<< Week of February 12 >>

Monday, February 13, 2017

Local Governments and the Challenge to Autocratic Nationalism in Poland

Lecture | February 13 | 12-2 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Anthony Levitas, Visiting Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University

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

Following the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and while the whole world held its breath to see if “shock therapy” in Poland would collapse under its own weight, Polish state-builders embarked on an almost equally radical, but largely overlooked, program of local government reform. These reforms gave subnational governments, and particularly large cities, control over more than a third of all public...   More >

The Peripheral Iconoclast: The Rise of Ibsen in the American Theatre

Lecture | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 6415 Dwinelle Hall

 Svein Henrick Nyhus, University of Oslo

 Department of Scandinavian, Institute of European Studies

Henrik Ibsen’s breakthrough in the American theatre is characterized by controversy and contradiction. In 1902 the influential critic William Winter dismissively named him the “Bard of Bacteria”. In 1906, the year of his passing, William Dean Howells praised Ibsen as a classic. How did this Norwegian playwright, coming from the European periphery, manage to become a leading figure in the American...   More >

Undergraduate Lecture Series (Math Monday): Reflection groups, wallpaper groups, and orbifolds

Lecture | February 13 | 5-6 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Richard E. Borcherds, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This talk will describe how to classify things like the 18 archimedean solids and the 17 wallpaper groups using orbifolds.

Global Production Networks and Global Labour: Perspective from the South

Lecture | February 13 | 5-7 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Large Conference Room

 Ashim Roy, New Trade Union Initiative

 UC Berkeley Labor Center, Institute for South Asia Studies

Join us for a talk with Ashim Roy, the founding general secretary of the New Trade Union Initiative in India and currently serves as the vice president. Roy is a national labour leader and has been in the labour movement for over 30 years. Roy is on the International Steering Committee of Asia Floor Wage Alliance.

A talk with Ashim Roy, New Trade Union Initiative, India

Lecture | February 13 | 5-7 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Large Conference Room

 Ashim Roy, New Trade Union Initiative; Anannya Bhattacharjee, Coordinator of the Asia Floor Wage Campaign

 UC Berkeley Labor Center, Institute for South Asia Studies

Join us for a talk with Ashim Roy, the general secretary of the New Trade Union Initiative in India. He will be accompanied by Anannya Bhattacharjee, coordinator of the Asia Floor Wage Campaign.

Body, Intellect, Resistance: Mark Greif and Linda Williams in Conversation

Lecture | February 13 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts + Design

Mark Greif is author of Against Everything and associate professor of literary studies at the New School for Social Research. Linda Williams is author of Hard Core: Power, Pleasure and the Frenzy of the Visible and professor emeritus of Rhetoric and Film & Media at UC Berkeley

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mukulika Banerjee | The Social Imaginaries of Democracy: Scandal, Competition and Cooperation

Lecture | February 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Mukulika Banerjee, Associate Professor in Social Anthropology and Director, South Asia Centre, LSE

 Lawrence Cohen, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies and Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

A talk by Anthropologist, Dr. Mukulika Banerjee

Early detection and prevention in children at risk of future criminal behaviour

Lecture | February 14 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 240 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Stephanie van Goozen, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, UK and Department of Clinical Child and Adolescent Studies, Leiden University, NL

 Institute of Human Development

Antisocial behavior committed by youngsters is an issue of concern. Although most research focuses on identifying specific contextual or social factors that impinge on the developing child, there is a growing consensus that child-specific (i.e., genetic, temperamental) factors contribute importantly to the development and persistence of serious antisocial behavior. We have shown (a)...   More >

Darwinian Sensualities: Havelock Ellis, Sexual Inversion, and Late Nineteenth-Century Evolutionary Theory

Lecture | February 14 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Rodolfo John Alaniz, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Department of History

Sexual inversion, as a nineteenth-century biological concept, signified a completely new understanding of sexual attraction, beauty, and gender. While many historians have assumed that “sexual inversion” was another word for “homosexuality,” these terms represent two distinct ways of viewing human behavior.

The Art of Indonesian Batik

Lecture | February 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dalmini, Kebon Indah batik cooperative

 Daniel Gundlach, The Language of Cloth

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia San Francisco

Batik, meaning the technique of applying wax to cloth and dyeing it, is practiced in many parts of the world but is particularly associated with Java, Indonesia where the craft has been practiced for centuries and where it has reached levels of great artistry. This event will review how batik is made, stressing the traditional methods.

Hagan un Trencito: Siguiendo los Pasos de la Memoria Cumbianchera en Chile: With author Antonia Mardones-Marshall

Lecture | February 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)

 Antonia Mardones-Marshall

 Center for Latin American Studies

Antonia Mardones-Marshall will highlight how Cumbia challenges the idea of what is "Chilean" by presenting some of the ethnic and national tensions that have arisen from its popularization.

Cover image from Hagan un Trencito. (Image courtesy of Ceibo Producciones.)

Tech Policy Forecast: Digital Privacy and Net Neutrality under the Trump Administration: A talk by Heather West, Senior Policy Manager, Mozilla

Lecture | February 14 | 5-6:15 p.m. | 250 Goldman School of Public Policy

 Heather West, Mozilla

 Center for Technology, Policy & Society

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Technology, Policy & Society and Technology Applications in Public Policy at the Goldman School for Public Policy.

Heather is Senior Policy Manager at Mozilla, prior to which she has worked at the intersection of policy and cyber-security at Google and CloudFare, Inc. In 2014, she became Forbes 30 under 30 for her influential role as policy-to-tech translator and...   More >

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Pierluigi Serraino - The Creative Architect: Inside the Great Midcentury Personality Study

Lecture | February 14 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 210 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

TUE FEB 14 7-8:30pm. Pierluigi Serraino discusses an unknown episode in the annals of modern architecture and psychology.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tearing Down the Deep Learning Performance Wall

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Greg Diamos, Senior Researcher, Baidu

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Greg Diamos is a senior researcher at Baidu’s Silicon Valley AI Lab (SVAIL). Previously he was on the research team at NVIDIA. Greg holds a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he contributed to the development of the GPU-Ocelot dynamic compiler, which targeted CPUs and GPUs from the same program representation. His PhD thesis pioneered execution models for heterogeneous...   More >


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Knowing Plants in Cuneiform Cultures: Revisiting R.C. Thompson's “Dictionary of Assyrian Botany”

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Eduardo Escobar, PhD Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

 Near Eastern Studies

This talk will consider what R.C Thompson's 1949 "Dictionary of Assyrian Botany" might look like in the twenty-first century. Scribal investigations of plants covered a wide range of scholarly genres in cuneiform cultures, from lexical lists, to materia medica, and glassmaking recipes. I will address the perennial challenge of identifying modern plant species in ancient texts, and suggest new...   More >

Syria: Spaces of War: CMES Visiting Scholars Lecture Series

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall | Note change in date

 Sofia Shwayri, CMES Visiting Scholar

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The uprisings that swept North Africa from late 2010 thru early 2011 reached Syria, to the surprise of many including President Bashar Al-Assaad, in March 2011. Al-Assaad, was convinced that his country would never experience such a widespread public show of dissent. Differing from those other uprisings, Syrians could not claim their own Tahrir Square in Damascus, as the long standing state of...   More >

Civil Rights Movement Photography and Its Legacies, with Leigh Raiford

Lecture | February 15 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This talk explores what role photography—as document, as art, and as surveillance—played in the modern civil rights movement and how the medium continues to shape our memories of the "Second Reconstruction."

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission | Event is included with admission

Queer(ing) Frontier Identities: Tracing Cultural Brokering at 19th century Fort Davis, Texas

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Katrina Eichner, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

This presentation focuses on the cultural slippage that occurs in frontier zones where competing worldviews create conditions for alternative, innovative, and layered performances of intersecting identities.

PopUp Exhibition: Elizabeth Rynecki on Moshe Rynecki’s Lost Art Legacy

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Elizabeth Rynecki is the great-granddaughter of the late Polish-Jewish artist, Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943), who perished in the Holocaust. Her memoir, Chasing Portraits: A Great-Granddaughter’s Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy, was published in 2016 and immediately reviewed in the New York Times. For many years after his death, Moshe Rynecki’s family believed that most of his oeuvre—circa eight...   More >

The Builders Association: Performance and Media in Contemporary Theater: Townsend Book Chat with Shannon Jackson

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Shannon Jackson discusses her recent co-authored book on the Builders Association, a New York-based multimedia theater company that creates original productions based on stories drawn from contemporary life.

States of Altered Consciousness

Lecture | February 15 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Non-ordinary or altered states of consciousness provide rich sources of information relevant to better understanding the connections between mind and reality.

David Presti has taught neurobiology, psychology, and cognitive science at UC Berkeley for more than 25 years.

Post and Trauma: The Use of Social Media by Sexual Assault Victims

Lecture | February 15 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg and Anat Peleg

 Information, School of

How can online social media communities support and empower victims of sexual violence?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bancroft Library Roundtable: Views of the Women's Liberation and Feminist Movements of the 1970s and 1980s: Selections from the Cathy Cade Photograph Archive

Lecture | February 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Cathy Cade, documentary photographer

 Bancroft Library

Introduced to documentary photography's power as she participated in the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960s, Cathy Cade went on to document several activist movements through her photography. Cade will speak on her experiences with social justice causes, featuring highlights drawn from her extensive photograph archive now housed at The Bancroft Library.

Development Perspectives: Fireside chat with the Director General of the World Agroforestry Center

Lecture | February 16 | 12-1:15 p.m. | 311 Wellman Hall

 Tony Simons, World Agroforestry Center

 International and Executive Programs at the College of Natural Resources, Master of Development Practice

Dr. Tony Simons, the Director General of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), will be giving a talk about the future of international development and career opportunities for students. There will be pizza and salad, so students are encouraged to arrive on time at 12:00PM.

Ireland - The EU - Brexit

Lecture | February 16 | 12:30-2:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Mark Bevir, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeleyh; Colum Hatchell, Vice Consul, Consulate General of Ireland in San Francisco

 Institute of European Studies

This conversation hosted by the Irish Studies Program at U.C. Berkeley will focus on the possible effects of Brexit on the future of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Watching the World Go By

Lecture | February 16 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

 Robert Simmon, Planet

 Geospatial Innovation Facility

The GIF and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) host a weekly Geolunch seminar series offering interesting talks, group discussion, and show-and-tells all involving geospatial theory, research, and application. Geolunch is open to everyone.

Theorizing Race, Gender and Citizenship in Black Europe: Issues, Debates and Frameworks, Inside and Outside the Academy: CRG Thursday Forum Series

Lecture | February 16 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Prof. Stephen Small, African American Studies

 Center for Race and Gender

The Center for Race & Gender Thursday Forum Series presents...

Theorizing Race, Gender & Citizenship in Black Europe: Issues, Debates and Frameworks, Inside & Outside the Academy
Prof. Stephen Small, African American Studies

Scholarly research at universities across Europe on the sociology and political economy of gender and intersectionality focuses inordinately on white women. Most...   More >

DCRP/IURD Lecture: Diane Davis

Lecture | February 16 | 5-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

THURS FEB 16, 5:30pm, 112 Wurster Hall. Join DCRP and IURD on 2/16 for &quot;Modernist Planning and the Foundations of Urban Violence &quot;, a lecture by Diane Davis

Bangladeshi Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Sara Hossain delivers the Chowdhury Center Distinguished Lecture for 2017

Lecture | February 16 | 5-7 p.m. | Hearst Field Annex, D37 (Blanche du Bois Room)

 Sara Hossain, Lawyer at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and an honorary executive director of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)

 Angana Chatterji, Co-chair, Project on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights and Visiting Research Anthropologist at the Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Blum Center for Developing Economies, Project on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights at Center for Race and Gender, Department of English, Human Rights Center

A lecture by Bangladeshi Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Sara Hossain.

The wandering "we": Sather Classical Lectures

Lecture | February 16 | 6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Mary Margaret McCabe, King's College London

 Department of Classics

The second lecture in the 2017 Sather series "Seeing and Saying: Plato on Virtue and Knowledge"

Smart Nation: A Blueprint for Modern Armenia

Lecture | February 16 | 8-10 p.m. |  Vasbouragan Hall

 51 Commmonwealth Ave., San Francisco, CA 94118

 Sassoon Grigorian, Head of Public Policy, Australia and New Zealand, Salesforce

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

At a critical juncture in its history, this book explores the challenges and opportunities for Armenia, with clear public policy recommendations.

Armenia is a Smart Nation, it has one of the highest literacy rates globally, it is a recognised world leader in the strategy game of chess, Armenians have been credited with many innovations and inventions used today, and its future success will in...   More >

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Union of Intersections (UoI) Method for Interpretable Data-Driven Discovery and Prediction: Data Science Lecture Series

Lecture | February 17 | 1:10-2:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

This talk will introduce the core concepts of UoI, summarize theoretical results on its properties, and demonstrate its superiority for linear regression, classification, random forests, and non-negative matrix factorizations. These results suggest UoI could improve interpretation and prediction in data-driven discovery across scientific fields.

Bending the Energy, Environmental, and Safety Curves Through Transportation Automation and Electrification

Lecture | February 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Costa Samaras, Carnegie Mellon

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: The combination of vehicle automation and electrification has the potential to fundamentally change the transportation sector. Vehicle crashes, traffic congestion, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and other negative externalities associated with driving could significantly diminish. However, travel may increase with these vehicles, pollution could be...   More >

Lyric, Tragedy and History in Horace, Odes 2.1

Lecture | February 17 | 5 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Stephen Harrison, Professor of Latin Literature, University of Oxford

 Department of Classics

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Fast Radio Burst: An evolving cosmic mystery

Lecture | February 18 | 11 a.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Casey Law, Astronomy


Ten years ago, astronomers discovered a brief bright blast of radio waves that appeared to come from outside our galaxy. The first interpretation argued for a new class of extragalactic object called a “Fast Radio Burst” (FRB). Could it be a truly new object, such as a cosmic string or an as-yet unseen class of compact object?

Very Large Array