Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA

September 10, 2018–April 29, 2019

Distinguished speakers bring new approaches to age-old questions: How do we distinguish fact from fiction, the real from the artificial, truth from lies?

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  • Monday, April 15, 6:30 PM

    Hate Speech, Algorithms, and Digital Connectivity with Zeynep Tufekci

    In the keynote lecture for UC Berkeley’s Digital Humanities Faire, Tufekci enters into dialogue with hate speech research being conducted at Cal, focusing on corporate responsibility and the importance of preserving free speech.

    Presented by D-Lab and Digital Humanities at Berkeley

  • Monday, April 8, 6:30 PM

    Reporting from the Future: Storytelling in the Digital Age—A Berkeley Journalism School Showcase

    Faculty from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism present stellar work by J-School students, employing an array of innovative media and covering topics from public health to immigration, human rights to politics.

    Presented by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

  • Monday, April 1, 6:30 PM

    Again for the First Time with Rhonda Holberton

    The artist talks about her digital work, including her recent series that braids together the real and virtual worlds so tightly that it becomes nearly impossible to separate one from the other.

    Presented by the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice

  • Monday, March 18, 6:30 PM

    On Digital Colonialism and “Other” Futures with Morehshin Allahyari

    The media artist, activist, educator, and curator discusses some of her projects focused on topics such as 3D fabrication, activism, digital colonialism, monstrosity, and fabulation.

    Presented by Berkeley Center for New Media

  • Monday, March 11, 6:30 PM

    Leading with Creative Confidence: Tom Kelley in Conversation with Rich Lyons

    Kelley, partner at the leading design and consulting firm IDEO, talks about how to build creative confidence as a strategy for success in business, school, and life.

    Presented by Berkeley Arts + Design

  • Monday, March 4, 6:30 PM

    Nnedi Okorafor in Conversation with Donna Jones

    Okorafor, an award-winning author of African-based science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism, joins UC Berkeley English professor Jones for a conversation about the potential of technology and its intersection with nature.


    Presented by Berkeley Arts + Design

  • Monday, February 25, 6:30 PM

    In and out of the Body and into the Machine with Chico MacMurtrie

    The artist talks about his work across the boundaries of robotics, installation, and performance, including his plan for robotic sculptures designed to arch over the US–Mexico border and other borders around the world.

    Presented by Berkeley Center for New Media

  • Monday, February 11, 6:30 PM

    News of the Future and the Future of News with Kevin Delaney

    The editor in chief at Quartz explores emerging approaches to storytelling and journalism.

    Presented by Berkeley Center for New Media

  • Monday, February 4, 6:30 PM

    The Paris Review: Women at Work with Emily Nemens

    The editor of the Paris Review talks about what it means to be a woman at work in the creative arts today.

    Presented by Berkeley Arts + Design

  • Monday, January 28, 6:30 PM

    Art and the City: Cultural Planning in the Bay Area with Christian L. Frock, Jennifer Lovvorn, and Roberto Bedoya

    Local writer Frock joins the cultural affairs officers of the cities of Berkeley and Oakland for an imaginative conversation about the possibilities for culturally enriched civic spaces in urban communities.

    Presented by Berkeley Arts + Design

  • Monday, December 3, 6:30 PM

    Branches from the Same Tree: The National Academy on the Role of Humanities and Art in “STEM/M” Learning

    Join a roundtable that responds to a seminal report on the necessary role of the arts, design, and the humanities in the future of work and higher education.

    Presented by Berkeley Arts + Design and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Berkeley

  • Stephani Syjuco
    Monday, November 26, 6:30 PM

    ART21 Season 9 Screening and Conversation with Stephanie Syjuco and Lynn Hershman Leeson

    A screening of highlights from the ninth season of the Art21 TV program Art in the Twenty-First Century, with Syjuco and Hershman Leeson—both featured in the show—in person.

    Presented by the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice, Art21 and Berkeley Arts + Design.

  • Monday, November 19, 6:30 PM

    CANCELED: Daemons Tools Art Tech with Marisa Morán Jahn

    Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media

  • Monday, November 5, 6:30 PM

    The Other 1968s: Counterrevolution, Communism, and Desublimation with Todd Gitlin

    Sociologist and cultural critic Gitlin, this year’s Avenali Chair in the Humanities at UC Berkeley, delivers a lecture marking the fiftieth anniversary of the watershed political year 1968.

    Presented by the Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley

  • Monday, October 29, 6:30 PM

    The Good Anthropocene: Terraforming Earth with Kim Stanley Robinson

    The bestselling science fiction writer talks about the notion of the Anthropocene era and the possibility of creating a “good Anthropocene.”

  • Monday, October 22, 6:30 PM

    Night Watch with Shimon Attie

    The artist (and Berkeley alumnus) discusses his site-specific media installations, ranging from Berlin to Israel and Palestine to the United States.

    Presented by Berkeley Arts + Design, the Department of Art Practice, and the Headlands Center for the Arts.

  • Monday, October 15, 6:30 PM

    Image and Amnesia with Kerry Tribe

    The video and installation artist considers how art, technology, and the moving image can sensitize viewers to their own and others’ experiences.

    Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media's Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium series and the Department of Art Practice.

  • Monday, October 8, 6:30 PM

    The Networked Avant-Garde with Kelani Nichole

    Nichole, a design strategist and exhibition maker, talks about the challenges and potentials of a new, network-based artistic culture.

    Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media's Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium series and the Department of Art Practice.

  • Monday, October 1, 6:30 PM

    Systems and the Politics of Representation with Charles Gaines

    The artist discusses his work using systems, numerals, language, and representation, rethinking notions of subjectivity and how they are manifested in works of art.

    Presented by the Department of Art Practice and the African American Studies Department.

  • Monday, September 24, 6:30 PM

    Arts + Design & the Global Climate Summit: Reflections and Next Steps

    At the close of the Global Climate Summit, join UC Berkeley faculty, artists, and others to reflect on the climate challenges facing our world, and to discuss possible solutions.

    Presented by Berkeley Arts + Design, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and California Institute for Energy and Environment.

  • Dominic Campbell

    Creative Aging: Celebration as Strategy with Dominic Campbell

    Campbell is cofounder of Creative Aging International, which develops innovative strategies for adapting individuals and systems to aging. He is currently developing collaboration between artists and scientists exploring impacts of demographic change while working to articulate the transitions of contemporary aging.

    Presented with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

  • Monday, September 10, 6:30 PM

    Roxane Gay: With One “N”

    An evening with the acclaimed cultural critic and author of Bad Feminist, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, and many other fierce and funny works.

    Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media