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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>

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: 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

Exhibit: Women Who Figure, inspired by the mathematicians of Hidden Figures

April 24 – June 16, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | Mathematics Statistics Library (100 Evans) Evans Hall
Inspired by the book and film Hidden Figures, this exhibit focuses on the four women at its center and other women who have made important contributions to mathematics throughout history. The exhibit includes biographies about and books by these women - from Hypatia in 5th Century Alexandria to Maryam Mirzakhani in present-day America - as well as other books about African-Americans and women in mathematics from the Mathematics Statistics Library and other campus libraries.MORE about <em>Women Who Figure</em>, inspired by the mathematicians of <em>Hidden Figures</em>

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

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

Dance: Berkeley Dance Project 2017

Friday, April 28 | 8-9:30 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

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

Seminar: The science of burnout

Saturday, April 29 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House
At this day-long seminar, led by Greater Good Science Center Science Director Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D.--with special guests celebrated compassion teacher Joan Halifax, Ph.D., burnout expert Christina Maslach, Ph.D., and UCLA psychiatrist Elizabeth Bromley, M.D., Ph.D.--you’ll explore the characteristics of burnout, its negative consequences, and the individual and organizational factors that make it more or less likely. MORE about The science of burnout

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

Botanical garden: Spring plant sale

Saturday, April 29 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Come to our annual Spring Plant Sale: Saturday, 4/29 from 10 am - 2 pm! We have a wide variety of plants to choose from, featuring drought tolerant plants.MORE about Spring plant sale

Film: Works from the Eisner Prize competition

Sunday, April 30 | 4:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
We are pleased to present this year’s prizewinners and runners-up in the film and video category of the Eisner Prize competition. The Eisner Prize is the highest award for creativity given on the UC Berkeley campus. Expect narratives, documentaries, experimental works, and animations. MORE about Works from the Eisner Prize competition

Film: A Woman Under the Influence

Sunday, April 30 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
John Cassavetes’s masterpiece retains the power to unnerve with its raw, often harrowing depiction of a blue-collar Los Angeles family on the rocks. Gena Rowlands’s performance as Mabel Longhetti, wife of everyman Nick (Peter Falk) and mother of three, stands as a virtually unmatched tour de force. MORE about <em>A Woman Under the Influence</em>

Music: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Sunday, April 30 | 3 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
The vivid musical imagination of French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau is brought to life in a lavish new staging of his opera-ballet Le temple de la gloire, featuring the inimitable Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, with leading proponents of period dance, the New York Baroque Dance Company. Rameau's first version of the score, with a libretto by Voltaire, was long thought lost—but the original 1745 manuscript was discovered in the UC Berkeley library, inspiring PBO's director, Nicholas McGegan, to mount this new production in collaboration with Cal Performances, the first staged version since the work's premiere at Versailles in 1745. MORE about Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Lecture: The future of western democracies

Monday, May 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Moses Hall
In his most recent book In Defense of Freedom – How We Can Win the Battle for Our Open Societies, Ralf Fuecks analyses the reasons behind racism, nationalism, and the collapse of the political center. We are in the midst of a crisis of liberal democracy. The widespread fear of economic decline, unchecked globalization, and uncontrolled migration is resulting in increasingly nationalist rhetoric and policies. Trust in democratic institutions is declining, populist demagogues are on the rise. What is behind this political revolt, and how can we counter it? MORE about The future of western democracies

Special event: Anthropology on the frontlines, honoring Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Monday, May 1 | 1-7 p.m. | Alumni House
The Anthropology department is hosting an international conference with special guests to honor the life and work of Professor Nancy Scheper-Hughes during May 1st and 2nd. Several of our own UCB Anthropology PhD alumni and other distinguished anthropologists, social scientists, doctors, epidemiologists, investigative journalists will also be speaking at the two day event.MORE about Anthropology on the frontlines, honoring Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Lecture: The future of media in the Trump era

Monday, May 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Osher Theater Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Dave Pell is the founder and editor of NextDraft, a curated compilation of daily news and analysis. Deirdre English is former editor-in-chief of Mother Jones magazine.MORE about The future of media in the Trump era

Seminar: AI for enterprise security

Tuesday, May 2 | 1-2 p.m. | 205 South Hall
As part of a layered defense strategy, organizations rely on advanced analytics to monitor internal activity in real-time and on data indexing and processing tools to investigate incidents after the fact. However, these tasks remain human-intensive and their complexity is increasing, not only because sophisticated attacks are reducing their footprint, but also because more devices are logging information resulting in greater volumes of data that need to be monitored and analyzed. If we add the shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals to the equation, it is easy to understand why practitioners are turning to artificial intelligence to (somehow) bridge the gap.MORE about AI for enterprise security

Reception: Chancellor's awards for public service

Tuesday, May 2 | 3-5:30 p.m. | Krutch Theatre (Clark Kerr Campus)
Each year, the Chancellor recognizes students, staff, faculty, and community partnerships that embody UC Berkeley's proud tradition of public service and commitment to improving our local and global community. Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, student organizations, and campus-community partnerships are all eligible. Award categories include: civic engagement, community-engaged teaching, research in the public interest, and campus-community partnership.MORE about Chancellor's awards for public service

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