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Friday, April 18 | 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall
This one-day conference will explore reports of near-death experiences as well as fictions of after-death journeys from the perspectives of psychoanalysis, philosophy, anthropology, and film. From Plato’s myth of Er to Foucault’s “death of the author;” from Freudian concepts of repression and foreclosure to contemporary “post-mortem” cinema; from PTSD, trauma, and coma to diverse aesthetic practices, we aim to analyze the current state of the border between the living and the non-living. For a conference schedule and list of speakers click here.
Symposium: California in drought
Friday, April 18 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
California is experiencing its worst drought in recorded history, but droughts are not new to California. Over the past 150 years, during which California’s water infrastructure and its expectations for water supply developed, may have actually been a wet anomaly in California’s deeper history of aridity. Adding climate change-induced variability, drought will be part of the ‘new normal’ for California. Join us for panel discussions exploring the state of the drought and how to address these issues. Keynote address by UC Berkeley professor David Sedlak. For a schedule and list of speakers, click here.
Lecture: The problem of scale in human history
Friday, April 18 | 5-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall
University of Chicago Historian, Prof. Dipesh Chakrabarty will discuss certain rifts in the literature on climate change to demonstrate the role that the problem of scale plays in making the phenomenon of global warming into a human predicament. Chakrabarty is the author of several books, and is currently at work on The Climate of History: Four Theses.
Seminar: American Evangelicalism
Friday, April 18 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall
All evangelicals say that their primary — if not sole — source of religious authority is the Bible. Yet their inability to agree on what, precisely, the Bible means tells us that evangelical engagement with this text is not uniform or simple. A host of mediating influences and authorities intervene: scriptura is never, truly, sola. In recent years, scholars of American evangelicalism have focused on this question of what is really happening when their subjects say that they simply “believe the Bible.” Molly Worthen, professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will discuss.
Conference: Berkeley Korea Law Center
Friday, April 18 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House
Berkeley Law will celebrate the establishment of the Korea Law Center, a new center for cutting-edge thinking on significant public and private law issues affecting Korea and the United States. Panels at the inaugural conference will include: innovation and intellectual property in the high-technology industry; the impact of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement on U.S-Korean legal practice. Leading judges, officials, scholars, and practitioners from both countries will participate. For a complete list of speakers, click here.
Saturday, April 19 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science
Celebrate Earth Day by taking your "Make"-ing cues from the tiny creatures that roam the planet. Engineer your own insect robots, cook up edible creepy-crawler snacks, and discover inventions that will attract pollinators to your garden.
Workshop: Naturally dyed eggs
Saturday, April 19 | 10-10:45 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
This hands-on workshop will introduce children to the joy of natural dyes while they make their own patterns on eggs with brilliant plant-based colors. Price includes 4 eggs per participant. Two session times available: 10 - 10:45 am or 2 – 2:45 pm. Registration required. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.$15/$12 members
Price includes admission to the Botanical Garden. Register online, or by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, April 19 | 8:30 p.m. | PFA Theater
Weekend is an explosion of images and ideas screeching toward a car wreck of a plot, along the way shattering all illusions of fiction or comfortable “art.” Here we see une femme mariée—Mireille Darc—romping through car-nage and forest in her Paris fashions, throwing a tantrum over the loss of her Hermès handbag in a bloody auto wreck, confronting the Maoists of La Chinoise, who themselves have evolved beyond summer-vacation theorizing. Just after the fiery crash, enter Jean-Pierre Léaud, dressed as St. Just and calmly reading the latter’s revolutionary prose, one of many such well-placed anomalies. (105 mins, In French with English subtitles, Color)$5.50 BAM/PFA member; Cal Student, Staff, Faculty, and retirees; Children (12 and under), $6.50 Cal Faculty and Staff; Disabled Patron; Non Cal Student; Senior Patron ( 65 & Older); General Admission Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission
The Possible: Sound manipulation and participatory jam
Sunday, April 20 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Join The Something as they create the final round of instruments for analog video and sound manipulations for their massive participatory jam as part of L@TE on April 25. The day involves sound and video experimentation, as well as demonstrations in electronics and other related forms, by guest artists and The Possible recording studio leader Jamie Dutcher.$10 General Admission, Free BAM/PFA Members, UC Berkeley Students, faculty, staff, and retirees, children (12 & under), $7 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons, young adults (13-17)
Special event: Thai night of culture and cuisine
Sunday, April 20 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House
Enjoy traditional and delicious Thai cuisine as well as authentic and interactive Thai musical, theatrical, and martial arts performances from professional Thai organizations from all over the Bay Area. There will also be several activity booths, a contest for the audience and a Thai-themed photo booth.$10.00 Advanced Ticket Purchase, $15.00 Tickets at the Door
Tickets will be sold at our table on Sproul after spring break. Tickets go on sale April 1.
Author talk: It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
Monday, April 21 | 5-7 p.m. | 210 South Hall
What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? Youth culture and technology expert Danah Boyd will uncover some of the major myths regarding teens’ use of social media. In her new book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, Boyd explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Ultimately, she argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers’ ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions.
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Panel discussion: American Cultures alumni and students
Monday, April 21 | 5-7 p.m. | 30, Ethnic Studies Library Stephens Hall
The American Cultures Requirement was a unique concept developed at UC Berkeley in which all undergraduate students needed to take and pass at least one course on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States in order to graduate. The requirement offered an exciting intellectual environment and became a nationwide model implemented at eight other University of California campuses and at colleges and universities throughout the country. In this discussion, the 1989 UC Berkeley undergraduates Jeff Chang (Stanford University), Regina Freer (Occidental College), Mark Min (City Span) and Rickey Vincent (UC Berkeley) will be in conversation with the current AC Student Advisory Board.RSVP by April 10 by calling Douglas Parada at 510-664-7065, or by emailing Douglas Parada at email@example.com.
Lecture: Rolezinhos, youth and public space in Sao Paulo
Monday, April 21 | 12 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall
Young people, especially men, have been transforming the public space in São Paulo through a series of practices of circulation and cultural production. This talk will reflect on one of the most intriguing of these practices, rolezinhos, public gatherings organized by social media, and on the deep social anxieties they generate. Teresa Caldeira is professor of city & regional planning at UC Berkeley.
Special event: Earth week 2014
April 21 – 28, 2014 every day | 8 a.m.-10 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus
UC Berkeley celebrates Earth Week with over 30 events ranging from lectures, teach-ins, performances and garden walks. Learn to brew a compost tea. Find out about the growing solar industry. Learn about bees and the global food system. For a list of events and details, click here.
Tuesday, April 22 | 6:30 p.m. | 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building
Elena travels to New York to become an actress, leaving behind a childhood spent in hiding from the military dictatorship. She also leaves Petra, her seven-year-old sister. Two decades later, Petra also an actress, goes to New York in search of her lost sister. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Petra Costa. (80 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.)
Dance: Hablando Bomba
Tuesday, April 22 | 9:30-11 a.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Learn about the history and performance of Afro-Puerto Rican bomba drumming, dance, and song. Tamara Roberts (UC Berkeley assistant professor of music) will host two bomba artist-scholars from Puerto Rico, Dr. Pablo Luis Rivera and Rafael Maya. Bomba is an Afro-Puerto Rican tradition of drumming, dance, and song originally created by enslaved Africans on the island's sugarcane plantations. Luis and Maya are part of a new generation of bomba practitioners that has taken the form from the folkloric stage back into community spaces, night clubs, popular music, and even video games. Don’t miss the free bomba dance workshop following the lecture.
Lecture: The trafficking of girls
Tuesday, April 22 | 6:30-8 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall
When she traveled to Mumbai and saw firsthand the horrors that await the thousands of young girls sold or lured by traffickers each year, Dr. Aruna Uprety made it her life’s work to protect and empower Nepal’s most vulnerable girls. So, Aruna began a partnership with the American Himalayan Foundation to transform counter-trafficking .The 15 year partnership has grown from 52 girls in one district to 10,500 girls in 519 schools all across Nepal. And each year, hundreds of them graduate as educated, independent young women. Dr. Uprety will discuss her work and look ahead to address this global issue.
Panel discussion: The art of American Cultures
Tuesday, April 22 | 6-8 p.m. | Hearst Annex D-37 Hearst Field Annex
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the American Cultures program at UC Berkeley, the AC Center will showcase its past art and posters from 25 years of programming. The American Cultures requirement was a unique concept developed at UC Berkeley in which all undergraduate students must take and pass at least one course on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States in order to graduate. In this panel discussion, the anniversary poster by Melanie Cervantes (Dignidad Rebelde) will be announced. Cervantes will introduce the new artwork and host a conversation on the role of art and activism.RSVP by April 10 by calling Douglas Parada at 510-664-7065, or by emailing Douglas Parada at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panel discussion: The early years of the AC center
Wednesday, April 23 | 3-5 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the American Cultures program at UC Berkeley, the AC Center will host a TED-style Talk with the former AC Center Research Director Troy Duster (Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley) and the first AC Center Assistant Director Ron Choy. The discussion will follow the initiation of the idea for the AC requirement, and the first roll-out of the program. The requirement offered an exciting intellectual environment and became a nationwide model implemented at eight other University of California campuses and at colleges and universities throughout the country.
RSVP by April 10 by calling Douglas Parada at 510-664-7065, or by emailing Douglas Parada at email@example.com.
Noon concert: Gamelan of Java and Bali
Wednesday, April 23 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Hear the unique sounds of the traditional gamelan, performed by Javanese & Balinese gamelan students. The performance includes new and old repertoire, directed by Midiyanto and I Dewa Putu Berata with Ben Brinner and Lisa Gold.
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