<< Week of March 14 >>

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Honorable J. Clifford Wallace Lecture Series: The Ups and Downs of Religious Freedom

Lecture | March 12 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 295

 Michael W. McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law Director, Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Law School

 Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley

 Jesse Choper, Earl Warren Professor of Public Law (Emeritus), University of California, Berkeley

 Frederick Gedicks, Guy Anderson Chair and Professor of Law, Brigham Young University

 Stephen Sugarman, Roger J. Traynor Professor, University of California, Berkeley

 Law, Boalt School of

Monday, March 12, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Warren Room 295, Berkeley Law

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Spinoza's Tragic Resources

Lecture | March 13 | D37 Hearst Field Annex

 Russ Leo

 Department of English

Sponsors: Department of English; Townsend Center for the Humanities; Program in Critical Theory; Medieval Philosophy Working Group;The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Russ Leo is an Assistant Professor of English at Princeton University. He has a PhD from Duke University, with certificates in Feminist Studies and Interdisciplinary Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He is completing...   More >

DCRP Lecture: Jan Whittington

Lecture | March 13 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, MAR 13, 11:00am in 112 Wurster Hall. Please join us for, &quot;Infrastructure, global challenges, and market forces in a digital era: research and action through collaboration and community engagement,&quot; a lecture by Dr. Jan Whittington.

Will Geert Wilders Become the New Dutch Prime Minister? The Upcoming General Elections in the Netherlands

Lecture | March 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Jeroen Dewulf, Institute of European Studies

 Institute of European Studies

On March 15, 2017, the citizens of the Netherlands will elect a new parliament and a new government. In this lecture, we will analyze the different parties and party leaders participating in these elections and discuss the latest projections of the election results. Of particular interest to the rest of Europe are the chances of Geert Wilders, leader of the populist Freedom Party, becoming the...   More >

290 Speaker Series: Experience and Transformation in an Imperial Capital

Lecture | March 13 | 2-4 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room

 Alexei Vranich

 Department of Anthropology

The aerial photograph of the World Heritage city of Cusco, Peru reveals a regular geometric distribution of city blocks in the middle of the city. Generations of architects, archaeologists and historians have correlated the present geometry of the city with the distribution of the major pre-Columbian Inca compounds, streets and open spaces. Furthermore, a number of intensive architectural surveys...   More >

Diversified Farming Systems Roundtable with Amélie Gaudin

Lecture | March 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 112 Hilgard Hall

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

We will highlight some of the underlying biophysical mechanisms and propose approaches for agroecosystems researchers to monitor and assess resilience that consider the unique characteristics and goals of intensive agricultural systems.

Spinoza's Tragic Resources

Lecture | March 13 | 5-7 p.m. | D37 Hearst Field Annex

 Russ Leo, Assistant Professor of English, Princeton University

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Leo will present his research on the intersections between poetic and philosophical experiments in Anglo-Dutch contexts across the 1650s, 60s, and 70s, particularly the ways one might place Milton and Spinoza in conversation. This involves attention to Spinoza's contributions to literary culture in Amsterdam and the Netherlands at large, as well as his debts to poets and poetics. For instance,...   More >

Spinoza's Tragic Resources

Lecture | March 13 | 5-7 p.m. | D37 Hearst Field Annex

 Russ Leo, Assistant Professor of English, Princeton University

 The Program in Critical Theory

Russ Leo’s lecture, “Spinoza’s Tragic Resources,” will present his research on the intersections between poetic and philosophical experiments in Anglo-Dutch contexts across the 1650s, 60s, and 70s—particularly the ways in which one might place Milton and Spinoza in conversation. This involves attention to Spinoza's contributions to literary culture in Amsterdam and the Netherlands at large, as...   More >

Undergraduate Lecture Series (Math Monday): The ubiquity of Dynkin diagrams

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

 Ben Wormleighton, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Dynkin diagrams are certain graphs that naturally appear in a startling number of places across math where they often parameterise objects of geometric interest possessing some ‘finiteness’ conditions. I’ll demonstrate two of my favourite such situations in detail as well as make mention of many more in order to convince you that my title is justified.

Arts + Design Mondays: Art, Activism, and Freedom in the American Carceral State, with jackie sumell

Lecture | March 13 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 jackie sumell

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Reflecting on her service with prisoners indefinitely held in solitary confinement—most notably Herman Wallace, a political prisoner with whom she collaborated for twelve years—jackie sumell asks us to confront our unconscious desire for revenge and our addiction to the narrative of victory. Drawing from the teachings of Black Panthers, Herman Wallace, and Albert Woodfox, sumell challenges us to...   More >

Admission to this lecture is free.

ARCH Lecture: Jan Knippers “Biological Design and Integrative Structures”

Lecture | March 13 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON MAR 13, 6:30pm. Prof. Jan Knippers from the University of Stuttgart Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) will present a lecture on &quot;Biological Design and Integrative Structures&quot;.

On Jewish Heresy: Korah in the Midrash

Lecture | March 13 | 7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Professor David Biale, Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History, UC Davis

 The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The 2017 Taubman Lectures
Lecture 1 (Mon, March 13: Rabbinizing Heresy: Korah in the Midrash
Lecture 2 (Weds, March 15): The Afterlives of Baruch Spinoza and Shabbetai Zvi
Lecture 3 (Thurs, March 16): Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt and the Boundaries of Modern Heresy

David Biale is the Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at UC Davis.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

That Other Irish Literature: The Best Books in Irish 1893-2016

Lecture | March 14 | D37 Hearst Field Annex

 Department of English

A lecture by Philip O’Leary, Professor of English, Boston College

Two Views on Education in the Nordic Countries: Computers and Learning in Danish Schools Inequality in Finnish Education  

Lecture | March 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Jeppe Bundsgaard, Professor of Education, Aarhus University, Copenhagen; Veronica Salovaara, Doctoral Student in Sociology, University of Helsinki

 Institute of European Studies

Denmark is among the countries with most widespread use of computers in K-9, with positive attitudes both from teachers and politicians toward the use of computers. Jeppe Bundsgaard will discuss the Danish situation, including the challenges that (still) exist.

Veronica Salovaara, who has been working in different comparative European and Nordic research projects, analyzes how inequality is...   More >

The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century

Lecture | March 14 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Rachel Stern, Berkeley School of Law

 Stein Ringen, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Professor Ringen will presents his book, The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century. The Chinese political economy is like no other system known to man, now or in history. This book explains how the system works and where it may be moving.
- What are the intentions and priorities of the Chinese leaders?
- What kind of leader is Xi Jinping, where is he leading China and how radically is...   More >

Red Globalism: The 'Other' Europe, Decolonization and African Heritage

Lecture | March 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Paul Betts, Professor of Modern European History at St Antony's College, University of Oxford

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

The study of the Cold War has undergone fundamental transformation in recent years. While most of the scholarship on superpower confrontation has given way to wider notions of a global Cold War, comparatively little attention has been accorded to trans-continental interactions between smaller states, such as the relationship between Eastern Europe and its socialist partners in Africa and Asia....   More >

Islamophobia Across the Atlantic: Trump, Europe's Far Right, and the Place of Civil Society: CRG Thursday Forum Series

Lecture | March 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Dr. Farid Hafez

 Center for Race and Gender

Islamophobia Across the Atlantic: Trump, Europe's Far Right, and the Place of Civil Society
Dr. Farid Hafez, Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project

This talk discusses the emergence of Islamophobia in Europe and the USA and its specific role in party politics. It discusses the announcement and introduction of Trump's anti-Muslim policies at the backdrop of precedent policies in Europe....   More >

Rita Chattopadhyay | Women, Crime, and Retribution: An Ancient Indian Perspective

Lecture | March 14 | 4-6 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 341 (DSSEAS Library)

 Rita Chattopadhyay, Professor, Department of Sanskrit, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

 Robert P. Goldman, Professor of Sanskrit, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Chair in South and Southeast Asian Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

A talk by Dr. Rita Chattopadhyay, Professor in the Department of Sanskrit at Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

Mecca's Perspective as Symbolic Form

Lecture | March 14 | 5-7 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Avinoam Shalem, Riggio Professor of the History of the Arts of Islam, Columbia University

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

The “Sacred” and the “Holy” (haram in Arabic and, to some extent, al-quds or al-muqaddas), are Semitic words (see Herem and Kadosh in Hebrew) denoting the act of separation, parting, or setting aside, and imply the apparent human faculty of setting distinctive borders between holy and profane zones. Constrained to time, these spaces become chronotopes. But,...   More >

3 Truths About Trumpism: with Abby VanMuijen

Lecture | March 14 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 210 - Environmental Design Library Atrium

 Abby VanMuijen

 Library

Abby VanMuijen (UC Berkeley Landscape Architecture graduate) teams up with Ananya Roy again to produce one of the most cogent commentaries about the recent election and it’s aftermath. This six-minute animated video expresses in words and images a concise critique of “Trumpism” and some of the narratives that enable it. Abby will discuss the process of developing the content and images which can...   More >

Abby VanMuijen, 3 Truths About Trump

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

 College of Environmental Design

Aby VanMuijen (B.A. Urban Studies '12) discusses teaming up UCLA Professor of Urban Planning and Social Welfare Ananya Roy on a biting animated commentary about Trump.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

California Countercultures: Poetry and Protest with Ishmael Reed

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ishmael Reed is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, songwriter, public media commentator, lecturer, and publisher. His recent publications include The Complete Muhammad Ali, his latest nonfiction work; the essay collection Going Too Far: Essays About America’s Nervous Breakdown; his tenth novel, Juice!; and New and Collected Poems, 1964–2007. In 2013, his seventh play, The Final Version,...   More >

Admission to this lecture is free.

Ayer Memorias: Archaeological Evidence of Land-Use Patterns at the Pueblo de Abiquiú

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

 Alexandra McCleary, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

This paper will discuss the most recent excavations in the Genízaro Pueblo de Abiquiú, NM. Abiquiú, as one of the oldest and most successful Genízaro land grants, is a key area for better understanding the history of Indo-Hispanic settlements in Northern New Mexico. Three distinct sites were excavated, representing domestic, defensive, and agricultural contexts. The paper will go over the...   More >

PopUp Exhibition: Adam Naftalin-Kelman on the History of Berkeley Hillel

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

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman is the Executive Director of Berkeley Hillel. Upon completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Rhode Island, he initially worked in the financial sector as a business consultant. He later pursued a Rabbinic degree from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, and was ordained in 2005. Before serving as the Executive Director of Berkeley...   More >

Sustainable Mobility in Medellin

Lecture | March 15 | 12-2 p.m. | 305 Wurster Hall

 Institute of Urban & Regional Development

Dr. Carlos Gaitan will talk on the transformation of Medellin's transport system and how the city worked toward social and environmental sustainability.

Growing Wikipedia Across Languages via Recommendations

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

 Leila Zia, Research Scientist, Wikimedia Foundation

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Leila Zia joined the Wikimedia Foundation in February 2014 as part of the Research and Data team.

Free

 Free lunch available (limited #s). You must register by the Monday before the event for lunch. Register online

Territories of the Soul: Queered Belonging in the Black Diaspora: Townsend Book Chat with Nadia Ellis

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

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Territories of the Soul draws upon queer and affect theory to explore structures of belonging experienced by the black diasporic subject.

Police and Guns in the Age of Concealed Carry: with University of Arizona sociology professor Jennifer Carlson

Lecture | March 15 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix (8th floor)

 Jennifer Carlson, University of Arizona

 Human Rights Center

Police officers have long been sought-after allies for gun control advocates, but a 2017 Pew
Report finds that police favor gun rights over gun control by a 3-1 margin. These poll data might
lead many to wonder–wouldn’t permissive gun laws put police at a disadvantage? The University of Arizona’s Jennifer Carlson has conducted extensive interviews with both law enforcement officers and gun...   More >

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Theatre of the Car

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

 Wendy Ju

 Information, School of

The advent of autonomous vehicles is exciting and alarming. Their success will depend on the driver-vehicle interaction.

Linguistic and ethnographic sound recordings from early twentieth-century California: Optical scanning, digitization, and access

Lecture | March 15 | 5-7 p.m. | 356 Barrows Hall

 Andrew Garrett, UC Berkeley

 Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of

UC Berkeley is the repository of an American cultural treasure in over 2,500 early twentieth-century wax cylinder recordings of Native American speech and song. Some are the only known recordings of a language; many are the only known recordings of particular songs or stories; all are invaluable for scholarly research and the broader purposes of cultural and linguistic revitalization. Previous...   More >

Wild Robots: Bodies and Signs

Lecture | March 15 | 5-6 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, BCNM Commons, Rm. 340

 Ian Ingram

 Berkeley Center for New Media

On Wednesday, March 15, Ian Ingram, a Los Angeles-based artist will be a body of his work on the influence of animal behavior in building technology.

Ian Ingram is a Los Angeles-based artist who builds mechatronic and robotic objects that borrow facets from animal morphology and behavior, from the forms and movements of machines, and from our stories about animals. The resulting works–often...   More >

The Sixth Annual Mario A. Del Chiaro Lecture: Traders and Refugees: Contributions to Etruscan Architecture

Lecture | March 15 | 5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Nancy A. Winter, Distinguished Senior Researcher, The Ancient Mediterranean Studies Program, The University of California, Santa Barbara

 UC Berkeley's Del Chiaro Center for Ancient Italian Studies

Author Talk by Jun Kamata: Native Americans: An Intimate View from Afar

Lecture | March 15 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Ethnic Studies Library - Room 30

 Jun Kamata, Associate Professor, ASIA University (Tokyo)

 Ethnic Studies Library

Jun Kamata has published eight books in Japan and will talk about his latest publications: one focused on Native Americans and the other on minorities in the US. He will also discuss his exhibit of 25 photographs on display in the Ethnic Studies Library.

On Jewish Heresy: The Afterlives of Baruch Spinoza and Shabbetai Zvi

Lecture | March 15 | 7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Professor David Biale, Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History, UC Davis

 The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The 2017 Taubman Lectures
Lecture 1 (Mon, March 13: Rabbinizing Heresy: Korah in the Midrash
Lecture 2 (Weds, March 15): The Afterlives of Baruch Spinoza and Shabbetai Zvi
Lecture 3 (Thurs, March 16): Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt and the Boundaries of Modern Heresy

David Biale is the Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at UC Davis.

  RSVP online

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Louis de Paor Lecture

Lecture | March 16 | D37 Hearst Field Annex

 Department of English

A lecture by the acclaimed poet Louis de Paor, Director, Centre for Irish Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway

A Reception for the Berkeley Irish Studies Program will follow

Transitional Justice in Europe after regime changes in 1945,1975, and 1990

Lecture | March 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Anja Mihr, Program Director, HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Center on Governance through Human Rights

 Institute of European Studies

This talk is based on a 10-year research endeavor looking at the political development of different European countries since 1945 under the aspect of Transitional Justice. West Germany often stands as an example of a successful transiton to democracy, but East Germany used the same Transitional Justice measures and (re)turned to a dictatorship. So did Turkey since 1989 while Spain never had a...   More >

Bancroft Library Roundtable: The Sail Before the Trail or Have We Missed the Boat?

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

 Fred E. Woods, Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University

 Bancroft Library

This presentation tells the captivating story of Mormon maritime immigration in the nineteenth century. It is based on hundreds of first-person immigrant accounts collected and dissected over the past two decades and reveals the superior modus operandi used by the Latter-day Saints to bring European converts to America.

Disappearing Acts: Domestic Violence and Black Legal Subjects: CRG Thursday Forum Series

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

 Center for Race and Gender

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

Disappearing Acts: Domestic Violence & Black Legal Subjects

Race, Masculinity, and the Development of Wife-Beating Laws in the U.S.
Margo Mahan, Sociology

Black Women, Domestic Violence, & Paradoxical Space
Alisa Bierria, Center for Race & Gender   More >

Making the Most of Disaster: From Forensic Investigations and Research to Changes in Policy and Practice: CEE Spring Distinguished Lecture

Lecture | March 16 | 5-6 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Raymond Seed, Civil & Environmental Engineering

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The flooding of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina laid bare the effects of five decades of neglect with regard to both policy and funding for US levees. It is never pleasant to investigate major disasters, but the most important thing that we can do is to optimize the resulting opportunities to ensure that similar disasters are less likely to occur in the future.

DCRP/IURD Lecture: Annette Kim

Lecture | March 16 | 5-7 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

THURS MAR 16, 5:30pm, 112 Wurster Hall. Join DCRP and IURD on 3/16 for &quot;Counter-Narrative Building: Im(migrants) and the 21st Century &quot;, a lecture by Annette Kim.

Recognition and Affirmation of Afro-Brazilian History and Culture Through Rap: a Debate on the Emancipation of Consciousness and the Identity Formation of Black Youth in Brazil

Lecture | March 16 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Monica Amaral, Associate Professor of Psychoanalysis, Education and Culture at the Faculty of Education, University of São Paulo

 The Program in Critical Theory

I will consider the potential emancipation of rap music and music videos, inspired in this reflection by an old debate between Adorno and Benjamin on the inherent contradictions and ambiguities of technological reproducibility in the 1930s (at the time restricted to film and radio)...   More >

Steven Nelson, African American Art History: Then and Now

Lecture | March 16 | 5:30 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Steven Nelson, Professor of Art History and Director of the Center of African Studies at UCLA

 Department of African American Studies, Department of History of Art

Dr. Steven Nelson, Professor of Art History and Director of the Center of African Studies at UCLA, will deliver the keynote opening lecture for Black | Art | Futures: African Diasporic Art Histories, a symposium co-organized by the UCB Departments of African American Studies and History of Art.

On Jewish Heresy: Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt and the Boundaries of Modern Heresy

Lecture | March 16 | 5:30 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Professor David Biale, Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History, UC Davis

 The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The 2017 Taubman Lectures
Lecture 1 (Mon, March 13: Rabbinizing Heresy: Korah in the Midrash
Lecture 2 (Weds, March 15): The Afterlives of Baruch Spinoza and Shabbetai Zvi
Lecture 3 (Thurs, March 16): Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt and the Boundaries of Modern Heresy
Lecture 3 at 5:30, followed by reception.

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Giving and taking an account: Plato on the language of conversation: Sather Classical Lectures

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

 Mary Margaret McCabe, King's College London

 Department of Classics

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

Friday, March 17, 2017

Ecologism and Social Justice in Three Germanies

Lecture | March 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Tim Brown, Professor of History at Northeastern University

 Institute of European Studies

Did environmentalism help bring down the Berlin Wall? In “Ecologism and Social Justice in Three Germanies,” Timothy Scott Brown will demonstrate that it did. Examining the development of grassroots environmental politics in the Communist East and the capitalist West from the upheaval of 1968 through the early years of newly-unified Germany, the talk will trace the emergence in the 1970s and 1980s...   More >

Digital Technologies and the Future of Qualitative and Interpretive Analysis

Lecture | March 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 356 Barrows Hall

 Laura K. Nelson, UC Berkeley; Juliana Friend, UC Berkeley

 Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of

Digital technologies, digitized data, and computational methods are expanding the capacity for social scientists and humanists to do quantitative data analysis, but these methods are also changing the way we to qualitative and interpretive analysis. These two talks will explore ways digital technologies and computational methods can be integrated into qualitative and interpretive projects in the...   More >

Bayesian Optimization and Self Driving Cars

Lecture | March 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 240 Bechtel Engineering Center

 Jeff Schneider, Carnegie Mellon, Uber

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: An important property of embedded learning systems is the ever-changing environment they create for all algorithms operating in the system. Optimizing the performance of those algorithms becomes a perpetual online activity rather than a one-off task. I will review some of these challenges in autonomous vehicles. I will discuss active optimization methods and their application in...   More >

New Work in 20th- and 21st-century Literature

Lecture | March 17 | 5:30 p.m. | D1 Hearst Field Annex

 Michaela Bronstein, Stanford University; Scott Selisker, University of Arizona

 Department of English

On Jewish Heresy / David Biale: Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt and the Boundaries of Modern Heresy

Lecture | March 17 | 5:30 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way) | Canceled

 Professor David Biale, Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History, UC Davis

 The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The 2017 Taubman Lectures
Lecture 1 (Mon, March 13: Rabbinizing Heresy: Korah in the Midrash
Lecture 2 (Weds, March 15): The Afterlives of Baruch Spinoza and Shabbetai Zvi
Lecture 3 (Thurs, March 16): Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt and the Boundaries of Modern Heresy

David Biale is the Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at UC Davis.

  RSVP online

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Science at Cal Lecture: Water in motion: Mysteries of Northern California

Lecture | March 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Inez Fung, Professor of Atmospheric Science

 Science@Cal

“Water is everybody’s business”. Too much, too little, too early, too late can all be devastating and costly for society as well as for the biosphere. California just ended a four-year drought. How do some trees survive the drought? What are the climatic impacts of the drought?

The data have revealed many surprises. The water table ~20 meters below the surface rises by about 1 meter after the...   More >

Water in motion