Daily Archives: March 5, 2015

Disability Incarcerated: A Symposium

A symposium and gathering that responds to the recent book of that title, bringing together the editors and other scholars, students, activists, and community members to map the intersections of policing, imprisonment, and the disabled body. The event seeks to step into the conspicuous void within critiques of the “prison industrial complex” – namely the absence of discussion of disability oppression, despite the disproportionate representation of people with disabilities within prisons and gated institutions. Free and open to the public.

Wikipedia Art + Feminism Edit-A-Thon

Wikimedia’s gender trouble is documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 15% of its contributors identify as female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate; suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the sometimes contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages. The practical effect of this disparity, however is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge. Let’s change that!

Aulis: An Act of Nihilism In One Long Act

Lifes a Beach. Then you die. Christopher Chen, TDPS alumnus and Glickman Prize winner for The Hundred Flowers Project, returns to UC Berkeley with a bold new play! In this humorous, absurdist take on Euripides, King Agamemnon faces a heart-wrenching choice: Sacrifice his beloved only daughter to the gods, or condemn the entire Greek army to defeat before ever reaching Troy.

Documentary Voices: Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

This year’s edition of the annual spring seriesDocumentary Voices features masters of the medium. We begin with Robert Flaherty’s landmark Nanook of the North; his effort to salvage traditional Inuit culture is considered to be the first documentary film ever made. Frederick Wiseman, best known for his complex chronicles of social institutions (including UC Berkeley!), made Titicut Follies to expose conditions at a state-run mental hospital.