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JANUARY:

Exhibition: Commemorating the Free Speech Movement 50th Anniversary
Through May 29, The Bancroft Corridor, UC Berkeley

Exhibition: Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals
Through June 26, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Exhibition: The Jewish World: A Book Installation
Through June 26 The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Exhibition: The Secret Language of Flowers: Botanical Drawings From Israel, 1949–1950
January 27 - June 26, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Exhibition: The Future of Memory: Jewish Culture in the Digital Age
January 27 - December 18, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

FEBRUARY:

Exhibition: Popup Exhibition Series
February 4, 11, 18, 25, The Magnes Auditorium, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Exhibition: Berkeley's Ivory Tower: The Campanile At 100
February 16 – November 2, The Bancroft Library Rowell Cases, UC Berkeley

Event: The Future of Memory: Exhibition Opening and Launch Of Digital Humanities at Berkeley
February 18, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Roundtable: The Campanile at 100: Researching What We Thought We Knew
February 19, Faculty Club, UC Berkeley

Event: The Nile Project: Calperformances Symposium, Food Tasting, and Community Music Event
February 20, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

MARCH:

Exhibition: Popup Exhibition Series
March 4, 11, 18, The Magnes Auditorium, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Event: Modern Food Rituals: From the Communal Table to the Global Tasting Room
March 9, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Event: Oral History Center Spring Workshop
March 13-14, TBA

Roundtable: "Counter-Institutions are the Answer, Man!" Multi-Ethnic Publishing in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s
March 19, Faculty Club, UC Berkeley

Event: Jewish Songlines: Judeo-Spanish and Yiddish Music and Dance With Esti Kenan-Ofri (Israel) and Michael Alpert (United States)
March 19, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

APRIL:

Exhibition: Popup Exhibition Series
April 1, 15, 22, 29, The Magnes Auditorium, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Event: Darius Milhaud: The Berkeley Years
April 2, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Roundtable: Highlights and Shadows: Books on Photography from the Reva and David Logan Collection
April 16, Faculty Club, UC Berkeley

Event: CAL Day
April 18-19, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Event: Fifteenth Annual CTP Distinguished Lecturer: Private Letters on Papyrus and Graeco-Roman Epistolography
April 21, Morrison Library (inside the Doe Library), UC Berkeley

Event: Botanical Zionism at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
April 29, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

MAY:

Exhibition: Popup Exhibition Series
May 6, The Magnes Auditorium, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Opening Reception: Highlights from the Reva and David Logan Collection of Books on Photography
May 6, The Bancroft Library Gallery, UC Berkeley

Exhibition: Highlights from the Reva and David Logan Collection of Books on Photography
May 7 - September 4, The Bancroft Library Gallery, UC Berkeley

Roundtable: "The World's Best Working Climate": Modeling Industrial Suburbs on the Edge of San Francisco Bay
May 21, Faculty Club, UC Berkeley


Detailed List of Events

Exhibition: Commemorating the Free Speech Movement 50th Anniversary

Through May 29th
The Bancroft Library Corridor, UC Berkeley

The exhibition revisits this pivotal student activist movement through photographs, letters, publications, handbills, and other materials housed in the University Archives and Bancroft manuscript collections.

Exhibit is open Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm.


Exhibition: Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals

Through June 26th
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

For thousands of years, food rituals have been essential to constructing and maintaining Jewish identities throughout the diaspora, but the significance of these rituals might be more pervasive than we think. This exhibit explores the broader linkages between food, ritual, identity, and activism that inform Jewish life.

The Magnes galleries are free and open to the public, Tuesday – Friday, 11am–4pm. Noontime exhibition tours will be held on the first Thursday of every month, February – May.


Exhibition: The Jewish World: A Book Installation

Through June 26th
Auditorium, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

The Jewish World: 100 Treasures of Art and Culture, which is being published by Skirà-Rizzoli in the Fall of 2014, is the first comprehensive catalog featuring the holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. With art and material culture hailing from India, Spain, Yemen, Germany, Tunisia, Turkey, Morocco, China, Russia, the United States, and other regions where Jews once lived or continue to live, The Jewish World gives insights into the richness and variety of Jewish cultures.

Select pages from this lavishly illustrated volume populate an installation in the Auditorium of The Magnes.

The Magnes galleries are free and open to the public, Tuesday – Friday, 11am–4pm.


Exhibition: The Secret Language of Flowers: Botanical Drawings From Israel, 1949–1950

January 27th - June 26th
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

The botanical drawings of Ukrainian-born artist Shmuel Lerner provide a unique window into the landscape, history, and languages of Israel in the period immediately following its establishment as a state. The 26 drawings from 1949-50 include the author's annotations about plants, places, and language.

The Magnes galleries are free and open to the public, Tuesday – Friday, 11am–4pm.


Exhibition: The Future of Memory: Jewish Culture in the Digital Age

January 27th - December 18th
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

In this innovative project an installation, a museum exhibition, and a digital research lab are combined to allow researchers of all kinds to discuss memory, digital history, and the use of the Internet to enhance the understanding of Jewish cultural heritage.

The Magnes galleries are free and open to the public, Tuesday – Friday, 11am–4pm.


Exhibition: Popup Exhibition Series

February 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
The Magnes Auditorium, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Each week a notable guest presents a brief lecture on a treasure selected from The Magnes Collection in a "flash" exhibition. Bring your lunch or enjoy complimentary refreshments as you join this exciting learning program. Free and open to the public. Presentation begins promptly at 12:15 pm.


Exhibition: Berkeley's Ivory Tower: The Campanile At 100

February 16 - November 2
The Bancroft Library Rowell Cases, UC Berkeley

Sather Tower, also known as "The Campanile," looms large both as a physical structure and as the most widely recognized symbol of the Berkeley campus. This exhibition celebrates the centennial of the landmark through holdings from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library's manuscript and pictorial collections.

Exhibit is open during the operating hours of The Doe Library


Event: The Future of Memory: Exhibition Opening and Launch Of Digital Humanities at Berkeley

February 18th
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
5:00 - 8:00 PM

Digital Humanities at Berkeley is a partnership between the Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities and Research IT, supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.


Roundtable: The Campanile at 100: Researching What We Thought We Knew

February 19th
Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
12:00 PM

Led by Steven Finacom, a career Berkeley campus staffer, primarily in physical planning but also in Undergraduate Affairs and community relations

The focus of Mr. Finacom's talk will be a work in progress on the history of iconic Sather Tower, Berkeley's Campanile. The tower was largely completed in 1915, and 2015 will see a months-long centennial celebration. When Finacom and others began researching the history of the Campanile more than a year ago, it quickly became clear that many of the facts "everyone knows" about the tower are not necessarily true, or have ambiguous and complicated origins. How tall is the tower, really? Was the design really based on the Campanile San Marco in Venice? Did a BMOC (big man on campus) once catch a football dropped from the observation deck? The collections of the Bancroft and the UC Berkeley Newspapers and Microforms Library have proved invaluable in this continuing process of sleuthing out the actual, and intriguing, history of the Berkeley campus centerpiece.

The Roundtable presentation is free and open to the public.


Event: The Nile Project: Calperformances Symposium, Food Tasting, and Community Music Event

February 20th
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
2:00 - 10:00 PM

Join CalPerformances at The Magnes for a symposium, food tasting, and community music event following the performance of The Nile Project (Thursday, February 19, Zellerbach Hall). More than a dozen performers from Sudan, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Uganda have collaborated in using music to raise awareness of the cultural and environmental challenges along the world's longest river.


Exhibition: Popup Exhibition Series

March 4th, 11th, 18th
The Magnes Auditorium, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Each week a notable guest presents a brief lecture on a treasure selected from The Magnes Collection in a "flash" exhibition. Bring your lunch or enjoy complimentary refreshments as you join this exciting learning program. Free and open to the public. Presentation begins promptly at 12:15 pm.


Event: Modern Food Rituals: From the Communal Table to the Global Tasting Room

March 9th
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Inspired by the exhibition, Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals, UC Berkeley scholars and Bay Area authors, artists, and food activists join in a roundtable discussion of religious and secular food rituals; increasing public interest in ecology, food security, and social justice; and the role of museums and galleries in facilitating collaboration between academic research and social engagement.

Presented in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the Council of American Jewish Museums.


Event: Oral History Center Spring Workshop

March 13th-14th
TBA

The Oral History Center is launching a new two-day Spring Workshop designed for the person interested in learning the practice of oral history from the ground up. Our experienced oral historians will focus on the basics — interviewing, project planning, interviewing techniques, transcription, recording equipment, and preservation. Though space is limited, everyone is welcome to attend the workshop, which will be held on the UC Berkeley campus. The cost is $225 and includes a take-home oral history manual. To register see: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO/education/workshop.html. For more information, contact Martin Meeker at mmeeker@library.berkeley.edu.


Roundtable: "Counter-Institutions are the Answer, Man!" Multi-Ethnic Publishing in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s

March 19th
Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
12:00 PM

Led by Simon Abramowitsch, Bancroft Library Study Award recipient and doctoral candidate in English, UC Davis

In the 1970s, independent publishing in the San Francisco Bay Area was central to the development of multi-ethnic American literature. Multi-ethnic literary venues in the Bay Area not only presented work by and for single-ethnic groups, but they also argued for a properly multi-cultural American literature. This talk will discuss the history of this Bay Area literary activity by looking at some of its key figures and publishing efforts during the 1970s.

The Roundtable presentation is free and open to the public.


Event: Jewish Songlines: Judeo-Spanish and Yiddish Music and Dance With Esti Kenan-Ofri (Israel) and Michael Alpert (United States)

March 19th
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
7:00 - 9:00 PM

A unique encounter between two world-class interpreters of Jewish musical traditions from Eastern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Esti Kenan-Ofri is a composer and a performer of Sephardic and Arabic music and dance, and a vocalist sought after by some of the leading contemporary composers of new music, including Luciano Berio. Currently a Schusterman Visiting Artist at UCLA, she teaches in the Department of Music at Bar Ilan University. Michael Alpert, a leader in the world Jewish music scene, has been instrumental in the revival of Yiddish song and the rise of Klezmer music since the 1970s. He has taught and lectured at universities around the world and has performed with Kapelye, David Krakauer, and Brave Old World.


Exhibition: Popup Exhibition Series

April 1st, 15th, 22nd, 29th
The Magnes Auditorium, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Each week a notable guest presents a brief lecture on a treasure selected from The Magnes Collection in a "flash" exhibition. Bring your lunch or enjoy complimentary refreshments as you join this exciting learning program. Free and open to the public. Presentation begins promptly at 12:15 pm.


Event: Darius Milhaud: The Berkeley Years

April 2nd
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
7:00 - 8:30 PM

A very special musical event featuring the 14th and 15th String Quartets of Darius Milhaud, one of many artists and intellectuals who came to the East Bay seeking refuge from European fascism. Co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Department of History. Performed by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and students in the UC Berkeley Department of Music.


Roundtable: Highlights and Shadows: Books on Photography from the Reva and David Logan Collection

April 16th
Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
12:00 PM

Led by Christine Hult-Lewis, Reva and David Logan Curatorial Assistant at The Bancroft Library

In late 2013, The Bancroft Library acquired a magnificent trove of books and journals on photography, from the collection of Chicago-based philanthropists Reva and David Logan. A collection that began in the 1960s with the acquisition of Alfred Stieglitz's seminal photography journal Camera Work (1903-1917) soon blossomed into a major holding of approximately 2,000 titles. Christine Hult-Lewis will discuss the iconic "highlights" from the history of photography, from significant early books by 19th-century photographers Eadweard Muybridge, Thomas Annan, and P. H. Emerson to more familiar classics by Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, and scores of others. The "shadows" in the collection — those titles that are more obscure — include rarities and hidden gems that not only help expand our knowledge of the careers of certain photographers but also illuminate the myriad ways photographs have permeated the cultural landscape.

The Roundtable presentation is free and open to the public.


Event: CAL Day

April 18th-19th
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Staff- and student-led exhibition and collection tours on the occasion of UC Berkeley's CalDay


Event: Fifteenth Annual CTP Distinguished Lecturer: Private Letters on Papyrus and Graeco-Roman Epistolography

April 21st
Morrison Library (inside the Doe Library), UC Berkeley
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Led by Professor Bernhard Palme, University of Vienna, Austrian National Library

The Fifteenth Annual Center for the Tebtunis Papyri Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Professor Bernhard Palme, will illuminate the corpus of private letters preserved on papyrus and discuss how these fascinating documents of everyday life fit into a broader analysis of letter-writing in the ancient world.


Event: Botanical Zionism at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

April 29th
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
4:30 - 6:00 PM

This public program, focused on the exhibition, The Secret Language of Flowers, celebrates the end of the Spring Semester. Presented in collaboration with the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, the Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies, and the UC Botanical Garden, it will include lectures and a reception.


Exhibition: Popup Exhibition Series

May 6th
The Magnes Auditorium, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Each week a notable guest presents a brief lecture on a treasure selected from The Magnes Collection in a "flash" exhibition. Bring your lunch or enjoy complimentary refreshments as you join this exciting learning program. Free and open to the public. Presentation begins promptly at 12:15 pm.


Opening Reception: Highlights from the Reva and David Logan Collection of Books on Photography

May 6th
The Bancroft Library Gallery, UC Berkeley
5:00 - 7:30 PM

All are welcome to attend.


Exhibition: Highlights from the Reva and David Logan Collection of Books on Photography

May 7th - September 4th
The Bancroft Library Gallery, UC Berkeley

The gift from the Logan Foundation includes more than 2,000 titles comprising some of the most sought-after and historically significant books by American and European masters of photography. Among the highlights of the exhibition are examples from a complete set of Alfred Stieglitz's Camera Work, the most important American art and photography journal of the early 20th century. Also on display are highly prized first editions of books by such photographers as Paul Strand, Man Ray, Robert Frank, Edward Steichen, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke White, Cecil Beaton, Henri Cartier Bresson, and Brassai. The exhibition also features photographs from The Bancroft Library Pictorial Collection intended to complement the Logan books on photography and place them within the context of Bancroft's photography holdings. The Logan gift brings Berkeley's scholarly resources for the study of photojournalism, press photography, and documentary photography to the national forefront.

Exhibit is open during Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm.


Roundtable: "The World's Best Working Climate": Modeling Industrial Suburbs on the Edge of San Francisco Bay

May 21st
Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
12:00 PM

Led by Peter Ekman, Bancroft Library Study Award recipient and doctoral candidate in Geography, UC Berkeley

Between 1880 and 1940, urban manufacturers, planners, and property developers configured a series of company towns and industrial suburbs just east of San Francisco Bay, stretching from Richmond to Antioch on the shores of the Carquinez Strait. Drawing on visual materials and numerous manuscript collections at Bancroft, Peter Ekman will discuss how this unfashionable, ostensibly unplanned, "middle landscape" came, over time, to serve as a kind of laboratory for new, imitable models of social and spatial order. He will place these experiments within a prehistory, intellectual and material-cultural, of the postwar suburb, and explore their afterlives amid decades of disinvestment.

The Roundtable presentation is free and open to the public.


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