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Lecture: America's two best ideas, public education and public lands
Thursday, March 26 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Wheeler Auditorium

College of Natural Resources logoThis event is part of UC Berkeley's initiative—America's Best Idea: The Next 100 Years—a partnership with the National Park Service and National Geographic Society to support national parks and protected lands for future generations. The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of a conference held in Berkeley, hosted by UC Berkeley alumni Stephen Mather and Horace Albright, that led to the creation of the National Park Service in 1916. Mather and Albright went on to become the first and second directors of the National Park Service. With its partners, UC Berkeley looks forward to the next 100 years with a variety of activities and programs, including a summit on the partnership between parks and science. This discussion will include Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, UC President Janet Napolitano, UC Berkeley chancellor Nick Dirks, historian and author Douglas Brinkley, and Michael Krasny, host of KQED’s Forum.

Conference: Science for parks, parks for science
March 25 – 27, 2015 every day | Wheeler Auditorium

Image of the Grand CanyonConvening natural and social scientists, managers and practitioners to launch a second century of stewardship for the parks, 100 years after the historic meetings at UC Berkeley that helped launch the National Park Service (NPS), this two-and-a-half day summit (March 25-27, 2015) at UC Berkeley will feature 15 visionary plenary lectures by leading natural, physical and social scientists. The summit will also feature strategic conversations on current controversies led by panelists representing diverse viewpoints, and technical sessions of contributed papers and posters. Visit the event website for registration and other detailed summit information.

Register online.

Exhibit: SPEED, science in motion
February 7 – May 3, 2015 every day | Lawrence Hall of Science

children enjoying the speed exhibitJoin us to learn about the science, engineering, and finesse that goes into Formula One racing and find out if you have what it takes to drive a 1,400 pound car at 200 mph. This exhibit is free with admission.

Exhibit: Designing People
February 11 – May 19, 2015 every day | Environmental Design Library, room 210 Wurster Hall

The figures that inhabit architectural and landscape renderings are not the actual focus of the drawings. Homeowners, children, pets, shoppers, and condo-dwellers are included to convey the scale and functionality of a proposed design. They humanize and create an emotional appeal in what might otherwise appear to be sterile environments and allow the client to imagine how a space will be used. From the watercolor Victorian to the scalie hipster, this exhibit features more than a century of designers’ representations of people from the Environmental Design Archives.

Film: Wildest Weather in the solar system 3D
February 7 – June 12, 2015 every day | 10:30 a.m. | National Geographic 3D Theater Lawrence Hall of Science

Wildest Weather in the Solar System film stillWitness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system, shown in 3D at the Lawrence Hall of Science. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you'll be glad you live on Earth! Fly through the thick atmosphere of Venus, magnetic storms on the sun, liquid methane showers on Titan, and anticyclones whirling at hundreds of miles per hour on Jupiter.

 $4 plus admission

Exhibit: Close to home yet far away
March 2 – June 12, 2015 every day | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Emiko goes to College painting by Craig NagasawaA painting can reside simultaneously in its material presence—physical, colored minerals, their arrangements on paper or silk—and its illusory presence—the evocation of illusion, forming in the viewer a convincing belief in the presence of space and time. The exchange between the real and the imagined is a perceptual experience where the personal and the public, the local and the foreign can exist simultaneously. Artist Craig Nagasawa uses the techniques of ancient Japanese painting in his work. He reconstructed these time-consuming processes as both a form of resistance to cultural erasure and an acknowledgement of the existence of a space where the personal and the public, the local and the foreign can coexist.

Exhibit: The Secret Language of Flowers
January 27 – June 26, 2015 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

Botanical drawingIn 1984, The Magnes acquired a portfolio of botanical drawings by Shmuel (Samuel) Lerner, a Ukraine-born amateur artist from California. While Lerner’s biography and many details surrounding this work remain obscure, today his drawings open for us a unique window into the landscape, the history and the languages of Israel in the period immediately following the establishment of the State. The exhibition features a selection of 26 botanical drawings from 1949, complete with the author's annotations about plants, places, and language.

Exhibit: Berkeley's Ivory Tower, the Campanile at 100
February 16 – November 2, 2015 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Rowell Cases Bancroft Library

Campanile under constructionSather Tower, also known as the Campanile, looms large both as a physical structure and as the most widely recognized symbol of the Berkeley campus. This exhibition celebrates the centennial of the landmark through holdings from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library's manuscript and pictorial collections.

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Botanical garden: Drawing inks and plant pigments
Saturday, March 28 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Plant ink on paperLearn to make water-based paint and inks with plants and earth pigments for use on paper or fabric with local artist and instructor Judi Petitte. Sample paper, fabric sample and brushes, ink rollers, stamps provided. The inks are appropriate for printing on paper or fabric. We will use earth, plant and fungi for pigment.

 $95 $85 members
Register online, or by calling 510-664-9841.

Film: Amarcord
Saturday, March 28 | 8 p.m. | PFA Theater

Film poster for AmarcordIn Amarcord, Fellini evokes a year in the life of the small Italian coastal town of Rimini in the mid-1930s with free-spirited fantasy, bittersweet comedy, and intimate detail. Though filled with phantasmagorical gems from the director’s imagination, the film is also rooted in history, filtered through memory: focusing on one family of perfectly normal eccentrics, Fellini examines their impact on one another’s lives and the impact of life on them through a series of intersecting tales. Fascism was a fact of life and, for Fellini, a focal point around which to examine the community, the Church, the state, and the family. 

 $5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission
Buy tickets by calling 510-642-5249.

Music: Davitt Moroney, harpsichord
Saturday, March 28 | 8 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Davitt MoroneyOne of the world's foremost interpreters of Bach, Moroney has been praised for his spirit in his nearly 60 recordings. He performs a selection of Fantasies and Fugues both beloved and exotic, including the virtuosic Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue. The Fantasia in C minor is well known, but Moroney has completed and will also perform its companion Fugue, left unfinished by Bach.

Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

Special event: Spring weeks at Lawrence Hall of Science
March 28 – April 12, 2015 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Kids and FrogDiscover how plants, animals, and our environment have mixed with humans' curiosity about the world around us. From natural wonders like earthquakes and weather, to manmade innovative technology and cinema, explore the world as scientists do. Visit our exhibits and the Ingenuity Lab, Animal Discovery Room, National Geographic 3D Theater, and more every day during Spring Weeks.

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Film: For Love and Gold
Sunday, March 29 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Film poster for Love and GoldThe creators of Big Deal on Madonna Street reteamed for this deliriously absurd send-up of the medieval Crusades genre, an Italian Monty Python and the Holy Grail whose ribald put-downs of all things “honorable” turned the film into one of Italy’s biggest hits. Vittorio Gassman is a blowhard knight with a mind as warped as his grasp of language; hooking up with three not-so-wise men, he soon blazes a torrid path through medieval Italy, encountering plagues, damsels in distress (including a whip-wielding Barbara Steele), not-so-saintly holy men, and evil lords. 

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission
Buy tickets by calling 510-642-5249.

Music: San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Project TenFourteen
Sunday, March 29 | 7 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players performingTrue to the inventive spirit of its programming, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) present Project TenFourteen, a series of world premieres simultaneously commissioned from 10 distinctive composers. All were challenged to reflect upon and address the human condition, common to us all. The new works, interspersed with modern masterpieces by Varese, Berio, Birtwistle, and others, will showcase SFCMP's dynamism and innovation.

Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

Music: Carillon recital, inspired by Bach
Sunday, March 29 | 2-2:50 p.m. | Campanile (Sather Tower)

The Campanile at UC BerkeleyA carillon recital in honor of Johann Sebastian Bach's 330th birthday. Featured on the program are transcriptions of two masterpieces for solo instruments: the Chaconne from his Violin Partita No. 2 (BWV 1004) and the Passacaglia in C minor (BWV 582) for organ. Also on the program are original compositions by Roy Hamlin Johnson, Ronald Barnes, and Neil Thornock that pay tribute to his work.

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Lecture: A quiet revolution in Bangladesh
Monday, March 30 | 5:30-7 p.m. | The Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall Wheeler Hall | Note change in time

Fazle Hasan AbedThe Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley champions the study of Bangladesh’s cultures, peoples and history. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed is a social worker who started his career as finance officer at Shell Oil Company and quickly rose to head its finance division. He is the founder of world largest non government organization, BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee). For his outstanding contributions to social improvement, he has received many awards such as the Clinton Global Citizen Award, WISE Prize for Education and the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award.

Lecture: Steve Hinshaw on undergraduates in crisis
Monday, March 30 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Steve HinshawUndergraduates who are struggling academically might also be struggling with mental health issues. What are the warning signs and how do we navigate challenging situations? Join us for a forum on undergraduates in crisis led by UC Berkeley professor of psychology Steve Hinshaw.

Lecture: Charles Murray at The Berkeley Forum
Monday, March 30 | 6 p.m. | Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

Charles MurrayCharles Murray, W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, comes to Berkeley to discuss his provocative view on American education policy. Education is a defining advantage in the American marketplace, but America's education system is not always up to task. Drawing from his past writings, Charles Murray will speak on his views on ensuring the American education system best serves the country's needs.

 Free Limited space at venue. Tickets recommended.

Exhibit: Geographies of Innovation
March 30 – April 24, 2015 every day | 121 Wurster Hall

Graphic of the exhibit Geographies of InnovationGeographies of Innovation reveals a history of design innovation at the intersection of landscape, technology, infrastructure, and ecology as represented by patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office from the late 19th through the mid 20thcentury. The exhibition presents new perspectives and historical research on ecological technology, landscape systems, and green infrastructure across a range of scales, from the invention of the vertical garden in the 1930’s, to living and dynamic levees systems prototyped in the late 19th century.

Course: The rise and future of the food movement
January 26 – April 27, 2015 every Monday with exceptions | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Live streaming

Mark BittmanA UC Berkeley course with live streaming open to the public.

The food system is multi-disciplinary and complex, involving agroecology, agronomy, anthropology, economics, nutrition, sociology, and the arts. In this course, experts on organic agriculture, school lunch reform, food safety, hunger and food security, farm bill reform, farm-to-school efforts, urban agriculture, food sovereignty, and local food economies will offer perspectives making the food system more sustainable and equitable. Instructor: Garrison Sposito; co-hosts: food writer Mark Bittma and poet Robert Hass.

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