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Presentation: Health equity and a national campaign against racism
Friday, February 5 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Ballroom, 2nd Floor Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

Dr. Camara JonesThe three dimensions of health intervention are providing health services, addressing the social determinants of health (including poverty), and addressing the social determinants of equity (including racism). Racism—including institutionalized, personally-mediated, and internalized racism—is a root cause of “racial”/ethnic differences in health outcomes. Join Dr. Camara Jones, president of the American Public Health Association, as she presents analogies and allegories to help illustrate the three levels of racism and the impacts of racism on the health and wellbeing of our nation.

Registered attendees will be seated first. RSVP by February 4 online.

Lecture: Data mining, legal modernization and the NSA
Friday, February 5 | 1:10-2:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

Corporations and governments are collecting more and more information about consumers and citizens. To contend with this deluge of data, computer scientists, mathematicians, and business analysts created new fields of computational analysis, colloquially called “data mining.” With the increasing availability of high-quality cryptography, national security lawyers within the Department of Justice and the National Security Agency (NSA) began developing what was called a “modernization” of surveillance and intelligence law to deal with technological developments. The job of the NSA is “to exploit” communications networks—to make them available to policymakers; to do this, its lawyers “exploited” the law as well as technology. In this talk, Columbia University professor Matthew Jones discusses how we came to exploit communications, law, bureaucracy, and the fear of terrorism and how we might choose to do so differently.

Film: Naked Childhood
Friday, February 5 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from film Naked ChildhoodIt is easy to see why Truffaut was a keen supporter of Pialat's first feature, which recalls "The 400 Blows" in its semi-autobiographical story of a young boy lashing out at life, and being passed from one foster family to another as he proves increasingly unmanageable. When he is placed in the home of an elderly couple, young François at last discovers a kind of peace, and can begin to discover the world. Pialat made excellent use of nonprofessional actors—the affectionate old couple essentially play themselves.

 $12 General Admission,  $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons,  $7 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students,  Free Cal Student Film Pass holders
Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808.

Lecture: Perspectives on Viktor Schauberger’s drawings
Friday, February 5 | 12:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Evan VarianoAt this lunchtime talk, UC Berkeley associate professor of civil and environmental engineering Evan Variano responds to the drawings and models of late nineteenth-century Austrian naturalistand inventor Victor Schauberger currently on display in the exhibit The Architecture of Life

 $12 General Admission,  $10 non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons,  Free BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley Students, Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; 18 & under + guardian
Lectures are included with Gallery Admission. Buy tickets online.

January 11 – February 12, 2016 every day | 121 Wurster Hall

In June of 2011, a group of students and recent graduates from the UC Berkeley Department of Landscape Architecture assembled for a figure drawing night with the intention of exercising their drawing skills and sharing their completed artwork with each other. It was at this first gathering that the group named itself Space Open, a name meant to convey the spirit of the group’s artistic attitude - come in, create, and share. Space Open is a daily practice of seeing and rendering the world in the spirit of the Great Masters. Members of the group are not yet masters, but contemporary creative explorers and inspired idealists who find a calling in their surrounding landscape and among each other. This exhibition captures a moment in time when as a group Space Open is questioning the reality of life in the profession: Outside the office, just what is landscape architecture?

Exhibit: Architecture of Life
January 31 – May 29, 2016 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

image Johannes Itten: Encounter, 1916; oil on canvas; 41 ⅓ x 31 ½ in.; collection of Kunsthaus Zürich. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Zürich.Architecture of Life, the inaugural exhibition in BAM/PFA's landmark new building, explores the ways that architecture—as concept, metaphor, and practice—illuminates various aspects of life experience: the nature of the self and psyche, the fundamental structures of reality, and the power of the imagination to reshape our world. Occupying every gallery in the new building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the exhibition comprises over two hundred works of art in a wide range of media, as well as scientific illustrations and architectural drawings and models, made over the past two thousand years.

 $12 General admission,  $0 UC Berkeley Students, Staff, Faculty and BAM/PFA Members,  $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and young adults (13-17)

Exhibit: Paintings by Jerry Carniglia
February 1 – June 3, 2016 every day | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Painting by CarnigliaAfter joining the Navy and serving in Vietnam, Carniglia earned a BA in English and Dramatic Arts from UC Berkeley. He then entered the Bay Area independent theater scene, designing and building sets, and serving as a founding member of the Berkeley Lights Theater Ensemble and San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre. Carniglia supported himself meanwhile as a cabinetmaker. His artistry as a fine woodworker led to gallery and museum recognition. Eventually feeling limited by the functional requirements of furniture-making, Carniglia, at age 46, earned an MFA in painting from UC Berkeley. For the rest of his life he dedicated himself to exploring abstraction in paint.

Exhibit: From Mendelssohn To Mendelssohn
January 26 – June 24, 2016 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Main Gallery Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

Lavater and Lessing Visit Moses MendelssohnMoritz D. Oppenheim (1800-1882), often celebrated as the first modern Jewish painter, created Lavater and Lessing Visit Moses Mendelssohn in 1856. The painting portrays an imagined mid-18th century meeting among scholars and intellectual associates Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781), and the Swiss theologian Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801), taking place at the Mendelssohn residence in Berlin. From Mendelssohn To Mendelssohn reawakens the original setting of the painting and the history of the Mendelssohn family, including the lives and works of Moses Mendelssohn’s grandchildren, composers Fanny (1805-1847) and Felix (1809-1847), by activating the extensive holdings of German-Jewish ritual art, prints, rare volumes, manuscripts, and material culture. The installation, aimed at creating a renewed imagined space of intercultural dialog animated by the presence of a historic piano (Wieck, Dresden, ca. 1860) from UC Berkeley’s musical instrument collection, is the new setting of a salon-like space of intellectual and artistic gathering. The exhibition is part of The Mendelssohn Project, a series of lectures and musical performances at The Magnes.


Film: The Tarnished Angels
Saturday, February 6 | 8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from the Tarnished AngelsRock Hudson gives one of his best performances as a New Orleans newspaperman who develops an unprofessional fascination with carnival flier Robert Stack and his wife Dorothy Malone, a blonde in a pure white dress who’s made a profession of falling. Hudson’s passivity is an effective counterpoint to Stack’s characteristic desperation; although Hudson calls Malone a creature from another planet, the shadows under her eyes mark her as all too human. The film is best experienced on the big screen, where the sweep of CinemaScope gives visceral impact to the film’s fatalistic circularity, the camera repeating the fliers’ compulsive loop around the pylons, chasing oblivion.

 $12 General Admission,  $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons,  $7 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students,  Free Cal Student Film Pass holders
Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808.

Sports: Men's basketball vs. Stanford
Saturday, February 6 | 1 p.m. | Haas Pavilion

Cal Men's Basketball hosts Stanford in conference action at Haas Pavilion.

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Film: Under the Sun of Satan
Sunday, February 7 | 3 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from Under The Sun of SatanThe story of a priest (Depardieu), haunted equally by doubts and his own power, and dogged by Satan. Pialat is fearless in this beautiful, intense film about a man whose "cassock scares people." Depardieu's Father Donissan, a peasant by nature and birth, reveals his sufferings to his superior, a man for whom the cloth is a creature comfort (he is played by a cool Pialat). Such debate may be ageless, but Sandrine Bonnaire reminds us that we are in the present, as Mouchette, a girl both desired and despised, and a murderer, who is always shot in a golden light.

 $12 General Admission,  $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons,  $7 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students,  Free Cal Student Film Pass holders
Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808.

Workshop: Backstrap weaving with Travis Meinolf
Sunday, February 7 | 2-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Backstrap weaverJoin artist Travis Meinolf for a series of participatory, site-based weaving workshops using backstrap looms that physically connect the weaver to the new BAMPFA building. The backstrap loom is a simple tool for making cloth, for making connections. Once attached to a fixed point and strapped onto the body, it creates dynamic contact between the individual and the site, creating tension which can be used productively. In this series of explorations you will be invited to try backstrap weaving, or watch others work at this task, which has been performed throughout history, everywhere on the planet.

Included with museum admission!.

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Panel discussion: Health equity and for-profit milk banks
Monday, February 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Sibley Room Alumni House

Advocacy Initiative logoA growing number of biotech companies are competing for scarce supplies of breast milk, the fundamental first food for humans, for use in new medical products. What’s the impact on non-profit milk banks and their ability to supply donated mother’s milk to vulnerable premature infants -- many of whom are from disadvantaged communities? Will the commercialization of breast milk exacerbate health inequities in low-income communities? Join us for a lively discussion, moderated by nationally known journalist and health equity advocate Kimberly Seals Allers.

Panel discussion: Reversing the school-to-prison pipeline
Monday, February 8 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | 8th Floor, Social Science Matrix Barrows Hall

Drawing of a prisonerThe equation is simple: prison and post-prison education = lower recidivism. How and why are these programs working and why isn’t prison education a top priority? Join us for this ongoing human rights series on California prisons: The [in]Justice System. Panelists include Simon Woodard of the Prison University Project, Ron Moss of the Street Scholars peer mentoring program, Violeta Alvarez of the Underground Scholars Initiative and moderator Patricia Hilden of UC Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies department.

Lecture: Diversified farming systems and agroecology
Monday, February 8 | 4-5 p.m. | Morgan Lounge Morgan Hall

Tractor on farmThe intergovernmental process on agriculture has often been fraught with disagreement. While major issues are recognized with a food system that is failing to nourish a large percentage of the global population, radically divergent paradigms of the future of agriculture are proposed as solutions. Unlike agreements on biodiversity or climate change, there are no negotiated agreements between governments on commonly agreed targets in the agriculture sector. In 2014, a process was begun at the Food and Agriculture Organization to discuss and recognise alternative pathways, specifically agroecology. This process, and its status, will be presented. Dr. Barbara Gemmill-Herren, formerly of the UN food and agriculture organization, will lead a roundtable discussion.

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Author talk: Karin Sveen, The Immigrant and the University
Tuesday, February 9 | 4-6 p.m. | Stebbins Lounge Women's Faculty Club

Book jacket for The Immigrant and the UniversityAuthor Karin Sveen presents her book on the life and times of Peder Sather with a focus on Sather's lasting legacy to the University of California.

Make reservations by February 8 by calling Front Desk staff at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk staff at

Presentation: Dying in America
Tuesday, February 9 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 101 Morgan Hall

Marcia Angell, MD, MACPDying in America changed greatly after World War II, mainly because of the development of new drugs and technologies that made it possible to stave off deaths that would have come rapidly in earlier years. Although that resulted in many welcome cures, it also created great suffering in patients who were terminally ill. In the 1990s, a controversial movement arose that argued that physicians should have the right to help such patients end their lives faster and more peacefully. Now, assisted dying (also known as physician-assisted suicide) is legal in five states, including California. Marcia Angell, MD, MACP, will discuss this issue and its implications.

Seating available for registered attendees, first. RSVP by February 8 online.

Lecture: Judicial independence in Latin America
Tuesday, February 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

Javier CousoDecades after Guillermo O’Donnell and others denounced the dangers of the “(un) rule of law” in Latin America, judicial independence faces even greater challenges. In his talk, professor Javier Couso of the Universidad Diego Portales (Chile) will provide an overview of this critical element of the rule of law, highlighting what’s at stake as well as advancing ideas on why judicial independence has proven so elusive in most of Latin America.

Lecture: Raj Patel and Mark Bittman, Edible Education 101
Tuesday, February 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Wheeler Auditorium

Mark BittmanAs part of the 2016 Edible Education 101 course, Raj Patel traces the origins of your confusion about what to eat from fifteenth century Portuguese colonies to eighteenth century London to twenty-first century Berkeley.

 $0 Free General Admission
Tickets go on sale February 2. Buy tickets online.

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Berkeley Talks: Eric Schmidt
Wednesday, February 10 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Eric SchmidtEric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet Inc. and the former CEO of Google Inc. will talk with UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks about his experiences in academia and industry, as well as what it takes to reach the top of the tech world while continuing to re-invent and innovate.

 A very limited number of free tickets are available.
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

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