<< Week of September 15 >>

Monday, September 16, 2019

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 >



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 >

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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

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

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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.

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.

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 >

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 >

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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Thursday, September 19, 2019

View from the Top: Tom Siebel: Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction

Lecture | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Tom Siebel, Founder, Chairman and CEO, C3.AI

 College of Engineering

Discussion of his new book “Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction” with Professor Shankar Sastry. Reception and book signing in the Kvamme Atrium to follow.

Bancroft Library Roundtable: The Makings of a Mutiny: Ghadri Poetry and Interrogations of Subjugated Knowledges in History

Lecture | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Amrit Deol, PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Humanities, UC Merced

 Bancroft Library

How did a group of Indian laborers on the United States’ west coast almost bring down the entire British Empire in the early 1900s? Amrit Deol will discuss the history of the anti-colonial Ghadar Party, an Indian political organization, and their publication known as the Ghadar Gunj, or “Echoes of Mutiny."

 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.

Christine Gaspar: Designing with People: The Work of the Center for Urban Pedagogy

Lecture | September 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Christine Gaspar

 Arts + Design

Christine Gaspar, executive director

Christine Gaspar discusses her work as executive director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York–based nonprofit whose mission is to use the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement, particularly among historically underrepresented communities. Gaspar partners with designers and community organizations to create visually...   More >

Jonathan Biss

Lecture | September 19 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Jonathan Biss

 Cal Performances, Department of Music

Jonathan Biss talks with Nicholas Mathew in a music department class "Topics in the history of European and American Music," which is focusing on the music of Beethoven. Open to the public for observation.

An Archeology of Hate. Writing the “Wars of Subjectivity” in Latin America.

Lecture | September 19 | 5-6 p.m. | 126 Dwinelle Annex

 Gabriel Giorgi, New York University

 Center for Latin American Studies

Recent reconfigurations of political subjectivities in South America gave impulse to the new rise of the right, in which hate infuses the public sphere. These changes are inseparable from transformations in technologies, circuits, and publics of writing. Recent art installations in Argentina and Brazil explore the intersections between online writing, hate, and “wars of subjectivity. This talk...   More >

(Photo by Sebastian Freire.)

A Conversation with California's First Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris

Lecture | September 19 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, First Floor Colloquia

 Public Health, School of

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has seen firsthand the health effects of childhood stress. As a pediatrician and medical director of the Bayview Child Health Center in San Francisco, she began studying how childhood adversity translates to poor health in adulthood. In 2013, she founded the Center for Youth Wellness in order to push pediatric medicine to consider this correlation as she continued to...   More >

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Cartoonist and Author of American Born Chinese Gene Luen Yang at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | September 19 | 6-7 p.m. | C230 Cheit Hall

 Gene Luen Yang

 The Berkeley Forum

Asians and Asian-Americans are often portrayed as upholding some or all of the stereotypes formed against them, such as being exotic, rich, smart, and/or wimpy with glasses. These are not true, of course – they are stereotypes after all. Come join us in hearing how Gene Luen Yang combats these and other similar negative representation and, instead, promote cultural awareness as an Asian-American...   More >


Gyges’ Choice: Rationality and Visibility

Lecture | September 19 | 7 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

 Josiah Ober, Mitsotakis Professor of Classics and Political Science, Stanford University

 Department of Classics

The Sather Classical Lectures, part 1.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Science Lecture - Our changing atmosphere: Evidence that demand a Verdict?

Lecture | September 21 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Jeff Reimer, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Many people are aware of climate change only by way of public discourse and social media. Drawing on recent scientific papers organized for a course he teaches at Berkeley, Jeff Reimer will show how the atmosphere is changing, that humans are the cause, and that there are consequences. These consequences may be viewed in the context of Earth’s historical carbon cycles, which demonstrate well what...   More >

Carbon cycle and effects on the atmosphere

Mozart Listening Party: In Conjunction with Mark Morris Dance Group's "Mozart Dances"

Lecture | September 21 | 5-6:15 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Mark Morris, Choreographer and Artistic Director, Mark Morris Dance Group; Jeremy Geffen, Executive and Artistic Director, Cal Performances, Cal Performances

 Colin Fowler, Music Director, Mark Morris Dance Group

 Cal Performances

Cal Performances director Jeremy Geffen delves into Mozart's music with choreographer Mark Morris and Mark Morris Dance Group's music director Colin Fowler