<< Week of October 07 >>

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Artist’s Talk: Tsherin Sherpa

Lecture | October 7 | 3-4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Tibetan artist Tsherin Sherpa, whose works are featured in Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad, explores themes of displacement and identity as he recounts his artistic journey. Trained as a traditional Tibetan thangka painter, Sherpa is now an artist whose work brings together both sacred and profane or, in his words, “the icon and the ordinary.”

Sherpa has exhibited...   More >

Monday, October 8, 2018

Sarover Zaidi | Towards an Anthropology of Horizons: Politics and Poetics of Space in Bombay

Lecture | October 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Sarover Zaidi, Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture, Jindal School of Art and Architecture, Sonipat, Haryana, India

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor in Anthropology and South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

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

A talk by social anthropologist, Sarover Zaidi on muslim settlements in Bombay

AHMA Colloquium - Discovery and Digital Curation of Textual Archives

Lecture | October 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Adam Anderson, UC Berkeley

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

This is the second paper in a lecture series entitled "Digital Humanities and the Ancient World." The event is co-sponsored by the AHMA Colloquium and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Abstract: I introduce the Ur III (250,000 tot.; Drehem 15,000) and Old Assyrian (23,000 tot.; 10,000 published) texts as examples of large bodies of cuneiform tablets that were...   More >

Then and Now: Fred Korematsu's Story and Its Relevance to the Injustices of Today: Karen Korematsu at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | October 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 107 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Karen Korematsu, Fred T. Korematsu Institute

 The Berkeley Forum

On Indigenous People’s Day, Karen Korematsu will share her father’s story and the realities of Japanese American incarceration during World War II. She will also talk about her father’s coram nobis case in 1983, where he successfully overturned his federal conviction in court by correcting a falsified government narrative. During her talk, Karen will go into detail about why teaching the history...   More >



The Networked Avant-garde

Lecture | October 8 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Osher Theater, BAMPFA

 Kelani Nichole, The Current

 Berkeley Center for New Media, Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Kelani Nichole, NYC design strategist and exhibition maker, will discuss the networked culture that emerged at the end of the 20th century introduced a generation of artists who employ open, distributed, virtualized, and highly collaborative techniques.

The Networked Avant-garde

Lecture | October 8 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Kelani Nichole

 Arts + Design, Berkeley Center for New Media

The networked culture that emerged at the end of the 20th century introduced a generation of artists who employ open, distributed, virtualized, and highly collaborative techniques. Their studios are built on commercial software, CGI aesthetics, online public exhibition, and peer-to-peer sharing and critique. They simultaneously embrace and subvert technology as a means of interrogation,...   More >

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

GUH Lecture: Informal Urbanism, Creativity, and Ecology in Lagos, Nigeria

Lecture | October 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Lagos is notorious for its ever-expanding population, massive infrastructural challenges, and controversial practices of state-sanctioned land capture. This talk will discuss will discuss how we can utilize urban planning and visual culture studies to inv

Letters of recommendation in Berkeley undergraduate admissions: Program evaluation and natural language processing: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | October 9 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Jesse Rothstein, Professor, Public Policy and Economics, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

In Fall 2015 and 2016, UC Berkeley asked many freshman applicants to submit letters of recommendation as part of their applications. This was highly controversial. Proponents argued that letters would aid in the identification of disadvantaged students who had overcome obstacles that were not otherwise apparent from their applications, while opponents argued that disadvantaged students were...   More >

Performing Germanness: Laughter and Violence in Nazi Germany

Lecture | October 9 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Martina Kessel, Bielefeld University

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

Martina Kessel looks at the meaning and role of humor as an identity practice in Germany during the time of National Socialism in Germany. One theory that she will explore in her lecture is that non-Jewish Germans disguised violence as 'art' to justify their failure to comply with international or humanitarian beliefs.

Martina Kessel is a Historian of Modern Germany at Bielefeld University,...   More >

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Fascism Then and Now: Some Theoretical and Practical Reflections

Lecture | October 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Timothy Scott Brown, Northeastern University

 Institute of European Studies

The better part of a century after being relegated to the political fringes by its central responsibility for war and genocide, fascism is unmistakably making a comeback on both sides of the Atlantic. Of course, fascism never completely went away; but what has propelled it from the margins back to the center? Attempts to understand this phenomenon lead inevitably back to a question that has...   More >

Language Politics and Attitudes of the Genovese Variety

Lecture | October 10 | 12:10-1 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Gabriella Licata, PhD Candidate, Romance Languages and Literatures, Berkeley

 Berkeley Language Center

The current ideologies and politics of Genoese, a dialect of Ligurian in the Northwestern Italian region of Liguria, reflect the status of many of Italy’s “dialects”—lingering in unofficial status with little institutional support but vibrant ties to and representation in regional identity.

The Lost Ethical Language of New Deal Public Works

Lecture | October 10 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

The Living New Deal has been identifying, mapping, and interpreting the vast physical matrix of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal for over a decade. Like those of a lost civilization, these artifacts speak to us in a language we have been made to forget of a time when government was designed to serve all of its citizens rather than those who could afford to buy it.

A Conversation with Supreme Court Litigator Deepak Gupta

Lecture | October 10 | 12:50-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Deepak Gupta, Gupta Wessler

 American Constitution Society

Please join the Civil Justice Research Initiative, the Consumer Advocacy & Protection Society (CAPS), American Constitution Society (ACS), and the Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice, for a lunch event featuring prominent Supreme Court Litigator Deepak Gupta. Mr. Gupta is an accomplished appellate advocate who has argued before the Supreme Court on numerous occasions. Mr. Gupta’s current &...   More >

The Distributional Effects of Minimum Wages: Evidence from Linked Survey and Administrative Data: IRLE Speaker Series

Lecture | October 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Director's Room

 John Voorheis, Howard University


Join us for a discussion with John Voorheis, economist from the U.S. Census Bureau, on the effects of minimum wage on earnings and the implications for law-wage workers.

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From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back

Lecture | October 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Katya Cengel, journalist

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies

Journalist Katya Cengel will discuss her new book, Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back (Potomac Books, 2018) which follows the stories of four Cambodian families, as they confront criminal deportation 40 years after their resettlement in the U.S. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event, courtesy of Eastwind Books.

The Distributional Effects of Minimum Wages: Evidence from Linked Survey and Administrative Data, Jon Voorheis, US Census

Lecture | October 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Directors Room

 John Voorheis, U.S. Census Bureau’s Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications

 Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

Voorheis will discuss the implications of his research finding that minimum wage policies increase long-term earnings of low-wage workers, and possibly reasons for the persistence of those effects. Rising income inequality and stagnating economic mobility have prompted state and local governments to focus on higher minimum wages. As these policies expand, an understanding of how minimum wage...   More >

Learning To Interact: Cybernetics and Play

Lecture | October 10 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, BCNM Commons, 340 Moffitt

 Timothy Stott, Dublin School of Creative Arts, Dublin Institute of Technology

 Berkeley Center for New Media

Play was, and remains, a social technology for the cybernetic age. Advocated by many as a humanist corrective to a technocratic and automated post-war society, play also expanded cybernetic ideas of interaction, feedback, and systems modelling into the social domain. From the late nineteen-fifties on, especially, cybernetics and play converged through games, toys, and interactive...   More >

Foreshadow: Breaking the Virtual Memory Abstraction with Transient Out-of-Order Execution

Lecture | October 10 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Ofir Weisse

 Information, School of

Ofir Weisse explains how the Foreshadow attack dismantles Intel's SGX security â previously considered the most secure feature of Intel chips â and also bypasses virtual machine isolation between users in the cloud.

Gallery Talk: Olivia Young on Christina Quarles

Lecture | October 10 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join Olivia Young, PhD candidate in UC Berkeley’s Department of African Diaspora Studies, for insights into the work of Christina Quarles, including the dynamics of excess, visibility, and form as instruments of black queer longing.

Young’s writing has appeared in publications by the New Museum (New York), Antenna Gallery (New Orleans), and BAMPFA. Her dissertation asks how contemporary,...   More >

The Demise of the Islamist Utopia: What's Next?

Lecture | October 10 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Hicham Alaoui, University of Oxford

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Islamist movements have dominated popular discussions of opposition and change within Arab politics for the past three decades. Uniquely positioned during the Arab Spring, some have since directly governed, while others have been co-opted or absorbed into existing political structures. Yet outside Tunisia, no Islamist group has been able to deliver upon its promise of political transformation....   More >

A Fantastic Woman

Lecture | October 10 | 7-9 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall

 Center for Latin American Studies

Marina, a young transgender actress and singer in Chile, and Orlando, an older man who owns a printing company, are in love and planning for the future. After Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies, Marina is forced to confront his family and society, and to fight to show them who she is: a complex, strong, forthright, and fantastic woman.

Daniela Vega in "A Fantastic Woman." (Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Classic.)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Rita Moreno: From Puerto Rico to Stardom with Fernanda Fisher

Lecture | October 11 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Fernanda Fisher

 Arts + Design

Fernanda Fisher has been involved in the arts throughout her life. She grew up in NYC with both her father, Leonard Gordon, a cardiologist and her mother, Rita Moreno, an actress. Fisher will talk about Puerto Rico, her mother’s rise to stardom, and her own creative career. She attended Brearley School and danced under George Balanchine at the School of American Ballet. After moving to Los...   More >

Hardy Californians: The Life of Lester Rowntree

Lecture | October 11 | 10-11:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Lester Gertrude Rowntree (1878-1978) was a pioneering California native plant botanist and horticulturalist who popularized the study, use, and protection of native flora through voluminous writings, lectures, and photographs. As testimonial to Lester's important role she was named life-long honorary president of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) upon its creation in 1965. However, the...   More >

Free with Garden admission ($12); Free for UCBG members, UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty

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From One War to Another. The Armenian Experience and Its Impact on Germany

Lecture | October 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Raymond Kévorkian, Emeritus director of research, Institut Français de Géopolitique, Université Paris VIII, Saint-Denis

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

Our knowledge of the impact of the 1915 genocide on German society has long been characterized by Germany’s commitment to the Eastern Front and by the experience of mass violence experienced by several thousand soldiers and officers who witnessed the extermination of the Armenians. But the most recent works, in particular Stefan Ihrig’s two books, have opened new avenues for studying the...   More >

Rita Moreno: From Puerto Rico to Stardom with Fernanda Fisher

Lecture | October 11 | 12-1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Rita Rita Moreno

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The daughter of celebrated actress Rita Moreno, Fernanda Fisher has been involved in the arts throughout her life. In this event hosted by Kathryn Roszak, Fisher will talk about Puerto Rico, her mother’s rise to stardom, and her own creative career.

Fernanda Fisher grew up in New York City, where she attended Brearley School and danced under George Balanchine at the School of American Ballet....   More >

Guardians, Aliens, Or Robot Overlords? Security In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence

Lecture | October 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium | Note change in location

 Edward W. Felten, Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University

 Institute of International Studies

Edward W. Felten is Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University. His research interests include computer security and privacy, and public policy issues relating to information technology.

He is the Director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), a cross-disciplinary effort studying digital technologies in public life. CITP...   More >

What’s New about New Materialism?: Black and Indigenous Scholars on Science, Technology and Materiality

Lecture | October 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

As the “New Materialisms” discourse continues to gain traction across multiple fields of inquiry, we come together as scholars of Xicanx/Latinx Studies, Native American/Indigenous Studies and postcolonial African Studies to open up a space of dialogue on the subject.

Identity and Social Bonds: Howison Lectures in Philosophy by Joseph Raz

Lecture | October 11 | 4:10 p.m. | Bancroft Hotel, Great Hall

 2680 Bancroft Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Joseph Raz, Professor, Columbia Law School

 Graduate Division

Joseph Raz will present the Howison lecture on October 11, 2018. His lecture is titled "Identity and Social Bonds" is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Joseph Raz

Intimate Violence: Anti-Jewish Pogroms on the Eve of the Holocaust

Lecture | October 11 | 5:15-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Jason Wittenberg, Associate Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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

Jason Wittenberg is associate professor of political science at UC Berkeley and a former Academy Scholar at Harvard University. He is the co-author of Intimate Violence: Anti-Jewish Pogroms on the Eve of the Holocaust (Cornell, 2018). His first book, Crucibles of Political Loyalty: Church Institutions and Electoral Continuity in Hungary (Cambridge, 2006), won the 2009 Hubert...   More >

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Escritura, Trama Y Deseo (Writing, Plot And Desire) with Diamela Eltit

Lecture | October 11 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, Townsend Center

 Diamela Eltit

 Arts Research Center

Escritura, Trama Y Deseo (Writing, Plot And Desire) with Diamela Eltit
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Geballe Room, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Diamela Eltit

The Challenge for Progressives in Latin America

Lecture | October 11 | 6-8 p.m. | 250 Goldman School of Public Policy

 Giorgio Jackson

 Center for Latin American Studies

Giorgio Jackson is a transformative political figure in Chile. As a student at the Catholic University in Santiago, Jackson was a key leader of the Chilean student protests in 2011. As a 25 year old, Jackson founded the Democratic Revolution political party in 2012, and was elected to Congress representing Santiago in 2013. He was re-elected in 2017 with the highest plurality of any member...   More >

Friday, October 12, 2018

Why the Common Good Disappeared and How We Get It Back

Lecture | October 12 | 1-2 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Goldman School of Public Policy

The Class of '68 50th Reunion Lecture

PROFESSOR ROBERT B. REICH ignites a discussion of the good we have had in common, what happened to it, and what we might do to restore it. His goal is not that we all agree on the common good. It is that we get into the habit of thinking and talking about it, listening to each other’s views and providing a means for...   More >

Discovery of New Two-Dimensional Materials with Electro-Active Functionality: Nano Seminar Series

Lecture | October 12 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. SungWng Kim, Sungkyunkwan University, Energy Science

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

In this talk, two different strategies for the discovery of new two-dimensional (2D) materials with electro-active functionality will be introduced. Our new 2D materials are created based on the engineering of crystal structure dealing with electrons, showing unprecedented physical properties.

The first material, “electride”, which is regarded as a new electronic material, is ionic crystal in...   More >

Teaching a Spanish Literature Course Online: A skeptic’s experience

Lecture | October 12 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 Mary Quinn, University of New Mexico

 Berkeley Language Center

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, one in every four undergraduate students takes at least one class online and studies show that access to online learning can boost graduation rates. But certain subjects, like language learning, seem in their very nature to be antithetical to an online format. In this talk I will share my experience of adapting a beginning literature class in...   More >

Unlikely Alliances and Transpartisanship: Finding Common Ground Across Difference on Transportation and Infrastructure

Lecture | October 12 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Karen Trapenberg Frick

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Against a backdrop of hyper-political polarization worldwide, this presentation reviews recent transpartisan coalitions of conservative and progressive allies who advocate for policy change about transportation and infrastructure in the United States. Some might view these as unholy alliances where participants make deals with the devil or lend one’s enemies undue legitimacy. However,...   More >

Fall 2018 Bioengineering Alumni Lecture: Pushing the Boundaries of Your Engineering Degree: Imagination Will Take You Everywhere

Lecture | October 12 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dr. Karin Hollerbach

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Karin Hollerbach serves as Managing Director of Taku International, a technology consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Germany, and conducts R&D for a medical device / wearables company in Silicon Valley. Applications of her technical interests in cyber-physical systems, both real and sci-fi, cut across multiple industries, including energy, medical, ag tech, and search and...   More >

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Are You Scared Yet? Cybersecurity for You and Me

Lecture | October 13 | 9-10 a.m. | 145 Dwinelle Hall

 Jeffrey Mackie-Mason, Library


Every day there’s a new scary story: Russians hacking elections; thieves remotely locking computers and demanding ransom; millions of credit card numbers and other personal records stolen from corporate data systems. What is vulnerable — and why? What should we, as ordinary citizens, understand about cybersecurity and about how to protect ourselves?

 This event is part of Homecoming Weekend — if you have not registered (online registration is now closed), we urge you to arrive early and register onsite at Homecoming Headquarters for a Class Pass for access to all lectures. Class Passes are free f

Career Clinic: Making A Successful Career Transition: Roadmap for Change

Lecture | October 13 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.), Room 507

 Rebecca Andersen, Career Services at the UC Berkeley Information School; RuthAnn Haffke, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

 UC Berkeley Extension

Making a career transition can be bewildering: how do you find jobs? How can you stand out as a candidate? And, if you finally get an interview, how do you showcase yourself as the best candidate? This workshop will walk participants through each step of making a career transition. Through interactive exercises, we will cover strategies in personal branding, networking, résumé and LinkedIn...   More >


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An American History of Race, Gender, and Hair

Lecture | October 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, Third Floor

 Sarah Gold McBride, Visiting Lecturer, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Department of History, Cal Alumni Association

How did something as ordinary as hair affect major U.S. institutions like slavery and the women’s rights movement? In the 19th century, American people from different regions, class backgrounds, racial groups, and religious traditions shared the belief that hair exposed the truth about the person from whose body it grew.

Matti Braun | Vikram Sarabhai: A Modern Indian Icon

Lecture | October 13 | 1:30-3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Matti Braun, Artist

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Society for the Art & Cultural Heritage of India (SACHI), South Asia Art Initiative at UC Berkeley

A talk by Artist, Matti Braun on the remarkable life and biography of Vikram Sarabhai (1919-1971), best remembered as the father of Indian Space Program