<< Week of April 07 >>

Monday, April 8, 2019

The Two-Tier Faculty System: Is It Here To Stay?

Lecture | April 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 402 Barrows Hall

 Dan Clawson, Professor, U Mass, Amherst

 Berkeley Faculty Association, UC-AFT, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

Employers everywhere use two-tier employment systems to divide employees, to avoid confronting the power of established workers with privileges, and to create a wedge that, over a period of years, destroys the conditions for all workers in the category. In today’s university this has meant, above all, the emergence of a tenure-system and non-tenure-system of employment. This has been an effective...   More >

Authoritarianism Accepted: Contextualizing EU and Russian Involvement in the Balkans

Lecture | April 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Branislav Radeljic, Reader in International Relations, University of East London

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

The EU and Russia have each sought to consolidate their influence in the Balkans and the relationship between Brussels, Moscow and Belgrade has never been straightforward. Back in the 1990s, the Brussels authorities helped the Milosevic regime stay in power and only decided to oust it when such a move appeared suitable, whereas the Russians have sided with their fellow Serbs throughout. More...   More >

Discrete Models of Concrete Materials and Structures

Lecture | April 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Professor John Bolander, University of California, Davis

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The Key to Shambhala: The Mystifier as a Cultural Problem

Lecture | April 8 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Ilya Vinitsky, Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Slavic Graduate Colloquium Spring 2019 Series

John Ashbery, Non-Performer?: Prosody and Voice Studies

Lecture | April 8 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab Convening Room

 D-Lab, https://dlab.berkeley.edu/event-host/d-lab

 Digital Humanities Lab

How and much might a poet’s reading style change over time, and how can it be studied? What role might be played by venue, media format, poetic content, authorship, audience, and so on?

Considering theoretical assumptions and empirical approaches in voice studies, this talk explores these questions through the unlikely example of John Ashbery, a poet with a reputation as a non-performative...   More >

Berkeley Journalism Showcase

Lecture | April 8 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Richard Koci Hernandez; Ken Light; Carrie Lozano; Dawn Porter

 Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Free Berkeley Journalism showcase at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive with professors Richard Koci Hernandez, Ken Light, Carrie Lozano and Dawn Porter. Come be inspired by the power of visual storytelling.

Richard Koci Hernandez is an internationally recognized, award-winning innovator in journalism and multimedia. Koci...   More >

The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It

Lecture | April 8 | 7:15-9:15 p.m. | 101 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Christoph Vandrier, Sozialistiche Gleichheitspartei

 International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UC Berkeley RSO) ASUC sponsored

Speaker: Christoph Vandreier, German Trotskyist, prominent leader of the fight against fascism and author of "Why Are They Back: Historical Falsification, Political Conspiracy and the Return of Fascism in Germany."

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Plants and People Lunchtime Lectures: Evolution and domestication of the pre-Columbian crop plant Bomarea edulis

Lecture | April 9 | 12-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

As a part of our "Year of Ethnobotany" celebrations, the Garden will be hosting monthly lunch time lectures featuring the research of UC Berkeley graduate students, post-docs, and faculty.

In April, join Carrie Tribble, NSF Graduate Research Fellow and PhD Candidate in Integrative Biology for a the evolution and domestication of the pre-Columbian crop plant Bomarea edulis.

Free with Garden Admission

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Europe’s "Refugee Crisis" and the Colonial Archive or Is Art Universal?

Lecture | April 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Fatima El-Tayeb

 Institute of European Studies, The Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington

Using the case study of the "Multaqa" project, which brought refugees from Iraq and Syria to the museums of Berlin exhibiting ancient art from these countries, Fatima El-Tayeb’s talk explores the connections between Europe’s colonial legacy, rising global inequality and the "universal museum" as a model of Enlightenment (and as exemplified in the controversial Humboldt Forum).

Fatima El-Tayeb...   More >

GUH Lecture: Showing is Knowing: The Curator as Designer & Scholar

Lecture | April 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Join us for this exciting public discussion on the curator as designer and scholar with former Getty Research Institute curator, Wim de Witt, and Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Cantor Arts Center, Padma Maitland. This event is part of the...   More >

Objects of Special Note(s): Constructions of Containment, Writers and Readers by Late Roman Ivory Writing Tablets

Lecture | April 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Professor Ann Kuttner, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of History

Some 200 Late Antique ivory diptychs have survived to this day. The lecture intends to explore the rich visual language of these objects.

Rules for Wrongdoers: Tanner Lectures on Human Values by Arthur Ripstein

Lecture | April 9 | 4:10-6:15 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Arthur Ripstein, Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Toronto

 University of California, Berkeley

Arthur Ripstein will present a three day lecture series with commentary by Christopher Kutz, Oona Hathaway, and Jeff McMahan. This event will be held on April 9, 10, & 11, 2019. There will be a seminar and discussion by Professor Ripstein and the commentators on the third day, April 11th. All days' events are free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Arthur Ripstein

Baxter Liberty Initiative: Power and the Politics of Education Reform: Learning from Katrina

Lecture | April 9 | 4:15 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Terry M. Moe, William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

 Bruce Fuller, Professor, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley

 Department of Political Science, College of Letters & Science

Hurricane Katrina physically destroyed New Orleans' school buildings; in the process, it also lifted constraints of power. Decision makers turned into revolutionaries, creating the most innovative school system in the country.

Professor Terry Moe will share insights from his book and shed light on the city's path from failure to revolution, discussing the role of power shown through this...   More >

 LSEvents@berkeley.edu. Register online

Dimitri Gutas | The Qur'an of the Elite: Avicenna's "Isharat" and the Development of Paraphilosophy as "Islamic" Philosophy

Lecture | April 9 | 5-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Dimitri Gutas, Yale University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies

Avicenna's Isharat constitutes a turning point in the history of philosophy in Islam. It was at one point labeled as "the Qur'an of the elite," and Avicenna himself was dubbed as "the seal of the philosophers." The significance of these developments and the contents of the Isharat are analyzed in an effort to understand the direction which scientific thought took after Avicenna toward the...   More >

NOTE NEW DATE: Sadia Saeed | Politics of Desecularization: Law and the Minority Question in Pakistan

Lecture | April 9 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Note change in date

 Sadia Saeed, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of San Francisco

 Munis D. Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies; Associate Professor, South & South East Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Talk by Sociologist Sadia Saeed on her new book that examines how the contentious relationship between Islam, nationalism, and rights of religious minorities has been debated and institutionalized in colonial India and Pakistan.

Speaker Bio
Sadia Saeed is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the...   More >

Heavy Metal Bamboo: Making Archaic Bamboo Instruments Modern in Bandung, Indonesia

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

 Henry Spiller, Professor of Music, UC Davis

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This lecture examines how musicians in West Java, Indonesia create localized, alternative modernities by putting old bamboo music technology to new uses. Two Bandung-based groups, Karinding Attack and Galengan Sora Awi, are contrasted - both of which have adapted traditional bamboo folkways and musical styles to localize some modern global values

Henry Spiller

The Economic and Political Impact of Migration in Romania

Lecture | April 9 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Gabriel Badescu, Professor, Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration, Babes-Bolyai University

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

Eastern Europe has the largest population loss in modern history and emigration is one of the main reasons behind the decline. Romania suffered one of the most severe population declines, with a 10 per cent loss in the fifteen years to 2007- the year in which Romania joined the EU.
I will discuss Romania’s case in a comparative perspective and analyze the likely outcomes of migration on short...   More >

Environmental Design Archives Gallery Talk - Edit Heath: Design is a System of Values

Lecture | April 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Wurster Hall, Room 112

 Human Resources

Novak an Oakland artist and scholar working with local clay and sustainable practices in ceramics, will be exploring the lesser-known work of Edith Heath, situate her practice within a historical context, and critique traditional narratives of mid-century ceramic history.

Edith Heath: Design is a System of Values

Lecture | April 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Wurster Hall, Wurster Gallery, Room 121

 Rosa Novak

 Environmental Design Archives

Join us for our final Gallery Talk of the academic year with Oakland artist and researcher Rosa Novak!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Wurster Gallery, Room 121

6:30 to 7pm - Light Refreshments
7 to 8pm - Lecture

Free to UC Berkeley Students, Staff, Faculty, and Friends of the EDA

Suggested $10 donation for those outside UC Berkeley

2019 Taubman Lectures: The Navel of the Dream: Freud's Jewish Languages

Lecture | April 9 | 7-9 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Professor Naomi Seidman, University of Toronto

 The Herman P. and Sophia Tuabman Chair in Jewish Studies, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The 2019 Taubman Lectures: April 9, 11, and 16:
These lectures explore the role of Jewish languages in Freud's writings and in the reception and translation of psychoanalysis. Were Hebrew and Yiddish translations a minor episode in the dispersion of psychoanalysis, or do they have a special place in this history, as the "lost originals" of Freud's German writings?

  RSVP online

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat: Looking for Law in all the Wrong Places: Marianne Constable, Leti Volpp, and Bryan Wagner, eds

Lecture | April 10 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Race and Gender

For many, the right place to look for law is in constitutions, statutes, and judicial opinions. This book looks for law in the “wrong places” — in the realms of language, text, image, culture, and other sites in which no formal law appears.

German and U.S. Second World War Soldiers’ Cemeteries in Italy - Cultural Perspectives

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

 Birgit Urmson, Art Historian

 Institute of European Studies

Styles of soldiers’ commemoration reveal national self-images. In this talk, Dr. Birgit Urmson analyzes US WWII military cemeteries in Italy and their German counterparts as art-historical artifacts. Their aesthetics, together with results of archival research, reveal a self-assured US united in values, projecting victory and Pax Americana,
while a struggling Germany searches for its democratic...   More >

Birgit Urmson

BIDS Data Science Lecture: Do as eye do: efficient content-adaptive processing and storage of large fluorescence images

Lecture | April 10 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Bevan Cheeseman, Applied Mathematician, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Modern microscopes create a data deluge with gigabytes of data generated each second, and terabytes per day. Storing and processing this data is a severe bottleneck, not fully alleviated by data compression. We argue th

Marijuana Legalization as Frontier Capitalism

Lecture | April 10 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 820/Social Science Matrix

 Dr. Erica Lagalisse, Postdoctoral Fellow, London School of Economics

 Michael Polson, Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley

 Cannabis Research Center, Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, UCB/UCSF Program in Medical Anthropology

Erica Lagalisse’s ongoing multi-sited ethnographic research of both medical(ized) and black-market marijuana production, distribution and consumption suggests that the legalization of marijuana functions as a form of frontier capitalism. Traditional producers are not granted rights to the marijuana strains and products they have developed; their appropriation by elites constitutes a form of...   More >

  RSVP by emailing Michael Polson at mpolson@berkeley.edu by April 10.

Just Compost: Pathways to Social Equity and Community Engagement through Soil-carbon Sequestration

Lecture | April 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Morgan Lounge

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

Janaki Jagannath will discuss the link between social equity and compost production in the most impacted regions of the state, including pathways to community engagement in disadvantaged communities and soil-carbon sequestration in the era of climate change.

Rules for Wrongdoers: Tanner Lectures on Human Values by Arthur Ripstein

Lecture | April 10 | 4:10-6:15 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Arthur Ripstein, Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Toronto

 University of California, Berkeley

Arthur Ripstein will present a three day lecture series with commentary by Christopher Kutz, Oona Hathaway, and Jeff McMahan. This event will be held on April 9, 10, & 11, 2019. There will be a seminar and discussion by Professor Ripstein and the commentators on the third day, April 11th. All days' events are free and open to the public. No tickets required.

ARCHITECTURE LECTURE: Caroline O’Donnell

Lecture | April 10 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, APR 10, 6:30pm. Join us for a talk with the Director of the M.Arch program at Cornell University about dynamic architecture and recent work from her practice CODA. Sponsored by the Joan Draper Architectural Research Endowment. Open to all!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Organic Design: A Dream like a Dream and Ago with Stan Lai and Sandra Woodall

Lecture | April 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Sandra Woodall; Stan Lai

 Arts + Design

Stan Lai and Sandra Woodall will hold a lively conversation about “organic design” and how that plays out in the upcoming play being created at Berkeley, Ago.

Sandra Woodall is a visual artist and scenic and costume designer. Ms. Woodall has contributed scenic and costume designs to American Conservatory Theatre, Eureka Theatre, Magic Theater, San Francisco Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Stuttgart...   More >

Tripodi Lecture on Research Methodologies: The Afterlife of Incarceration

Lecture | April 11 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Dr. Reuben Jonathan Miller, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

 Social Welfare, School of

Dr. Miller will spend some time on methods, specifically the practice of ethnographic research, the debates on positionality and reflexivity and what we can learn by getting close to our work. He will draw from his field notes to make a case for proximity and to demonstrate his case methodologically and analytically. More specifically, Dr. Miller will discuss what it means to bring oneself into...   More >

Staging Justice

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

 Center for Race and Gender

Deniz Göktürk
Associate Professor, German

Leti Volpp
Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law in Access to Justice at the UC Berkeley School of Law, Director of Center for Race and Gender

Rules for Wrongdoers: Tanner Lectures on Human Values by Arthur Ripstein

Lecture | April 11 | 4:10-6:15 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Arthur Ripstein, Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Toronto

 University of California, Berkeley

Arthur Ripstein will present a three day lecture series with commentary by Christopher Kutz, Oona Hathaway, and Jeff McMahan. This event will be held on April 9, 10, & 11, 2019. There will be a seminar and discussion by Professor Ripstein and the commentators on the third day, April 11th. All days' events are free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Buddhist Contemplation and Higher Education: Researching and Adapting Contemplation in Modern Universities

Lecture | April 11 | 5-7 p.m. |  Goldman Theater, Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 David Germano, University of Virginia

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Buddhist contemplation has a long history with complex educational institutions, namely Buddhist monasteries all across Asia. In recent decades, there has been a surge of interest in the American academy in such practices, including scientific research on their efficacy and mechanism, possible adaptation for new pedagogical approaches in the classroom, and inspiration for fresh perspectives on...   More >

Over Sixty in the Sixties: The Older Generation and Youth Protest in West Germany

Lecture | April 11 | 5-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Christina von Hodenberg, Director at German Historical Institute, London

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

Recent works on the German and European sixties are all about youth. Educated middle-class students, artists and bohemians face off against equally educated professors, intellectuals and politicians. The ‘establishment’ of the aged and middle-aged population is a barely sketched-out backdrop to a story that unfolds from the perspective of young activists.

Christina von Hodenberg

2019 Taubman Lectures: The Navel of the Dream: Freud's Jewish Languages

Lecture | April 11 | 7-9 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Professor Naomi Seidman, University of Toronto

 The Herman P. and Sophia Tuabman Chair in Jewish Studies, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The 2019 Taubman Lectures: April 9, 11, and 16:
These lectures explore the role of Jewish languages in Freud's writings and in the reception and translation of psychoanalysis. Were Hebrew and Yiddish translations a minor episode in the dispersion of psychoanalysis, or do they have a special place in this history, as the "lost originals" of Freud's German writings?

  RSVP online

Charles Mills Gayley lecture with Dorothy Hale

Lecture | April 11 | 8-10 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Dorothy Hale, Professor, Berkeley English

 Department of English

Professor Dorothy Hale will be delivering this year's Charles Mills Gayley Lecture on Thursday, April 11th at 8pm. Please join us in the Maude Fife room (315 Wheeler) for her talk entitled "'It is the otherness that is the challenge': J.M. Coetzee and Novelistic Ethics” with a reception following in the English Department Lounge (330 Wheeler Hall).

Friday, April 12, 2019

Plants, Bugs, and Molecules: The Chemistry of Plants and Insects with Greti Séquin

Lecture | April 12 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Greti Séquin will introduce the subject of her new book, The Chemistry of Plants and Insects: Plants, Bugs, and Molecules. With her enthusiastic and accessible way of connecting chemistry with plants and insects, she presents organic compounds in a motivating, understandable context that captures the interest of people who would like a deeper understanding of the natural world.

Free with Garden admission; Free for UCBG members, UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty

  Register online

Problems, problem-solvers, and local impacts: A view from Peruvian Amazonia: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Lecture | April 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Christine Beier, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Linguistics, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

From Enigma to Virtual Splendor - The Nazi-Era Theft and Restitution of Guillaume de Machaut’s Extraordinary Medieval Manuscript, the Ferrell-Vogüé

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

 Carla Shapreau, Institute of European Studies

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Music

The stunning Guillaume de Machaut medieval codex known as the Ferrell-Vogüé has been cloistered in private ownership for nearly all of its long life. It is a manuscript of exceptional importance to the fields of music, literature, and art. It was also one of the most significant musical losses suffered on French soil during World War II. This lecture will focus on a time in the life of this...   More >

Catherine B. Asher | The Qutb Complex: India and the Persianate World

Lecture | April 12 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Catherine Asher, Professor, Department of Art History, University of Minnesota

 Sugata Ray, Associate Professor, History of Art Department

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, South Asia Art Initiative, The Berkeley Urdu Initiative, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of History of Art

A talk by Dr. Catherine Asher, Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Minnesota.

Confronting Chance: Models of Medicine in the Hippocratic Corpus

Lecture | April 12 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Mark Schiefsky, Department of Classics, Harvard University

 Department of Classics, Department of Philosophy

ERG 25th Annual Lecture with Thomas Lovejoy

Lecture | April 12 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Thomas Lovejoy, University Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University

 Energy and Resources Group

The Energy and Resources Group is delighted to present Thomas Lovejoy, Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation and University Professor in the Environmental Science and Policy department at George Mason University, as speaker for the 25th Annual Lecture on Energy and Environment.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Cal Day Keynote: Storytelling, Design, and Social Change

Lecture | April 13 | 9:30-10:15 a.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Eric J. Cesal is a designer, writer, and noted post-disaster expert who has led on-the-ground reconstruction programs after the Haiti earthquake and Superstorm Sandy. This talk will explore using the art of storytelling and design for social change.

How to Apply Design Thinking to Your Career and Your Life: Cal Day

Lecture | April 13 | 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), Room 206

 Rebecca Andersen, Career Services at the UC Berkeley Information School

 UC Berkeley Extension

Explore the concepts of design thinking and how to apply them to career and life goals in this interactive Cal Day workshop.

Design thinking is a methodology for solving complex problems that's used by designers in developing new products. It relies on research, communicating with others, experimenting, and rapidly iterating solutions.

Come test drive design thinking concepts and identify...   More >

 Free Cal Day event. Register online