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Calendar: Weeks of February 4 and 11, 2008

If you hurry, you can catch the tail end of Focus the Nation's national climate change teach-in at the International House on the UC Berkeley campus. But if you miss it, check out tomorrow's townhall meeting on Barack Obama's energy plan sponsored by Boalt Hall Law School. There are several events in my calendar over the course of the next two weeks. Thursday the 7th poses a challenge with two events being held at the same time! Monday, February 4 Manufactured Landscapes documentary* Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UCB campus Starting at 7 p.m. (more information) *A friend, a photographer and professor in the East Asian Studies at UCB, recommended this film. The event sponsor, The Townsend Center for Humanities, describes the film in this way:
Manufactured Landscapes is the striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste.
Wednesday, February 6 Paul Davidoff Award reception to honor the work of two UC Berkeley professors* 2nd Floor Lobby, Wurster Hall 6 - 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Center for Community Innovation *Randolph Hester and James Corburn, both of the College of Environmental Design, received the award in 2007; Hester for Design for Ecological Democracy and Corburn for Street Science: Community Knowledge and Environmental Health Justice. For more information about the reception click here and for more information about the award click here. Thursday, February 7 All in This Tea documentary film screening with director Les Blank, followed by a tea tasting Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology (Main Gallery) Starting at 7 p.m. (more information) Native Bees – What’s the Buzz? lecture by entomologist Gordon Frankie, PhD Redwood Gardens at the Clark Kerr Campus, 2951 Derby Street 7 - 9 p.m. Sponsored by the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association (more information) Friday, February 8 Championing Sustainability The ArtHouse, 1360 Mission Street, Suite 200, San Francisco 9 a.m - 5 p.m. [via Urban Alliance for Sustainability] Labor and California Climate Change Legislation: Can Cooling the Climate Also Create Jobs? Center for Labor Research and Education, Conference Room, UCB campus 12 - 1:30 p.m. (event poster) Tuesday, February 12 Leading the Way: A Look at the Sonoma County North American Climate Initiative Randy Poole, Chief Engineer, Sonoma County Water Agency 250 Goldman School of Public Policy (2607 Hearst Avenue), UCB campus 5:30 - 7 p.m. (event poster) Love at First Sight, America's Affair with the Rose film screening UC Botanical Garden 6 - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 13 The Cultural Politics of Climate Change 575 McCone Hall, UCB campus 4 - 5:30 p.m. (a lecture in the Geography Department Wednesday Colloquium) Friday, February 15 The Economics of Climate Change in California and Globally 2319 Tolman Hall, UCB campus 2 - 4 p.m. (UCB/SPH Lecture series on Climate Change for Health Scientists)