Berkeley is winding down for the winter break. This is probably the last week of the year during which events will be taking place on campus. There are some interesting things happening which I think might be of interest to those in the area. I will try to attend if I can. Take a look: 1. America's Current and Impending Wars: From Campus to the Middle East. There will be a teach-in focusing on the continuing occupations of Iraq and Palestine, on the threats of American wars against Syria and Iran, and on the intimidation crusades of lobbies and pressure groups against members of the academic community who have voiced criticism. Panel includes: Shahram Aghamir, KPFA, Producer of "Voices of the Middle East and North Africa", Wendy Brown, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, Samera Esmeir, Professor of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley, Dahr Jamail, Independent Reporter and Author; Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.; 155 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley Campus. For more information see here. 2. Also on Thursday, December 6th from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Wheeler Auditorium of UC Berkeley, there will be a preview of a new documentary called No End in Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq with documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson. Charles Ferguson’s documentary, No End in Sight, outlines the miscalculations, errors, and incompetence of the American government’s Iraqi involvement. Based on 200 hours of footage, government official and military officers, analysts, American soldiers and Iraqi citizens tell the story of Iraq’s flaws since the 2003 fall of Baghdad. No End In Sight, Ferguson’s first film, won a special jury prize for documentaries at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The film will be followed by a talk with Ferguson at 9 p.m. This event is free and open to public. You will have to show up before 6:30 p.m. to pick up a ticket from Wheeler Hall's Will Call. 3. On Sunday, December 9th at 4:00 p.m., in UC Berkeley's 110 Barrows Hall, Berkeley Lecture Series presents a talk by Ladan Boroumand, Research Director at Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation. Lecture topic is Human Rights and Democracy in Iran. This lecture is in Farsi.