Public Programs

How to Truly Resolve Conflict

Presented by FEM Talks, Alliance of Women Healers, Educators, and Leaders

Monday, January 12
6:30 pm
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After the evening program, enjoy networking with a room full of brilliant women healers, educators, and leaders. Women say FEM Talks events are fun and lead to new insights and friendships. The ultimate vision of the women's community is to create waves of practical change by inspiring local women to link arms and move forward together. FEM Talks and the Alliance of Women Educators, Healers, and Leaders present the "Miracle Salon" held on the second Monday of each month.

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What is Missing?: An Evening of Beauty & Delusion with Heyday Books

Presented by the David Brower Center and Heyday Books

Wednesday, January 14
7:00 pm
Free, $10 suggested donation
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Join the Brower Center in celebrating the addition of a Bay Area “wormhole” to Maya Lin's What is Missing? project with a reception with Heyday's Malcolm Margolin and special guests. The evening will include a presentation of Heyday’s environmental history findings, as well as a discussion exploring the meanings of conservation and preservation in a world that is ever-changing. The hourlong program will be followed by a wine reception in the Hazel Wolf Gallery.

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Free Training Workshop For Solar Contractors

Presented by the San Francisco Department of the Environment

Thursday, January 22
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Free

A free workshop for solar contractors that teaches them about solar energy, types of solar technologies, how to install solar technology, residential and commercial solar technology, and incentives given for working with solar technology.
 

 

 

Caroline Woolard: “What is a work of art in the age of $120,000 art degrees?”

Presented by the Arts Research Center, the Berkeley Center for New Media, and the David Brower Center

Monday, January 26
7:30 pm
Free
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What are the implications of debt, duration, and precarity on culture in the 21st century? This talk presents recent findings about the poverty rates, rent burdens, and actual occupations of artists by BFAMFAPhD, as well as the power of solidarity and how artists, art works, and art institutions can embody principles of cooperation and justice.

Caroline Woolard graduated from the only tuition-free art school in the United States with a strong commitment to the solidarity economy movement and to conceptual art. After co-founding and co-directing resource sharing networks OurGoods.org and TradeSchool.coop for the past five years, Woolard is focused on BFAMFAPhD.com to raise awareness about the impact of rent, debt, and precarity on culture and on New York City.

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Auction 101: The Top Ten Ways to Make Your Next Auction More Successful

Presented by Stellar Fundraising Auctions

Wednesday, January 28
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
$50
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Discover proven approaches to make your next fundraising auction more successful. This highly interactive workshop will provide proven strategies that will help you maximize the philanthropic potential of your crowd. Fine-tune your fund-a-need for maximum effect, enhance your existing auction lots, streamline your registration process and more.
 

 

 

Reel to Real Films: Valley Uprising: Yosemite’s Rock Climbing Revolution

Presented by the David Brower Center and Sierra Club

Wednesday, February 4
7:00 pm
$10 Advance / $12 Door // $5 Students & Teachers
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In the shady campgrounds of Yosemite valley, climbers carved out a counterculture lifestyle of dumpster-diving and wild parties that clashed with the conservative values of the National Park Service. And up on the walls, generation after generation has pushed the limits of climbing, vying amongst each other for supremacy on Yosemite's cliffs. Valley Uprising is the riveting, unforgettable tale of this bold rock climbing tradition in Yosemite National Park: half a century of struggle against the laws of gravity -- and the laws of the land.

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Reel to Real Films: Seeds of Time

Presented by the David Brower Center and SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education)

Wednesday, February 25
7:00 pm
$10 Advance / $12 Door // $5 Students & Teachers
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10,000 years ago the biggest revolution in human history occurred: we became agrarians. We ceased merely hunting and gathering and began to farm, breeding and domesticating plants that have resulted in the crops we eat today. But the genetic diversity of these domesticated crops, which were developed over millennia, is vanishing today. And the consequences of this loss could be dire.

In Seeds of Time, we follow crop diversity pioneer Cary Fowler as he races against time to protect the future of our food. Gene banks of the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation-driven rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are already affecting farmers globally. But Fowler's journey, and our own, is just beginning. From Rome to Russia and, finally, a remote island under the Arctic Circle, his passionate and personal journey may hold the key to saving the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds. (77 mins)
 
Seeds of Time will be followed by a Q&A with special guest Sibella Kraus, Executive Director of SAGE, Growing Green Regional Food Leader, and founder of Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) and the iconic San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market.
 
A World in Flux: Lawrence Rinder and Malcolm Margolin in Conversation

Presented by the David Brower Center in partnership with the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and Heyday Books

Wednesday, March 4
7:00 pm
$5 Advance / $7 Door
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The Brower Center hosts a conversation between two of Berkeley’s most treasured cultural statesmen: BAM/PFA Director Lawrence Rinder and Heyday Publisher Malcolm Margolin. In a wide-ranging discussion, they will share insights gained in their decades as the heads of an internationally-renowned art museum and trailblazing publishing house in one of the world’s most radical cities. Among other topics, Rinder and Margolin will explore the role of imagination in social and environmental change and the past, present, and future of the arts in California.
 
 

 

Reel to Real Films Mini-Series: Our Land in Transition: Hanna Ranch

Presented by the David Brower Center in partnership with the Agrarian Trust

Wednesday, March 11
7:00 pm
$10 Advance / $12 Door // $5 Students & Teachers
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Hanna Ranch is a feature documentary about visionary cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once prominent way of life in Colorado. Born into a life on the family ranch, he became a leader in the environmental ranching movement that set out to protect the West from the relentless encroachment of development and misuse.

Featured in the book Fast Food Nation and dubbed the “eco-cowboy,” Hanna was an early adopter of Holistic Resource Management practices, sat on numerous environmental boards, and was president of the Colorado Cattleman’s Association. At one time, many saw him as a future governor of Colorado--and then his dream of harmony and sustainability was interrupted by the reality of family conflict and mounting threats to the land. (73 min)
 
Followed by a Q&A with the Agrarian Trust’s Severine von Tscharner Fleming and special guests.
 

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Reel to Real Films Mini-Series: Our Land in Transition: Brookford Almanac

Presented by the David Brower Center in partnership with the Agrarian Trust

Tuesday, March 17
7:00 pm
$10 Advance / $12 Door // $5 Students & Teachers
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Brookford Almanac tells the story of Luke and Catarina Mahoney, a first-generation farming couple living their dream of raising a family on an organic dairy tucked along a country road in Rollinsford, NH. Farming is not what Luke and Catarina’s parents expected them to do. They are part of a new generation of farmers that grew up in cities and suburbs and are drawn to the land—to farming—by something other than their family’s expectations. When was the last time you heard a child say, “When I grow up, I want to be a farmer”? (40 min)

Brookford Almanac will be preceded by short films from the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-Operative and the “Our Land” series.
 
Followed by a Q&A with the Agrarian Trust’s Severine von Tscharner Fleming and special guests.
 

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Reel to Real Films: The Great Invisible

Presented by the David Brower Center in partnership with Friends of the Earth and Earth Island Journal

Wednesday, April 15
7:00 pm
$10 Advance/ $12 Door // $5 Students & Teachers
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On April 20, 2010, communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States were devastated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art, offshore oil rig operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast killed eleven of 126 rig crewmembers and injured many more, setting off a fireball that was seen 35 miles away. After burning for two days, the Deepwater Horizon sank, causing the largest offshore oil spill in American history. The spill flowed unabated for almost three months, dumping hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic ocean, shutting down the local fishing industry, polluting the fragile ecosystem, and raising serious questions about the safety of continued deep-water offshore drilling.
 
The Brower Center, Friends of the Earth, and Earth Island Journal present a documentary exploring the long-term effects of the largest offshore oil spill in American history, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. This story has already faded for many, but Director Margaret Brown brings it back to life as she travels to small towns and major cities across Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas to explore the fallout for humans and the environment they depend on. Through a series of interviews with Southerners still haunted by the disaster, audiences are invited to see through the eyes of oil executives, survivors and Gulf Coast residents who experienced it first-hand and then were left to pick up the pieces while the world moved on. (92 min)
 
Post-film Q&A with Earth Island Journal Editor Jason Mark and special guests.
 
 
Earth Day at the Brower Center

Presented by the David Brower Center in partnership with Earth Island Institute

Saturday, April 18

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free, $10 Suggested Donation
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Calling all Earth-lovers, tree-huggers, and green thumbs! Join us for a fun-filled day of food, music, community conversations, and workshops led by Brower Center resident organizations, local artisans, and the downtown Berkeley community. The day will also feature a special talk with The Speed of Light artist Lisa K. Blatt.

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