sungkyunkwan University & Harvard University

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

The current scholarship on the human rights diffusion is not well equipped to account for the remarkable dynamics that are notable in the cycle of diffusion in a national society. My alternative model seriously considers contestation as an intrinsic element in the process of diffusion; this contentious diffusion might stem from complex domestic processes coupled with local cultural responses,...   More >

A Conversation with the Internet Archive's Brewster Kahle and University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason

Panel Discussion | March 3 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Doe Library, 101 Morrison Library

 Brewster Kahle; Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, University Librarian

 Center for New Media

Brewster Kahle, the man behind the Internet Archive and Jeffrey Mackie-Mason, the newly appointed university librarian will have an open discussion regarding digital and material cultures upon our campus to discuss the consequence of a culture where information and literacy is digitalized, rather than physically present, and the implications of such a situation for future generations. This...   More >

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Author Book Talk with Prof. Renee Chow: Changing Chinese Cities: The Potentials for Field Urbanism

Lecture: Environmental Design Library | March 8 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 210 Wurster - Environmental Design Library

 Prof. Renee Chow, Professor, College of Environmental Design


Prof. Chow will discuss her new book which describes life in neighborhoods of Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and provides a new paradigm for urban design and master planning.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Handling and Visualizing Geospatial Data: The Hacker Within

Meeting | March 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This Week's The Hacker Within

Speaker: Kevin Koy
Topic: Handling and Visualizing Geospatial Data

This is a weekly meeting for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Story Hour in the Library featuring Scott Saul

Reading - Literary: Morrison Library: Doe Library | March 10 | 5-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Scott Saul


Story Hour in the Library is a monthly prose reading series held in UC Berkeley's Morrison Library. In March the program features author Scott Saul.

Scott Saul is a historian and critic who has written for The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, The Nation and other publications. He is the author of Becoming Richard Pryor, the first thoroughly researched biography of...   More >

Friday, March 11, 2016

Introduction to Oral History Workshop

Workshop: Bancroft Library | March 11 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Bancroft Library

 Oral History Center of The Bancroft Library

This workshop will focus on the "nuts-­and-­bolts" of oral history including methodology and ethics, practice, and recording. It will be taught by our seasoned oral historians and include hands­-on practice exercises. Although space is strictly limited, everyone is welcome to attend the workshop, including community-­based historians, teachers, genealogists, public historians, and students in...   More >

 $125 $75 for UC Berkeley students

  Registration opens February 3. Register online or by calling Shanna Farrell at 510-643-4786, or by emailing Shanna Farrell at by March 4.

Maps and More. Development and Delusion: Real Estate Cartography

Tour/Open House: Science Libraries | March 11 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 50 McCone Hall


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

“They Were All About Dung Receipts!”: A Papyrologist’s Progress: Presented by Professor James G. Keenan, Department of Classical Studies, Loyola University Chicago

Lecture | March 15 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Bancroft Library

Professor Keenan’s lecture reconsiders the stereotype of documentary papyrology as a data-driven, fact-laden enterprise. It goes on from there to an autobiographical segment that describes how from the 1970s into the 1990s Keenan arrived at the conviction that individual documentary papyri and documentary papyri in general can provide foundations for narrative reconstruction, this being one way...   More >

Author Book Talk with Prof. Malo Hutson: The Urban Struggle for Economic, Environmental and Social Justice: Deepening their Roots

Lecture: Environmental Design Library | March 15 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 210 Wurster - Environmental Design Library

 Prof. Malo Hutson, Professor, College of Environmental Design


Prof. Hutson will discuss his new book which shows how residents of once neglected urban communities are standing up to developers and others to remain in their neighborhoods

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Checking Cargoes in Alexandria: Late Antique Correspondence of the Prefect of the Grain Supply: CTP Distinguished Lecturer's seminar

Seminar | March 17 | 2-4 p.m. | 479 Bancroft Library | Note change in time

 James G. Keenan, Loyola University Chicago

 Center for the Tebtunis Papyri

Professor Keenan's seminar reevaluates the five extant documents emanating from the office of the prefect of the annona in Alexandria in Late Antiquity. It suggests the existence of a previously unrecognized type of document analogous to the modern "pricking note." This forms the basis of proposed corrections to the readings and consequent interpretations of all five documents and the need for...   More >

Hierarchies of Citizenship and Non-Citizenship in East Asian Democracies: The Politics of Multiculturalism in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan

Colloquium | March 17 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Erin Aeran Chung, Johns Hopkins University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

This paper argues that the variants of multiculturalism developing in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan represent each society’s attempt to improve upon what policymakers view as the failures of multiculturalism—and, more broadly, diversity—in traditional countries of immigration.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

EndNote Essentials for Busy Students (& Others)

Workshop: Science Libraries | March 29 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab: Convening Room (356 Barrows Hall)

 Karen Andrews, Librarian, Sheldon Margen Public Health Library


EndNote is a bibliographic management software program. This training will include hands-on learning so that you can practice using some of the basic features in EndNote.


  Make reservations online or by calling Colleen Kredell at 510-664-4160 by March 29.

Author Book Talk with Karen Trapenberg-Frick and Barrie Rokeach: Remaking the San FranciscoOakland Bay Bridge: A Case of Shadowboxing with Nature

Lecture: Environmental Design Library | March 29 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 210 Wurster - Environmental Design Library

 Karen Trapenberg Frick, Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Environmental Design

 Barrie Rokeach


Karen Tranpenberg Frick will discuss her new book that describes the process by which the eastern span of the Bay Bridge was replaced. Barrie Rokeach will discuss his book of aerial photographs documenting the bridge's construction.