Features artists from the exhibition, The Tree of Life and Death: Dias de los Muertos 2013, presenting their work in a lightning talk. Artists will share examples of their work and discuss the fusion of Mesoamerican traditions with themes in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences including indigenous knowledge, empathy, habitat and species loss, and accountability for preventing such losses through conservation and action.
$15 general admission, $10 for seniors and students, $6 for youth
Awards ceremony recognizing authors for outstanding literary achievement. J. Douglas Allen-Taylor will be honored with the Reginald Lockett Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award. Writers Toni Morrison, Andrew Lam, Luis J. Rodriguez, and Lucille Lang Day, journalist Chris Hedges, poet Tim Seibles, and editors Denise M. Sandoval and Christopher Wagstaff will be honored as well.
Sure, presents are great, but what really makes the holidays a shared experience is food. But don’t just settle for the typical green-bean casserole and eggnog. On Sunday, Diesel Bookstore (5433 College Ave., Oakland) will host a Winter Cookbook Extravaganza to help you add some gastronomic creativity into your holiday festivities. Cookbook authors Lauri Pastrone, Allison Arevalo, Erin Wade, and Emma Christensen will be dropping by to share some of their recipes, including those for home-brewed kombucha, Kosovan sticky donuts, mac ’n’ cheese, and more. Join these Bay Area chefs to see how you can spice up your holiday this year.
Powerpoint presentation and slide show by Marc Sapir who recently toured Iran with Global Exchange. Impressions of Iran will be presented with a large body of representative slides in an effort to allow the audience to experience much of what was seen.
Suggested donation $5-$10
While the rise of technology and social media has given ordinary people the ability to shape the news, the integrity of journalism in the 21st century remains in question. However, David Hoffman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, sees great potential in the future of journalism. As the founder of Internews, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting independent and local media throughout the world, Hoffman has witnessed the ways in which new media has helped shape watershed moments in modern history. In his new book, Citizens Rising: Independent Journalism and the Spread of Democracy, he explores the emergence of new media and how it empowers ordinary citizens to bring about social change. Join Hoffman at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism (121 North Gate Hall, Berkeley) as he gives an in-depth look at the past, present, and future of independent journalism.
The attorney for American prisoner of conscience US Army Pvt. Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, will speak about what's being done to support Manning following the recent 35-year military prison sentence.
Suggested donation $5-$10