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Friday, September 14, 2018

Reading Matters

Workshop | September 14 – 15, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 The Program in Critical Theory, Department of Comparative Literature, Center for Race and Gender, Department of English, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Department of French, Department of Political Science, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Rhetoric, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of

[This is a multiday event. Please see below for important details regarding participation and schedule. Event flyer is also included below.]

Articulating and performing a mode of reading that responds to the challenges of the present has been a constant endeavor not only in literary studies, but in all academic disciplines. Technological and scientific developments require us to...   More >

 Seminar participation requires completing preselected readings beforehand.

CAA Board Meeting - September 14, 2018

Meeting | September 14 | 9:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Cal Alumni Association

9:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Alumni House
12:45 p.m. | Public Comment

Representation Learning with Contrastive Predictive Coding

Seminar | September 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Aaron van den Oord, Research Scientist, Deepmind


Representation Learning with Contrastive Predictive Coding

While supervised learning has enabled great progress in many applications, unsupervised learning has not seen such widespread adoption, and remains an important and challenging endeavor for artificial intelligence. In this work, we propose a universal unsupervised learning approach to extract useful representations...   More >


Information Session | September 14 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  Webinar

 College of Environmental Design

Please join the UC Berkeley Master of Real Estate Development + Design (MRED+D) Admissions Office for an online information session.

Preparing for the job search: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | September 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Andrew Green, PhD Counselor, Berkeley Career Center

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The Struggle for Labour's Soul: A Book Talk with Matt Beech

Presentation | September 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Matt Beech, IES Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull

 Institute of European Studies, Anglo-American Studies Program

IES Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull, Dr. Matt Beech FRHistS, FRSA, will speak about his new book.

The Struggle for Labour's Soul: Understanding Labour's Political Thought Since 1945 (Routledge, 2018) is a revised second edition of this well known and highly regarded volume by politicians and leading scholars of the British Labour...   More >

The Info-Metrics Framework in Pictures

Seminar | September 14 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 248 Giannini Hall

 Amos Golan, American University

 Agricultural & Resource Economics


Info-metrics is the science of modeling, reasoning, and drawing inferences under conditions of noisy and insufficient information. It is at the intersection of information theory, statistical inference, and decision-making under uncertainty. It plays an important role in helping make informed decisions even when there is inadequate or incomplete information because it provides a...   More >

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief (BEUHS664)

Workshop | September 14 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Laurie Ferris, Yoga Instructor, Be Well at Work - Wellness Program

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of movement, soothe your back, and grant you increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn how pranayama breathing can enhance your practice, and help liberate your mind in surprising ways. Yoga mats are provided, or you can bring your own. Comfortable clothing and bare feet recommended.

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Love bytes and intimate machines: Analysing news media representations of human- robot interactions

Lecture | September 14 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, BCNM Commons, 340

 Belinda Middleweek

 Center for New Media

Research on human-robot interactions (HRI) has surged in recent years with a number of studies debating the social, ethical, psychological and philosophical implications of intimate robotic companions in the form of sex robots. Despite increasing scholarly interest in these relationships, how news media represent HRI is little analysed (Correa et.al. 2016). Applying the concept of the...   More >

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UROC Mixer/panel of undergraduate researchers/finding peer mentors session.

Information Session | September 14 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed (Humanities/Social Science), UROC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Join us for our Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) meet and greet mixer! We strive to build a community of researchers of color and will introduce our services and resources offered – including personal mentorship, mixers/panels, research methodology and decolonizing research workshops.

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Quantum Computing versus Classical Analog Algorithms

Seminar | September 14 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

 Eli Yablonovitch, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Dept., University of California, Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Recently, at least six well-funded quantum computing startups have emerged, in addition to some large internal efforts in major companies on quantum information processing . It appears that the initial emphasis is not on the Shor Algorithm, which would require billions of qubits, but rather on optimization algorithms that aim to solve the Ising problem, that could possibly be done with as few as...   More >

Harnessing U.S. Health and Retirement Survey Data for Research in the Social Sciences: A Technical Workshop

Workshop | September 14 | 1-4 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Ryan Edwards, Research Associate, UC Berkeley Population Center

 Population Science, Department of Demography

This workshop will focus on harnessing the powerful HRS dataset to assess an array of compelling questions in the social sciences. The objective is to stimulate new research efforts by expanding awareness of the content and structure of the HRS, with an emphasis on inquiries made possible by the secure computing environment.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – December 30, 2018 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Techniques and Materials for Van der Waals Heterostructures: Nano Seminar Series

Lecture | September 14 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. James Hone, Columbia Univ., Mechanical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Artificial van der Waals heterostructures of two-dimensional materials offer the possibility of creating layered structures with a wide variety of starting materials and control of composition at the single atomic layer limit. To create such structures, we developed a van der Waals transfer technique which largely eliminates interfacial contamination.

We have used this technique to...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Metastability for Diffusions

Seminar | September 14 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

It is well-known that diffusions with gradient drifts exhibit metastable behavior. The large deviation estimates of Wentzel-Freidlin and classical Eyring-Kramers Formula give a precise description for such metastable behavior. For non-gradient models, the large-deviation techniques are still applicable, though no rigorous analog of Eyring-Kramers Formula is available. In this talk I give an...   More >

Film in the Language Classroom: A multiliteracies approach, and beyond

Lecture | September 14 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 Mark Kaiser

 Berkeley Language Center

In this presentation I will examine the place of film in the language classroom from three perspectives, film studies, language, and software design, in order to explore the many ways that film can serve as source material for language instructors, taking into consideration the potential, and limitations, of a communicative, intercultural, and multiliteracies approach. The presentation will...   More >

MENA Salon: Saudi Arabia: Image and Reality in an Era of Reform

Workshop | September 14 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Since Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman took power in June 2017, Saudi Arabia has become the center of international media attention on its new found reform agenda–from granting women the right to drive, effective in June 2018, to restricting the powers of the religious police, to new found connections and investments between the Kingdom and Silicon Valley. These reforms have not come without...   More >

The School’s First 50 Years: 1918–1968

Seminar | September 14 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

By 1900 there was an acute need for qualified librarians and no program in the western states to prepare them. At Berkeley, Californiaâs land-grant university, President Wheeler accepted the need but prevented action. The dramatic expansion of public library services around 1910 induced the California State Library to start a school in Sacramento until Berkeley could take over. In Fall 1918 the...   More >

EECS Career Fair and Resume Workshop

Workshop | September 14 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 HP Auditorium

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Learn how to prepare for & navigate an internship or career fair from Katie Crawford, an Engineering focused Career Counselor.

Bring your laptop to work on your résumé as we go.


Logic Colloquium: Elimination and consistency checking for difference equations (even though the theory is undecidable!)

Colloquium | September 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Thomas Scanlon, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In practice, an algebraic difference equation (of $N$ variables) is given by a set Σ of polynomials in the variables $\{ x_{i,j} ~:~ 1 \leq i \leq N, j \in \mathbb N \}$ and one looks for sequences of $N$-tuples of numbers $((a_{1,j})_{j=0}^\infty , …, (a_{N,j})_{j=0}^\infty )$ as solutions in the sense that for each $P \in \Sigma $, the equations $P(a_{1,j}, …, a_{n,j}; a_{1,j+1}, …,...   More >

Future of Mobility: What Does the Public Think?

Lecture | September 14 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Hilary Nixon, San JoseState University

 Institute of Transportation Studies

San Jose State University's Hilary Nixon will present Financing the Future of Mobility: What Does the Public Think? on Sept. 14, 2018 in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at 4 p.m. Join us for cookies and beverages at 3:30 p.m

Dalton Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry: The Chemistry of Nanoscale Phosphides: Building Complex Inorganic “Molecules” with Atom-Level Precision

Seminar | September 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Brandi Cossairt, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington

 College of Chemistry

Our research focuses on solution-processable chemical systems capable of sunlight absorption, color-pure emission, charge transfer, and fuels generation. Towards this end we seek to address fundamental challenges in the field of inorganic chemistry, specifically controlling the composition, structure and function of nanoscale light absorbers and molecular catalysts, and controlling the...   More >

Patricia Williams in Conversation with Ramona Naddaff: When Not to Write Like a Lawyer: The Art of Genre Transgression

Lecture | September 14 | 4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Patricia Williams is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University. A scholar of race, gender, and law, she is a prolific writer across a variety of genres. Her books include The Alchemy of Race and Rights and Open House: Of Family, Food, Piano Lessons, and The Search for a Room of My Own. She is a columnist for the Nation.

Film Screening: "My life in China"

Film - Documentary | September 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Kenneth Eng, Independent Film Director

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

A story of migration is passed down from father to son, as we retrace the precarious steps he took in search of a better life. Ultimately asking the question, what does it mean to be both Chinese and American?

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: The p-adic Cohomology of Drinfeld half-spaces

Seminar | September 14 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Koji Shimizu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is a survey talk on the paper “Cohomology of p-adic Stein spaces” by Colmez, Dospinescu and Niziol. Drinfeld half-spaces are a p-adic analogue of the complex upper half-plane, and our goal is to describe p-adic (pro-)etale cohomology of these rigid analytic spaces in terms of Steinberg representations of the general linear group. In this talk, I will explain several key ingredients in...   More >

Colloquium: Jonathan Glasser, College of William and Mary: The Muslim-Jewish Musical Question in Algeria and Its Borderlands

Colloquium | September 14 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Jonathan Glasser is a historical anthropologist whose work focuses on modern North Africa, with particular attention to Algeria and Morocco. His first book, The Lost Paradise: Andalusi Music in Urban North Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2016) explored questions of revival and transmission in an urban performance practice in northwestern Algeria and eastern Morocco. His current project looks...   More >

Foodie Meetup

Social Event | September 14 | 5-7 p.m. |  Jack London Square

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

In the Bay Area, there's no shortage of good food--and at the Oakland Food Festival, you'll get the chance to sample some of the best the Bay Area has to offer! Come join us for an evening of amazing food and good company.

We will meet at 5 PM at the MLK Student Union just outside the Cal Student Store to head down to Oakland together--we will be holding a BIO sign so that you can easily...   More >

Facebook Women in Tech Lightning Talks

Information Session | September 14 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)


 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Q&A panel with Facebook representatives to hear what it’s like being a woman in tech at Facebook. There’s limited seating, so be sure to come on time if you want to participate!

Fotovision Lecture and Opening Reception for Bill Owens's "Suburbia"

Lecture | September 14 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. |  North Gate Hall

 Graduate School of Journalism, Reva and David Logan Gallery of Documentary Photography

Bill Owens’s landmark documentary project and book "Suburbia" from the 1970s met with immediate success for its keen observation of middle-class America. Owens had recorded a generational phenomenon: the rapid migration of inner-city apartment dwellers to affordable, newly produced homes in Livermore, California. He realized that this wasn’t simply a demographic shift but a psychological one....   More >

Ritchie, Suburbia, © Bill Owens, 1972

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue: with guests: Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Breed Brass Band with special guests Cyril Neville, Kermit Ruffins and Walter Wolfman Washington

Performing Arts - Music | September 14 | 6 p.m. |  Hearst Greek Theatre

 Another Planet Entertainment

Trombone Shorty‘s new album opens with a dirge, but if you think the beloved bandleader, singer, songwriter and horn-blower born Troy Andrews came here to mourn, you got it all wrong.

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Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Sustaining Grandeur: The First 100 Years of Save the Redwoods League

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 20 – September 14, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Gallery

 Bancroft Library

(Gallery is just inside east entrance to Doe) MARKING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY of the founding of Save the Redwoods League, Sustaining Grandeur is a collaborative exhibition between The Bancroft Library and the League. The exhibition explores the organization’s first century protecting California’s redwood forests and the surrounding lands that sustain them, and looks forward to the League’s...   More >


Exhibit - Multimedia | August 29 – October 21, 2018 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: AUG 29-OCT 21. Works of He Jingtang over the past three decades and their profound reflections on place, culture, time, and future urban development. Free and open to all!

Luminous Disturbances: Paintings by Kara Maria

Exhibit - Painting | September 10 – December 14, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Kara Maria's "cheerfully apocalyptic" paintings engage with a host of political issues, including war and environmental destruction. On display at the Townsend Center for the Humanities Sept 10 - Dec 14, 2018.

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – May 30, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, near Heyns Reading Room, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe

 Bancroft Library

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

Immigration, Deportation and Citizenship, 1908-2018: Selected Resources from the IGS and Ethnic Studies Libraries

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 31 – December 10, 2018 every day | Moses Hall, IGS Library - 109 Moses

 Institute of Governmental Studies Library, Ethnic Studies Library

"Immigration, Deportation and Citizenship, 1908-2018: Selected Resources from the IGS and Ethnic Studies Libraries" contains items from the Ethnic Studies Library and the Institute of Governmental Studies Library addressing historical attitudes and policy around immigration, deportation, and citizens' rights, as well as monographs and ephemera relating to current events.

The Handmaid's Tale: an exhibit at Moffitt Library

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 5 – December 31, 2018 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd Floor near Elevators


The new Moffitt Library exhibit explores the themes and antecedents of The Handmaid’s Tale, this year’s On the Same Page program selection. On exhibit are library materials and quotes that demonstrate that not only were we wrong to say “it can’t happen here” - it has already happened, all over the world: Berlin, Nazi Germany, Argentina, and yes, here in the US.

 UC Berkeley ID required for entrance to Moffitt Library.

Califas: Art of the US-Mexico Borderlands

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 11 – November 16, 2018 every day |  Richmond Art Center (2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA)

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: SEPT 11-NOV 16 @ the Richmond Art Center. The exhibition, co-curated by Professors Michael Dear &amp; Ronald Rael, explores representations of the US-Mexico ‘borderlands’ in contemporary art. Free &amp; open to all!

Art Wall: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

Exhibit - Painting | August 15, 2018 – March 3, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The 1960s architectural phenomenon Supergraphics—a mix of Swiss Modernism and West Coast Pop—was pioneered by San Francisco–based artist, graphic and landscape designer, and writer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon. Stauffacher Solomon, a UC Berkeley alumna, is creating new Supergraphics for BAMPFA’s Art Wall. Land(e)scape 2018 is the fifth in a series of temporary, site-specific works commissioned for...   More >

Bearing Light: Berkeley at 150

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 16, 2018 – February 28, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 2nd Floor Corridor

 Bancroft Library

This exhibition celebrates the University of California’s sesquicentennial anniversary with photographs, correspondence, publications, and other documentation drawn from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library collections. It features an array of golden bears, including Oski, and explores the illustrious history of UC Berkeley.

Face to Face: Looking at Objects That Look at You

Exhibit - Multimedia | March 10 – December 9, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology | Note change in date

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

For this Spring 2018 exhibit, entitled Face to Face: Looking at Objects that Look at You, the Hearst staff and 14 UC Berkeley freshmen have co-curated a global selection of objects that depict human faces in different ways. The exhibit asks: Why and how do crafting traditions of the world so often incorporate human faces, and how do people respond to those faces? Objects such as West African...   More >

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The Karaite Canon highlights a selection from the over fifty manuscripts he brought to California, along with ritual objects belonging to Cairo’s Karaite community.

The Worlds of Arthur Szyk: The Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Auditorium installation of high-resolution images of select collection items.

Acquired by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in 2017 thanks to an unprecedented gift from Taube Philanthropies, the most significant collection of works by Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) is now available to the world in a public institution for the first time as...   More >

Pièces de Résistance: Echoes of Judaea Capta From Ancient Coins to Modern Art

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

This exhibition will be continuing in Spring 2019.

Notions of resistance, alongside fears and realities of oppression, resound throughout Jewish history. As a minority, Jews express their political aspirations, ideals of heroism, and yearnings of retaliation and redemption in their rituals, art, and everyday life.

Centering on coins in The Magnes Collection, this exhibition explores how...   More >

Project “Holy Land”: Yaakov Benor-Kalter’s Photographs of British Mandate Palestine, 1923-1940

Exhibit - Photography | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4:05 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

For nearly two decades, Yaakov (Jacob) Benor-Kalter (1897-1969) traversed the Old City of Jerusalem, documenting renowned historical monuments, ambiguous subjects in familiar alleyways, and scores of “new Jews” building a new homeland. Benor-Kalter’s photographs smoothly oscillate between two worlds, and two Holy Lands, with one lens.

After immigrating from Poland to the British Mandate of...   More >