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Frederick Wiseman, interviewed by Berkeleyside this week, has been steadily making documentaries about institutions since his 1967 Titicut Follies took viewers inside a Massachusetts hospital for the criminally insane. His subjects have ranged from a high school to basic training to meatpacking plants to ballet in Paris. In the fall of 2010, Wiseman and two collaborators — a cameraman and an assistant — arrived on the UC Berkeley campus to subject the university to the same treatment.
Wiseman had written to then-Chancellor Robert Birgeneau to see if the university was receptive to the project. After lunch with Birgeneau and Provost George Breslauer, Wiseman received the go-ahead for the project. The only thing he wasn’t allowed to film was tenure discussions. Wiseman, in turn, said the university could have 48 hours after he filmed anything to request it not be included. In the event, virtually nothing was affected, according to Wiseman. … Continue reading »
Something rather special is happening today at noon on the UC Berkeley campus. The bells of Sather Tower will ring out to the first ever participatory concert of its type at Cal.
The performance has been conceived as a novel way to communicate about climate change. And, if you show up with your cell phone, tablet or laptop and an internet connection, you will be one of those creating the musical score.
“It’s warning people about sea level changes,” said Professor Greg Niemeyer, explaining the thinking behind the event. “But it’s not a fire alarm. It’s more of a thoughtful, slower approach.” Niemeyer is professor of new media and art practice, and faculty co-director of the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative, and one of the key players behind the project. … Continue reading »
SOUTH BERKELEY PRODUCE AND MEAT Nagi Homran has just opened this new grocery and meat store at 3120 Sacramento St. (at 67th) — in the space where Recycle Bicycle used to be before it closed last year. The shop specializes in Middle Eastern foods, including Halal meats. Homran said it’s his first store in Berkeley and he chose the location as he lives in the neighborhood. The shop has two storefronts, so there is a lot of space for the well-stocked shelves. Opening hours are 8 a.m to 8 p.m. Tel: 510-705-1733. (Read more on Berkeleyside about recent business activity on Sacramento Street.) … Continue reading »
The formal inauguration of Nicholas Dirks, UC Berkeley’s tenth chancellor, took place on the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 8. The event comprised a public symposia on the three pillars of Dirks’ administration — undergraduate education, the role of the global university, and research and innovation — a noontime rally on Sproul Plaza and an investiture ceremony.
Nicholas Dirks will be formally inaugurated as UC Berkeley’s tenth chancellor on Friday in a celebratory event on campus that will include a colorful procession, performances and discussions about higher education in the 21st century.
Dirks, who was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, took up his new post five months ago, on June 1. He has already had a busy schedule, including handling an explosion which triggered a campus-wide evacuation in September, and appearing last month at Berkeleyside’s inaugural ideas festival Uncharted to talk about the fate of the humanities (as well as chopped liver and Bladerunner).
The inauguration on Friday is the formal welcome for the 61-year-old anthropology and history specialist who succeeded Robert J. Birgeneau as Cal chancellor. … Continue reading »
The finishing touches are being applied to the program, the speakers, all world experts in their fields, are tweeting about their imminent appearance on stage in Berkeley, and the final decisions on wine pairings, music sets and lighting for the sure-to-be celebratory party at the art museum have been made. This time next week the inaugural Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas will be in full flow.
The program is bursting with entertaining and thought-provoking conversations. Here’s just a taste:
- Vivek Wadhwa & Scott Rosenberg: Everything you know about entrepreneurship is wrong
- Kalimah Priforce‘s: Could an app have saved Trayvon Martin?
- Carl Bass & Lance Knobel: What’s next in digital fabrication
- Brad DeLong & Joshua Bloom: I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords
- Randall Grahm & Felix Salmon: Why wine matters
- Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton & Phil Bronstein: Are we born racist?
- Nina Simon & Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton: Bridging social groups
- Kate Kendell & Lance Knobel: The new frontier of civil rights
- Chrystia Freeland & Paul Pierson: The rise of the plutocracy
- Felix Salmon: Money can buy happiness
- Nicholas Dirks & Lance Knobel: So what are the humanities, chopped liver?
Life at UC Berkeley is almost back to normal today, a day and a half after a complete power outage, followed by a two-story high explosion, prompted the complete emergency evacuation of the campus for the first time in living memory. Police said they are hopeful of finding the culprits whose theft of some high-voltage copper wire triggered the outage.
Full power has been restored to all academic and administrative buildings and classes are in session, according to Cal spokesman Dan Mogulof. Rented generators have been brought in to provide power to 11 buildings that have not yet been reconnected to the university’s main grid, he said.
The school is taking a precautionary approach to restoring power to some buildings. … Continue reading »
Update, 6:45 a.m. Power has been restored to most of the buildings on campus and most classes will meet as scheduled. But 11 buildings remain closed, including Doe Library, the Bancroft Library, California Hall, Durant Hall, Dwinelle Hall and annex, and Edwards track. Classes at those buildings will be cancelled. Click here for complete list.
Original story: The UC Berkeley campus remained eerily dark and deserted Monday night after officials ordered everyone to evacuate because of a large explosion.
(See Berkeleyside’s live blog of developments related to the incident here.) … Continue reading »
[Editor's Note: Monday afternoon, a power outage and subsequent explosion rocked the UC Berkeley campus and sent one student to the hospital. Scroll down to view Berkeleyside's live blog of updates throughout the night. See a chronological version of events here.]
Update, 11:59 p.m. During UC Berkeley’s evacuation Monday due to a power outage and the explosion that followed, members of Cal’s amateur radio club remained nearby to help spread the word about the developing situation to emergency workers and ham radio operators throughout the area.
Jack Burris (amateur radio call-sign “K6JEB”) works as an IT manager for UC Berkeley’s social sciences Data Lab and is president of the radio club. He said he and another club member, Joel Martin (call-sign “KQ1N”), had attended the 9 p.m. university press conference and broadcast it on their radios to other ham operators, who had fanned out to area fire departments after receiving an informal alert about the emergency. … Continue reading »
This fall has seen the launch of an exciting new food organization in Berkeley.
Five different UC Berkeley schools have joined together to develop a research institute dedicated to studying and galvanizing the transition to a more resilient and just food system.
The Berkeley Food Institute aims to “foster innovative connections between research, education, policy, practice, and social movements to develop and strengthen sustainable food and agriculture systems that are healthy, just, diverse and resilient.”
It’s a collaboration between The College of Natural Resources (CNR), the Goldman School of Public Policy, the Graduate School of Journalism, Berkeley Law, and the School of Public Health, and it is only fitting that it should arise in Berkeley, a city with a rich history of activism and leadership in the food arena. … Continue reading »
Cal Performances’ fourth annual Fall Free-For-All is choreography on a massive scale. The all-day arts sampler spins into action on Sunday, September 29 with vivid expressions of creativity accompanied by everything from Body Music to 13th-century French pop tunes to a Duke Ellington tribute to Beethoven and more.
Adding to the dexterity, people attending this year’s event will navigate new routes due to construction near Zellerbach Hall. Spiraling from the Sproul Plaza hub, a perfectly timed, event-filled day of dance (and music, puppets, theater) will have the community flowing from the Cal Band’s Opening Fanfare to the final cascade of Theatre of Yugen’s stylized, Japanese comedy.
The dance within the metadance provides something-for-everyone counterpoints and a terrific opportunity to celebrate the universality of bodies in motion. There is no society or culture on earth that does not at some time, dance. Allowed the grand ballroom of an open field, the vast stage of an empty gymnasium — or even the narrow hallway between a living room sofa and Barcalounger — no child can resist a pirouette or a ferocious sprint climaxed by a final cartwheel or leap. As adults, we learn to tame our wild bodies and exuberant physical impulses for decorum’s sake. And yet, who among us will not smile at the sight of young souls whose inner ballet/jookin/modern dancers know no such boundaries? … Continue reading »
With students already coming to campus to begin their classes Thursday for the 2013-14 academic year, UC Berkeley officials summed up a range of successes and plans during a special media presentation Monday afternoon.
Initiatives underway include efforts to make it easier for students to access their online information via a one-stop website, programs to make the UC Berkeley experience more intellectually enriching, and a growing number of courses that include a public service component that’s designed to help students become global citizens.
“What we are trying to do as a campus is say that every student is important to us,” said Harry Le Grande, vice chancellor for student affairs. “We’re working hard so each student can have a great ‘total student experience’ inside and outside the classroom.” … Continue reading »
The second floor of California Hall is bright and airy, with a hushed air of importance. As Berkeleyside ascended the staircase last week, Dan Mogulof, UC Berkeley’s head of communications, alerted us to prepare for a shock: The new chancellor was wearing jeans.
When Nicholas Dirks greeted us in his office, he was indeed in jeans, with a pressed pale pink shirt (he made an unnecessary excuse for the jeans: “It’s the middle of August.”). The tall bookcases in the office were filled with scholarly texts, as well as popular fiction and nonfiction. For a man who oversees the well-being of 36,000 students, more than 1,500 faculty members, 8,477 staff, 130 academic departments, and a $2.2 billion budget, Dirks’ desk was remarkably clutter-free. A large Apple display was crowded with email messages. … Continue reading »