Film Screening: Raising of America, “Once Upon a Time” When Childcare for All Wasn’t Just a Fairytale

April 6, 2017, 6 - 8 pm

How might American life might be different today if all of the nation’s children had access to high-quality early care and education for the past four decades? In 1971, it almost happened.

Join us in viewing Episode Two from the Raising of America documentary series followed by an interactive dialogue with filmmaker Larry Adelman, parents, and other local experts on children & families.

California Farmworkers’ Rights: What Can Be Done in the Age of Trump?

April 13, 2017, 5 - 7 pm

In the last year, California has accomplished major gains for agricultural workers, from the new overtime pay law to innovative farm labor certification programs. At the same time, however, agricultural workers and their families are facing extreme threats from federal immigration policies and policing, and a heightened culture of fear. What efforts are underway to address the problems and develop solutions? Farmworker, business, policy, and research leaders will share on-the-ground perspectives on the current farm labor landscape in California. As the state with the highest number of agricultural workers, 75% of whom are immigrants, we will explore how California can lead the nation in providing healthy, safe, just, and equitable working conditions and how engaged community members can support these efforts.

A Hole in the Net: Working with What’s Missing in Adults and Children

April 22, 2017, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
$80 - $235 | Purchase Tickets

Join us for a day with internationally renowned psychoanalytic therapist Anne Alvarez as we explore the effects of emotional neglect in clinical work.

In this daylong event, internationally renowned psychoanalytic scholar and therapist Anne Alvarez will present her paper The Role of Emotion in Thinking and the Effect of Emotional Neglect. Her elaboration of states of withdrawal, helplessness, and neglect, elucidates the importance of curiosity and active engagement on the part of the therapist. Her thinking is dynamic and synthetic, incorporating groundbreaking insights from infant research, neuropsychology, and psychoanalysis. Her contributions are of enormous clinical help to therapists working with children or the adults they grow into. Jed Sekoff and Reyna Cowan will respond to Alvarez’s paper. Shubha Herlekar will present material from an adult treatment, further establishing the bridge from Alvarez’s ideas to clinical practice.

Berkeley Vegan Earth Day

April 30, 2017, 10 am - 4 pm
$8 advance/$10 at door | Donate

We are thrilled to once again bring the Berkeley Vegan Earth Day to the Brower Center for an exciting day of inspiring, life changing fun! The Berkeley Vegan Earth Day brings the vegan and environmental communities together to celebrate our paralleled vision for a sustainable future. We’ve got dozens of vendors signed up to share their delicious sustainable foods, eco-friendly products, and epic activism. Sit in on our educational and earth-friendly talks from experts, activists, and more!

We have reduced the ticket price this year so people of more income levels can join us, We hope you will join us! Compassionate Living, a non-profit organization based in Sonoma County, is proud to be the sponsor of this wonderful event.

Girl Power! Women Working in the Music Industry Conference

May 20, 2017, 10 am - 3:30 pm
$45.50 - $60 | Purchase Tickets

Established in 2013, the Girl Power! Women working in the Music Industry Conference is rapidly becoming the epicenter for empowering women with the education, resources, and networking opportunities that are keys to career success in music.

The theme of this year's Girl Power! Conference is Empowering Women for the Stage & Workforce and will focus on the performance realm of the music industry from a female perspective. It will cater to those who make a living, or wish to make a living through live performance, and the professionals who support them in various capacities to do so. Speakers will include booking agents, managers, Festival/Concert/Venue promoters, tour managers, branding professionals, artists, DJs and more.

Additionally, and in dedication to the conference theme, there will be a job fair component for which Bay Area entertainment companies will be present to conduct on-the-spot interviews.