UC Berkeley Library

UC Berkeley’s library buildings are open. Here’s what you need to know.

Using the Library during COVID-19

UC Berkeley’s library buildings are now open. To stay up to date on the Library’s policies and services during the pandemic, visit the Library’s COVID-19 webpage.

UC Berkeley History

Berkeley in the 90's: What Happened to Student Activism?

A film by Jason Leal and Tom Pollock. Berkeley in the 90's interviews currently enrolled students at UCB concerning why the present generation does not engage in political activism as was done in the 1960's. Includes interviews with now middle-aged Free Speech Movement activists. Produced by students enrolled in Documentary Film (Film 28B) at the University of California, Berkeley. Instructor: B. Ruby Rich. 1993. 26 min.

Berkeley in the Sixties.

A film by Mark Kitechell. Contents: Pt. 1 Confronting the university: the Free Speech Movement-- pt. 2. Confronting America: the anti-war movement (32 min.) -- pt. 3. Confronting history: the counter-culture movement(45 min.). Through interviews with participants and archival footage, presents a history of Berkeley, California in the 1960s. This film is a celebration and tribute to the spirited rebellion of the students of Berkeley in the 1960s.

Berkeley Shakespeare Festival Conference

Conference held at UCB, September 12, 1985. ; Storage Info: pt. 1-pt. 2 pt. 1-2

Berkeley Writers at Work

Berkeley Writers at Work: David Kirp, March 31, 2004 David Kirp, Berkeley professor of Public Policy, is interviewed by College Writing Program lecturer, John Levine. Kirp discusses his writing process and answers questions from the audience. View it via UC Berkeley Webcast service

Bettina Aptheker

Political activist and feminist, Bettina Aptheker addresses such issues as her unhappy early childhood years, her activities during the Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley and her career in political and social advocacy. Speech is followed by questions from the audience. Videographer, Harold Adler. Filmed on November 15, 2006 at Black Oak Books, Berkeley. 93 min.

Beyond Sproul Plaza: Analysis of the Free Speech Movement.

Performers: Mario Savio, Bettina Aptheker, Charles Hitch, Ronald Reagan, Alex Sherriffs, Charles Young, Austin Goheen, Reggie Edgerton, Robert Barber, Robert Karplus, Art Rosenfeld, Robert Stebbins, Karl Pister, Roger Heyns, Mervin Field.

Biography of a Biography: Writing the Life of William Randolph Hearst.

David Nasaw, author and professor at City University of New York, lectures on the noted California newspaperman and national political figure, William Randolph Hearst. Concludes with questions from the audience. A lecture presented in Dwinelle Hall, University of California Berkeley for the Friends of The Bancroft Library, April 7, 2001. 61 min. War, the Press and U.S. Power: Diplomacy and Conflict in the Post-9/11 World. Panel host: Orville Schell.

Campus Forum: Implications of War in Iraq

To initiate a campus dialogue about the Iraq war, a panel of UC Berkeley faculty experts were invited to explore the war's economic, political and regional implications. The event was introduced by Chancellor Robert Berdahl and the panel was moderated by David Leonard, Dean of International and Area Studies. The panelists and their areas of knowledge are Nezar Al Sayyad, Middle Eastern Studies; Thomas G. Barnes, law and history; David D. Caron, law; Laura Nader, anthropology; Steven Weber, political science; and Janet L. Yellen, economics.

Cannabis, The Importance of Forgetting, and the Botany of Desire

Michael Pollan, author of "The botany of desire: a plant's-eye view of the world," has done a range of work in journalism, environmentalism and architecture. Here he discusses his approach to plants and their relationship to people. Concludes with questions from the audience. Held on November 12, 2002 at the University of California, Berkeley. 78 min.

Charter Day Honors Outgoing Chancellor Berdahl and His Wife, 4/15/04

Presents film coverage of the Charter Day ceremony of 2004 featuring a special farewell to the Berdahls, in which the Cal community expresses gratitude for the chancellor's leadership and celebrates his seven years of achievements at the University. 110 min.

Pages