Public Programs

The Internet's Own Boy

Reel to Reel Film Series 
Presented by the David Brower Center 
Wednesday, July 30

7:00 pm
Goldman Theater 
$10 Advance/ $12 Door General Admission/$5 Students (w/ Valid I.D.) - RSVP

The Internet's Own Boy is the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two year legal battle with the federal government. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26.

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Earth Island Presents... Country Joe McDonald

Presented by Earth Island Institute      

Friday, August 22
7:30 pm (Doors open at 7 pm) 
$25 - Buy Tickets Here 

Join us for an evening of great music with Country Joe McDonald and special guest Bob Reid. Berkeley resident Joe McDonald was the co-founder of Country Joe & the Fish, and he’s a long-time advocate for Vietnam veterans, nurses, animals, and the environment. Get your EII benefit concert tickets today!

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Trashed / Plastic Bag Film Screening

Reel to Real Film Series
Presented by the David Brower Center
Thursday, August 27
8:00 pm
$5 General Admission/ Students free with I.D. - RSVP

UK filmmaker Candida Brady's documentary Trashed looks at the growing global crisis of trash, highlighting how human health and the environment are threatened by the pollution from burning and discarding waste. 

The evening will also feature a special screening of Ramni Bahrani's short film, Plastic Bag, featuring Werner Herzog.

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Art/Act: Maya Lin Opening Reception

Friday, September 19
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Hazel Wolf Gallery 
Free, $10 suggested donation
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Every fall, the Brower Center presents the Art/Act Award & Exhibition, created to honor established artists who have dedicated a significant part of their careers to using art’s unique transformative power in the service of activism. In 2014, the Center recognizes internationally acclaimed sculptor, architectural designer, and ardent environmentalist Maya Lin, known most widely for her Vietnam Veterans Memorial, but whose most recent work has focused on threatened ecosystems.

The launch of the exhibition will include a free public reception for the Brower Center audience. Square One Organic Spirits cocktails and wine will be available for a suggested donation.

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Reel to Real Films: Watermark

Thursday, September 25
7:00 pm
$10 Advance / $12 Door / $5 Students & Teachers
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Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s film focuses on the question, “How does water shape us, and then how do we shape water?”  Baichwal and Burtynsky, the acclaimed team behind 2012's Manufactured Landscapes documentary, visit ten countries, depicting the diminished Colorado River, abalone fisheries in China, and more. 

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Maya Lin Lecture

Friday, September 26
7:00 pm
$5 Advance / $6 Door / FREE for Students & Teachers
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Maya Lin’s work encompasses large-scale environmental installations, intimate studio artworks, architectural works, and memorials. She will discuss her body of work focused on a profound respect and love for the natural environment along with her final memorial, the What is Missing? project, which asks viewers to reconsider nature and the environment at a time when it is crucial to do so. The talk will be followed by a short Q&A and attendees will be invited to add their own environmental memories to the What is Missing? archive in the Brower Center gallery.

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Reel to Real Films: Lost Rivers

Tuesday, October 21
7:00 pm
$10 Advance / $12 Door / $5 Students & Teachers
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Lost Rivers tells the story of the water flowing just beneath the feet of urban and suburban dwellers. Once upon a time, in almost every industrial city, countless rivers flowed. We built houses along their banks. Our roads hugged their curves. And their currents fed our mills and factories. But as cities grew, we polluted rivers so much that they became conduits for deadly waterborne diseases like cholera, which killed hundreds of thousands throughout the 19th century. Our solution two centuries ago was to bury rivers underground and merge them with sewer networks. Today, under the city, they still flow, out of sight and out of mind… until now. 

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Water Fights: California Water Bond

Thursday, October 23
7:00 pm
Free, $10 suggested donation
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The controversial 2014 California Water Bond will allow the state government to borrow $11.1 billion to overhaul our water system. To educate voters about this complex measure, currently on track for the November ballot, the Brower Center has gathered a prestigious group of experts supporting and opposing the bond. Allocations include funds for water storage projects, ecosystem protection, groundwater protection, and technology solutions such as desalination – all of which draw passionate supporters and detractors. The evening will feature conversations representing a wide variety of viewpoints, including Central Valley farmer Stuart Woolf, the Pacific Institute’s Peter Gleick, and former Deputy Secretary of the California Natural Resource Agency and top water advisor to Governor Jerry Brown, Jerry Meral. The evening will be moderated by Dave Sunding of the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources.

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Water Fights: California Water Conflicts

Wednesday, November 5
7:00 pm
Free, $10 suggested donation
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Part two of the Brower Center’s water-themed series focuses on past and present water debates in California, which has been called “the most hydrologically altered landmass on the planet.”  In November, the Center will take a look at California’s water history, exploring the successes and failures of major water redistribution projects: Mono Lake, San Joaquin River, the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct, and others. Special guests will include Spreck Rosekrans with Restore Hetch Hetchy, Michael Carlin with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commision, Martha Davis and Geoff McQuilkin with MonoLake.org, Monty Schmitt with the Natural Resources Defense Council, and representatives from the Friant Water Authority. 

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

Wednesday, January 14
7:00 pm
Free, $10 suggested donation
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Join us in celebrating the addition of a Bay Area “wormhole” to Maya Lin's What is Missing? project with a reception with Heyday Books’ Malcolm Margolin and other contributors. The evening will include a presentation of Heyday’s environmental history findings, as well as a discussion on how Bay Area ecosystems are continuing to be affected by climate change and human interventions.

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