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Summer Reading: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

The Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Siddhartha Mukherjee
New York: Scribner, 2011

A very readable Pulitzer Prize winner. Despite the somewhat depressing topic, I couldn’t put it down. Maybe our future students will find a cure.

This book is part of the 2017 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!

Ecocity Berkeley: Thirty Years On

Woman watering a garden planted inside a car

September 15 – December 15, 2017
Environmental Design Library – 210 Wurster Hall

In 1987 Richard Register released his first major book, Ecocity Berkeley: Building Cities for a Healthy Future, inserting “ecocity” into the urban planning lexicon. Using Berkeley as a test bed, he promoted a new vision for urban development; his ideas and drawings presaged a number of contemporary design elements, tuning architecture and urban design to nature’s and human needs and desires. This exhibit explores his inspiring vision and its international influence.

Summer Reading: The Man Who Planted Trees: A Story of Lost Groves, the Science of Trees, and a Plan to Save the Planet

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees: A Story of Lost Groves, the Science of Trees, and a Plan to Save the Planet
Jim Robbins
New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2012

Inspired by Giono’s tale from 1953, the book follows the endeavors of protagonist David Milarch, a Michigan nurseryman who engages in a study of the oldest trees in the U.S. and attempts to copy the genetic material of 826 species of trees. The story is easy to follow and is informed by both scientific knowledge and environmental efforts. It includes detailed descriptions of the role of trees in cleaning pollutants from the air as well as preserving our freshwater systems. The book emphasizes the interdependence of trees not only with their immediate ecosystems but with the planet as a whole.

This book is part of the 2017 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!

Apply Now for the Moffitt Library Student Advisory Council

Student Advisory Council
Do you live in the library? Do you never come to the library?

We want your opinion on how Moffitt Library can best meet the scholarly needs of undergraduates at UC Berkeley.

As a council member, you will provide advice and suggestions at monthly dinner meetings on services, events, programs and technology available in Moffitt Library.

Apply to join the Moffitt Library Student Advisory Council by September 25, 2017.

Summer Reading: The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees
Jean Giono
Chelsea: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 1985

A short story, first published in 1953, about a man who spent his life planting one hundred acorns a day in a barren part of Provence in the south of France, ultimately leading to a complete transformation of the local landscape. Coinciding with the start of the First World War, the story unfolds over four decades. With its powerful environmental message and speculations about the real events that may have served as inspiration for it, Giono’s fictional work remains relevant to twenty-first century readers.

This book is part of the 2017 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!

Event: Hands-On 9

Hands-On 9Friday, September 8
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Environmental Design Library Atrium
210 Wurster Hall

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 books related to the act of resisting on hand for you to touch, turn pages, and experience.

Wine and light refreshments will be served. Hosted by David Eifler, Jennifer Osgood, Molly Rose, and Lauri Twichell.

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, David Eifler, at 510-643-7422, or at deifler@berkeley.edu, at least two week prior to the event.

Book Talk: Local Code

Local Code

 

The College of Environmental Design and The UC Berkeley Library present Nicholas de Monchaux discussing his book Local Code: 3,659 Proposals About Data, Design & the Nature of Cities. Praised in the New York Times for its “intelligent enquiry and actionable theorizing,” Local Code is a collection of data-driven tools and design prototypes for understanding and transforming the physical, social, and ecological resilience of cities.

Tuesday, September 12, 7-8:30 PM
Environmental Design Library Atrium
210 Wurster Hall

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact David Eifler (510-643-7422) two weeks prior to the event.

Summer Reading: Flight Behavior

Flight Behavior

Flight Behavior
Barbara Kingsolver
New York: Harper, 2012

Dellarobia Turnbow, the young mother at the center of this novel, seems trapped in a cycle of rural poverty and missed opportunities until a mysterious phenomenon in the woods outside her Appalachian home sets in motion a series of disruptions. As reporters, environmentalists, and scientists descend on her small town, what begins as the story of a bored and restless wife contemplating an affair morphs into an expansive tale that considers not only the possibility of personal change but the impact of climate change. What kind of life can she make for herself and her children, and what kind of world will they grow up in?

This book is part of the 2017 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!

Movies @ Moffitt: Kindness is Contagious, Sept. 6

Kindness is Contagious

Join us to observe the science of kindness: if you are kind to one person, they will be kind to four other people, and each of those four people will be kind to four more people, and so on and so on… eventually circling back around to you again.  “Kindness is Contagious” profiles cutting-edge scientists and best-selling authors from Berkeley and Harvard, as well as CEOs, roller girls, artists, soup kitchen volunteers, police officers, models and many others to show you the impact of kindness and generosity.  Learn how a little generosity can help us live happier, healthier, wealthier, longer and more fulfilling lives.

Wednesday, September 6
Doors @ 6:30pm, show @ 7:00pm
405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library
Free; open to UCB students only (UCB student ID required).
Movies @ Moffitt happens on the first Wednesday of each month of the semester.

8/30: Art For Your Apartment

Art For Your Apartment

 

Wednesday, August 30
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Morrison Library

The best way to appreciate art is to live with it!

Come see and learn about the Graphic Arts Loan Collection. This is framed art prints you can bring home and hang on your wall for the school year.

Event takes place in the historic Morrison Room (housed within the Doe Library). A brief presentation will be followed by ample time to browse representative works and initiate the borrowing process.

Prints comprise a survey of movements and artists – from Impressionism to Cubism, and from Rembrandt to Miro.

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