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Lecture: Is the Constitution Libertarian?
Tuesday, October 6 | 4:15-7 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Fred Smith, Jr. and Randy BarnettWe welcome Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett as he poses the question, is the Constitution Libertarian? He will be followed by a response from Professor Fred Smith, Jr. of Berkeley Law. There will be a reception following the lecture.

Lecture: Rediscovering our lost "farmacy"
Tuesday, October 6 | 4-5 p.m. | Morgan Lounge Morgan Hall

Daphne MillerWhat protective health factors are lost when moving from an acroecological to an industrial model of agriculture? It is well documented that populations experience a sharp increase in the prevalence of most chronic diseases – including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune diseases, cancer and depression – when they abandon a traditional lifestyle in favor of a more industrial one. Event speaker Daphne Miller is a practicing family physician, author, and associate clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco.

Lecture: A photographic narrative of cloistered religious life
Tuesday, October 6 | 5-7 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley Stephens Hall | Note change in location

Toni GreavesThe sudden revelation of a powerful religious calling was an entirely unexpected event in the life of a college student named Lauren. But when it became clear to her that she had a spiritual vocation, she made the exceptional decision to dedicate her life to God. Drawing upon many visits to the cloistered religious community of Dominican nuns in Summit, New Jersey, photographer Toni Greaves has created a luminous body of work that follows the transformative journey by which Lauren became Sister Maria Teresa of the Sacred Heart. Greaves’ meditative photographs capture the radical joy of a life dedicated unequivocally to love. Toni Greaves will present and discuss her long-term project photographing within a community of cloistered nuns, her personal journey along the way, and the just-published monograph of this seven-year body of work.

Exhibit: Behind the Beautiful Forevers
August 10 – October 16, 2015 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library

Book jacket for Behind the Beautiful ForeversBehind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity won the National Book Award (2012) and The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among many other prizes, and has appeared on numerous “best books of the year” lists. It is also the reading selection for this year’s On the Same Page program, and the focus of numerous public events and courses this Fall. This exhibit in the lobby of Moffitt Library showcases the variety of library collections pertaining to the book, including dissertations, scholarly journal articles, government documents, personal narratives, maps, pictorial works, statistics, magazine and newspaper articles, DVDs and children’s literature.

Exhibit: Exceptional expositions
September 8 – December 16, 2015 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

Exceptional Expositions presents the architecture and landscape of two world’s fairs held in the San Francisco Bay Area; the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) of 1915 and the Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE) of 1939. Original architectural and landscape drawings, photographs, and ephemera from the Environmental Design Archives, Visual Resources Center, and Environmental Design Library illustrate how each exposition was planned, designed, and experienced.

Exhibit: Multitudes, the paintings of Andres Waissman
August 27 – December 18, 2015 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Painting by Andres WaissmanAndres Waissman’s work conveys not only a visual but also a deep philosophical and political statement—a whole body of thought rendered through images. In 2005, the book Waissman/A pilgrim artist by Rodrigo Alonso was published and his life and work was the subject of a PBS documentary by Eduardo Montes Bradley entitled Waissman (2010). The artist currently lives and works in Argentina where he created Studio Cri Program, a space for young artists to work and discuss their work.

Exhibit: Nothing About Us, Without US
September 18, 2015 – February 12, 2016 every day | Bernice Layne Brown Gallery Doe Library

Graphic for the 25th anniversary of ADAThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. The exhibition draws on the history of the Disabled, the activism of the 1970s, and events which led to the passage of the ADA.


Colloquium: The miseducation of the American elite
Wednesday, October 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

William DeresiewiczWilliam Deresiewicz will take a sharp look at the high-pressure conveyor belt that begins with parents and counselors who demand perfect grades and culminates in the skewed applications Deresiewicz saw firsthand as a member of Yale’s admissions committee. He addresses parents, students, educators, and anyone who's interested in the direction of American society—featuring stories from real students and graduates he has corresponded with over the years—candidly exposing where the system is broken and clearly presenting solutions. William Deresiewicz is a contributing writer for The Nation and contributing editor for The New Republic and The American Scholar.

Film: Wild Tales
Wednesday, October 7 | 7-9 p.m. | Room A0001 Hearst Field Annex

Still image from Wild TalesIn this 2015 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign-Language Film, six tales of revenge play out in a series of one-act vignettes that take their characters' to outrageous extremes. Murder, violence, betrayal and unchecked rage mark the actions of a wide variety of individuals as they respond to situations that bring out the worst in them. 122 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Berkeley book chat: Katrina Dodson, The Complete Stories of Clarice Lispector
Wednesday, October 7 | 12-1 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Book cover of Katrina Dodson's complete storiesKatrina Dodson is currently completing her Ph.D. in the Department of Comparative Literature with a designated emphasis in Gender, Women, and Sexuality. Her research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Brazilian and Anglo-American literature. Dodson’s recent translation of Clarice Lispector’s Complete Stories collects for the first time all 85 short stories by one of Brazil’s most important writers, from Lispector’s first published story in 1939 at the age of 19 to her last written in 1977. A renowned literary figure in Brazil, Clarice Lispector has long been recognized as a prominent figure of Latin American literature and gender studies.

Noon concert: Songs and arias by Debussy, Barber, Donizetti
Wednesday, October 7 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Christina Swindlehurst-ChanChristina Swindlehurst-Chan, soprano, will performs songs and arias by Debussy, Barber, Donizetti and more.

 free and open to the public
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Seminar: Climate change in global and U.S. national parks
Thursday, October 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

Dr. Patrick GonzalezPatrick Gonzalez is the Principal Climate Change Scientist of the US National Park Service and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. A forest ecologist, he conducts research to detect impacts of climate change, analyze vulnerabilities, and quantify ecosystem carbon. He works to adapt resource management to climate change, with policymakers to integrate science into policy, and with local people to implement community-based natural resource management.

Lecture: The nation behind bars; U.S. prisons and human rights
Thursday, October 8 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

Prisoners walking behind barsAlison Parker and Jamie Felner of Human Rights Watch will discuss a report on the the human rights crisis facing U.S. prisons today.

Reading: Story hour in the library featuring Yang Huang
Thursday, October 8 | 5-6 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Yang HuangYang Huang grew up in Jiangsu, China and came to the U.S. to study computer science. While working as an engineer, she attended Boston College and earned an MFA from the University of Arizona. Her debut novel Living Treasures is a Pen/Bellwether Prize finalist and an INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist. Her fiction and a feature-length screenplay have appeared in Asian Pacific American Journal, The Evansville Review, Futures, Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine, Nuvein, and Stories for Film. Story Hour in the Library is a monthly prose reading series held in UC Berkeley's Morrison Library.

Lecture: The American monster factory; criminal justice reform
Thursday, October 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 200 Wheeler Hall

Sunny SchwartzFor more than a decade, the United States has incarcerated more of its citizens than any other country on Earth. As of October 2013, there were 716 incarcerated persons for every 100,000 inhabitants. As a lawyer and criminal justice reform advocate, Sunny Schwartz has spent her career researching and developing alternative strategies for incarceration; in this lecture, she will discuss the myriad shortcomings in the American prison system, the comparative benefits of restorative justice, and her nationally renowned program RSVP (Resolve to Stop the Violence).

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Conference: From Caitlyn Jenner to Rachel Dolezal, the social construction of race and gender
Friday, October 9 | 4-6 p.m. | Room 295 Boalt Hall, School of Law

Vanity Fair July 2015 cover imageOver the summer, media coverage of two women, Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal, sparked a heated public conversation about identity and change. This panel will engage the discourse concerning the extent to which race, gender, and sexuality are socially constructed and can change, and whether we should accept all assertions of self-identity. Are race, gender, and sexual orientation similarly situated? Might we reject some claims of racial identification, even as we affirm all assertions of gender identification? Should people of color welcome whites who wish to identify as a racial minority, at least insofar as such people are fighting for racial justice? How has the media spotlight on Caitlyn Jenner’s identity impacted more marginalized transwomen, including those who are poor and of color?

Music: Ben Howard with guest Daughter
Friday, October 9 | 8 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre

Ben HowardCritically celebrated British singer and songwriter Ben Howard will perform at the Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley on October 9th. I Forget Where We Were is the critically acclaimed follow up to Ben's 2011 debut, Every Kingdom. Regarded as one of the most exciting live acts in recent years, Ben has recently completed back to back sell-out tours in Europe and the US and is currently embarking on a massive UK arena tour.

Buy tickets online.

Music: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club
Friday, October 9 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Orquesta Buena Vista Social ClubThe Grammy-winning global ambassadors for Cuban music, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club bids farewell in its final world tour after 16 years on the road. The groundbreaking ensemble includes several stars featured on the landmark Buena Vista Social Club recording, amongst them singer-guitarist Eliades Ochoa, trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, laúd virtuoso Barbarito Torres, and Cuban diva Omara Portuondo.

 $40 and up
Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

Lecture: The immortality of the soul - An ancient Egyptian invention?
Friday, October 9 | 4:10 p.m. | Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

Jan AssmannThe Egyptians believed Pharaoh to be a god on earth who after his death would fly up to heaven and unite with the sun, his father. After the collapse of the Old Kingdom, this idea of royal immortality became accessible for non-royal persons but dependent on justification before a divine tribunal, the judgment of the dead. Immortality became a question, not of royalty but of morals. The lecture will investigate the origins and the evolution of these concepts. Jan Assmann is best known for his research of ancient Egyptian literature and religion, Egyptian funerary beliefs and practices, and modern uses of Egyptian culture (“Egyptomania”). His work reflects on the history of religion, especially the rise of monotheism in the ancient world.

Exhibit: Art+Village+City
October 9 – November 15, 2015 every day | 121 Wurster Hall

Exhibition posterAn exhibition exploring Two Cities, Four Villages, and the Uses of Art in the Pearl River Delta in Southern China. Curated by Margaret Crawford and Winnie Wong. Featuring works by the Art+Village+City Research Studio UC Berkeley, SHIMURAbros (as researchers at Studio Olafur Eliasson), Sascha Pohle, Jing Wen, and José Figueroa.

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