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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Interactive Learning

Workshop | February 13 – 17, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Interactive learning is a modern machine learning paradigm of significant practical and theoretical interest, where the algorithm and the domain expert engage in a two-way dialog to facilitate more accurate learning from less data compared to the classical approach of passively observing labeled data. This workshop will explore several topics related to interactive learning broadly defined,...   More >

Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters Club: To Gain Confidence and Find Your Voice

Meeting | January 19 – November 16, 2017 the third Thursday of the month every month | 7:30-8:30 a.m. |  Au Coquelet Cafe (backroom)

 2000 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA

 Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters Club

Find out how to improve your public speaking skills and build confidence through the Toastmaster.

If you have wanted to improve your communication skills, practice public speaking and leadership, but find it difficult to do it on your own, this is the place for you.

Meetings: 1st and 3rd Thursday 7:30am - 8:30am every month
Free street parking and close to Downtown Berkeley BART

Traffic Signal Diagnostics and Maintenance

Workshop | February 16 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Holiday Inn

 11269 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

 Rafat Raie, Technology Transfer Program; Leonard Gilliana, City of Walnut Creek

 Technology Transfer Program

This course covers the essential operational functions of traffic signals, starting with basic design principals and specifications writing techniques. Participants will see and touch each component inside a traffic signal cabinet, a thorough explanation of each component and how they work inside the cabinet. This critical knowledge of each component will provide the skillset necessary for proper...   More >

 The class is for traffic engineers, electrical contractors, and technicians who are new to traffic signal timing. Experienced practitioners who desire a "refresher" course also benefit.

RAPDP - Foundational - F4 Fund Accounting

Course | February 16 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An introductory accounting workshop that covers general accounting concepts, the types of campus funds that RA's manage, the UC chartstring structure, and an introduction to expense transfers.

  Register online

Vernacular Theologies

Conference/Symposium | February 16 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

The notion of “vernacular theology” has developed in reference to a body of Christian texts in vernacular languages that emerged during the late middle ages in lay or semi-lay circles. These texts and artifacts (music, images) address questions and practices of devotion, as well as theological issues and problems. They articulate positions outside of, and often in competition with, more official...   More >

Introduction to Botanical Art with Catherine Watters

Workshop | February 16 – 17, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.
A Supply List will be given to you once you register for the class or you can sign up in advance to use...   More >

$190/ $175 Garden Members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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

Research Data Publishing and Licensing 101

Workshop | February 16 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Doe Library, BIDS (190)

 Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library; Anna Sackmann, Science Data & Engineering Librarian, Library


Your article’s been accepted, but where does your research data end up? Where should it be published, and who can reuse it for their own studies? This workshop covers why and how to publish and license your research data.

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

Love Your Data Week 2017

Conference/Symposium | February 13 – 16, 2017 every day | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The University Library and Research Data Management will host a set of events February 13-17 as a part of the Love Your Data Week campaign to encourage and teach researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Graduate students, researchers, librarians, and data specialists are invited to attend these events and learn about multiple data services that the university campus...   More >

Berkeley Summer Abroad - Mexico Info Session

Information Session | February 16 | 12-1 p.m. |  Center for Latino Policy Research (CLPR)

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come and learn about our new program in Yucatan, Mexico!

Unearth the diverse cultural roots of Mexico and discover the role of race, class, and language in the formation of the educational experiences of indigenous students of Mexico and their counterpart's indigenous immigrant students in the United States.

For more information, please visit...   More >

Bancroft Library Roundtable: Views of the Women's Liberation and Feminist Movements of the 1970s and 1980s: Selections from the Cathy Cade Photograph Archive

Lecture | February 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Cathy Cade, documentary photographer

 Bancroft Library

Introduced to documentary photography's power as she participated in the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960s, Cathy Cade went on to document several activist movements through her photography. Cade will speak on her experiences with social justice causes, featuring highlights drawn from her extensive photograph archive now housed at The Bancroft Library.

ESPM 2017 Seminar Series - John Harte

Seminar | February 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 John Harte, Professor, ESPM

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

"Pattern, Process, and Prediction in Ecology: Where Do We Stand?"

Development Perspectives: Fireside chat with the Director General of the World Agroforestry Center

Lecture | February 16 | 12-1:15 p.m. | 311 Wellman Hall

 Tony Simons, World Agroforestry Center

 International and Executive Programs at the College of Natural Resources, Master of Development Practice

Dr. Tony Simons, the Director General of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), will be giving a talk about the future of international development and career opportunities for students. There will be pizza and salad, so students are encouraged to arrive on time at 12:00PM.

Back Talk: Less Stress on Your Back (BEUHS404)

Workshop | February 16 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Mallory Lynch, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work


Learn new ways of performing daily activities with less stress to your back. Practice some useful stretching and strengthening exercises. Wear comfortable clothing.

  Register online

Ireland - The EU - Brexit

Lecture | February 16 | 12:30-2:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Mark Bevir, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeleyh; Colum Hatchell, Vice Consul, Consulate General of Ireland in San Francisco

 Institute of European Studies

This conversation hosted by the Irish Studies Program at U.C. Berkeley will focus on the possible effects of Brexit on the future of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

IB Postdocs on Parade

Seminar | February 16 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Alejandro Rico-Guevara (Dudley Lab): "Hummingbird drinking and prospects on its integration with respiration and hovering"; Robert Skelton (Ackerly Lab): "Diversity of drought responses within plant communities"

 Department of Integrative Biology

Swarm - Terraswarm Seminar: Sascha Von Meier: Electric Grid 2.0: Getting Ready for the next Generation

Seminar | February 16 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 490 Cory

 Sascha Von Meier, EECS Adjunct Professor

 Swarm Lab/Terraswarm

The electric grid has been called a system that works in practice, not in theory. While large, interconnected a.c. networks based on 19th century technology have served us remarkably well, new challenges await: a transition to carbon-neutral energy sources is now imperative. This introduces the problem of coordinating heterogeneous, temporally intermittent and spatially distributed resources at...   More >

Earth Week Planning Committee

Meeting | February 2 – April 27, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 1-2 p.m. | 102 Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Interested in planning Earth Week 2017 at UC Berkeley? The Student Environmental Resource Center is (SERC) is recruiting individual students and student representatives from environmental and sustainability student organizations to join the Earth Week 2017 Planning Committee.

Meetings will be held weekly on Thursdays from 1pm-2pm in Sproul 102. Drop-ins are welcome.

CIEE Drop In Advising

Information Session | February 16 | 1-4 p.m. | 160 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Drop in to speak with representatives from CIEE (https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/) about study abroad options around the world. CIEE partners with UCEAP to offer programs in several countries and also offers a wide variety of independent study abroad options.

Derived Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Ind-coherent sheaves on (affine) dg schemes (part 2)

Seminar | February 16 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Harrison Chen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is a continuation of last week's talk. We will briefly review, and then talk about t-structures on categories of dg $A$-modules, the left completeness property for quasi-coherent complexes and convergence property for ind-coherent complexes.

Watching the World Go By

Lecture | February 16 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

 Robert Simmon, Planet

 Geospatial Innovation Facility

The GIF and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) host a weekly Geolunch seminar series offering interesting talks, group discussion, and show-and-tells all involving geospatial theory, research, and application. Geolunch is open to everyone.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – December 30, 2018 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 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 >

Berkeley Summer Abroad - Cuba

Information Session | February 16 | 2-3 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Explore the geographical and historical transformation of Cuba from colonial times to the present day.

For more information, please visit http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/summerabroad/havana.

Student Applied Math Seminar: Mathematical Introduction to Many Body Perturbation Theory

Seminar | January 26 – March 23, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 2-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Lin Lin, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this series of lectures, we discuss quantum many body perturbation theory from a mathematical perspective. The starting point is Feynman diagrams for Gaussian integrals. This only requires the knowledge of freshman calculus. Then assuming basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, we discuss Feynman diagrams for quantum statistical mechanics, and proceed to many body perturbation theory for...   More >

ESPM Freshwater Ecology Seminar Series - Sara Jackrel

Seminar | February 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Sara Jackrel, Dow Sustainability Postdoctoral Fellow

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

"Drivers and Consequences of Intraspecific Trait Variation in River Ecosystems"

Berkeley Summer Abroad - Chile Info Session

Information Session | February 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 101 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come and learn about the Summer Abroad program in Santiago, Chile!

Explore Chilean politics from independence to the present, and witness firsthand the forces that have shaped Chilean politics and challenge its society today. For more information, please visit http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/summerabroad/santiago.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program Information Session

Information Session | February 16 | 4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program at UC Berkeley targets students with exceptional academic promise in the humanities or social sciences and potential for academic careers that will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in the academy. The program supports Fellows by providing mentorship and the environment and resources to strive for the highest academic goals.

Theorizing Race, Gender and Citizenship in Black Europe: Issues, Debates and Frameworks, Inside and Outside the Academy: CRG Thursday Forum Series

Lecture | February 16 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Prof. Stephen Small, African American Studies

 Center for Race and Gender

The Center for Race & Gender Thursday Forum Series presents...

Theorizing Race, Gender & Citizenship in Black Europe: Issues, Debates and Frameworks, Inside & Outside the Academy
Prof. Stephen Small, African American Studies

Scholarly research at universities across Europe on the sociology and political economy of gender and intersectionality focuses inordinately on white women. Most...   More >

A Conversation with Writer Kyung-uk Kim

Colloquium | February 16 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Kyung-uk Kim, Writer

 Bruce Fulton, University of British Columbia

 Laura Nelson, Chair, Center for Korean Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Literature Translation Institute of Korea

Kyung-uk Kim is a novelist and short story writer whose work follows what is called the 1990s generation of South Korea and the culture that dominated that time.

Dynamic regulation of movement drive by distinct neuromodulator systems in the striatum

Seminar | February 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Mark Howe**, Northwestern University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: "Up from Poverty? The 1832 Cherokee Land Lottery and the Long-Run Distribution of Wealth"

Seminar | February 16 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall

 Joseph Ferrie - Northwestern, Haas School of Business

 Haas School of Business

Part of the Haas School's Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Operator scaling - theory and applications

Colloquium | February 16 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Avi Wigderson, IAS

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will explain the “singularity problem” for symbolic matrices over non commuting variables, and describe its myriad origins and incarnations in commutative and non-commutative algebra, computational complexity, optimization, quantum information theory, Brascamp-Lieb inequalities and other areas. I will describe the “Operator scaling” algorithm, which efficiently solves all...   More >

DCRP/IURD Lecture: Diane Davis

Lecture | February 16 | 5-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

THURS FEB 16, 5:30pm, 112 Wurster Hall. Join DCRP and IURD on 2/16 for &quot;Modernist Planning and the Foundations of Urban Violence &quot;, a lecture by Diane Davis

Bangladeshi Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Sara Hossain delivers the Chowdhury Center Distinguished Lecture for 2017

Lecture | February 16 | 5-7 p.m. | Hearst Field Annex, D37 (Blanche du Bois Room)

 Sara Hossain, Lawyer at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and an honorary executive director of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)

 Angana Chatterji, Co-chair, Project on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights and Visiting Research Anthropologist at the Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Blum Center for Developing Economies, Project on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights at Center for Race and Gender, Department of English, Human Rights Center

A lecture by Bangladeshi Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Sara Hossain.

Applied Algebra Seminar: Commutative and non-commutative rank of symbolic matrices

Seminar | February 16 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study

 Department of Mathematics

Our objects of study are matrices whose entries are linear forms in a given set of variables. We will be interested in their rank, both when variables commute and when they do not. I will discuss the importance of understanding these, and some structural and computational problems and results regarding them.

This talk will directly follow the departmental colloquium on a related topic. Attending...   More >

The wandering "we": Sather Classical Lectures

Lecture | February 16 | 6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Mary Margaret McCabe, King's College London

 Department of Classics

The second lecture in the 2017 Sather series "Seeing and Saying: Plato on Virtue and Knowledge"

Lyft Info-Session

Information Session | February 16 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come hear about Lyft's internship and full time positions! We will be having some Berkeley Alums talk about their experiences with growth hacking, data science, and data analytics.

Free Sliver/Soda and swag will be provided.

Class Relations (Klassenverhältnisse) | Jean-Marie Straub West Germany, 1984 | Danièle Huillet West Germany, 1984

Film - Feature | February 16 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Christian Heinisch, Reinald Schnell, Mario Adorf, Harun Farocki,

Straub-Huillet’s brilliant distillation of Franz Kafka’s incomplete first novel Amerika is perhaps the most authentically German treatment of Kafka ever made. An ecstatic and haunted fever dream of the United States—the place where Kafka longed to disappear, if only in his imagination—Amerika is told from the...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons $12 General admission

  Buy tickets online

Women's Basketball vs. Stanford

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | February 16 | 8 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Basketball hosts Stanford at Haas Pavilion.

Smart Nation: A Blueprint for Modern Armenia

Lecture | February 16 | 8-10 p.m. |  Vasbouragan Hall

 51 Commmonwealth Ave., San Francisco, CA 94118

 Sassoon Grigorian, Head of Public Policy, Australia and New Zealand, Salesforce

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program

At a critical juncture in its history, this book explores the challenges and opportunities for Armenia, with clear public policy recommendations.

Armenia is a Smart Nation, it has one of the highest literacy rates globally, it is a recognised world leader in the strategy game of chess, Armenians have been credited with many innovations and inventions used today, and its future success will in...   More >

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 >

Hippie Modernism: Cinema and Counterculture, 1964–1974

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 11 – May 13, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Cinema’s radical streak goes back to its earliest beginnings, but the period explored in 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...   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

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.

Literatura de Cordel in Moffitt Library

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 16 – June 30, 2017 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition highlights a collection of Brazilian chapbooks or Literatura
de Cordel in the Moffitt Library. These chapbooks are still produced for
mass consumption in the Northeastern Brazil. These are called literature de
cordel as they are hung from a cord in the book-stands so that the consumers
can browse them and select them according to their desires. There are
several themes that...   More >

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 >

Plants Illustrated 2017 : Seeds and Seed Vessels

Exhibit - Painting | February 10 – 21, 2017 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The Northern California Society of Botanical Artists return to the Garden to showcase Botanical Art representing seeds and seed vessels.

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 >