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Friday, February 14, 2020

Free Books! African American Studies Reading Room

Special Event | February 6 – 29, 2020 every day | 675 Barrows Hall

 Department of African American Studies

In honor of Black History Month the African American Studies Department invites you to drop by and adopt free books from our Reading Room.

Solar Spring Break: Valentine's Day Bake Sale: Love Your Mother Earth!

Sale | February 14 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Sproul Plaza

 Student Environmental Resource Center

The Solar Spring Break Team is selling baked goods for Valentine's Day to fundraise for our solar installation trip in Oakland and Sacramento this spring break. The fundraiser will be held in Sproul from 9AM-4PM. See you there!

Imagining Post 3.11 Futures and Living with Anthropogenic Change

Conference/Symposium | February 14 – 15, 2020 every day | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium (#310)

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

The workshop brings together artists, activists and scholars for a series of conversations on the 3.11 disasters and the effects of anthropogenic change in Japan. The conversations will explore how people in Fukushima are living with the consequences of the 3.11 disasters and how different communities with varying livelihoods and vulnerabilities have responded to and invented tactics to survive...   More >

2020 Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Info Session: Funding for post graduation social engagement projects

Information Session | February 14 | 10-11 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Mary Crabb, Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize supports intellectual and creative pursuits that heighten awareness of issues of social consciousness and contribute to the public good. The award gives students the opportunity to extend and reflect upon their undergraduate work at Berkeley by undertaking a social engagement project after their graduation.

Up to $25,000.

Integral Taiji and Qigong

Special Event | February 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

You are invited to participate in Integral Taiji & Qigong classes at the UC Botanical Garden. Our classes will focus on somatic, psycho-spiritual, ecological, and cosmological dimensions of taiji (tai chi) and qigong. We will practice standing meditation, walking meditation, the Microcosmic Orbit, Tai Chi Ruler, the Eight Treasures, cleansing the internal organs, embodying the elements, tai chi...   More >

Free with Garden Admission

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Information Session: Internships at the US Department of State

Information Session | February 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm, Diplomat in Residence NW, US Department of State


The U.S. Department of State represents U.S. interests around the world. The Department’s employees, with their skills, character, and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America’s diplomacy. Come talk with Diplomat in Residence for the Northwest and learn more about how you can join this dynamic team in a wide variety of positions, including upcoming student internships.

Seminar on "The Race of Sound" with Nina Eidsheim (UCLA)

Seminar | February 14 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

 Nina Eidsheim, UCLA

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

This seminar at 11:30am will precede Professor Eidsheim's Lecture at 4:30 p.m. in 128 Morrison Hall entitled “The Race of Sound: The Acousmatic Question as Voice-Making." Please RSVP to alexanderjayulllman@berkeley.edu by 2/12 as lunch and select readings will be provided. Co-sponsored by the Sound Studies Working Group and the Music Department.

Nina Sun Eidsheim studied vocal performance,...   More >

Love Data Week 2020

Presentation | February 10 – 14, 2020 every day | 12-5 p.m. |  Various UC Berkeley campus locations

 University Library, UC Berkeley Research IT, UC Berkeley Information Security Office, D-Lab, California Digital Library (CDL)

Find more information about the Love Data Week 2020 trainings at this website: https://bids.berkeley.edu/news/celebrate-love-data-week-2020-uc-berkeley-february-10-14.

What is Health? allostasis and the evolution of human design

Seminar | February 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Peter Sterling, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Human design is constrained by natural selection to maximize performance for a given energy cost. The brain predicts what will be needed and controls metabolism, physiology, and behavior to deliver just enough, just in time. By preventing errors (allostasis), rather than correcting them (homeostasis), energy is saved. Predictive control is a core function that requires rapid computations by the...   More >

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief (BEUHS664)

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

 Laurie Ferris

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of motion, and offer increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn basic yoga poses and breathing techniques to transform your practice into a moving meditation. Optional: Join the Passport Yoga Passport Challenge and get a different stamp for each class to be entered into a drawing for a yoga prize! Please bring...   More >

  Register online

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: A Pathway for Efficient Magnetic Memory Devices

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

 Shehrin Sayed, Postdoctoral Researcher, EECS, U.C. Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I’ll discuss a new mechanism for electric-field induced switching based on several established quantum effects.

German 204-Compact Seminar taught by Prof. Hinrich Seeba(only for 5 weeks): Aesthetics of History: Lessing, Schiller, Novalis, Kleist

Seminar | January 31 – February 28, 2020 every Friday | 1-4 p.m. | 282 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of German

 Department of German

In the age of fake news, the disparity of historical and poetic truth, as it emerged in the 18th century, gains new significance. When the study of history became an academic discipline, the role of historical writing between factual report and literary representation was intensely discussed – by historians, philosophers of history and writers, from Chladenius, Wegelin and Gatterer in history, by...   More >

SURF Summer Research Scholarships Info Session

Information Session | February 14 | 1-2 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

OURS Staff will discuss eligibility criteria for SURF programs, benefits of the fellowship and tips for a successful application

Exploits with Atomic Materials: from Flexible/Wearable Electronics to Memory Devices: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 14 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Deji Akinwande, UT Austin, Electrical & Computer Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

This talk will present our latest research adventures on 2D nanomaterials towards greater scientific understanding and advanced engineering applications. In particular, the talk will highlight our work on flexible electronics, zero-power devices, monolayer memory (atomristors), non-volatile RF switches, and wearable tattoo sensors.

Non-volatile memory devices based on 2D materials are an...   More >

PIV for CFD Model Validation Benchmark Experiments: E201 Ocean Engineering Seminar

Seminar | February 14 | 2:30-4 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Professor Barton L. Smith, Utah State University

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Before Computational Fluid Dynamics can be used for decision making, the uncertainty of the calculations must be found. To quantify the uncertainty of the calculations, the solution must be “Validated” against experimental data. While it may be tempting to use experimental results found in published literature for validation, such a practice can lead to unacceptable uncertainties...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Patricia Alessandrini

Colloquium | February 14 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

This talk will consist of a discussion of the aesthetics and techniques involved in my approach to composition as an act of interpretation of pre-existing works, followed by an examination of my use of electronics, and in particular real-time physical modeling. Most of my recent works employ the following compositional process, outlined in the following three stages: (1) the duration of each note...   More >

The Role of Public Libraries, Today and Tomorrow

Seminar | February 14 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne

 Information, School of

Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne is the assistant city manager of Palo Alto.

Rural Modernization in China and East Asia

Colloquium | February 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Kristen Looney, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, Georgetown University

 Rachel Stern, Professor, School of Law, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Kristen Looney will be discussing her forthcoming work, Mobilizing for Development: The Modernization of Rural East Asia (Cornell, 2020). This book tackles the question of how countries achieve rural development and offers a new way of thinking about East Asia’s political economy that challenges the developmental state paradigm. Through a comparison of Taiwan (1950s–1970s), South Korea...   More >

Nickel-Mediated Radical Pathways and Applications in Alkene Functionalization

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

 Tianning Diao, Silver Center, New York University

 College of Chemistry

Nickel catalysts exhibit unique properties. Open-shell configurations are relatively stable and readily accessible, which lead to radical pathways. Moreover, the reduction potential of Ni is considerably lower than that of Pd. These properties have been employed to functionalize alkenes. Enantioselective 1,2-dicarbofunctionalization of alkenes allows access to molecules with intricate...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Brauer spaces of spectral algebraic stacks

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

 Chang-Yeon Chough, IBS Center for Geometry and Physics

 Department of Mathematics

Grothendieck posed a question of whether the natural map from the Brauer group of a scheme to its cohomological one is an isomorphism of abelian groups. It's not true in general, but we have some positive results from Grothendieck and Gabber (and de Jong), among many others. After a brief review of Brauer groups in algebraic geometry, I'll talk about some recent progress in the setting of derived...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Nina Eidsheim (UCLA)

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

 Department of Music

“The Race of Sound: The Acousmatic Question as Voice-Making”

Nina Sun Eidsheim studied vocal performance, composition, and philosophy at the University of Agder (Norway) and The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus (Denmark) before pursing MFA in Music at the California Institute of the Arts. She completed her Ph.D. in critical studies/experimental practices program at the University of California,...   More >

Science | Sex | Fiction

Reading - Literary | February 14 | 5-7 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Paloma Medina, UC Santa Cruz

 College of Natural Resources, Social Science Matrix, Center for Race and Gender

Paloma Medina (author and PhD candidate in Biomolecular Engineering at UC Santa Cruz) will read from their new book Looking for Marla – the story of a curious clownfish in transition as they find their way from fatherhood to motherhood. Following the reading, stick around for snacks, book buying, community building, and zine-making. We’ll have supplies for you to creatively explore your...   More >

Le bonheur

Film - Feature | February 14 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In this strikingly colorful, lyrical film, Varda contemplates happiness. François, a carpenter, is happy with his wife; he is happier still when he takes a mistress. For him it is not a question of loving one or the other; he loves both, and wants them to share a life together. This triangular relationship is examined within a circular structure. The film begins and ends with blissful family...   More >

Wild at Heart

Film - Feature | February 14 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Just out of prison for manslaughter, Sailor (Nicolas Cage) breaks parole to take Lula (Laura Dern), his inseparable lover, to California. Lula’s mother, Marietta (Diane Ladd), accompanied by a private eye (Harry Dean Stanton), pursues the de facto fugitives to rescue her daring daughter from herself. In Big Tuna, Texas, a scruffy town inhabited by lowlifes, they encounter the thoroughly demented...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

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

Brave Warriors and Fantastic Tales: The World According to Yoshitoshi

Exhibit - Painting | February 5 – May 31, 2020 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

January 15–May 31, 2020
Among the last great ukiyo-e artists of Meiji Japan, Taiso Yoshitoshi (1839–1892) reigned supreme for his daring prints based on various tales and legends of ancient Japan and China. He made use of Western colors and inks for dramatic effect, yet stayed loyal to the woodblock print techniques that had guided past masters. In his short life, he created numerous series...   More >

Photographs by Ken Light: American Stories

Exhibit - Photography | January 13 – May 15, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

In an exhibition of selected works from the past five decades, documentary photographer Ken Light probes social and political issues in America.

 Viewing hours are Monday-Friday during the academic year. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events. Please call (510) 643-9670 or email townsendcenter@berkeley.edu for viewing times.

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 >

The Book of Life: A Photographic Bibliography

Exhibit - Photography | February 8 – 22, 2020 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for an exhibit of photographs by 2019 Artist-in-Resident and UCBG Docent Becky Jaffe.

A photographer, naturalist, and educator living in Oakland, California, Becky Jaffe is active in the Bay Area photography community, teaching Art of Seeing courses for advanced fine art photographers, curating group exhibits in galleries and greenhouses, and judging competitions at the Berkeley Camera...   More >

 Free with Garden Admission


Exhibit - Multimedia | February 3 – 21, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 108 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: FEB 3-21, MON-FRI 10am-5pm. Lecture on FEB 5 at 6:30pm in 112 Wurster, followed by an opening reception in 108 Wurster. Free and open to all!

Gallery Talk: Juana Berrío on Ron Nagle

Exhibit - Sculpture | February 14 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Juana Berrío, an independent curator and writer, presents perspectives on Ron Nagle’s ceramic sculptures through the lenses of painting and music. She will focus on how Nagle’s use of color, texture, and rhythm inflects his distinctively emotional and humorous compositions.

Berrío has worked at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the New Museum in New York, and on the 2013 Venice...   More >