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Monday, November 27, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Simulation-Based Data-Driven Damage Detection for Highway Bridge Systems: SEMM Seminar with Dual Presentations

Seminar | November 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Xiao Liang, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

This presentation explores data-driven structural health monitoring (SHM) algorithms utilizing the robust nonlinear time history analysis.

Reducing Damage Concentration with a Strongback System: SEMM Seminar with Dual Presentations

Seminar | November 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Barbara Simpson, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

This presentation will present the numerical and experimental results of a “strongback” system, a modification of the conventional braced frame that utilizes a vertical steel truss or “spine” to delay or prevent weak-story behavior.

​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | November 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Kaleb Asfaha; Katharina Foote

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | November 27 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Elina Tuominen; Krista Ruffini; Evan Rose & Yotam Shem-Tov

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

  RSVP online by November 20.

Latino Mass Mobilization: Immigration, Racialization, and Activism

Colloquium | November 27 | 12:45-2 p.m. |  Philip Selznick Seminar Room

 2240 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA

 Chris Zepeda-Millán, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and Chair of the Center for Research on Social Change, UC Berkeley

 Center for Research on Social Change

Lecture by Chris Zepeda-Millán, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and Chair of the Center for Research on Social Change

Seminar 231, Public Finance: Taxing Unwanted Populations: Fiscal Policy and Conversions in Early Islam

Seminar | November 27 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Mohamed Saleh, Toulouse School of Economics and Stanford University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Economic History
Co-authored with Jean Tirole

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: On certain special values of L-functions associated to elliptic curves and real quadratic fields

Seminar | November 27 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Chung Pang Mok, Purdue University

 Department of Mathematics

We study certain normalized special values of L-functions associated to elliptic curves and real quadratic fields. Under certain hypothesis, we are able to show that these are squares of rational numbers. This result is used to improve on a theorem of Bertolini-Darmon on rationality of Stark-Heegner points over genus fields of real quadratic fields.

Seminar Format: The seminar consists of two...   More >

Jon Lee — Comparing relaxations via volume for nonconvex optimization

Colloquium | November 27 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Jon Lee, University of Michigan

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Practical exact methods for global optimization of mixed-integer nonlinear optimization formulations rely on convex relaxation. Then, one way or another (via refinement and/or disjunction), global optimality is sought. Success of this paradigm depends on balancing tightness and lightness of relaxations. We will investigate this from a mathematical viewpoint, comparing polyhedral...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Scalable Systems and Algorithms for Genomic Variant Analysis

Presentation | November 27 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Frank Austin Nothaft, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

With the cost of sequencing a human genome dropping below $1,000, population-scale sequencing has become feasible. With projects that sequence more than 10,000 genomes becoming commonplace, there is a strong need for genome analysis tools that can scale across distributed computing resources while providing reduced analysis cost. Simultaneously, these tools must provide programming interfaces and...   More >

Agostino Capponi - Bail-Ins And Bail-Outs: Incentives, Connectivity, And Systemic Stability

Seminar | November 27 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Agostino Capponi, Columbia University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

We develop a framework to analyze the consequences of alternative designs for interbank networks, in which a failure of one bank may lead to others. Earlier work had suggested that, provided shocks were not too large (or too correlated), denser networks were preferred to more sparsely connected networks because they were better able to absorb shocks. With large shocks, especially when systems are...   More >

What’s Worth Teaching: Rethinking Curriculum in the Age of Technology

Colloquium | November 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 3515 Tolman Hall

 Allan Collins, Northwestern University

 Graduate School of Education

Taking a close look at how advances in technology, communication, and the dissemination of information are reshaping the world, I examine how schools can foster flexible, self-directed learners who will thrive in the 21st century. I present a broad, new vision for how schools can be redesigned to teach the kinds of knowledge, skills, and dispositions students will need in an increasingly complex...   More >

Reconstructing eukaryotic chromosome replication with purified proteins

Seminar | November 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dirk Remus, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

 College of Chemistry

Stochastic p-bits for invertible logic

Seminar | November 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Kerem Camsari, Purdue University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The field of electronics is at a crossroads. For many decades, the field has been driven by the process of continuous miniaturization, as embodied in the celebrated Moore's Law, but it is not clear how long this can continue, in view of the problems of increasing heat dissipation and feature sizes reaching atomic dimensions. Meanwhile, the field of magnetics has made enormous improvements in the...   More >

The Apartment Question and the Narrative Machinery of The Master and Margarita

Colloquium | November 27 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Dominick Lawton, Graduate Student, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

The sixth lecture in the Slavic Graduate Colloquium Fall 2017 series.

Winter iMix

Social Event | November 27 | 5-7 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Kick off the beginning of winter with Berkeley International Office's last iMix of the semester! Gather with other international students to try some typical American holiday traditions. We will have gingerbread houses to decorate, lots of holiday crafts and activities, and, of course, some tasty treats!

Don't miss out on an evening full of fun, food, and socializing. To reserve your spot,...   More >

On the History of Religions and the Study of Islam

Lecture | November 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room 220

 Travis Zadeh, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Islam plays a powerful role in American public discourse. Across this often contentious landscape, numerous voices can be heard defining and contesting the nature of Islam. This lecture addresses the place and history of Islam in the modern academic study of religion in light of discursive structures that are designed to contain and delimit the meaning of Islam.

SLAM: Teaching and Researching at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions

Seminar | November 27 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Professor Grace Lin Stokes, Santa Clara University

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

SLAM Seminar: Teaching and Researching at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions

Seminar | November 27 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Professor Grace Lin Stokes, Santa Clara University

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Science, Leadership and Management (SLAM) seminar.

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | September 25 – December 4, 2017 every Monday | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Blue Door Cafe | Note change in location

 2244 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Blue Door Cafe (check for location updates). Each person will support their own beverage purchases, but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and experience levels are welcome. Karibuni sana!

East African Beer and Soda

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (70 min screening followed by Q and A): Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

Lecture | November 27 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Isaac Julien, Artist and Filmmaker; Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

 Arts + Design

Isaac Julien is an accomplished filmmaker and video installation artist, well-known for films like Looking for Langston, a poetic treatment of gay black poet Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance. His multi-screen installations and accompanying photographic works for museums and galleries explore fractured narratives of memory and desire, often uniting elements from dance,...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

In-Between Places: Korean American Artists in the Bay Area

Exhibit - Painting | September 13 – December 10, 2017 every day |  Mills College Art Museum

 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613

 Mills College Art Museum

In-Between Places (사이에 머물다) is the story of Korean American artists and their dreams, featuring new work by: Jung Ran Bae; Sohyung Choi; Kay Kang; Miran Lee; Young June Lew; Nicholas Oh; Younhee Paik; and Minji Sohn.

Street by Minji Sohn, 2016

Jennie Smith: New Drawings

Exhibit - Painting | September 18 – December 15, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

San Francisco artist Jennie Smith infuses her detailed drawings of the natural world with an imaginative sensibility.

Viewing hours are generally Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events and meetings; please call (510) 643-9670 or email in advance to confirm room availability.

The Russian Revolution Centenary: 1917-2017: Politics, Propaganda and People's Art

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 11, 2017 – January 8, 2018 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition is dedicated to the centenary of the Russian Revolution that took place in October of 1917. The exhibition will take place in the Moffitt Library, and it will highlight several print-items from the revolutionary times.

 Access to the Moffitt Undergraduate Library is restricted and you'll need the UC Berkeley/ Cal Card for entry.

Ecocity Berkeley: Thirty Years On: An Exhibit in the Environmental Design Library

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 15 – December 16, 2017 every day with exceptions | Wurster Hall, 210 - Environmental Design Library Atrium


The 1987 book Ecocity Berkeley: Building Cities for a Healthy Future, inserting “ecocity” into the urban planning lexicon. Using Berkeley as a test bed, Richard Register promoted a new vision for urban development that now has worldwide resonance.

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 16, 2017 – June 3, 2018 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’
cartoons, jokes, and satire throughout the years selected
from their humor magazines and other publications.

The Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

Exhibit - Artifacts | July 21 – December 29, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking a 50th anniversary, Bancroft’s rare and unique collections documenting the 1967 “Summer of Love” are on exhibit in the corridor cases. Presented are images from the Bay Area alternative press, psychedelic rock posters and mailers, documentary photographs of the Haight-Ashbury scene and major rock concerts, and material from the personal papers of author Joan Didion and poet Michael...   More >

¡Viva La Fiesta! Mexican Traditions of Celebration

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – February 1, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, The Bancroft Library Gallery

 Bancroft Library

¡Viva la Fiesta! explores the cycle of traditional religious and
patriotic celebrations that have for centuries marked the
Mexican calendar. The exhibition draws on unique historical
representations of the fiestas and examines their relationship
to communal identities, national politics, religious practices,
and indigenous customs. These original materials, which are
preserved in the...   More >