<< 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 – January 4, 2019 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 >

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 >

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 >

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

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 >

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 >

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 >

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.

[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 >

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.

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

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 >

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 >

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.

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 >

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 >

Structural and Quantitative Biology Seminar

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

 Karin Reinisch, Yale School of Medicine

 College of Chemistry

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 >

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!

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.

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.

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!

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 >

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

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

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 >

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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.

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 >

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 >

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 >

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.

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 >

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 >

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 >

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

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/

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 >

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!

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!

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


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*
Food...   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 >

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 >

Wednesday, November 7, 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.

CASA Professional Growth Conference

Conference/Symposium | November 7 |  Alumni House

 Cal Alumni Association

Cal Alumni Student Association is hosting a conference of different workshops, including LinkedIn, resume review, mock interview, and recruiting.

Free Wednesday at the Garden

Special Event | January 3 – December 5, 2018 the first Wednesday of the month every month with exceptions |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Every first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.

Computer Workstation Evaluator Training (BEUHS403)

Workshop | November 7 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomic Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics; Mallory Lynch, MA, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Specifically for Departmental Computer Workstation Evaluators, learn the basics of how to evaluate and modify computer workstations according to campus ergonomic guidelines in this practical, hands-on workshop. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center

  Register online

Discovery Station: Conifers

Special Event | November 7 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Take a close look at conifers! Conifers are plants that produce seeds without fruit or flowers, but instead "bear cones" as their name implies. Explore this group of seed-producing plants with hands on examples. Conifer trees hold the records for the world’s tallest, widest, oldest and largest trees.

Computational protein circuits in mammalian cells — natural and synthetic

Seminar | November 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 245 Li Ka Shing Center

 Michael Elowitz, California Institute of Technology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Ethnic Neighborhood Segregation and Residential Mobility Dynamics in Norway, 1993–2013

Colloquium | November 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Torkild Lyngstad, Professor, Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat: Anne Nesbet: The Orphan Band of Springdale

Lecture | November 7 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Nesbet’s historical novel for younger readers takes place during World War II in Springdale, Maine. It tells the story of eleven-year-old Gusta, who is sent to live in an orphanage run by her grandmother after her labor-organizer father is forced to flee the country.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Alejandro Rico-Guevara: Natural vs. sexual selection tug-of-war: Nectarivory energetics and intrasexually selected weapons

Seminar | November 7 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Alejandro Rico-Guevara

 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 >

Demographic Dividend or Disaster? Population, Food Security and Stability in the Sahel

Panel Discussion | November 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Prof. Malcolm Potts, The OASIS Initiative; Bob Walker, Population Institute; Alisha Graves, The OASIS Initiative

 Public Health, School of

The Sahel region of Africa is home to the fastest growing population in all of human history. Join Professor Malcolm Potts and Alisha Graves of UC Berkeley, along with special guest, Bob Walker, President of the Population Institute, for a presentation and discussion on the demographic implications for food security, stability in the region and unprecedented levels of migration.

TSUJIMOTO LECTURE: "Searching for simplicity amidst the complexity of the soil microbiome"

Seminar | November 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Noah Fierer, University of Colorado, Boulder

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The Fierer Lab explores the distribution and roles of microscopic organisms in diverse environments and the relevance of microbes to the health and function of ecosystems, plants, and animals (including humans).

Adversarial Examples that Fool both Computer Vision and Time-Limited Humans

Seminar | November 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Gamaleldin Elsayed, Google Brain

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Machine learning models are vulnerable to adversarial examples: small changes to images can cause computer vision models to make mistakes such as identifying a school bus as an ostrich. However, it is still an open question whether humans are prone to similar mistakes. Here, we address this question by leveraging recent techniques that transfer adversarial examples from computer vision models...   More >

Noon Concert: University Wind Ensemble

Performing Arts - Music | November 7 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Matthew Sadowski, director

Continuing its 66th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays, each concert begins promptly at 12:15 and ends by 1pm.

Extracellular matrix viscoelasticity and its impact on cells

Seminar | November 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Ovi Chaudhuri, Stanford University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The extracellular matrix (ECM) is a complex assembly of structural proteins that provides physical support and biochemical signaling to cells in tissues. Over the last two decades, studies have revealed the important role that ECM elasticity plays in regulating a variety of biological processes in cells, including stem cell differentiation and cancer progression. However, tissues and ECM are...   More >

Remembering Queen Mary: Heritage Conservation of Free Blacks on St. Croix, U.S.V.I.

Lecture | November 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 William White, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk explores the ways positionality plays a central role in the way heritage conservation is practiced by black Crucians and white Danish scholars.

Translation Strategies for Filmic Text: Idiom vs. Explicit Meaning in English Subtitles

Lecture | November 7 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 María Labarta Postigo, Professor, Faculty of Philology, Translation, and Communication, University of Valencia, Spain

 Berkeley Language Center

In this presentation, I will examine how idioms in original Spanish and German filmic texts are translated in English subtitles. My goals are to shed to light on strategies used in the translation process and to explore how translation can affect understanding and reception by the audience.

Cook Well Berkeley Healthy Cooking Series: Fall/Winter Seasonal Veggies (BEUHS641)

Workshop | November 7 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Temptations are everywhere during the holiday season. In this class, you will learn to cook vegetable dishes so flavorful that they may outshine your favorite holiday dessert! These clever and creative recipes will have your whole family asking for seconds. Presentation, demonstration, sample and recipes provided.

  Register online

Their pain, our pleasure

Colloquium | November 7 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Mina Cikara, Assistant Professor, Harvard University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

If humans are innately good, cooperative, fair, and averse to harming one another, why does widespread intergroup conflict persist? Several factors contribute to fomenting hostility between groups; in my talk I will focus on the role of pleasure in response to out-group pain. People who identify strongly with their social groups frequently experience pleasure when they observe threatening...   More >

Urban Informal Settlements in East Africa: Community-led Upgrading for Health Equity

Colloquium | November 7 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Jason Corburn, Professor, City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley; Jack Makau, Director, Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI)

 Center for African Studies

Professor Jason Corburn will describe a ten-year partnership between his UC Berkeley team and the NGO Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) focused on improving the lives and living conditions in the urban slums of East African Cities.

Urban Informal Settlement in East Africa

Between Center and Periphery? Higher Education, Social Sciences and Intellectuals from Islamic Habitus in Turkey

Lecture | November 7 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Deniz Ilhan, Stony Brook University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The modernization program endorsed by the Republic of Turkey, and the institutions which established the infrastructure for educational, cultural and scientific development went hand in hand with a nationalist interpretation of Westernization and secularization agenda. Parallel to those in other Muslim-majority contexts throughout the world, the reactions to this program has been diverse, which...   More >

New Literary History at 50

Lecture | November 7 | 1-2 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall


 Department of English

Please join Bruce Holsinger, incoming editor of New Literary History, for an informal presentation and discussion about the journal’s current direction and future prospects as NLH begins its fiftieth anniversary year. Intended primarily for early career scholars in the literary humanities (advanced graduate students, instructors, and assistant professors) though open to all, the hour-long session...   More >

SURF Summer Research Scholarships Info Session

Information Session | November 7 | 1-2 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

OURS Staff will discuss eligibility criteria for SURF programs, benefits of the fellowship and tips for a successful application


Performing Arts - Theater | November 7 | 1-2:30 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.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | February 1, 2017 – December 5, 2018 the first Wednesday of the month every month 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 >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Quilts, operads, and the Fukaya category

Seminar | November 7 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Nate Bottman, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

In my first talk, I will introduce the Fukaya category of a compact symplectic manifold. This is an invariant that keeps track of the Lagrangian submanifolds, as well as an intersection theory of these submanifolds that is enhanced by counts of pseudoholomorphic polygons. The algebraic structure of the Fukaya category is controlled by a collection (in fact, an operad) of polytopes called...   More >

Averaging principle and shape theorem for growth with memory.

Seminar | November 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Amir Dembo, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

We consider a family of random growth models in n-dimensional space. These models capture certain features expected to manifest at the mesoscopic level for certain self-interacting microscopic dynamics (such as once-reinforced random walk with strong reinforcement and origin-excited random walk). In a joint work with Pablo Groisman, Ruojun Huang and Vladas Sidoravicius, we establish for such...   More >

Weekly Coffee Break

Social Event | September 12 – November 21, 2018 every Wednesday | 3-4 p.m. | Cafe International House

 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. It’s a chance to enjoy free coffee, share stories about your experiences on campus, and get to know Berkeley International Office advisors. All UCB students are invited. Students are free to talk about anything, but we'll also have weekly discussion topics to...   More >

London School of Economics (Yearlong Program) Info Session

Information Session | November 7 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

The London School of Economics and Political Science has an exchange agreement exclusively with UC Berkeley, allowing Berkeley undergraduates the opportunity to study abroad at LSE for a YEAR through the LSE General Course. You will earn UC credit and your financial aid travels with you, as the program is offered through UCEAP - the University of California Education Abroad Program. Additional...   More >


Film - Feature | November 7 | 3:10-4:50 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Set a tiny step into the future, the film has the inevitability of a common dream. . . . One of Bergman’s greatest films, [and] one of the least known” (Pauline Kael). Fleeing a civil war in their country, a couple (Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann), both musicians, retreat to a remote island to grow fruit and cultivate their mutual love. But war overtakes them, exacting its total surrender of...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: The Nygaard filtration

Seminar | November 7 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 TBD, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the Nygaard filtration.

ERG Colloquium: Itay Fischhendler: The Political Economy of Shifting Renewable Energy Targets: A Global Perspective

Colloquium | November 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Itay Fischhendler, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Hebrew University

 Energy and Resources Group

This talk will focus on discussing policy-set renewable energy targets around the globe and using quantitative analysis to determine how and why they may change with time.

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Premodular categories and 4-dimensional topological field theories

Seminar | November 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Alexander Kirillov Jr., Stony Brook University

 Department of Mathematics

The notion of topological field theory was formalized by Michael Atiyah; it is a purely mathematical notion inspired by physics. In particular, such a theory gives invariants of closed \(d\)-manifolds.

Examples of 3-dimensional topological field theories have been well studied, most notably Reshetikhin–Turaev and Turaev–Viro theories. However, in dimension 4, situation is much less...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): The symplectic \((A_\infty ,2)\)-category

Seminar | November 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Nate Bottman, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

In my second talk, I will describe a framework for building maps between Fukaya categories of different symplectic manifolds. This is a 2-category-like structure called Symp, where the objects are symplectic manifolds, the 1-morphisms are Lagrangians in products, and the 2-morphisms are intersections of these Lagrangians. Just as the structure of the Fukaya category comes from an operad of...   More >

Transposable elements and epigenome evolution

Seminar | November 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Ting Wang, Washington University in St. Louis

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Why Deep Learning Works: Traditional and Heavy-Tailed Implicit Self-Regularization in Deep Neural Networks

Seminar | November 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Michael W. Mahoney, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

Random Matrix Theory (RMT) is applied to analyze the weight matrices of Deep Neural Networks (DNNs), including both production quality, pre-trained models and smaller models trained from scratch. Empirical and theoretical results clearly indicate that the DNN training process itself implicitly implements a form of self-regularization, implicitly sculpting a more regularized energy or penalty...   More >

Berkeley ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Lecture: A Numerical Analyst Thinks about Deep Learning with William Kahan

Colloquium | November 7 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium) | Note change in location

 William Kahan, U. C. Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

William "Velvel" Kahan, professor emeritus of EECS and Mathematics, received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Toronto. Kahan is widely known as "The Father of Floating Point."

Facing the Limits of Decoloniality from a Southeast Asian Peri-urban Forest

Lecture | November 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Juno Salazar Parrenas, Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University

 Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk argues that recent scholarly efforts to center decoloniality and indigenous knowledges risk romanticization when universalized. The research is drawn from transdisciplinary ethnographic field research in Sarawak, East Malaysia, with Malay and Iban orangutan-handlers and orangutans between 2010-2016.

Shuddhabrata Sengupta | Kinetic Contemplation: Raqs Media Collective in Medias Res

Lecture | November 7 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, Room 315

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

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Arts Research Center, Department of English, Department of Art Practice, University of California Humanities Research Institute, The South Asia Art Initiative at UC Berkeley

A talk by Shuddhabrata Sengupta, artist and writer, and member of Raqs Media Collective.

Professor Michael Silver Psychology Colloquium Lecture: Effects of acetylcholine on visual cortex, attention, and learning

Colloquium | November 7 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Department of Psychology

The neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh) has been extensively studied at the level of synapses and neural circuits, but comparatively little is known about its effects on perception and cognition in humans. We augmented the effects of ACh in the brains of healthy human participants by administering the cholinesterase inhibitor donepezil (trade name: Aricept). I will describe the effects of...   More >

Illuminating Biology at the Nanoscale and Systems Scale by Imaging: 2018 Emilio Segrè Lecture

Lecture | November 7 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Xiaowei Zhuang, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, David B. Arnold Jr. Professor of Science, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Professor of Physics, Harvard University

 Department of Physics

As a fundamental unit of life, a cell is comprised of numerous different types of molecules that form intricate interaction networks, which function collectively to give the cell its life. Dissecting the inner workings of a cell thus requires imaging methods with molecular specificity, molecular-scale resolution, and dynamic imaging capability such that molecular interactions inside the cell can...   More >

Career Connections: Environment and Sustainability

Social Event | November 7 | 6-8 p.m. |  Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)

 Cal Alumni Association, Career Center

Alumni and student networking event.

LAGSES/GWE Career Panel

Panel Discussion | November 7 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 293 Cory Hall

 Graduate Assembly

Interested in learning more about life after grad school? Latinx Association of Graduate Students in Engineering and Sciences and Graduate Women of Engineering will be hosting a panel on successful career paths after grad school. The panelists represent a variety of career options including industry, start-ups, national labs, and academia. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Theoretically Speaking Series — Training Artificial Intelligence by Playing Games

Lecture | November 7 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Thore Graepel, Google DeepMind

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Intelligence can be viewed as the ability of agents to achieve goals in a wide range of environments. If we wish to use machine learning to train intelligent agents, we need ways of creating rich environments that provide appropriate challenges and feedback signals to learning agents. Just as in real life (and evolution), the most challenging environments for learning agents arise from...   More >


  Registration opens October 22. Register online by November 6.

The Art of Giving Feedback: Thriving in Science Monthly Lecture: November, 2018

Lecture | November 7 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Stanley Hall, 105 & Atrium

 Cal Facilitation Team, LEAD Center

 Thriving in Science

Is your team or group finding it challenging to communicate expectations? Do some team members volunteer for tasks, but not follow through? If these situations sound familiar, then let us teach you how to give effective feedback. In the workshop, you will learn the best language to use when addressing difficult situations in team settings. We will go over the best way to approach these issues and...   More >

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | July 2, 2014 – December 26, 2018 every Wednesday with exceptions | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3106 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

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


Lecture | November 7 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, NOV 7, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk with the Fall 2018 Joseph Esherick Visiting Professor of Practice, a Professor at the California College of the Arts, co-director of The Urban Works Agency, and founder of The Open Workshop. Open to all!

Cine Latino: Trafficked in America

Film - Documentary | November 7 | 7-9 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall

 Daffodil Altan; Andres Cediel

 Center for Latin American Studies

This new documentary by FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley , tells the story of a group of teenagers from Guatemala who are forced to work against their will at an Ohio egg farm. The film exposes the criminal network that exploits the minors, the company that profits off of them, and the U.S. government’s role in delivering the children into the hands of their...   More >

Daze of Justice: November's Movie at Moffitt

Film - Documentary | November 7 | 7-9 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library


Movies @ Moffitt is the student-to-student monthly documentary spotlight and viewing. M@M is free.

Daze of Justice is the intimate story of trailblazing Cambodian-American women who break decades of silence, abandoning the security of their American homes on a journey back into Cambodia's killing fields, only this time not as victims but as witnesses determined to resurrect the memory of their...   More >

 Must have a UCB student ID for entrance.

November Movie at Moffitt

"Antíkoni" by Beth Piatote

Performing Arts - Theater | November 7 | 7 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Native American Studies

By Beth Piatote
Directed by Jenni(f)er Tamayo

Limited run staged reading

Preview: Tuesday, November 6th at 5:30PM
Performances: Wednesday, November 7th at 1:00PM and 7:00PM
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 102 Kroeber Hall

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/antikoni-tickets-51276634795


Performing Arts - Theater | November 7 | 7-8:30 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.

Midterm Elections: Moving Forward

Lecture | November 7 | 8-9:30 p.m. | 222 Wheeler Hall

 Darren Zook, Bridge USA

 Bridge USA

In the wake of one of the most anticipated midterm elections in modern American history, BridgeUSA invites you to join Professor Darren Zook as he talks about the impact these elections will have moving forward. Key to the discussion will be the issues surrounding political diversity, increasing partisanship in Washington, and influence on future generations.

Prof. Darren Zook lectures in the...   More >