Campus-wide event listings from the University of California, Berkeley
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Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.
Join us as we present rarely seen ancient Egyptian artifacts studied using modern technologies including CT scans. Explore techniques and see results of extensive conservation carried out on pieces including crocodile mummies, statuary, mummy portraits, amulets, and stela collected through the patronage of Phoebe A. Hearst ca. 1900. We hope you will celebrate with us as we work to preserve cultural information for the benefit of future generations.
is a free, email-based, lifestyle intervention program that guides you to develop new healthy habits by taking small steps tailored to your lifestyle and preferences. Program will become available during the summer.
Created by UCB SPH Professor Emerita Gladys Block, Alive!
has been proven effective and made available to UC faculty and staff by NutritionQuest and Health*Matters. You can also choose to participate in a research study of Alive!
Enroll online at: www.nutritionquest.com/UCAlive
Ever since the publication of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon
in 1930, San Francisco has been recognized as the birthplace of modern crime fiction. Using materials from numerous campus libraries, Bullets Across the Bay
examines the Bay Area as a popular setting for mystery and detective novels and highlights the richness of UC Berkeley's collections for the study of genre fiction.
Open during the operating hours of Doe Library. See our website for current hours
On October 10, 1911, a special election was held in California. Appearing on the ballot was Proposition 4, a measure that would grant women the right to vote within the Golden State. The final tally was 125,037 to 121,450, giving woman suffrage a narrow victory of just 3,587 votes.
With material drawn from collections held in The Bancroft Library, this exhibit celebrates the centennial anniversary of woman suffrage in California. Brought to light are the faces of the state’s suffragists, many from the Bay Area, along with those of the movement’s support and opposition. This exhibit also illustrates the suffragists’ vigorous campaign to rally votes for their cause, as well as the media frenzy to predict the election’s final outcome.
In October 1911 California became the sixth state to embrace equal suffrage for women, one of the signal reforms of the Progressive Era. Meanwhile, women in the university were pursuing their academic careers with vigor—and glaring inequality. Although women students had been admitted on an equal basis since 1870, their access to the university’s intellectual, social, recreational, and athletic resources was restricted in comparison with men.
Drawn primarily from the University Archives’ collections, this exhibition examines the status of women on campus in this critical period.
Open during the operating hours of Doe Library. See our website for current hours
Image: 1913 Blue and Gold of the University of California: Being a Record of the College Year Published by the Junior Class of the Year 1912.
As Americans’ leisure time has increased during the century, we have filled it with all manner of diversions. This exhibit highlights the buildings and landscapes in which we spend leisure time for respite from the stresses of daily life.
Grouped thematically as things to watch, play, eat and buy, the focus is on spaces such as theaters, restaurants, playgrounds, country clubs, stores and sports facilities. Original sketches, photographs, drawings, and rare books are included in the material on display provided by the Environmental Design Archives, Visual Resources Center, and Environmental Design Library.
Image: Cantin, A.A. & A.M., Moraga Center (Rheem), Contra Costa, CA, 1953.
2626 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA
The sun stars in artworks by Sarah Charlesworth and Chris McCaw drawn from the BAM/PFA collection. Playing the role of a silent collaborator, the sun’s power to illuminate, yet also to scar, makes itself known in the works on view, one a signature work by a major Conceptual artist (recently restored in collaboration with the artist), the other a new acquisition by an extraordinary emerging artist.
For Arc of Total Eclipse, February 26, 1979, Sarah Charlesworth photographed the front pages of a series of local newspapers to document the course of a solar eclipse on a single day as it passed from the Pacific Northwest, across Canada, and toward Greenland. With the exception of the newspaper mastheads, she removed all accompanying text to isolate images of the eclipse from each of the periodicals. The resulting prints convey a haunting sense of the power of this celestial event to “eclipse” the everyday chatter of the mass media. Arc of Total Eclipse is part of Charlesworth’s larger Modern History series, in which the artist explores the dynamics of photographic representation of current events in world newspapers.
Employing a radically different process, Chris McCaw’s evocative Sunburned GSP #488 (Sunset/sunrise, Galbraith Lake, Alaska) (2011) also tracks the path of the sun across the sky. Using handmade view-cameras of his own invention, McCaw creates unique gelatin silver paper negatives that incorporate burn marks made by the rays of the sun along with ethereal photographic images. The artist explains, “The subject of the photograph (the sun) has transcended the idea that a photograph is a simple representation of reality, and has physically come through the lens and put its hand onto the final piece.”
This exhibit highlights the linguistic diversity of the UC Berkeley Library’s collections, a cornerstone of the world-class research for which the University is famous. The campus libraries include material in over 400 languages, representing a vast array of cultures and time periods.
Some of the highlights include a reproduction of the Bancroft Library's Codex Fernandez Leal, one of the oldest surviving documents of Indian America, about nine feet of which is displayed on the back of the security desk of Moffitt Library; a Swahili cookbook from the Biosciences Library's famed cookbook collection, and a delightful bilingual children's book from the Education/Psychology Library.
Open during operating hours of Moffitt Library. See our website for current hours
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Doe Library is currently showcasing the paper of one of last year’s winners of the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research.
“Praying through Politics, Ruling Through Religion: The Rajarajeswaram as an Instrument of Economic and Political Unification in the Chola Empire,” was written and researched by Preeti Talwai, now a third year undergraduate in the College of Environmental Design (CED), where she majors in architecture and minors in the History of the Built Environment and Sustainable Design.
Ms. Talwai’s research paper provides an original and multi-layered reading of the Rajarajeswaram temple in 11th century southern India. Through images and words, Preeti demonstrates how she drew from both broad and specialized resources of the UC Berkeley Library (in many locations and formats) to construct an informed and engaging paper on the significance of one particular Hindu temple built during the apogee of the Chola Empire.
The Library Prize attracts the very best undergraduate papers from courses taught in departments across the campus, and recognizes excellence in undergraduate research projects that show evidence of:
• significant inquiry using the library, its resources, and collections
• learning about the research and information-gathering process itself.
All 2010 and 2011 winners’ papers are available open access through the Library’s portal on eScholarship
, which provides scholarly publishing services to the University of California.
Applications for this year’s prize will be accepted from December 12, 2011 through April 16, 2012. For more information, visit the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research
The exhibit is viewable during the operating hours of Doe Library. See our website for current hours
A powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic, the AIDS Memorial Quilt contains the names of more than 90,000 lives claimed by AIDS. Sections of the Quilt will be on display in the Tang Center lobby, Monday to Friday, during Tang Center regular hours Monday, November 28-Friday, December 2.
Join us to Celebrate our Partnership!
The Cal Student Store invites you
to our Annual Appreciation Event.
As a token of our appreciation,
we will be extending a 20% discount
on select apparel and gifts.
Stop by and get a free gift, while supplies last.
10% of every purchase goes to students.
Taking inspiration from Rainer Marie Rilke’s poem “Just as the Winged Energy of Delight,” Kathleen Thompson’s recent work emphasizes the vibration of color. Combining references to flowers and natural elements with the use of florescent paint, Thompson’s work is not just an abstraction of nature but a bridge to a timeless place.
Exhibit Reception: September 7, 2011 | 5:00 pm
Darril Tighe’s watercolors explore abstraction as a means for expressing a range of emotions through color, layering of washes and choices about composition. Tighe’s complex color combinations suggest a quality of translucence and evoke a state of reverie and reflection, through which the viewer is momentarily transported, and then returns, enriched.
On display in the Townsend Center offices.
Photojournalist, Social Documentarian, Movement Propagandist: The Photography of Matt Herron.
When Matt Herron moved to Mississippi with his family in 1963, he thought of himself as wearing three hats. As a photojournalist, he was beginning to see his career take off, and he hoped to win assignments from editors he knew in New York by submitting picture story ideas from the heart of the Civil Rights struggle. And influenced by several formative meetings with the well-known documentary photographer Dorothea Lange, Herron also hoped to document the process of social change that was beginning to disrupt deeply ingrained patterns of life in both black and white communities of the Deep South. To this end, he organized a team of photographers in the Spring of 1964 to follow this process through one of the most tumultuous summers in Civil Rights history. Finally, as a pacifist and political radical, Herron was personally drawn to the cause of racial justice and eagerly committed his cameras to the organizing work of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Mississipp and other venues of the South.
How well did these three hats fit one head? That is the subject of a new photography exhibition at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
“Of Power and Profit: American Seamen in Asian Waters” is an exhibit of prints made from photographs by a nineteenth century American naval officer, Asa Mattice. In the 1880s, he was assigned to the USS Juniata, which undertook a three-year survey expedition, calling at ports from Suez to Sapporo. The photographs in this exhibit are the voyages relics of encounter.
As the nineteenth century moved into the era of high colonialism, ships journeyed forth from the metropoles on voyages of power and profit. The USS Juniata rode the wave of America’s post-Civil War international expansion. Unlike the whaler or slaver privateers of earlier generations, now the fleets served national agendas. The US “opening of Japan” at mid-century signaled a new conception of America’s relation to Asia.
With missions from the ice fields to the tropics, the Juniata was a part of the US effort to explore, engage, and extract. On board the USS Juniata was military engineer turned naval instructor Asa Mattice. He turned his camera on the sights around him, capturing images of Asia in the last century, and capturing too the sensibilities of his place and time. The photographs from the voyage shown in this exhibit include photographs of Korea, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. The categories of these visions--the “views,” the “everyday life,” the “coolie,”—consolidated all through the generations of occidental gaze. The shadows captured on these plates, rescued from oblivion by photographer John Dowling, document a moment in America’s trajectory toward being a contender in the Pacific.
Approximately 85% of patients who experience chronic low back pain (CLBP) disorders have no known underlying pain mechanism. Common treatments of CLBP include acupuncture, physical therapy, and in extreme cases, surgery (spinal fusion, artificial disc replacement (ADR) or total disc replacement (TDR)). Although some patients have experienced success with acupuncture, spinal fusion, and/or ADR/TDR, there are many who still experience CLBP after using these treatments. Patients who engage in a regimen directed at coactivation of the abdominal and lumbar multifidus (LM) muscles achieve substantial and lasting reductions in CLBP, likely due to alterations in lumbar posture and kinematics. The LM plays a unique role for adjustment and support of lumbar lordosis. Although exercise therapies have shown that strengthening the LM produces reductions in low back pain, the quantification of the LM’s role is undetermined. The goal of our research was to test the hypothesis that LM atrophy significantly reduces lumbar lordosis for spines in the upright posture through a series of in vitro experiments. To conduct the study, it was necessary to design and build a state-of-the-art spine testing facility. This facility is able to accommodate a wide-range of loading conditions and simulations of various muscles groups, as well as executing dynamic and static experiments. The force, moment and displacement measurements obtained from this facility were used to validate the hypothesis.
Committee Chair: Prof. Oliver O’Reilly (ME)
Committee Co-Chair: Prof. Jeff Lotz (UCSF)
Members: Prof. Tony Keaveny (ME) – Prof. Sherman R. Lehman (INTEG BIOL)
Picture a world that gives life to the largest creatures that ever existed. A place where dinosaurs stand taller than you ever expected, move their bodies, and make sounds that thunder through your bones. The Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibition features amazingly real animatronic dinos, a hands-on fossil dig site, full-size skeletons, and interactive multimedia stations. Younger visitors can enjoy the Young Explorers Experience, featuring activities designed for visitors ages 2–7 years.
The exhibition invites the viewer to embrace the rich and diverse history of the state through The Bancroft Library’s unique and rare holdings and makes manifest the many stories that interweave the broader history of what is today collectively known as California. Selected from Bancroft’s voluminous collections, the original manuscripts, drawings, paintings, photographs, rare publications and prints highlight the often contradictory and competing claims to history from the points of view of the original peoples and the national interests that set in motion California’s coming of age.
Image: Detail from Wagon Trains Arriving at Western Outpost
, Advertisement for The Old Reliable Schuttler Wagon, Peter Schuttler, Chicago, ca. 1850s Lithograph, color. BANC PIC 1963.002:1418