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Monday, March 13, 2017

Spinoza's Tragic Resources

Lecture | March 13 | D37 Hearst Field Annex

 Russ Leo

 Department of English

Sponsors: Department of English; Townsend Center for the Humanities; Program in Critical Theory; Medieval Philosophy Working Group;The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Russ Leo is an Assistant Professor of English at Princeton University. He has a PhD from Duke University, with certificates in Feminist Studies and Interdisciplinary Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He is completing...   More >

Fighting for Health Equity in 2017 and Beyond

Presentation | March 13 | 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Congresswoman Barbara Lee

 Professional Development for Educators

Affordable, accessible, high-quality healthcare is a fundamental human right. Congresswoman Lee served as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus during the drafting of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and worked to ensure strong provisions that expand health care access, address health disparities and create incentives for people to live healthy lives. As a psychiatric social...   More >

DCRP Lecture: Jan Whittington

Lecture | March 13 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, MAR 13, 11:00am in 112 Wurster Hall. Please join us for, &quot;Infrastructure, global challenges, and market forces in a digital era: research and action through collaboration and community engagement,&quot; a lecture by Dr. Jan Whittington.

Will Geert Wilders Become the New Dutch Prime Minister? The Upcoming General Elections in the Netherlands

Lecture | March 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Jeroen Dewulf, Institute of European Studies

 Institute of European Studies

On March 15, 2017, the citizens of the Netherlands will elect a new parliament and a new government. In this lecture, we will analyze the different parties and party leaders participating in these elections and discuss the latest projections of the election results. Of particular interest to the rest of Europe are the chances of Geert Wilders, leader of the populist Freedom Party, becoming the...   More >

Introduction to Antiterrorism Design Consulting: SEMM Seminar

Seminar | March 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Eve Hinman, Eng.Sc.D., P.E., President, Hinman Consulting Engineers

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

This presentation will provide the background needed to intelligently think through the key issues related to bombings targeting buildings and provide effective practical solutions for likely threat scenarios.

Linking Structure And Function In The Human Visual System With Adaptive Optics

Seminar | March 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 ​Will S. Tuten, OD, PhD

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In humans, fine-scale spatio-chromatic vision is the result of neural processes initiated in cone photoreceptors. The overarching goal of my research is to understand how the cellular architecture of the cone mosaic shapes vision, both in healthy subjects and in patients with retinal disease. Adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO) enables high-resolution imaging of retinal...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: The Kähler-Ricci flow and optimal degenerations

Seminar | March 13 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Gabor Szekelyhidi, Notre Dame

 Department of Mathematics

Chen-Sun-Wang showed that the Kähler-Ricci flow on a Fano manifold gives rise to a certain algebraic degeneration of the manifold. I will discuss in what sense this degeneration is optimal, or "most-destabilizing". An application of this result is a general convergence result for the Kähler-Ricci flow on Fano manifolds admitting a Kähler-Ricci soliton, generalizing works of Tian-Zhu and...   More >

290 Speaker Series: Experience and Transformation in an Imperial Capital

Lecture | March 13 | 2-4 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room

 Alexei Vranich

 Department of Anthropology

The aerial photograph of the World Heritage city of Cusco, Peru reveals a regular geometric distribution of city blocks in the middle of the city. Generations of architects, archaeologists and historians have correlated the present geometry of the city with the distribution of the major pre-Columbian Inca compounds, streets and open spaces. Furthermore, a number of intensive architectural surveys...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Some recent advances in the mathematical construction of Coulomb branches of 3 and 4-dimensional gauge theories

Seminar | March 13 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Alexander Braverman, Toronto

 Department of Mathematics

I will start the talk by reviewing our recent work with M.Finkelberg and H.Nakajima on the mathematical construction of Coulomb branches of 3-dimensional N=4 super-symmetric gauge theories as affine complex (possibly singular) symplectic algebraic varieties admitting a canonical quantization (no physics background will be assumed). I will then proceed to the discussion of the generalization of...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Planar Lagrangian graphs/The dimension problem in CR geometry

Seminar | March 13 | 2:30-5 p.m. | Stanford University Mathematics Department, 384H/383N

 Peter Lambert Cole/Boris Kruglikov, University of Indiana/UiT - The Arctic University of Norway

 Department of Mathematics

Peter Lambert-Cole: A foundational result in the study of contact geometry and Legendrian knots is Eliashberg and Fraser's classification of Legendrian unknots They showed that two homotopy-theoretic invariants -- the Thurston-Bennequin number and rotation number -- completely determine a Legendrian unknot up to isotopy. Legendrian spatial graphs are a natural generalization of Legendrian knots....   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Pinsker algebras for 1-bounded entropy

Seminar | March 13 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Benjamin R. Hayes, Vanderbilt University

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss joint work in progress with Thomas Sinclair. The Pinsker algebra for a probability measure-preserving action of a group G is a classical object of study in ergodic theory — it is the largest quotient of this action with entropy zero. There is a natural analogue of a Pinsker algebra in free probability corresponding to 1-bounded entropy (a quantity related to the notion of being...   More >

Dario Colombo (MPIfR): Building a (fully resolved) molecular cloud catalog of the Milky Way

Seminar | March 13 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Dario Colombo, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy

 Radio Astronomy Lab

Modern high resolution, molecular gas surveys of the Galactic Plane are unveiling an astonishing picture of the three-dimensional gas organization of the Milky Way. This provides the opportunity to investigate the building blocks of the molecular medium, the Giant Molecular Clouds (GMCs), in an unprecedented level of detail. So far, however, such kind of study has been restricted to a handful of...   More >

Ken Goldberg - The New Wave in Robot Grasping

Seminar | March 13 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Ken Goldberg, University of California Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Despite 50 years of research, robots remain remarkably clumsy, limiting their applications in home decluttering, warehouse order fulfillment, and robot-assisted surgery. I conjecture that the next wave will be based on hybrid methods that combine analytic models to bootstrap empirical models, where data and code is exchanged via the Cloud using emerging advances in cloud computing and big data.

Diversified Farming Systems Roundtable with Amélie Gaudin

Lecture | March 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 112 Hilgard Hall

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

We will highlight some of the underlying biophysical mechanisms and propose approaches for agroecosystems researchers to monitor and assess resilience that consider the unique characteristics and goals of intensive agricultural systems.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: Fighting for Health Equity in 2017 and Beyond

Special Event | March 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building | Note change in location

 Barbara Lee, Congresswoman

 Nicholas B. Dirks, Chancellor, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, Public Health, School of, Social Welfare, School of, Samuel Merritt University

Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s main healthcare focus is always on health disparities and health equity, especially for racial and ethnic minorities. Congresswoman Lee is strongly opposed to any efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and will continue to fight to ensure that we all have access to affordable, quality healthcare.


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Novel chemistry of Ubiquitination

Seminar | March 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Ivan Dikic, University of Frankfurt

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Department of Chemistry

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Local Langlands in the complex case

Seminar | March 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Eric Chen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The classical local Langlands correspondence is roughly an identification of Galois representations with representations of a reductive group \( G(F) \) where \( F \) is a local field. In particular, we may think of representations of \( G(F) \) as "fibering" over the space of Galois representations, where each fiber consists of "L-packets." In this talk I will outline a similar picture in the...   More >

The role of auditory feedback in speech production: Berkeley Ear Club

Colloquium | March 13 | 4 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room 3105

 John Houde, Speech & Nuroscience Lab Otolaryngology UC San Francisco

 Department of Psychology

An important part of understanding the neural control of speech is determining how auditory feedback is processed during speaking. The behavioral phenomena associated with auditory feedback suggest a paradox about its role: it need not be present for intelligible speech production, but if it is present, it needs to be correct or speech output will be affected. For this reason, current models of...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: Measuring Poverty and Vulnerability in Real-Time

Seminar | March 13 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Josh Blumenstock, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Undergraduate Lecture Series (Math Monday): The ubiquity of Dynkin diagrams

Lecture | March 13 | 5-6 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Ben Wormleighton, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Dynkin diagrams are certain graphs that naturally appear in a startling number of places across math where they often parameterise objects of geometric interest possessing some ‘finiteness’ conditions. I’ll demonstrate two of my favourite such situations in detail as well as make mention of many more in order to convince you that my title is justified.

Spinoza's Tragic Resources

Lecture | March 13 | 5-7 p.m. | D37 Hearst Field Annex

 Russ Leo, Assistant Professor of English, Princeton University

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Leo will present his research on the intersections between poetic and philosophical experiments in Anglo-Dutch contexts across the 1650s, 60s, and 70s, particularly the ways one might place Milton and Spinoza in conversation. This involves attention to Spinoza's contributions to literary culture in Amsterdam and the Netherlands at large, as well as his debts to poets and poetics. For instance,...   More >

WLI Planning Committee Info Session #2

Information Session | March 13 | 5-6 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, 202 (GenEq Community Space)

 Gender Equity Resource Center

MARCH 10th 4 PM - 5 PM
MARCH 13th 5 PM - 6 PM

Spinoza's Tragic Resources

Lecture | March 13 | 5-7 p.m. | D37 Hearst Field Annex

 Russ Leo, Assistant Professor of English, Princeton University

 The Program in Critical Theory

Russ Leo’s lecture, “Spinoza’s Tragic Resources,” will present his research on the intersections between poetic and philosophical experiments in Anglo-Dutch contexts across the 1650s, 60s, and 70s—particularly the ways in which one might place Milton and Spinoza in conversation. This involves attention to Spinoza's contributions to literary culture in Amsterdam and the Netherlands at large, as...   More >

The Future of Our Planet: A Panel on Climate Change at the Berkeley Forum

Seminar | March 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

 The Berkeley Forum

It is widely accepted amongst the scientific community that climate change has had harmful effects on the planet. Multiple treaties and agreements including the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol, and the recent Paris Agreement have been made in the past few decades in order to encourage countries to limit atmospheric emissions. However, the direction of climate change policy, in the US and abroad, still...   More >

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Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program

Information Session | March 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Extension San Francisco Campus

 160 Spear St., San Francisco, CA

 UC Berkeley Extension

Gain academic preparation in the sciences along with personalized advising to enhance your application to medical, dental or veterinary school, as well as to advanced degree programs in medical- and health-related fields.


 UNEX 1057. Enroll online or by calling 510-642-4111

Entrepreneurial Toastmasters Club Meeting

Meeting | June 6, 2016 – August 14, 2017 every Monday | 6:20-7:20 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that develops communication and leadership skills through public speaking.

ARCH Lecture: Jan Knippers “Biological Design and Integrative Structures”

Lecture | March 13 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON MAR 13, 6:30pm. Prof. Jan Knippers from the University of Stuttgart Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) will present a lecture on &quot;Biological Design and Integrative Structures&quot;.

Arts + Design Mondays: Art, Activism, and Freedom in the American Carceral State, with jackie sumell

Lecture | March 13 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 jackie sumell

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Reflecting on her service with prisoners indefinitely held in solitary confinement—most notably Herman Wallace, a political prisoner with whom she collaborated for twelve years—jackie sumell asks us to confront our unconscious desire for revenge and our addiction to the narrative of victory. Drawing from the teachings of Black Panthers, Herman Wallace, and Albert Woodfox, sumell challenges us to...   More >

Admission to this lecture is free.

On Jewish Heresy: Korah in the Midrash

Lecture | March 13 | 7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Professor David Biale, Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History, UC Davis

 The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The 2017 Taubman Lectures
Lecture 1 (Mon, March 13: Rabbinizing Heresy: Korah in the Midrash
Lecture 2 (Weds, March 15): The Afterlives of Baruch Spinoza and Shabbetai Zvi
Lecture 3 (Thurs, March 16): Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt and the Boundaries of Modern Heresy

David Biale is the Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at UC Davis.

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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 >

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 >

Designs from a Distance

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 30 – May 19, 2017 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

CLOSES May 19. This exhibit features design and planning projects on six continents by architects based in the San Francisco Bay Area and held by the Environmental Design Archives.

Literatura de Cordel in Moffitt Library

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 16 – June 30, 2017 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition highlights a collection of Brazilian chapbooks or Literatura
de Cordel in the Moffitt Library. These chapbooks are still produced for
mass consumption in the Northeastern Brazil. These are called literature de
cordel as they are hung from a cord in the book-stands so that the consumers
can browse them and select them according to their desires. There are
several themes that...   More >

Native Americans: An Intimate View from Afar

Exhibit - Photography | March 9 – April 24, 2017 every day | Stephens Hall, Ethnic Studies Library

 Ethnic Studies Library

Jun Kamata, Associate Professor at ASIA University in Tokyo, has published eight books in Japan. This exhibit includes 25 of his photographs of the Pomo people of northern California. Kamata holds a BA in Native American Studies from UC Berkeley, an MA in American Indian Studies and a Ph.D. in urban planning from UCLA.