Monday, November 28, 2011

EVENT - A Dialogue between Cornel West and Carl Dix

We are very excited to announce that the Cornel West – Carl Dix dialogue, “In the Age of Obama - Police Terror; Incarceration; No Jobs; Mis-education: What Future for Our Youth” will take place December 2, at 7:00 PM at Pauley Ballroom.  The event will be free and open to the public with an extensive Q&A.

Over a dozen campus organizations and many individuals are supporting this evening.  We ask that you join us in hosting, funding, and building this unique event, and we encourage you to sign and circulate this letter to faculty and student groups.

This Dialogue is a spirited back-and-forth between two of the nation’s foremost thinkers -- one in the spirit of the Black church and liberation theology, and the other, Revolutionary Communist, as they dissect the multitude of unprecedented challenges facing youth today – from massive incarceration and police brutality, widespread joblessness and budget cuts, to the U.S.’s unending global wars, and the pervasive racism confronting youth of color at every turn.  Though differing in perspective, they are joined by their profound respect for each other, their love for and commitment to today’s youth, and their shared desire
to crack open the national discourse and foster a spirit of critical engagement and daring to confront the dangerous situation faced by this new generation.

The evening comes at an especially significant time with struggles like Occupy! and the California prisoners hunger strikes erupting, battles both speakers have been deeply involved in.  Cornel and Carl recently
launched a new initiative against mass incarceration, and were arrested in an action of civil disobedience protesting “Stop & Frisk” – New York City’s program in which 700,000 mostly Black and Latino youth are
illegally stopped, searched and harassed every year by police.   (See, New York Times link, below)

This dialogue will stimulate further moral and political engagement at this time of awakening and activism.  Help us make this happen.

For more information, email <>, or search “Dec. 2 UC Berkeley Cornel West Carl Dix” on Facebook. (Full speaker CV’s and a detailed budget are available.)

 *CORNEL WEST * is one of America’s most provocative public intellectuals and has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the black
Baptist Church, progressive politics, and jazz. The New York Times has praised his “ferocious moral vision.” Dr. West currently teaches at Princeton University.

*CARL DIX * is a longtime revolutionary and a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. In 1970 Carl was one of the Fort Lewis 6, six /GIs /who refused orders to go to Vietnam. He served 2
years in Leavenworth Military Penitentiary for his stand. In 1985 Carl initiated the Draw The Line statement, a powerful condemnation of the bombing of the MOVE house in Philadelphia. In 1996, Carl was a founder
of the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality. Carl coordinated the Katrina hearings of the 2006 Bush Crimes Commission. For more on the Dialogue and speakers, see:

“Protesters of Police Stop-and-Frisk Practice Are Arrested,” /New York
Times/, October 21, 2011,

Carl Dix, “Why I Am Getting Arrested Today,” /Huffington Post/, October 21, 2011,

Cornel West: “Dr. King Weeps From His Grave,”/New York Times/, August 25, 2011,

“Cornel West and Carl Dix in Dialogue at UCLA,”/Revolution #233, May 22, 2011,/_

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Berkeley Circus

Do you bask in the glory of final reviews?  Do you like interacting with real
professionals about your ideas?  Or, do you want to add something new for your
resume?  Then remember The Berkeley Circus will be held on March 1-2nd.  March 1st
is on a Thursday, and this is the day to bring your “A” game.  Show your work to
distinguished visitors by presenting a Research Poster, Lightning Talk, or Studio
Review.  The deadline for proposals is January 20th.  Even if you have work done at
Berkeley that may not fit into one of these molds, we would still like to see it. 
Other Works may be submitted by February 6th.
To learn more about the Berkeley Circus, visit our website at 
 And remember each department has a Circus Coordinator that is there to help you: 
Architecture:  Tom Buresh,
Landscape Architecture:  Daphne Edwards,
City and Regional Planning: Karen Frick,

IIS Undergraduate Merit Scholarships deadline has been EXTENDED until Friday, December 2, 2011

Description: The Institute of International Studies (IIS) is seeking to
award a series of merit scholarships of up to $2000 each to support
undergraduate research in any area of international studies.  Research may
be conducted while in EAP, or independently.  The scholarship recipients
will be called IIS Junior Scholars.  Junior scholars with the strongest
research project, as determined by an IIS faculty panel, will each receive
an additional $1000 prize.  There will also be an opportunity to compete
for the Best Poster Award, an additional $250 prize.

Eligibility:  Open to any UC Berkeley junior or senior with a minimum 3.5
GPA who has completed at least one semester of study in residence at
Berkeley.  All majors are eligible and encouraged to apply.

For full application details, please visit:
Contact:, 510.642.2472
Institute of International Studies (IIS)
University of California, Berkeley
215 Moses Hall
Ph: 510.642.2472
Fax: 510.642.9493
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Tutor Writing at the Student Learning Center!

The Student Learning Center Writing Program is currently recruiting
tutors for the Spring 2012 semester.
 Help students increase their
skills and confidence as writers while improving your own writing and
communication skills.  As a Writing Tutor at the SLC, you will join a
dynamic and diverse community of writers and educators.  All SLC
Writing Tutors receive training in composition theory and valuable
experience in educational practices
.  We have limited paid positions
available for new tutors, and English 310 or Ed 97/197 units are also

For further information and to download an application, please visit

our website at or
contact the Writing Program Coordinators, Alberto Ledesma
( and Carolyn Swalina (
As always, if you have any questions about tutoring opportunities at
the Student Learning Center, or you have questions about Writing
Program tutoring services, or we can be of any assistance, please do
not hesitate to let us know.  You can reach us via email at (Carolyn) and/or (Alberto).

Carolyn Swalina and Alberto Ledesma
Writing Program Coordinators
Student Learning Center

Survey to help My Years at Cal website

The New Student Services team wants your input to help us develop content
for the new My Years at Cal ( website. If
you're not already familiar with it, My Years offers UC Berkeley students a
year-by-year framework for what you can do to get the most out of college.
We're working on building the sophomore, junior, and senior sections of the
website. If you could take a few minutes to answer our brief survey, we'd
really appreciate it! 
Please take the survey by Friday, November 18:
The New Student Services Team

Event - Deanna Van Buren, NOMA, LEED AP, Assoc AIA of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility

Special Talk with Deanna Van Buren, NOMA, LEED AP, Assoc AIA of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility
November 17, 2011
Wurster Hall, Rm. 314b

Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility works for peace, environmental protection, ecological building, social justice, and the development of healthy communities. 
Brought to you by the College of Environmental Design Students of Color.
Light refreshments will be served.
Anna McCorvey, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Master of City Planning | MCP'12
University of California, Berkeley

Undergrad Summer Research and/or Applying to Graduate School?

Here are links to specific portals for your students:

Paid Summer 2012 Undergrad Research Placements:
More than 650 programs – REU and other summer research opportunities for undergrads at more than 350 institutions nationwide.

Bridge to the Doctorate, IGERT, NSF Grad Research Fellowship and other programs provide generous stipend and tuition support for students through the National Science Foundation.

We’d be happy to answer any questions you have and to provide your students with assistance in applying to these programs.

Susie Valaitis

Senior Associate Director
Institute for Broadening Participation

Immediate Rhino Rendering Help Needed (Rhino & Maxwell)

We need help immediately (now - December 2) modifying a Rhino model, producing beautiful digital renderings and montaging them into existing site photos. You must be fast, good, reliable, and ready to 
jump in quick.  Models will be at a landscape scale (not a single building or interior), so be proficient with survey data interpretation. The Rhino models we are working from are complex, so really high facility with both programs is a MUST!

You must be local and available to work with us in our office in Berkeley during normal work hours.
Please email us your info, resume and some work samples.  
Looking forward to working with you!

Compensation: will negotiate hourly compensation based on skill and experience.
Steven Grover & Associates
Architecture + Engineering

800 Heinz Ave. Studio 11
Berkeley, CA 94710

p. 510 549 9258
f. 510 549 9157

Friday, November 18, 2011

Undergrad Social Hour Review: it was fun!

 Thank you to everyone who came out for our clock design contest and free pizza last Thursday. See you all next time on December 1st!

Eddy, Cynthia, Lu and Jack competing for the clock design contest

Music, food, drinks and crafts at the undergrad social hour

Some of the contestants, Tiffany, Roxy, Elysia, Sherrilyn and Lu

Clock design contest runner-up Elysia and winner Sherrilyn pose with their clocks

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Program Designers

The Excelsior Action Group (non-profit) is administering a $36,000 grant 
to reduce blight in the Excelsior Neighborhood of San Francisco. This  
small business facade improvement program will be providing businesses  
that qualify a $2000 grant for facade improvements which will be designed  
by a team of  volunteers that we are currently soliciting interest for.
As a general overview, program designers will work with a business owner  
to address their individual needs and come up with a design that  
beautifies the community. This design will then get constructed using  
funds we provide. We will be targeting roughly 18 businesses and the  
entire project is scheduled to be finished by March 31, 2012. That's a  
very tight deadline.
The commitment we require, if you wish to participate, is to complete a  
design for at least one business. Of course we'd love it if you have time  
to work with more businesses.
I've attached the draft document detailing the program for business  
owners, as well as a document detailing your role as a designer in the  
program (designer packet).
Send me an email if you're interested in being a designer for the program  
so we can set up a time to talk / meet. Basically the design phase is  
going to be taking place from now through December. It’s a short time  
frame. Because the end of the semester is drawing near, I don't expect  
current students to have time to participate in this program until after  
finals. This means that committing to this program will take up your  
winter break. Realize that this should be viewed as a mini studio project  
to be started and finished over winter break. One that will actually get  
built in San Francisco by March 31, 2012 (so built before this upcoming  
Please connect me with any other designers you think would be interested  
in this project. The more interested designers we can get the better.
John Carroll, Project and Volunteer Coordinator, Excelsior Action Group  
(, | C: (415) 617-9324 | O: (415)  
585-0110 | F: (415) 585-0170 | LISC AmeriCorps Member

Big Ideas @Berkeley

Big Ideas @ Berkeley:  Inspiring Student Innovation - Up to $300,000 in 
prizes available for 2012!

Since its founding in 2006, UC Berkeley's annual Big Ideas Contest has 
inspired innovative and high-impact student projects aimed at solving 
the world's most pressing problem. By seeking out and supporting smart 
and promising new ideas, Big Ideas has produced remarkable results.
This year's competition promises up to $300,000 in awards
Contest categories include:
Global Poverty Alleviation
Improving Student Life
Information Technology for Society
Energy Efficiency
Creative Expression for Social Justice
Scaling Up Big Ideas (for previous Big Ideas & Bears Breaking Boundaries 
contest winners)
*Pre-Proposal Submissions are due by November 21, 2011*
Interested students are encouraged to learn more about building 
effective interdisciplinary student teams and writing proposals at the 
following sessions:
To learn more about the contest and content of the workshops please 
visit the Big Ideas website:
For real-time news updates and further information regarding upcoming 
deadlines and events, please follow us on our Big Ideas@Berkeley 
Facebook page
We look forward to hearing about your Big Ideas!