Public Programs

Water Fights: Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the California Water Bond

Presented in partnership with Restore Hetch Hetchy

Thursday, October 23
7:00 pm
Free, $10 suggested donation

Pre-sale period has ended for this event. Additional tickets will be available at the door; any unclaimed tickets will be released at 6:45 pm.

 

The Brower Center and Restore Hetch Hetchy present the Water Fights events, a two-program series designed to illuminate the past, present, and future of California's water. The first, Water Fights: Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the California Water Bond, focuses on informing voters about two controversial efforts to dramatically alter our state's water systems.

Also known as the "twin tunnels," the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is the latest iteration of a proposal to divert water from the Sacramento River around the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, with the aim of providing more fresh water to the California Aqueduct system. Currently in the public review phase, the BDCP has drawn a range of proponents and detractors from within the environmental community.  The BDCP discussion will feature the Natural Heritage Institute's Jerry Meral in discussion with Friends of the River's Ron Stork, moderated by Tom Berliner, former general counsel to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

Currently on the November ballot, 2014 California Water Bond will allow the state government to borrow $7.2 billion to overhaul our water system.  Allocations within the complex measure include funds for water storage projects, ecosystem protection, groundwater protection, and technology solutions such as desalination – all of which elicit passionate responses from across California. This portion of the evening will feature Central Valley farmer Stuart Woolf in discussion with the Pacific Institute’s Peter Gleick, moderated by Dave Sunding of the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources.

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Annual Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Event: Growing Older Together

Presented by the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

 
Saturday, October 25

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$40-$190

Growing older together in mind and body: A psychoanalytic exploration of couples in older age.

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Creative Interventions and Social Activation with Cheryl Haines

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

Monday, November 3
7:30 pm
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Cheryl Haines is Principal and Director of Haines Gallery and Founding Executive Director of the FOR-SITE Foundation, both located in San Francisco. Through her Directorial roles at Haines Gallery and the FOR-SITE Foundation, Haines has for over 25 years developed exhibitions and site-specific public programming that has advanced discourse on ‘Art About Place’. Haines’ dynamic curatorial stance presents challenging and provocative exhibitions by artists working across a wide range of media who explore cultural and environmental issues. Over time, this position has expanded to include producing public, site-specific commissions on a national scale. Selected notable Bay Area projects include the installation of large-scale works by both James Turrell and Andy Goldsworthy at the de Young Museum, landscape interventions by Andy Goldsworthy in the Presidio, including Spire (2008),Wood Line (2010-2011) and Tree Fall (2013), and most recently @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, in which the internationally renowned Chinese artist and political dissident created sculpture, sound and mixed-media installations for the infamous former prison.

Photo Credit: Haines: Alcatraz, Dining Hall; photo: Jan Sturmann. Courtesy For-Site Foundation 

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Water Fights: California Water Conflicts

Presented in partnership with Restore Hetch Hetchy

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 three major water redistribution projects: Mono Lake, San Joaquin River, and the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct. Special guests will include Mono Lake Committee's Geoff McQuilkin; Natural Resources Defense Council's Monty Schmitt and Friant Water Authority's Steve Ottemoeller in discussion about the San Joaquin River; and Restore Hetch Hetchy's Spreck Rosekrans and the San Francisco Public Utility Commission's Michael Carlin in discussion about Hetch Hetchy Valley.

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"Foreclosing the Future: The World Bank and the Politics of Environmental Destruction": Book Talk with Author Bruce Rich

Presented by UC Berkeley Energy and Resources Group, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Earth Island Institute, and other Bay Area NGOs

Thursday, November 6
6:00 - 8:00pm

Free

The World Bank, the planet's leading development institution, reflects global political and economic forces that threaten ecological and social ruin - with implications for everyone in an interdependent world. Author Bruce Rich is an expert on finance and the environment, and recipient of the United Nations Global 500 Award for environmental achievement.
 

 

Water Wise Homes Conference

Presented by Build It Green

Thursday, November 6

8:00 am
$35

Learn new technologies, techniques, and strategies to save water in the homes we design, build, remodel, and live in. Join Build It Green, your peers, and leading experts to help fight California’s drought!

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Personality and Its Implications and Psychotherapy

Presented by The Wright Institute

Saturday, November 8
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$90 - $140

This workshop will explore aspects of personality as the concept has evolved from both clinical experience and recent research, emphasizing the practical, therapeutic value of understanding clients' personalities in depth. Although the presenter is psychodynamically oriented, the workshop is intended to be useful also to professionals and students with cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic orientations toward therapy. Instructed by Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP.

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How to Balance Motherhood (and Womanhood) with Career and Business Success”

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

Monday, November 10
6:30 pm
Prices vary
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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, Alliance of Women Educators, Healers, and Leaders present the “Miracle Salon”, held on the second Monday of each month.

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Luminous Night Concert

Presented by Clerestory and the Magik*Magik Orchestra

Sunday, November 16
4:00 pm
$25 general admission, $15 students/seniors, in advance or at door

The classical vocal ensemble Clerestory joins forces with San Francisco's celebrated Magik*Magik Orchestra for an afternoon of lyrical songs and ethereal harmonies in the Brower Center's vaulted atrium. The men of Clerestory -- Grammy-winning veterans of Chanticleer and other groups -- will also live-stream the concert to a worldwide audience.

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Rick Lowe: Social and Community Engaged Work: The Genuine and the Artificial

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

Monday, November 17
7:30 pm
Free; RSVP required

On November 16-25 2014, The Arts Research Center will host a 10-day residency with Rick Lowe. During his time on campus, Lowe will present the 2014 Regents Lecture "Social and Community Engaged Work: The Genuine and the Artificial" in addition to meeting with students, faculty and community organizers throughout the Bay Area involved in socially-engaged art practices. For updated information, please visit ARC's website in the coming weeks.

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The Greenland Project, featuring Lucas Debari

Presented by The North Face Speaker Series

Thursday, November 20
7:00 pm
$10 general admission, $20 VIP reception

 

Somewhere in the mountains of Greenland, begging to be shredded, is a peak called Rytterknaegten. Lucas Debari, inspired by a single, very small, pixelated photo, has made it his mission to plan the perfect expedition to this remote glacier. Sherpas Cinema captures Lucas and his team, including recent Olympic gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington, as they embark on an extraordinary experience full of laughter, festivity, and triumph. Come hear the story behind the film, moderated by Transworld.

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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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