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The Fall 2014 Calendar can be downloaded here.


SEPTEMBER:

Exhibition: The Originals: African American Faculty and Senior Administrators at Berkeley
Through December 2014, The Bancroft Library Rowell Cases, UC Berkeley

Exhibition: Saved by the Bay: The Intellectual Migration From Fascist Europe to UC Berkeley
Through December 19, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Exhibition: Literary Minds: Soviet Jewish Writers Portrayed by Matvey Vaisberg
Through December 19, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Exhibition: The Jewish World: A Book Installation
Through June 2015, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Opening Reception: Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals
September 10, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Exhibition: Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals
Through December 19, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Roundtable: Adolph Sutro as German-American Pioneer: Lifework and Impacts
September 18, Faculty Club, UC Berkeley

Exhibition: Commemorating the Free Speech Movement 50th Anniversary
September 22 – May 29, 2015, The Bancroft Corridor, UC Berkeley

OCTOBER:

Opening Reception: California: Captured on Canvas
October 7, The Bancroft Library Gallery, UC Berkeley

Exhibition: California: Captured on Canvas
October 8 - March 6, 2015, The Bancroft Library Gallery, UC Berkeley

Event: West Coast Cocktails: An Oral History
October 10, Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley

Event: Gallery Talk for California: Captured On Canvas
October 10 & 11, The Bancroft Library Gallery, UC Berkeley

Event: Homecoming Open House for Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals
October 10 - 12, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Event: I Watched the World ... 30 Years After Brautigan
October 13, Morrison Library (inside the Doe Library), UC Berkeley

Roundtable: Joseph N. Leconte: Exploring, Mapping, and Photographing the High Sierra, 1890–1930
October 16, Faculty Club, UC Berkeley

Event: Families, Friends, and Revolution: A Conversation with Claudio Lomnitz
October 21, Townsend Center, UC Berkeley

NOVEMBER:

Event: Piyyut: Hebrew Poetry and World Music
November 13, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Roundtable: Exposing the Hidden Collections of The Bancroft Library: A Report on the "Quick Kills" Project
November 20, Faculty Club, UC Berkeley

DECEMBER:

Event: Jewish Nightlife: Ritual Performance and Social Change
December 18, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley


Detailed List of Events

Exhibition: The Originals: African American Faculty and Senior Administrators at Berkeley

Through December 2014
The Bancroft Library Rowell Cases, UC Berkeley

This exhibition highlights the Regional Oral History Office's recently completed project to conduct interviews with 18 pioneering African American faculty and senior administrators who joined Berkeley before the advent of affirmative action policies in the 1970s. By their example, achievements, and professional work these leaders helped lay the groundwork for diversity and access at the university, opening doors of opportunity and economic uplift for all traditionally disadvantaged and underrepresented groups in the state. Transcript excerpts, photographs, correspondence, publications, and other documentation from ROHO, the University Archives, and The Bancroft Library manuscript collections illustrate the experiences of these pioneers.

Exhibit is open during the operating hours of The Doe Library


Exhibition: Saved by the Bay: The Intellectual Migration From Fascist Europe to UC Berkeley

Through December 19th
Main Gallery, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

The exhibition highlights the history of the important intellectual migration of faculty at UC Berkeley through biographical sketches, a film, and over one hundred documents from the University Archives, The Bancroft Library, and the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library. Letters, photographs, travel documents, and professional records document lives in Fascist Europe, the strategies of immigration, the arrival at Berkeley, and life on campus

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


Exhibition: Literary Minds: Soviet Jewish Writers Portrayed by Matvey Vaisberg

Through December 19th
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

In 2014, The Magnes acquired twelve works by the New York Times-featured Ukrainian artist, Matvey Vaisberg, including the portraits of eight Russian Jewish authors. Several of the authors portrayed by Vaisberg were Yiddish writers murdered by the Soviet regime on August 12, 1952: Itzik Feffer (1900-1952), Leib Kvitko (1890-1952), Peretz Markish (1895-1952), and David Hofstein (1889-1952). Other portraits include prominent writers such as Sh. Aleichem (1859-1916), O. Mandelstam (1891-1938), B. Pasternak (1890-1960), and J. Brodsky (1940-1996). These unusual works, painted on cardboard in the late 1980s, and based on archival photographic sources, reclaimed a suppressed cultural heritage on the eve of the fall of the Soviet Union.

The exhibition also includes biographical profiles of the authors, and poignant literary excerpts.

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


Exhibition: The Jewish World: A Book Installation

Through June 2015
Auditorium, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

The Jewish World: 100 Treasures of Art and Culture, which is being published by Skirŕ-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.


Opening Reception: Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals

September 10th
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Remarks by George Breslauer, Executive Vice-Chancellor and Provost Emeritus and Narsai David, Food and Wine Editor, KCBS. Additional remarks by the curators of the exhibit, Francesco Spagnolo, and India Mandelkern. RSVP online to bit.ly/magnesopening2014 by September 3, 2014 or to magnes@library.berkeley.edu


Exhibition: Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals

Through December 19th
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.


Roundtable: Adolph Sutro as German-American Pioneer: Lifework and Impacts

September 18th
Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
12:00 PM

Led by Hermann-Victor Johnen, Visiting Scholar, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley

Adolph Sutro was born in 1830 in Aachen, Germany and came to California during the Gold Rush. Later, in the Comstock Lode of Nevada, he constructed the Sutro Tunnel, which became the first mining tunnel in the United States. Sutro founded the Nevada town of Sutro and built the collections of the Sutro Library, one of the finest private libraries in the U.S. In San Francisco, he established the Sutro Baths, founded Sutro Forest, and in 1895 became mayor of San Francisco. Dr. Johnen will share the results of his ongoing interdisciplinary exploration of Adolph Sutro's legacy up to the present day.

The Roundtable presentation is free and open to the public.


Exhibition: Commemorating the Free Speech Movement 50th Anniversary

September 22 - May 29, 2015
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.


Opening Reception: California: Captured on Canvas

October 7th
The Bancroft Library Gallery, UC Berkeley
5:00 - 7:00 PM

All are welcome to attend.


Exhibition: California: Captured on Canvas

October 8th - March 6, 2015
The Bancroft Library Gallery, UC Berkeley

This visually compelling selection is from the Library's collection of over 300 paintings. The exhibition shows California both as a vast landscape of mountains, ocean, and forests and as an intimate place that has been home for its vastly varying inhabitants in many different ways. On display are paintings from the Robert B. Honeyman, Jr. Collection of Early Californian and Western American Pictorial Material, which include scenes of Yosemite and the Gold Rush. Renowned California artists represented are William Keith and Thomas Hill. Also presented are less familiar paintings of a more recent vintage, some of which have never been displayed in Bancroft. We are also pleased to exhibit the Charles Grant six by eight feet painting of the Great White Fleet entering the Golden Gate on May 6, 1908 which has held a place of honor in University Librarian Tom Leonard's office for six years. Perhaps, the most significant aspect of this exhibition is the variety of artistic prisms through which the Golden State has been captured on canvas.

Exhibit is open during Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm. Please note the exhibit is also open Homecoming Weekend, October 11–12, 2014.


Event: West Coast Cocktails: An Oral History

October 10th
Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley
11:30 AM

Shanna Farrell of The Oral History Center of The Bancroft Library will be discussing the oral history project on West Coast cocktail culture and the issues that are being explored through interviews, including libations of lore, today's "garden to glass" movement in which bartenders are shopping alongside chefs for local, seasonal ingredients, and racial and gender discrimination that was manifested in physical boundaries in bars and state laws — social and cultural themes you may have never realized intersect in a cocktail glass.


Event: Gallery Talk for California: Captured On Canvas

October 10th
The Bancroft Library Gallery, UC Berkeley
2:00 PM

October 11th
The Bancroft Library Gallery, UC Berkeley
11:00 AM & 1:00 PM

Led by Jack von Euw, Exhibition Curator


Event: Homecoming Open House for Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals

October 10th - 12th
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Exhibition will be open to the public during Homecoming weekend. Staff led tours each day at 11:30am and 2:30pm.


Event: I Watched the World ... 30 Years After Brautigan

October 13th
Morrison Library (inside the Doe Library), UC Berkeley
6:30 - 8:30 PM

Thirty years after Richard Brautigan's passing, some friends (Joanne Kyger, Michael McClure and David Meltzer) and family (Ianthe Brautigan-Swensen) gather to recall the man and the writer whose works (Trout Fishing in America, The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster) were synonymous with the cultural awakening of the 1960s in San Francisco. The Bancroft Library is the proud repository of a significant collection of Richard Brautigan's papers, and is pleased to join with Litquake in hosting this memorial gathering in the Morrison Library at UC Berkeley.

For more information, please call Steven Black at 510-642-1320

Download event flyer here.


Roundtable: Joseph N. Leconte: Exploring, Mapping, and Photographing the High Sierra, 1890–1930

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

Led by Larry Simon, Federal Consistency Coordinator, California Coastal Commission

Joseph N. LeConte is virtually unknown today. This despite an unequaled record of exploration, mapping, and photography in the highest and wildest regions of the Sierra. The professor of mechanical engineering at Berkeley between 1892 and 1937 was also the determined and unquestioned leader of the efforts in the late 19th century to understand and accurately map the physical geography of the Sierra Nevada high country between Yosemite and Mt. Whitney. His series of maps drafted between 1893 and 1904 were the most accurate depiction of the High Sierra until publication of the U.S. Geological Survey topographic quadrangles. Larry Simon will share his work on Joseph N. LeConte, the forgotten giant of the High Sierra.

The Roundtable presentation is free and open to the public.


Event: Families, Friends, and Revolution: A Conversation with Claudio Lomnitz

October 21st
Townsend Center, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
4:00 - 6:00 PM

Thomas Laqueur, Brian Delay, and others discuss Claudio Lomnitz's (Columbia) new book The Return of Comrade Ricardo Flores Magón about Mexican revolutionaries in California. Much of the research for this book was undertaken at The Bancroft Library.

Co-sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities. Event Contact: delay@berkeley.edu.


Event: Piyyut: Hebrew Poetry and World Music

November 13th
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Presented by Robert Alter and Yair Harel

Hebrew poems (piyyutim), chanted for centuries across the Diaspora, have been adapted to different melodies, evolving into a form of "Jewish world music" with roots in Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Middle East. This singing tradition, a core component of synagogue practice, has also entered secular life in Israel through public performances, workshops, performing arts festivals, and is now spreading to North America. The program will include a reading of Hebrew poems, and the performance of traditional and contemporary musical interpretations.


Roundtable: Exposing the Hidden Collections of The Bancroft Library: A Report on the "Quick Kills" Project

November 20th
Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
12:00 PM

Led by Lara Michels, Archivist, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley

Come hear archivist Lara Michels report on almost three years of work on the "Quick Kills" manuscripts processing project at Bancroft. She will share highlights, insights, and reflections on the process of opening up the wonderful, but sometimes hidden, manuscript collections of the Library.

The Roundtable presentation is free and open to the public.


Event: Jewish Nightlife: Ritual Performance and Social Change

December 18th
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Presented by Robert Alter and Yair Harel

Jewish Nightlife is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the nexus between the ritual performance of Jewish texts and social changes across Jewish history, including the study of Hebrew poetry, music, and synagogue liturgy in Renaissance Italy, in North Africa, the Middle East, and present-day Israel.

Joined by students in the Jewish Nightlife class and participants in the Piyut North America workshop


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