Events & Exhibits

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 30, 2020

What is Kim Jong Un’s Grand Strategy? Opportunities and Constraints in North Korea Today

Colloquium | January 30 | 4-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

 Chung Min Lee, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Defying earlier expectations, North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has consolidated power since his father’s death in December 2011. While it was under Kim Jong Il that North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in 2006, it was Kim Jong Un that accelerated Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program including the first hydrogen bomb test in 2017. Having achieved this goal, Kim now wants to...   More >

Friday, January 31, 2020

Publish or Perish Reframed: Navigating the New Landscape of Scholarly Publishing

Panel Discussion: Scholarly Communication | January 31 | 4-5:30 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus, Morrison Library

 Benjamin Hermalin, Vice Provost for the Faculty; Professor of Finance and Professor of Economics UC Berkeley; Philip B. Stark, Professor of Statistics, Associate Dean, Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Regional Associate Dean (Interim), College of Chemistry and Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, UC Berkeley; Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, UC Berkeley Library; Timothy Vollmer, Scholarly Communication & Copyright Librarian, UC Berkeley Library


University of California authors published about 50,000 scholarly articles last year alone—comprising nearly 10% of all research in the United States. Despite this tremendous productivity, UC scholars continue to experience a tension between publishing their research in ways that ensure readership or access, and perceptions about the effect of certain outlets and publishing choices on research...   More >


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“Assets of a Bankrupt Country”: Fiscal Effects of the Boxer Indemnity, 1901-1911

Colloquium | January 31 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dong Yan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley

 Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Boxer Indemnity has long marked the nadir in the history of nineteenth century Chinese relations with Western powers, but buried beneath nationalist narratives of humiliation was the indemnity’s origin as public debt, one that the Chinese repaid over three decades. Assessing the fiscal and financial impact of the indemnity in the first ten years of debt service (1901-1911), the talk looks at...   More >

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Web design process and tools

Meeting | February 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 Jesse Loesberg, Web Developer, Library Communications Office


Poetry and the Senses Program Launch | Readings and Conversation: with readings by Indira Allegra, Chiyuma Elliott, and Lyn Hejinian

Reading - Literary | February 4 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Indira Allegra; Chiyuma Elliott; Lyn Hejinian

 Arts Research Center, Engaging the Senses Foundation

Poetry and the Senses | Program Launch + Conversation
with readings by Indira Allegra, Chiyuma Elliott, and Lyn Hejinian
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
5:30 – 7:00pm: Readings + Conversation
7:00 – 7:30pm: Reception + Celebration
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by Arts Research Center and Engaging the Senses Foundation

 Event held in Morrison Library, inside Doe Library on the UC Berkeley campus. Seating first-come, first served until capacity is reached.

Indira Allegra, Chiyuma Elliott, & Lyn Hejinian

Berkeley Underground Scholars: From Incarceration to Education

Presentation | February 4 | 6-8 p.m. |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Free Speech Movement Café Educational Programs

The Berkeley Undergrounds Scholars (BUS) is a grassroots program for UC Berkeley students who have been directly impacted by the Prison Industrial Complex, including formerly incarcerated people or those with incarcerated family members.

Please join us for a discussion of the program and its aim to shift the School-to-Prison pipeline to a Prison-to-School pipeline using higher education as an...   More >

Thursday, February 6, 2020

South Korea’s Nuclear-Energy Entanglements and the Political Temporality of Ecological Democracy

Colloquium | February 6 | 4-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

 Nan Kim, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Compared to all other countries with large nuclear-energy programs, South Korea maintains by far the most densely concentrated cluster of nuclear reactors in the world, but only in recent years have civic groups obtained official data to confirm this. Given that South Korea’s significant reliance on nuclear energy is itself a legacy of military dictatorship in the 1960s and 1970s, what does the...   More >

Friday, February 7, 2020

Hands On Artists' Books: Newest Purchases

Reception | February 7 | 4-6 p.m. | Wurster Hall, Environmental Design Library - 210 Wurster


An array of the most handsome artists' books purchased in the past year. 20-25 titles available for you to experience and handle.

Artists Reunion by Howard Munson

Failed Foreign Interventions? Transnational Making and Unmaking of Health Politics in China

Colloquium | February 7 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Yan Long, Assistant Professor, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Do foreign interventions matter in changing state-society relations in China? Many scholarly models cast external interventions as “cures” for all that ails struggling local communities and activists in repressive environments by providing political opportunities or resources. Others argue that interventions are doomed to failure given strong authoritarian states such as China and Russia are...   More >

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Modern Diamond Heights

Lecture | February 11 | 7-8 p.m. | Wurster Hall, Room 112

 Hannah Simonson

 Environmental Design Archives

Hannah Simonson is an Architectural Historian/Cultural Resources Planner at the firm Page & Turnbull. She received a Master of Science in Historic Preservation at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she wrote her thesis on Diamond Heights. She currently serves as the President of the Northern California Chapter of Docomomo US, and gives walking tours of Diamond Heights...   More >

Friday, February 21, 2020

Rights Make Might: Global Human Rights and Minority Social Movements in Japan

Colloquium | February 21 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Kiyoteru Tsutsui, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Why have the three most salient minority groups in Japan - the politically dormant Ainu, the active but unsuccessful Koreans, and the former outcaste group of Burakumin - all expanded their activism since the late 1970s despite the unfavorable domestic political environment? My investigation into the history of activism by the three groups reveals that a key factor was the...   More >

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Contingent Intimacies: Queer Criticalities + Photographic Portraiture with Horace Ballard: In conversation with Justin Underhill

Lecture | February 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 308A, Visual Resource Center

 Horace Ballard,

 Arts Research Center

Contingent Intimacies: Queer Criticalities + Photographic Portraiture
With Horace Ballard
In conversation with Justin Underhill
Thursday, February 27 | 5:00-7:00pm
Visual Resource Center, Room 308A | Doe Library, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by Arts Research Center, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and the Berkeley Center for New Media

A photograph is many things. It is a...   More >

 This event will be held in the Visual Resource Center, Room 308A in Doe Library, on the UC Berkeley campus. Seating is first-come first-served until capacity is reached. This event is free and open to the public.

Horace Ballard

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Art + Feminism and Race + Justice

Workshop | March 4 | 12-5 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library


Wikimedia’s race and gender trouble is well-documented. While the reasons for the gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: content is skewed by the lack of participation by women and underrepresented groups. This adds up to an alarming absence in an important repository of shared knowledge.

Let’s change that. Join us in 405 Moffitt Library on Wednesday, March 4...   More >

 A Cal ID card is required to enter Moffitt. The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor -- ideally at least two weeks prior t

Friday, March 6, 2020

Mapping the Weird: Using GIS Tools to Explore Late Ming zhiguai(and vice versa)

Colloquium | March 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Rania Huntington, Associate Professor and Chair, East Asian Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Sophie Volpp, Chair, Center for Chinese Studies; Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

One of the distinctive features of the zhiguai genre is that no matter how bizarre the events described, the settings are usually recognizable mundane places. With the increasing accessibility and sophistication of Geographic Information Systems software, mapping the geographic information provided in the tales offers a promising approach to reading long, varied collections on a scale larger than...   More >

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Joyce Carol Oates: In Conversation on the Art of Writing

Lecture | March 18 | 5 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Reading Room

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Joyce Carol Oates, author of over seventy works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, is the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor Emerita of the Humanities at Princeton University and has taught as a visiting professor of English at UC Berkeley. She is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Carl Sandburg Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Jerusalem Prize.

The author’s oeuvre confronts...   More >

 Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday, April 3, 2020

The Right to the City: Indigenous Settlers in Taipei, Taiwan

Colloquium | April 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jin-Yung Wu, Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, National Taiwan University

 You-tien Hsing, Professor, Department of Geography, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center of Global Metropolitan Studies

In this talk Professor Jin-Yung Wu will review a 12 years-long project that has transformed an illegal squatter settlement built by indigenous Amis people from east coast Taiwan into a legal and permanent housing complex in the metropolitan center of Taipei where the housing price had skyrocketed beyond the reach of most young urban middle class in the last two decades. Wearing the hats of urban...   More >

Friday, April 10, 2020

Hands On Artists' Books: Climate Change: The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Reception | April 10 | 4-6 p.m. | Wurster Hall, Environmental Design Library - 210 Wurster


An array of 25 artists' books broadly related to the environment curated by Berkeley High student Nathan Williams Gelobter. These artists' books will be available for you to experience and handle.

4-3-2 Cry Fracking by Kathy T. Hettinga

Monday, April 13, 2020

China’s Belt and Road as Rorschach Test: Perspectives on China’s Global Ambitions

Colloquium | April 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mary Kay Magistad, Director of Audio Journalism Department, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley

 Juliet Lu, PhD Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Energy & Management, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

China’s leaders’ plan to build a ‘community of common destiny’ around the world, through building roads, railways, ports, dams, 5G infrastructure and more, is being read in different ways in different parts of the world. Some 120 of the world’s nations – about 60 percent – have signed on to participate in some way in the “Belt and Road,” or New Silk Road. Some welcome China’s investment as a...   More >

Cambodians displaced from their land by a Chinese port and resort development project in Koh Kong, protest in front of the Chinese embassy in Phnom Penh.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Chinese Economic Size Overtaking Japan (2008-2014) and the United States (from 2014 to 2030?)

Colloquium | April 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Before 1895, in the bilateral relationship between Japan and China, China was in the top position. From 1895-2008, Japan was in the top position. Between 2008-2014 as the size of the Chinese economy surpassed that of Japan, it had profound implications for the nature of their relationship. From 2014 until 2030, as the size of the Chinese economy surpasses that of the United States, it is having...   More >

Ezra Vogel

Ongoing Exhibits

The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia: Free Speech Movement Cafe | September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 every day |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Library, Berkeley Language Center

Celebrates the magnificent diversity of languages that advance research, teaching, and learning at the University of California, Berkeley. It is the point of embarkation for an exciting sequential exhibit that will build on one post per week, showcasing an array of digitized works in the original language chosen by those who work with these languages on a daily basis - librarians, professors,...   More >

Power and the People: The U.S. Census and Who Counts

Exhibit - Artifacts: Doe Library | September 16, 2019 – March 1, 2020 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


Since 1790, the U.S. Census has impacted many aspects of our lives. It determines congressional apportionment, decides which communities receive a slice of $500,000,000,000 in federal funds, and provides information essential to policy making. Census questions also reflect the beliefs, concerns and prejudices of their time, starting with the first census which mandated that enslaved people be...   More >

Power to the People

You Are On Indian Land: There There (On the Same Page 2019): An Exhibit of Library Collections relating to the Native American community of Oakland

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd floor


Tommy Orange's debut novel, There There, is this year's On the Same Page program reading. The entire campus community is encouraged to read the book and participate in classes and events this Fall.

“Orange’s debut is an ambitious meditation on identity and its broken alternatives, on myth filtered through the lens of time and poverty and urban life. Its many short chapters are told through a...   More >

 Show UCB ID to enter Moffitt Library

Object Lessons: The Egyptian Collections of the University of California, Berkeley

Exhibit - Artifacts | November 11, 2019 – May 22, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery and Corridor

 Friends of The Bancroft Library, Bancroft Library, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Object Lessons brings together ancient and modern Egyptian artifacts from the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in an exhibition in The Bancroft Library Gallery and Corridor. In the gallery, we invite you to explore how items from everyday life were created and discarded, excavated and conserved, from antiquity to the present day. The corridor...   More >