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Monday, April 3, 2017

Ten Years of Global Metropolitan Studies at Berkeley

Seminar | April 3 – 4, 2017 every day |  Barrows Hall

 College of Environmental Design

APRIL 3 &amp; 4, Two Day Symposium exploring issues from the last ten years of research in Global Metropolitan Studies.

Mongolian Archaeology: New Discoveries, New Concerns

Conference/Symposium | April 3 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Smithsonian Institution, Archaeological Research Facility

Click on title above for full website and program.

The ancient cultural interactions of Northeast Asia have left a now-imperiled record in stone across the steppes and forests of Mongolia. The historical implications of the archaeological record, and the race not only to study but to preserve this record in the face of growing threats...   More >

Archaeology in Mongolia

Spring Science Days 2017

Special Event | April 1 – 9, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Every day during Spring Science Days is an opportunity to learn something new about Earth’s oceans, lakes, rivers, and other waterways. Discover what it means to be part of the water ecosystem, and explore how you can help us protect this important resource.

$12 Adults, $10 Children 3–18, Seniors 62+, Free Members, children age 2 and under, UC Berkeley students and staff

Forces That Shape the Bay

Islamic Texts Circle: Alcohol

Workshop | April 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

What does the Qur'an say about alcohol? What is the legal status of its consumption? Join our guest facilitator Amin Ehteshami (Near Eastern Studies) in a conversation about alcohol and Islam. To RSVP and receive the texts (in translation), please contact us at cmes@berkeley.edu.

Seminar 251, Labor: "Direct and Indirect Consequences of a Welfare Reform on Individuals and their Families"

Seminar | April 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment) | Note change in time and location

 Christian Dustmann, UCL

 Department of Economics

with Lars Højsgaard Andersen and Rasmus Landersø

  RSVP online by March 29.

War Is Coming: Between Past and Future Violence in Lebanon

Lecture | April 3 | 12-2 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room, 221

 Sami Hermez, Northwestern University in Qatar

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Anthropology

From 1976 to 1990, Lebanon experienced a long war involving various national and international actors. The peace agreement that followed and officially propelled the country into a "postwar" era did not address many of the root causes of war, nor did it hold main actors accountable. Instead, a politics of "no victor, no vanquished" was promoted, in which the political elite agreed simply to...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Finite reflection groups and graph norms

Seminar | April 3 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 David Conlon, University of Oxford

 Department of Mathematics

For any given graph $H$, we may define a natural corresponding functional $\|\cdot \|_H$. We then say that $H$ is norming if $\|\cdot \|_H$ is a semi-norm. A similar notion $\|\cdot \|_{r(H)}$ is defined by $\| f \|_{r(H)} := \| | f | \|_H$ and $H$ is said to be weakly norming if $\|\cdot \|_{r(H)}$ is a norm. Classical results show that weakly norming graphs are necessarily bipartite. In the...   More >

Innovations in Hiring Practices: Encouraging Social Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace

Panel Discussion | April 3 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Wells Fargo Room (C420)

 Liz Lowe, Innovation Lead, Sustainability and Social Impact, Adobe; Virginia Martinez-Martin, Recruiting Lead, IDEO; Devan Vaughn, Program Manager, Global Talent Acquisition, Microsoft

 Don Moore, Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair in Leadership and Communication, Berkeley-Haas School of Business

 Center for Responsible Business

Join us for a lunch-time panel which will discuss better alternatives to traditional hiring practices to create work forces that are not only productive but also socially inclusive and diverse.
Companies sometimes do a poor job of predicting future job performance and often discriminate against underrepresented minorities. How can companies avoid these pitfalls and implement better hiring...   More >


  Register online

Differential Geometry Seminar: Appearance of stable spheres along the Ricci flow in positive scalar curvature

Seminar | April 3 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Antoine Song, Princeton

 Department of Mathematics

For a 3-manifold M not isometric to the round sphere, with scalar curvature at least 6 and positive Ricci curvature, Marques and Neves proved a 3-dimensional version of the Toponogov theorem: there exists an embedded minimal surface S of area less than $4\pi $. Their proof uses a combination of min-max theory for minimal surfaces and the Ricci flow. While the general case (no assumption on the...   More >

PF student presentation:

Seminar | April 3 | 2-4 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 David Schönholzer, UCB; Jan Luksic, Goethe University Frankfurt

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

David Schönholzer - "The Value of School Facilities for Student Outcomes in Los Angeles Unified" (joint with Julien Lafortune)

Jan Luksic - "The Macro Labor Supply Elasticity Revisited: Integrating Taxes and Expenditures" (joint with Henrik Kleven)

String-Math Seminar: A new look at quantum knot invariants

Seminar | April 3 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall | Canceled

 Aaron Lauda, UCS

 Department of Mathematics

The Reshetikhin-Turaev construction associated knot invariants to the data of a simple Lie algebra and a choice of irreducible representation. The Jones polynomial is the most famous example coming from the Lie algebra sl(2) and its two-dimensional representation. In this talk we will explain Cautis-Kamnitzer-Morrison's novel new approach to studying RT invariants associated to the Lie algebra...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Orientations of moduli spaces for Legendrian contact homology/Real Gromov-Witten theory in all genera

Seminar | April 3 | 2:30-5:10 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Cecilia Karlsson/Penka Georgieva, Stanford/Pierre et Marie Curie

 Department of Mathematics

2:30 PM Karlsson) : I will give an introduction to Legendrian contact homology, which is an invariant of Legendrian submanifolds that is defined by using pseudo-holomorphic disk techniques. In particular, I will explain how one can define this homology with integer coefficients by orienting the moduli space of the pseudo-holomorphic disks. I will also discuss how one can make this invariant...   More >

Campus Visitor Library Tour: Doe and Moffitt Libraries and their Main Stacks

Tour/Open House | April 3 – 24, 2017 every Monday | 3-4 p.m. | Doe Library, meets at north entrance


April is a month when students and families visit campus, trying to decide if Cal will be their future home. If you are are visiting campus, you are encouraged to come see the the Library.

Tours of the historic Doe Library, underground Main stacks, and newly renovated Moffitt Undergraduate Library are given every Monday and Friday in April. They start on the north steps of the Doe Library. You...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Spectral theory of normal unbounded operators and applications

Seminar | April 3 | 3-5 p.m. | Evans Hall, 736 Evans

 Brent Nelson, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this introductory talk we start by recapitulating basic properties of unbounded operators. Proceeding with the functional calculus for normal operators, we then discuss applications thereof such as Stone's theorem and operators affiliated to von Neumann algebras.

Irad Ben-Gal - Smart City Modeling of Personal Mobility Behavioral Patterns

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

 Irad Ben-Gal, Tel Aviv University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

In this talk, we will address a real ‘smart city’ use-case and cover some of its associated opportunities and challenges.

1924: The Year of Peace? Photography, Publics, and Weimar Republic Pacifism

Lecture | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Jonathan Long, Professor of German and Visual Culture at the University of Durham (UK)

 Institute of European Studies

In the early years of the Weimar Republic a range of new polities, collectives, and publics grew up within the newly-formed democratic state. This created conditions for new forms of political action and address. In this lecture, two case studies – Ernst Friedrich’s book War against War! and John Heartfield’s photomontage Ten Years On – are the starting point for an exploration of the ways in...   More >

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Mixed Hodge structures

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Harrison Chen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss how to define mixed Hodge structures (via Deligne) on the cohomology of non-smooth and non-proper varieties, with examples. We will then apply these results to a cohomological vanishing problem in representation theory.

Software-Hardware Systems for the Internet of Things

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium (306)

 Omid Abari, Ph.D. Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Although interest in connected devices has surged in recent years, barriers still remain to realizing the dream of the Internet of Things (IoT). My work addresses these challenges by developing custom software-hardware systems for the Internet of Things.

Cynthia A. Chan Memorial Lecture: Molecular Machines that Build Membranes

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dan Kahne, Harvard University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Cynthia A. Chan Memorial Lecture

Cynthia A. Chan Memorial Lecture: “Molecular Machines that Build Membranes”

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dan Kahne, Harvard University

 College of Chemistry

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Models for Rayleigh-Taylor mixing and interface turnover

Seminar | April 3 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Steve Shkoller, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

The instability of a heavy fluid layer supported by a light one is generally known as Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) instability. It can occur under gravity and, equivalently, under an acceleration of the fluid system in the direction toward the denser fluid. Whenever the pressure is higher in the lighter fluid, the differential acceleration causes the two fluids to mix.

The Euler equations serve as the...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: The Welfare Effects of Encouraging Rural-Urban Migration

Seminar | April 3 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 David Lagakos, UCSD

 Department of Economics

From Anti-fascism to Anti-Zionism to Undeclared War: The West German Left, the East German Regime and Israel 1949-1989

Lecture | April 3 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Jeffrey Herf, Distinguished University Professor, History, University of Maryland, College Park

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Jewish Studies, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

After Nazism and the Holocaust the East German government became a fierce opponent of the state of Israel, one that it denounced as a “spearhead” of US imperialism. Beginning in the 1960s and continuing to the end of the Cold War, the East German Communists combined hostile propaganda with military training and delivery of weapons to the Arab states at war with Israel and to the Palestine...   More >

Undergraduate Lecture Series (Math Monday): Elliptic curves and Hilbert's 10th problem

Lecture | April 3 | 5-6 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Shelly Manber, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Palo Alto Networks Info-Session

Information Session | April 3 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

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: Keith Krumwiede

Lecture | April 3 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, APR 3, 6:30PM. Following the Admitted Student Open House, CED Alum Keith Krumwiede, will present on his new publication &quot;Atlas of Another America&quot;.

“Mediating Reality: The New Role of Visual Journalism,” Richard Koci Hernandez: ATC Lecture

Lecture | April 3 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive | Canceled

 Richard Koci Hernandez

 Berkeley Center for New Media

The image-sphere is upon us. Images have surpassed words and visuals now play a central role in shaping conversation. But the advent of new technologies bring with it challenges for journalism and how we tell true stories in the age of virtual reality. What is visual truth when viewed in virtual or augmented worlds? What are the dangers and opportunities when journalists craft these digital...   More >

ATC Lecture – Tiffany Chung “Remapping History: The Unwanted Population”: Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium

Lecture | April 3 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Barbo Osher Theater | Canceled

 Tiffany Chung

 Center for New Media, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Global Urban Humanities

EDIT: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. Tiffany Chung will discuss her comparative study of forced migration through the current global refugee crises, most notably the ongoing Syrian humanitarian crisis, and the post-1975 Vietnamese mass exodus...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

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.

NEMESTUDIO: 18 Drawings, 7 Models

Exhibit - Multimedia | March 20 – April 25, 2017 every day | 121 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

OPEN THROUGH APRIL 25. Exhibit runs through APR 25. The exhibition presents drawings and models produced for two recent exhibits by NEMESTUDIO, an architectural studio founded by Assistant Professor of Architecture Neyran Turan and Mete Sonmez.

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 >

Free Opening Week at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology: People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World

Exhibit - Multimedia | April 3 – 9, 2017 every day | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 102 Kroeber Hall

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Why do we sometimes know a lot about who made things, and why do we sometimes not? Why does it sometimes matter to us, and why might it sometimes not? These are the questions that will be raised in the exhibit that will inaugurate the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s renovated Kroeber Hall Gallery. The Museum will display objects from the collection that urge visitors to think critically...   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.