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Author Book Talk: Rene Davids – November 1, 7-8:30 PM – Environmental Design Library

Prof. Rene Davids will talk about his new book, Shaping Terrain: City Building in Latin America about  the ways existing topography has shaped post-colonial urbanism in Latin America since pre-Columbian times. His book explores the interplay between built works and their geographies in various cities including Bogotá, Caracas, Mendoza, México D. F., Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile, and Valparaíso.


Tuesday, November 1, 7-8:30 PM – Environmental Design Library Atrium

Hands-On 6: Never Before Seen Artist Books

Friday, 10/28/16 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Environmental Design Library – 210 Wurster Hall

Handmade books by artists defy conventional “reading” by involving the viewer though sight, touch, and physical manipulation. Too often these wonderful works of art are locked behind the exhibit case. Our Hands On series at the Design Library make them available for you to touch, turn the pages, and explore. This event will open up the library’s vault to share some of our exquisite artist books.


Handmade books in our collection are also available for viewing during reference desk hours, usually 1-5 Monday – Friday. While no appointment is necessary, you may want to contact us ahead of time to ensure their availability.

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor — ideally at least two weeks prior to the event. The event sponsor is David Eifler, 510-643-7422, deifler@berkeley.edu.

Light Refreshments will be served.

Book Talk: From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement – Thursday, October 27


Please join us for a conversation with Fred Glass, author of a new book, From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement (UC Press, 2016). The author will delve deep into the vibrant labor history of the Golden State where workers have engaged in politics, strikes, and a variety of organizing strategies to find common ground among its diverse communities to achieve a measure of economic fairness and social justice.

Thursday, October 27
6pm – 7:30pm
UC Labor Center (2521 Channing Way)

November 8 CA ballot measure resources from the IGS Library

California Choices.org

The Institute of Governmental Studies has released guides to the seventeen ballot measures on the November 8 General Election ballot on the California Choices website.

In addition to voter resources and analyses of the proposition, the site features a View Endorsements and Share Your Vote page where you can compare endorsements from political parties, newspapers, and other organizations, and share how you are voting with friends and family.

California Choices is a collaborative effort by the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley and the nonpartisan nonprofit organization Next 10.

For more information, contact Paul King.

Book Talk with Ben Madley on An American Genocide – October 4

An American Genocide - book talk Oct. 4

Please join us for an engaging talk by Professor Benjamin Madley, who will be visiting UC Berkeley to speak about his new book, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873 (Yale University Press, 2016).

Date: Tuesday, October 4
Time: 5:00 – 6:00pm
Place: Morrison Library
UC Berkeley

This book takes readers into pre-contact California and through a Gold Rush which stirred white vigilante violence. Over the course of three decades in the 1800s, 80% of California Indians were slaughtered—over 120,000 people—with the complicity of state and federal government. As the US Army responded to local government and vigilante action, state and federal governments spent over $1,700,000 on campaigns against California Indians. Madley asks what makes a genocide, taking us through historical methods that can be used to explore other genocides in America and beyond.

Join us for this engaging and important presentation from Professor Madley. Copies of his book will be on sale at the event. The talk is sponsored by the UC Berkeley Library and the Ethnic Studies Library at UC Berkeley.

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor prior to the event.
The event sponsor is Celia Emmelhainz (510)642-5339 emmelhainz@berkeley.edu.

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Celia Emmelhainz and Melissa Stoner

Article by Eifler and Rose in Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture News!

The innovative approach of the Environmental Design Library towards artists’ books is featured in the current issue of ACSA News. Revealing the Hidden Beauty of Artists’ Books Through Events and a Virtual Catalog, authored by David Eifler and Molly Rose, describes the importance of getting these amazing objects out of the locked cage and to the user — both physically, and virtually.  envi-artists-book

Achieving College Dreams: Author Book Talk, September 8

Please join us for a conversation about the recently published book Achieving College Dreams: How a University-Charter District Partnership Created an Early College High School (Oxford University Press, 2016).

  • Thursday, September 8, 3:30 – 5:00pm
  • Education/Psychology Library
  • 2600 Tolman Hall

Achieving college dreams - image courtesy of the author

Edited by Professors Rhona S. Weinstein (Psychology) and Frank C. Worrell (Graduate School of Education), the book tells the story of a remarkable 10-year collaboration between UC Berkeley and Aspire Public Schools to develop and nurture the California College Preparatory Academy (CAL Prep). Framed by a longitudinal lens, findings from community-engaged scholarship, and a diversity of voices from students to superintendents, it charts the journey from the initial decision to open the school to the high school graduation of its first two classes. Readers are taken inside the workings of the partnership, the development of the school, and the spillover of effects across district and university.

The Oslo Architecture Triennale

After Belonging map. Drawing by David Jiménez Iniesta, Ma Ángeles Peñalver Izaguirre, Studio Animal (Javier Jiménez Iniesta)(Courtesy Olso Architecture Triennale)

After Belonging map. Drawing by David Jiménez Iniesta, Ma Ángeles Peñalver Izaguirre, Studio Animal (Javier Jiménez Iniesta)(Courtesy Olso Architecture Triennale)

Running from September 8 to November 27, the Oslo Architecture Triennale promises an in-depth exploration of many challenges facing the architectural field, including refugees, migration, homelessness; new mediated forms of domesticity and foreignness; environmental displacements; tourism; and the technologies and economies of sharing. The conference will also feature 17 speakers from across the global design scene, including Columbia GSAPP Dean and Work Architecture Company co-founder Amale Andraos, Atelier Bow-Wow Founders Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima, and OMA Partner Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, just to name a few.http://archpaper.com/2016/08/oslo-architecture-triennale-first-look/

Book Talk with Dacher Keltner

Thursday, September 1, 2016, 5-6pm
The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence
Education Psychology Library, Seminar Room

The Power Paradox

Professor Dacher Keltner will be speaking about his new book, The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence (http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/power_paradox), which synthesizes his twenty years of scientific research on power. How we handle power impacts our happiness, our stress, and our physical health — as well as that of people around us.

Dacher Keltner is famous for his ability to make complex psychological research interesting and actionable (he and Paul Ekland were responsible for the science behind Pixar’s Inside Out, for just one example!) Join us for a fascinating discussion with Professor Keltner on the timely and important topics explored in his new book.

Hands-On 5: Recent Artists’ Book Acquisitions

Date: Friday, August 26
Time: 4-6pm
Place: Environmental Design Library Atrium, 210 Wurster Hall

Hands On: An Evening with Artists’ Books

Artists’ books defy conventional “reading” and involve the viewer through sight, touch, and physical manipulation. These books are too often locked behind exhibit cases, but the Environmental Design Library will have 20 recently-purchased books on hand for you to touch, turn pages, and experience.

Hosted by David Eifler, Jennifer Osgood, Molly Rose and Lauri Twitchell

Wine and light refreshments will be served
This event is free and open to the public

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