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Thursday, November 21, 2019

BSAC at IDTechEx USA 2019, Santa Clara, Nov 20-21

Conference/Symposium | November 20 – 21, 2019 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  IDTechEx USA 2019

  Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA

BSAC, Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC)

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC)

BSAC Booth Q21

Applied Math Seminar: Fast boundary integral tools for the rheology of periodic suspensions and other Stokes flow problems

Seminar | November 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Alex Barnett, Flatiron institute

 Department of Mathematics

Integral equation methods are ideal for high-order accurate, linear-scaling solvers for viscous flows involving rigid or non-rigid particles, possibly in confined geometries. We focus on computing the effective shear viscosity of a suspension of 2D rigid particles with periodic boundary conditions, whose applications include industrial flows and complex fluids. We overview recent new tools needed...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: "Venture Capital Contracts"

Seminar | November 21 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Alexander Gorbenko, Marshall School of Business; University of Southern California

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

3-Manifold Seminar: Legendrian invariants from grid homology

Seminar | November 21 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Luya Wang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Grid homology for knots and links provides combinatorial invariants corresponding to those from knot Floer homology. We will define grid homology and the Legendrian invariants coming from it, following the exposition in Grid Homology for Knots and Links by Stipsicz, Ozsváth, and Szabó. As applications, we will use these Legendrian invariants to give examples of Legendrian non-simple knots and a...   More >

Amy Franceschini: Presence as Practice

Lecture | November 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Amy Franceschini

 Arts + Design

Amy Franceschini, founder of Futurefarmers

This week’s A+D Thursdays speaker is Amy Franceschini, the founder of Futurefarmers, a group of artists, designers, farmers, and architects with a common interest in creating frameworks of participation that recalibrate our cultural compass. Their work uses various media to enact situations that disassemble habitual apparatus: public policy, urban...   More >

Mindful Awareness: Guided Meditation

Miscellaneous | August 29 – November 21, 2019 every Thursday | 12-1 p.m. | 5400 Berkeley Way West

 Jeffrey Oxendine

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Focus the mind. Foster creativity, resilience, and well-being. These meetings are free and open to faculty, staff, and students.

Bancroft Library Roundtable: “To make letters live, that men themselves may have more life”: Manuscript Analysis and the Lettering Arts

Lecture | November 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Chris McDonald, Assistant Pictorial Archivist, The Bancroft Library

 Bancroft Library

The Bancroft Library is home to one of the more significant collections of medieval and renaissance manuscripts in the nation. Chris McDonald will discuss the esoteric tradition of study of letterforms in the scripts found in such documents, illustrating this analysis along the way.

 The Lewis-Latimer Room has a maximum capacity of 28 people. The doors will be shut and no more attendees may enter once the room is at capacity.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | November 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Meredith Startz, Professor, Stanford

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

View from the Top: Craig Federighi: Questionable Advice from One Very Lucky Berkeley Engineer

Lecture | November 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Craig Federighi, Senior VP, Software Engineering, Apple

 Society of Women Engineers, UC Berkeley College of Engiennering

Visual coding strategies implied by individual differences or adaptation

Seminar | November 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Kara Emery, University of Nevada, Reno

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

An important goal of vision science is to understand the coding strategies underlying the representation of visual information. I will describe experiments and analyses where we have explored these coding strategies using two different approaches. In the first approach, we factor-analyzed individual differences in observers’ color judgments to reveal the representational structure of color...   More >

Aging Services Faculty Search Candidate Talk

Lecture | November 14 – December 5, 2019 every Thursday with exceptions | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Social Welfare, School of

Guided Mindfulness Meditation (BEUHS064)

Workshop | November 21 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Julia Anable, Ph.D., Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

Mindfulness and meditation are practices that all of us can integrate into our lives. Doing so yields profound benefits -- emotionally, physically and interpersonally. No matter how busy you are, there are techniques -- some requiring only one minute -- that are possible to incorporate into your daily existence. This workshop will provide tools you can use to enhance your life, and will end with...   More >

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Stebbins Piano Series: All Beethoven Concert

Performing Arts - Music | November 21 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Stebbins Lounge

 Billy Fang, Student - Music Department; Jolie Huang, Student - Music Department

 Women's Faculty Club

Student Pianists Billy Fang and Jolie Huang perform Beethoven's "Sonata No 28 in A major, Op 101" and "Sonata No. 32 in C minor, op 111"

  RSVP by calling Front Desk at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk at womensfacultyclub@gmail.com by November 20.

Spectacle of Empire: The Visual Destruction of Iraq | Dena Al-Adeeb

Lecture | November 21 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Dena Adnan Al-Adeeb, University of California, Davis

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Spectacle of Empire critically investigates the relationship between art, architecture and archaeology and militarized visual culture, analyzed against the historical and political backdrop of imperial and neoliberal processes in the Middle East. Drawing from the fields of postcolonial theory, visual culture, and media studies, The Spectacle of Empire sheds light on the United States’ 2003...   More >

IB Seminar: Combinatorial Creatures: Cortical plasticity within and across lifetimes

Seminar | November 21 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Leah Krubitzer, University of California, Davis

 Department of Integrative Biology

Member's Walk: Australasia

Lecture | November 21 | 1-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 James Fong

 Botanical Garden

Garden members are invited to take an in-depth look into the Australasia Collection with Horticulturist James Fong. This diverse collection represents flora from the temperate, subtropical, and tropical climates of Australia, New Zealand, and more!

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 3 – December 29, 2019 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 plants from around the world, learn about the vast diversity in the collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

Microsoft Publisher Fundamentals

Course | November 21 | 1:30-4 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Human Resources

This comprehensive foundation course details the process of using Microsoft Publisher for desktop publishing; including the development and design of publications that incorporate text, graphics, and objects for internal production or commercial printing. Learning Objectives • Identify the elements of the Microsoft Publisher interface. • Define page layout and structure to organize pages and...   More >

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War in Raqqa: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Special Event | October 22 – December 20, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 2-5 p.m. |  2224 Piedmont (Center for Digital Archaeology )

 Human Rights Center

Experience photographs, videos, open source investigations, and 360° Virtual Reality that document the assault on Raqqa, Syria by coalition forces in 2017. The show draws on Amnesty International's investigations, supported by students in UC Berkeley's Human Rights Investigations Lab and the Digital Verification Corps worldwide. Immerse yourself in video, testimonials, satellite imagery and maps...   More >

Neural circuit mechanisms of emotional and social processing

Seminar | November 21 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Kay Tye, University of California, San Diego

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Tadeu Siqueira

Seminar | November 21 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Tadeu Siqueira

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Tadeu Siqueira, Brazilian ecologist and Professor at São Paulo State University, will present: "Responses of stream biodiversity to natural and anthropogenic processes in Brazil: challenges and opportunities for conservation." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

Seminar 242, Econometrics: Reading Group Meeting

Seminar | November 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Department of Economics

The TDPS Speaker Series | Brecht’s Legacy

Panel Discussion | November 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 44B Dwinelle Hall

 Brandi Wilkins Catanese, Associate Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, UC Berkeley; Janelle Reinelt, Professor Emerita, University of Warwick, UC Irvine; Shannon Steen, Associate Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, UC Berkeley

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Coinciding with the TDPS production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, this panel discussion will explore how Bertolt Brecht's work speaks to contemporary concerns, and what it can teach us about history, emotion, estrangement, and theater.

Beyond Berkeley: Finding Research Opportunities Off-Campus

Information Session | November 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Alexander Jaffe, PhD candidate, PhD candidate, Molecular and Cell Biology

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Alexander Jaffe, doctoral candidate in Molecular and Cell Biology, will share insights on how to find, and be selected for, off-campus research opportunities such as Research Experiences for Undergraduates (https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/) and more. This event was extremely popular at the Research and Scholarships Fair, so we decided to run it again. Don't miss it!

Anthony W. Fontes Mortal Doubt: Transnational Gangs and Social Order

Lecture | November 21 | 4-5 p.m. |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)

 Anthony Fontes, Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University, American University

 Center for Latin American Studies

Maras (transnational gangs) like the MS-13 stand at the center of ever-growing politics of fear. Based on years of fieldwork in Central America, Anthony W. Fontes illuminates how the maras became the region’s public enemy #1. However, the problem goes beyond gangs. By providing cover for a host of other actors taking advantage of extreme violence, maras help create a sense of order in the midst...   More >

A man in a mausoleum in Guatemala City. (Photo by Anthony W. Fontes.)

Foerster Lectures on the Immortality of the Soul featuring Jane Taylor: On Uncertainty: Wittgenstein: Habits of Thought and Thoughts of Habit

Lecture | November 21 | 4:10 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Jane Taylor, Andrew W. Mellon Chair of Aesthetic Theory and Material Performance, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape

 Graduate Division

Taylor's lecture is about uncertainty. The lecture will be accessible and interesting to a broad audience. She will be engaged with the English, Drama, and other departments on campus as her work is widely respected.

Jane Taylor

Mathematics Department Colloquium: An arithmetic count of rational plane curves

Colloquium | November 21 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Kirsten Wickelgren, Duke University

 Department of Mathematics

A rational plane curve of degree d is a polynomial map from the line to the plane of degree d. There are finitely many such curves passing through 3d-1 points, and this number is independent of (generically) chosen points over the complex numbers. The problem of determining these numbers turns out to be deep and connected to string theory. It was not until the 1990's that Kontsevich determined...   More >

CANCELLED - Screening and Discussion: Seeds of All Things

Film - Documentary | November 21 | 5-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall | Canceled

 Yehuda Sharim, UC Merced

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Amid the backdrop of a contentious presidential election, a health clinic in Southwest Houston is run by and for immigrants and refugees. A family from Iran is bound by love as they build a new home in the city’s most diverse neighborhood.

Yehuda Sharim is a scholar, filmmaker, and an Assistant Professor in the Program of Global Art Studies, University of California, Merced. He has directed...   More >

Singing Schubert, Hearing Race: Black Concert Singers and the German Lied in Interwar Central Europe

Lecture | November 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Kira Thurman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, Department of History, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington

Kira Thurman explores the rise in popularity of African American classical musicians in interwar Germany and Austria. Singing Lieder by Schubert, Brahms, and others, they challenged audiences’ expectations of what a black performer looked and sounded like in the transatlantic “jazz age.” Audiences labeled singers such as Marian Anderson and Roland Hayes “negroes with white souls,” and marveled at...   More >

Kira Thurman

35th Colin and Elsa Miller Lecture: Elections and Protests: Government Influence and Social Attitudes in Today’s Russia

Lecture | November 21 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Maria Lipman, Editor, Point & Counterpoint

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

The year 2019 has been marked by several unexpected developments. The Moscow city council elections, usually a non-event, resulted in mass street protests after the government barred undesired candidates from the race. The police responded with unprecedented brutality. The prosecution of some of the protesters was extremely arbitrary, even by Russian standards. What followed was a campaign of...   More >

The Daily Life of Betel: from Leaf to Nut, Preparation to Ritual

Lecture | November 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Deepa Natarajan, UC Botanical Garden

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Institute for South Asia Studies, Botanical Garden

Betel nuts (Areca catechu) and leaves (Piper betle), are for many, a part of daily life in Southern India. Come explore the world of vethela paaku (the preparation of betel leaves and nuts) through a visual journey through Southern India.

Deepa Natarajan is the Program Coordinator at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, where she has transformed her love of plants into a year-round series of...   More >

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Fall Resident Benefit Concert in the Auditorium

Performing Arts - Other | November 21 | 7-9 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 International House

Come enjoy musical performances by I-House residents at this benefit concert! All proceeds will go to Save the Children, an organization helping children and families who are fleeing violence in Syria. General admission is $10 and admission with an alcoholic beverage is $15 ⁠— but you can always donate more.

Resident Benefit Concert
Thursday, Nov. 21, 7-9pm | Chevron Auditorium

Beer...   More >

TDPS Workshop Performance: FABLE

Performing Arts - Theater | November 19 – 21, 2019 every day | 7-9 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Timothy L. Quirus

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

To gaze into her eyes would be to know all the secrets of the universe; rendering mankind into stone. The Mythologies of the triple goddess, as well as Medusa, continue to ripple through history to modern day culture, and mirror the human experience. Is her story complete? What has been left out, and why is the gorgon perpetuated as a monster for the modern world?

Sculpture by Luciano Garbati

Routine Pleasures

Film - Feature | November 21 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Babette Mangolte, Cinematographer

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Routine Pleasures is an essay film in which Manny Farber’s work plays an essential role and my closer-than-close relationship to him is abundantly evoked. It is not a documentary on Manny (he never appears in it). It is a meditation on method and work, the American landscape, the male imaginary, the high and low of American culture, the materialist nature of artistic imagination, friendship, the...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

The Life and Career of Kaneji Domoto

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 19 – December 16, 2019 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

This exhibition explores the complex story behind the only American Japanese architect and landscape architect at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian community, in Westchester County, New York in 1944.

The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 every day |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Library, Berkeley Language Center

Celebrates the magnificent diversity of languages that advance research, teaching, and learning at the University of California, Berkeley. It is the point of embarkation for an exciting sequential exhibit that will build on one post per week, showcasing an array of digitized works in the original language chosen by those who work with these languages on a daily basis - librarians, professors,...   More >

Power and the People: The U.S. Census and Who Counts

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 16, 2019 – March 1, 2020 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


Since 1790, the U.S. Census has impacted many aspects of our lives. It determines congressional apportionment, decides which communities receive a slice of $500,000,000,000 in federal funds, and provides information essential to policy making. Census questions also reflect the beliefs, concerns and prejudices of their time, starting with the first census which mandated that enslaved people be...   More >

Power to the People

You Are On Indian Land: There There (On the Same Page 2019): An Exhibit of Library Collections relating to the Native American community of Oakland

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd floor


Tommy Orange's debut novel, There There, is this year's On the Same Page program reading. The entire campus community is encouraged to read the book and participate in classes and events this Fall.

“Orange’s debut is an ambitious meditation on identity and its broken alternatives, on myth filtered through the lens of time and poverty and urban life. Its many short chapters are told through a...   More >

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Object Lessons: The Egyptian Collections of the University of California, Berkeley

Exhibit - Artifacts | November 11, 2019 – May 22, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery and Corridor

 Friends of The Bancroft Library, Bancroft Library, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Object Lessons brings together ancient and modern Egyptian artifacts from the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in an exhibition in The Bancroft Library Gallery and Corridor. In the gallery, we invite you to explore how items from everyday life were created and discarded, excavated and conserved, from antiquity to the present day. The corridor...   More >

Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer: The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances

Exhibit - Artifacts | March 15 – December 15, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

If you sip a cup of coffee, are you on drugs? If you try psychedelics, are you committing a crime? If you have a sweet tooth, are you a sugar addict?

Since the beginning of human existence, peoples of the world have altered their minds with countless plant-based substances. They have done so for many reasons, ranging from pleasure to health to ceremony, with effects both harmful and benign,...   More >