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"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.

3 Books/3 Faculty

In this lecture four UCB professors of architecture discuss the content of their recently published books. Contents: 194X : architecture, planning, and consumer culture on the American home front / Andrew Shanken -- Detail in process / Christine Killory and Rene Davids -- Earth architecture / Ronald Rael. 58 min. This event took place at the University of California, Berkeley on February 11, 2009.

Alternative Models of Practice: Lecture and Discussion

Presents a panel of San Francisco Bay Area architects discussing alternative methods of architectural design and practice. The panel includes Thom Faulders of Beige Design, Berkeley; Jane Martin of Shift Design Studio, San Francisco; Larissa Sand, of South Park Fabricators and Helen Hilton Raiser, Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This event took place at the University of California, Berkeley on October 23, 2002. 99 min.

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.

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.

Cinematic Cities: Historicizing the Modern From Reel to Real

The College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley invites distinguished architects and academics in the field of architecture to present guest lectures. In this lecture Nezar AlSayyad, professor of Architecture, Planning and Urban History at UCB, addresses some of the themes in his book Cinematic cities, historicizing the modern from reel to real. This event took place at the University of California, Berkeley on November 28, 2007. 30 min. (Note: Recording ends before event is finished. Some of final presentation is missing.)

Does America Need an Empire?

Max Boot, author of Savage wars of peace: Small wars and the rise of American power, presents the 2003 Nimitz Memorial lecture in which he discusses American foreign policy and America's place in the world as a global "policeman." He addresses the question "Should America assume the responsibility of policing the world, and if so, why and how?". Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on March 12, 2003. View it with RealPlayer

Food Politics and the Obesity Epidemic: How the Food Industry Influences Health and Diet

Dr. Marion Nestle, chair of NYU's Dept. of Nutrition and Food Studies and author of "Food politics," discusses the obesity epidemic in the United States and the political issues that surround it. Held at the University of California, Berkeley on April 1, 2003 and recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley. A Berkeley Webcast event; sponsored by the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley. 2003. 53 min.

Lessons from the David Brower Center: Teaching Green

A panel discussion upon the opening of the new Brower Center, Berkeley's "greenest" building, involving the building's design team and several UCB faculty in the Dept. of Architecture. Followed by questions from the audience. Panel: Daniel Solomon, Susan Ubbelohde, Harrison Fraker, Stanley Saitowitz, Sam Davis, Chris Benton, Maria Paz Gutierrez. Presented at The Brower Symposium: building green, who learned what from whom? held on April 23, 2009 at the University of California, Berkeley. 146 min.

Redrawing the Map of the Arab World,

A lecture by Azmi Bishara, leading Palestinian human rights activist and one of only seven Arab members of the Israeli Knesset, the Parliament. Bishara presents some of his ideas about the general situation in the Middle East and about the current war in Iraq and its implications for Arab-Israeli relations. A Berkeley Webcast event; co-sponsored by the Dept. of Near Eastern Studies andthe Office of the Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley. 117 min.