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Lectures and panel discussions Back to top

The struggle for Nigeria's oil: Panel discussion with J. Timothy Hunt, author of "The Politics of Bones: Dr. Owens Wiwa and the Struggle for Nigeria's Oil"; Michael Watts, UC Berkeley geography professor; and Anna Zalik, Ciriacy Wanthrup Postdoctoral Fellow in geography. Tuesday, September 5, 4 p.m., 150 University Hall

Pamela Z

Celebrated San Francisco-based composer/performer and audio artist Pamela Z will talk about "Making Faces: Theatrical Materiality and Technological Embodiment" for the Art, Technology & Culture Colloquium series. Monday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m., 160 Kroeber Hall

Foerster Lecture: Distinguished philosopher and law professor Martha Nussbaum will lecture on "Equal Liberty of Conscience: Roger Williams and the Roots of a Constitutional Tradition." Wednesday, September 13, 4:10 p.m., Chevron Auditorium, International House | More

Duf Sundheim, Chairman of the California Republican Party, will discuss "Why the 2006 Election Will Determine if the Recall was a Turning Point or an Aberration." Wednesday, Sept. 13, 12 p.m., 119 Moses Hall

Ricardo Lagos

Ricardo Lagos, until March the president of Chile, will lecture on "Challenges for Latin America," followed by a brief question and answer session, as part of his one-month stay at UC Berkeley. Monday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m., Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center | Ticket info

James Fallows, the Atlantic Monthly's national correspondent and former teaching fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism, will discuss his new book, "Blind into Baghdad." Friday, Oct. 6, 12:30 p.m. North Gate Library

Hitchcock Lectures: P. James E. Peebles, Albert Einstein Professor of Science Emeritus at Princeton University and one of the world's foremost cosmologists, will lecture on "What Is Our Universe Like in the Large, and How Did It Get that Way?: Exploring the Large-Scale Nature of the Universe" Tuesday, Oct. 10, 4:10 p.m., Chevron Auditorium, International House and "Triumphs and Challenges for Modern Cosmology," Wednesday, Oct. 11, same time and place | More info

Ian Lustick, political science professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss 'Rights' of Return for Palestinians and Jews: Lessons for the Negotiation of Usable Truth" in this lecture for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Thursday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m., 340 Stephens Hall

In Reflections on Intersocietal Links between Iraq and Iran, Houchang Chehabi, international relations professor at Boston University, will argue that the age-old hostility between Iraq and Iran derives not from the "Arab" character of the former and the "Persian" character of the latter - and that in fact Iraqi and Iranian cultures are very similar. Thursday, Oct. 26, 5 p.m., Sultan Room, 340 Stephens Hall

Rudolf Frieling, media arts curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will give a talk titled "Stop Making Sense: Contextualizing Media Art" for the Art, Technology & Culture Colloquium series. Monday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., 160 Kroeber Hall

MusicBack to top

Enjoy an evening devoted to the work innovative composer and saxophonist John Zorn, the subject of one of Cal Performances' Composer Portraits, each of which focuses on the works of a single composer as performed by soloists and ensembles of international standing. Sunday, Nov. 12, 3 p.m., Hertz Hall | Tickets

Wynton Marsalis (Keith Major)

Wynton Marsalis, the preeminent jazz musician of his generation and now a tireless advocate for the revival of New Orleans, comes to Cal Performances with his quintet. Wednesday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall | Tickets

The University Chorus, directed by Marika Kuzma, will perform Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah," with a guest orchestra, soloists, and narrator. Friday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m., Hertz Hall | Ticket info

Vocalize your holiday spirit with the Young Musicians Program as they present Sing-Along Messiah, a participatory version of Handel's holiday classic, featuring David Milnes conducting the University Symphony Orchestra and guest soloists. This is a fundraising event for YMP, an honors outreach program serving talented low-income youth, ages 8-18. Friday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Hertz Hall | Ticket info

FilmBack to top

The Pacific Film Archive is taking part in the traveling film series Road to Damascus, a retrospective of Syrian cinema from the 1970s to the present that will give audiences a glimpse into the culture of this ancient, vibrant, contradictory country. Thursday, Sept. 7-Oct. 12, times vary, Pacific Film Archive | Schedule

Documentary filmmaker Ali Kazimi, the Pacific Film Archive's artist in residence this semester, will appear in person for a screening of Runaway Grooms, about Indo-Canadian men returning to India for arranged marriages, only to disappear with their brides’ dowries. Friday, September 15, 7:30 p.m., PFA Theater | More info

David Francis, the former head of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress, is in residence at PFA in September. In the second of two talks, he will show vintage magic lantern slides — projected glass-plate images that were a precursor to cinema — and team with Joss Marsh to demonstrate how the concerns and interests of the era influenced the images seen on the lantern screen. Saturday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m., Pacific Film Archive

'China Blue'

Shot clandestinely, China Blue paints a nuanced and moving portrait of the daily lives of the anonymous young workers who make American clothes. Thursday, October 5, 7 p.m., 145 Dwinelle Hall

In his 2004 documentary, Saddam's Mass Graves, Jano Rosbiani interviews family members, human rights workers, and politicians about the Anfal Campaign, the Kurdish and Iraqi Marsh-Arab genocide masterminded by Saddam Hussein in 1988. Monday, Oct. 9, 5 p.m., 340 Stephens Hall | More info

Favela Rising shows how a former drug trafficker in one of Rio de Janeiro’s most violent slums transforms his community. Monday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. Pacific Film Archive

In De Nadie, Tin Dirdamal's handheld camera follows several Central American migrants a they make the perilous 2,500-mile journey through Mexico to the United States. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m., 160 Kroeber Hall

The Journey of Vaan Nguyen: The story of Israel's Vietnamese refugee community. A discussion with filmmaker Duki Dror will follow the screening. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., 145 Dwinelle Hall

Performing ArtsBack to top

UC Berkeley's annual faculty reading: An evening of poetry by Robert Hass, Lyn Hejinian, Geoffrey O’Brien, John Shoptaw, and 2006 Holloway Poet Lisa Robertson. Thursday, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m., 315 Wheeler Hall

'Waiting for Godot'

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Taiwan's leading contemporary dance company, will perform "Wild Cursive" (the final chapter of "Cursive: A Trilogy"). Friday & Saturday, Oct. 20-21, 8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall | Tickets

Celebrating the centenary of Samuel Beckett's birth, Ireland's esteemed Gate Theatre returns with encore performances of that great 20th-century drama Waiting for Godot for Cal Performances. Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 1-5, times vary, Roda Theatre (2025 Addison St.) | Schedule and tickets

Poets Michael McClure, Diane DiPrima, and David Meltzer join UC Berkeley English professor and poet Ron Loewinsohn to read their work in conjunction with the Berkeley Art Museum exhibit "Semina Culture" (see below). Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m., Berkeley Art Museum Theater

The Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company will demonstrate one of the world's richest music and dance traditions, fusing the diverse indigenous, Chinese, Spanish, and Islamic influences that have formed Filipino culture. Saturday, Sept. 23, 2 & 8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall | Tickets

Born in Brooklyn to an Iraqi father and a Syrian mother, poet and now Bay Area resident Jack Marshall explores the cultures and cities that shaped his artistic awakening. He will read for the popular Lunch Poems series. Monday, Dec. 7, 12:10 p.m., Morrison Library in Doe Library

ExhibitsBack to top

'Grossology' at Lawrence Hall of Science  

Why do we sneeze, vomit, belch, and even stink? Find out at Grossology: The Impolite Science of the Human Body, which includes a 10-foot nose, an esophageal slide, and a skin climbing wall. Saturday, Sept. 30-Jan. 7, Lawrence Hall of Science | More info

Within a few days of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Museum of the City of New York engaged photographer Joel Meyerowitz to capture the destruction and recovery of the neighborhood. After September 11: Images from Ground Zero will go on display at the Graduate School of Journalism accompanied by a reception. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5 p.m., check Journalism School's website for details

The new Berkeley Art Museum exhibition Semina Culture revolves around Wallace Berman — artist, poet, and catalyst for a group of mid-20th-century artists, performers, and poets commonly referred to as Beat. Oct. 18-Dec. 10, Berkeley Art Museum | More info

Conferences and colloquiaBack to top

Several Berkeley faculty are holding a teach-in titled Questioning the 'New Middle East': War and Resistance in Lebanon. Speakers include Judith Butler, Rhetoric and Comparative Literature; Beshara Doumani, History; Charles Hirschkind, Anthropology; and Saba Mahmood, Anthropology. Thursday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m., 145 Dwinelle Hall

The New Properties of Plants: Problems and Directions in Plant Intellectual Property and Innovation will examine the implications of the new plant development and agricultural biotechnology regimes for global justice, the production of food and drugs, and environmental sustainability. The keynote speakers are Jack Kloppenburg, professor of rural sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of "First the Seed"; and Madhavi Sunder, professor of law at UC Davis. Please RSVP to Geralyn Unterberg, geralyn@nature.berkeley.edu, 510-642-6707.
Friday, Oct. 27, 4-6 p.m., Chevron Auditorium, International House

>play, the annual digital media conference at UC Berkeley, brings together creative professionals, industry leaders, and students to discuss the emergence and implications of the digital lifestyle. Details will be forthcoming at the event website. Saturday, Nov. 18, Haas School of Business

Photo credits for images at top: Yoko Ono (Simon & Schuster), Savion Glover (Len Irish), George Soros (Bart Nagel)