<< Week of April 14 >>

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

GUH Symposium: “Techniques of Memory: Landscape, Iconoclasm, Medium and Power”

Conference/Symposium | April 17 – 18, 2019 every day |  David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA

 College of Environmental Design

Before World War II, Robert Musil famously claimed that there was nothing in this world as invisible as a monument. Yet, recent events in Charlottesville, New Orleans, and elsewhere signal Musil might have been mistaken: monuments and memorials can be...   More >

Computer Workstation Evaluator Training (BEUHS403)

Workshop | April 17 | 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

Accomplishing More for Managers: BPM 208

Workshop | April 17 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Pierre Khawand

 Human Resources

This 6 hour in-person workshop is part of the BPM Grow Your Team series and is an elective option for the UC Systemwide People Management Certificate. The content is designed to help participants develop and practice the management skills that are crucial for leading people successfully in today’s information overload and diverse work environment. This workshop is ideal for managers, supervisors,...   More >

Spring at the Hall

Special Event | March 21 – June 7, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This spring, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | April 17 | 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 >

Over-generalization in humans learning a complex skill

Seminar | April 17 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Gautam Agarwal, Champalimaud Institute of the Unknown, Lisboa

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Learning a complex skill requires traversing a potentially enormous search space. While reinforcement learning (RL) algorithms can approach human levels of performance in complex tasks, they require much more training to do so. This may be because humans constrain search problems with prior knowledge, allowing them to more rapidly discover solutions. Importantly, the statistics that underlie this...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Nutrient regulation of fungal virulence"

Seminar | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Jim Kronstad, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Jim Kronstad is a professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and is a member of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and now studies several aspects of fungal biology including pathogenesis, morphogenesis, infection-specific gene expression and self versus nonself recognition (mating).

Noon Concert: University Chorus and University Chamber Chorus

Performing Arts - Music | April 17 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Wei Cheng, director

Commencing its 67th 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.

The Power of Plurality: Encounters, Emergence, and Boundary-Making in the Nineteenth-Century Industrial Far West

Lecture | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 David Hyde, Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk situates industrial sites in the post-Gold Rush American West as dynamic, pluralistic spaces of encounter, negotiation, entanglement, and emergence- sites of creativity and community building (as much as control and exploitation) that re-configured boundaries of difference along multiple axes in important and lasting ways.


Seminar | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Luke Bloch

 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 >

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat with Timothy Hampton: Bob Dylan's Poetics: How the Songs Work

Lecture | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Hampton’s close examination of Bob Dylan's songs locates the artist’s transgressive style within a long history of modern (and modernist) art.

Ultrasound Molecular Imaging

Seminar | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Jonathan R. Lindner, MD, Oregon Health & Science University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Non-invasive in vivo molecular imaging technologies are uniquely poised to be able to spatially and temporally evaluate vascular adaptations to disease and the impact of new therapies. For ultrasound molecular imaging, nanoscale or microbubble ultrasound contrast agents have been developed that are targeted to disease by virtue of either surface conjugation of ligands or changes in their shell...   More >

Certificate Program in Leadership and Management Online Information Session

Information Session | April 17 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Find out how this certificate can help you build the essential skills for effective management and make a tangible difference in your career.

  Register online

Diversity in Post-Separation Living Arrangements and Educational Outcomes in Adolescence: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Anne Solaz, Researcher, Institute for Demographic Research

 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.

Spring Seasonal Vegetables (BEUHS641)

Workshop | April 17 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

It’s easy to eat enough veggies when they are delicious and quick to prepare! Eating vegetables that are in season means they will likely taste better, be more nutritious, and cost less. This class is offered yearly due to popular demand. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

Feeling similar to others and superior at the same time

Colloquium | April 17 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Joachim Krueger, Professor, Brown University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

As members of a social species, individual humans depend on the goodwill, cooperation, and love of others. At the same time, individuals who command respect and resources fare better than those who don’t. These two structural realities give rise to two conflicted psychological needs and behavioral repertoires. The first need is to be similar to others and to be included in cooperating groups. The...   More >

Guided Tours: Hans Hofmann

Tour/Open House | April 17 | 12:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Explore Hans Hofmann’s dynamic and influential work with guided tours on selected Wednesdays, Sundays, and Free First Thursdays.

Order and the Underground: Shaded Governance in the Goldfields of Madagascar

Colloquium | April 17 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Brian Klein, PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Over the past several decades—and, especially, following a price spike after the 2009 financial crisis—artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) has dramatically expanded across the Global South, with more than 20 million people now producing 20-30 percent of global output. Despite the sector’s economic significance, popular and conservationist accounts have settled on a narrative casting ASGM...   More >

Islamic Texts Circle: Moses and Jesus in the Qur'an

Workshop | April 17 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Islamic Texts Circle introduces the broader CMES community to important themes in the Islamic tradition via its holy scripture, the Qur’an, and via its long history of exegesis. Participants will gain exposure to the rich and variegated interpretive angles developed in the fourteen-hundred years of Islamic history, so that they may discuss relevant themes in the form of a productive dialogue....   More >

  RSVP by emailing cmes@berkeley.edu by April 16.

Harmonic Analysis Seminar: An oscillatory integral inequality (concluded) and Decoupling (initiated)

Seminar | April 17 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Michael Christ, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In the first part of the talk, I will outline the proof of the multilinear oscillatory integral inequality that was introduced last week. In the second part we will begin a series of lectures on a new topic, decoupling inequalities, following Bourgain-Demeter and Bourgain-Demeter-Guth.

California Natives: Plants and People

Tour/Open House | April 17 | 2-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Explore the creative ways California Indians have used plants in their everyday lives for food, shelter, clothing, tools, fiber, medicine, even music, toys and games. Which parts of the plant were used – roots, stems, leaves, seeds, bark – and why? We’ll examine California’s native plants and replicas of Indian artifacts to discover the plant knowledge, customs, and skills of California’s...   More >

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

  Register online

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Surface dynamics via three-dimensional contact geometry

Seminar | April 17 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Morgan Weiler, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

As context for the main talk, we will describe results of Franks and Franks-Handel in surface dynamics and state the ergodic theorem. Two- and three-dimensional dynamics are related via the notions of a global surface of section and open book decomposition, which we will introduce. To close we will discuss the ECH spectral numbers, a three-dimensional construction which can be used to study...   More >

Deformation Theory Seminar: Framed Formal Curves

Seminar | April 17 | 2:30-3:50 p.m. | Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Baker Room

 Dmitry Vaintrob, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will talk about a new moduli-theoretic interpretation of the spaces of framed little disks, as well as their higher-genus generalization of complex curves with parametrized boundary, as geometric objects over the rational field Q. Applications of this formalism give geometric "explainations" for several results previously proven using transcendental or analytic methods, namely formality of...   More >

Weekly Coffee Break

Social Event | January 23 – May 1, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Cafe International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Berkeley International Office's 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...   More >

International Student Drop-In Career Advising

Meeting | January 23 – May 1, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 3-5 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), 3rd Floor

 Career Center

Students sign up on site for a 15-minute appointment. First come, first served.

These drop-in appointments can be helpful for your quick questions on the following topics:

-Resume/Cover Letter Critique
-Job or Internship Search
-Career Fair Preparation
-Interview Preparation
-Graduate/Professional Program Application

Conformal embedding and percolation on the uniform triangulation

Seminar | April 17 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Xin Sun, Columbia University

 Department of Statistics

Following Smirnov’s proof of Cardy’s formula and Schramm’s discovery of SLE, a thorough understanding of the scaling limit of critical percolation on the regular triangular lattice has been achieved. Smirnorv’s proof in fact gives a discrete approximation of the conformal embedding which we call the Cardy embedding. In this talk I will present a joint project with Nina Holden where we show that...   More >


Film - Feature | April 17 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A family of shoplifters and cast-offs float along the margins of Japan in Kore-eda’s 2018 Cannes Palme d’Or winner, a tribute to those who create their own bonds to unite and survive in the face of poverty and indifference. Kore-eda here extends his consistently humane, heartfelt appraisal of what it means to be a family to include people who lead their loved ones to shoplift, sell themselves,...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Absolute Hodge cycles on general abelian varieties

Seminar | April 17 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Alex Youcis, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

CBE Colloquium: Colloquium

Colloquium | April 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Leslie Chan, Ph.D. student in the Maboudian Group; Julie Rorrer, Ph. D. student in the Bell Group and Toste Group

 College of Chemistry

Low-Defect, High-Uniformity Transfer-Free Graphene on SiO2 by Thermal Chemical Vapor Deposition/Mechanism and Kinetics of Ethanol and Acetone Conversion to Isobutene over Zinc-Zirconia Mixed Oxides

From correlation to causation — measuring ad effectiveness at scale

Seminar | April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Tamara Greasby, The Trade Desk

 Department of Statistics

Everyone has had that one ad for that one pair of shoes seem to follow them everywhere they go on the internet. Why does that happen? Especially if you already bought the shoes? To make sense of this, it's worth understanding how marketers have historically measured ad effectiveness -- and why the problem is harder than it seems. Beyond improvements in measuring ad effectiveness, this talk with...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Building Dynamic Robots

Colloquium | April 17 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium | Note change in location

 Marc Raibert, Founder and CEO, Boston Dynamics

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Dynamics opens a world of opportunity for robotics. Robots that move dynamically can go where other robots can't go, handle larger payloads with smaller footprint and smaller robot mass, and move faster to get work done more quickly. This talk will give a status report on Boston Dynamics' work in this area, both its long-term effort to develop robots of the future and shorter-term efforts to...   More >

Through the Window: People, Data, Technology, and National Security

Lecture | April 17 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Dr. Andrew L. Brooks, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

 Data Sciences

The U.S. intelligence community faces an increasingly complex and evolving national security landscape.

In this talk, Dr. Andrew L. Brooks, the Chief Data Scientist at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, details how his organization is navigating this landscape through efforts focused on people, data, and technology.

Through the Window: People, Data, Technology, and National Security

Lecture | April 17 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Dr. Andrew L. Brooks

 Information, School of

Dr. Andrew L. Brooks is the Chief Data Scientist at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Mean action of periodic orbits of area-preserving annulus diffeomorphisms

Seminar | April 17 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Morgan Weiler, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

An area-preserving diffeomorphism of an annulus has an "action function" which measures how the diffeomorphism distorts curves. The average value of the action function over the annulus is known as the Calabi invariant of the diffeomorphism, while the average value of the action function over a periodic orbit of the diffeomorphism is the mean action of the orbit. If an area-preserving annulus...   More >

San Francisco World History Reading Group: Khaki Shorts Saffron Flags by Tapan Basu et al.

Meeting | April 17 | 5-7 p.m. |  Civic Center Secondary School

 727 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA

 ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

Teachers in ORIAS World History Reading Groups read one book each month within a global studies theme. Participants meet monthly to eat and spend two hours in collegial conversation. It is a relaxing, intellectually rich atmosphere for both new and experienced teachers.

 This event is for k-14 teachers.

  Register online or or by emailing Shane Carter at orias@berkeley.edu

Visual bilingualism and the funerary space: Keys to understanding the spatial semiotics of Central Asian tombs in 6th century China

Lecture | April 17 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Pénélope Riboud, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

The dominant religion of pre-Islamic Sogdiana was a local form of Zoroastrianism, and this has led most scholars to assume a correlation with the religious beliefs and practices within the Sogdian community settled in China. And indeed, many aspects of these tombs show that Central Asian funerary practices were maintained. However, some aspects of “Sino-Sogdian” tombs, such as the treatment of...   More >

East Bay World History Reading Group: Inside the World of the Eunuch: A Social History of the Emperor's Servants in Qing China by Melissa Dale

Meeting | April 17 | 5-7 p.m. |  ORIAS Office

 1995 University Ave Suite 520D, Berkeley, CA 94704

 ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

Teachers in ORIAS World History Reading Groups read one book each month within a global studies theme. Participants meet monthly to eat and spend two hours in collegial conversation. It is a relaxing, intellectually rich atmosphere for both new and experienced teachers.

 This event is for k-14 teachers.

  Register online or or by emailing Shane Carter at orias@berkeley.edu

David Russell on his book Tact: Aesthetic Liberalism and the Essay Form in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Colloquium | April 17 | 5 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

 David Russell, Fellow and Tutor, Associate Professor (CUF) in English, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

 Department of English

Please join us for a colloquium with David Russell, Associate Professor of English, University of Oxford, on his book Tact: Aesthetic Liberalism and the Essay Form in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Princeton University Press, 2018)

Swahili Table

Social Event | January 23 – May 8, 2019 every Wednesday | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Jupiter Taproom

 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Elizabeth Resor

 Center for African Studies

Every Wednesdays speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Jupiter Taproom. This is an informal gathering to connect with other Swahili speakers on campus and in Berkeley. Each person will support their own beverage purchases, but we will provide the good company (don't worry- beverage/food purchases are NOT required). And of course, Swahili speaking...   More >

Fact, Fiction, and Film: Turning History into Narrative: with Hallie Rubenhold

Lecture | April 17 | 6 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 330, Berkeley English Lounge

 Hallie Rubenhold, Author | Broadcaster | Historical Consultant

 Department of English

Hallie Rubenhold is a bestselling author, social historian, broadcaster and historical consultant for TV and film. Her most recent book, The Five is the first biography of the five victims of Jack the Ripper and reclaims the narrative in favour of the women, rather than the murderer. In addition to The Five, Hallie is the author of two works of non-fiction, including; The Covent Garden Ladies,...   More >

The Great Chernobyl Acceleration

Lecture | April 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Kate Brown, Professor of History in the Science, Technology and Society Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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

In April 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded and sent upwards of 50 million curies into the surrounding environment. Brown argues that to call this event an “accident” is to sweep aside radioactive incidents in the region that occurred before and after the accident. In the 1960s, Soviet researchers learned that the people living in the Pripyat Marshes surrounding the Chernobyl Plant...   More >

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | January 14, 2015 – December 18, 2019 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3119 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.

The Holloway Series in Poetry Presents Chris Nealon

Reading - Literary | April 17 | 6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Chris Nealon

 Jessica Laser

 Department of English, The Holloway Series in Poetry

The Holloway Series in Poetry presents a reading by Chris Nealon, with an introductory reading by Jessica Laser.

Central Airport THF

Film - Documentary | April 17 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport ceased operations in 2008, but reopened in 2015 as an emergency refugee camp. Tackling the European crisis in a brand-new way, director Karim Aïnouz (Madame Sata) covers a year of life at Tempelhof, capturing the day-to-day experiences and struggles of the residents and aid workers with rare intimacy and empathy. Though the documentary is deeply humanistic, Aïnouz is...   More >

Health Professional Networking Night

Social Event | April 17 | 7-9 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Cal Alumni Student Association (CASA)

With the help of the Cal Alumni Student Association (CASA) the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is excited to announce the Health Professionals Networking Night. The Health Professional Networking Night will provide an opportunity for pre-health and pre-medicine students on campus to connect, ask questions, and network with professionals in the field of health. CASA and AMSA are...   More >

  Register online or or by emailing Diana Cristea at dicristea17@berkeley.edu

Thursday, April 18, 2019

[Peterson Speaker Series] Leading the Pack: How Companies are Collaborating to Tackle Plastic Packaging Waste

Panel Discussion | April 18 | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum, Chou Hall

 Institute for Business and Social Impact

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peterson-speaker-series-leading-the-pack-how-companies-are-collaborating-to-tackle-plastic-tickets-59140852883

According to the EPA, “containers and packaging make up a major portion of municipal solid waste (MSW), amounting to 77.9 million tons of generation in 2015.” The issue of plastic packaging waste is a complex, universal issue. Our culture of “...   More >

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

Sessions: Robotics + AI 2019

Special Event | April 18 |  UC Berkeley Campus

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

TechCrunch Robotics+AI comes to UC Berkeley on April 18 for a day of thought leadership, demos, networking, and workshops. Join 1000+ entrepreneurs and engineers when you book your early bird tickets for just $249 (student tickets are just $45). Book your tickets here and save $50 with code FUNG (not applicable to student tickets).

  Buy tickets online

GUH Symposium: “Techniques of Memory: Landscape, Iconoclasm, Medium and Power”

Conference/Symposium | April 17 – 18, 2019 every day |  David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA

 College of Environmental Design

Before World War II, Robert Musil famously claimed that there was nothing in this world as invisible as a monument. Yet, recent events in Charlottesville, New Orleans, and elsewhere signal Musil might have been mistaken: monuments and memorials can be...   More >

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: On the stability of black holes

Seminar | April 18 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Jérémie Szeftel, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss a joint work with Sergiu Klainerman on the stability of Schwarzschild as a solution to the Einstein vacuum equations with initial data subject to a certain symmetry class.

Spring at the Hall

Special Event | March 21 – June 7, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This spring, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

Study Abroad Office Hours at Educational Opportunity Program

Information Session | February 14 – May 9, 2019 every Thursday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, Educational Opportunity Program- MLK BNorth CE3

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad? A Berkeley Study Abroad Peer Adviser will hold office hours at Educational Opportunity Program on Thursdays from 10 am-noon this spring to answer questions about program options, scholarships, how to apply and additional services offered!

Sign-up on http://tinyurl.com/eopstudyabroad.

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | April 18 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 331 University Hall | Note change in date

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

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

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

Calcutta to California: Sowing an American Lineage of Kathak Dance with Rachna Nivas

Lecture | April 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Rachna Nivas

 Arts + Design

Bancroft Library Roundtable: Cherokees and Choctaws Among the Miwok and Yokuts: Legacies of Cultural Blending and Intertribal Relations in Nineteenth Century California

Lecture | April 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Andrew Shaler, PhD candidate in History, UC Riverside

 Bancroft Library

The California Gold Rush is remembered for the thousands of immigrants who traversed continents and oceans for a chance to gain quick wealth. Lost in these narratives are the rich histories of Native American emigrants who made the same journey to California’s Gold Country beginning in 1849. Andrew Shaler considers the legacies of these Native emigrants.

 The Lewis-Latimer Room has a maximum capacity of 28 people. The doors will be shut and no more attendees may enter once the room is at capacity.

Certificate Program in Marketing Online Information Session

Information Session | April 18 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 Tom McGuire, Program Director, UC Berkeley Extension

 UC Berkeley Extension

Find out how UC Berkeley Extension equips you with a solid understanding of marketing’s most up-to-date concepts and techniques. For more information, visit the Certificate Program in Marketing.

  Make reservations online

Mindful Awareness Guided Meditation

Miscellaneous | February 21 – May 2, 2019 every Thursday | 12-1 p.m. | 5400 Berkeley Way West

 Jeffrey Oxendine

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Focus the mind. Foster creativity, resilience, and well-being. These meetings are free and open to faculty, staff, and students. You are invited to drop in at noon any Thursday.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: "Formal and Informal Firm Dynamics"

Seminar | April 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Gabriel Ulyssea, Oxford

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Core Essentials for Better Posture (BEUHS402)

Workshop | April 18 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

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

 Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

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

  Register online

Innovative Approaches to Accountability in Yemen

Panel Discussion | April 18 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 12 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Tara Vassefi, Truepic; Rawan Shaif, Bellingcat; Dearbhla Minogue, Global Legal Action Network; Félim McMahon, Human Rights Center

 Human Rights Center

Join us for a discussion on how innovative, multi-disciplinary investigative and legal approaches are being brought to bear on the situation in Yemen—including the use of user-generated content and online open-source investigation to measure civilian harm, investigate potential war crimes, and examine the role of the arms trade.

  RSVP online

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | April 18 | 1-5:30 p.m. |  Stanford GSB

 Department of Economics

Joint Seminar with Stanford

Librarian Office Hours at the SPH DREAM Office

Miscellaneous | February 7 – May 2, 2019 every Thursday | 1-3 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2220 (DREAM Office)

 Michael Sholinbeck


Drop by during office hours if you need help with your literature reviews; setting up searches in PubMed, Embase, and other databases; using EndNote, RefWorks, or other citation management software; finding statistics or data; and answering any other questions you may have.
NOTE: On Feb. 14: 2:15-3pm only

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 3 – December 29, 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 plants from around the world, learn about the vast diversity in the collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

Disputing an inheritance in Hellenistic Egypt: An Egyptian family goes to the Greek courts

Seminar | April 18 | 2-4 p.m. | 479 Bancroft Library

 Katelijn Vandorpe, KU Leuven

 Center for the Tebtunis Papyri

The Erbstreit papyri are a bilingual (Demotic-Greek) dossier that was assembled, as their name indicates, as a result of inheritance disputes. They were once part of a family archive kept in the Upper Egyptian town of Pathyris (modern Gebelein). The disputes started after the death of a woman called Tamenos, when her sister and her nieces claimed the large plots of land that she had...   More >

A Generation Under Pressure: Talking mental health at UC Berkeley

Panel Discussion | April 18 | 2:30-4 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Richard Scheffler, Professor, School of Public Health & Public Policy

 Chancellor Carol Christ, UC Berkeley; Guy Nicolette, Assistant Vice Chancellor, University Health Services; Sam Ku, Internal Director, ASUC Mental Health Commission

 Berkeley Institute for the Future of Young Americans

Join us for a conversation about mental health at UC Berkeley featuring:

- A panel discussion with Chancellor Carol Christ

- Results from a new study documenting the rise of anxiety disorders on college campuses

- A reception with the Berkeley student mental health community, student leaders, mental health professionals, and campus administrators

  RSVP online

BIDS Data Science Lecture: Astrophysical Machine Learning

Lecture | April 18 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Joshua Bloom, Professor, Department of Astronomy, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

From streaming, repeated, noisy, and distorted images of the sky, time-domain astronomers are tasked with extracting novel science as quickly as possible with limited and imperfect information. Employing algorithms developed in other fields, we have has already reached important milestones demonstrating the speed and efficacy of using ML in data and ...   More >

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Causal Panel Data Models and the Role of the Assignment Mechanism"

Seminar | April 18 | 3-4 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Guido Imbens, Stanford

 Department of Economics

Oxytocin-dependent reopening of a social reward learning critical period with MDMA

Lecture | April 18 | 3-4 p.m. | 3101 Berkeley Way West

 Gul Dolen MD PhD, Johns Hopkins

 Center for the Developing Adolescent

ESPM Seminar Series, Spring 2019

Seminar | April 18 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Pablo Rodriguez Lozano

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

Pablo Rodriguez Lozano, Postdoctoral Fellow in ESPM, will present: "Advancing knowledge on non-perennial streams: from fish ecology to environmental perception." Hosted by Stephanie Carlson. Meet the speaker and enjoy refreshments after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

Russia 2018: The Global Potemkin Village | A Lecture by David Goldblatt

Lecture | April 18 | 4-6 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 David Goldblatt, Sports Writer, Broadcaster, Sociologist, Journalist and Author

 Prof. Martha Saavedra, Center for African Studies, UC Berkeley

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies, Department of History, Center for British Studies

David Goldblatt is a sports writer, broadcaster, sociologist, journalist and author. Among his books are The Games: A Global History of the Olympics, The Game of Our Lives: The Meaning and Making of English Football, Futebol Nation: A Footballing History of Brazil, and The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Football.

Diversity and Power in Global Christian Communities

Lecture | April 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

Candace Lukasik, PhD Candidate in Anthropology

Hannah Waits, PhD Candidate in American History

The Extreme Gone Mainstream

Colloquium | April 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Center

 Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Professor of Education and Sociology, American University

 Center for Right-Wing Studies, Center for German and European Studies

Miller-Idriss explores how extremist ideologies have entered mainstream German culture through commercialized products and clothing laced with extremist, anti-Semitic, racist, and nationalist coded symbols and references. Drawing on a unique digital archive of thousands of historical and contemporary images, as well as scores of interviews with young people and their teachers in two German...   More >

AHMA Colloquium - 3D Printed Replicas vs their Originals for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities

Lecture | April 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Rita Lucarelli, UC Berkeley

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

This paper is part of a larger lecture series entitled "Digital Humanities and the Ancient World." The series is co-sponsored by the Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology (AHMA) Colloquium and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Welcome Reception for Ambassador Sanjay Panda

Social Event | April 18 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Note change in date

 Ambassador Sanjay Panda, India’s Consul General for the West Coast and Guam

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

Ambassador Sanjay Kumar Panda, arrived in San Francisco on Nov. 14 to serve as India’s Consul General for the West Coast and Guam. Please join us in welcoming him to UC Berkeley.

Ambassador Sanjay Panda, 56 years, is an Indian diplomat, a member of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS). He was the Indian High Commissioner to Seychelles till November 2016 before returning to India and taking over...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium/Serge Lang Undergraduate Lecture: Distinguishing shapes via topology

Lecture | April 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Helene Barcelo, MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

Topologists will say that a coffee cup is like a donut. What do they mean? Homotopy and Homology are invariants created to distinguish basic geometric structures. In this talk I will briefly talk about the history of such invariants and describe new ones that are also applicable to discrete structures like graphs.

The Invention of Style: A conversation with Maura Nolan

Panel Discussion | April 18 | 4:30 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Maura Nolan, Associate Professor, Berkeley English

 Department of English, Medieval and Early Modern Colloquium.

To request pre-circulated materials, please email marianhomansturnbull@berkeley.edu or ripplinger@berkeley.edu.

“ ‘Global Mission’: Nazi Foreign Cultural Policy and the Goethe Society in Weimar”

Lecture | April 18 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of German

W. Daniel Wilson was professor of German at Berkeley from 1983 to 2005 and departmental chair for four years; he is now professor of German at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published widely in eighteenth-century literature, culture, and politics, particularly on political, gender and sexuality in Goethe. His most recent books are Goethe Männer Knaben: Ansichten zur...   More >

Psi Quantum Info Session

Information Session | April 18 | 5-7 p.m. | 375 LeConte Hall

 Jordan Sullivan, Quantum Computing at Berkeley (RSO)

 Department of Physics

Psi Quantum, one of Silicon Valley's most secretive quantum computing startups, is sharing a bit of their time with Quantum Computing at Berkeley. Come learn and network at our 6pm mixer! Resumes welcome.

Food will be provided at 6pm.

Spring 2019 LEP Global Book Club: The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives

Meeting | March 14 – May 2, 2019 every Thursday with exceptions | 5-6 p.m. | 110 César E. Chávez Student Center

 SLC Language Exchange Program, UC Berkeley Student Learning Center

You're invited to join the Spring 2019 LEP Global Book Club! This semester, we will be reading The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives. Edited by Cal grad and Pulitzer Prize-Winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, this book features the works of refugee writers from around the world. Engaging with their stories provides intimate insight into the realities faced by millions of people in...   More >

  RSVP online

Michael Cook: "Muslim Sectarianism: Past and Present"

Lecture | April 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Dr. Michael Cook, Princeton University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Michael Cook, Class of 1946 Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Princeton University

Ayahuasca Shamanism: Illuminating the Interface between Biology, Emotion and Spirituality

Lecture | April 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Room 4 | Note change in location

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Drawing from his first hand experience at Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual, a traditional healing center near Iquitos, in the Peruvian Amazon; Dr. Tafur will review the role of spiritual and emotional healing in modern healthcare. He will discuss how emotional trauma contributes to medical illness, and how spiritual healing techniques can lead to improvements in the mind-body. Ayahuasca shamanism and...   More >

How To Be an Effective Female Founder

Panel Discussion | April 18 | 6-8:05 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

SWE Startup Spring at Berkeley presents the first of a two-part series on Women Entrepreneurs: How To Be an Effective Female Founder on April 18th, 6-8pm at 290 HMMB.

Do you want to know how to become an effective female founder? Come listen to panelists Caroline Winnett, Executive Director at SkyDeck, Maria Artunduaga, CEO of Respira Labs, Paola Santana, Founder of Matternet and now Social...   More >

Tehran, City of Love

Film - Feature | April 18 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Three Tehran residents, unlucky in love, make attempts to change their solo status in this wistful and poignant film. A bodybuilder, a funeral singer, and a woman who works in a beauty clinic—each character finds that the pursuit of their respective dreams puts them in sight of a real emotional connection, yet something intervenes. By examining the circumstances that derail his protagonists...   More >

BERC and ISAS present: How Clean Energy Can Boost Incomes in the Global South

Lecture | April 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall N440+N444

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative, Institute for South Asia Studies

Over the last decade, clean energy innovations have transformed access to electricity and lighting for millions in the global south, but with little economic impact. However, with wide deployment throughout India, solar irrigation pumps have been the exception, improving productivity, product value, reducing inputs costs and improving the economic situation of farmers.

Abhishek Jain from CEEP...   More >

What Can I Do With International Relations and Policy?: International Relations and Policy Career Panel

Career Fair | April 18 | 6-8 p.m. | 104 Barrows Hall

 International Relations Council of Berkeley

Join the International Relations Council of Berkeley for our second career panel and networking night!

We will be featuring speakers and professionals from various IR/policy organizations including: Peace Corps, Refugee Transitions, American Foreign Service Association, Kiva, and the World Trade Center Northern California! Speakers will present themselves and answer questions preceding an...   More >

Genetically Modify Food!: The business of fear and a distorted reality from the perspective of Daniel Westcott

Seminar | April 18 | 6:15-7:15 p.m. |  The Octopus Literary Salon

 2101 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94612

 Daniel Westcott, PhD Candidate

 The CLEAR Project

Vegan, omnivore, keto… what we eat is essential to our culture, health, environment and identity. It should be no surprise that we care deeply about our food choices. But in today’s grocery, those choices can be overwhelming and we use shorthand to make decisions. Daniel Westcott, a former organic farmer and a current PhD student at UC Berkeley will try to unpack the labels and offer some insight...   More >

AIA Lecture - The Harbour Landscape of Ephesos

Lecture | April 18 | 7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in time

 Sabine Ladstätter, Director of the Ephesus Excavations

 Archaeological Institute of America, the San Francisco Society

The geographical location of Ephesos is favorable, but throughout history the continuous shifting of the shoreline from the east to the west created some difficulties and resulted in the movement of the settlements. Since the beginning of research in Ephesos, in the late 19th century, the importance of a connection to the sea and the existence of functioning harbors for the settlement activity in...   More >

The Little Comrade

Film - Feature | April 18 | 8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 1950 Estonia, the Soviets are working to suppress a fledgling resistance movement that has arisen in the countryside. Six-year-old Leelo can’t quite understand exactly why her mom has been arrested or why her father is disappointed to hear her championing the “young pioneers” she sees marching at school. With a deft balance of humor, tension, and empathy, Siimets’s debut shows how the evils of...   More >