<< Week of April 24 >>

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Graduate Student Lounge

Miscellaneous | April 25 – December 12, 2018 every Wednesday |  Anthony Hall

 ASUC Student Union

Graduate Students! Take advantage of the Graduate Student Lounge at Anthony Hall. Study, grade papers, meet with other grad students.

 Graduate Students only! However, Anthony Hall can be made available to the entire campus and community for reservations at other times.

Earth Week 2018

Special Event | April 23 – 27, 2018 every day |  Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Join the UC Berkeley environmental and sustainability community for an array of activating, inspiring, fun, educational, and celebratory events and programs during Earth Week 2018! Find full details at: serc.berkeley.edu/earth-week-2018

Conjugating Catalonia: Language Learning in Turbulent Times

Lecture | April 25 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Greta Vollmer, Professor Emerita, English & Applied Linguistics, Sonoma State University

 Berkeley Language Center

Language learning is, as we know, a complex process. Yet when I chose to study Catalan in Spain last year, little did I know that I would receive an even greater education in the complexities of bilingualism as well as the repercussions of the independence movement on language use and language policy in Catalonia. How am I positioned by my language use? How do I choose to position myself in a...   More >

Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat: John Ferrari: The Messages We Send: Social Signals and Storytelling

Lecture | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Exploring the idea of "intimations" - social interactions that approach outright communication but do not quite reach it - G. R. F. (John) Ferrari offers a new framework for understanding different ways in which we communicate with each other.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Jesyka Melendez: The immunogenetics of mating behavior in Peromyscus: A genomic approach

Seminar | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Jesyka Melendez (Finishing Talk)

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Noon Concert: Gospel Choir

Performing Arts - Music | April 25 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Fall welcome misc.

 Department of Music

D. Mark Wilson, director
“Be Healed!”
Music is great medicine for the body, soul and mind. Come fill your prescription and get a good dose of Gospel music that heals hurts, suffering and pain.


Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz...   More >

“Design Principles of Living Membranes”

Seminar | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Ilya Levental, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Recent discoveries have elucidated the crucial role for liquid-liquid phase separation phenomena in cellular biology. I will briefly introduce recent discoveries in three-dimensional phase partitioning of the cytoplasm and nucleoplasm, followed by our recent observations on phase separation in mammalian plasma membranes. The plasma membrane is the physical and functional interface between a cell...   More >

Urban Life and Foodways at Huari, Ayacucho, Peru (AD 600-1000): A Spatial Macrobotanical Analysis

Lecture | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Geoffrey Taylor, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Huari is the proposed capital of the Wari cultural group whose architectural, ceramic, and iconographic traditions spread to distant parts of the Peruvian highlands during the Middle Horizon (AD 600-1000). With this presentation, I will introduce Wari studies and re-appraise the current state of archaeological evidence on the activities of Wari people. I will then investigate the botanical...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Regulated protein degradation in bacterial growth and stress response"

Seminar | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Peter Chien, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

We are an interdisciplinary lab focused on understanding regulated protein degradation and quality control using biochemistry, structural biology and cell biology. Our primary approach is to use both molecular and cellular techniques to understand the mechanisms that lead to specific substrate processing during basic cellular events.

Safety Net Investments in Children: The Evidence on SNAP/Cal-Fresh

Seminar | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | UC Center Sacramento, Room LL3

 1130 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

 Hillary Hoynes, Department of Economics and Public Policy, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Food Institute

SNAP is the second largest anti-poverty program for children in the U.S. The research consistently shows that SNAP leads to reductions in food insecurity, satisfying a core goal of the program. Recent research shows that the benefits of SNAP are much broader and further reaching than the reduction in food insecurity. Professor Hoynes summarizes the evidence from current research that quantifies...   More >

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Message Intended is Not Message Received: Shame, Stigma, and Disengagement in the Academic Probation Notification Process

Colloquium | April 25 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Shannon Brady, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

An important institutional and societal dilemma is how to notify people when they are not meeting performance or community standards without undermining their motivation and efforts to do so. Focusing on the context of college students being placed on academic probation, I find that college administrators overwhelmingly intend probation to be helpful to and motivating for students but that...   More >

The Rise of Plutocratic Populism

Lecture | April 25 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. His teaching and research includes the fields of American politics and public policy, comparative political economy, and social theory.

Dissertation Talk: Avoiding Communication in First-Order Methods for Optimization

Presentation | April 25 | 1-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Aditya Devarakonda

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Iterative ML methods are particularly sensitive to communication cost since they often require communication every iteration. We derive communication-avoiding variants of BCD methods that solve popular regression, classification, and related kernel problems. We show that these variants are numerically stable and can attain large speedups of up to 6.1x on a Cray XC30 supercomputer.

Building a Successful Bio Startup: Keynote by Sam Altman

Panel Discussion | April 25 | 2-3 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Sam Altman, Y Combinator

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

On April 25th, we welcome Y Combinator President Sam Altman to campus in conversation with bio entrepreneurs from the University of California. Gain insights about building a successful bio venture and learn about the launch of YC Bio.

RSVP is required and space is limited. Overflow seating and waitlist will be available.


  Registration opens April 10. Register  by April 25.


Introduction to Differential GPS: GPS and Realtime Correction signals

Workshop | April 25 | 2-4 p.m. | 110 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Nicholas Tripcevich, Lab Manager, Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

Learn Terrasync, Range Finder, post-processing, and realtime correction

Maya Joshi | Volga to Ganga, Buddha to Marx: The Many Voyages of Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan

Lecture | April 25 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 341 (Dept. of SSEAS Library) | Note change in time

 Maya Joshi, Associate Professor, Department of English, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi

 Vasudha Paramasivan, Assistant Professor of Hindi Literature, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Buddhist Studies at Berkeley

A talk by Maya Joshi, Associate Professor of English specializing in Cultural & Intellectual History at LSR, University of Delhi.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): The Polyfold Gromov-Witten Invariants

Seminar | April 25 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Wolfgang Schmaltz, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Polyfold theory, as developed by Hofer, Wysocki, and Zehnder, is a relatively new approach to resolving transversality issues that arise in the study of J-holomorphic curves in symplectic geometry. In this talk I explain the polyfold theoretic approach to defining the Gromov-Witten invariants for all closed symplectic manifolds.

15th Annual Sustainability Summit: Sponsored by the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability

Conference/Symposium | April 25 | 2:30-4:45 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Speiker Room-Chou Hall

 Vien Truong, CEO, Dream Corp

 Chancellor Carol Christ; Vice Chancellor Marc Fisher

 Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability

The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability’s Summit is celebrating Berkeley's environmental achievements. Join for a poster session and reception, remarks and award ceremony with Chancellor Christ, and a keynote address by Vien Truong, CEO of Dream Corp (#GreenForAll).

Coffee Break

Social Event | March 14 – April 25, 2018 every Wednesday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. |  International House Cafe

 2299 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Coffee Break is a weekly opportunity for UC Berkeley global students to meet and engage with one another in a relaxing environment.

Come enjoy free coffee, share stories about your experiences on campus, and get to know Berkeley International Office advisors. All UCB students are invited. We'll also have weekly discussion topics to stimulate conversation.
Stop by and take a break with...   More >

Ivan the Terrible, Part II

Film - Feature | April 25 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The second part of Eisenstein’s unfinished trilogy follows Ivan’s return to the throne and his ruthless opposition to the schemes of the nobility to keep Russia divided among its princes and foreign interests.

The weak Pinsker property

Seminar | April 25 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Tim Austin, UCLA

 Department of Statistics

This talk is about the structure theory of measure-preserving systems: transformations of a finite measure space that preserve the measure. Many important examples arise from stationary processes in probability, and simplest among these are the i.i.d. processes. In ergodic theory, i.i.d. processes are called Bernoulli shifts. Some of the main results of ergodic theory concern an invariant of...   More >

Situated modeling: applying a modeler's manifesto to collaborative data science in rural Zimbabwe

Colloquium | April 25 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 M.V. Eitzel Solera, University of California Santa Cruz

 Department of Geography

As a practicing modeler by training and experience, I have encountered many issues concerning the way data are handled, how models are made, and, in particular, how truth claims emerge from modeling. "Big data" are increasingly discussed in academic venues and elsewhere as an unquestioned good. However, there is dangerous potential for models to marginalize people based on biased or inappropriate...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Riley Duren: Measuring and Mitigating California’s Methane Emissions

Colloquium | April 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Riley Duren, Chief Systems Engineer & Engineering Fellow, Earth Science Directorate, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at NASA

 Energy and Resources Group

I will present progress, challenges and opportunities for measuring and mitigating methane emissions in California including case studies at the intersection of natural science, engineering, big data, public policy and private enterprise. I will also discuss the future prospects for applying these capabilities globally.

Microbial and Mineral Mechanisms Controlling Soil Carbon Cycling and Storage/Understanding Factors Impacting Ionomer Thin-film Gas Transport

Colloquium | April 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Katerina Georgiou, Ph.D. student in the Thorn Group; Meron Tesfaye, Ph.D. student in the McCloskey Group and Weber Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Softball vs. UC Davis

Sport - Intercollegiate - Baseball/Softball | April 25 | 4 p.m. |  Levine-Fricke Field

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Softball hosts UC Davis at Levine-Fricke Field.

The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment

Lecture | April 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Alexander Bevilacqua, Associate Professor of History, Williams College

 Department of History, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a pioneering community of Christian scholars laid the groundwork for the modern Western understanding of Islamic civilization. These men produced the first accurate translation of the Qur’an into a European language, mapped the branches of the Islamic arts and sciences, and wrote Muslim history using Arabic sources. The Republic of Arabic Letters...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: High-order, linearly stable, partitioned solvers for general multiphysics problems based on implicit-explicit Runge-Kutta schemes

Seminar | April 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Zhengyu Huang, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

The numerical simulation of multiphysics problems is significant in many engineering and scientific applications, e.g., aircraft flutter in transonic flows, biomedical flows in heart and blood vessels, mixing and chemically reacting flows, reactor fuel performance, turbomachinery and so on. These problems are generally highly nonlinear, feature multiple scales and strong coupling effects, and...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Gromov-Witten Axioms for Symplectic Manifolds via Polyfold Theory

Seminar | April 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Wolfgang Schmaltz, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In 1994 Kontsevich and Manin stated the Gromov-Witten axioms, given as a list of formal relations between the Gromov-Witten invariants. In this talk I prove several of the Gromov-Witten axioms for curves of arbitrary genus for all closed symplectic manifolds.

Human Thermogenic Adipose Tissue Development and Metabolic Disease

Seminar | April 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Silvia Corvera, University of Massachusetts Medical School

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Epic Fail in the Romantic Era and Beyond: On the Vanishing of a Genre -- Wordsworth, Hegel, Walcott, Godard

Lecture | April 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Ian Balfour, Professor, York University English

 Department of English, Eighteenth-Century and Romanticism Colloquium

Plant and Microbial Biology Graduate Student Group Meeting

Meeting | April 25 | 5 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Graduate Assembly

This event is sponsored by the UCB Graduate Assembly. Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at accessibility@berkeley.edu.

The Power of Writing with Abandon

Lecture | April 25 | 5-6 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Grant Faulkner, Director, National Novel Writing Month, National Novel Writing Month

 Department of English

Pax Americana: Sketches For An Undiplomatic History

Lecture | April 25 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall | Note change in date

 Daniel Sargent, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute of International Studies

Daniel J. Sargent is Associate Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking of American Foreign Relations in the 1970s (Oxford University Press, 2015) and co-editor of The Shock of the Global: The International History of the 1970s (Harvard University Press, 2010).

Tech Profiling, Policing, and Disruption of our 'Sanctuary Cities': A conversation and strategy session with speakers from Arab Resource Organizing Center, Asian Law Caucus, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Anti-Police Terror Project

Seminar | April 25 | 5-8 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio (117)

 Lara Kiswani, Executive Director, Arab Resource Organizing Center; Christina Sinha, National Security and Civil Rights Program Co-Leader, Asian Law Caucus; Cat Brooks, Executive Director, Justice Teams Network & Co-Founder Anti-Police Terror Project; Stephanie Lacambra, Attorney and Legal Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation

 Juan Prieto, Immigrant Rights Organizer / Statewide Communications Strategist, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance; Leslie Dreyer, ACES Artist in Residence and Organizer, ACES Program and Housing Rights Committee

 American Cultures, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Arts + Design

Technologies coming out of the Bay Area are being used to surveil, profile, police and even deport vulnerable residents in our so-called Sanctuary Cities. Platforms claiming to promote democracy have corrupted it – often privileging white supremacy and recentralizing power while silencing dissent of targeted communities. Combining analysis by legal experts and on-the-ground organizers, we'll...   More >

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Technical Talk and Dinner with MaxLinear CTO

Information Session | April 25 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 490 Cory Hall

 Curtis Ling, Ph.D, Co-Founder and CTO, MaxLinear

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

"A 30-minute survey of communication chips"

Our connection to the network has become an essential “always-on” utility, with mobile data consumption growing faster than 50% per year in the last decade. We’ll talk about the communication chips that will enable this kind of growth, and new capabilities, possible in the years to come.

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | January 14, 2015 – December 18, 2019 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.

The Manchurian Candidate

Film - Feature | April 25 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

File this sobering satire, starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey, under “Brainwashing, fear of.” The film “takes enormous chances with the audience, and plays not like a ‘classic’ but as a work as alive and smart as when it was first released” (Roger Ebert).

Versvergnügen: A German Cabaret

Performing Arts - Theater | April 24 – 25, 2018 every day | 7-8:15 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Students in Ger 102A, Department of German

 Department of German

UC Berkeley's students of German present poetry, skits, and music in their annual Cabaret Program

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Earth Week 2018

Special Event | April 23 – 27, 2018 every day |  Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Join the UC Berkeley environmental and sustainability community for an array of activating, inspiring, fun, educational, and celebratory events and programs during Earth Week 2018! Find full details at: serc.berkeley.edu/earth-week-2018

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | April 26 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall | Note change in date

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

Dissertation Talk: Power Management for Li-ion Battery to Processor Core Supply: A direct Power Delivery Scheme Enabled with a Hybrid DC-DC Converter Approach

Seminar | April 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 531 Cory Hall

 Yongjun Li

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Due to limited platform size, most portable and wearable electronics call for a compact power management achitecture with high efficiency and high power density. The conventional buck converter requires bulky magnetics that consume a large amount of board areas. The switched capacitor (SC) converter, though promising for a fully integrated solution, is not efficient for continuous voltage...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Exploratory model analysis for machine learning

Seminar | April 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Biye Jiang, UC Berkeley, Department of EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Machine learning is growing in importance in many different fields. However, it is still very hard for users to tune hyper-parameters when optimizing their models, or perform a comprehensive and interpretable diagnosis for complex models like deep neural nets. Existing developer tool like TensorBoard only provides limited functionality which usually visualizes model statistics based on metrics...   More >

Publish Digital Books and Open Textbooks with Pressbooks

Workshop | April 26 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle 117 (Level D)

 Maria Gould


If you're looking to self-publish work of any length and want an easy-to-use tool that offers a high degree of customization, allows flexibility with publishing formats (EPUB, MOBI, PDF), and provides web-hosting options, Pressbooks may be great for you. Pressbooks is often the tool of choice for academics creating digital books, open textbooks, and open educational resources, since you can...   More >

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Econ 235, Financial Economics: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | April 26 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Jennifer La'O, Columbia University

 Department of Economics

VS Club Meeting

Meeting | April 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 392 Minor Hall

 Vision Science Club

Zero Waste Fair

Special Event | April 26 | 12-3 p.m. |  Memorial Glade

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Join the Student Environmental Resource Center at UC Berkeley's first zero waste carnival, as part of Earth Week 2018 at UC Berkeley. Come play zero-waste themed games & win prizes! Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/309830269545290/

the top raffle prize is a sponsored boba party for 8 people featuring reusable mason jars and metal straws! other giveaways and activities...   More >

ESPM Seminar Series - Eric Dougherty

Seminar | April 26 | 12-1 p.m. |  Mulford Hall

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

Join us for the 2018 Distinguished Lecture by an ESPM Student - Eric Dougherty of the Getz Lab.

Coffee will be served in 139 Mulford Hall. Please bring your own mug.

This event is open to the public.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | April 26 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Fabrizio Zilibotti, Yale

 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 >

Leadership, Storytelling and Alternative Facts

Lecture | April 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Kevin Orr, University of St Andrews, UK

 Institute of European Studies

This session examines leadership and storytelling in an age of alternative facts. It draws on empirical research studying narrative practices of an elite group of public administrators: local government chief executives (UK) and city managers (US). Using the lens of relationality, the discussion explores the collective dimensions of leadership. The focus on leadership and stories embraces the...   More >

Adversarial Machine Learning

Seminar | April 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Doug Tygar, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

 Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)

Please join us on April 26, 2018 at 12pm for an interactive seminar focused on adversarial machine learning, featuring Doug Tygar, Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley and Professor of Information Management at UC Berkeley. This event is presented as part of the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity's 2018 Spring Seminar Series.

  RSVP online by April 24.

Professor Doug Tygar

The Political Economy of Intervention: Education and Biomedicine in the Neoliberal Era

Colloquium | April 26 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Duster Room

 2420 Bowditch street, Berkeley, CA 94720

 René Espinoza Kissell, Ph.D. Candidate, Education Policy and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, University of California, Berkeley; Anthony Wright, Ph.D. candidate in Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, University of California, Berkeley

 Sandra Smith, Professor of Sociology and the Interim Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California, Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Rene Kissell | "The Enduring Financial 'Crisis' of Urban School Districts: A Case Study of the Political Evolution of the Portfolio Strategy" 

Anthony Wright | "Black Families, Cancer, and the Existential Weight of Racism"   

Sandra Smith as respondent |Professor of Sociology and the Interim Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California,...   More >

Core Essentials for Better Posture (BEUHS402)

Workshop | April 26 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

Improve your posture through awareness and exercise. Learn about common muscular imbalances and postural patterns. Practice strengthening, stretching, and stability exercises to promote healthy postures and better balance. Wear comfortable clothing. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Living With Teens Without Losing Your Mind (BEUHS364)

Workshop | April 26 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Julie Johnson, Parent Educator, Hand in Hand Parenting

 Work/Life Program

Now that they’re a teenager, you need a whole new set of instructions:
· It’s hard to know how to stay close to them when they’re pushing you away.
· You’re triggered by everything they say—especially that rude, snarky talk—but somewhere deep down inside you still love them.
· You have little patience for their irritability and moodiness, but you know you have to be the loving adult.
·...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Statistical Arbitrage

Seminar | April 26 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: George Papanicolaou, Stanford

 Center for Risk Management Research

Statistical arbitrage is a collection of trading algorithms that are widely used today but can have very uneven performance, depending on their detailed implementation. I will introduce these methods and explain how  the data used as trading signals are prepared so that they depend weakly on market dynamics but have adequate statistical regularity. The trading algorithm itself will be presented...   More >

IB Seminar: Saviors of the reef?: Context-dependent control of algae by coral reef fish

Seminar | April 26 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Mike Gil, University of California, Davis

 Department of Integrative Biology

Reframing Tech Speaker Series with Dr. Marcia Linn: Education, Equity, and Underrepresentation in STEM

Seminar | April 26 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Dr. Marcia Linn, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Bias Busters is hosting the Reframing Tech Speaker Series in Spring & Fall 2018 to start a discussion about the issues underlying the lack of representation of people of color, women, people with disabilities, and other minorities in STEM, as well as wider ethical issues in tech. Each talk will be followed by a discussion about actionable steps we can all take – as students, faculty, staff;...   More >

A Learning-Based Approach to Safety in Robotic Systems

Presentation | April 26 | 1-2 p.m. | 337B Cory Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

As robotic systems become more pervasive, the need for algorithms that can ensure their safety becomes paramount. In this talk we propose a novel framework for ensuring safety in such systems. This framework is amenable to data-driven methods that learn about the system's safety through observations.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – December 30, 2018 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 plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

TBSI Seminar - Electrochemistry and Membrane-Based Water Treatment: Synergies and Challenges

Seminar | April 26 | 2-3 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Room 250

 Dr. David Jassby, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California – Los Angeles

 Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute

Western Language Resources for East Asian Studies

Information Session | April 26 | 2-3:30 p.m. | East Asian Library, Rm. 341

 Bruce Williams


Introduction to locating materials and information in Western languages in the area of East Asian Studies by using library databases, catalogs and other bibliographic tools.

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

Minner Distinguished Lecture: Biotech and Social Responsibility

Lecture | April 26 | 2-3 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Dr. Ann Lee-Karlon, BioE '89, Genentech

 College of Engineering, Bioengineering (BioE), Bioengineering Honor Society

ESPM Remote Sensing Job Talk Series - Youngryel Ryu

Seminar | April 26 | 3-4 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

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

Youngryel Ryu, Associate Professor, Seoul National University shares his talk, "Integration of near-surface and satellite remote sensing to monitor land-atmosphere interactions from the leaf to global scales"

Coffee will be served at 2:00 PM in 139 Mulford Hall. Please bring a reusable mug.

This event is open to the public.

Deciphering the Dynamics of the Unconscious Brain Under General Anesthesia

Seminar | April 26 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Emery Brown , Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Book Talk: Figuring Korean Futures: Children’s Literature in Modern Korea

Colloquium | April 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dafna Zur, Stanford University

 Steven Lee, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Figuring Korean Futures is the story of the emergence and development of writing for children in modern Korea. This privileged location enabled writers and illustrators, educators and psychologists, intellectual elite and laypersons to envision the child as a powerful antidote to the present and as an uplifting metaphor of colonial Korea's future.

Book Talk: Grateful Nation: Student Veterans and the Rise of the Military-Friendly Campus

Reading - Nonfiction | April 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Social Research Library (227 Haviland Hall)

 Ellen Moore, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

 Library, Institute for the Study of Society Issues

Grateful Nation: Student Veterans and the Rise of the Military-Friendly Campus (Duke University Press) traces the college experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans on California college campuses. Ellen Moore's book findings challenge the popular narrative that explain student veterans' academic difficulties, while showing how these narratives lead to suppression of campus debates about...   More >

Grateful Nation: Student Veterans and the Rise of the Military-Friendly Campus

Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area

Lecture | April 26 | 4-6 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)

 Richard Walker, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley Geography

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Department of Geography, Department of City and Regional Planning

The San Francisco Bay Area is currently the jewel in the crown of capitalism—the tech capital of the world and a gusher of wealth from the Silicon Gold Rush. It has been generating jobs, spawning new innovation, and spreading ideas that are changing lives everywhere. It boasts of being the Left Coast, the Greenest City, and the best place for workers in the USA. So what could be wrong? It may...   More >

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French Animals from Louis XIV to the Revolution

Panel Discussion | April 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 4229 Dwinelle Hall

Pierre Serna, Peter Sahlins, David Bates, Department of History

 Department of History

A conversation between Pierre Serna, Peter Sahlins (History, Berkeley) & David Bates (Rhetoric, Berkeley). Part II of a series of two talks. Part I (April 23): "Whither the French Revolution?". A talk by Pierre Serna (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) with comments by Carla Hesse (History, Berkeley).
& Susan Maslan (French, Berkeley).

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Network Formation: Weighted Digraph with Partitioned Vertices"

Seminar | April 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Seongjoo Min, UCB

 Department of Economics

French Animals from Louis XIV to the Revolution

Panel Discussion | April 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 4229 Dwinelle Hall

 Pierre Serna, University of Paris I — Panthéon-Sorbonne; Peter Sahlins, History, UC Berkeley; David Bates, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

 Department of History

Pierre Serna and Peter Sahlins will discuss their respective books, "Like Beasts: Political History of the Animal in Revolution (1750-1840)" and "1668: The Year of the Animal in France." They will be joined by David Bates, author of "Enlightenment Aberrations: Error and Revolution in France."

The Price of Aid: The Economic Cold War in India

Lecture | April 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 David C. Engerman, Ottilie Springer Professor of History, Brandeis University

 History Graduate Association (HGA), Kruzhok, The Russian History Working Group

“Debates over foreign aid can seem strangely innocent of history. Economists argue about effectiveness and measurement—how to make aid work. Meanwhile, critics in donor countries bemoan what they see as money wasted on corrupt tycoons or unworthy recipients. What most ignore is the essentially political character of foreign aid. Looking back to the origins and evolution of foreign aid during the...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Metric collapsing of hyperkahler K3 surfaces

Colloquium | April 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Song Sun, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A K3 surface is a simply connected compact complex surface with trivial canonical bundle. Moduli space of K3 surfaces has been extensively studied in algebraic geometry and it can be characterized in terms of the period map by the Torelli theorem. The differential geometric significance is that every K3 surface admits a hyperkahler metric (a metric whose holonomy group is SU(2)), which is in...   More >

AHMA Colloquium - What do you do with a Looted Site?

Lecture | April 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Carol Redmount, University of California, Berkeley

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

The AHMA Colloquium is a series of informal papers that typically hosts a mixture of visiting scholars and Berkeley faculty.

The Jurisprudence of Blood: How Law Thinks About Violence: Kadish Lecture 2018

Lecture | April 26 | 4-6 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room, 295 Simon

 David Alan Sklansky, Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Co-Director Stanford Criminal Justice Center, Stanford Law School

 Saira Mohammed, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law

 Jonathan Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law

 Kadish Center for Morality, Law, and Public Affairs

This is the Annual Kadish Center on Morality, Law, and Public Affairs Lecture with invited scholar David Sklansky, Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Stanford Law School. Prof. Sklansky is also Co-Director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center.

David Alan Sklansky teaches and writes about criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence. His scholarship has addressed the law, sociology, and...   More >

William E. B. Sherman | A Practice of Revelation: Apocalypse, Vernacular, and Identity along the Afghan Frontier

Lecture | April 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 William E. B. Sherman, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

 Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada Endowment on Pakistan

A lecture by the S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize in Pakistan Studies recipient for 2017.

Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley: Foodscape Mapping Project Policy Town Hall

Colloquium | April 26 | 5-7 p.m. | David Brower Center, Tamalpais Room

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Berkeley Food Institute

From 2015 to 2018, the Berkeley Food Institute collected data on the entities at UC Berkeley who participate in food-related learning and practice on campus—encompassing teaching, student and faculty research, student organizations, administrative decisions and initiatives, and dining services and procurement—with the goal of revealing barriers to the full participation of historically...   More >

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Max Elbaum in Conversation with Colleen Lye and Joshua Clover

Panel Discussion | April 26 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Max Elbaum

 Colleen Lye, Professor, Berkeley English; Joshua Clover, Professor, UC Davis, Department of English

 Department of English

Elbaum will discuss his book Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao, and Che with Colleen Lye (UC Berkeley) and Joshua Clover (UC Davis).

Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran

Lecture | April 26 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall | Note change in date

 Nahid Siamdoust, Yale University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies (San Francisco State University)

Music is an alternative and revealing way for studying post-revolutionary Iranian society and politics. In this book talk, Nahid Siamdoust discusses music as a potent cultural register that facilitates political expression and communication, while tracing the evolution of cultural and social policy making in Iran. Drawing on over five years of research in Iran, including the 2009 protests, she...   More >

The Fabulous Baron Münchausen

Film - Feature | April 26 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Czech animator Karel Zeman captures the wonder in Gustave Doré’s illustrations for a classic novel by using live action against a series of fairy-tale backgrounds and enchanting visual pyrotechnics. With Méliès/Jules Verne short Impossible Voyage.