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Monday, April 10, 2017

Structure vs. Randomness

Workshop | April 10 – 14, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This workshop will focus on a phenomenon observed in harmonic analysis, ergodic theory, analytic number theory, graph theory, complexity theory, additive combinatorics and cryptography, according to which arbitrary objects can be well approximated by a combination of a small number of pseudorandom objects. In the study of higher-order Fourier analysis, this corresponds to approximating every...   More >

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Archivophilia: A Symposium

Conference/Symposium | April 10 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Brenda Child, Professor, History and American Studies, University of Minnesota; Catherine Ceniza Choy, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Daniel Fisher, Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley; Lisa Brooks, Associate Professor, English and American Studies, Amherst College; Lisbeth Haas, Professor, History, University of California, Santa Cruz; Stephen Best, Associate Professor, English, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Ethnic Studies

Archivophilia: A Symposium
... And a love story.

Yes, it's true. The allure of the archive (whether hand-written letters, detailed ledgers, maps, inventories, diaries and journals, brittle clippings, faded photographs or audio recordings--just for a start) pulls us in every time.

But what do we make of what we find?

Join us for a day of presentations and reflections by scholars from...   More >

Edible Book Festival

Social Event | April 10 | 12-2 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library


Edible Book Festivals feature creative food projects that draw their inspiration from books and stories. Edible books might physically resemble books, or they might refer to an aspect of a story, or they might incorporate text.

All members of the UC Berkeley community are encouraged to participate! The event will take place in Moffitt Library, which requires a current UCB ID or gold UC...   More >

Getting an Archaeology Article Published

Workshop | April 10 | 12-3 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Mitch Allen, President, Scholarly Roadside Service

 Archaeological Research Facility

Getting an article published is about more than simply doing the research, writing it up, and sending it off. There are strategies for presenting your work to the journal editor-- and ways to craft your message to them-- that greatly improve your chances of success, strategies that most academics don't know or don't follow.

Kicking out the Rogues: Should Federations be Able to Expel Member States?

Lecture | April 10 | 12-1 p.m. |  Moses Hall

 Eva Marlene Hausteiner, Political Theory, University of Bonn

 Institute of European Studies, San Francisco Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany

When, if at all, should members get expelled from a federation? While accession to or secession from a federal union – such as the United States – has long been the issue of heated debates, only recently have the federal center’s sanctions on members in violation of common rules and laws become an issue. How should, for example, the EU treat countries in violation of the rule of law? In her talk,...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Additive structure of sets of Fourier coefficients

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

 Thomas Bloom, University of Bristol

 Department of Mathematics

The collection of large Fourier coefficients of a function, whether they be called `major arcs' or the `large spectrum', are one way of representing the linearly structured component of a function, and as such plays an important role in many problems in additive combinatorics, analytic number theory, theoretical computer science, and beyond. In this talk I will discuss some results concerning...   More >

Board of Advocate's End of Year Meeting

Meeting | April 10 | 1-2 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Depends on weather (please email boaltadvocates@gmail.com)

 Board of Advocates

During this meeting, we highlight team victories and performances at national law competitions.


Presentation | April 10 | 1-2 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design


String-Math Seminar: Dualities in Topological Field Theory

Seminar | April 10 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Constantin Teleman, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Kramers-Wannier duality is a symmetry relating the high-and low-temperature phases of the 2-dimensional lattice Ising model. Electric-Magnetic duality is a 3-dimensional duality between abelian (flat) gauge theories for Pontryagin dual abelian groups. Both dualities generalize to higher-dimensional manifolds. We describe the relation between them using the notion of relative field theory. The...   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: Analytic subordination for bi-free convolution

Seminar | April 10 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Yinzheng Gu, Queens University, Canada

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss some analytic properties of the additive bi-free convolution, both scalar-valued and operator-valued. We show that using the one-variable subordination functions associated with the additive free convolution, simple formulas for additive bi-free convolutions can be derived. As an application, we prove a result about atoms of the additive bi-free convolution.

Mariana Olvera-Cravioto - Directed Complex Networks And Ranking Algorithms

Seminar | April 10 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Mariana Olvera-Cravioto, Visiting Associate Professor, University of California Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

In the first part of this talk I will discuss a family of inhomogeneous directed random graphs for modeling complex networks such as the web graph, Twitter, ResearchGate, and other social networks.

In the second part of the talk I will explain how ranking algorithms such as Google’s PageRank can be used to identify highly influential nodes in a network.

Diversified Farming Systems Roundtable with Matt Liebman

Lecture | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 112 Hilgard Hall

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

The development of modern, industrial agriculture has been characterized by large reductions in biological diversity, both across landscapes and within farming systems. Loss of biodiversity is particularly evident in the U.S. Corn Belt.

The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Rebecca Karl, Department of History, New York University; Lydia Liu, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University

 Colleen Lye, English, UC Berkeley; Raka Ray, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Weihong Bao, East Asian Languages and Cultures; Film and Media, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of International Studies Faculty Interdisciplinary Program on Gender and the Transpacific World

Panel discussion on writings by possibly the first Chinese feminist author, He-Yin Zhen. Zhen presents an alternative conception of feminism that draws upon anarchism and other radical trends. Ahead of her time, He-Yin Zhen complicates conventional accounts of feminism and China's history, offering original perspectives on sex, gender, labor, and power that remain relevant today.

Adding Study Abroad to Your Resume Workshop

Workshop | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 360 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Skills to Pay the Bills: How studying abroad can help in your career.

Are you planning to or have you already studied abroad? Are you wondering how study abroad is relevant to your future? Come by our workshop to learn how to stand out to employers by utilizing your study abroad experiences in your resume, cover letter, and interviews.

Making sense of intrinsically disordered proteins

Seminar | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Rohit Pappu, Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Biomedical Engineering

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Dostoevsky And The Riddle Of The Self

Lecture | April 10 | 4-6 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 Dwinelle Hall Berkeley Language Center

 Yuri Corrigan, Boston University

 Department of Comparative Literature

Dostoevsky and the Riddle of the Self

Colloquium | April 10 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Yuri Corrigan, Assistant Professor of Russian & Comparative Literature, Boston University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Comparative Literature

The seventh lecture in the Spring 2017 Slavic Colloquium series.

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: An example of homological mirror symmetry

Seminar | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Catherine Cannizzo, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will describe homological mirror symmetry via the example of \( T^2 \) by Zaslow-Polishchuk. Mirror symmetry has several formulations in math and the main idea is that there are pairs of manifolds, a symplectic manifold (called the A-model) and a complex manifold (called the B-model) and complex invariants on the B-model, where more is known, tell us about symplectic invariants on the A-model....   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: The Helicoidal Method II

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

 Camil Muscalu, Cornell

 Department of Mathematics

The helicoidal method is a new, extremely efficient way, of proving multiple vector valued inequalities in harmonic analysis. About a month ago, we gave a talk at MSRI, in which we explained some consequences of this method, such as the proof of sparse domination results for various multilinear operators, and their multiple vector valued extensions.

The main task of the current talk will be...   More >

Asamapta (Incomplete): A Screening with Director Suman Mukhopadhyay present

Film - Feature | April 10 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Suman Mukhopadhyay, Film Director

 Pranab Bardhan, Professor of Graduate School at the Department of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Berkeley Bangla Initiative

A screening of award winning film director, Suman Mukhopadhyay's newest film, Asamapta (Incomplete). Screening will include a Q&A session with the director.

Undergraduate Lecture Series (Math Monday): Quantum sets

Lecture | April 10 | 5-6 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Mariusz Wodzicki, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A set is generally considered to be the simplest structure of Mathematics. Every set comes disguised under a number of other structures, however. While exploring some of them, we shall encounter what I propose to call “quantum sets”, by analogy with “quantum groups”.

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: Kazuyo Sejima

Lecture | April 10 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Kazuyo Sejima, SANAA

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), College of Environmental Design

MONDAY, APRIL 10, ZELLERBACH HALL -- Ms. Sejima, founding partner of SANAA, will lecture on her work. This lecture is presented with the Center for Japanese Studies and the UC Regents Lectures Program.

$3 General Admission

  Tickets go on sale April 1. Buy tickets online

ARCH Lecture: Kazuyo Sejima

Lecture | April 10 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MONDAY, APRIL 10, ZELLERBACH HALL -- Ms. Sejima, founding partner of SANAA, will lecture on her work. This lecture is presented with the Center for Japanese Studies and the UC Regents Lectures Program. Tickets $3, available on April 1.

Sacramento, CA.- 2017 New Student Reception

Reception | April 10 | 7-9 p.m. |  Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo

  1782 Tribute Road, Sacramento, CA 95815

 Cal Alumni Association

The Cal Alumni Association and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions are pleased to invite you to join us in April for the annual New Student Reception taking place in your community. Alumni and Cal Parents are needed at this reception to play a crucial role in showcasing the best of Berkeley.

Join us to share your Cal story and to inspire students to attend the greatest public university in...   More >

  RSVP online by April 6.

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 >

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.

Exhibit: Local Color: Seeing Place Through Watercolor

Exhibit - Painting | April 5 – 11, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Come celebrate the colors of Spring at the UC Botanical Garden. Please join us for a special installation of Mimi Robinson’s artwork documenting the unique colors of our special garden at this time of year. A book talk and two hands-on workshops will also be offered by Mimi Robinson author of Local Color, Observing Place through Watercolor.

 Free with Garden Admission