October 21, 2014 - 7:00pm
Lost Rivers tells the story of the water flowing just beneath the feet of urban and suburban dwellers. Once upon a time, in almost every industrial city, countless rivers flowed. We built houses along their banks. Our roads hugged their curves. And their currents fed our mills and factories. But as cities grew, we polluted rivers so much that they became conduits for deadly waterborne diseases like cholera, which killed hundreds of thousands throughout the 19th century. Our solution two centuries ago was to bury rivers underground and merge them with sewer networks.
October 23, 2014 - 7:00pm
The controversial 2014 California Water Bond will allow the state government to borrow $11.1 billion to overhaul our water system. To educate voters about this complex measure, currently on track for the November ballot, the Brower Center has gathered a prestigious group of experts supporting and opposing the bond. Allocations include funds for water storage projects, ecosystem protection, groundwater protection, and technology solutions such as desalination – all of which draw passionate supporters and detractors.
October 23, 2014 - 7:30pm
Hosted by Erica Bridgeman
The UnAmericans is a stunning debut work of fiction that exposes the deepest emotions that tie people together and break relationships apart through various twentieth century generations and across a range of locales from the United States to Israel, Soviet Russia, Hungary and the Ukraine. Her characters inner lives frequently, subtly, brilliantly reveal their social and political histories.
November 1, 2014 - 7:30pm
Ticket prices and locations to be announced Hosted by Greg Bridges
November 5, 2014 - 7:00pm
Part two of the Brower Center’s water-themed series focuses on past and present water debates in California, which has been called “the most hydrologically altered landmass on the planet.” In November, the Center will take a look at California’s water history, exploring the successes and failures of major water redistribution projects: Mono Lake, San Joaquin River, the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct, and others.
November 6, 2014 - 7:00pm
In Our POWER: U.S. Students Organiza For Justice In Palestine (Just World Books)
MECA is thrilled to host this celebration of award-winning reporter Nora Barrows-Friedman's new book which documents the emergence and success of the Students for Justice in Palestine movement, using many of Nora's investigative interviews with activists nationwide. Her journalistic experience in Palestine and close engagement with Palestinian solidarity activism give Nora a unique ability to help these inspiring student leaders tell their stories!
November 13, 2014 - 7:00pm
The Freedom Theatre has been a creative center in Jenin Refugee Camp, Palestine, since 2006, using theatre and culture as tools of resistance to oppression, while opening creative possibilities. Members of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin will appear at the La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley at 7 p.m. on November 13, 2014.
Through its work, The Freedom Theatre aims to:
November 16, 2014 - 9:30am
“Improving the Lives of Women in Africa”, with Muadi Mukenge, Global Fund for Women, who is from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and works on behalf of women across Africa.
Light breakfast offered for slight fee