<< Wednesday, February 01, 2017 >>

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Summer 2017 Registration Begins

Miscellaneous | February 1 |  CalCentral

 Department of Political Science

Expanders and Extractors

Workshop | January 30 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on explicit constructions of graphs and functions with pseudorandom properties. There will be two main themes related to each object in the title. For expanders, these will be proofs of existence of expander graphs using lifts, a la Bilu-Linial and Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava, and the possibility of using the method to obtain explicit constructions of Ramanujan expanders...   More >

  Register online

SP2017 Project Pengyou Policy Case Competition

Presentation | February 1 | 7 Evans Hall

 Chrystal Chang, Professor of International & Area Studies Academic Program, Political Science Department and Sociology Department; Daniel Baker, PhD student of Goldman School of Public Policy; Philip Rogers, Political Science PhD

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

The Project Pengyou Policy Case Competition, open to all undergraduate and graduate students across UC Berkeley, is a biannual event held by Project Pengyou, Berkeley Chapter. It is intended to foster discussion and collaborative research and to encourage creative and feasible policy-making, in a non-partisan environment, on key topics in the U.S.-China space.The winning team will receive a $20...   More >

Free Wednesday at the Garden

Special Event | January 4 – December 6, 2017 the first Wednesday of the month every month with exceptions |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Every first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.

Water's Extreme Journey

Special Event | January 29 – April 30, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

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.

$10–12 Water's Extreme Journey is included with your admission. Free for members.


Water's Extreme Journey at the Lawrence Hall of Science

2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series: The Latest Research on Sit-Stand Workstations with Dr. Carisa Harris-Adamson

Seminar | February 1 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. |  2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series

 Carisa Harris-Adamson, Department of Medicine at UC San Francisco and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley

 Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Continuing Education Program

In this ergonomics webinar Carisa Harris-Adamson PhD, CPE, PT provides a review of the latest research on outcomes for sit-stand workstations.

On completion of this webinar participants will be able to:
∙∙ Describe the research evidence from both short- and long-term studies for common health risks that result from prolonged static sitting and standing work...   More >

$0 Free to view the webinar, $30 For CE credit

  Registration opens January 13. Register online or by calling info@coehce.org at 510-643-7277, or by emailing info@coehce.org at info@coehce.org by February 1.

SURF Summer Research Scholarships (4k-6k) Info Session: Benefits, eligibility, application tips for these summer undergraduate research programs (surf.berkeley.edu)

Information Session | February 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Sean Burns, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships, will discuss eligibility criteria for these two programs, benefits of the programs and tips for a successful application.

Chocolate Discovery Station

Special Event | February 1 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Does chocolate really grow on trees?! Come discovery where one of our favorite foods comes from, see the Theobroma cacao tree, learn about the process of making chocolate, and find out how monkeys help this plant in its native tropical forest. Docents will have an interactive display, including tastings - of course!

Matrix Computations and Scientific Computing Seminar: Finite precision stability analysis of randomized QR factorization with column pivoting

Seminar | February 1 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Jianwei Xiao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is follow-up work of "On reliability of randomized QR factorization with column pivoting" from last semester's seminar talk. We investigate different updating formulas used in randomized QR factorization with column pivoting (RQRCP) and discuss the efficiency differences. We also analyze numerical stability of different RQRCP algorithms.

BioE Seminar: “Engineering of MRI to address evolving needs in cardiovascular research and clinical practice”

Seminar | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Moriel Vandsburger, UC Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Spring 2017 Seminar Series
Wednesday, February 1
12noon - 1:00pm
290 Hearst Mining Building

Moriel Vandsburger
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
UC Berkeley

IARU Global Summer Program Information Session

Information Session | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come learn about study abroad opportunities through the 2017 Global Summer Program! Sponsored by the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), the Global Summer Program (GSP) is an exciting learning experience for undergraduate students at eleven of the world’s leading research universities.

GSP provides research-intensive, residential summer courses to students from IARU member...   More >

Big Ideas: On the Left Edge: California's Renegade Tradition with Iain Boal

Lecture | February 1 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Iain Boal is a social historian of science and technics, affiliated with the University of California and Birkbeck College, London. He is one of the founders of the Retort Collective, an association of radical writers, teachers, artists, and activists, which has existed in the Bay Area for the past two decades. Boal coauthored Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War along with...   More >

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission

Noon Concert: James Lim, piano

Performing Arts - Music | February 1 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

James Lim, piano
HAYDN Sonata in C Major, Hob XVI: 50
CHOPIN Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
GINASTERA Sonata No. 1, Op. 22


Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well...   More >


MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Miriam Zelditch and Don Swiderski "Adaptive and nonadaptive radiations of squirrels"

Seminar | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Miriam Zelditch & Don Swiderski, Museum of Paleontology and Museum of Zoology, Univ. of Michigan

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Exploring Career Interests with the Strong Interest Inventory (BECAR101)

Workshop | February 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

 TBA, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Strong Interest Inventory is used to clarify prominent career and work interests.

 Search for BECAR101 in the Blu Portal under UCB Learning Center (left column). Enroll online

Persistent Places or Occupying Wild Open Spaces?: Alternative Pathways to 'Neolithization' in the Prehistory of the Near East

Lecture | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Dr. Lisa Maher, Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

With a specific focus on eastern Jordan, the Epipalaeolithic Foragers in Azraq Project explores changing hunter-gatherer strategies, behaviors and adaptations to this vast area throughout the Late Pleistocene. In particular, we examine how lifeways here compare to surrounding areas and what circumstances drew human and animal populations to the region. Integrating multiple material cultural and...   More >

From body to brain: control of autonomic physiology by the sensory vagus nerve

Seminar | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Rui Chang**, Harvard Medical School

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Deepnets and Tools to Boost Human Creativity

Lecture | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Gary Bradski, CTO, Arraiy.com

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Gary Bradski is CTO at Arraiy.com, which is building a computer vision and deep learning platform to provide customers new abilities to capture and understand the visual world. Bradski co-founded Industrial Perception, a company that developed perception applications for industrial robotic application (since acquired by Google in 2012) and has worked on the OpenCV Computer Vision library, as well...   More >


 Free lunch at UC Berkeley if you register by the Monday before the talk (lunches limited). Register online

Introducing UCNets, Wave 1: Drawing on Family and Being Drawn on by Family: Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | February 1 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Claude Fischer, Professor, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

The US, China, and Cross-Strait Relations

Lecture | February 1 | 12:15 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Lounge

 Hung-Mao Tien, President, Institute for National Policy Research, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan

 T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Hung-mao Tien, President, Institute for National Policy Research, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan, will speak about cross-Strait relations under the new U.S. administration.

Hung-Mao Tien is President and board chairman, Institute for National Policy Research, and former R.O.C. Minister of Foreign Affairs; Representative (Ambassador) to the United Kingdom, and Presidential Advisor.

Creating a Meaningful Life for Yourself and the World

Lecture | February 1 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Prof. Clair Brown's talk draws from her book Buddhist Economics to discuss how we can create a sustainable, equitable economy for all people.

Global warming and global inequality are interrelated problems that we must solve if we want future generations to enjoy life. Buddhist Economics addresses how to move from an economy driven by consumption and "more is better" to an economy that...   More >

Study Abroad Office Hours at the Transfer Center

Information Session | January 25 – May 3, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 1-3 p.m. | 100 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad as a transfer student? A Berkeley Study Abroad Peer Adviser will be holding drop-in office hours at the Transfer Student Center every Wednesdays 1-3pm this spring semester. Come learn about different programs offered, how to apply and additional services available.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | February 1, 2017 – December 5, 2018 the first Wednesday of the month every month with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

The Future of the Public University: Christopher Newfield, in Conversation with Carol Christ

Panel Discussion | February 1 | 2-4 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Christopher Newfield, Professor, UC Santa Barbara

 Carol Christ, Interim EVCP, Interim Executive Vice-Chancellor and Provost, UC Berkeley

 Wendy Brown, Professor

 Berkeley Faculty Association

The public university is facing unprecedented challenges: mounting budgetary pressures and a more hostile political climate. Two distinguished commentators will discuss the path the public university has taken so far, and possible roads ahead.

Human Brain Imaging with fMRI

Colloquium | February 1 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Christopher Baldassano, PhD, Princeton University

 Department of Psychology

Segmenting, Connecting, and Recalling Events

Seminar | February 1 | 3-4 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Christopher Baldassano, Princeton University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Coffee Break!

Social Event | August 31, 2016 – April 26, 2017 every Wednesday | 3-4 p.m. |  Julie's Cafe

 2562 Bancroft Way.

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join the Coffee Break every Wednesday afternoon! Boost your global network and meetup with friends.

Coffee break, hosted by Berkeley International Office, is an informal weekly event where Cal students can connect, share stories, or learn about different culture and language. Free coffee for UCB students! Both international students and domestic students are welcome.

The Big Heat | Fritz Lang | United States, 1953

Film - Feature | February 1 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With a lecture from David Thomson

The Big Heat, Glenn Ford gives a fine performance of inward obsession as a police detective who crusades against organized crime and police corruption after his wife is killed by a car bomb.

General admission: $13.50. BAMPFA members: $9.50. UC Berkeley students: $7.50 65+, disabled persons, UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, and 18 & under: $10.50 Special admission applies

  Tickets go on sale December 15. Buy tickets online

Up-down Markov chains on partitions and their diffusion analogs

Seminar | February 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Soumik Pal, Univ. of Washington

 Department of Statistics

A popular family of models of random partitions is called the Chinese Restaurant Process. We imagine n customers being seated randomly and sequentially at tables of a restaurant according to a fixed stochastic rule. Counting customers by the tables gives us a composition of n. Consider a Markov chain on such compositions where we remove a randomly chosen customer and reseat her. How can one...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Coarse grained density functional theory for the study of defects in crystalline materials

Seminar | February 1 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kaushik Bhattacharya, CalTech

 Department of Mathematics

Defects determine critical properties of crystalline materials even though they occur at relatively low concentrations. They can interact over long distances through slowly decaying fields whose strength depends on the electronic structure of the core. Thus the study of defects requires electronic resolutions with continuum range. This talk will describe some of the mathematical and computational...   More >

Large, Sparse Optimal Matching in an Observational Study of Surgical Outcomes

Seminar | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Sam Pimentel, Department of Statistics, Wharton School, UPenn

 Department of Statistics

Every newly trained surgeon performs a first unsupervised operation. How do her patients' health outcomes compare with the patients of experienced surgeons? A credible comparison must (1) occur within hospitals, since health outcomes vary widely by hospital; (2) compare outcomes of patients undergoing the same operative procedures, since the risks differ in a knee replacement and an appendectomy;...   More >

EECS Colloquium: The Mechanical Side of AI

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Rob Wood, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Artificial Intelligence typically focuses on perception, learning, and control methods to enable autonomous robots to make and act on decisions in real environments. On the contrary, our research is focused on the design, mechanics, materials, and manufacturing of novel robot platforms that make the perception, control, or action easier or more robust for natural, unstructured, and often...   More >

Developing new microfluidic technologies to probe how proteins find their biophysical soul mates

Seminar | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Polly Fordcy, Stanford

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Michaelangelo Tabone

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Michaelangelo Tabone, Alumnus, Energy and Resources Group - UC Berkeley

 Energy and Resources Group

UCDC Info Session

Information Session | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 236 Evans Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

UCDC is a program which sends UC juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C. to intern, do research, and take classes for a semester. UCDC students come from all majors, intern three to four days a week, and take two classes which each meet once a week. Students from UC campuses live and take classes at the UC Washington Center, an eleven-story building about six blocks from the White House....   More >

Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) - Undergraduate Research Opportunities Overview

Information Session | February 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Spring deadlines for research programs are just around the corner!

Join the Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) program and other student researchers in an overview of well established research programs at UC Berkeley!

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. David Baker, Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington

Seminar | February 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Computational Biology

Post-Evolutionary Biology: Design of novel protein structures, functions and assemblies

Abstract: Proteins mediate the critical processes of life and beautifully solve the challenges faced during the evolution of modern organisms. Our goal is to design a new generation of proteins that address current day problems not faced during evolution. In contrast to traditional protein engineering...   More >

Theorizing Black Europe; Strident Imperialists, Peripheral Colonial Beneficiaries and the contemporary politics of immigration and citizenship

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Stephen A. Small, Associate Professor, African American Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Professor Small frames today’s presentation from the perspective of the second group of analysts. Small defines Black Europe as being constituted by four overlapping, non-linear components, that have unfolded historically and are manifest today, each of which is irrepressibly gendered.

GSAC Seminar: "A Few Things Cognitive Science Tells Us About Effective Teaching”

Colloquium | February 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Professor Richard Felder, North Carolina State University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Chern Lectures: Lecture 2 : Rigidity of black holes

Lecture | February 1 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Sergiu Klainerman, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

The gravitational waves detected recently by LIGO were produced in the final phase of the inward spiraling of two black holes before they collided to produce a more massive black hole. The experiment is entirely consistent with the so-called Final State Conjecture of general relativity, according to which general solutions of the initial value problem approach asymptotically, in any compact...   More >

A9 Info-Session

Information Session | February 1 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430-8)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | January 14, 2015 – December 18, 2019 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.

Sonita: February's Movie at Moffitt

Film - Documentary | February 1 | 7-9 p.m. | 150 D Moffitt Undergraduate Library


Movies @ Moffitt happens on the first Wednesday of each month of the semester. M@M is free.

Film synopsis...Sonita relates the story of an 18-year old Afghan refugee in Iran who considers Michael Jackson and Rihanna her "spiritual parents" and aspires to big-time rap fame. Unwavering commitment to creative self-actualization CAN BE a form of resilience in the face of arranged marriage,...   More >

 Must have a UCB student ID for entrance

February Movie @ Moffitt

East Bay Science Cafe: Mass Extinctions: Learning from the fossil record

Presentation | February 1 | 7 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

 1403 Solano Ave, Albany, CA

 Seth Finnegan, UC Museum of Paleontology


Paleontologist Seth Finnegan takes us on a journey through the fossil record for a deeper understanding of mass extinctions and shares some of the current debates surrounding them.

Ordovician sea life courtesy of William B.S. Berry

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Protecting the New Wonderland: The Origins of the National Park Service

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 26, 2016 – April 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases & 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Signed by President Woodrow Wilson in August 1916, the Organic Act created the National Park Service, the federal bureau that protects our national parks and monuments. Several UC Berkeley alumni with conservationist interests and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco played key roles in its development. This exhibition explores the origins of the NPS with materials...   More >

Beyond Tintin and Superman: The Diversity of Global Comics

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 19, 2016 – April 23, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


You are invited to this exhibit of comics and graphic novels owned by the UC Berkeley Library. These materials often reflect the socioeconomic, ideological and political realities of the societies in which they are produced. To highlight these diverse realities, and to celebrate our differences, this exhibit presents a selection of comics and graphic novels published in many countries.

We...   More >

Guerra Civil at 80

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 1, 2016 – July 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, the exhibition Guerra Civil @ 80 features selections from The Bancroft Library's Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records and photographic collections, along with posters, books, pamphlets, and other ephemera. A visual and textual display of the struggle to defend the Second Spanish Republic, the...   More >

Andy Warhol: Still Lifes and Portraits

Exhibit - Multimedia | November 23, 2016 – March 12, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A prominent figure of the American Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol (1928–1987) was one of the first to integrate fine art with celebrity culture, media spectacle, and mass production. This exhibition presents a selection of new gifts to BAMPFA from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, on view here for the first time, alongside previous gifts to the collection. The prints on display span...   More >

 Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons $12 General admission

War Ink: California Veterans Exhibit

Exhibit - Photography | November 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Brown Gallery (east wing)

 Cal Veteran Services Center

Photographs from the celebrated War Ink Project will be on display in Berkeley’s Doe Library in November. 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.” The project is “both exhibit...   More >


Exhibit - Artifacts | January 19 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

EXHIBIT OPEN THROUGH FEB 3. Tito Patri (FASLA Emeritus, A.S. 55) exhibit of charming sketches rendered while traveling in Europe and the US.

Designs from a Distance

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 30 – May 19, 2017 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

CLOSES May 19. This exhibit features design and planning projects on six continents by architects based in the San Francisco Bay Area and held by the Environmental Design Archives.

The Gift to Sing: Highlights of the Leon F. Litwack and Bancroft Library African American Collections

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 23, 2016 – February 17, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery

 Bancroft Library

For decades professor emeritus of history Leon F. Litwack has been accumulating what is arguably the world’s finest private collection of books on African American history and culture. This exhibition displays highlights of the collection that will be coming to The Bancroft Library as a bequest. The Litwack collection is particularly noteworthy for its Harlem Renaissance first editions in...   More >

I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew: Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 30, 2016 – June 30, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way), Warren Hellman & Charles Michael Galleries

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Never before the creation of the State of Israel did Jews of so many origins live together, and in such a stimulating environment, as they did in the land they soon started calling in Hebrew i-tal-yah, an “Island of Divine Dew”. The exhibition highlights Italian Jewish art and artifacts from The Magnes Collection.

The Power of Attention: Magic and Meditation in Hebrew "shiviti" Manuscript Art

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 24 – June 23, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Created from the early-modern period and into the present, shiviti manuscripts are found in Hebrew prayer books, ritual textiles, and on the walls of synagogues and homes throughout the Jewish diaspora. Wrestling with ways to externalize the presence of God in Jewish life, these documents center upon the graphic representation of God's ineffable four-letter Hebrew name, the Tetragrammaton, and...   More >

From the Photographer’s Archive: Roman Vishniac

Exhibit - Photography | January 24 – June 20, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The work of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born photographer, most notable for his documentary photographs of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the years immediately preceding its destruction, has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. Following the photographer's death, his daughter, Mara Vishniac Kohn, became the executor of Roman Vishniac’s estate. In 2007, the...   More >