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Thursday, 24 April 2014

1. 'Acis and Galatea': Mark Morris' opera premieres in Berkeley
San Francisco Chronicle

The world premiere on Friday of Mark Morris' setting of Handel's "Acis and Galatea" will mark the 200th appearance of the Mark Morris Dance Group on the Berkeley campus. The Cal Performances event is a co-commission with the choreographer, and it reunites a variety of Morris collaborators, including Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, set designer Adrianne Lobel, and costume designer Isaac Mizrahi. The cast includes the rising America baritone Douglas Williams as the evil giant, Polyphemus. "It will be fabulous," Morris says. For more information, visit: www.calperformances.org. Another story on this topic appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle Online. Full Story

2. University of California system will open admissions cycle 2 months early
San Francisco Business Times (*requires registration)

The UC system will make applications available to prospective students two months earlier than usual this fall. Students still won't be able to submit their applications until Nov. 1, but the change will give them more time to prepare. The number of applications the system receives has surged nearly 18 percent since 2012, and Berkeley's acceptance rate fell below 20 percent for the first time this year. Full Story

3. SFGate Blog: Nancy Pelosi, Bill Gates headline commencement speakers in Bay Area universities
San Francisco Chronicle Online

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will be the keynote commencement speaker at Berkeley this year. Full Story

4. Subir Chowdhury Puts Bangladesh Studies on U.C.'s Map
India West

The Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies has been established at UC Berkeley through a $1 million donation from the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation. The center is the first of its kind in the U.S., and its mission is to promote study of the country's culture and history through research and scholarships, while building ties between institutions in Bangladesh and the U.S. Sanchita Saxena, executive director of the Center for South Asia Studies, will direct the center. Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, a scholar of Indian ethno-history, says that the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center “underscores U.C.-Berkeley’s commitment to provide our faculty and students with expanded options for engagement with global issues. ... We have a great deal of expertise to share, and much to learn from others as we confront challenges that know no national border.” Full Story

5. How, after 60 years, Brown v. Board of Education succeeded — and didn’t
Washington Post

As the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education approaches, Richard Rothstein, a senior fellow at Berkeley's Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, writes about the successes and failures of the historic ruling. While acknowledging that the ruling "helped fuel a wave of freedom rides, sit-ins, voter registration efforts, and other actions leading ultimately to civil rights legislation in the late 1950s and 1960s," he says it was "unsuccessful in its purported mission—to undo the school segregation that persists as a central feature of American public education today." Full Story

6. UC’s experience with an affirmative action ban
Washington Post

Following Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling upholding a Michigan law banning affirmative action in public programs, including university admissions, the UC system's experience with a similar California ban is discussed. Full Story

7. Columbia Law School Taps Berkeley Professor as Next Dean
Wall Street Journal (*requires registration)

Law professor Gillian Lester has been named dean of the Columbia Law School. Professor Lester is an authority on employment law and policy, and has been Berkeley Law's acting dean since last year. Another story on this topic appeared in the San Jose Mercury News. Full Story

8. Austrian architect Hans Hollein dies at 80
Washington Post

Alum Hans Hollein, an Austrian architect and designer who won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, has died at the age of 80. Hollein earned his master of architecture degree from Berkeley in 1960, and his buildings included Frankfurt's Museum of Modern Art and Tehran's glass and ceramics museum. Full Story

9. Exploratorium, Oakland senior housing win S.F. design awards
San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced its annual honor awards Wednesday, and Berkeley's Environmental Design Archives was recognized with a special achievement award. Full Story

10. In China, Art to Gogh
Wall Street Journal (*requires registration)

Assistant rhetoric professor Winnie Wong's new book, Van Gogh on Demand, tells the story of a Chinese community of rural migrant workers who each year produce more than 100,000 paintings, many of them reproductions of works by famous artists. "This kind of [replication] is part of a long history of art that goes back to the Renaissance," she says. "Most of the workers don't have a formal arts education, but my book argues that we should understand them pretty much as we understand all artists, no matter where they're based, or what context or market they're working for." Full Story

11. Uber launches in Beijing, its 100th city in four years
San Francisco Business Times (*requires registration)

Alum Austin Geidt is profiled for her work with San Francisco startup Uber Technologies, a mobile-phone town car service, which is opening an office in Beijing, its 100th city in four years. Full Story

12. Michael Pollan helps kick off World Book Night
San Francisco Chronicle

Wednesday night was World Book Night, a celebration begun in Britain in 2011 that is dedicated to "spreading the love of reading, person to person.” In Berkeley, at Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts bookstore, journalism professor Michael Pollan spoke to a standing-room-only crowd. "Reading is in trouble,” he said. “It’s such an important culture. It needs to be encouraged.” Copies of his book The Botany of Desire is one of 38 titles that were going to be distributed nationwide, royalty-free. Full Story

13. Berkeley community briefs: Holocaust remebrance event; new downtown dance series; programs at South Branch
Contra Costa Times (*requires registration)

The Berkeley community's 12th annual Holocaust Remembrance Day observance will begin at noon on April 27 at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art. The theme is "Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses." Full Story

14. 3 Bay Area visual arts events to check out, April 24-27
San Francisco Chronicle

As part of an exhibition called "The Possible," multimedia artist Jay Critchley will mark the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement with an "experimental musical" envisioning an encounter between Mario Savio and NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. The event is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Berkeley's Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. For more information, visit: www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. Full Story

15. San Francisco International Film Festival
San Jose Mercury News (*requires registration)

The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival opens at San Francisco's Castro theatre today, with the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive the exclusive East Bay venue. The thirty-four films to be shown in Berkeley include full-length features, documentaries and shorts from around the world. For a complete listing and synopsis of the BAM/PFA films, visit: http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/sfiff_2014. Full Story

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