Traje de la Vida: Maya Textiles of Guatemala is a new exhibition by the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley that explores weaving and artistry in Guatemala. Come explore the astonishing and beautiful styles of native dress in Guatemala, and the stories behind the Highland Mayan who wear them through hand woven huipils and dance and ceremonial costumes.
Opening to the public on September 25, 2008, the spectacular works in this exhibit offer visitors a unique look into Maya culture through textiles collected over a hundred year period. Film footage by videographer Kathleen Mossman Vitale of Endangered Threads Documentaries is featured in the exhibition as well as photography by renowned documentarian, Jeffery Foxx.
Through this exhibition, we hope to offer visitors a unique look into Maya culture, both traditional and contemporary. Rich colors and textures fill the galleries as visitors are treated to a visual cornucopia. Engaging hands-on activities for all ages and are interspersed throughout the exhibition. Learn to weave on a loom, or try on a colorful huipil and pantalones.
The Robbins Collection at Berkeley Law is currently presenting an exhibition of rare books on the Roman-Dutch legal tradition, including selections from the recent gift of books from Mrs. Elizabeth J. S. Scholtens Dalhuisen in honor of her father, Professor J. E. Scholtens. The development of the Roman-Dutch legal tradition was an important stepping stone in the early modern evolution of Western civil law systems from medieval Roman law scholarship. Influenced by French Humanism and the post-Reformation political and cultural transformation of Europe, Roman-Dutch law became foundational not only to modern legal practice in the Netherlands and its neighbors but, through Dutch colonial influence, to other continents as well. The current exhibit highlights fundamental works in Roman law, Dutch customary law and works from the great age of Dutch jurists such as Grotius, Voet, and Van Leeuwen, as well as volumes that highlight the diffusion of the Roman-Dutch tradition to South Africa and Sri Lanka during the colonial period and after.
The exhibit is on display from 19 January - 15 March 2009 in the Law Library lobby, located in Boalt Hall. For more information about the Robbins Collection, please visit our website at: www.law.berkeley.edu/robbins.
Make it snow as part of this new exhibit, a hands-on exploration of “H2O from A to Z.” Visitors can create snow, rainbows, and clouds, as well as operate a model municipal water system and use hydraulics to lift 500 pounds. State-of-the-art multimedia presentations in the Water Theater highlight Earth’s water sources, the life cycle of water, and conservation.
Does your water footprint make a splash? These cylinders fill with the matching volume of water as you answer fifteen questions on your water usage in WaterWorks: Soak Up the Science.
Also at LHS is Animal Grossology
Adapted from the best-selling children’s series Grossology written by LHS alumna Sylvia Branzei, Animal Grossology brings to life all the gritty and gross facts on some of nature’s most "disgusting" critters.
This exhibition reveals the history of Greenwood Common, an enclave of eight distinct modernist houses, developed between 1951 and 1957 in the Berkeley hills by architect William W. Wurster. The development featured his idealistic sense of community coupled with a modernist aesthetic and an awareness of regional traditions. The purchasers of the lots, working with established architects and landscape architects, created homes showcasing a uniquely Californian lifestyle that reflected the mild climate, the distinctive geography, and the local environment. This small cluster of residences surrounding a shared open space combined a sense of the suburbs with the intimacy of a small town. As a result Greenwood Common has become an icon of regional mid-century modernism and continues to thrive as a well-maintained and comfortable community site—all as it was originally intended.
Presented in conjunction with the publication Living Modern: A Biography of Greenwood Common, by Waverly Lowell. A Berkeley | Design | Book, published by William Stout Publishers, available spring 2009.
In 2009 the campus celebrates the American Cultures Center’s 20 years of curricular innovation and commitment to undergraduate education. As the only campus-wide undergraduate breadth requirement, the American Cultures curriculum is unique in touching every single Berkeley student, assuming the position of a signature Berkeley experience.
This exhibit, “American Cultures: From Concept to Classroom,” highlights four courses that explore the intersection of race and ethnicity with biology, engineering, poetry and education, as well as the American Cultures Center’s current initiatives in the areas of service learning, pedagogical innovation, and groundbreaking scholarship.
Some of the pioneering faculty and instructors featured in the exhibit will speak, along with Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, at the April 16 special event
at the Free Speech Movement Café.
Prospective JGGB students will be visiting campus and the Bay Area and interview with faculty.
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This exhibit showcases a 2008 winner of the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research
, an honors thesis prepared by My Chau under the direction of Joanna Williams, Professor, History of Art.
My Chau argues that patola textile has an international appeal across India and Indonesia. She highlights two distinctive textiles: Patola in Gujarat, India and geringsing in Bali, Indonesia from the perspective of "religious, economic and social systems." Her thesis further explores the preservation and the sacred and elite status of patola in various kinds of powder, temple, and palace paintings in Kerala, India.
My Chau’s research was conducted through a visual analysis of a geringsing textile in the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris during her study abroad program in fall 2006 and the Gujarati patola textile in the Phoebe Hearst Museum as well as 48 illustrations cited in her thesis. To enrich her primary sources research, she followed up with scholars for more research inquiries in addition to checking out UCB library resources and requesting interlibrary loan items.
The annual Library Prize attracts the very best undergraduate papers from courses taught in departments across the campus. It recognizes excellence in undergraduate research projects that show evidence of significant inquiry using the library, its resources, and collections, and learning about the research and information-gathering process itself.
Textile image: "Bali Style" Patolu. Gujarat, India for the Indonesian Market. Silk; double ikat. 18th/19th century. Collection of Thomas Murray, Mill Valley, CA.
The genus Grimmia is the most diverse and abundant group of moss to inhabit the higher and dryer parts of western North America. Given California's diversity of such habitats, it is not surprising that the state has the highest species richness and the most endemic species of Grimmia anywhere in the world! Grimmia form an important component of the saxicolous bryoflora and their prevalence makes them difficult to ignore. However, Grimmia species have the reputation of being notoriously difficult to recognize. This is due, in part, to the use of microscopic features to identify species, and also because most species are distinguished by a suite of intergrading, relative characters. This makes dichotomous keys inappropriate tools for identifying species.
This workshop will introduce a series of tables that can be used to identify species. When the genus is broken into four easily recognized subgenera, identification can be rapidly and reliably accomplished by comparing a diversity of characters with the tables. Through lectures and hands-on experience participants will learn the key characters of Grimmia that are critical to using the tables and dissecting techniques that will maximize the probability of correct identification.
The Townsend Center is pleased to have Ala Ebtekar’s striking diptych, “A Breath of Air” on display for the 2009 spring semester. Born in the United States to Iranian parents, Ebtekar was raised in both Iran and the U.S. As a young teenager he joined the K.O.S. (Kids of Survival), working with artist Tim Rollins on collaborative artworks involving groups of urban youth. He received his BA from the San Francisco Art Institute and in 2006 his MFA degree at Stanford. Ebtekar was a 2005 recipient of the San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy & Cadogan Fellowships in the Arts Award. His work is exhibited internationally and was recently featured in two prestigious exhibitions: “One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now,” a touring exhibition originating at the Asia Society, NYC, and the 2006 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. In 2007, Ebtekar’s work was featured in a solo exhibition at Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco and in “Under the Indigo Dome” at The Third Line in Dubai. In 2008, he was featured in Bay Area Now 5, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. He is a visiting lecturer at UC Berkeley and Stanford University.
Recital. Gifted with “a light and outrageously beautiful” voice (The New York Times), soprano Nicole Cabell makes her Cal Performances’ debut at Hertz Hall. Program TBA.
This exhibit provides an unscientific look at pickleweed through the seasons with emphasis on the fall and winter.
This Monday morning events facilitate departmental mingling and networking, are a welcome break and provide an opportunity to converse with the entire graduate community in the Department of Integrative Biology. (We do not hold this event during holidays.)
How did Mark Twain spend his time when the “bread-and-butter element” was put aside and he was free to relax and amuse himself? His leisure pursuits, from amateur theatricals to yachting—and how his “play” influenced his “work”—are the subject of “Mark Twain at Play,” an exhibition that brings together manuscripts and documents, notebooks, albums, vintage photographs, and other rare artifacts from the Mark Twain Papers archive of The Bancroft Library.
The exhibition, which will be the first in the spacious new Bancroft Gallery, was curated by the editors of the Mark Twain Project and has been generously supported by a gift from Colleen and Robert Haas.
From February 6 to April 17, Gallery Talks (30 minutes) will be given each Friday at noon by Mark Twain Project staff.
This exhibition will also be open on Cal Day, Saturday April 18.
All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to support UC Berkeley Blood Drives by donating, volunteering, encouraging others to donate, spreading the word or sponsoring a drive.
UC Berkeley Blood Drives are sponsored by the American Red Cross (ARC) and UC San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center together and held on the first Monday of most months of the year. These drives provide much needed blood to hospitals throughout the Bay Area. Appointments to donate are encouraged and walk-ins are always welcome. To schedule an appointment, please register and sign-up at beadonor.com, the American Red Cross website. (http://www.beadonor.com/index.cfm?Group=Registration). You will need to specify the sponsor code "UCB".
Discussion of proposed changes to California Asylum Representation Clinic amongst participants, East Bay Sanctuary, and administration.
Trivia bowl for the law school community. Teams must register ahead of time.
Our nearby neighbor, the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC)
provides us the opportunity to study in great detail the life cycle
of interstellar dust in an environment very different from that of
the Milky Way. With a metallicity of ~1/10 solar and a dust-to-gas
ratio ~10-20 times less than in the Galaxy, the ISM of the SMC is
more akin to that in primordial galaxies. A variety of programs with
the Spitzer Space Telescope have focused on understanding dust in the
SMC. I will present results from one of these: the Spitzer
Spectroscopic Survey of the SMC (S4MC), which used the InfraRed
Spectrograph to make fully-sampled spectral maps from 5-38 microns of
six star- forming regions. In particular, I will discuss what we
have learned about dust production in core-collapse supernovae and
the life-cycle of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the low-