<< Week of September 15 >>

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Artificial Intelligence Unlocked

Deadline | September 13 – 15, 2019 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Unlocked is a three-day executive academy consisting of lectures, panel discussions, and guest presentations from the industry’s foremost educators and leaders. The program is presented by Berkeley Law Executive Education and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

Join us and earn a certificate in AI from UC Berkeley!

BIO Bears Cal Sailing Meetup

Social Event | September 15 | 12-3 p.m. |  Savio Steps


 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join us for Cal Sailing Club's free sailing day! Spend an idyllic Sunday afternoon cruising around in the Berkeley Marina, including beautiful views of Oakland and San Francisco. There's no better way to see the area!

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

A Wedding Suit

Film - Feature | September 15 | 3:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Through almost purely visual means, Kiarostami creates an O. Henry–like story of a wedding suit “borrowed” from the tailor’s for a night, and uses it to explore the world of working youths in the shops and streets of Tehran. To outward appearances, the boys in question have only to wait on adults, delivering tea from the cafe or being a tailor’s assistant. But with adults out of earshot, an...   More >

Devil's Freedom

Film - Feature | September 15 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Both victims and victimizers bear witness to Mexico’s recent wave of violence in Everardo González’s unblinking documentary, which functions both as a work of highly stylized, at times surrealist art and as a more straightforward, old-school effort to “crystallize how Mexicans feel about both the violence itself and its omnipresence” (Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter). The interviewees are clad...   More >

Monday, September 16, 2019

Apple Hardware Networking Event

Information Session | September 16 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Garbarini Lounge

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

There’s a place at Apple for every kind of brilliant.

Our differences are our greatest strengths, leading to the collaboration and innovation that allow you to do the best work of your life.

Apple is coming to UC Berkeley for a Networking Event on Tuesday, September 16 and we’ll have ~30 engineers from the business that are looking forward to meeting interested students!

If you plan to...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | September 16 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and strategies for connecting with faculty members who can guide you.

Deep Learning Methodologies and Tools for Scientific Problems: Berkeley Fluids Seminar

Seminar | September 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Chiyu “Max” Jiang, Ph.D. Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Modern tools in machine learning and deep learning can offer new insights to old problems, both on the methodological side as well as on the technical side. The first half of this talk will present an overview of tools and subfields in geo¬metric deep learning that are particularly relevant and applicable to physical problems, (e.g., learning on regular grids, meshes/graphs and point...   More >

Amitav Ghosh | On Climate Change, Literature, and Art

Special Event | September 16 | 12-2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Amitav Ghosh, Author

 Sugata Ray, Associate Professor, History of Art Department, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History of Art, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

A conversation between Author Amitav Ghosh and US Berkeley Art Historian, Prof. Sugata Ray on climate change, literature and art

Combinatorics Seminar: Logarithmic concavity for morphisms of matroids

Seminar | September 16 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christopher Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Morphisms of matroids are combinatorial abstractions of linear maps and graph homomorphisms. We introduce the notion of basis for morphisms of matroids, and show that its generating function is strongly log-concave. As a consequence, we obtain a generalization of Mason's conjecture on the f-vectors of independent subsets of matroids to arbitrary morphisms of matroids. To establish this, we define...   More >

PERL Seminar: “Productivity, Pay, and Sectoral Choice: The Labor Market of School Principals”

Seminar | September 16 | 12:40-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Pablo Muñoz

 Department of Economics

ERL is an opportunity for PhD students to present work in progress and receive valuable feedback from faculty and peers.

Introduction to Crowdsourcing in Research: Overview of Processes and Discussion on Benefits and Concerns

Workshop | September 16 | 1-3 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Room 371

 Kate Beck, Progam Lead, UC Berkeley SafeTREC

 Safe Transportation Research & Education Center

Crowdsourcing is a method increasingly used in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research. However, many researchers remain unclear about what this method is, when it may be appropriate to use, and how it could be implemented. Please join Kate Beck, Program Lead at UC Berkeley's Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC), to learn more about this research...   More >

Contemplating Gratitude: Photography Workshop

Workshop | September 16 | 1-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

When we observe Nature through the lens of ecology, we see the exquisite interconnectedness of all life. In this contemplative photography workshop, we will devote our attention to connectedness and interconnectedness, using the camera as a tool for meditation and the garden as our muse.

Any and all equipment are invited, including DSLRs, mobile phones, point-and-shoot, polaroid, and pinhole...   More >

$80, $75 members (Price is for each individual workshop)

  Register online or by calling 5106649841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Seminar 211, Economic History: Intergenerational Mobility of Immigrants in the US over Two Centuries

Seminar | September 16 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Ran Abramitzky, Stanford University

 Department of Economics

String-Math Seminar: A taste of microlocal Hodge theory

Seminar | September 16 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Michael McBreen, University of Toronto

 Department of Mathematics

The nonabelian Hodge correspondence gives a diffeomorphism between the moduli of flat connections and the moduli of higgs bundles on a smooth Riemann surface. The two moduli, however, are completely different as algebraic varieties. Thus natural structures on one side of the correspondence, such as Hitchin's integrable system, become rather mysterious on the other side.

I will discuss joint work...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Triangular Transport for Free Gibbs Laws from Convex Potentials

Seminar | September 16 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 David Andrew Jekel, UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

We study tuples $(X_1,\dots ,X_m)$ of self-adjoint operators in a tracial $W^*$-algebra whose non-commutative distribution is free the Gibbs law for a (sufficiently regular) convex potential $V$. Such tuples model the large $N$ behavior of random matrices $(X_1^{(N)}.\dots ,X_m^{(N)}$ chosen according to the measure $e^{-N^2 V(x)}\,dx$ on $M_N( \mathbb C)_{sa}^m$. Previous work showed that...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Semi-local simple connectedness of non-collapsing Ricci limit spaces

Seminar | September 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jiayin Pan, UCSB

 Department of Mathematics

We prove that any non-collapsing Ricci limit space is semi-locally simply connected. This is joint work with Guofang Wei.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Distributions of unramified extensions of global fields

Seminar | September 16 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Melanie Matchett Wood, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We give conjectures on the distribution of the Galois groups of the maximal unramified extensions of Galois Γ-number fields or function fields for any finite group Γ (for the part of the Galois group prime to the order of Γ and the order of roots of unity in the base field). We explain some results about these Galois groups that motivate us to build certain random groups whose distributions...   More >

McNair Scholars Program Information Session

Information Session | September 16 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 11 2515 Channing Way (Academic Achievement Program)

 Juan Esteva, Director, McNair Scholars Program

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The McNair Scholars Program prepares selected underrepresented or low-income UC Berkeley undergraduates for graduate study at the doctoral level. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the number of underrepresented students in doctoral programs.

Emergent Dynamic Structures in Everyday Life: Contexts for Situated Action

Colloquium | September 16 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Harry Heft, Denison University

 Graduate School of Education

From the perspective of ecological psychology, perception–action processes are coupled to relational environmental structures at the level of affordances and dialogical exchanges. Less often realized is that they are also embedded within identifiable higher-order, dynamic, eco-psychological structures that emerge from joint action among individuals in the course of daily life. These dynamic,...   More >

Harry Heft

5th Year MIDS Information Session and Student Q&A Panel @ Barrows Hall

Special Event | September 16 | 4-5 p.m. |  420 Barrows Hall

 Information, School of

LearnÂabout the 5th YearÂMIDS program from theÂI School Admissions team and a current student.

Chemical Proteomic Platforms to Expose and Exploit Novel Metabolic Signals in Disease

Seminar | September 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Raymond Moellering, The University of Chicago

 College of Chemistry

Biological systems are inherently and profoundly heterogeneous, both at the molecular level (e.g. encoded proteins existing in distinct posttranslational modification states) and the cellular level (e.g. organization of biomolecules to distinct regions of a cell or distinct cells within a tissue). Therefore, in order to understand information flow under basal or diseased states we must be able to...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory (Practice Job Talk): "Constrained Allocation Mechanisms"

Seminar | September 16 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Joseph Root, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: On the Cauchy problem for the Hall-magnetohydrodynamics equations

Seminar | September 16 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Sung-Jin Oh, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will describe a recent series of work with I.-J. Jeong on the Cauchy problem for the Hall-MHD equation without resistivity. This PDE, first investigated by the applied mathematician M. J. Lighthill, is a one-fluid description of magnetized plasmas with a quadratic second-order correction term (Hall current term), which takes into account the motion of electrons relative to...   More >

Supersymmetry and Dark Matter: From the Weak Scale to the Planck Scale

Colloquium | September 16 | 4:15-5:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, 1 LeConte

 Dr. Keith Olive, University of Minnesota

 Department of Physics

While supersymmetry remains an interesting and important extension of the Standard Model of particle interactions, it experimental verification remains elusive. There are many motivations for supersymmetry, many of which center on the notion of Grand Unification. However, motivations for supersymmetry do not necessarily point to weak scale supersymmetry. I will review the prospects for weak scale...   More >

Entrepreneurial Leadership: From Scientist to CEO: SLAM Seminar Series

Seminar | September 16 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Arman Zand, Head of Finance, Farmstead

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Graduate school is a great place to gain scientific and research expertise – but that’s hardly the only thing you’ll need in your future as a Ph.D. Are you ready to lead a group? Manage your coworkers? Mentor budding scientists?

To address the many interpersonal issues that arise in a scientific workplace, graduate students from Chemistry, Physics, and Molecular & Cell Biology founded SLAM:...   More >

Bank: with California State Treasurer Fiona Ma

Lecture | September 16 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Goldman School of Public Policy

Join California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, the Center for Environmental Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Berkeley Forum for a discussion on major finance policy issues facing the State of California, including green bonds and sustainable finance.

A reception will be held at 5:30pm, with the lecture beginning at 6:00pm.

Fiona Ma is California’s 34th State...   More >

Astrobiologist and Astronomer Jill Tarter at the Berkeley Forum: Technosignatures: What Are They, And How Might We Find them?

Lecture | September 16 | 6-7 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Jill Tarter

 The Berkeley Forum

Arthur C. Clarke's third law states that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Since 1960, SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) researchers have been searching for that ‘magic’ in the form of radio, and now optical, electromagnetic signals. These searches need to continue and grow utilizing the exponentially increasing capabilities of computing, but...   More >



The 2nd Amendment: American Society's Interpretation Across Time: A panel discussion in Honor of Constitution Day

Presentation | September 16 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)


Campus experts discuss The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and debate the current issues from legal, historical, and political science perspectives.

Excavations of Recent History

Lecture | September 16 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Patrick Martinez

 Arts + Design

Presented by the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice

Patrick Martinez, Artist

Patrick Martinez is a multidisciplinary artist who creates works that act as excavations of language, belonging, and the visual-cultural systems of the city of Los Angeles, in order to create dialogues concerning the ongoing residue of gentrification. Throughout his practice, he uses materials and modes of...   More >

The Power of Emotions. Germany 19 | 19: Exhibition and Talk with Ute Frevert

Lecture | September 16 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Auditorium

 530 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

 Ute Frevert, Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin

 Institute of European Studies, Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany, "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" Foundation (EVZ), Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, San Francisco

Our politics are increasingly driven by emotions, so it would seem. We are living in an age of permanent agitation. Facts are being called into question by perceived truths. Radicals of every description are attracting more and more attention with simple answers to complex questions. The political center often does not know how to deal with heated emotions. It is characterized by the political...   More >

  RSVP online

Patrick Martinez: Excavations of Recent History

Presentation | September 16 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Patrick Martinez is a multidisciplinary artist who creates works that act as excavations of language, belonging, and the visual-cultural systems of the city of Los Angeles, in order to create dialogues concerning the ongoing residue of gentrification. Throughout his practice, he uses materials and modes of address recognizable within neighborhoods that face the threat of removal and erasure—neon...   More >

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

BPM 210 Building Trust

Workshop | September 17 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content provides a common language and framework, focused on the specific behaviors that build trust.

  Register online

ART Summit 2019: Disrupting Neurodegenerative Diseases

Conference/Symposium | September 17 | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

The theme for the 2019 ART Summit focuses on Disrupting Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Why should you come to the ART Summit?
Learning: Come to learn about emerging research and technologies focused on aging.
Professional Development and Collaboration: Mingle to share knowledge with our attendees and poster presenters, exhibitors, and speakers.

If you want to be up to date with all...   More >

  Buy tickets online

Apple Software Networking Event

Information Session | September 17 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Garbarini Lounge

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

There’s a place at Apple for every kind of brilliant.

Our differences are our greatest strengths, leading to the collaboration and innovation that allow you to do the best work of your life.

Apple is coming to UC Berkeley for a Networking Event on Tuesday, September 17 and we’ll have ~30 engineers from the business that are looking forward to meeting interested students!

If you plan to...   More >

Development and Applications of New Synthetic Strategies for Polymer Science

Seminar | September 17 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Brett Fors, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Cornell University

 College of Chemistry

Synthetic polymers are significant importance in all aspects of modern life, and during the last few decades, these materials have facilitated major societal advances. Innovative polymeric materials have the potential to address humankind’s next grand scientific and technological challenges; however, taking advantage of the opportunities presented by these materials requires new methods for...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Characteristics of Mutual Fund Portfolios: Where Are the Value Funds?

Seminar | September 17 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Martin Lettau, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

ABSTRACT: This paper provides a comprehensive analysis of portfolios of active mutual funds, ETFs and hedge funds through the lens of risk (anomaly) factors. We show that that these funds do not systematically tilt their portfolios towards profitable factors, such as high book-to-market (BM) ratios, high momentum, small size, high profitability and low investment growth. Strikingly, there are...   More >

Certificate Program in Finance Online Information Session

Information Session | September 17 | 11-11:30 a.m. |  Online

 Heather Liston, Program Director

 UC Berkeley Extension

Interested in changing careers to finance? Want to understand financial concepts and techniques to better perform your current work? Or you want to broaden your knowledge of investment management or capital gains? Then this certificate is for you.

  Register online

SPH Fall 2019 Brown Bag Series: Breast Cancer Gone Viral? Bovine leukemia virus emerging as a probable cause of human breast cancer

Seminar | September 17 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Trudy Buehring, Professor of the Graduate School, School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

Dr. Buehring will discuss the application of the Bradford-Hill causation criteria to help solve a long-term mystery and plan better strategies for primary prevention of breast cancer and perhaps other cancers. Dr. Buehring has been a cancer researcher on the School of Public Health faculty for 35 years.

Student Faculty Macro Lunch -

Presentation | September 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall | Note change in location

 Greg Kaplan, University of Chicago

 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 online by September 13.

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.

Colloquium: Hildebrand Scholars Roundtable

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

 Erika Brown, Edward E. Hildebrand Research Fellow

 Jae Yeon Kim, Edward E. Hildebrand Research Fellow

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Colloquium: Hildebrand Scholars Roundtable
Berkeley Graduate Students present and discuss their research on Canadian topics. Lunch provided.

Fall 2019 Health Services Research Colloquium: Sept. 17: Maya Rossin-Slater

Colloquium | September 17 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 1205 Berkeley Way West

 Maya Rossin-Slater, PhD, Stanford University

 Health Policy and Management

Dr. Maya Rossin-Slater, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University, will present "When Dad Can Stay Home:Fathers' Workplace Flexibility and Maternal Health".

Intoxicating Plants Tour

Tour/Open House | September 17 | 1-2 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a leisurely stroll through the Garden to learn about the plants people have used to heal pain, cause pain, bring about pleasure, celebrate the sacred, and symbolize faith. Cultures from around the world will be represented.

Free with Garden admission, no pre-registration required.

Free with Garden Admission; space is limited, registration required

  Register online

Space Physics Seminar

Seminar | September 17 – December 3, 2019 every Tuesday | 1-2 p.m. | 325 LeConte Hall

 Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL)

Seminar 281 International Trade and Finance: A Theory of Falling Growth and Rising Rents: Joint with Macroeconomics

Seminar | September 17 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Pete Klenow, Professor, Stanford

 Department of Economics

Growth has fallen in the U.S., while firm concentration and profits have risen. Meanwhile, labor’s share of national income is down, mostly
due to the rising market share of low labor share firms. We propose a
theory for these trends in which the driving force is falling firm-level costs of spanning multiple markets, perhaps due to accelerating IT advances. In response, the most efficient firms...   More >

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Preferences over Relative Income within the Household

Seminar | September 17 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Johannes Hermle, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Szegö kernels and Toeplitz operators

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

 Alix Deleporte, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Szegö kernels encode information on weighted holomorphic functions, or holomorphic sections. In an appropriate large curvature limit, they enjoy a semiclassical structure. Among other applications, these kernels are used to define an alternative quantization scheme : Berezin-Toeplitz quantization. This talk will be an opportunity to further motivate attendance to M. Zworski's course.

Multidimensional and multifunctional super-resolution microscopy

Seminar | September 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Ke Xu, Dept. of Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Recent advances in super-resolution fluorescence microscopy have led to ~10 nm spatial resolution and exciting new biology. We are developing new approaches to advance beyond the structural (shape) information offered by existing super-resolution methods, and reveal multidimensional information of intracellular functional parameters, including chemical polarity, diffusivity, and reactivity, with...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | September 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Need to write a grant proposal? This workshop is for you! You'll get a head start on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

Open to all UC Berkeley students.

The River Grew Tired of Us: New Flows along the Mekong River

Lecture | September 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Andrew Alan Johnson, Visiting Scholar, CSEAS, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Along the Mekong River, where it creates the border between Thailand and Laos, hydropower projects have triggered a transformation. Strange floods and ebbs disrupt fish migrations, undercut riverbanks, and sweep away nets. Facing this new landscape, fishermen on the Mekong seek out new, hidden sources of potency that have revealed themselves at the same time as other powers fade in importance....   More >

Andrew Alan Johnson

Against Humanity: Why the Concept Does Violence to the Common Good

Colloquium | September 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Sam Dubal, Berkeley Center for Social Medicine

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, Center for African Studies

This talk is not about crimes against humanity. Rather, it is an indictment of ‘humanity’, the concept that lies at the heart of human rights and humanitarian missions. Based on fieldwork in northern Uganda, I examine how 'humanity' conceptualizes the LRA as a set of problems rather than a set of possibilities, as inhuman enemies needing reform.

Jisha Menon | Aesthetics of Waste: Consumer Desire and its Detritus in India

Lecture | September 17 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Jisha Menon, Associate Professor of Theater and Performance Studies and Director of the Centre for South Asia at Stanford University

 Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Sugata Ray, Associate Professor, History of Art Department, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, South Asia Art Initiative at UC Berkeley, Department of History of Art

Talk by scholar of postcolonial and performance studies Prof. Jisha Menon

Jane Street Tech Talk: Accelerating Self-Play Learning in Go

Information Session | September 17 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Accelerating Self-Play Learning in Go

Presented by: David Wu
Over the last few years at Jane Street, we've been increasingly exploring machine learning to build more sophisticated models in various areas of trading, and many of us are fascinated by the developments in the state of the art as a whole over that time.

Around early 2018, I started a personal hobby project to explore neural net...   More >

HHA Firm Night

Career Fair | September 17 | 6-9 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum, Chou Building 6th Floor

 Haas Healthcare Association

Whether you're looking for summer 2020 internships or a full-time role, come and talk to firm representatives from across the healthcare industry! Firms include Kaiser Permanente, Deloitte, Abbott, Blue Shield, Rock Health, and more!

Through the Olive Trees: (Zir-e darakhtan-e zeyton)

Film - Feature | September 17 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A lovelorn village youth gets another chance at romance when he and his disinterested paramour are cast as husband and wife by a visiting film crew in Kiarostami’s wryly romantic, fittingly self-reflective third part of the Koker trilogy, shot in the same village as his earlier Where Is the Friend’s Home? and And Life Goes On. Effectively remixing the entire set-up of And Life Goes On, albeit...   More >

Amitav Ghosh | Gun Island

Reading - Literary | September 17 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. |  First Congregational Church of Berkeley

 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Amitav Ghosh, Author

 Vijaya Nagarajan, Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and in the Program of Environmental Studies, University of San Francisco

 KPFA Radio 94.1 FM, The Institute for South Asia Studies

A talk by Author, Amitav Ghosh

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Limit shape for random partitions

Seminar | September 18 | 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 David Keating, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

By following the work of Logan-Shepp and Kerov-Vershik, we will derive limit shape for partitions under the Plancherel measure as the size of the partition goes to infinity. As a consequence, we will understand some asymptotics of uniformly random permutations. If time permits, we will discuss Hammerley's interacting particle process.

Mvz Lunch Seminar - Robert Fleischer: “Birds of Paradise Lost: Evolution, Extinction and Conservation of Hawaii's Birds”

Seminar | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | University Press (2120 Berkeley Way), 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 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 >

The Skills You Bring

Workshop | September 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

The skills you enjoy and feel confident about contribute to strong performance and high satisfaction. Explore your transferable skills – the ones that support your career mobility and adaptability.

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Milkweeds and mustards: a tale of two toxins"

Seminar | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Noah Whiteman, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Noah Whiteman, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley and the Principal Investigator of the Whiteman Laboratory. Their research follows from Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace, who focused on the evolution of traits shaped by biotic interactions (interactions between organisms).

Organ Recital: Noon Concert Series

Performing Arts - Music | September 18 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

George Emblom

Free. No reserved seating.

Doors: 12:00pm
Concert: 12:15-1pm

Life course origins of dementia for black and white Americans: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Mark Hayward, Professor, Sociology, University of Texas at Austin

 Population Science, Department of Demography

Mark Hayward is a professor of sociology, a faculty research associate of the Population Research Center, and director of the Population Health Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin.
His primary research addresses how life course exposures and events influence the morbidity and mortality experiences of the adult population.

Minner Distinguished Lecture: Can We Recover From an Attack on our Election?

Lecture | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Barbara Simons, EECS Ph.D. '81, Board Chair, Verified Voting

 College of Engineering, Society of Women Engineers, Women in Computer Science & Engineering

Verified Voting. Dr. Simons will discuss "Can we Recover from an Attack on our Election" with Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu.

Art/archaeology: a space beyond explanation - the Ineligible Project

Lecture | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Doug Bailey, Professor of Visual Archaeology, San Francisco State University

 Archaeological Research Facility

Doug Bailey presents results of his current art/archaeology project, Ineligible, in which he took artifacts from the excavations that preceded the construction of the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, sent them to artists, archaeologists, and creators around the world, to repurpose as raw materials with which they should make work of political and social impact.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Alex Hon-Tsen Yu: Title TBA

Seminar | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Alex Hon Tsen Yu

 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 >

Intro to Study Abroad and Choosing a Program: Berkeley Study Abroad Fall Workshops

Information Session | September 18 | 2-3 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, B North 82A (basement level)

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad, but don’t know where to start? Our Study Abroad 101 workshop is for you! Come to learn about various study abroad opportunities and how to pick the right program for you.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Introduction to groups acting on hyperbolic metric spaces

Seminar | September 18 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Alexander Rasmussen, Yale University

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will give a broad overview of group actions on hyperbolic metric spaces. We will discuss various types of actions which are in some sense "nice" and the consequences of a group admitting a nice action on a hyperbolic space. Finally, we will discuss the applications of actions on hyperbolic metric spaces to the bounded cohomology of a group.

Model Theory Seminar: Model theory of the j function

Seminar | September 18 | 2:20-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Sebastian Eterovic, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

There has been a lot of work in model theory devoted to studying exponential fields, which has produced many important results in the area. Inspired by this, I will present some model-theoretic approaches to the j function (from the theory of elliptic curves), and I will also present various results which mirror some of those in exponential fields.

BLISS Seminar: Sample complexity of mixture of sparse linear regressions

Seminar | September 18 | 3-4 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Arya Mazumdar, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In the problem of learning mixtures of linear regressions, the goal is to learn a collection of signal vectors from a sequence of (possibly noisy) linear measurements, where each measurement is evaluated on an unknown signal drawn uniformly from this collection. This setting is quite expressive and has been studied both in terms of practical applications and for the sake of establishing...   More >

Music: The Universal Language?

Lecture | September 18 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 Charles Limb, Professor and Chief of Otology, UCSF

 Berkeley Language Center

Musical creativity has existed since the earliest days of human civilization. Until recently, how the brain actually produces musical ideas was poorly understood. Recent advances in brain imaging have allowed us to address questions of artistic significance that were previously felt to be inaccessible to scientific inquiry. Of the multiple creative processes that take place in music,...   More >

Weekly Coffee Break

Social Event | August 28 – December 4, 2019 every Wednesday | 3-4 p.m. |  Windmill Coffee House

 2131 Durant, Berkeley, CA 94704

 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 advisers. All UC Berkeley students are invited. Students are free to talk about anything, but we'll also...   More >

Taste of Cherry: In Focus: Abbas Kiarostami

Film - Series | September 18 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Godfrey Cheshire

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Post-screeing lecture by Godfrey Cheshire.
Godfrey Cheshire is a New York–based filmmaker and critic who has written extensively about Iranian cinema and is the author of the new book Conversations with Kiarostami, which he will sign following the screening.

A man with a hangdog face circles the scrubby outskirts of Tehran in a dust-colored Range Rover, looking for someone to do a job. We’re...   More >

General selection models: Bernstein duality and minimal ancestral structures

Seminar | September 18 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Sebastian Hummel, Bielefeld University

 Department of Statistics

We construct a sequence of Moran models that converges for large populations under suitable conditions to the $\Lambda$-Wright-Fisher process with a drift that is vanishing at the boundaries. The genealogical structure inherent in the graphical representation of the finite population models leads in the large population limit to a generalisation of the ancestral selection graph of Krone and...   More >

Spaces of decision in the cybernetic age

Colloquium | September 18 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 David Bates, Department of Rhetoric, University of California Berkeley

 Department of Geography

How can we conceptualize decision in the automatic age? When human brains are understood as largely unconscious systems where the "will" is merely an illusion, and computer algorithms make decisions and predict our futures, can we think politics -- or what Carl Schmitt called "the political" -- in any coherent way? In this talk, I will track some historical entanglements, where decision is...   More >

Berkeley Number Theory Learning Seminar: Grothendieck-Lefschetz trace formula

Seminar | September 18 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Ian Gleason, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

EECS Colloquium: Moore’s Law is Not Dead

Colloquium | September 18 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Jim Keller, Intel

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Moore’s observation has continued to be challenged and questioned. And yet, today hundreds of billions of dollars are being invested in silicon technology that will enable feature sizes just a few atoms wide. To understand this unabated growth in computing, one needs to deconstruct the Moore’s Law transistor count exponential as the output of numerous individual innovations across the computing...   More >

Regression analysis of longitudinal data with omitted asynchronous longitudinal covariate: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | September 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Hongyuan Cao, Florida State University

 Department of Statistics

Extended follow-up with longitudinal data is common in many medical investigations. In regression analyses, a longitudinal covariate may be omitted, often because it is not measured synchronously with the longitudinal response. Naive approach that simply ignores the omitted longitudinal covariate can lead to biased estimators. In this article, we establish conditions under which estimation is...   More >

Indigenous Bay Area: An On the Same Page panel

Panel Discussion | September 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 (Maude Fife)

 Vincent Medina, Chochenyo Ohlone, Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, Mak-'amham; Peter Nelson, Coast Miwok, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, San Diego State, American Indian Studies; Linda Yamane, Rumsien Ohlone

 Line Mikkelsen, Professor, Linguistics Department, UC Berkeley

 College of Letters & Science

This panel discussion will explore aspects of Indigenous culture, landscape, language, and sovereignty before colonization, through the historic period and the present day, and going forward into the future. The complexity, vibrancy, and continued vitality of basketry and other fine arts, ceremonies and songs, foodways, landscape and resource management, languages, and material culture of...   More >

 Free and open to all on a first-come first-seated basis.

Ohlone Mural by Jean LaMarr

Fung Institute presents: Engineering Leadership Speaking Series

Lecture | September 4 – December 4, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 4-5:30 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Join UC Berkeley Master of Engineering students for an executive speaker series with leaders from different technology industries. The technology industry forms a vital part of the Northern California economy and these sessions provide an opportunity to deepen your understanding and connections. Engage with innovative leaders from top companies, deepen your industry and functional knowledge and...   More >

Money Management: Life Skills 102

Information Session | September 18 | 4-5 p.m. | International House, Sproul Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Money Management is a life skill. There’s a real world outside of college. Are you ready? Learn the 10 principles of financial literacy and and how to survive — and thrive — during and after your time at Berkeley. Sponsored by Deserve.

Please RSVP here.

Topology Seminar: Analogs of the curve graph for infinite type surfaces

Seminar | September 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Alexander Rasmussen, Yale University

 Department of Mathematics

The mapping class group of a finite type surface acts on its curve graph. This action has proven to be crucial for understanding the mapping class group and many of the applications rely on the fact that the curve graph is hyperbolic and infinite diameter. We will describe several actions of mapping class groups of infinite type surfaces on hyperbolic graphs analogous to the curve graph. In...   More >

An Evening With Mark Knopfler

Performing Arts - Music | September 18 | 5:30 p.m. |  Hearst Greek Theatre | Tickets sold out

 Another Planet Entertainment

In celebration of his upcoming ninth solo studio album, Down The Road Wherever (out November 16 on British Grove Records via Blue Note), Mark Knopfler is set for a 28-date North American tour.

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Artist’s Talk: Kader Attia in Conversation with Stefania Pandolfo

Presentation | September 18 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

MATRIX artist Kader Attia is joined in conversation by Stefania Pandolfo, a professor of anthropology at UC Berkeley. They will discuss Attia’s approach to the concept of repair and healing after physical and psychological injury, particularly in a postcolonial context.

Pandolfo’s research involves the study of theories and forms of subjectivity and their contemporary predicaments in the...   More >

LiveRamp Tech Talk

Information Session | September 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Join us for food and drinks!

LiveRamp Software Engineers including UC Berkeley graduates will be hosting a TechTalk to take a deep dive into LiveRamp's real time and bid data systems.

Learn more about our engineering, new grad, and internship opportunities:

LiveRamp operates like a start-up, filled with young, hungry employees who want to shatter the Silicon Valley status quo while...   More >

Cannabis Neurobiology: More Complex than Black-Hole Astrophysics

Lecture | September 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Dr. David Presti, UC Berkeley

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Botanical Garden

Join neurobiologist Dr. David Presti for a look into the complicated interactions between cannabis and the human brain.

About this Event:
Cannabis in Context is a series of talks co-sponsored by the Hearst Museum and the UC Botanical Garden and curated by Eric Siegel, aimed at raising awareness of the multi-faceted life of cannabis in our modern society across cultures. This four-part series...   More >

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Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | January 14, 2015 – December 18, 2019 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

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

Jodie Mack: Pattern Language

Film - Series | September 18 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

For well over a decade, Jodie Mack has employed labor-intensive single-frame animation techniques to explore the graphic and poetic possibilities in the materials and patterns of everyday life. A virtuoso of the 16mm film medium, she creates works with a seemingly effortless exuberance that belies the rigorous process behind each lovingly rendered project. On the occasion of her residency at the...   More >