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Critic’s choice

Lecture: Radio, podcast and contemporary cultural criticism

Monday, April 24 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Horn is host of KPCC’s The Frame, and has covered culture for nearly thirty years. Washington is host and executive producer of Snap Judgment on NPR. Moderated by Ben Manilla.MORE about Radio, podcast and contemporary cultural criticism

Lecture: 14th Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden

Monday, April 24 | 6-7:15 p.m. | Morrison Library Bancroft Library
Carla Hayden is the 14th Librarian of Congress and is also the first woman and African-American to hold the position since the Library of Congress began in 1800. She will be discussing the importance of this American institution in the 21st century especially in the digital age. The Library of Congress houses more than 162 million items that includes historical documents and artifacts, photographs, books, manuscripts, sheet music, and so much more. Her monumental goal is to share all these items online with the public from coast to coast.MORE about 14th Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden

Panel discussion: Preventing gun violence

Monday, April 24 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Social Science Matrix, 8th floor Barrows Hall
Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, in conversation with Peter Aldhous, Science reporter, Buzzfeed and Professor, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. The panelists will discuss what works and what stands in the way of preventing gun violence in America.MORE about Preventing gun violence

Exhibit: War Ink

November 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017 every day | Brown Gallery (east wing) Doe Library
Photographs from the celebrated War Ink Project will be on display in Berkeley’s Doe Library. 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.” MORE about War Ink

Seminar: Won't somebody please think of the journalists?

Tuesday, April 25 | 1-2 p.m. | 205 South Hall
Technology and economics have radically altered the face of journalism over the last decade or so. This change has redefined who journalists are; how they research, source, and report the news; and how we read it. . What choices protect the press and provide for an informed populace, and what trade-offs must be made with other important interests in society? Tom Lowenthal is a technologist and an activist who specializes in operational security and grassroots surveillance self-defense. MORE about Won't somebody please think of the journalists?

Film: Still Tomorrow

Tuesday, April 25 | 7-10 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall
Still Tomorrow tells the poignant story of an unusual Chinese poet—Yu Xiuhua. Yu Xiuhua was a peasant woman poet. She was born in a small village in Hubei Province, China in 1976, with cerebral palsy. In 2015, her poem “Crossing Half of the Country to Sleep with You” (chuanguo dabange zhongguo qu shuini) was forwarded by Poetry Periodical in WeChat, and she has traveled a bumpy road to fame. MORE about <em>Still Tomorrow</em>

Panel discussion: The color of law

Tuesday, April 25 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Morrison Reading Room Doe Library
Richard Rothstein, author and Research Associate at the Economic Policy Institute, will offer insights into how residential segregation in America — the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and has contributed to so much ongoing social strife — is the intended result of racially explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels. Rothstein's latest book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, is scheduled for release May 2017. He will be joined in conversation with three scholars: Michael J. Dumas, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education, Berkeley; Janelle Scott, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Berkeley; sean reardon, Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education and Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology, Stanford.MORE about The color of law

Lecture: Amy Critchett and Mark Pauline

Wednesday, April 26 | 12 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Mark Pauline conceived of and founded Survival Research Labs in November 1978. Since that time, he has operated SRL as an organization of creative technicians dedicated to redirecting the techniques, tools, and tenets of industry and science away from their typical manifestation in practicality or product. SRL has staged fifty-six mechanized presentations around the world, consisting of ritualized interactions between machines, robots, and special-effects devices. Amy Critchett is the founder of Art+Audience; executive producer of Leo Villareal’s public work, including The Bay Lights. She is passionate about changing the game where art, audience and innovation meet.MORE about Amy Critchett and Mark Pauline

Lecture: Delivering better health via drone

Wednesday, April 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 310, Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall | Note change in date
Keenan Wyrobek is Head of Product and Engineering at Zipline International, a start-up that focuses on delivering medical necessities by drone to remote and challenging locations.MORE about Delivering better health via drone

Lecture: The future and past of earthquakes

Wednesday, April 26 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House
The field of earthquake geology, which includes paleoseismology, provides approaches for quantifying the longer term behavior of active structures and active regions in time and space. Using improved and new techniques have expanded our four dimensional understanding of active earthquake systems and provided fundamental data for seismic hazard analysis. This lecture will discuss these concepts with worldwide examples and special emphasis on the past and future behavior of faults in the San Francisco Bay Region.MORE about The future and past of earthquakes

Special event: Water's extreme journey

January 29 – April 30, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science
Become a raindrop and go on an interactive adventure through a water-cycle-themed maze. Have fun riding the Watershed Zip Line, walk through a giant wetland, and snap a pic of your family "swimming" with the dolphins—all while developing a deeper understanding of your place in the water ecosystem.MORE about Water's extreme journey

Exhibit: Hippie Modernism, cinema and counterculture

February 11 – May 13, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Cinema’s radical streak goes back to its earliest beginnings, but the period explored in the exhibit Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia was an unusually fertile time for politically charged, aesthetically innovative filmmaking. Encompassing documentary, fiction, and experimental cinema—often in the course of a single feature—the films in this series intersected with and actively participated in emerging counterculture movements.MORE about Hippie Modernism, cinema and counterculture

Exhibit: People Made These Things

April 12 – December 17, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 102 Kroeber Hall Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Why do we sometimes know a lot about who made things, and why do we sometimes not? Why does it sometimes matter to us, and why might it sometimes not? These are the questions that will be raised in the exhibit that will inaugurate the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s renovated Kroeber Hall Gallery. The Museum will display objects from the collection that urge visitors to think critically about how perceptions of makers have varied in different times and distant places. The newly redesigned space, replete with warm woods and comfortable seating areas, creates a pleasing environment for audiences of all kinds.MORE about People Made These Things

Lecture: Sustainable financing of higher education

Thursday, April 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium at Sutardja Dai Hall Sutardja Dai Hall
In the face of rising costs of attendance and an escalating burden of student debt, universities are under pressure to increase productivity and control costs. This lecture offers three suggestions: (1) a novel framing of the argument for public support of universities, (2) conserving capital expenditures by proper accounting for the cost of facilities, and (3) scaling faculty productivity through online education. MORE about Sustainable financing of higher education

African Film Festival: Kiki

Thursday, April 27 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
New York City’s vibrant ballroom art form/subculture may have entered mainstream consciousness in the 1990s with Madonna’s “Vogue” video and Paris Is Burning, but the scene is as alive as ever today, and even more necessary. Led by LGBTQ youth of color, the activist Kiki scene still boasts the balls, dances, and fashions, but also provides peer-led support and family structures within its “houses,” many of whose members are at risk of harassment, assault, and HIV. MORE about <em>Kiki</em>

Dance: Berkeley Dance Project 2017

Friday, April 28 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
Inspired by the theme “Digging Deep,” Berkeley Dance Project 2017 offers a physical exploration of communication—between humans, within the natural world, and in the places where the two collide. "Digging Deep" asks: What sustains us? What destroys us? What makes us feel connected while we are alive?MORE about Berkeley Dance Project 2017

Music: University Chamber Chorus, "love and longing"

Friday, April 28 | 8 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
From Finland to France, Bosnia to Broadway: works of Bartók, Berlin, Brahms, Debussy, Ellington, Hensel, Thompson, Rautavaara, and special guest pianist Jeffrey Sykes. The UCB Chamber Chorus is the university’s premiere concert choir. The Chamber Chorus’s approximately 35 singers are competitively selected from singer-musicians in the greater campus community: undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff.MORE about University Chamber Chorus, "love and longing"

Open house: Maps for the August 21 solar eclipse

Friday, April 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 50 McCone Hall
Attention all eclipse chasers! Join us for a Maps and More pop up exhibit focusing on eclipse maps and atlases. We will feature maps related to the upcoming summer eclipse on 8/21/17.MORE about Maps for the August 21 solar eclipse

Symposium: 1967 and the politics of time

Friday, April 28 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 340, Sultan Conference Room Stephens Hall | Note change in date, time, and location
Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and activist. She is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University. Her research interests include the laws of war, human rights law, refugee law, national security law, social justice, Palestine, the Palestinian-Israel conflict, and the Middle East in general. In this lecture she will discuss international law and the 1967 war and the Palestinian-Israel conflict.MORE about 1967 and the politics of time

Special event: Remembering MLK at Cal

Saturday, April 29 | 2:15-3:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
Join us in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech at UC Berkeley. The commemoration will begin with an amplified recording of the original speech given by King on the steps of Sproul Hall. Afterwards the Student Union will re-dedicate its historic photograph, taken during King's speech, by the late Berkeley photographer Helen Nestor. This celebration is in conjunction with the Summer of Love 50th Anniversary festival.MORE about Remembering MLK at Cal