<< Week of September 27 >>

Monday, September 25, 2017

Living Stories: Oral History Interviewing and Research

Lecture | September 25 | 1-3 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 (Geballe Room)

 Paul Burnett, Oral historian, Oral History Center of The Bancroft Library

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Join historian Paul Burnett of the Oral History Center to learn about oral history, the Bancroft Library's massive oral history collection, and a primer on how to conduct interviews yourself!

Paul Burnett, Oral History Center of the Bancroft Library

Knight's Moves: The Son-in-Law in Cicero and Tacitus

Lecture | September 25 | 5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Emily Gowers, University of Cambridge

 Department of Classics

Lecture by Dr. Diana Matut on Yiddish Song in Early Modern Ashkenaz (c. 1500-1750): Sources, Repertoire, Performance

Lecture | September 25 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The Ashkenazim (Jews of Central and Eastern Europe) have been singing in Yiddish since the Middle Ages. Their historical song repertoires were very different from today's Yiddish songs. Diana Matut's lecture will explore the world of Renaissance and Baroque Yiddish song, and answer a set of specific research questions, such as: What did the Jews of Kraków, Amsterdam, Prague and Frankfurt sing...   More >

ATC: World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech with Frank Foer

Lecture | September 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Osher Auditorium, BAMPFA, Osher Auditorium

 2155 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Franklin Foer, The Atlantic; Nicholas Thompson,, Wired Magazine

 Center for New Media

Elegantly tracing the intellectual history of computer science—from Descartes and the enlightenment to Alan Turing to Stuart Brand and the hippie origins of today’s Silicon Valley—Frank Foer exposes the dark underpinnings of our most idealistic dreams for technology.

Frank Foer, The Atlantic, in conversation with Nicholas Thompson, Editor, Wired

World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech

Lecture | September 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Auditorium

 2155 Center St., Berkeley, CA 94720

 Franklin Foer

 Berkeley Center for New Media

Franklin Foer reveals the existential threat posed by big tech and offers a toolkit to fight their pervasive influence. Elegantly tracing the intellectual history of computer science—from Descartes and the enlightenment to Alan Turing to Stuart Brand and the hippie origins of today’s Silicon Valley—Foer exposes the dark underpinnings of our most idealistic dreams for technology. The corporate...   More >

by Evy Mages

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ayotzinapa: September 26,2014 - September 26, 2017

Lecture | September 26 | 1-3 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 James Cavallaro

 Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Professor James Cavallaro, the founding director of Stanford Law School’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, has dedicated his career to human rights through his scholarly research and his legal practice.

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: A talk by Max Tegmark

Lecture | September 26 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430-8 Wozniak Lounge

 Max Tegmark, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today’s kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing...   More >

Ancient Philosophy Workshop: Toward the Unity of Plato's "Statesman"

Lecture | September 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Classics Conference Room/ 7205

 Shinro Kato, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Tokyo Metropolitan University

 Satoshi Ogihara, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Touhoku University

 Department of Classics

Ayotzinapa: September 26,2014 - September 26, 2017

Lecture | September 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 370 Dwinelle

 Omar Garcia

 Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Omar Garcia, a student from the school for rural teachers, “Raul Isidro Burgos,” was present at the events of September 26th, 2014 and survived the attack by the army and the police.

A memorial in Mexico. (Photo by Steven Zwerink.)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pleasing Everyone: Mass Entertainment in Renaissance London and Golden-Age Hollywood: Townsend Book Chat with Jeffrey Knapp

Lecture | September 27 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

In his exploration of the long history of mass entertainment before film, Jeffrey Knapp opens our eyes to the uncanny resemblance between Renaissance drama and Golden-Age Hollywood cinema.

Racializing Assemblages and History Making: Why the Black Regulars of Fort Davis’ Past is Told the Way it is…

Lecture | September 27 | 12-1 p.m. |  2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Laurie Wilkie, Department Chair and Professor, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Racializing assemblages are those sets of practices and policies employed by governments, institutions, and society to enforce and naturalize racial inequalities. In the summer of 2017, using Stahl research funds, I was able to spend 10 days in the National Archives investigating documentary traces left by the black regulars of Fort Davis. The experience left me thinking broadly about the ways...   More >

Curating the Performing Arts in the Age of Performance: Arts + Design Wednesdays at BAMPFA

Lecture | September 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Shannon Jackson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Arts + Design, UC Berkeley; Rob Bailis, Associate Director, Cal Performances, UC Berkeley

 Arts + Design

Partly as a response to the desire for participatory models, museums and other arts organizations have begun to incorporate ‘performance’ into their curatorial programming. How is this contemporary interest in performance affecting historic performing arts organizations — theaters, dance companies, symphonies, and presenting organizations? How are categories such as dance, theater, and music...   More >

Computational Approaches to Human Affective Neuroscience

Lecture | September 27 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Sonia Bishop, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Abstract: Computational modelling allows us to move beyond simple approaches to experimental design. Here, I will present two very different examples of integrating computational modelling into human affective neuroscience. In the first example, we sought to better characterize the mechanisms underlying intolerance of uncertainty in anxiety. Participants performed bandit style decision-making...   More >

German Federal Elections: Post-Election Discussion

Lecture | September 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Jeroen Dewulf, Institute of European Studies; Akasemi Newsome, Institute of European Studies

 Institute of European Studies

On September 24, the German people reelected Angela Merkel for her fourth term as Chancellor. At the same time, the AfD (Alternative fuer Deutschland) won 13% of the vote, becoming the first overtly nationalist party to sit in the Bundestag in 60 years. IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Associate Director Akasemi Newsome will analyze the election results and discuss questions on what the election...   More >

Modern Myanmar History and the Crisis of Community, 1948-2017

Lecture | September 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Maitrii Aung-Thwin, Associate Professor of History, National University of Singapore

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This presentation questions the usefulness of interpreting Myanmar’s modern history through a democratic narrative. By examining Myanmar’s modern history as an ongoing crisis of community, we may interpret the contemporary debate over democracy as a continuation of a much older contest to define Myanmar’s identity.

Maitrii Aung-Thwin

Thursday, September 28, 2017

View from the Top: Lisa Davis: Economic Decarbonization – Breaking up Old Energy Chains by Creating an Integrated System

Lecture | September 28 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Lisa Davis, Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG

 College of Engineering, Society of Women Engineers student chapter

Never before have energy systems faced a greater transformation than today, and never before was energy – primarily electricity – so important. With a growing global population, rising economic output and, above all, ever more uses of electricity, the demand for electricity is expected to nearly double by mid-century. At the same time, the demand for greater system sustainability and affordable...   More >

Parallel System Narratives: Polish and Hungarian Regime Formations Compared

Lecture | September 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Bálint Magyar, Sociologist and former Hungarian Minister of Education

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Right-Wing Studies

The Polish election results of 2015 seem to have brought Hungarian and Polish development into synchronicity again, a congruence that is apparent throughout history. A first glance may give the impression that we are dealing with regimes of identical nature, especially taking into account the similarities of the authoritarian politics practiced by Jarosław Kaczyński (PiS) and Viktor...   More >

Liberalism, War, And The Invention Of National Security

Lecture | September 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Dr. Andrew Preston, University of Cambridge

 Institute of International Studies, Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Andrew Preston teaches American history at Cambridge University, where he is a fellow of Clare College and the editor of The Historical Journal. In addition to writing over thirty scholarly articles, he has written for the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, TLS, the Boston Globe, ForeignAffairs.com, Politico, and History Today, and has appeared on national television and radio in the United States and...   More >

Porcelain in the Age of Mass Production

Lecture | September 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Suzanne Marchand, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, GHI West, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

What happened to the great Central European luxury commodity of the eighteenth century, porcelain, when formerly mercantile firms had to compete in a (relatively) open market with mass producers of ceramics? How did the porcelain firms’ painters and modelers deal with the reality that consumers now wanted inexpensive imitations of Baroque tea sets rather than modern artistic masterpieces? To what...   More >

Samira Sheikh | Aurangzeb: A Gujarati Badshah?

Lecture | September 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Samira Sheikh, Associate Professor of Asian Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Islamic Studies Program; Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, Vanderbilt University

 Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History, Berkeley Pakistan Initiative

Talk by Dr. Samira Sheikh, historian of South Asia at Vanderbilt University

Kings of Desire: Enjoying Tyranny in the Elizabethan Theater

Lecture | September 28 | 5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Room 300

 Peter Womack, University of East Anglia

 Department of English

Peter Womack is Senior lecturer in English at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of English Renaissance Drama ( 2006), Improvement and Romance: Constructing the Myth of the Highlands (1989) and Ben Jonson (Blackwell Publishing, 1986), and the co/author of English Drama: A Cultural History (Blackwell Publishing, 1996). His most recent book was the New Critical Idiom volume on Dialogue.

Enjoying Tyranny in the Elizabethan Theater

Christophe Wall-romana: Cosmoscopy, Antiracism and Photo-Cinema Archaeology

Lecture | September 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 4229 French Department Library

 CHRISTOPHE WALL-ROMANA, Associate Professor French, University of Minnesota

 Matthew Evans

 Department of French

Richard Rothstein Lecture on The Color of Law

Lecture | September 28 | 5:45-8:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 Richard Rothstein

 Terner Center for Housing Innovation, Department of City and Regional Planning

Join the Terner Center and the Department of City and Regional Planning for a lecture by Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America, followed by a discussion with Terner Center Faculty Director Carol Galante, a question and answer session, and reception.

Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute,...   More >

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Connecting Invisible Makers and their Wares: Site-Specific Digital Storytelling as a Response to Globalization

Lecture | September 28 | 6-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

In this talk, Sarah Wright will share stories and media from a research trip to India and Sri Lanka to observe garment factories and meet marginalized workers with collaborator Jennifer Stock. She will discuss their work-in-progress, Invisible Seams, an augmented reality sound walk about the globalization of the fashion industry.

Ellen Pao | The Berkeley Forum and Asian Americans at Haas

Lecture | September 28 | 6 p.m. |  Haas School: Andersen Auditorium

 Ellen Pao, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, Ellen Pao Diversity and Inclusion in Tech and Beyond

 The Berkeley Forum, Asian Americans at Haas

How can Silicon Valley culture become more diverse and inclusive? Data and stories show women, people of color and women of color are not included. Major tech companies are facing sexual harassment lawsuits, low retention rates for employees of color, charges of biased hiring and management practices, complaints about discriminatory products, and a dearth of women, people of color and especially...   More >

Friday, September 29, 2017

Peder Sather Symposium: Freedom of Speech Under Pressure in the World’s Liberal Democracies

Lecture | September 29 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix

 Dr. Knut Olav Åmås, Executive Director, Fritt Ord Foundation; Azita Raji, Former US Ambassador to Sweden

 College of Letters & Science, Consulate General of Norway, Consulate General of Sweden

The Peder Sather Symposium fosters interdisciplinary discussion among scholars and policy makers on global and national issues of mutual concern and promotes the understanding of political, economic and cultural issues. The symposium is co-sponsored by the College of Letters & Science, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General, and the Honorary Consulate General of Sweden.

  RSVP online or or by emailing LSEvents@berkeley.edu by September 22.

After Great Disasters: An In-Depth Analysis of How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery

Lecture | September 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 316 Wurster Hall

 Dr. Laurie Johnson; Dr. Robert B. Olshansky

 Institute of Urban and Regional Development, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER)

Great natural disasters are rare, but their aftermath can change the fortunes of a city or region forever. In their new book, After Great Disasters (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2017), Johnson and Olshansky report on their 25 years of collaborative experience and firsthand research on the roles of government in successful disaster recovery in the United States, Japan, China, New Zealand,...   More >