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UC Berkeley History

"Martial Races" and "Ladies' Drinks": How Racialized Gender Has Militarized the World.

A lecture by Cynthia Enloe, author and nationally recognized scholar of militarism, state policies, politics and their impacts on the lives of people throughout the world. [Berkeley, CA] : Center for Race and Gender. Lecture, April 29, 2002. 89 min.

A House for Someone Unlike Me.

A film by Bruce Bassett. Documents the architectural design studio led by Ray Lifchez at the University of California, Berkeley as consultants with disabilities work with Lifchez, co-instructor Barbara Winslow and architectural students, in the midst of a creative and reflective design process, illuminated by personal stories of the consultants. Commentary: Raymond Lifchez, Barbara Winslow, Sara Anne Towery, Dennis Heubner, CeCe Weeks, Peter Trier, Cheryl Davis. [United States] : National Center for a Barrier Free Environment ; Boston, Mass. : Adaptive Environments Center, c1984.

Academic Freedom and Berkeley.

Presenter William F. Buckley Jr.; guest, Harold Taylor. Harold Taylor, former President of Sarah Lawrence College, and William F. Buckley discuss the effects of the Free Speech Movement and associated radicalisms on breaking down academic discipline at Berkeley and which views, such as racism and Communism, might and which might not, under the tenets of academic freedom, disqualify a scholar from being hired by a university. Originally taped as an episode of the television program Firing Line on January 16, 1967. 50 min.

Affirmative Action Panel, UCB, October 19, 1995.

Contents: The impact of affirmative action on the University of California, Berkeley (105 min.) -- Affirmative action: Where do we go from here? (45 min.) A program designed to educate and inform the University community and the general public about the past, present and future of affirmative action policy and its impact on the University of California, Berkeley. 150 min.

Affirmative Action. 1986.

This event took place on February 2, 1986, at Booth Auditorium, Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley. An exchange of views and a discussion on affirmative action between Charles Murray, Senior Research Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, New York, and Ronald Takaki, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. This event is organized by the Graduate Assembly, University of California, Berkeley.

All for One: In the Spirit of the Race.

This first feature-length documentary film ever made about men's intercollegiate rowing, follows coach Steve Gladstone and his University of California Berkeley crew team in their quest to rebuild the once dominant rowing program. Having led Cal to their last national title in 1976 and now in his second stint at Cal in 1997, Gladstone produced immediate results by guiding the team to their best season in over a decade. 2001. 60 min.

America, Behind Bars: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex: Critical Resistance

The growing reliance on prisons as the solution to systematic social problems, has created a punishment industry that bleeds taxpayers as it wields repression against the poor, immigrants and minorities. The first film, Visions of Freedom (32 min.), shows highlights from the Critical Resistance Conference held in Berkeley, California in 1998. Weaving music, poetry and speakers at the conference, this video highlights the growing outlines the growth of the prison industrial complex, the privatization of corrections and the social trade-offs being made to support it.

American Cultures Requirement: After Ten Years.

Cassette 1. Introduction (6 min.) -- Creating the American cultures requirement / Lily Wong Fillmore, Roderic Park, W. Russell Ellis (90 min.) -- Cassette 2. Student perspectives on the American cultures requirement / Romola Sanyal, Denise Velasco (48 min.) -- Cassette 3. Future of the American cultures requirement / Elaine Kim, Jeff Romm, Romola Sanyal (84 min.).

American Justice Denied: The Reopening of "Korematsu vs U.S."

Conference sponsored by the Earl Warren Legal Institute, Asian American Studies Dept., Asian American Law Students Association and the Pacific Islander Law Students Association, UCB.

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Bears in the Library: Cal Students Talk About Research

Undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley discuss how they approach library research, their initial impressions of the campus libraries, the impact that library research instruction has had on their ability to locate and evaluate relevant scholarly resources and the transformative impact that independent research can have on the large lecture course format and on their experience of education. 12 min.