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Friday, January 27, 2017

Foundations of Machine Learning Boot Camp

Workshop | January 23 – 27, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program.

Sanjoy Dasgupta (UC San Diego), Sanjeev Arora (Princeton University), Nina Balcan (Carnegie Mellon University), Peter Bartlett (UC Berkeley), Sham Kakade (University of Washington), Santosh Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology).

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How to Write a Stem Research Proposal

Workshop | January 27 | 10-11 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Sean Burns, OURS

 Office of Undergraduate Research

This work shop is primarily designed for STEM undergraduates applying for the SURF program - but all Cal undergraduates are welcome.
The session will cover all aspects of a successful research proposal.

Men's Tennis ITA Kickoff Weekend: Cal Poly

Sport - Intercollegiate - Tennis | January 27 | 10 a.m. |  Hellman Tennis Center

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Tennis hosts the ITA Kickoff Weekend at Hellman Tennis Complex.

Inorganic Molecular Precursors: The Quest for Function through Structure

Seminar | January 27 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Alexandra Velian, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Columbia University

 College of Chemistry

Essig Brunch: Dr. Daniel Thompson, UNLV: Endemic butterflies of the Spring Mountains, Nevada: habitat selection, phylogeography, and responses to the 2013 Carpenter 1 fire

Seminar | January 27 | 10-11 a.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Dr. Daniel Thompson, Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 Entomology, Essig Museum of, Entomology Students' Organization

The Entomology Students' Organization is pleased to present the Essig Brunch, UC Berkeley's only entomology-themed seminar series. Join us once a week to hear about exciting new research on a broad range of insect-related topics, from evolution to conservation to ecology to pest management, and much more. Refreshments are provided and all are welcome!

Cognition Colloquium: "Discovering simple heuristics from mental simulations." and "Do people know what they think they know about math? Self-assessment in an online math tutor."

Colloquium | January 27 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Rachel Jansen; Fred Callaway

 Department of Psychology

Grad student Rachel Jansen will present her work, "Do people know what they think they know about math? Self-assessment in an online math tutor," and grad student Fred Callaway will present his work, "Discovering simple heuristics from mental simulations."

Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Info Session: Funding for post graduation social engagement projects

Information Session | January 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Mary Crabb, Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize supports intellectual and creative pursuits that heighten awareness of issues of social consciousness and contribute to the public good. The award gives engaged students the opportunity to extend and reflect upon their undergraduate work at Berkeley by undertaking a socially engaged project after their graduation.

Several prizes may be awarded, each...   More >

Jacobs Design Conversations: Alan Cooper

Lecture | January 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Alan Cooper

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Cooper founder and design pioneer Alan Cooper will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Men's Tennis ITA Kickoff Weekend: Pepperdine vs Tulane

Sport - Intercollegiate - Tennis | January 27 | 1 p.m. |  Hellman Tennis Center

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Tennis hosts the ITA Kickoff Weekend at Hellman Tennis Complex.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – December 30, 2018 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 plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

BOOK LAUNCH: The Practice of Reproducible Research

Conference/Symposium | January 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The scientific community has long recognized the importance of making research findings reproducible by independent investigators. The increasing complexity of modern scientific research, however, has made it more difficult than ever to gather data, conduct analyses, and share findings in a way that allows others to fully understand and repeat a scientific experiment. To date, there has been...   More >

Models in Science: The renormalization group and information geometry

Seminar | January 27 | 2-4 p.m. | 100F Hildebrand Hall

 Mr. Archishman Raju, Cornell University

 Department of Chemistry

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Local models for stacks

Seminar | January 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Martin Olsson, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss background on local models for stacks, both Deligne-Mumford and Artin stacks, and discuss some applications to the study of vector bundles on moduli spaces.

Activatable Fluorophores: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | January 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Françisco M. Raymo, Univ. of Miami, Chemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The goal of our research program is the development of operating principles to activate the fluorescence of organic chromophores under either chemical or optical control.

In particular, we design molecules capable of switching from a nonemissive to an emissive state, upon either acidification or illumination at an appropriate activation wavelength, and then produce fluorescence, after...   More >

Women's Swimming & Diving vs. USC

Sport - Intercollegiate - Swimming & Diving | January 27 | 2 p.m. |  Spieker Aquatics Complex

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Swimming & Diving hosts USC in conference action at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Integral Estimates for Approximations by Volume Preserving Maps

Seminar | January 27 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Christopher Policastro, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Brenier decomposition is a nonlinear version of the polar decomposition. It determines the nearest approximation by a volume preserving map. Following work of Kohn and Friesecke-James-Muller, I will discuss a quantitative Brenier decomposition bounding the deviation of a map from volume preserving by the deviation of its derivative from volume preserving.

Job Market Seminar: "Blood Rubber: The Effects of Labor Coercion on Institutions and Culture in the DRC"

Seminar | January 27 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Sara Lowes, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

 Department of Economics

Field(s): Development Economics, Political Economy, Economic History

Model Theory Seminar: Groups with definable generics

Seminar | January 27 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Silvain Rideau, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A result of Pillay's state that a group definable in a differentially closed field can be embedded in an algebraic group. Similar theorems have also been proved in various structures of enriched fields: separably closed fields, fields with a generic automorphism, real closed fields... Moreover, the proofs of all these results use similar tools developed to study groups in stable, and then simple,...   More >

Reading Analytics and the Emerging Calculus of Reader Privacy

Seminar | January 27 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Clifford Lynch

 Information, School of

Reading analytics are a relatively new development but are being deployed in many contexts and at a variety of scales.

Composition Colloquium: Steve Reich

Colloquium | January 27 | 3:10 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall | Note change in time

 Department of Music

supported by Cal Performances and in conjunction with the concert on Sunday evening at 7pm in Hertz Hall, which will feature a premiere by Ensemble Signal.

Why Library Catalog Design is Obsolete

Seminar | January 27 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

Library and bibliographical practices for discovery and access are based on now-obsolete assumptions that pre-date digital networks. So we need to go back to basics and build more useful designs based on contemporary assumptions.

Hands-On 7: Reading the City

Lecture | January 27 | 4-6 p.m. | 210 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRI, Jan 27, 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Join us for a tactile evening with some of the beautiful artist books in the librarys collect.

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | January 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

If you need to write a grant propopsal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC-Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

RTGC Seminar: Ideals in derived algebra and boundary conditions in AKSZ-type field theories

Seminar | January 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Theo Johnson-Freyd, Perimeter Institute

 Department of Mathematics

For each dg operad P, I will present a homotopically-coherent version of "P-ideal". This presentation extends without change to a many-to-many generalization of operads with tree-level compositions called "dioperads". Whereas operads describe algebras, dioperads describe bialgebras, and "P-ideals" for a dioperad P are simultaneously ideals and coideals. In the case where P describes Frobenius...   More >

Inorganic Chemistry seminar

Seminar | January 27 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall | Canceled

 Prof. Mir Wais Hosseini

 College of Chemistry

Tampopo (Dandelion) | Juzo Itami | Japan, 1986

Film - Feature | January 27 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

After the “spaghetti western,” could the “ramen western” be far behind? That’s how director Juzo Itami describes Tampopo, an oddball comedy

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons $12 General admission

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Staging Courtesans: Liang Chenyu’s (1519-1591) Washing Gauze (Huansha ji) and the Performance Culture of Late Sixteenth-Century China

Colloquium | January 27 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ling Hon Lam, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Peng Xu, Center for Chinese Studies Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2017;

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This paper seeks to read Liang Chenyu’s dramatic masterpiece, Washing Gauze (Huansha ji), with reference to the rise of courtesans as “theater women” and the subsequent changes in the performance culture in the late sixteenth century. It argues that the play explodes the literary tradition to which it belong by staging female chorus, dance forms and their training sessions, and outdoors music...   More >

Logic Colloquium: Model theory of operator algebras

Colloquium | January 27 | 4:10-5:15 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Ilijas Farah, Professor of Mathematics, York University

 Department of Mathematics

Unexpected and deep connections between the theory of operator algebras and logic have been discovered in the past fifteen years. Even more remarkably, diverse areas of logic that are generally (and arguably) thought to have little connection to one another have found natural - and sometimes necessary - applications to operator algebras. In this talk I will emphasize applications of model theory...   More >

Women's Water Polo vs. Cal State Northridge

Sport - Intercollegiate - Water Polo | January 27 | 7 p.m. |  Spieker Aquatics Complex

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Water Polo hosts Cal State Northridge at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

In the Last Days of the City (Akher ayam el madina) | Tamer El Said | Egypt/Germany, 2016

Film - Feature | January 27 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

East Bay Premiere

Khalid Abdalla, Maryam Saleh, Hanan Yousef, Laila Samy,

Shot in 2009 and released in 2016, In the Last Days of the City is a personal portrait of Cairo during the fall of the Mubarak regime. Structured as a film within a film, the protagonist is filmmaker Khalid (Khalid Abdalla), who experiences the profound sadness of changes on the city and in his personal...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons $12 General admission

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Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI: The Musical Europe 1500–1700

Performing Arts - Music | January 27 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

A Cal Performances favorite, Catalan gamba player Jordi Savall returns with a characteristically lovingly researched program, exploring the vibrant exchange of culture and ideas between Italy, England, Spain, France, and Germany in the 16th and 17th centuries. Savall's remarkable musicality is matched only by the facility of his versatile Hespèrion XXI ensemble. "Mr. Savall's deadpan demeanor...   More >

starting at $68

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Protecting the New Wonderland: The Origins of the National Park Service

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 26, 2016 – April 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases & 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Signed by President Woodrow Wilson in August 1916, the Organic Act created the National Park Service, the federal bureau that protects our national parks and monuments. Several UC Berkeley alumni with conservationist interests and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco played key roles in its development. This exhibition explores the origins of the NPS with materials...   More >

Beyond Tintin and Superman: The Diversity of Global Comics

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 19, 2016 – April 23, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


You are invited to this exhibit of comics and graphic novels owned by the UC Berkeley Library. These materials often reflect the socioeconomic, ideological and political realities of the societies in which they are produced. To highlight these diverse realities, and to celebrate our differences, this exhibit presents a selection of comics and graphic novels published in many countries.

We...   More >

Guerra Civil at 80

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 1, 2016 – July 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, the exhibition Guerra Civil @ 80 features selections from The Bancroft Library's Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records and photographic collections, along with posters, books, pamphlets, and other ephemera. A visual and textual display of the struggle to defend the Second Spanish Republic, the...   More >

Andy Warhol: Still Lifes and Portraits

Exhibit - Multimedia | November 23, 2016 – March 12, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A prominent figure of the American Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol (1928–1987) was one of the first to integrate fine art with celebrity culture, media spectacle, and mass production. This exhibition presents a selection of new gifts to BAMPFA from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, on view here for the first time, alongside previous gifts to the collection. The prints on display span...   More >

 Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons $12 General admission

War Ink: California Veterans Exhibit

Exhibit - Photography | November 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Brown Gallery (east wing)

 Cal Veteran Services Center

Photographs from the celebrated War Ink Project will be on display in Berkeley’s Doe Library in November. The exhibit features striking images of tattoos that express the impact of combat experiences on California veterans. Jason Deitch, co-creator of War Ink and a Cal veteran, hopes the display will “bridge the divide between the veterans and civilian communities.” The project is “both exhibit...   More >


Exhibit - Artifacts | January 19 – February 3, 2017 every day |  Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

EXHIBIT OPEN THROUGH FEB 3. Tito Patri (FASLA Emeritus, A.S. 55) exhibit of charming sketches rendered while traveling in Europe and the US.

The Gift to Sing: Highlights of the Leon F. Litwack and Bancroft Library African American Collections

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 23, 2016 – February 17, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery

 Bancroft Library

For decades professor emeritus of history Leon F. Litwack has been accumulating what is arguably the world’s finest private collection of books on African American history and culture. This exhibition displays highlights of the collection that will be coming to The Bancroft Library as a bequest. The Litwack collection is particularly noteworthy for its Harlem Renaissance first editions in...   More >

DISPERSAL: Seed Pod Photography by Anna Laurent

Exhibit - Photography | January 17 – 30, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Individually, each photograph is a fine art portrait of a unique botanic specimen; as a series, it is a scientific inquiry into the diversity of botanic design. Each includes companion text about the specimen's form & function.

 Free with Garden Admission

  Buy tickets by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.

Banksia integrifolia

I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew: Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 30, 2016 – June 30, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way), Warren Hellman & Charles Michael Galleries

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Never before the creation of the State of Israel did Jews of so many origins live together, and in such a stimulating environment, as they did in the land they soon started calling in Hebrew i-tal-yah, an “Island of Divine Dew”. The exhibition highlights Italian Jewish art and artifacts from The Magnes Collection.

The Power of Attention: Magic and Meditation in Hebrew "shiviti" Manuscript Art

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 24 – June 23, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Created from the early-modern period and into the present, shiviti manuscripts are found in Hebrew prayer books, ritual textiles, and on the walls of synagogues and homes throughout the Jewish diaspora. Wrestling with ways to externalize the presence of God in Jewish life, these documents center upon the graphic representation of God's ineffable four-letter Hebrew name, the Tetragrammaton, and...   More >

From the Photographer’s Archive: Roman Vishniac

Exhibit - Photography | January 24 – June 20, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The work of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born photographer, most notable for his documentary photographs of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the years immediately preceding its destruction, has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. Following the photographer's death, his daughter, Mara Vishniac Kohn, became the executor of Roman Vishniac’s estate. In 2007, the...   More >