<< Week of November 04 >>

Sunday, November 4, 2018

3rd i's 16th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series | November 1 – 17, 2018 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 1-4 (San Francisco) November 17 (Palo Alto)

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies and the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley cosponsor 3rd i's 15th Annual SF International South Asian Film Festival. (November 1-4 and November 17, 2018).

SOLD OUT - Pine Needle Basketry with Judith Thomas

Workshop | November 4 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Judith Thomas, weaver and Waldorf handwork teacher will instruct students how to source materials and craft a pine needle basket. Learn how to work with pine needles to create a small coiled basket, using a needle and waxed linen to bind the bundles of needles together. A perfect activity for the fall. Pack a lunch to enjoy in the beautiful Garden setting during the break! All levels welcome.

$85 / $75 Garden Members


NaNoWriMo 2018: Come Write In at Doe Library

Special Event | November 4 | 1-4 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180 Doe


NaNoWriMo is back at UC Berkeley’s Doe Library!

Have you ever thought about writing a novel but just didn’t think you had the time? You’re not alone. A small group of friends from the East Bay dared themselves to finish their novels in 30 days back in 1999, creating the foundation of what has become National Novel Writing Month. Since then, this small nonprofit, NaNoWriMo, has inspired a...   More >

 The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact Shannon Monroe at least two weeks prior to the event at smonroe@berkeley.edu, 510-643-6151.

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 >

Trees and Tones - Wooden Instrument Traditions: Guitars

Presentation | November 4 | 4-6:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Come learn about the global history of guitars and the many woods used to make them. We’ll be joined by local luthier John F. Mello, a classical guitar maker, with a performance by classical guitarist Peter Zisa. This will be followed by a lecture-demonstration of the Mexican folk tradition of San Jarocho featuring the jarana, guitarra de son, and a rustic violin from Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz.

$40 / $35 UCBG Member / $20 student

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Monday, November 5, 2018

Breakthrough Prize Symposium

Special Event | November 5 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Breakthrough Prize

Breakthrough Prize Symposium, November 5, 2018
The Breakthrough Prizes aim to celebrate science and scientists, promote a culture that venerates knowledge, and generate excitement about STEM careers. They are the world’s largest science awards, presented annually at a televised ceremony in Silicon Valley.

The Breakthrough Prize celebration includes a daylong symposium in the three prize...   More >

The science of missing what is right in front of your eyes

Seminar | November 5 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Jeremy Wolfe, Professor of Ophthalmology & Radiology, Harvard Medical School

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

OMG, I did not see that!
The science of missing what is right in front of your eyes.

Visual Attention Lab
Department of Surgery
Brigham & Women's Hospital

We cannot simultaneously recognize every object in our field of view. As a result, we deploy attention from object to object or place to place, searching for what we need. This is true whether we are looking for the cat in the bedroom...   More >

Two Lectures on Sor Juana:: Voices In Sor Juana's Planetarium: Listening to Primero sueño and On Being Woke: Sor Juana dos veces despierta

Lecture | November 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  The Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Ivonne Del Valle, Associate Professor, Colonial Studies, UC Berkeley; Emilie Bergman, Professor, Spanish, UC Berkeley

 The Latinx Research Center

In these lectures, Prof. Bergamann & Assoc. Prof. Del Valle contrast the nun’s writing about herself in relation to knowledge with that of Descartes’ in the Discourse on the Method & examine the way Sor Juana creates a powerful self...   More >

Mindfulness at Moffitt: Moffitt Wellness Program

Workshop | October 1 – December 10, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 501 (Wellness Room)


Help focus your mind and foster your creativity. Increase your resiliency and well being. Join Jeffrey Oxendine of the School of Public Health for mindfulness practice.

All experience levels welcome; weekly practice or drop in attendance also welcome. Mondays from noon to 1pm.

 Must have campus I.D. (Cal 1 card) for entrance

Moffitt Wellness Program

Investigating "Security Roads": Southeast Asia and South Korea's Nascent Construction Industry

Colloquium | November 5 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 John P. DiMoia, Seoul National University

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

This talk considers South Korea’s relationship to Southeast Asia through the pair of Thailand and South Vietnam, looking at the “new” relationships formed in the aftermath of the Korean War. With diplomatic ties restored in the mid to late 1950s, the ROK began to make inquiries while pursuing infrastructure projects, often connecting with the same pool of international...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | November 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

Ethnic Studies At 50: Alumni Speaker Series: Native American Child Removal, Indigenous Activism, and the Creation of an Archive

Lecture | November 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Amy Lonetree, Associate Professor of History, UC Santa Cruz

 Department of Ethnic Studies

The history of Indigenous child removal is a history of violence, and one that has taken different forms over time. This presentation focuses on those most affected by removal and separation through an analysis of oral histories of Native American adoptees collected in collaboration with the First Nations Repatriation Institute, a community based advocacy organization. These testimonies are...   More >

Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials Seminar: The Role of Large-Scale Experimental Simulation in Earthquake Engineering

Seminar | November 5 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Masayoshi Nakashima, Kobori Research Complex, Tokyo, Japan

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

This seminar will explore the role of large-scale laboratory experiments in the development and verification of earthquake-resistant design technologies.

Combinatorics Seminar: Inequalities for families of symmetric functions

Seminar | November 5 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Curtis Greene, Haverford College and MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

We are interested in families of inequalities of the form $f(X) \geq g(X)$, where $f(X)$ and $g(X)$ are symmetric polynomials in $X = (x_1,...,x_n)$ and the inequality must hold for all nonnegative substitutions of the variables. We will focus initially on inequalities involving well known combinatorial families (elementary, monomial, Schur, etc.). Far too much is known to permit a comprehensive...   More >

[Dean's Speaker Series] Margo Alexander

Panel Discussion | November 5 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum (6th Fl), Chou Hall

 Institute for Business & Social Impact

Join Margo Alexander, BS 68, Chair Emeritus, Acumen and Berkeley Haas Interim Dean Laura Tyson in a fireside chat discussing Ms. Alexander’s personal story, career, and leadership philosophy, specifically as it relates to the unique challenges she faced as a woman in finance. There will be time at the end for questions from the audience.

Political Economy Seminar: "Lobbying as Cooperative Policy Development"

Seminar | November 5 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Ian Turner, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Adobe Acrobat Fundamentals (BETEC038): Betec038

Workshop | November 5 | 1-4 p.m. | 28 University Hall

 Kathleen Valerio

 Human Resources

This course details the process of designing PDF (Portable Document Format) files using Adobe Acrobat. Emphasis is placed on design tools, content management, form design basics, and integration with Microsoft Office applications.

Learning Objectives
* Identify the elements of the Acrobat user interface and workspace.
* Use multiple views to navigate documents and access specific functions...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: Taxes and Growth: New Narrative Evidence from Interwar Britain

Seminar | November 5 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 James Cloyne, University of California, Davis

 Department of Economics

Anthro 290 Plant Panel: Anthropology 290 Speaker Series, Fall 2018

Panel Discussion | November 5 | 2-4 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room, 221

 Prof. Marisol de la Cadena, Department of Anthropology and the Department of Science and Technology Studies at UC Davis; Prof. Charles Briggs; Prof. Christine Hastorf; Prof. Kent Lightfoot

 Department of Anthropology

In this panel discussion, archaeological, social/cultural, medical, and linguistic anthropological perspectives intersect in exploring how humans perceive, sense, build, nourish, and heal with plants in fashioning distinct—and sometimes conflictual or fatal— ways of being in the world.

CMU Health Care Analytics and IT Master's Degree: Informational Office Hours

Information Session | November 5 | 3-5 p.m. | 212 Cory Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Interested in taking your CS or EECS training to the next level in an industry in need of analytic innovators? The Master of Science in Health Care Analytics & Information Technology offered by the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon will provide you with a #1 education in analytics and IT management to not only understand the complex business models of today’s health care systems, but also use...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Slopes in eigenvarieties for definite unitary groups

Seminar | November 5 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Lynnelle Ye, Harvard

 Department of Mathematics

Pre-talk: the study of eigenvarieties began with Coleman and Mazur, who constructed the first eigencurve, a rigid analytic space whose points are in bijection with $p$-adic modular Hecke eigenforms. Since then various authors have constructed eigenvarieties for many other kinds of automorphic forms. We will define automorphic forms on definite unitary groups and explain Chenevier's construction...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Singularities of Hermitian-Yang-Mills connections

Seminar | November 5 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Xuemiao Chen, Stony Brook (visiting Berkeley)

 Department of Mathematics

Abstract: The celebrated Donaldson-Uhlenbeck-Yau theorem builds the correspondence between irreducible Hermitian-Yang-Mills (HYM) connections and slope stability for holomorphic vector bundles over a Kahler manifold. Singular HYM connections naturally occur when one tries to compactify the moduli space of HYM connections. For singular HYM connections, the tangent cones at any singular point are...   More >

Quantitative Ethnography

Colloquium | November 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1215 (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA)

 David Williamson Shaffer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Educational Psychology

 Graduate School of Education

In the age of Big Data, we have more information than ever about what students are doing and how they are thinking. However, the sheer volume of data available can overwhelm traditional qualitative and quantitative research methods, leading to research that finds significance without meaning. The science of quantitative ethnography connects the study of culture with statistical tools to...   More >

Design Field Notes: Stephanie Chen

Lecture | November 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Stephanie Chen is a design researcher based in San Francisco. Over the last decade she has helped companies and organizations, including Nokia, Pepsi Co., and Tipping Point Community, uncover meaningful insights through human-centered design research. She currently leads user research and insights for the Immersive Computing group at HP Inc.

Petroleum Powered: Resources and the Transnational Foundations of China’s Far West

Colloquium | November 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Judd Kinzley, Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 You-tien Hsing, Professor and Pamela P. Fong Family Distinguished Chair in China Studies, University of California, Berkeley

 Li Ka-Shing Foundation Program in Modern Chinese History at Berkeley, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talk will focus on the central role that natural resources played in shaping Chinese state power and authority in China's far western province of Xinjiang. Based on my recently published book, Natural Resources and the New Frontier: Constructing Modern China’s Borderlands, my talk will highlight the often overlooked role played by an assortment of Chinese and Soviet state agents, as well as...   More >

Structural and Quantitative Biology Seminar

Seminar | November 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Karin Reinisch, Yale School of Medicine

 College of Chemistry

The Western and Questions of Indigeneity, Race and Violence in the American and Japanese Frontiers or, Two Unforgivens

Colloquium | November 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Andrew Barshay, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Takashi Fujitani, Professor, University of Toronto

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

This presentation juxtaposes Clint Eastwood’s critically acclaimed Unforgiven (1992) against Lee Sang-il’s “remake” (Yurusarezaru mono, 2013) of the original as a method for recasting the histories of modern Japan and the U.S. as comparable and coeval settler colonial empires. The speaker will work through the insights and absences in these films to piece together a historical...   More >

Sketching Big Data

Lecture | November 5 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Jelani Nelson, Harvard Universty

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

A "sketch" is a data structure supporting some pre-specified set of queries and updates to a database while consuming space substantially (often exponentially) less than the information theoretic minimum required to store everything seen, and thus can also be seen as some form of functional compression. The advantages of sketching include less memory consumption, faster algorithms, and reduced...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: The Marked Length Spectrum of Anosov manifolds

Seminar | November 5 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Colin Guillarmou, Orsay

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss new results on the geometric problem of determining a Riemannian metric with negative curvature on a closed manifold from the lengths of its periodic geodesics. We obtain local rigidity results in all dimensions using combination of dynamical system results with microlocal analysis. Joint work with Thibault Lefeuvre.

Broadening Our Impacts at UC Berkeley and Beyond: An Evening with Dr. France Córdova, Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation

Lecture | November 5 | 4:30-7:30 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 France Córdova, National Science Foundation

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Dr. France Córdova, Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), will speak about the importance of broader impacts to the work of the agency and science research overall. As the public science center for UC Berkeley, the Lawrence Hall of Science serves as a key part of the university’s robust infrastructure for education, public outreach, and broader impact activities. This event is...   More >

 Invitation only.


  Register by calling Kalie Sacco at 510-642-4195, or by emailing Kalie Sacco at kaliesacco@berkeley.edu

Netskope Info-Session

Information Session | November 5 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Join Rizwan MK, Sr. Director of Engineering, and fellow team members for an informative talk and Q&A session about today's growing cloud security and CASB space.

Food and drinks will be provided!

Thermo Fisher Info Session

Information Session | November 5 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science. Food provided and resumes accepted. Hiring summer interns!

LAEP Lecture Series: Dorothée Imbert

Lecture | November 5 | 6-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Mon, Nov 5, 6:00pm - Dorothée Imbert has carried out extensive research on landscape modernism with an emphasis on Europe and California.

IHRW Internship Panel

Meeting | November 5 | 6-8 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 141

 International Human Rights Workshop

Internship and Job talk for IHRW SLPS members.

Eric Calderwood: Colonial al-Andalus: Spain and the Making of Modern Moroccan Culture in Conversation with Professors Emily Gottreich (History) and Nasser Meerkhan (Near Eastern Studies, Spanish and Portuguese)

Panel Discussion | November 5 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Eric Calderwood, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Drawing on a rich archive of Spanish, Arabic, French, and Catalan sources—including literature, historiography, journalism, political speeches, schoolbooks, tourist brochures, and visual arts—Calderwood reconstructs the varied political career of convivencia and al-Andalus, showing how shared pasts become raw material for divergent contemporary ideologies, including Spanish fascism and Moroccan...   More >

Richard Prum: The Evolution of Beauty

Lecture | November 5 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

 Richard Prum, Yale University

 Global Urban Humanities

“Beauty happens.” So writes eminent ornithologist and MacArthur Fellow Richard O. Prum in his bestselling The Evolution of Beauty (2017), a New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year. Prum argues that the spectacular physical and behavioral variety of avian beauty represents not just genetic fitness but also the evolution of form through the purely aesthetic choices of female birds. He argues that...   More >

Avenali Lecture: Todd Gitlin: The Other 1968s: Counterrevolution, Communism and Desublimation

Lecture | November 5 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

In his exploration of the political culture of the 1960s, Todd Gitlin (Columbia University) questions the popular image of that era as a politically progressive one. He traces the resurgence of white supremacy, rule by a wealthy elite, and other signs of a repressive “counterrevolution” which, in his view, led to the current political moment.

Todd Gitlin Photo by Edwin Tse

Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law - Bluebook Party

Workshop | November 5 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law

We will be completing Bluebooking assignments together so you can work with fellow journal members and get your questions answered by the Supervising Editors

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Garden Closed

Special Event | January 2 – December 4, 2018 the first Tuesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The garden is closed the first Tuesday of every month.

-Why is the Garden Closed one day a month?
For the safety of the public and the safety of the collection, the Garden’s Horticultural staff need one day per month to complete jobs that may pose safety risks to visitors, such as dropping tree limbs, renovating paths, or controlling pests.

-I’m only in Berkeley for one day from...   More >

What the data tell us about persistence in lower-division pre-requisites for STEM majors

Presentation | November 6 | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Andrew Eppig, Institutional Research Analyst, UC Berkeley Div. of Equity and Inclusion, and Roshni Wadhwani, Research Associate, Public Profit will discuss their recent analysis of patterns of student enrollment, retention and success in lower-division STEM prerequisite courses.

Fall 2018 Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | October 30 – December 4, 2018 every Tuesday | 190 Doe Library

 Deb Agarwal, Department Head, Data Science and Technology, Computational Research Division, LBNL; Rosemary Gillespie, Professor, Environmental Science, Policy & Management; Rachel Slaybaugh, Assistant Professor, Nuclear Engineering

 Kristina Hill, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design

 Data Sciences

The Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science, co-hosted by the The Berkeley Division of Data Sciences and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS), return for the Fall 2018 series. Lectures feature Berkeley faculty doing visionary research that illustrates the character of the ongoing data revolution.

A Growing Concern

Seminar | November 6 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Rosalie Lawrence, PhD candidate, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology; Andrew Saintsing, PhD student, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Tune in to The Graduates this Tuesday for an interview with Rosalie Lawrence from the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. Rosalie is a PhD candidate whose research is focused on cellular decision-making.

Rosalie Lawrence

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | November 6 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

J-1 and J-2 visitors subject to this requirement must return to their country of legal permanent residence for two years or obtain a waiver before being eligible for certain employment visas such as H (temporary employment), L (intra-company transfer), or Permanent Resident status ("green card"). Not all J visitors are subject as it depends on specific factors.

At this workshop, you will...   More >

Merck Seminar in the Chemical Sciences: A few of my favorite rings: Catalysis inspired by macrocycles

Seminar | November 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Vy Maria Dong, Department of Chemistry, UC Irvine

 College of Chemistry

Lactones and lactams make up a range of structurally complex and functional compounds, from antibiotics to nanomaterials. Inspired by Nature's cyclic architectures, we are developing catalytic methods that feature stereoselective hydroacylation. Hydroacylation, the formal addition of an aldehyde C–H bond across an unsaturated functional group, is an ideal approach to carbonyl functionalities...   More >

Encounters on Contested Lands: Indigenous Performances of Sovereignty and Nationhood in Quebec

Colloquium | November 6 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Julie Burelle, UC San Diego

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Julie Burelle holds a PhD from the joint program in Drama and Theatre at UC San Diego and UC Irvine. Originally from Quebec, Canada, Julie has studied and taught theatre on both coasts of Canada and of the United States. She earned a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Toronto. Julie's research is invested in a decolonizing project and is in conversation with the fields of Performance Studies,...   More >

What does Infrastructure do? Water in Mexico City

Colloquium | November 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Global Urban Humanities

"What does Infrastructure do? Water in Mexico City"
Ivonne del Valle, Associate Professor of Spanish & Portuguese
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
170 Wurster

Part of the Global Urban Humanities Colloquium The City and Its People, Rhetoric 198-3 / ARCH 198-2, Rhetoric 244A / ARCH 298-2

This talk will explore the paradoxical history of water in Mexico City--the constant flooding, the...   More >

What the data tell us about persistence in lower-division pre-requisites for STEM majors

Presentation | November 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Coalition for Education and Outreach

Presenters: Andrew Eppig, Institutional Research Analyst, UC Berkeley Div. of Equity and Inclusion and Roshni Wadhwani, Research Associate, Public Profit. Berkeley’s STEM departments have long struggled to improve persistence, particularly among non-traditional students, including women, underrepresented minorities, students with disabilities, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds....   More >

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Slack and Efficiency in Sequential Goods and labor Markets"

Presentation | November 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Nicolas Petroskey-Nadeau, Senior Research Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

 Clausen Center

This workshop consists of one-hour informal presentations on topics related to macroeconomics and international finance, broadly defined. The presenters are UC Berkeley PhD students, faculty, and visitors.

  RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by November 1.

GUH Lecture: What does Infrastructure do? Water in Mexico City

Colloquium | November 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

This talk will explore the paradoxical history of water in Mexico City--the constant flooding, the lack of water for daily consumption--and the conditions of possibility that allowed for 22 million inhabitants to reside in a place not suitable for such...   More >

Essential Legal Planning (BEUHS179)

Workshop | November 6 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Kathleen Day-Seiter

 Elder Care Program

Thoughtful planning for your and your loved one’s future care, includes legal considerations. This workshop will review necessary information and documents you will need in your legal toolbox. These include:

• Durable Power of Attorney for health care and finances
• Living Trust
• Advanced Health Care Directive
• Physician Ordered Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Meeting | February 20, 2018 – January 5, 2021 every Tuesday | 12:15-1 p.m. | 3110 Tang Center, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Mindfulness Meditation Group meets every Tuesday at 12:15-1:00 pm at 3110 Tang Center on campus. All campus-affiliated people are welcome to join us on a drop-in basis, no registration or meditation experience necessary. We start with a short reading on meditation practice, followed by 30 minutes of silent sitting, and end with a brief discussion period.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Using Models to Persuade

Seminar | November 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Josh Schwartzstein, Harvard Business School

 Department of Economics

Symplectic Working Group: Let's try to understand what the classical mirror symmetry conjecture says!

Seminar | November 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Daniel Chupin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Seminar 237, Fiscal Origins of Monetary Paradoxes

Seminar | November 6 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Nicolas Caramp, UC Davis

 Department of Economics

joint with Dejanir Silva

Shuddhabrata Sengupta and the Raqs Media Collective: ISAS Faculty Workshop led by Prof. Poulomi Saha

Workshop | November 6 | 3-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Study Center

 Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Artist and writer, and member of Raqs Media Collective

 Poulomi Saha, Assistant Professor of English, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Arts Research Center, Department of English, Department of Art Practice, Department of History of Art, University of California Humanities Research Institute

A Faculty and Graduate Seminar with Shuddhabrata Sengupta, artist and writer, and member of Raqs Media Collective.

The Molecules of Medicine and How to Make Them

Seminar | November 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Eric Ashley, Discovery Process Chemistry Site Lead, Merck Research Laboratories San Francisco

 College of Chemistry

Throughout history medicinal molecules have changed the path of human societies. The foundational art and science of synthetic chemistry powers modern strategies for the discovery and development of new medicinal compounds. This seminar will explore the interplay between target molecules, molecular design, synthetic strategy, and reaction discovery in the context of a novel mechanism for the...   More >

Study Abroad for EECS and CS Students

Information Session | November 6 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 430 Soda Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Are you an EECS or CS student interested in study abroad? Please join us at this information session that will go through the basics of study abroad and academic planning tools and strategies for EECS or CS students!

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Fried's conjecture in small dimensions

Seminar | November 6 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Colin Guillarmou, Univ. Paris Sud (Orsay)

 Department of Mathematics

We explain how to use microlocal methods in order to show Fried's conjecture relating torsion and Ruelle zeta function in dimension 3 and some cases in dimension 5. In higher dimensions we show that the value of the Ruelle zeta function at 0 is a local invariant of the connection (thus independent of the Anosov flow) under certain spectral assumptions, providing new insights toward Fried’s...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Invariance of absolutely continuous spectra under hybrid normed ideal perturbations.

Seminar | November 6 | 3:45-5:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Dan-Virgil Voiculescu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In hybrid normed ideal perturbations of n-tuples of operators the normed ideal is allowed to vary with the component operator. The talk will deal with the machinery we developed for normed ideal perturbations based on a numerical invariant, the modulus of quasicentral approximation, and its extension to the hybrid setting. We used this approach to show that if two n-tuples of commuting hermitian...   More >

Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes

Colloquium | November 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Lisa Yoneyama, University of Toronto

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

The U.S.-led post-conflict transitional justice in the Asia-Pacific War’s aftermath has not only rendered certain violences illegible and unredressable. It also left many colonial legacies intact. In Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes I argued that, much more than products of the East Asian state policies capitalizing on the anti-Japanese...   More >

Getting Something for Nothing: Classical and Machine-Learning Methods for Quantum Simulation

Seminar | November 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Thomas Miller, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Caltech

 College of Chemistry

A focus of my research is to the develop simulation methods that reveal the mechanistic details of quantum mechanical reactions that are central to biological, molecular, and heterogenous catalysis. The nature of this effort is three-fold: we work from the foundation of quantum statistical mechanics and semiclassical dynamics to develop methods that significantly expand the scope and reliability...   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Overspending in the Videogames Market"

Seminar | November 6 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Zhenia Yarmosh, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Tales from the front lines of wrangling earth science data: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | November 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Deb Agarwal, Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LBNL

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Building the data capabilities and products needed to help enable understanding of watershed dynamics, tropical forests, carbon flux, and soil carbon. are just a few of the areas where we are working. This talk will describe the role inter-disciplinary data science is playing in helping to address these challenges. Many challenges encountered are not addressed by the tools available today.

The...   More >

Calm at Cal: Managing Stress for School/Life Balance: L&S Workshop Series Shoot for the Stars

Workshop | November 6 | 4:15-6:15 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Graduate Mentors, College of L&S

 College of Letters & Science, L&S Graduate Mentors

A workshop focused on stress management and maintaining a healthy school-life balance

2018 Election Night Watch Party

Social Event | November 6 | 4:30-8:30 p.m. | 109 Moses Hall

 Institute of Governmental Studies

The Matsui Center, the Institute of Governmental Studies and Cal Undergraduate Political Science Association are hosting an Election Night Watch Party.

Come watch the election results! Join us for a fun night of games and prizes. Food and Drinks will be provided.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1893761134053392/

GWE Meeting

Meeting | November 6 | 5-6 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 Graduate Assembly

Our next the Graduate Women of Engineering for our next meeting on Tuesday, November 6 from 5-6 PM in Soda 373. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss future event planning and to get feedback on previous events. Everyone is welcome!

Deliberative Inequality: A Text-As-Data Study of Tamil Nadu’s Village Assemblies

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

 Vijayendra Rao, World Bank

 Institute of International Studies

Election Night Returns at Berkeley Law

Reception | November 6 | 5-9 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room (295)

 Election Law @ Berkeley

Join Election Law @ Berkeley, American Constitution Society, Political and Election Empowerment Project, La Raza, Women of Berkeley Law, Sustainability Team @ Berkeley Law, Federalist Society, and more to watch the election returns. Pizza, snacks, and drinks provided!

The Invention of God

Lecture | November 6 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Thomas Römer, Professor of the Hebrew Bible at the Collège de France and the University of Lausanne

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Who invented God? And what does “inventing” a god mean? This talk will trace the evolution of the deity of the great monotheisms―Yhwh, God, or Allah―by tracing Israelite beliefs and their context from the Bronze Age to the end of the Old Testament period in the third century BCE. We will draw on a long tradition of historical, philological, and exegetical work and on recent...   More >


Performing Arts - Theater | November 6 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Native American Studies, Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies, Department of Classics, Arts + Design, Department of Rhetoric

What do the living owe the dead, what are the moral limits of the State, and by what codes do we define what it means to be human? In this modern, haunting adaptation of Sophocles' classic tragedy Antigone, a Native American family is torn apart as they struggle over the fate of ancestral remains and their conflicting loyalties to different notions of tradition, law, and the price of sacrifice.

DICE Climate Survey Town Hall

Presentation | November 6 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Colloquia Room 1104

 Public Health, School of

DICE presents the results and analysis of the SPH Climate Survey taken by students, staff, and faculty in May 2018.

Please join us after the presentation for a discussion on what we have learned from the Climate Survey and how we can make the School of Public Health a more welcoming and inclusive community.

No RSVP necessary
*please make sure to VOTE before coming to this event*
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Hugues Leclère

Colloquium | November 6 | 6 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music


Born in France in 1968, Hugues Leclère perfected his playing with Catherine Collard before entering first nominated the Conservatoire National Superieur de musique de Paris, from which he graduated with high honors in piano, music theory, and chamber music.

He performs all other the world, in the USA (Cleveland, Bloomington, Boston, San Antonio…) and Canada (Montreal), in far east...   More >

Demystifying the Chalk Talk

Workshop | November 6 | 6-7:15 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Scientists seeking faculty positions will be asked to deliver a “job talk” and a “chalk talk.” Learn the difference between these two components of the hiring process - what each demonstrates to the search committee, and ways you can prepare to discuss your science that will make a strongly positive impression. This event will focus on the chalk talk; panelists are UC Berkeley professors and...   More >