Public Programs

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.
 
Lawrence Rinder portrait by Stefan Kocev.
 
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How to Be a Magnetic "YES" Woman by Nourishing Your Body and Heart

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

Monday, March 9
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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DeafSpace and Making Musical Instruments with Tarek Atoui

Presented by the Arts Research Center, the Berkeley Center for New Media, the David Brower Center, and the MATRIX program at the Berkeley Art Museum

Monday, March 9
7:30 pm
Free
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Berkeley's Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium is an internationally recognized forum for presenting new ideas that challenge conventional wisdom about art, technology, and culture. This series, free of charge and open to the public, presents artists, writers, curators, and scholars who consider contemporary issues at the intersection of aesthetic expression, emerging technologies, and cultural history, from a critical perspective.

On March 9, the program presents artist Tarek Atoui from Paris, France.
 

 

Protecting the Wild — Parks and Wilderness as a Conservation Strategy

Presented by the Foundation for Deep Ecology

Wednesday, March 11
7:00 pm

Free and Open to the Public
 

The panel will discuss the major ideas contained in a new Island Press publication, Protecting the Wild: The Foundation for Conservation. Increasingly, there has been some criticism of the conservation value of parks and wilderness, as well as their long term effectiveness. The panel will present a response to these assertions demonstrating that parks and wilderness reserves are still the most effective means of protecting biodiversity, native ecosystems, and sacred places available. 
 
The panel includes author Terry Tempest Williams, Ken Brower (wilderness advocate and writer), Michael Kellett of New National Parks campaign, and George Wuerthner Ecological Projects Director at Foundation for Deep Ecology. 
 

 

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 Greenhorns Director and Agrarian Trust Founder Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Blue House Farm Manager/Owner Ryan Casey, Brentwood Ag Trust Executive Director Kathryn Lyddan, and Markegard Family Ranch Owner Doniga Markegard.
 

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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 18
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 roundtable discussion on contemporary issues in ranchland stewardship and access with Greenhorns Director Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Morris Grassfed Beef’s Joe Morris, Paicines Ranch’s Kelly Mulville, and Local Futures Founder Helena Norberg-Hodge.
 

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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 and Ecology Center

Saturday, April 18
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free, $10 Suggested Donation
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Join the David Brower Center for its first-ever Earth Day celebration, a fun-filled afternoon of community learning opportunities, hands-on workshops, music, and delicious organic food--all focused on protecting and honoring the planet we call home.
 
Earth Day attendees will have the chance to engage in critical conversations during the Climate Change Solutions Right Under Our Feet speaker panels, featuring the cutting-edge field of carbon farming, climate-friendly consumption, and lessons for fighting climate change at the neighborhood level. Visitors can turn their ideals into action with the Ecology Center’s creative reuse and fix-it workshops; check out short films highlighting how healthy soil can impact climate change; and sample soulful local dishes from Red Door Catering, Phil’s Sliders, Swanky Catering, and Aurora Catering.
 

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