<< Week of April 28 >>

Monday, April 29, 2019

New Research from the Latinx Research Center

Lecture | April 1 – 29, 2019 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. |  The Shorb House

 2547 Channing way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 The Latinx Research Center

Over the past year, Latinx Studies faculty and doctoral students have been advancing their research at the LRC, with visiting post-doctoral and doctoral students joining campus scholars in focused working groups to advance dissertation and book projects. Join us biweekly every Monday in April, for our "Lunch on the LRC" lecture series to learn about interdisciplinary cutting edge Latinx Studies...   More >

Building Bridges or a Bridge Too Far? The "Macedonia" Name Agreement and the Past, Present and Future of Greek Interstate Relations

Lecture | April 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Spero Paravantes

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

The "Macedonia" name issue has been a constant point of contention between Greece and the newly re-named Republic of North Macedonia since the breakup of Yugoslavia. With the origins of the dispute stretching back to the Second World War, the "Prespa Agreement", signed between the two Balkan neighbors in June 2018 (in effect since February 2019) is hoped to be a new beginning in interstate...   More >

Spero Paravantes

Dissertation Talk: Real-World Robotic Perception and Control Using Synthetic Data

Lecture | April 29 | 1-2 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Josh Tobin


Modern deep learning techniques are data-hungry, which presents a problem in robotics because real-world robotic data is difficult and expensive to collect. In contrast, simulated data is cheap and scalable, but jumping the "reality gap" to use simulated data for real-world tasks is challenging. In this talk, we discuss applications of Domain Randomization: a technique for bridging the reality...   More >

Political Machines at Work: Electoral Subversion in the Russian Workplace

Lecture | April 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 John Reuter, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin - Milawaukee

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

In many countries, employers use their leverage over workers to induce them to turn out in elections and/or vote a specific way. This practice is very common in contemporary Russia. In recent elections, as many as 1 in 4 firms engaged in some form of electoral mobilization. Drawing on voter surveys, firm surveys, focus groups, and electoral violation reports, this talk will address several...   More >

Toiling in the Agroecological Matrix: What Does Co-existence Look Like?

Lecture | April 29 | 4-5 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Morgan Lounge

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

In an ideal world, farm families would farm in ways that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. In that ideal world, we would see synergies arising from communities of growers using complementary practices that enhance sustainable farming in local regions. Over the past decade and a half, changes in farm size and the implementation of key agricultural policies have made it...   More >

Molly Kaushal | When Lakshman undertakes the fire ordeal to prove his chastity: Ramayana among the Gonds of Central India

Lecture | April 29 | 4-6 p.m. | 341 Dwinelle Hall

 Molly Kaushal, Professor of Performance Studies and Head of Janapada Sampada Division, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

 Robert Goldman, Professor of Sanskrit and Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South and Southeast Asian Studies

A talk by Molly Kaushal on an unusual Gond folk version of the Ramayana, illustrated with paintings by Gond artists

Molly Kaushal | When Lakshman undertakes the fire ordeal to prove his chastity: Ramayana among the Gonds of Central India

Lecture | April 29 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Molly Kaushal, Professor of Performance Studies and Head of Janapada Sampada Division, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

 Robert Goldman, Professor of Sanskrit and Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South and Southeast Asian Studies

A talk by Molly Kaushal on an unusual Gond folk version of the Ramayana, illustrated with paintings by Gond artists

A Tantric Theology from 12th century Tibet

Lecture | April 29 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Matthew T. Kapstein, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris

 Center for Buddhist Studies

The teachings of the tantric lineage of the Zur clan, which flourished in West Tibet during the early second millennium, have remained a missing element in the history of the “ancient,” Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. While the historical importance of the clan is well known and significant lines of transmission are attributed to it, few authentic works stemming from the Zur and detailing...   More >

Places in Space

Lecture | April 29 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Adam Savage; Nicholas de Monchaux

 Berkeley Center for New Media, Department of Architecture's Studio One

Adam Savage's mother is a psychologist; his father was a celebrated artist, painter and filmmaker. From the youngest age they encouraged his flights of fancy. Savage has been a paperboy, a projectionist, juggler, unicycle rider, sculptor, graphic designer, scenic painter, robot builder, welder, carpenter, machinist, prop maker, toy designer, actor, writer, executive producer and director. He...   More >

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

2019 William Main Seminar Series: PG&E's Community Wildfire Safety Program

Lecture | April 30 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Becky Johnson, PG&E

 William Main Seminar Endowment

Join Becky Johnson, a Senior Manager of External Relations in PG&E's Vegetation Management and Community Wildfire Safety Program for her talk about PG&E's Community Wildfire Safety Program. Question and answer session and casual reception to follow presentation.

Ikram Masmoudi: The Appeal of the Gothic and Hassan Blasim's Fiction

Lecture | April 30 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Acclaimed Iraqi writers are using Gothic aesthetics and motives to narrate a historical moment marred by ubiquitous violence, cultural crisis and disintegration. Hassan Blasim’s stories are filled with unspeakable and ‘unreal’ violence. More than representing the irrational violence raging outside the texts in a realistic rendering, Blasim’s fiction produces in the readers its own brand of...   More >

Faculty Research Lecture: Mysteries of the Invisible World of Microbes: Faculty Research Lecture by Jill Banfield

Lecture | April 30 | 4-5 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Jill Banfield, Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

 Academic Senate

Jill Banfield is the director of microbial research in the Innovative Genomics Institute and a CZ Biohub investigator. She studies microbial communities and their roles in shaping soil and groundwater biogeochemistry as well as human health. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Australian Academy of Science and the National Academy of Science

The Frozen Conflict in Transnistria: Current Situation and Prospects for Settlement

Lecture | April 30 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Anatolii Dirun, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Georgetown University

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

Ethno-political conflicts are key factors affecting the level of regional security. Being complex in their “nature of origin”, they become protracted in the process of their settlement. Thus, the history of the Transnistrian conflict has been around for almost 29 years. The armed confrontation of the parties in 1992 complicated the elaboration of a political settlement formula. On the one hand,...   More >

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Ancient Hunter-Gatherer Explorers on Cyprus: Traversing Land and Sea during the Epipalaeolithic

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

 Lisa Maher, Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Although the Mediterranean islands produced some of the most sophisticated cultures of the ancient world, until recently there was little evidence that these islands were occupied prior to the Neolithic. Identifying and dating Epipalaeolithic occupations on Cyprus addresses issues of exploration and movement into new territories.

Humanitarianism and Filming the Testimony of Trauma

Lecture | May 1 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Professor Meyda Yeğenoğlu, Visiting Scholar, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Duke University

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

“Auction of Souls: The Story of Aurora Mardiganian, the Christian Girl Who Survived the Great Massacres” is a film that claims to recount the “true narrative” of the life of Aurora Mardiganian, a young Armenian girl held in captivity by the Turks during the forced deportation of Armenians in Anatolia before the First World I.

BIDS Data Science Lecture: Reinventing Expertise in the Age of Platforms: The Case of Data Science

Lecture | May 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Shreeharsh Kelkar, Interpretive Social Scientist, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

"Data scientist,” so says the Harvard Business Review, is “the sexiest job of the 21st century.” What accounts for the prestige that this new professional mode of knowledge production now enjoys across institutions ranging from non-profits to research labs, corporations, hospitals, and schools? Based on a two-year ethnographic study ...   More >

Why are there so many big earthquakes in Alaska, and does that tell us something about California?: 2019 Lawson Lecture

Lecture | May 1 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Dr. Jeffrey T. Freymueller, Michigan State University

 Berkeley Seismology Lab

Many people think that California is the most earthquake-prone state in the US, but in fact 75% of all earthquakes in the United States with magnitudes larger than 5.0 happen in Alaska. I will talk about several of the recent large earthquakes in Alaska, and what our knowledge of active tectonic motions can (and can’t) tell us about them.

Translating performance and the energy of the line: With Tracie Morris and Vincent Broqua

Lecture | May 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Tracie Morris; Vincent Broqua, Professor, Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis

 Department of English

What does reading translation live mean? If the poet is a performer, is the translator a performer as well? How is the energy of poetry translated from the page to the stage? Vincent Broqua and Tracie Morris will talk and perform together, reflecting on modes of translation in performance, and how their collaboration emerged from their discussions on translating poetic lines. They will present...   More >

We the People: Restaurants and Living Wages in the #MeToo Era

Lecture | May 1 | 7-9 p.m. |  JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709

 Goldman School of Public Policy, JCC East Bay

With 13 million workers, the restaurant industry is one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors of the US economy—and it is also the lowest paying. Join GSPP, the East Bay Jewish Community Center and Saru Jayaraman in a vibrant discussion about what these low wages mean for tipped workers, how this relates to #MeToo, and what can be done. Followed by a dessert reception.

Saru Jayaraman is...   More >

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Asylum and Integration Policies in Germany - from the 1990’s to 2015

Lecture | May 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Annette Lützel, University of Hildesheim, Germany

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

How has the framework for the acceptance and integration of refugees changed in Germany since the 1990’s? Annette Lützel, practitioner in residence at the GHI in Berkeley, will discuss the development on the basis of right of residence, integration policies, and access to labor markets.

CANCELED: Khursheed Mahmood Kasuri | Pakistan-India Relations: The Way Forward

Lecture | May 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Canceled

 Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Pakistani politician, Writer, & (former) Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan

 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, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Pakistan America Institute

Talk by Khursheed Mahmood Kasuri, former foreign minister for Pakistan and author of "Neither a Hawk Nor a Dove: An insider's account of Pakistan's Foreign Policy."

The Communist Party of Yugoslavia during World War II: from Underground Organization to Party in Power

Lecture | May 2 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Martin Previsic, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia

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

At the beginning of World War II, the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (CPY) was a small and rather insignificant political party in the life of prewar Yugoslavia. During 1941-43, its initial political and war strategies received very little Soviet or Allied backing, but still, support for the partisan movement grew to the point where the Allies were forced to accept the new communist reality, which...   More >

The Politics of the Presocratics: 2019 Heller Lecture

Lecture | May 2 | 6 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Victoria Wohl, University of Toronto

 Department of Classics

Astronomy Night at UC Berkeley

Lecture | May 2 | 7-10 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Ben Margalit, UC Berkeley

 Department of Astronomy

The May edition of UC Berkeley Astronomy Night features a lecture from Berkeley postdoc Ben Margalit on the discovery of unexpected astrophysical phenomena, from pulsars to gamma-ray bursts.

As always, come join us at Campbell Hall on the UC Berkeley campus on the first Thursday of every month for a FREE night of astronomy and stargazing on the roof with our fleet of telescopes.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Environmental Engineering Seminar: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Lecture | May 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Tom Kirchstetter, Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Spring 2019 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects

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

 Berkeley Language Center

Building Bridges Across Cultures: Intercultural Service Learning
Amelia Barili, Lecturer, Spanish & Portuguese
In our troubled global world and our diverse communities, our students need to develop positive attitudes, skills, values, knowledge and understanding towards people with different world views and to collaborate in common projects with them to develop a shared sense of humanity....   More >