Ani Adhikari
Keynote speaker Ani Adhikari (Photo: Peg Skorpinski)

Spring Teaching Conference
(for All First-Time GSIs)

January 14, 2011 (Friday) / Dwinelle Hall — 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Graduate Division’s GSI Teaching and Resource Center sponsors a campuswide teaching conference each semester to prepare new GSIs for teaching. All GSIs teaching for the first time at Berkeley are required to attend. The spring conference takes place on January 14, the Friday before classes begin.  At the plenary session Ani Adhikari, a lecturer in the Department of Statistics, will make the keynote presentation. Adhikari received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006 (a unique year in which all three winners earned their Ph.D.s at UC Berkeley (hers was in 1986). In her statement of teaching philosophy on the DTA site, Adhikari says, “I owe a great debt to the GSIs, with whom I form a team—the class is ours rather than just mine. This sense of joint ownership brings out the best in all of us.”  Please pre-register online. You will be asked to choose a Discipline Cluster and Focus Session to attend at the conference. Discipline-cluster workshops will address getting started as a GSI, conducting the first day of class, strategies to enhance learning, and time management.  Focus-session topics will include creating effective lesson plans, encouraging participation, using bSpace, developing oral communication skills, grading, and more.

Deadline for submission query letters for the first issue of the new online magazine The Public Intellectual, launching in Spring 2011

January 15 (Saturday)

The Public Intellectual seeks contributors who’d like to use their expertise to inform our most important ongoing cultural conversations. Articles will cover issues such as civil rights, race, inequality, feminism, sexuality, immigration and more. PI seeks articles that comment directly on current events, and review essays that comment on contemporary culture through analysis of books, film and television. They key aim of PI is to inform the public, making intellectual discourse accessible. illuminating complicated issues in a way any intelligent reader can understand. To that end, PI will publish essays rather than research papers. To learn more about PI, visit its temporary site or email Heather Tirado Gilligan, master’s degree student at the Graduate School of Journalism.

Exhibit: “Mad Day Out ” — 25 never-before-published photographs of the Beatles, July 1968

Through January 18 / Gallery of the Center for Photography, Graduate School of Journalism, North Gate Hall.

Taken at random locations in London in the midst of recording “The White Album,” the Fab Four photos are by former music photographer turned cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt, whose credits include Charlie Wilson’s War, Angels in America, Batman Forever and Prince of Tides.

The Beatles
Detail of a photo in the "Mad Day Out" exhibit in North Gate Hall. (Photo: Stephen Goldblatt)

Deadline for Applications to the Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty

March 1, 2011 (Tuesday) / GSI Teaching and Resource Center, 301 Sproul Hall — 4 p.m.

The Graduate Division will present its ninth annual Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty from May 25 thought June 29, 2011.  Offered jointly by Academic Services and the GSI Teaching and Resource Center, the aim of the institute is to enable graduate students to excel in all aspects of academic life as they pursue an advanced degree at Berkeley and transition from graduate school to future academic careers. Graduate students who are nearing completion of their graduate programs and beginning to prepare for the academic job market are encouraged to apply. For this year’s program, forty graduate students will be selected to be Institute Fellows who will  be required to take the core course (From Graduate Student to Faculty Member) offered on Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and one elective course (either Editing, Academic Writing, and Academic Publishing or Developing a Teaching Portfolio) which will take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. The program announcement, application guidelines, and link to our on-line application form can be found online. For more information about the Summer Institute, contact the Graduate Division’s GSI Teaching and Resource Center by email or phone (642-4456).

Arabic calligraphy Exhibit: Painting — Arabic Chinese calligraphy

Through March 4, 2011 / Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday / Sixth floor of the Institute of East Asian Studies (2223 Fulton, 6th Floor) — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Traditional Arabic calligraphy in China has been described as the most representative form of Islamic art in China. Calligraphy is part of the daily life of Chinese Muslims, used in homes, Mosques, and elsewhere. Chinese Arabic calligraphy has its own schools, traditions, and techniques all little known in the West. Master calligrapher Haji Noor Deen Mi Guangjiang, brings together the Islamic calligraphy of his Muslim heritage with the Chinese calligraphy of his homeland.

Exhibit: Alternative film and video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000

Through April 3, 2011 / Berkeley Art MuseumEvery Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday / 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The San Francisco Bay Area has been home to a thriving and prominent film and videomaking community since at least the 1940s. Of this larger community, a substantial subset of artists, innovators, and experimentalists has pursued alternative forms which are explored in the new book Radical Light. This exhibit showcases rare “ephemeral” materials that often represent the remaining traces of what were vital manifestations of the Bay Area media community. These overlooked, often visually striking, archival materials come in the form of posters for bygone cinema screenings, newsletters from extant and now-defunct media organizations, production stills from seminal films that capture the time of their making, historical correspondence by renowned artists, and many other artifacts that encapsulate a half-century’s media culture.This gallery is open to the public for free; BAM’s other exhibitions require paid admission.

ASCII History of Moving ImagesNet art: ASCII History of Moving Images

Through February 28, 2011Every day / Online Only

Vuk Ćosić’s 1998 Internet artwork, ASCII History of Moving Images, grapples with multiple layers of language: formal and cultural, natural and artificial. Ćosić’s work presents seven short clips from well-known sources that recall points when film, television, and video were finding their voices as the new media of their day, including film footage from the Lumière brothers, Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship PotemkinKing KongStar TrekBlow UpPsycho, and Deep Throat. The clips are rendered online in the visual lingo of early computers, a black screen with green letters and numbers (ASCII characters) that provide the light values.

Notable and Ongoing:

Exhibit — Celebrating Mexico
Through January 14, 2011 / Gallery of the Bancroft Library

Exhibit — “40 Years of African American Studies”
Through February 28, 2011  / Doe Library

Exhibit Founders’ Rock!: The Origins of the University of California
Through March 31, 2011 / Doe and Bancroft Library

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